Breeders’ Star capped his season by taking the first of the night’s features at Happy Valley on Wednesday, the Class 3 Le French May Trophy Handicap (1200m). It was the Jet Spur gelding’s first win in the grade after two victories in Class 4 earlier this term, and trainer David Ferraris believes that he can head even higher next term.
“He relished a strong pace tonight,” Ferraris said of Breeders’ Star (122lb), who won by two and a quarter lengths. “He was able to get into a good spot from gate seven, he was aided by a strong Neil Callan ride and he really ran home strongly. I think he’s probably done enough for the season now, but maybe he can progress even more as a five-year-old.”
Callan brought up win number 40 for the season to hold down third place in the jockeys’ championship, behind Joao Moreira (147) and Zac Purton (87).
Trainer Caspar Fownes joined Hall in preparing a double, bookending the card with Grace Heart (120lb) taking the opening Class 4 Deauville August Yearling Sales Handicap (1000m) and Best Step (114lb) making an easy transition to Class 3 in the closing Arc De Triomphe Champions Handicap (1200m).
“For Grace Heart, it was a matter of it all coming together for him tonight,” Fownes said. “He lobbed into the right spot behind the leader from the good draw and he was always going to be hard to beat once he was there. With Best Step, he’s still improving but that was a tough effort from him on speed.”
Rider Keith Yeung recorded a milestone of his own with his 200th Hong Kong winner, bringing up the mark on Benno Yung-trained Love Chunghwa (115lb) in the Class 4 French Racing & Breeding Committee Handicap (1200m).