Ho and Mo double up at Sha Tin

Trainer Peter Ho and 7lb apprentice Dylan Mo teamed for a double at Sha Tin on Saturday. First up was Happy Beauty’s score in race three, the Class 5 Uncompromising Integrity Handicap (1650m, all-weather), and then came a trophy win on the dirt in the Class 3 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup Handicap (1650m, all-weather).

Turin Pearl (107lb) did the honours in the latter, the 3.7 favourite making virtually all to hold the closing White Magic (126lb) by three quarters of a length.


The Dylan Mo-ridden Turin Pearl holds off the rest of the field to win the Class 3 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup Handicap (1650m), picture Hong Kong Jockey Club

“I’ve tried to support Dylan this season and he’s improving all the time. He rode the right race on this horse – the horse likes the dirt, that’s his fourth win and they’ve all been on this surface. He was in good form and he deserved this win,” Ho said.

Chad Schofield, meanwhile, notched a race-to-race brace with the Richard Gibson-trained All You Need in race five, the Class 4 Continuous Development Handicap (1200m), and the Dennis Yip-trained Crown Avenue in the next, the Class 4 World City Handicap (1800m, all-weather).

Moreira clawed one win closer to last season’s record haul. The Champion Jockey needs just one more to match his epic 168 after partnering the Michael Chang-trained Super Euro Star to a battling success in race two, the Class 5 World-Class Leadership Handicap (1200m). That was Chang’s 15th success this term, putting him one off the 16 required to meet the Club’s performance criteria.

Master and apprentice clicked in race nine as David Hall and Poon took the Class 3 Sporting Exchange Handicap (1400m) with Hard Ball Get (108lb). That took Poon to 20 wins and triggered a reduction in his claim to 7lb. The apprentice is suspended for the next two meetings and will return for the season finale on Sunday, 16 July.

Vincent Ho guided the front-running Tony Cruz-trained Jolly Gene to a gutsy win, by a nose, in the Class 3 Serving The Community Handicap (2000m). And, in the last, the Riding High Together Handicap (1200m), Umberto Rispoli drove the Ricky Yiu-trained Fantastic Eight to a second career win at start five.