Hong Kong
<< Back to News
<< Back
Size debutants deliver
13 May 2017 | By David Morgan - hkjc.com 

Hot King Prawn was one of two debutant winner’s for trainer John Size at Sha Tin on Saturday. The grey, sent off as a 1.4 shot, obliged with a no-nonsense two and a quarter-length verdict from the front under Zac Purton in 57.12s.

“He’s a nice horse, he did what was expected,” Purton said. “He showed good speed – he’s got a lovely action so he cruised along nicely. It was what you would want to see at a horse’s first start.”


Hot King Prawn impressed on debut in the Chairmen's Day Plate, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club

Umberto Rispoli had a very different experience atop Size’s Ivictory in the Class 4 Swaine Cup Handicap. The course, race distance and result might have been the same, but the Italian rider was pumping along in a seemingly tame ninth position at the halfway stage as the Purton-ridden Super Junior surged ahead.

The Mossman three-year-old, a 5.5 chance, responded with a devouring late drive to nick the result by a head in a time of 56.90s.

“Ivictory’s a good horse – he was very green. He didn’t have his action together at the 500-metre mark but when I hit him once he responded very well and was just too good,” Rispoli said.

Chad Schofield halted Purton’s early march when partnering Forever Posh in race four, the Class 4 Purves Quaich Handicap (1650m). The Dylan Thomas gelding had raced 15 times in Hong Kong without success, but, with trainer Richard Gibson in good form, the five-year-old obliged at 9.3. Purton had to settle for second on Namjong Invincible.

Neil Callan teamed with the Moore-trained Agree to land race six, the Class 4 Wong Cup Handicap (1400m). The 7.3 chance clung on by a short-head from the fast-closing Diamond Mysterious under Chiong.

Keith Yeung claimed a first win since 19 February, putting him one shy of his 200th Hong Kong victory, when the Peter Ho-trained Happy Journey lunged late to take the Class 3 Chan Trophy Handicap (1400m).

The track was changed to good to yielding ahead of the finale, the Class 3 Stevenson Cup Handicap (1400m) in which Chiong held off the Purton-ridden, Moore-trained Sunny Way to win the Class 3 Stevenson Cup Handicap (1400m) atop Beauty Kingdom – a third win on the day for the Cruz stable.
 
»Moore’s happy with Werther for Sunday’s Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy

»Master Albert to relish ideal draw, says So

»Preview and form for Happy Valley

»Racing To Win race interviews prior to Wednesday's meeting at Happy Valley

»Lucky Bubbles steps out in Sunday’s G2 Premier Bowl

»Sha Tin stewards' report

»Hall, Rawiller bring up milestones

»Yiu’s Citron shows plenty of Spirit to land Hakka Cup

»Sha Tin results and replays

»Racing To Win race interviews prior to Saturday's meeting at Sha Tin

»Joao Moreira and Chad Schofield permitted to ride in Australia

»Dirt test for first-up Giant

»Derby candidate Rocketeer’s ready for blast-off

»Preview and form for Sha Tin

»First Hong Kong success for Gold Land

»Happy Valley stewards' report

»Happy Valley results and replays

»Impressive Premiere sprints away with Happy Valley feature

»Purton looks beyond Bubbles and Prawn to Spirit

»Teetan looking to future after Sha Tin double

Share/Bookmark

©Copyright 2006 - 2017 Thoroughbred News.
All rights reserved
Development and Design by Web Element