Hong Kong Diary

One champ comes back while another departs. That sums up the situation at Happy Valley on Wednesday when Joao Moreira returns from a two-meeting ban on the same day that Zac Purton begins one. A nine-race card is live on Sky Sports Racing from 10.45 and leading homegrown star Vincent Ho will be looking to extend his fine form with a full book of nine rides.

  • Tuesday 26 November
  • Blog

Ever-improving Sixty continue's Ho's Golden run

Vincent Ho picked up a two-day suspension at Sha Tin on Saturday but his hot streak continued with a treble highlighted by the relentlessly progressive Golden Sixty.

Francis Lui's gelding made it six from seven with a trademark effort in the Class 2 finale, quickening impressively to be well on top close home, and the visual impression was backed up by the fact that, not for the first time, he clocked the fastest final 400m split on the card.

A further 8lb rise takes Golden Sixty up to a mark of 102. That moves him into Class 1 for a valuable race on December 15th, while Ho has a full book of rides at Happy Valley this Wednesday ahead of a date with Dettori, Moore, Murphy and company in next week's LONGINES International Jockeys' Championship.

Draw a concern as Breeze returns to the Valley

Ricky Yiu is the hottest trainer in town at the moment - six winners from his last 14 runners taking him to the top of the table - and Gentle Breeze will be one of Wednesday's headline acts in the featured St Andrew's Challenge Quaich at 1.15.

The Foxwedge gelding has been in fine form at the Valley this season and hit a new level when bolting up under Matthew Chadwick last time but connections are well aware that he faces a new challenge from stall 10 having been raised 12lb for his latest success.

Chadwick reports that Gentle Breeze is now "more mature and a stronger specimen" but also feels that "his last run flattered him as a few of the others haven't done too much this season."

Moreira hoping inside gate helps Special star again

One of the "others" Chadwick refers to is Special Stars, who chased home the unbeaten Snap Fit at the Valley from stall 1 in October only to endure a rough trip when drawn wide in 11 three weeks ago.

Zac Purton closed to within three winners of Moreira while the Brazilian was banned but the Magic Man is aiming to draw clear again while the Aussie is out and feels that Special Stars - best known for giving Colin Keane a debut HK winner in last year's IJC - is much better than circumstances allowed him to show on his latest start.

"Being drawn 1 again this time is going to help him," he said. "We know he is capable of winning in the class that he is in at the moment and we jus thave to hope that things go his way."

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