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Pierre Ng continues barnstorming run with Happy Valley success

December 14, 2023 at 4:17:43 AM

Extending an extraordinary start to the season, Pierre Ng maintained his lead in the Hong Kong trainers’ championship at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (13 December) when the second-season trainer struck with a winner for the 12th consecutive meeting.

Extending an extraordinary start to the season, Pierre Ng maintained his lead in the Hong Kong trainers’ championship at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (13 December) when the second-season trainer struck with a winner for the 12th consecutive meeting.

Leading the championship after 27 meetings with 32 victories – 10 clear of Danny Shum (22) – Ng has saddled 20 winners from the past 12 fixtures as he delivers on a pre-season pledge to eclipse his debut season haul of 41 winners.

“We don’t think of the number of winners, we just keep our head down and keep going and we try to get as many winners as we can,” Ng said. “We haven’t set any targets, we just want to achieve, win races for the owners, get prize money for the stable and get more support for the future.

“That’s how the game is and that’s how we’re going to play it.”

Dragon Star, given a flawless front-running ride by Karis Teetan in the Class 4 Lam Tin Handicap (1650m), became Ng’s latest winner as four-time Hong Kong champion trainer Caspar Fownes celebrated a double crowned by veteran Explosive Witness’ drought-breaking victory in the Class 3 Choi Wan Handicap (1000m) for James McDonald.

Both Teetan and McDonald slotted doubles as Zac Purton continued to lead the Hong Kong jockeys’ championship with 39 wins – 13 ahead of Teetan (26) – after the Australian’s triumph on Benno Yung’s Tourbillon Prince in the Class 3 Kowloon Bay Handicap (1650m).

Samarkand made it two wins in a row with success in the Class 4 Ngau Chi Wan Handicap (1800m) for David Hayes and Jerry Chau. Carrying 127lb, the Mongolian Khan gelding again show his liking for Happy Valley with another brave performance.

“He’s acclimatised now and I have a feeling he’s that style of horse who really likes the Valley and can keep going through the classes because he’s got tactical speed and that makes it easier,” Hayes said.

“We’ll race him around here and probably keep him to a mile. He can go 1800 (metres) but he’s more impressive at the mile.”

Cody Mo and Luke Ferraris combined with Togepi, narrow winner of the first section of the Class 4 Kwun Tong Handicap (1200m) after Douglas Whyte’s patience with Double Show was rewarded when the Showcasing gelding snared the Class 5 Ngau Tau Kok Handicap (1000m) under Teetan. Rated 25 after 25 winless starts across three seasons, the five-year-old finished stoutly for breakthrough success.

Hong Kong racing continues at Sha Tin on Sunday (17 December).

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