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(And the Racing Post’s costly screw-up and strike out)
It was starting to look like some charity races when struggling jockeys Terry CW Wong, below, and Jacky Tong, both of who are looking decidedly wobbly about having their riding licenses renewed, winning races 2 and 3- much needed wins.
Wong’s win for trainer Dennis Yip on K-Moochi was expected, but Tong winning on 40 to 1 pop Fiery Raider for Caspar Fownes no doubt had the stable joining those at Shatin singing The Ying Tong Song along with The Goons.
Though I just could not have race favorite Archer’s Bow even in my top ten picks for the race, the ease in which Fiery Raider had almost a Usain Bolt ‘look’ to it as it was never ever going to lose once it hit the front.
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Watching Tong return after his surprise and a surprised Caspar Fownes checking out the horse’s legs to, perhaps, check if it had grown two extra ones, showed the befuddlement of the win and the lotto type amount paid for the quinella and tierce.
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Battlers and quelle supris apart, Dougie Whyte made a triumphant return to racing after his fall on Wednesday to take out race 1 on Triumphant Jewel- a late pickup ride from the indisposed Zac Purton.
Yes, these are the ups and downs and ironies of horse racing and as if to prove another point, Whyte took out race 4 on Super Horse by nearly five lengths as the Jockey Challenge looked done and dusted.
What challenge? There was a challenge? After race four, Douglas Whyte was paying a “massive” $1.01 in the JC.
The only thing that challenged me was the Wong Tong double paying only 90 to 1 and the Tong Whyte double paying 200 to 1. Huh?
Though the back page of the Racing Post had the Berry-Moore combination of Hit A Home Run at 24 to 1 which made my heart skip a beat (Sichuan Exec was quoted at a ridiculous 40 to 1- shoddy, costly mistakes that are of no help to punters and which cost some of us the first $300k Double Trio) it was actually the 3 to 1 favorite for race 5.
We took the “24s” quoted in the Racing Post as our banker for “value” and that one move sunk us.
Lesson to be learnt: Don’t believe everything you read.
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After missing the kick, it was never in the race. Instead, Keith Yeung took out the race on Peri Peri Saffron, our Captain Jack Sparrow’s value tip for the day and that of the Trackside team’s Brett “Plucky Lucky” Davis.
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As many predicted, Manfred Man’s Pleasure Gains, well-rated by apprentice Alvin Ng, went Do Wah Diddy Diddy and took out race six with the Whyte man coming in second on Khaya.
We were still thinking about that 24 to 1 quote for that strike out named Hit A Home Run and sure weren’t exactly in a chirpy chirpy cheep cheep mood.
The hard-working Jacky Tong notched up a well-deserved double when Dane Patrol took out race seven and what a pity that trainer Peter Ng is facing compulsory retirement. This must be his best season ever and someone who has always gone about his job with no fuss nor bother and whining to the media.
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The disappointment of the race was hotpot Yat Ding Ding who ran more like One Big Dong and was one of four horses from the Ricky Yiu yard found with a positive swab after it’s easy win over course and distance the last time out.
Despite being found to have blood in the trachea, perhaps it should have not been allowed to run today as the Yiu enquiry is still somewhat in limbo like a Jimmy Cliff song?
Later on in the day, the Tony Cruz-trained California Bounty gave a gutsy performed to stave off a very determined effort by the wayward Windicator Star and Tye Angland got Sparkling B up to win race nine.
With the very impressive Super Lifeline taking out the last, we were left to think about the run of the day which came from the John Size-trained Dr Good Habit.
It defied a bad barrier draw, and a big weight to take out race ten and, no doubt, sealed Dougie Whyte’s thirteenth consecutive Jockey Premiership, a truly Herculean effort in ANY sport, not to mention one as taxing and dangerous as horse racing.
Today, the Durban Demon became the Durban Superman.
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