Leung bags his 300th, 1100 for Purton

Derek Leung gets his 300th win.

Charge On lived up to his name with a last-to-first rattle worthy of jockey Derek Leung’s 300th win. The rider was delighted to have hit the milestone on the David Hall-trained three-year-old who opened his account at the fourth attempt.

“The last couple of meetings, a couple of reporters told me I was close to 300 so I was pretty excited and today that was the target. Hopefully I can get more!” Leung said.

Zac Purton hit a landmark too, his 1100th Hong Kong win, when the talented Danny Shum-trained three-year-old Lucky More overcame a 133lb impost to win the finale, the Class 3 Ngong Ping Handicap (1200m).

Lucky More brought up Purton’s 1100th Hong Kong win on Sunday.

Earlier in the afternoon, the champion jockey teamed with the Moore stable for a success aboard Touch Of Luck in the Class 4 Tai O Handicap (1200m).

Moore was also on the mark when Computer Patch edged a four-way finish to the Class 2 Fan Lau Handicap (1000m), the margin being a head over Hong Kong Win, with Duke Wai third and Gold Chest fourth, no more than a neck further back. Matthew Chadwick punched home the three-year-old rig.

Meanwhile, trainer Douglas Whyte’s smart four-year-old Will Power regained the winning thread in the Class 3 Sha Lo Wan Handicap (1200m, dirt). The Power gelding swooped late under Teetan to take his career record to three from four, all on the dirt track.

Teetan nailed a treble when the rail-running Lakeshore Eagle (125lb) – trained by Ricky Yiu – held off the mid-track challenge of Smart Patch (123lb) to win the Class 3 Tong Fuk Handicap (1600m).

That followed an earlier win for Teetan aboard trainer Michael Chang’s promising young galloper President’s Choice, who raced home strongly from the back to win the Class 4 Siu Ho Wan Handicap (1200m) at only his third career start.

Victor Wong bagged his first success since 5 May last year when the Jimmy Ting-trained Smiling Success took the opener, the Class 5 Yi O Handicap (1400m). The rider, sidelined for nine months with a serious injury, scored on his 14th ride since his return.

Hong Kong racing continues at Happy Valley on Wednesday, 11 March.

Author: iRace