Mark Newnham skilled his first Sha Tin winners in back-to-back races on Wednesday evening’s all-dirt card, demonstrating his remarkable horsemanship with All Is In a position’s win and rewarding certainly one of his staunchest supporters with Challenge Bravo’s victory.
South African jockey Luke Ferraris used to be boarded Magnificence 5 Tsim Mei Fung Handicap (1,200m) winner All Is In a position and Magnificence 4 Tiu Yue Yung Handicap (1,650m) victor Challenge Bravo for Newnham because the Australian handler lifted himself off the base of the early running shoes’ standings in his rookie marketing campaign.
All Is In a position’s best earlier win got here in a Glad Valley mile race, and his best earlier dust run ended in a well-beaten twelfth of 14 over the similar go back and forth, however the ones statistics didn’t deter Newnham from trusting his instincts and getting into the previous Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-prepared galloper in Wednesday evening’s first dash at the all-weather circuit.
Newnham mentioned a mix of All Is In a position’s dust trial performances, particularly his September 5 warmth victory, and the texture the Tremendous One gelding gave him in contemporary all-weather trackwork periods had been the main causes at the back of his programming choice.
“That’s the reason we decided to stick to a dirt programme with him,” Newnham mentioned. “He used to be a tiny unfortunate in his first run of the season [on turf], however we had this race in thoughts all over.
“He’s a one-time winner at Glad Valley over 1,650m, however we predict he’s almost definitely higher suited for shorter journeys at the all-weather. It presentations a tiny bit extra length to him than his turf mode.
“I rode him in his final gallop on Sunday morning, and I was really happy with him going to the races. For me and the way I’m training him, I’ll be keeping him at 1,200m or 1,400m. Combined with his pedigree, that’s probably where he’s best suited.”
Hurricane Koinu scuppered Newnham’s plan for Challenge Bravo to have his second-up run at Sha Tin on October 8, however the reunited pair – the tutor willing the galloper for his first 4 begins, the endmost of which used to be a four-length Hawkesbury win – made it use the look ahead to the individuals of Paul Cheng Wing-bor’s Alright Racing Syndicate.
“The weather delayed us winning a couple of weeks ago, but thankfully, everything worked out tonight,” Newnham mentioned. “To win with this horse is particular as a result of I skilled him in Australia, and Paul Cheng supported me seven years in the past once I began coaching proper till I got here right here.
“Luke summed up the situation really well. He got the horse to relax, and he got him to fight hard. It’s been a good night. The team is working hard at home, so it’s satisfying to get a double.”
Punters brown-lamped certainly one of Frankie Lor Fu-chuen’s 3 runners in Wednesday evening’s component match, the Magnificence Two Hebe Hill Handicap (1,650m), and the past due aid for All For St Paul’s used to be at the cash because the $13 prospect grabbed the manage from Telecom Warring parties within the early phases and not let it exit.
Clear of the monitor, Tony Cruz paid tribute to the past due Howard Liang Yum-shing following the passing of the high-profile proprietor whose California-prefixed stars come with 2011 and 2012 Staff One Hong Kong Cup champion California Reminiscence and endmost season’s Staff One Hong Kong Mile hero, California Spangle.
“It’s a very sad day for me,” Cruz mentioned. “The Liang population has supported me right through my racing past, they usually’ve been this sort of frequent racing population as a result of the quantity of good fortune they’ve had.
“I consider when Howard did the draw for the 2011 Hong Kong Cup. He drew primary for California Reminiscence. Please see past, he drew primary once more. I mentioned, ‘Howard, how lucky can you get?’
“So much success we enjoyed together; so much joy and happiness. Howard was a generous man with a great heart. I miss him very much.”