Apprentice Dylan Mo will begin a new phase of his career at Sha Tin on Sunday (18 February) when he drops to a five-pound allowance after scoring his 45th Hong Kong victory in the Class 5 Rose Handicap (1800m) aboard Happy Friendship.
Mo has been a seven-pound claimer since mid-June, when he hit the 20-win mark. He has continued to progress since and Happy Friendship’s trainer Michael Freedman believes the 24-year-old will be able to sustain his good run of form even with the reduced allowance.
“His ride tonight was spot-on,” Freedman said. “I think he’s got a very bright future. He told me before the race that the claim would come down if he won, but I don’t think he has to worry about that.”
Mo said: “I’m very happy to reach another level. Coming to the races tonight, I thought I had a chance to get that winner that I needed. I will keep working hard and I hope that, even with a smaller claim, I can still deliver.”
In addition to Poon and Mo, Jack Wong took the Class 3 Calla Lily Handicap (1000m) aboard Moment Of Power for Paul O’Sullivan to give all three of Hong Kong’s apprentices a win on the card.
Jockey Joao Moreira notched a double, taking both sections of the Class 4 Peach Blossom Handicap (1650m) with Francis Lui’s See Me Now and the John Size-trained Har Har Heart. Also finding the winners’ circle were Jolly Convergence, who won the Class 3 Daffodil Handicap (1200m) for Neil Callan and Benno Yung, and Litterateur, victorious in the night-closing Class 3 Daisy Handicap (1650m) for Nash Rawiller and Richard Gibson.
Racing returns to Sha Tin for the 11-race Chinese New Year card on Sunday. The programme features the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), the second leg of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series, as well as the Class 1 Chinese New Year Cup (1400m).