It was announced earlier this week that Aldo Domeyer has secured a short-term contract to begin next term and he celebrated with his first Sha Tin wins. The South African had achieved his four previous Hong Kong victories at Happy Valley and enjoyed his breakthrough at the big track aboard the Francis Lui-trained Victoriam in the opener, the Class 4 Chai Wan Road Handicap (1200m).
He quickly moved his Sha Tin tally to two when Good Days edged out McQueen to win the afternoon’s trophy race, the Class 4 Hong Kong Riding for the Disabled Association Cup Handicap (1800m).
“I thought I had fair rides but I thought the draws put them on the back foot,” Domeyer said. “I was getting the hang of Sha Tin and I just needed it to click. I got all the confidence from Happy Valley and I just slowed things down, I put myself in a position to follow the right people. It seemed to pay off and everything just happened quite smoothly despite the bad draws, so it was just a matter of waiting and picking the right time to go.”
Joao Moreira also claimed a double. The Brazilian ace moved to 796 Hong Kong wins with victories on the Dennis Yip-trained Hurricane Hunter in the Class 5 Pok Fu Lam Public Riding School Handicap (1400m) and the Size-trained Shining Ace in the Class 4 Lei Yue Mun Public Riding School Handicap (1200m).
Shum grabbed a brace of his own. The Schofield-ridden Super Model, a graduate of the March 2018 Hong Kong International Sale, took the Class 5 Lei Yue Mun Park Handicap (1200m) for the handler who moved on to 46 wins for the season