Aussie jockeys start the Hong Kong season on a winning note.
Champion Australian jockey Darren Beadman combined with trainer John Moore to make a brilliant start to the new Hong Kong racing season.
Beadman won two races aboard the Moore-trained pair of Holey Dollar and Sunny Smiles while Moore went one better with Sea Prince, ridden by apprentice Derek Leung Ka-chun, giving him with a treble on the opening day of the new term.
Former Australian-based jockeys Brett Prebble and Jeff Lloyd also managed a win apiece on Sunday’s 10-race card.
"It’s always nice to get a good start and we’ve managed to keep up the stable tradition today," Moore told the South China Morning Post.
Former Australian galloper Holey Dollar is a relatively recent acquisition for Moore after failing to fire for Andreas Schutz and his manners have only improved marginally with Moore.
"I think when we got the horse, Schutz had been having trouble settling him and he hasn’t been easy – when he arrived I told Darren we had plenty of work ahead of us and that’s how it has proved," Moore said.
"I put it down to his early training in Australia. I think he was never allowed to settle, just asked to go like a bat out of hell from day one and that’s why he is the way he is."
Moore shared training honours with Tony Cruz who also prepared three winners via Brave Spirit, All Time High and Terrific Brethren.