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Keagan de Melo had his first ride in Hong Kong on Sunday on the Caspar Fownes-trained Valhalla and three days later, today (Wednesday), the SA Champion jockey won on this same horse in Happy Valley’s first race of the season (Pictured above – HKJC)    

Keagan de Melo got off the mark in Hong Kong today when the horse who gave him his first ride on the island, the Caspar Fownes-trained Valhalla, came out three days later and won Happy Valley’s first race of the season.
On Sunday at Sha Tin De Melo rousted Valhalla from the off to secure the rail and then kept him going for fifth.
Today, also in a class 5 race over 1200m, the race panned out better as he was able to switch his mount inward from draw four behind three horses who had gone forward and he then had the rail without having expended much energy.
The six-year-old New Zealand-bred Ocean Park gelding relaxed superbly and clearly had a ton in hand at the top of the straight.
Keagan went for a rails run but had the door shut on him.
However, there was fortunately nothing running on outside of him, so he just had to switch his mount around the front two and Valhalla put in an impressive burst to win full of running by an easy 1,5 lengths paying R3.30 on the Tote.
De Melo had his next ride on a rank outsider for Douglas Whyte in a class 4 event over 1200m.
He dropped the Australian-bred four-year-old Rubik gelding Shinkansen out to last from a tricky draw of 8.
The gelding flew up late to be beaten just half-a-length.
De Melo had thus earned a cheque in his first five rides on the island.
He later finished downfield in a 1000m sprint on an outsider.
However, if anybody has not noticed his superb riding on the island so far they can not be very observant.
Meanwhile, Luke Ferraris opened his account for the season in his 6th  ride of the term and later made it a double.
Francis Lui, who trains three-times Hong Kong Horse Of The Year Golden Sixty, used Ferraris to ride the British-bred Night Of Thunder gelding Hameron last season and it paid dividends because Ferraris scored on him in the penultimate meeting of the season over 1800m at Happy Valley.
Today in his reappearance Hameron was in class 3 again, this time over 1650m, and Ferraris settled him one wide in  midfield with cover from draw four.
Luke switched him out while still rounding the final turn and came three wide into the straight with momentum.
Hameron ran on well to win cosily by 1,5 lengths paying R4.60 on the Tote
In the last race, a class 3 event over 1200m, Ferraris was on the Douglas Whyte-trained rank outsider Xponential, an eight-year-old Australian-bred Equiano gelding.
From draw 9 he drove the gelding into a handy position and he turned for home on the flank of the leader.
Xponential stayed on well and only just held on, paying R25 on the Tote.
Lyle Hewitson rode in seven of the eight races but had a forgettable day with a fourth place being his best finish.
He is yet to get off the mark this season, but is clearly in demand as he has had full books at both of the first two meetings.