Luke Ferraris was forced to endure a nervous wait before he could properly enjoy his first Sha Tin winner, with the Jimmy Ting Koon-ho-trained Flying Sword surviving a protest from runner-up Boom Stitch in the Class Four Kestrel Handicap (1,400m).
Flying Sword made contact with the Chris So Wai-yin-trained Boom Stitch, ridden by Karis Teetan, in the straight but stewards deemed “Boom Stitch’s racing manners had been an integral factor to this matter” and overruled the protest, much to Ferraris’ delight.
“I’m very happy, obviously it’s taken me a while to crack it at Sha Tin but I’m very glad to get it done for Jimmy,” the jockey said.
“We had a dream passage throughout, he had the draw to help him and the race panned out exactly as I wanted to.”
Flying Sword travelled nicely one out, one back before assuming control in the straight and digging deep to hold off Boom Stitch by half a length, with Frankie Lor Fu-chuen’s Flying Victory a further half-length away in third.
Ferraris’ victory followed two at Happy Valley, ensuring he keeps things ticking along in his maiden Hong Kong season, while Ting continued his strong start with his 12th victory of the campaign.
Almost as impressive as his early-season form was Ting’s ability to extract a win out Flying Sword in his first start for the stable after transferring from David Hayes in the off-season.
It was the six-year-old’s second Hong Kong success at start 28 and his first win since June last year, with the New Zealand import now with his fourth trainer in the city after starting his career with Me Tsui Yu-sak before moving to Tony Cruz.