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Picture: Preparing to partner Helios Express in the HK$13 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (4 February), Hugh Bowman laid the foundation for a successful week with a four-timer at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (31 January) (Image: HKJC).

Lyle Hewitson needs just one winner to reach 100 wins in Hong Kong but it is proving to be ultra elusive.

His last win was on January 10 and today his losing streak extended to six meetings and 53 rides.

It would have been fitting if Red Hare King had got him his 100th win in the last today, because that horse gave him winner number 99.

Red Hare King made a bold bid, but had to settle for second.

Hewitson is on 19 wins this season, which puts him in seventh position on the log.

Luke Ferraris is on 17 wins and is in joint eighth place on the log, while Keagan de Melo is on 14 wins and is in joint 11th place.

Meanwhile, Hugh Bowman, who was out for a month-and-a-half after a bad fall on November 11, is back in devastating form.

He rode a four-timer today to go to 30 wins for the season, which is 31 behind runaway leader Zac Purton.

South African Jockey Academy graduate Karis Teetan is in second place on 40 wins.