Luke Ferraris attributed his strong start to the Hong Kong season to improved weight and stronger support from trainers and owners after the South African partnered Fownes-trained Killer Instinct to victory in the Class 4 Tung Wah Group Of Hospitals Challenge Cup Handicap (1200m, dirt).
That was his third win this season from just three meetings to date.
“My weight is a bit better this season and the support has been better, too,” said Ferraris, who rode briefly in Australia during the off-season.
“I’ve had better rides and I’ve been able to capitalize on that. Riding in Australia and seeing what a great facility the Lindsay Park stables are was also a great experience.”
Meanwhile, Hugh Bowman has taken an early lead in the championship.
Bowman continued an impressive start to the 2023/24 season with a treble at Sha Tin on Sunday (17 September) as Angus Chung, Ellis Wong and Jerry Chau figured strongly to underline the potential of Hong Kong’s home-grown jockey pool.
Hong Kong racing continues at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (20 September).