Jockey Keith Yeung broke a frustrating run of outs with his victory on Namjong Plus (NZ) (Zacinto) in the Class 3 Kwoon Chung Macau Express Handicap (1800m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
His win on the Me Tsui-trained Namjong Plus was his first victory since April – although the 30-year-old jockey said that he felt the six-month gap was overstated.
“When it comes to a race, all you can do is make as few mistakes as possible. For the most part, I’ve been riding well and so I knew my luck would turn around, it always does, but it’s a matter of waiting for that to happen.”
The win of Namjong Plus was also bittersweet for Yeung, as the Zacinto five-year-old was one horse who had been transferred away from his former mentor Almond Lee when the trainer’s licence was withdrawn at the end of last season.
“It was nice and not nice at the same time,” Yeung said. “It hurts me a little bit, of course, because am close to Almond, but the work he did with this horse had him ready to progress this season. I owe a lot to Almond, both professionally and personally.”
Namjong Plus showed his trademark turn-of-foot late to defeat Dynamic Eagle (NZ) (Guillotine) by a neck. -HKJC