Ten years of age and ten race wins to his name. That was until Wednesday night when the Jimmy Ting trained veteran Ocean Roar notched his 11th career success when simply too fast for 11 younger rivals despite not having won since the 11th month last year.
The gelding, ridden by Dylan Mo, jumped to the front from barrier one and never looked likely to be overhauled. Each of his wins has been over the Happy Valley 1000 metres course and he’s not been headed in any one of them. The evergreen sprinter has now won races in seven consecutive seasons.
The perfect draw and the drop to Class 5 made the difference for the horse trained by Jimmy Ting who maintained his lead in the trainer’s premiership. Ting has 17 winners for the season and is one clear of Tony Cruz. It was Mo’s ninth win for the racing year which has him just inside the top ten on the table.
“Go you good old thing,” was broadcaster Tom Wood’s late call as if to urge on the faithful servant who, under Hong Kong Jockey Club rules, must be retired at the close of this season. -HKJC