David Ferraris / SCMP (p)

David Ferraris / SCMP (p)

Ferraris had saddled more than 1,100 winners in South Africa before moving to Hong Kong in 2003.

 

Hong Kong - Holy Mac, who beat Prince Of Sunshine over 1650m at Sha Tin last week, gave South African trainer David Ferraris his 300th win in Hong Kong.

Mid-division under jockey Neil Callan, Holy Mac squeezed between pacemaker Carry The Zeal and favourite Crimson Heart to lead 200m from the wire and won by 1.25 lengths. Crimson Heart, trained by another South African, Tony Millard, finished third.

Ferraris had saddled more than 1,100 winners in South Africa before moving to Hong Kong in 2003, with his big-race winners including three-time Grade 1 winner Set Afire and Surveyor, who won two Grade 1 races.

In Hong Kong, Ferraris became internationally famous due to the exploits of Vengeance Of Rain, who counted among his six Group 1 wins the 2007 Dubai Sheema Classic, and Sweet Orange, winner of the HK Classic Mile in 2012. He started the season with 283 Hong Kong wins to his credit.

Fellow South African, thirteen-time Hong Kong champion jockey Dougie Whyte, also reached a milestone at Sha Tin last week when he had his 10,000th race ride there. He made it a winning one on Master Kochanwong.

Extract from Tab News

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