The Victorian connection dominated in Hong Kong on Saturday with 4 of the last 5 winners at Sha Tin.
Australian Group 2 expat Vanilla (Host) began the winning run and he was followed by Beauty Master (Nicconi), Jolly Banner (Lonhro) and Lucky Girl (Onemorenomore).
Vanilla was bred by Gilgai Farm, Beauty Master by Peter Devitt & Les Gordon, Jolly Banner by Makybe and Lucky Girl is a son of Ridgeview Park newcomer Onemorenomore.
Earlier on Saturday, Devitt and the late Les Gordon bred stakes winners Hear The Chant (Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes) and Wait For No One (Listed Debutant Stakes) at Caulfield. The latter is a younger brother to Beauty Master.
Beauty Master won the Pok Oi Cup (1000m) for leading owner Simon Kwok and jockey Zac Purton believes the best is yet to come. “He was a colt when I rode him last season and he was very hard to control, hanging and taking off and doing everything wrong,” he said. “I recommended he be gelded and he has turned the corner since the operation – he’s a different horse.”
Lucky Girl looks like he will rise up the grades for Onemorenomore after posting a class-record 1.33.49s in the Yuen Long Hcp (1600m). It bettered the previous mark that had stood since May 1999.
“He’s a big horse with a long stride and he controlled the speed,” trainer Dennis Yip said. “The main thing is that he keeps maturing. From last season to now, his bodyweight has gone up and he’s much stronger.”
Despite his name, Lucky Girl is a male and his dam Bani Yas (Zabeel) is a three-quarter sister to Australian stakes winner Diamond Cove.