Peslier claims series again
Olivier Peslier claimed his second success in the four-race World Super Jockeys Series at Hanshin at the weekend. The two other European representatives, Ireland's Johnny Murtagh and Frankie Dettori, were eighth and 11th, respectively with 25 and 14 points.
Emulating his 1998 win, Peslier wrote his own piece of history by becoming the first foreign rider to win the Japanese competition twice.
Peslier gained his two successes on Contact (Golden Spur Trophy) and Narita Daido in the Golden Saddle Trophy.
This allied to a fourth in the final race of the series on After You gave him 53 points - 13 more than his nearest pursuer, local idol Yutaka Take.
Murtagh's best efforts were a fourth on the fancied Ibuki Commander and a fifth on 1001 shot, Tokai Rocky, in the finale.
Dettori had a fourth on Water Polaris. However, his three other rides were all well beaten.
Moral Support is 5 to 1 favourite for the £75,000 Coral Eurobet Welsh National at Chepstow with the sponsors following an impressive victory in the Tote John Hughes Chase there on Saturday.
The eight-year-old was notching a four-timer since Charlie Mann bought him for a bargain 8,200 guineas out of Mouse Morris's stable at Doncaster May Sales.
Mann was hoping to win a "small race" with the half brother to top-class chaser Dorans Pride, but now the sky could be the limit.
Richard Hughes has been booked for the ride on Repertory, in the Group Three Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on December 17th.
The Malcolm Saunders flyer won the Group Three Prix du Petit Couvert on the third time of asking on his last start in Paris. Hughes was on board the all the way winner.
Mark Johnston's Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner, has been been added to the field of the Hong Kong Vase (Gr 1) (12f) on the same card.
Darryll Holland was in sparkling form in Singapore on Saturday where he reeled off a four timer on Superior Effect, Superb Tycoon, Middle Of Nowhere and Pacific Prince, at Kranji.
Holland took his tally in Singapore for the year to 13.
Jimmy Fortune, contracted to ride until March, was also successful on the card on half length winner Magic Dream.
Bienamado, a horse that Robert Sangster owns in partnership, underlined his good record at Hollywood Park by taking the $400,000 Grade One Hollywood Turf Cup (12f) by three lengths (Sat).
The British import, beaten a head by Montjeu in the 1999 Prix Niel, won despite pulling hard. He was twice successful at the California venue in the summer.
One Won One, Ireland's contender in the Group One Mile, arrives next Wednesday (6-12) on the same flight as American hopeful, Val's Prince.