Doyle back on track with Happy Valley double
Report: Hong Kong, Wednesday
BRITISH rider Brett Doyle went some way to salvaging his season in Hong Kong on Wednesday after riding a double at Happy Valley.
Despite a bright start to 2011-12, Doyle hit a lengthy barren spell from October to December but his victories aboard Shanghai Pioneer (Andy Leung) and Lucky Record (Tony Millard) brought his win tally to five.
Brett Doyle: welcome doublePICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Doyle is licensed to ride in Hong Kong until February 1 with his relicensing for the second half of the season dependent on performance.
Later on the card trainer John Size and jockey Darren Beadman also combined for a double.
The well-backed Prosperity made all under a well-judged ride from the front, while Delta Hedge broke through for his maiden Hong Kong win on just his second start at odds of around 13-1.
Size and Beadman are now undefeated in the last four times they have combined locally.
The highest quality race on the card put French import Mr Bond (Peter Ho/Gerald Mosse) in pole position for the Happy Valley Million Challenge, which rewards the best performers at the city track from the first half of the season.
Winner at Group 3 and Listed level in Paris during 2010 when he raced as Sormiou for trainer Cedric Diard, Mr Bond has now won three of his five starts this season at the Valley mile with two minor placings to make him favourite for the bonus of around £50,000 come the end of February.