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So and So Sends Happy Valley Punters Home Broke
An astonishing $14,716 double by Hong Kong jockey Ben So – his first since 2016 – has smashed punters and set new records at Happy Valley’s Wednesday meeting, reports hkjc.com. Top Military delivered a knockout blow at $283, a new Happy Valley record since since Hong Kong racing turned professional in 1971. Top Military had won a couple of races on wet tracks in New Zealand back in 2017 but had gone eight races without success in his injury-hit Hong Kong career, including when last of 12 over 1650m a month ago. The Benno Yung-trained gelding had previously raced around at odds of 434/1 and 374/1. “I think the first-time blinkers must have changed the horse,” said So, who will retire at this season’s end. To rub salt into the wound inflicted by Top Military, Ho proceeded to add to his haul with $52 chance Divine Unicorn, leaving many punters wishing retirement had been a week ago.