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Callan Breaks HK Drought

Wins for Tony Millard

South African jockey Callan Murray was rewarded for his patience as he took the opener at Sha Tin on Sunday and snared a first win for the campaign.

Callan steers Top Ace to victory for Tony Millard (Pic – HKJC)

The young man’s relief was expressed with a loud whoop as he passed the winning post aboard Top Ace, his 24th mount this season and the first leg of the Millard treble.

“It’s just a relief. Every winner is nice but my last winner was actually in June, since before my hip surgery, so it’s been frustrating and this will give me the confidence I needed,” Murray said.

This success on the Millard-trained galloper was the rider’s first in Hong Kong since he returned to his homeland in July 2017 following a late-season four-win stint.

Murray, 20, landed back in Hong Kong in August with a view to securing a long-term contract in Hong Kong. But his early season hopes took a knock when he picked up a two-meeting suspension in September.

“The suspension was the most frustrating but these things happen, I was patient enough and I think it’s made me a better person,” he said.

-Hong Kong Jockey Club

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