Millard’s 600 Up In Hong Kong

Pearl Champion wins under De Sousa

South African trainer Tony Millard notched up his 600th Hong Kong winner at Sha Tin racecourse at the weekend.

Tony Millard holding trophy

Tony Millard

After waiting for more than a month between winners, Millard was not on course for his milestone, having taken a Christmas holiday.

Millard’s four-year-old charge Pearl Champion started as the favourite and defied being forced to race wide for most the trip in the Class 4 Chun Shek Handicap over 1400m.

In-form Silvestre de Sousa – recently crowned Britain’s champion jockey and currently riding on a short-term licence in Hong Kong – remained calm throughout and eased the son of Rip Van Winkle to the front to eventually win by two lengths.

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