RELENTLESS ME & HONG KONG WIN
9 May 2020
Price Bloodstock’s Relentless Me was one of the early winners for new trainer Douglas Whyte this season and on Saturday cut out his own slice of history as the first winner in Hong Kong for talented new apprentice Jerry Chau.
The headlines for the race were all around the young jockey winning at just his third mount but they overlooked the great season that the horse himself is having, with this his fourth win from only eight appearances for Whyte.
And Chau needed all the genuine character of Relentless Me to win as he dropped his whip in the home straight, which might have cost him the race with many horses in a tight finish.
“When I went to pull the whip through, maybe I was a bit nervous on my first day but I dropped my whip,” Chau explained later. “I had to push the horse hands and heels and I screamed at him, but the horse was so honest for me.”
The six-year-old gelding all but said to Chau ‘leave this to me’ as he knuckled down in the final stages and overhauled the leader to win by a head in the seventh win of his career and his prizemoney has now topped $6 million.
“He is an ideal ride for an apprentice, as he showed when he won for Alfie Chan last time, because the horse himself tries so hard,” Whyte said.