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Currie posts memorable Sha Tin double after injury battle

Currie posts memorable Sha Tin double after injury battle

Elated after the latest twist in a rollercoaster debut Hong Kong season, Luke Currie enjoyed a remarkable Sha Tin double for John Size yesterday to seal an inspiring return from injury.
Likening victory aboard standby starter Touch Faith (Outreach) in the Class 5 Lau Fau Shan Handicap (1200m) to the emotion of major race success, Currie completed a 467-1 double for Size when Amazing Teens (Darci Brahma) prevailed in the Class 4 Mai Po Handicap (1650m).
“I feel like it’s the biggest race I’ve ever won in my career, I’m that happy. To come back from injury and stay here, it’s been really hard,”
Group 1-winning Currie said after Touch Faith’s win, referencing a trial fall in February which left him hospitalised with a fractured vertebra. Sidelined for 18 meetings after Pride Of Eight’s (Pride Of Dubai) saddle slipped at Sha Tin on February 4, the 40-year-old’s mishap contrasted vividly with the perfect start he had made to his Hong Kong stint with victory at his first ride on Miracle Victory (Astern) for David Hayes on January 30.

 Out of action until April 10, Currie then contested 28 races after resuming – and filled the placings on only one occasion before taking the mount on Touch Faith, who was promoted into the field following the scratching of Lumen Baba (Zoffany). “You need the luck. It’s a starting block again for something that I hope gets bigger,” Currie said before then combining with 11-time champion trainer Size and Amazing Teens. “It’s great. I had no expectations. Having a couple of rides for John Size, I was quite excited and hoped they would run well. One of them (Amazing Teens) wasn’t drawn well (barrier 14) and the other (Touch Faith) was lucky to get a run.

 “I definitely didn’t expect to be walking home with two winners. I’ve been back riding for only a month – but a month is a long time in racing without a winner and it does help the mindset a lot. I will get out of bed a lot easier tomorrow morning.” An animated Size was clearly delighted with Currie’s display aboard Touch Faith. “I know that he’s (Currie) there and he rides 119lb and he’s strong enough for a horse like this and I was looking to give him an opportunity to ride and when I had a look to see who didn’t have a ride, I chose him,” Size said. “Well, he couldn’t have ridden it any better. It was a beautiful ride.

The horse jumped well and that helped but from then on, he had him travelling beautifully in the run. He looked like a winner a long way from home. The second horse (General Trump) might have just got out of stride and it favoured us. “He (Touch Faith) hasn’t shown any form on the dirt track but his track work is quite good on it, so when he got into the race and the gate (3) was very nice, we thought he might run well.” All three of Amazing Teens’ wins have come on Sha Tin’s all-weather surface. Blake Shinn posted his first Hong Kong win in tandem with Tony Cruz when Brave Power (Declaration Of War) narrowly claimed the evening’s sole contest on turf – the Class 5 Lam Tei Handicap (1400m).