FORMER Kilmore jockey Blake Shinn captured his first group one triumph on Hong Kong Jockey Club’s biggest stage on Sunday.
The Melbourne Cup-winning jockey fended off world-class opposition in taking out the HK$24 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint with the Caspar Fownes-trained Sky Field.
The race was marred with a four-horse fall at the turn into the straight.
Later on the program, Shinn went close to making it a group one double when he shot clear aboard Russian Emperor in the Longines Hong Kong Cup only to be collared near the line by Loves Only You and Hishi Iguazu.
Shinn’s mother, Kilmore resident Carol Shinn, said after the win that she spoke to her son the night before the big race.
She said he was positive and really happy going into the meeting – and that he would be so happy with the result.