Leung chasing double for Carters

Local apprentice Kevin Leung is hoping to land a double for Cambridge trainers Margaret and Tim Carter when he heads to Ruakaka on Saturday.

Leung, who is apprenticed to Trent Busuttin, broke through for his first win in more than three months when he won on the Carter-trained Mr Knowitall in the Everton Lodge Sport Horses 1200 at Pukekohe today. Mr Knowitall had also won his previous start, at Te Aroha, when ridden by Mark Sweeney.

“I’m riding Fortune Knight at Ruakaka for Margaret and Tim,” said Leung. “I hope I can win on that one, too. They’re giving me a chance and I’m happy to win today for them.”

Leung had two rides at Pukekohe today and both were for the Carters, the other being One O Eight, who ran seventh a race earlier.

Fortune Knight will contest the Cara J. Fishing Charters 1400 at the Whangarei meeting and, like Mr Knowitall, he has already tasted success, though the victory was a long way from New Zealand.

Fortune Knight raced six times in England for a juvenile 1400-metre win in July 11 and three placings before his final English race in a Group Two event at Goodwood.

The Carters have started Fortune Knight twice and both times Leung has been in the saddle. Fresh-up he finished fifth at Pukekohe and he was then 10th when trapped wide at Tauranga.

Leung (24) began his apprenticeship in Hong Kong and rode 14 winners before coming to New Zealand. He has now added three to that tally.

He registered his first win on Moneytree for Te Awamutu trainers Brendon and Keith Hawtin in an event at Ellerslie on March 30 and he won his very next ride, scoring on Olivia Ann for Matamata trainer Phil Stevens at Te Teko on April 4.

Leung had just 21 rides between his latest two wins and picked up a few placings, including a recent second at Matamata on Keep Rocking. And now the 3kg claimer is hoping to get a roll-on from his latest success.