A brilliant ride by Hugh Bowman saw Jolly Honour clapping all the way to the bank in Australia with victory on Saturday at Rosehill over 1800m, completing back to back wins.
It may have been the horse’s last shot fired before his imminent departure to Hong Kong. He will transfer to Hong Kong in the new year with a big target in mind for owner Philip Ng.
“It was a very special win,” said Waller.
“He is going to Hong Kong to be prepared for the Hong Kong Derby next season.”
Bowman was praised for his initiative in sending Jolly Honour to the front and going for home around the 600m mark after a leisurely first half o the race.
“They were going too slow for me,” Bowman said.
“I didn’t want to put that much speed in the race but when I gave him a bit of room to increase the tempo he really wanted to get on with it.
“I let him cruise around to the 600 (metres) after a very soft first half of the race and I thought, ‘He’s not going to stop, they’re going to have to run over him’, and they couldn’t.”
Jolly Honours carries the colours of one of Waller’s earliest supporters in Hong Kong-based owner Philip Ng, the same colours carried to victory by Triple Honour, Waller’s first Group 1 winner.
Just like last week’s winner Ombudsman, Jolly Honour is a son of Westbury Stud sire Reliable Man and was also sold by the same consignor in Bradbury Park at the Karaka Select Sale, costing just NZ$70,000.
The consistent galloper has won three races from his nine starts along with five placings and earnings of $157,540.