Hong Kong hoop sparkles at the Valley

Hong Kong based Brett Prebble teamed with the Danny O'Brien trained Sparkling Satine to win the second leg of the three-race Cathay Pacific Super8 Jockeys Challenge at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

The innovative series pitted four of the best Melbourne jockeys, Damien Oliver, Craig Newitt, Craig Williams and Dwayne Dunn against Hong Kong's Prebble, Olivier Doleuze, Douglas Whyte and Howard Cheng.

Prebble rode a near perfect race on Sparkling Satine, being in fourth position early and moving to second on the turn outside Craig Williams' mount Partiva.

Sparkling Satine soon put paid to Partiva and Prebble steered her to the line 1½ lengths clear of dead heaters Running Riot and Belleza Veloz.

Despite a slow early pace, Prebble was able to get Sparkling Satine going kindly behind the Glen Boss ridden Tascher.

"She relaxed really well and didn't pull", he said "She breathed well in the mid-section and then I asked her to pick up the tempo from the 500. She got into her rhythm and really outstayed them over the mile."

After a first-up win at Caulfield in late August, Sparkling Satine was seventh in the Stocks Stakes last start at Moonee Valley.

"She was a bit unlucky last start in a harder race on a very firm track that day and tonight in her grade and a soft track was ideal," O'Brien foreman Gerard Tesoriero said.

"A ten out of ten ride from Brett and probably a godsend that we got allocated Brett in the jockey's series."

Tesoriero pointed out that Sparkling Satine was much improved since she was last in work.

"She's really come along since her last prep," he said. "She's so consistent and honest."

"You couldn't ask for a better type of mare at this time of year."

Sparkling Satine has had several attempts at stakes grade with little success so far. However the O'Brien stable is still hopeful that she will improve her breeding potential before the end of the year.

"We're probably looking towards the Tesio here on Cox Plate day", Tesoriero said when asked about plans for the O'Reilly mare.

"We'll have another run in between that but that's our aim this Spring."

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