Broke the Wall; Stroke the Hall
The 1960-61 season ended on a high note for punters with the Derby and other events.
Favourites and second favourites monopolized the dividends.
No less than 5 first and 3 second market choices provided success in a nine-race card.
The track was heavy following overnight rain and drizzle which persisted for most to the afternoon.
The Derby classic event run on Saturday with further historical importance was bestowed upon it.
All were Sub. Griffins entry with 8 starters.
The principal event of the day – the Hongkong Derby – was won very easily by WALBROOK, the hot favourite.
The four-year-old chestnut gelding reveled in the going and won unchallenged.
1961-05-06_3 The 84th Derby WALBROOK
trainer: Nigel Metrevelli
distance: About 1 mile 3 furlongs 65 yards
POLE MARK (J M Cruz) set the pace right from the start.
POLE MARK made most of the running but WALBROOKwas always well-placed .
The pair began to make their moves along the backstraight.
But POLE MARK held on well to lead the way down the Rock.
They joined the issue rounding the final bend.
Once in line for home the result was never in doubt.
WALBROOK ran up strongly turning into the homestraight and romped home.
He won by six lengths, done in 2 mins 33.2 secs.
He was accorded a rousing reception as he passed the post.
Following the comfortable winner, POLE MARK still raced on the finish second.
Another 1 1/2 lengths behind, DINNA KEN (H M Botelho) banked on a strong rush to take third place.
FIRST PRIZE and FASCOT (Albert Lam) were the last two.
It is understood that WALBROOK was the first “maiden” to win the event in the post-war era.
In his three previous outings this season he was second twice and third on the other occasion.
Champion jockey for the season, Chun Kit drew a blank.
But was so far in front before the Finale that only a miracle could rob him of the title.
Mrs A Arbold wife of HKJC presented the champion jockey trophy to him.
The Bank Mess appeared among the owners in a period of which no record remains.
1904-02-23, there was the first trace of it, entering one pony in that Annual.
The stable has always borne the Bank’s Chinese name (Wayfoong) and used the Bank’s colours (Red with white hoops).
Mr Wayfoong’s results were never very spectacular.
WALBROOK, is the name of a bank street near the HSBC headquarters in London.
The excellent transliteration of its Chinese name is so close.
It is thought that the brook was named because it ran through or under the London Wall.
Another theory is the name comes from Weala broc meaning ‘brook of the Welsh’
Acknowledgment to Mr Peter Yuen and Mr Kelvin Lee for relevant data.
Acknowledgment to Mr Donald Tsai for offering relevant records and photos.