Frankie Lor’s rising star Winning Dreamer extended his unbeaten record to four with a smart Class 3 victory in the Pai Tau Handicap (1200m) under Vincent Ho at Sha Tin on Sunday, capping a brilliant day in the saddle for the 30-year-old.
Winning Dreamer earns his fourth unbeaten win, photo Hong Kong Jockey Club
“I can’t ask for much more. I’m extremely lucky for the owners and trainers to be supporting me so well and as well, I’m so lucky to be on Golden Sixty and horses like Winning Dreamer - extremely lucky the owners have stuck with me,” Ho said.
The talented son of Deep Field was sent out a 2.3 favourite, against another unbeaten galloper, the John Size-trained Scores Of Fun who finished second, while Chicken Dance grabbed third.
“He can be a sprinter but if he’s behind horses he can switch off completely and when you ask him he can go again - he’s quite fast, he’s a good horse for sure,” Ho said.
“He feels a bit easier than last time, he always tends to hang in but he didn’t do that today - I’m extremely happy with that,” Ho said.
The talented four-year-old arrived in Hong Kong as a 52-rater and has shot up to a figure of 79 since his debut in May, last season.
Teetan takes three
Karis Teetan secured a treble today capped with victory aboard Will Power in the Class 2 Fo Tan Handicap (1200m, dirt), moving the Mauritian to joint-second on the premiership with Zac Purton, locked on 16 wins behind only Joao Moreira in first with 21 wins.
Karis Teetan celebrates the win, photo Hong Kong Jockey Club
“Great day, three winners - it’s hard to have one but to have a treble is good,” Teetan said.
The 30-year-old narrowly missed in both of today’s G2 contests, finishing second and third, but he ensured he didn’t go home empty handed with three wins of his own, sealed aboard the Douglas Whyte-trained Will Power.
“He’s a lovely horse, since I first sat on him I knew and he’s just improving each time and he’s a better horse this season, mentally and physically,” Teetan said.
“If I put him between horses like that last season he wouldn’t have let down but he’s learning and the good thing you can feel is he is getting better,” Teetan said.
Teetan, earlier, took the first of the two dirt contests, securing the Class 4 Shing Mun River Channel Handicap (1200m) aboard Resolute for trainer Tony Millard and won the opening, the Class 5 Tin Sam Handicap (2000m) aboard the Peter Ho-trained Amazing Agility - a much needed win for the handler who is the last trainer to get off the mark this season.
“Precious moment - it’s very hard to get a winner especially in Hong Kong, you need a good horse and a good jockey that is willing to help you ride the horse,” Ho said.
Hang’s Decision grabbed the Class 4 Siu Lek Yuen Handicap (1400m) for trainer Chris So and jockey Matthew Poon. The win was the first of a double for So who took the Class 4 Sha Tin Wai Handicap (1200m) with Super Red Dragon thanks to an impressive drive by Alexis Badel.
Champion trainer Ricky Yiu got his seventh win as Bulletproof cruised to victory under Vagner Borges in the Class 4 Tai Wai Handicap (1600m).
Heza Beauty and Neil Callan grabbed the finale, the Class 3 Sha Tin Hoi Handicap (1400m) for trainer John Size.
The second of the two G2 contests went the way of Derek Leung and Dennis Yip as Wishful Thinker rallied late to narrowly edge Computer Patch on the line in the Premier Bowl Handicap (1200m).
Hong Kong racing continues this Wednesday (21 October) at Happy Valley.