Morethanlucky was a prominent player in the Frankie Lor success story last season and the trainer is looking to Saturday’s (22 September) Class 2 Washington D.C. Handicap (1400m) for a signal that the five-year-old can play a leading part this term, too.
Lor accrued 65 wins in his first campaign ˗ a record for a freshman handler in Hong Kong ˗ and Morethanlucky provided four of those. But the bay gelding’s contribution was not only numerical; in progressing to a third-place finish in the prestigious Hong Kong Classic Mile, the New Zealand-bred advanced Lor’s profile as a trainer capable of readying horses in the classier grades.
Morethanlucky will step out for his first run this season off the back of a smart barrier trial on 11 September. Under race-day pilot Karis Teetan, the son of Per Incanto made all through 1200m on the all-weather track and passed the post under a hold, clear of his peers.
“I’m happy with the way he won the trial last week and I think he has a good chance this Saturday,” said Lor, who is hopeful that his charge’s best is yet to come.
“He is rated 92 but he looks like he can still improve a little bit. Saturday’s race will tell us about whether he can make the step up to the better races.”