Frankie Lor snagged a brace at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 13 March) with a pair of promising young gallopers, Fat Turtle and Frustrated.
The former took the finale, section two of the Class 3 Matheson Handicap (1200m), under Zac Purton. It was no mean feat either, being the Australian import’s first Hong Kong start.
“It was a nice effort,” the champion jockey said of the 3.6 favourite. “He did a lot right, he jumped well, he got a little bit lost on the corners but I thought he was going to win easily when I came into the straight. He sort of sprinted clear and then he ran out of steam a bit.
“It’s never easy as a PP (Private Purchase) first time in Hong Kong, especially at Happy Valley under the lights.”
The nighttime illuminations were also a pre-race concern for Lor, who otherwise expected a bold show from the Smart Missile four-year-old, a three-time winner before his arrival at Sha Tin in mid-October.
“I thought he’d run well today because he had a good draw (3),” Lor said. “The only concern was it being Happy Valley and whether he’d be scared of the lights or not but he looked ok. He’ll handle a little bit further – 1400 and a mile.”