Ricky Yiu has pocketed six wins from his last 14 runners and heads into Wednesday’s (27 November) nine-race card at Happy Valley with four chances, spearheaded by the in-form Gentle Breeze (133lb) in the night’s feature, the Class 3 St Andrew’s Challenge Quaich Handicap (1000m).
Yiu has bagged trebles at each of the last two fixtures, leap-frogging Danny Shum to sit atop the trainers’ premiership with 20 wins, striking at an imposing 21.28% from just 94 runners.
“I’m very happy, I’m more than happy actually – the stable is going smoothly this season,” Yiu said at Sha Tin this morning (Tuesday, 26 November).
Gentle Breeze has hit a similar purple patch of form to that of his handler, winning three of his last four races, all at the city track.
The five-year-old sports the famous colours of Yiu’s World Champion Sprinter and Hong Kong Horse of the Year (2009/10), Sacred Kingdom, and will break from gate 10 with regular partner Matthew Chadwick aboard for the hat-trick bid.
The rider and Yiu have been a formidable combination this season, winning three times together including last Saturday at Sha Tin with Villa Fionn.
“Gentle Breeze will run well again because he really likes Happy Valley,” Yiu said. “The horse is in good form; this time it’s a little different though as he has more weight to carry with top-weight and the draw isn’t very ideal for him.”