Milestones are in sight at Happy Valley Wednesday (5 February) night with trainer John Moore one away from his 1700th Hong Kong win and jockey Vincent Ho one short of his 300th Hong Kong win.
Moore took out his licence in 1985 and the record-setting handler is Hong Kong’s longest-serving and winning-most trainer. His lengthy honour roll of stars, includes the last six gallopers to been named Hong Kong Horse of the Year – Military Attack (2013), Designs On Rome (2014), Able Friend (2015), Werther (2016), Rapper Dragon (2017) and Beauty Generation (2018 & 2019).
The seven-time champion trainer’s three entries on Wednesday’s eight-race card are some way short of scaling those heights, but they might still give the handler a memorable night at the city circuit. Grant van Niekerk will be aboard two of those, firstly G Unit (120lb) in section two of the Class 3 Sports Road Handicap (1200m).
“That would be amazing if I could ride his 1700th winner,” Van Niekerk said. “G Unit has done everything right for me so far and he enjoys Happy Valley, so I’m sure he’ll give his best again.”