Vincent Ho collected his 300th Hong Kong win at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 5 February) when he delivered Massive Pocket on a late burst to land section two of the Class 3 Sports Road Handicap (1200m).
Fittingly, Ho’s main patron Francis Lui provided the milestone success, a win that edged the handler to a narrow lead in the trainer’s premiership. The rider was, as ever, level-headed in victory – landmark or not – as he rounded out the card with a hat-trick in the night’s final three contests.
“I’m definitely pleased to reach the 300 but I didn’t really count the numbers, I just knew when people told me I was almost there,” Ho said.
“Massive Pocket ran well from that gate (12) – he jumped ok and I knew the pace was on so I slotted in and got him to relax. But the horse I was following wasn’t going anywhere, he wasn’t helping at all, and the one on the inside was just staying there so I couldn’t get on the fence – eventually, and luckily, the gap opened on the inside and he flew home.