Frankie Lor heads into Wednesday’s (29 April) Happy Valley meeting with course specialist Flash Famous looking to become the first horse this season to win five races at the city circuit when he contests section one of the Class 3 Fortress Hill Handicap (1650m).
The trainer is fresh off a G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize success with Mr Stunning on Sunday, and is hopeful that Flash Famous can continue his rich vein of form and leave behind the season’s other four-timer Valley scorers, Very Sweet Orange and Amazing Star.
The Australian-bred was a two-time winner pre-import in Australia but from 23 runs across his first two Hong Kong seasons he could only manage one win. This season he’s been a revelation though and sits on four wins from seven runs, all over 1650m under the lights.
Jockey Joao Moreira credits the upturn to Lor, whose expertise was apparent with Mr Stunning returning to his G1-winning best of season’s past with Sunday’s 20/1 win.
“Frankie has turned Flash Famous’s form around, he has improved, for sure, and there’s no doubt that he’s capable of winning more races. I’m confident about him giving me another one in the Class he’s in at the moment,” the Brazilian ace said.
Lor’s charge arrived in Hong Kong on a mark of 71 and dropped down to 59 for his first win before his last-season struggles saw him hit a career-low of 45. He has since lifted to 70, cementing a place in the middle of Class 3.
“He’s held his form really well this season and I just keep him at Happy Valley over 1650 metres because he always seems to get good results there,” Lor said.
“He arrived in Hong Kong in Class 3 and he found it a bit hard, he didn’t race too well and then in Class 4 he got the win and last season I had to try a lot of different things but he’s much improved this season, he just needed that time.”