The heat is on in the race to be champion trainer with front-runner Ricky Yiu feeling the burn at his back after closest rival Francis Lui maintained his excellent form with a double at Sha Tin on Saturday, 27 June.
Yiu had to sit and suffer on Wednesday night when a Lui four-timer lifted the unassuming chaser to within two wins. That became a slender lead of one after the Lui stable’s brace this afternoon but Yiu was keeping his usual cool after 26/1 longshot Alcari helped his cause.
“Every single win counts heavily!” Yiu said, with a shrug, after Alcari’s score in race nine took him to 62 wins for the term; Lui hit back with Water Diviner in the finale to end the day on 61.
“Francis’ four wins on Wednesday was amazing – two of those wins were supposed to be Vincent’s (Ho) and Zac (Purton) didn’t have a ride but he got those two, so it was fate,” he added.
But Yiu, who has led the pack for most of the season, is hoping his sustained approach and hard work will draw the fates his way through the season’s final five fixtures.
“I’ll keep my head down, keep focused and do my best, then there’s no regret,” he said.