Frankie Lor roared to second in the trainers’ championship thanks to a treble at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (21 October) that maintained his fruitful run of form.
The fourth-season handler made it eight wins so far in October when Heavenly Thought’s victory in the Class 3 Sha Wan Handicap (1650m) sealed the three-timer, propelling Lor to 11 wins for the term, four behind championship leader Caspar Fownes.
With 14 race meetings completed, Lor has more than doubled the five wins he had accrued at this time last year – a season that resulted in just 44 wins, 21 short of the 65 wins he posted in each of his first two seasons.
“It’s a little bit early to talk championship but I always try my best. First of all the horses are very important and they need to be healthy,” Lor said.
The 54-year-old has 74 race meetings still to navigate but he has his string in fine form and was quick to credit the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Mainland training facility’s role in the preparation of his horses.
“I have over 20 horses in Conghua,” Lor said. “It depends, if the horse is a bit weak, or if he needs a freshen up, I will send him to Conghua.”