As has become customary, Joao Moreira was the headline act with a Boxing Day quartet but, in Richard Gibson’s eyes, mafoo (stable assistant) Josephine Kwok deserved acclaim as the unsung heroine at Sha Tin on Sunday (26 December) following Wellington’s stunning win in the Class 3 Long Ke Handicap (1000m).
Posting his fourth win from five starts, Wellington vindicated Gibson’s faith by powering to victory in 56.51s under Zac Purton as the gelding returned from an eight-month lay-off.
But it was the behind-the-scenes contribution of Kwok – known as ‘KK’ – Gibson repeatedly highlighted on a day when Moreira stretched his lead in the jockeys’ premiership to 19 over Purton.
“I’ve got many people to thank but the number one person to thank is the mafoo, ‘KK’,” Gibson said.
“She stayed with him for so many days and I want to dedicate this to her because we don’t talk about the grooms enough.
“She’s always been my best groom since I’ve been in Hong Kong. She’s always looked after my best horses and this horse has had quite a lot of issues and she’s spent so much time with the horse.
“Of course, we have a team behind to thanks – the vets and everything – but the person who did so much extra care is KK, so I thank her very much.