New Zealand-bred horses dominated proceedings with six wins at Sha Tin on Sunday (21 March) and this Wednesday (24 March) night at Happy Valley trainer Frankie Lor is looking to keep the ball rolling when the improving Oscar Glory – a son of this season’s leading sire Per Incanto – contests the second section of the Class 4 Lok Fu Handicap (1650m).
Hand-picked by Lor out of the 2019 Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale, the three-year-old New Zealand-bred will have his first start over 1650m at the city circuit with Lor remaining hopeful that a step up in trip will help the gelding gain a career-first triumph.
“I think he can improve over the mile, he is a big horse and I think the distance will suit him,” Lor said. “He’s still a three-year-old so he will continue to improve.”
Per Incanto – who is also New Zealand’s current leading sire – tops the billing this season in Hong Kong with 24 wins, While Australian sires Exceed And Excel and Deep Field hold second and third on 15 and 14 wins, respectively.
“Per Incanto does well here and he (Oscar Glory) is such a big horse with a big action – I thought he was the right fit for Hong Kong – that’s why I picked him,” Lor said.
Karis Teetan, who drove the gelding to a competitive fifth last time out retains the ride and he too believes that the extra ground will help, as well as the addition of cheek pieces.
“I spoke to Frankie (Lor) and we decided to put the cheek pieces on him, I do think that it will help him a lot – he’s a lovely horse,” Teetan said.