Lowly weighted runners have a notable record in the short history of the G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) and this Sunday (30 May) at Sha Tin trainer Frankie Lor is hopeful Healthy Happy (114lb) has the form on the board to join that list when he attempts to capitalise off his featherweight impost in the HK$3.5 million contest.
Since the race’s inception in 2016, four out of the five winners have carried 118lb or less with only Ka Ying Star carrying more (129lb) in 2020 as the sole five-year-old or up to claim victory, while the other four renewals have been shared equally between three and four-year-olds nearing the bottom of the handicap.
“The light weight should be better, it should be much easier for him – the weight’s a little bit different so it’s better for four-year-olds,” Lor said.
Stepping out off the back of a last-start fourth to Golden Sixty in the G1 FWD Champions Mile at the end of April, Healthy Happy lines up as one of two four-year-olds in the race alongside Sky Darci (114lb), who may carry 1lb over his allotted weight.
“He ran well last start but we need to race him because his rating is at 106, we need to race him in Group races so I’m trying again – I hope he gets close but perhaps next season as he gets older he will be better,” Lor said.
Readying for his eighth start in Hong Kong, the Zoustar gelding is a three-time winner, including victory in this year’s HK$12 million Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), the second leg of the three-race Four-Year-Old Classic Series.