Frankie Lor is optimistic unconquered Master Eight can continue an impressive ascent when the emerging sprinter resumes in the second section of the Class 3 Spoonbill Handicap (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (24 October).
Strengthened by two recent trials, Master Eight reunites with Joao Moreira from barrier five against 11 rivals, leaving Lor with bullish expectations heading into the contest.
Asked if he thought the chestnut was a strong winning chance, Lor unhesitatingly replied: “Yes.”
Having risen from 52 to 74 in the handicap after successive wins at Class 4 and Class 3, Master Eight will shoulder 130lb for Moreira, while Lor hopes maturity will help the son of Oamaru Force to settle better.
“He’s had two starts for two wins but he’s still learning to relax a bit better. At the moment, he’s a bit of a jump and go horse and on Sunday we’ll just let him jump and see where’s comfortable,” Lor said.
“If he leads, he leads – we will see and I think he will probably lead on Sunday because he’s still fresh. Maybe later in the preparation, he will sit second or third.
“With his fitness, the first trial he still wasn’t 100 percent and he finished third. After the second trial, Joao came back in and said he was much better.”