Danny Shum celebrated his 700th Hong Kong winner in typically understated fashion when exciting talent Romantic Warrior won the second section of the Class 4 Murrayfield Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (24 November).
A protégé of Ivan Allan and famed by Little Bridge’s 2012 G1 King’s Stand Stakes victory at Royal Ascot, Shum is one of the most respected horsemen in the sport and the milestone victory leaves him in elite company in Hong Kong.
Of the current trainers in the jurisdiction, only Tony Cruz (1,361), John Size (1,341), Caspar Fownes (974), Ricky Yiu (851), Dennis Yip (782) and Francis Lui (760) have trained more winners than Shum, while John Moore holds the overall record of 1,735.
Shum, 61, was characteristically modest about personal achievement as he contemplated Romantic Warrior’s future.
“It means I have to work harder, it’s not bad – but it’s not great for 18 years. It’s about 40 winners a season, I need to do better actually,” he said.