Frankie Lor’s aspirations of securing a maiden Hong Kong trainers’ championship have been significantly boosted by a Happy Valley treble on Wednesday night (25 May) but the unassuming horseman is taking nothing for granted.
Edging to a 77-74 lead over 11-time champion John Size with 14 meetings left in the season, Lor reclaimed the ascendancy over his former boss with the victories of My Ecstatic, Everyone’s Delight and Excellent Peers.
Delighted with the form of his stable, Lor refuses to entertain thoughts of winning the title in his fifth season – primarily out of respect for the legendary Size.
“I’m very happy to have a treble but my old boss is really strong – some meetings he can win three or four, so I will just keep trying hard,” Lor said. “I’ll just keep trying to train more winners.”
Lor clinched the evening’s feature race – the Class 2 Castle Peak Bay Handicap (1650m) – aboard Everyone’s Delight, who prevailed by a short head under Alexis Badel over Soulmate and Zac Purton.
Badel was impressed with Everyone’s Delight, who had spent the majority of the season in Class 3 company and lugging top weight of 133lb.