Clasping an imposing lead over John Size in the Hong Kong trainers’ championship, Frankie Lor refuses to believe the battle with his former mentor is over despite edging to a seven-win buffer after My Ecstatic’s authoritative victory at Happy Valley on Tuesday night (28 June).
Attempting to land the championship for the first time, Lor holds an 87-80 buffer over 11-time champion Size with only five meetings left before the end of the season.
“We still have five meetings left and I will keep on trying to win as many races as I can,” said Lor, whose current margin equals the largest gap he has held over Size this term. “My old boss (Size) will not give up. He is a top trainer, so I must keep trying.”
My Ecstatic’s blistering victory in the Class 3 Jervois Handicap (1650m) not only enhanced Lor’s already buoyant prospects, but also preserved Derek Leung’s hopes of snaring the Tony Cruz Award for the best-performed home-grown jockey.
In a rich vein of form, Leung has 44 wins for the season – to trail only Matthew Chadwick (49) and Vincent Ho (46), both of whom rode winners on the card.
In something of a rarity, neither Zac Purton nor Joao Moreira rode a winner on the card to leave Purton nursing a 129-127 margin, while Karis Teetan took riding honours with a double as eight different trainers shared the spoils on the night.