Frankie Lor will consider a G3 January Cup Handicap (1800m) tilt for Looking Great at Happy Valley next month after the gelding’s breakthrough win at the city circuit on Wednesday night (28 December) in the Class 2 Chek Keng Handicap (2200m).
Given a textbook ride by Karis Teetan, Looking Great added to his four Sha Tin victories with a neck margin over Berlin Tango and Nearly Fine in what Lor hopes might be a dress rehearsal for the January Cup on 11 January.
“I’ll have a look at the programme first. Maybe I’ll have a think about the January Cup,” Lor said on regaining the lead in the 2022/23 Hong Kong trainers’ championship from Tony Cruz with 25 wins to 24.
“This was his first win at Happy Valley. He’s always better when he gets some cover and the last time, he had to race by himself.”
Teetan, who is rapidly re-establishing himself as a force in the riding ranks after overcoming illness, took luck out of the equation aboard Looking Great as he stalked the speed in third place on the rail before striking decisively.
“We had a sweet run tonight from the draw (barrier two). He had no weight (119lb) on his back, his trial before his race was good, so all credit to the trainer. We just had to sit and wait, but he ran a good race – he didn’t stop all the way through the line,” Teetan said.
“It was lovely. I want to say thanks to Frankie. He gave me a few horses when I came back, he rang me up and offered me a few horses – so thanks to his connections and owners.”