Sidelined with serious injury during Hong Kong racing’s off-season, Vincent Ho hopes Dream Winner can provide the perfect return to competition when Frankie Lor’s unbeaten sprinter contests the Class 2 Causeway Bay Handicap (1000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (17 September).
Four-time winner of the Tony Cruz Award as Hong Kong’s leading home-grown jockey, Ho will take four mounts at the weekend as he plots a conservative course back to full capacity after suffering a fractured T5 vertebra, concussion and a rib fracture in a race fall at Niigata Racecourse in Japan on 29 July.
“It’s good to be back and looking forward for Sunday,” Ho, 33, said before riding in trials at Sha Tin this morning. “It was a massive fall and a serious injury on the spine. It’s better to be cautious about. I’m grateful the Club never pushed me, even the CEO (Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges) was asking me to be patient.