WE MAY be just 11 race meetings into the Hong Kong 2017/18 season, but already rookie trainer Frankie Lor has made a big impression with racing fans.
Lor, who started off his career as a journeyman jockey and work rider, learnt his trade as a trainer by assisting two of Hong Kong’s racing legends, John Moore and John Size, before being granted his full licence.
Starting the current campaign with a stable full mostly of cast-offs and moderate horses, he has already visited the winners circle seven times – all at ShaTin – from just 39 runners.
His success percentage of 18% is currently the best in the trainer’s table, and his most notable triumph has to be saddling his very first runner Yourthewonforme to victory, a horse who had been beaten in 32 previous starts.
Lor has a great chance of breaking his duck at Happy Valley with a number of good prospects, and his most interesting contender is DR WIN WIN over the extended mile at 2.45pm.
This ex-French import arrived in HK last season with an inflated rating, having won only a couple of minor races (both over a mile) in his home country, and finishing runner-up in the Italian 2000 Guineas.
Having dropped 12lbs in the handicap after a handful of no-shows in his first season, Dr Win Win warmed up for this contest with a highly-encouraging seventh over six furlongs three weeks ago, despite being badly impeded down the home stretch. Expect huge improvement over his optimum trip.
Dr Win Win 2.45pm Happy Valley