He may not have mathematically secured the trainer’s championship yet, but champagne is on the ice for Frankie Lore Fuchuen.
The six winners who cleared John Size for the final meeting at Sha Tin on Saturday, only miracles will prevent Law from winning his first title in his five seasons.
With 90 wins, Lor says he was chasing the most winners of the Hong Kong season trainers, following legends Tony Cruz (91) and Size (94), but didn’t expect this level. But it’s no exaggeration to say. Success at the start of the campaign.
“Last season we had 65 winners, but this season all I wanted was to break my record. 66 or 67 would have been great,” Lor said.
“But everything is perfect this season and everything is going well so far. My team in Hong Kong and obedience has done a really good job for me.”
Rho was a championship candidate, at least from the middle of the season, but the 56-year-old began dreaming of his first title a few months ago.
“I think the press had already asked about the title around February and March. There was a long way to go before becoming a champion,” Lor said. “It was a little cold until May, but I started to wonder if there was a chance.”
In the pre-Covid era, the first trainer’s championship was greeted with some wild and stable celebrations, but was fined HK $ 600,000 at the beginning of the season for violating the Jockey Club’s coronavirus regulations. Lor keeps things quiet.
“I don’t have any special plans. It could be a family dinner. That’s it,” says Lor. “I want to have a supper throughout the stables. Usually that happens and my stables are about 40-50 people, but there are still some Covid cases in Hong Kong and I don’t want to make a mistake.”
The championship is almost certain, but Rho isn’t content with glory and wants to end the season with great success.
“The number of winners feels like a really good result,” Lor said. “But I want to get a few more winners on Saturday. I have 90 winners, but I want 91, 92, 93.”
Lor saddles Kings Shield, Money Catcher and Celestial Power in the Class 1 Hong Kong Racehorse Owners Association Trophy (1,600m), proving that one of his runners is a true head scratcher.
“I may need a little more money catcher, but this horse, I really want to win for the owner. He’s always getting closer and closer, but he gave me a headache.” Said Law.
The biggest race in Sha Tin may escape him on Saturday, but Rho will be rewarded with a Class 3 Sight Winner Handicap (1,600m) Chevalier Prince and a Class 2 Joy and Fun Handicap (1,200m). I have a lot of chances on the card, such as giving.
“Prince Chevalier has a bad draw [in stall 14]”Rho said. “But João Moreira is trying to win another jockey’s championship, so he tries to do his best.
“I don’t want to disappoint them”: Lor explains the driving force behind the title push
“It’s a good horse to reward together. Last time he won an outside draw in Happy Valley. This time he will be better.”
He’s set to secure his first trainer’s championship, but Law isn’t going to relax and his ambition for the next season is to find a top-notch group one performer.
“This is what I always think about,” Lor said. “I really want to find a really good horse, but that kind of horse is very expensive. It’s not easy to find another Golden Sixty. They don’t come very often.”