Aaron Kwok Fu-shing was in the mood to reminisce. The actor and Canto-pop "heavenly king" had horses on his mind.
"The first horse I ever saw was when I was a student. My father liked horses and he would bet a little. I would watch the races with him on television at home," he said.
In fact, everybody had horses on their minds as they crowded into the Cucina restaurant at the Marco Polo hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui on Wednesday afternoon.
Representatives from Swiss watchmaker Longines and EMM World announced the inaugural Longine's Hong Kong Masters would be held from February 28 to March 2. The event will give the best riders in international show jumping, including Kenneth Cheng Man-kit, a chance to strut their stuff.
Kwok has come a long way since his days of watching the ponies on television. He is now a racehorse owner but that doesn't mean the thrill is gone.
"It's amazing. You hear the sounds of their footsteps on the grass. You feel your heart beating in your chest. You see the horses; all of them are so strong. The jockeys are all so colourful. It is like a carnival."