Jockey Vincent Ho Chak-yiu insists he is not a numbers man as he bears down on the best season for a local rider since 2012-13.
Ho has racked up 54 winners this term in a career-best effort, but still finds himself three short of Matthew Chadwick’s 2012-13 season, which was the best in 27 years after legendary jockey Tony Cruz rode 67 winners in 1985-86.
While he has a chance to put his name among the elite, Ho said he was never one to get carried away with winning totals.
“It’s business as usual, records and numbers – I don’t really think about that,” he said.
“I try to focus on each ride, I can’t go out there thinking of numbers because you can always do better.
“The rest, I don’t really care about because if you are on a good horse that everyone expects you to win on, then you should win, if you didn’t win, maybe you’ve done something wrong.”
Ho, who takes 10 rides into Sunday’s meeting, is as hungry as ever for more success, highlighted by his choice to ride in Europe during the off-season for English trainer Mark Johnston.
Ho will depart Hong Kong immediately after the final race meeting and fly to the UK to be ready to begin work on Tuesday morning.
“I can’t just be satisfied with what I have done – even though I can’t complain – I can always do better, I just focus on each ride and try to give them the best chance possible,” he said.
Ho will again ride Farhh Above in The Racing Club Plate (1,200m) on Sunday, who boasts form behind potential superstar Aethero.
While the three-year-old was comfortably beaten by Aethero, he was doing his best work late and looms as a major player.
Griffin races have been dominated by Aethero and Winning Method this season with the pair combining to take out all four of them so far.
With both of them now out of the class, it opens the door for Ho and Farhh Above’s trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai.
The three-year-old has been slow to jump in his only race start – he has also had trouble leaving the gates in his barrier trials – and it is a trait Ho hopes he can grow out of.
“He is still immature and has plenty of room to improve because he is a bit nervous,” he said.
“He has always been a bit slow in jump outs and trials so hopefully he will be better, if he can relax a bit more, he will be better.
While Ho believes Farhh Above will do his best work over 1,400m to a mile in time, he has to do 1,200m the hard way on Sunday from the widest barrier.
Even with that, Ho believes he will give punters a sight.
“He quickened up nicely last time, he just needs to have his rhythm,” he said.
“He can be close but the draw hasn’t helped us too much – nine from nine but we will see. He galloped pretty good. It will be nice to see him run well on Sunday.”
Ho will also aim for four straight victories on Lui’s Golden Sixty in the Class Three Members’ Care @HKJC Handicap (1,400m).
The three-year-old is unbeaten in his career to date and Ho is hoping a decision to keep the gelding in training can pay off.
“We were going to put him away but because he was working nice it was a good sign to let him have one more run,” Ho said.
“Last time we had a few bumps so I let him catch his breath again and he fought back so he has a really good heart.
“He has good potential this horse, this time running 1,400m should be no problem.”