Popular trainer Chris So Wai-yin is enjoying one of his best starts to a season and he is doing so with some added polish from the legendary John Moore stable.
With Moore forced into retirement by the Jockey Club at the end of last season, So was quick to pounce on his staff members, headlined by well-known track rider Romain Clavreul, whom So says has helped deliver some much needed feedback on some of his gallopers.
Clavreul was Moore’s go-to man for the likes of Beauty Generation and Aethero and new trainer David Hayes has kept him on the former this season as he attempts to win a record-breaking 19th race in Hong Kong.
While So maintains he has not changed any of his basic training methods this season, he has enjoyed having added input in his stable to put the extra polish on some of his horses to help get them over the line.
“My boys, we have a really good team together at the moment and we are happy, just like the horses,” he said.
“We have a couple from John Moore that have come over so we talk together about the horses and I like it.
“I like to run my own style but some horses you need to know more and that is really where they can help out.”
A horse improved by So this season is Faithful Trinity and he returns to the races at Happy Valley on Wednesday night in the Class Four Shek O Handicap (1,650m).
So jokes he had become accustomed to seeing horses begin winning once they left his stable, with three horses going on to win eight times last season for other trainers.
But both Faithful Trinity and Wins All bolted in as stable-change gallopers for So at the city track a fortnight ago to kick-start his season and he is looking to go back to the well.
“It has been good because I have had some leave my stable and win so it is good to get some back,” he said. “Let’s see how he goes, he should run a good race.”
After arriving on a rating of 85 as a Group Two winner in Italy, Faithful Trinity had tumbled down the ratings to a mark of 42 when he arrived at So’s stable from rival Richard Gibson.
“He had never been at that rating before then with the win he went up a couple of points,” So said.
“The most important thing is that he knows how to win, he is no maiden because he had won a couple before at the Valley.”
So also saddles up Team Spirit in the Class Two Big Wave Bay Handicap (1,200m) after producing one of the best runs of his career at Sha Tin earlier in the season.
The six-year-old was only narrowly beaten by Gold Chest down the Sha Tin straight and So will be hoping to strike with a light weight on Wednesday night.