Frankie Lor Fu-chuen will put Winning Dreamer’s unbeaten record on the line on Sunday as he attempts to see what his red-hot speedster is made of.
The four-year-old has been a sensation in his five starts to date, taking all before him with ease, but Lor wants to see what’s under the bonnet when he clashes with the likes of Sky Field, California Rad, Duke Wai and Beauty Applause.
While he has all the makings of an out-and-out sprinter, Lor admits the lure of a Classic Mile tilt could prove irresistible with connections keen to test him up in trip.
“We will have another go at 1,200m then I would say we will step up to 1,400m,” Lor said.
“The owner wants to try the Classic Mile, so maybe next time we will go to 1,400m on January 1 [in the Group Three Chinese Club Challenge Cup], then try the Classic Mile [on January 24] – but that is all an unknown, we will have to see how he goes first. If he can relax that will be good, it will give us an indication that he is up to it.”
While the four Group One features rightly dominate the headlines, the Class Two Lord Kanaloa Handicap (1,200m) shapes as one of the races of the day.
It sees Winning Dreamer and Sky Field square off against each other for the first time, giving punters some insight into what the future holds.
While Lor is proud of his unbeaten record, he loves the excitement that comes with taking Winning Dreamer to the races.
“Of course, he is very exciting for us,” he said. “On Sunday he races against some horses that he has beaten in the past, but they are very good. Then there is Sky Field, he is by the same sire and is a strong horse.
“We want to see him against these good horses, there is a chance we will be racing together into the future, so hopefully we can both get there.”
Lor believes his future star is well in at the weights this time around, where he will carry 127 pounds under Vincent Ho Chak-yiu.
“On Monday morning I put the jockey on him. He looks really good and Vincent said he feels good,” he said. “This time he carries 127 which is still a good weight for him I feel.”
After faltering in his first attempt at 1,400m, Sky Field is unlikely to contest the Classic Mile with connections already assured of a start in the race with Sky Darci.
Another Class Two contest – the Maurice Handicap (1,600m) – is also sure to create attention as more Classic Mile candidates step out.
David Hayes will debut his highly touted import The Summit, while Shadow Hero resumes off his eye-catching debut.
The Summit comes to Hong Kong with strong Group One form behind European star Mishriff in France.
While he is aimed at the Hong Kong Derby (2,000m) in March, he has winning form over 1,600m and could threaten over the shorter trips.