Vincent Ho Chak-yiu lived out a dream with a near-perfect display at the Hong Kong International Races but he’s far from finished, with the unassuming jockey hopeful Group One winner Golden Sixty is the horse to take him to the world.
Golden Sixty proved he is among the very top echelon of horses around the globe with an imposing win in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday and Ho hopes to one day get the chance to take the superstar five-year-old abroad.
“There is still more to dream about, I want to win Group Ones overseas and hopefully one day I can take Hong Kong horses overseas – hopefully it’s this horse,” Ho said after landing his second Group One win, and first on international day.
“I have dreamed of this and my goal since I joined the apprentice school is to become a world-class rider, which I’m still striving towards.”
Trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai is also keen to showcase Golden Sixty on foreign shores but is not in a hurry, with the veteran handler content to let Covid-19 run its course before making any plans.
“Of course I want to take him overseas but not this season because the virus is very serious,” Lui said. “I’ll keep him in Hong Kong this season, but maybe next season we will travel.”
Lui confirmed the Group One Stewards’ Cup (1,600m) in January will be next on Golden Sixty’s agenda, also saying he has no interest in dropping his stable star back to 1,400m for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup in February.
Lui will then decide between the Champions Mile and the QE II Cup (2,000m) on Champions Day, depending on how the horse travels in the Stewards’ Cup.
Golden Sixty’s win was the centrepiece of a huge day for Ho, with the 30-year-old booting home his first four-timer since 2018 on Hong Kong’s biggest day of racing.
“I don’t have words, it is a day that everything panned out well and I’m extremely glad,” Ho said.
While he also delivered aboard Authentic Champ, Winning Dreamer and Tourbillon Diamond, things didn’t go to plan for Ho in the Hong Kong Sprint, with Everest winner Classique Legend finishing a disappointing 11th.
But in an indication of the confidence Ho now possesses, he said he was able to brush aside the result immediately.
“If the horse doesn’t perform it’s not my fault,” he said, adding that the process of moving Classique Legend to Hong Kong and preparing him for a Group One in less than two months was a bridge too far. “It was just too rushed for him.”