Birthday: Jan 22, 1959
Nationality: Hong Kong
Age: 61. Francis Lui graduated from the HKJC Apprentice Jockeys' School to ride 36 winners as a licensed jockey between 1975 and 1982, and later became an assistant trainer. He received his own licence to train in 1996/97. Lui enjoyed his best season in 2019/20 when he not only challenged for the trainers' title but also won all three legs of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series with the brilliant Golden Sixty; the handler saddled the bay through seven races unbeaten that term, culminating in a pulsating Hong Kong Derby triumph. Lui ended the season with a personal best of 63 wins to place third in the championship, four behind Ricky Yiu. Hello Pretty also provided the handler with one leg of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series when he won the Hong Kong Derby Trial in 2006, while his standout stable star prior to Golden Sixty was sprinter Lucky Bubbles, who gave the trainer his first Group 1 win in 2017 when he took the Chairman's Sprint Prize.
Notable Race Wins Include
Chairman's Sprint Prize (2017 Lucky Bubbles), Hong Kong Derby (2020 Golden Sixty), Hong Kong Classic Mile (2020 Golden Sixty), Hong Kong Classic Cup (2020 Golden Sixty), G2 Premier Bowl (2016 Lucky Bubbles), G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup (2020 Golden Sixty), HKG2 Sprint Cup (2016 Lucky Bubbles), HKG2 Hong Kong Derby Trial (2006 Hello Pretty), HKG3 Sha Tin Trophy (2001 Shaxi Fortune), HKG3 Sha Tin Vase (2008 Sunny Power).
Hong Kong Career Wins
(at start of 2020/21 season): 682 (win strike rate: 7.56%).
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