Louie Takes Fourth Victory, First Since 2020, Faces Founds for King of the Valley Title

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With his highest number of wins in a race this season and his first four wins since June 2020, Francis Louie Kinwai leads the Happy Valley Trainer Championship this season by one win over Casper Foundes. , heading into an exciting finale on Wednesday.

With nine races left at Happy Valley before the city circuit goes into hibernation until September, Louis (31 wins), Founds (30 wins) and Tony Cruz (27 wins) have unofficial There are enough runners to be contenders for the handler title.

Louie, who celebrated Shatin’s success on Sunday’s Twilight program with Call Me Dandy, Golden Samurai, Silver Sonic and Sweet Briar, will be carrying five gallopers on board at Wednesday’s Happy Valley meeting.

Perhaps Louie’s biggest chance to increase his win count at Happy Valley this season is former Chris Waller-qualified import Hameron. His overseas form and pedigree page suggests he should enjoy stepping up to 1,800 meters with a Class 3 Let Me Fight Handicap.

Hameron won the 2,080m at Gosford University and replaced Australia’s Waller as the penultimate runner to qualify for the Group 1 Metropolitan (2,400m) at Randwick, but failed to finish three times in Hong Kong. At the start, they overcame the inadequate distances of 1,200m and 1,400m, and performed well in the final stages. and 1,650 meters.

“He’s a stayer, so 1,800 meters should suit him,” said Louis of Hameron, who continues his relationship with Luke Ferraris. “He got better every time I ran.”

Anglers were sure to flock to Hameron, but they weren’t so keen to root for Cordyceps One when they lined up for the Class 4 Silver Greek Handicap at the 1,650m distance Lewis’s problem horse preferred. maybe not.

In the final race on May 24, Cordyceps One suffered a crushing early defeat when the strongly favored $2.30 favourite, stalled after more than six lengths out of the obstacles. Two weeks ago, a Hinchinbrook gelding crashed through the gate, hit his head and did not attend the event.

Jockey Club stewards passed Cordyceps One pilot last week, but Lui admitted he doesn’t know if the barrier thug will act on Wednesday.

“He’s difficult in the gate. We’ve tried to improve his manners in training and trials, but in the race he’s different,” said Louis, who will race alongside Lyle Hewitson in trials. He talked about Cordyceps One for the first time.

Another chance for Louie at Happy Valley on Wednesday is runner-up Joy Cumming, while Hewitson will pilot the first section (1,200m) of the Class 4 Fast Speed ​​Handicap. , Party Warrior and Cheerful Days will represent the race. Trainer for the last two races.

Happy Valley on Wednesday saw the Founds tie for wins with seven starters: Jazz Steed, Royal Ambition, Charming Steed, Ace Talent, Sunny Star, Explosive Witness and Galaxy Witness. In that case, you will beat Louis on the countback. His bigger seconds. It will take a miracle for Cruz to overtake both Fowns and Louis.

Law hopes to win more races and earn bonuses before losing trainer title to A Pal

Zach Parton and Vincent Ho Chuk Yew tied for 49 wins at Happy Valley, 23 more than the city circuit’s third-placed rider Caris Thitan.

Parton, who broke Joao Moreira’s record of 170 wins in a season in Sunday’s game in Sha Tin, has eight games on Wednesday at Happy Valley as the Australian superstar wants to build on his 173-win record. Ho has led the city circuit jockey title race for most of the 10-month campaign and has ridden eight times.

Jockey John Theise is likely to win the record-breaking 12th Hong Kong Trainer Championship on Wednesday.

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