Frankie Lor Fu-chuen, a trainer, has traveled a long way to compete for his first trainers' championship.
A maiden trainers' crown would be the fruition of more than four decades of arduous labour and dedication. With only seven meetings remaining, Lor is six points ahead of his former boss John Size in the hunt for the title.
Lor declared, "I joined the Jockey Club when I was 15 and this is my life." "I've been working for 41 years, and this is my sole job.
"I received my license at 51, which felt a little bit old to me, but I must make every effort to demonstrate that the club was correct to grant me a license. I don't want to disappoint them.
I also spent four years working for my former employer, Size, and I want him to be proud of me, so I will always do my best for him. I also want to do my best for the stable and the owners, so I want to achieve the best outcomes I can, so they are satisfied.
Beauty Live will look to continue his outstanding debut season in the Class Two Pok Fu Lam Country Park Handicap at Sha Tin on Saturday as Lor sends out a number of good chances as the countdown to a first championship begins (1,400m).
He can manage Class Two, in my opinion. Beauty Live, who is reuniting with jockey Matthew Poon Ming-fai and takes off from gate nine, should have little trouble covering the distance and is light in weight, according to Lor.
When Matthew leaped and dropped him back from stall 12, that was the only time he raced back, and he came in with a pretty powerful finish. For me, he is not a front-runner.
"I believe that for a strong finish, he is better off behind the pack and in the middle of the race, but sometimes you have to look at the track to see whether there is a bias in favor of the front or the middle. Every time, a decision must be made.
In the Class Three Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road Handicap (1,400 meters), Ready To Win is another Lor chance. He has another opportunity at this distance after struggling with it previously in the season.
He twice won over the course of the race in New Zealand, but since arriving in Hong Kong, Lor said, "he goes pretty strongly and is eager, so that's why I tested him over 1,200m first."
"I tried him over 1,400m on his second start, but he was too strong, so I let him race the following several times over 1,200m. He's beginning to calm down, and this time he climbs to 1,400 meters with Zac Purton aboard, which may be helpful.
Super Highway is another equine displaying inexperience. He competes in the Class Four Hong Kong Riding For The Disabled Association Handicap's first section (1,400 meters), and Lor is adjusting his headgear to help his son perform to his highest potential.
He's still quite green, remarked Lor. "He's gazing around within the gates and he normally jumps slowly, so we need to improve his jumping and get him to jump with the rest of the field.
He is still learning at the age of three. I've given him a hood this time to help him be quieter and blinkers this time to help him focus.
With a win and seven top-four finishes in his last eight runs at that level, Oscar Glory slips into Class Four competition in the Pok Fu Lam Public Riding School Handicap (1,400).
He's only ever won once, but Lor says he's always close. He moves down to Class Four this time, and I'm hoping he can take home another victory for me.
As he tries to increase his championship advantage in Sha Tin, Lor also counts on True Legend, Superbella, and Joyful Heart.