Frankie Lor eyes FWD Champions Day glory with trio of runners
April 20, 2021 at 7:30:15 AM
Frankie Lor is hoping for lightning to hit twice in the same place as he prepares to unleash Big Party and Fat Turtle in the HK$18 million G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (25 April).
Lor and Karis Teetan won the FWD Champions Day feature in 2020 with Mr Stunning at 21-1, and he hopes Big Party, to be rode by Teetan, and Fat Turtle (Antoine Hamelin) will reverse recent form to compete at generous odds.
“Both horses were a little disappointing last time, but they've returned since and everything seems to be fine with them,” Lor said.
“It's difficult to predict if they have a fair opportunity, but if they give it their all, they can run well – that's what we're hoping.”
Big Party has won twice over the course and distance and has finished in the money in Pattern races five times out of seven attempts in the 2020/21 season, but he has not won since 29 December 2019, when he triumphed over 1000m at Sha Tin.
However, the Exceed And Excel gelding finished seventh behind Hot King Prawn in the G1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) on January 24, this year, before finishing eighth behind Wellington on March 13 and Amazing Star on April 5.
Fat Turtle will also look to snap a 15-race losing streak after winning over this course and distance on December 8, 2019.
The Smart Missile gelding, who took three races in Australia as Butchoy for Mack Griffith before being exported to Hong Kong, finished fifth to Danon Smash in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) on December 13th, surging from 13th at the 400m to be beaten four and a half lengths.
But he has since wallowed, finishing third behind Amazing Star in the G2 Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin on 5 April.
Lor will also ride Healthy Happy in the HK$20 million G1 FWD Champions Mile, where Golden Sixty is attempting to win his 17th race in 18 attempts.
Healthy Happy has won three of six attempts at Sha Tin, winning at 1200m, 1400m, and, most recently, the Hong Kong Classic Cup over 1800m on 21 February, after finishing sixth in the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) behind Sky Darci.
“He's in fine shape. He trialed very well last week, and he's a horse that can hold his momentum, which is important,” Lor said.
“He will set the tempo or follow it. It's difficult to tell if he will win or not, but if the horse is well and in good shape, anything is possible.”
Healthy Happy will be partnered by Frenchman Alexis Badel, one of just five opponents for Golden Sixty.