The Frankie Lor-trained Winning Dreamer (NZ) (Deep Field) went to Sha Tin on Sunday with a perfect record and he departed in the same manner, bringing up a hat-trick in the Class 3 Kwai Fong Handicap (1200m).
Having drawn gate 12, the Deep Field youngster was up against it but a smart, positive ride from Vincent Ho got the New Zealand-bred across the field and from there he dug deep to nail a tough half-length score.
“Before the race I was a little bit scared, especially having drawn gate 12 for such a young horse,” Lor said of the horse eligible for this season’s Four-Year-Old Classic Series, should his trainer opt to direct him there.
“1400 metres should be no problem, but 1600 metres, well, we need to find out later,” Lor said.
“He can relax, even in front, there were horses next to me and he still settled very well, he’s actually a lot more relaxed at the races than at trackwork, he’s quite nervous in the mornings,” Ho said.
“He gave me a nice sprint and stayed on well in the finish,” Ho said.
Winning Dreamer was purchased by Tartan Meadow Bloodstock out of Haunui Farm’s 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 draft.