Stunning maiden G1s for Teetan and Lor in HK Sprint
By Alan Aitken
Many horses that leave the John Size yard never win a race for their next trainer but Size's former protege Frankie Lor went much better than that when Mr Stunning defended his HK Sprint crown.
Mr Stunning beat D B Pin in 2017 when both were trained by Size, and they finished in the same order, but this time with Lor's name on the winner.
The win also gave jockey Karis Teetan his first international G1 and was a credit to Lor's training, as he had resisted the temptation to screw down Mr Stunning for his lead-ups and made sure he peaked on the big day.
Boom sprinter Hot King Prawn was forced to work in the lead this time and cracked under pressure, leaving Mr Stunning to take the lead then hold D B Pin, who had been momentarily held up at a crucial stage.
Size also claimed third with Beat The Clock, and Lor offered the champion handler some reflected glory.
“I’m very happy,” Lor said, “Karis did a great job out there. It took me a long time to get a trainer’s licence so I need to try my best to keep going and train more Group 1 winners. I think John might also be happy because I worked for him and he was a great boss.”