Time the top of Romantic Warrior’s occupation could also be simply a few days away, for Ben So Tik-hung, that is handiest the start.
In his first season as Danny Shum Chap-shing’s laborer mentor, the previous jockey has been with Romantic Warrior each step of the best way on his Australian journey.
Fourth within the Crew One Turnbull Stakes (2,000m) on October 7, Romantic Warrior will glance to manufacture historical past in Saturday’s Crew One Cox Plate (2,040m), and So is feeding off the enormity of the duty with which Shum has entrusted him.
“It’s a really huge experience for me. Normally, as an AT in your first season, you never have a chance to go overseas with a horse. I really appreciate Danny giving me a chance to bring a horse, and not just any horse – the most special horse, his most important horse,” mentioned So, who got here to Melbourne with Romantic Warrior and his travelling spouse, Romantic Appeal, in mid-September.
“It’s the first time I’ve travelled a horse, and I’m really gaining a lot of experience on this trip and learning a lot.”
Time So admits he and the strong felt the force forward of the Turnbull Stakes, the 36-year-old has settled into the marketing campaign and can head to Moonee Valley on Saturday with calmness self belief.
Appeal runs fourth at wintry Geelong, Warrior continues Cox Plate preparation
“We will try our best. I think from barrier seven – I’ve looked at the results and the records – since 2000, it has got three winners. I think we have got a chance. He can sit off the leaders and then get moving,” So mentioned of Romantic Warrior’s doable solution to the Cox Plate underneath superstar Kiwi jockey James McDonald.
It was once So who decided on barrier seven for Romantic Warrior at Tuesday morning’s draw, with Shum embracing the chance to thrust his laborer into the highlight, then again in brief.
“He left Hong Kong on September 16, and the team have been doing a great job here. He deserved to have a chance to pick the barrier and let people recognise his face. I think it’s good for his CV and good for his career,” Shum mentioned of So.
Because it stands, So’s CV comprises 153 Hong Kong wins in a driving occupation that resulted in 2020 and 3 years as a piece rider for David Hayes.
“He taught me how to get a horse organised for the races, how to have a connection with the owner and how to manage a stable. He taught me a lot,” So mentioned of Hayes.
So has no longer seemed again since striking up his silks, and he is aware of precisely the place he wish to finally end up.
“One day, hopefully in 10 years or so, I can be a full-time trainer – it will take at least 10 years in Hong Kong. But, at the moment, I have to try to be the best AT I can,” So mentioned.
“I don’t actually leave out being a jockey. I believed I may nonetheless journey for 3 or 4 years, however I needed to manufacture the crispy option to get myself transferring. I couldn’t keep as a jockey when my effects weren’t that just right. I needed to manufacture a advance, and I’ve by no means thought of in need of to journey again to being a jockey.
“It’s totally different being a trainer. Being a jockey, you can only take care of yourself, and you do your own thing – you work by yourself, and if you get the result, it’s your own thing. As an AT or a work rider, it’s for the stable – you want the stable to get good results and get as many winners as it can.”