Francis Lui Kin-wai
Age: 65
Background:
Francis Lui graduated from The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Apprentice Jockeys’ School to ride 36 winners between 1975 and 1982, and later became an assistant trainer. He received his own licence to train in 1996/97. In recent years, Lui has enjoyed plenty of success with Golden Sixty, the first horse in the history of Hong Kong racing to secure three consecutive Horse of the Year crowns. Lui achieved his best total of 67 winners in 2022/23, the season in which Golden Sixty added a further three Group 1 wins to his tally, taking his overall record to 25 wins and three placings from 29 starts with an unmatched HK$147.93 million in earnings. Under Lui’s care, Golden Sixty stands alone as Hong Kong’s most prolific Group 1 winner, eclipsing the feats of Beauty Generation with nine Group 1 wins after sealing a third straight Champions Mile victory in 2023. In 2022, Lui saddled his 800th winner in Hong Kong. His standout stable star prior to Golden Sixty was popular sprinter Lucky Bubbles, who gave the trainer his first Group 1 win in 2017 when he took the Chairman’s Sprint Prize.
Notable Wins Include:
Hong Kong Mile (2020 & 2021 Golden Sixty), Stewards’ Cup (2021 & 2023 Golden Sixty), Hong Kong Gold Cup (2021 & 2023 Golden Sixty), Champions Mile (2021, 2022 & 2023 Golden Sixty), Chairman’s Sprint Prize (2017 Lucky Bubbles), Hong Kong Derby (2020 Golden Sixty), Hong Kong Classic Mile (2020 Golden Sixty), Hong Kong Classic Cup (2020 Golden Sixty), G2 Chairman’s Trophy (2022 Golden Sixty), G2 Jockey Club Mile (2020, 2021 & 2022 Golden Sixty), G2 Jockey Club Sprint (2021 Lucky Patch), G2 Sha Tin Trophy (2020 Golden Sixty), G2 Premier Bowl (2016 Lucky Bubbles, 2021 Lucky Patch), G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup (2020 Golden Sixty), G3 January Cup (2020 Doctor Geoff), G3 Celebration Cup (2020 Golden Sixty), G3 Centenary Vase (2021 Glorious Dragon), HKG2 Sprint Cup (2016 Lucky Bubbles), HKG2 Hong Kong Derby Trial (2006 Hello Pretty), HKG3 Sha Tin Trophy (2001 Shaxi Fortune), HKG3 Sha Tin Vase (2008 Sunny Power).
Hong Kong Career Wins (at start of 2023/24 season):
865 (win strike rate: 8.1%).

23/24 Season         Up to Race Meeting of 14/04/2024
Stakes won : $92,100,175 No. of Wins : 50 Total Runners : 345
No. of Wins in past 10 race days : 11 No. of 2nds : 31 Win % : 14.49%
No. of 3rds : 37
No. of 4ths : 30

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