Ricky Yiu Poon-fai
Age: 66
Background:
Ricky Yiu rode 11 winners between 1974 and 1980 when apprenticed to Jack Goswell, and was first licensed as a trainer in 1995/96, after learning the ropes as assistant trainer to Gordon Smyth and Eddie Lo. He achieved a lifelong ambition in 2019/20 when he was crowned Hong Kong Champion Trainer, having unexpectedly led his rivals for most of the campaign; his final tally of 67 wins meant that he held off second-placed Tony Cruz by two. Through 2021/22, Yiu nailed 53 wins to place fifth in the championship which included a 10-meeting win streak in May and June. He closed out another brilliant season in 2022/23 with 57 wins. Through that same season he also won his first Hong Kong Derby with Voyage Bubble. At the 2022/23 season opener, Yiu saddled his 900th Hong Kong winner with Eternal Bloom.  One of his greatest early moments came with Fairy King Prawn’s success in the inaugural Hong Kong Sprint (1999). Three-time world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom, one of Hong Kong’s all-time greats, was his outstanding stable star. Sacred Kingdom landed two Hong Kong Sprint wins, four straight Champion Sprinter titles (2007/08, 2008/09, 2009,10 and 2010/11) and 2009/10 Horse of the Year honours. In 2010 he also sent out Ultra Fantasy to triumph in the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama as, with Alex Lai on board, the pair became the first Hong Kong Chinese trainer-jockey partnership to triumph in an overseas Group 1 event. Following Sacred Kingdom’s retirement in the spring of 2012, another blistering speedster, Amber Sky, provided Yiu with further elite success at home and abroad. His son, Eric Yiu, was appointed the stable’s assistant trainer ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Achievements:
Hong Kong Champion Trainer (2019/20).
Notable Wins Include:
Hong Kong Sprint (1999 Fairy King Prawn, 2007 & 2009 Sacred Kingdom), Chairman's Sprint Prize (1999 Fairy King Prawn, 2008 & 2010 Sacred Kingdom), Centenary Sprint Cup (2010 & 2011 Sacred Kingdom, 2014 Amber Sky), Hong Kong Derby (2023 Voyage Bubble), Hong Kong Classic Mile (2023 Voyage Bubble), KrisFlyer International Sprint (2009 Sacred Kingdom), Sprinters Stakes (2010 Ultra Fantasy), Al Quoz Sprint (2014 Amber Sky), G2 Sprint Cup (2008 & 2009 Sacred Kingdom, 2010 Ultra Fantasy, 2020 Voyage Warrior), G2 Chairman’s Trophy (2021 Mighty Giant), G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup (2017 Blizzard), G3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (2019 Jolly Banner), G3 Premier Cup (2020 Jolly Banner).
Hong Kong Career Wins (at start of 2023/24 season):
956 (win strike rate: 8.5%).

23/24 Season         Up to Race Meeting of 20/04/2024
Stakes won : $79,440,095 No. of Wins : 39 Total Runners : 406
No. of Wins in past 10 race days : 3 No. of 2nds : 42 Win % : 9.61%
No. of 3rds : 32
No. of 4ths : 41

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