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Hong Kong trainer gets leg up from Kiwi-bred

  • Thu, 12 Jul 2018
  • NZ Racing Desk

A New Zealand-bred has edged Hong Kong trainer Almond Lee a step closer to safety.

When Zacinto gelding Namjong Plus won at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, he brought Lee’s tally for the season to 15. He needs to reach 16 wins to avoid a Licensing Committee show cause hearing after twice failing to meet the benchmark in the past.

“He is a horse I have hope for next season,” Lee said. “I think even 1800 metres will be too short, but maybe 2200 metres around here will be good for him in time.”

Namjong Plus placed in both of his trials for Riccarton trainer Andrew Carston before relocating to Hong Kong where he has won three of his nine starts.