Top Hong Kong apprentice linked to Southland
Dicky Lui, who rode at Southland race meetings during the 2011-12 season, is Hong Kong's champion apprentice for the second consecutive year.
Lui spent two seasons (2010-12) working in the Matamata and Riccarton stables of trainer John Sargent. The Riccarton stable closed about 18 months ago and the Matamata quarters are being wound down as Sargent concentrates on training in Sydney.
Riccarton trainer Mike McCann hosted Lui during his time in Christchurch.
Lui also rode trackwork and on raceday for McCann.
''He's a real good kid and deserves to make it,'' McCann said yesterday.
''He's an aggressive rider.''
Lui went through the Hong Kong Jockey Club's racing trainee programme, which involves sending young riders overseas to further their knowledge.
Meanwhile, Southland-owned Bechtolsheimer (four wins) will be turned out after contesting a $25,000 open handicap at Ruakaka on Saturday week.
She has won her past two starts for Auckland trainer Joanne Surgenor, whose aunt, Glennis Munro, of Avondale, owns the Remind-Sophie Ro 4-year-old mare.
Surgenor said Bechtolsheimer would be spelled for a fortnight.
Otautau owner-trainer Bruce Tapper could have up to 14 horses in work next season.
The seven or eight he raced this term together gained five wins and 10 seconds. Alyssa Belle, who contributed one win, is struggling to recover from a hock injury suffered six weeks ago.
''She's kicked something or she's been kicked,'' Tapper said.
''We might have to put her down.''
The Knight, whose two starts for Tapper yielded a third and a fifth at the Riverton Easter meeting, was previously trained at Hastings by John Bary.
- The Southland Times