Lao scores first win in 7 years

A shoulder injury suffered in a race fall in Macau in 2008 forced jockey Peter Lao Weng Hong to retire, after having ridden 62 winners in Singapore.

The 40-year-old made his comeback on July 12 last year in Singapore but his rides were few and far between.

But the hard work and perseverance paid off yesterday, when he returned to the winner's enclosure, courtesy of the Sam Chua-trained SUPER SIX in Race 3.

It was his 73rd ride since his return.

A happy and relieved Lao said that his first win this season was actually his first win in seven years.

"The last time I won was in Macau seven years ago, but I cannot remember which horse I was on then," he said. "I am really happy to win again after such a long time."

Lao first rode in Singapore at the old Bukit Timah racecourse in 1996, when just out of his time as an apprentice jockey from the Macau Jockey Club. He rode mainly for trainer Charles Leck and won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Raffles Cup aboard the Leck-trained Emerald Isles in his very first year.

He went on to forge a solid association with Leck, paying regular visits even after racing moved to Kranji, where he collected a few more feature wins.