Luke Currie’s phone has not stopped ringing since his double at Sha Tin on Wednesday night.
Friends from around the world have been getting in touch to congratulate Currie after victories aboard Touch Faith and Amazing Teens ended a frustrating few months following a back injury he sustained at the beginning of February.
“In Victoria, where I’m from, there was a big jumps racing carnival on [this week],” Currie said.
“There were plenty of people in the pub at Warrnambool watching the races. They had Hong Kong on the big screen there so I had a few mates giving me some late-night phone calls when I got home from the track and I’ve had plenty more since.”
After his first winner back, Currie said it felt “like it’s the biggest race I’ve ever won in my life” and he has not changed that view after a couple of days of reflection.
“It’s true, the satisfaction I got out of that was equal to any of the big races I’ve won,” Currie said.
“I’d started off so well and then had the fall. I had quite a few people say ‘why don’t you just go home and come back another time?’, but I was determined to stick it out.
“This week has given me the feeling that I’ve done the right thing in staying. Even though I’m dearly missing my family, those wins will give me the kick along that I need to keep going for the next couple of months and look forward to coming back next season.”
Currie was sitting on the scales to weigh in after his success on Touch Faith when he received a nod of the head and a thumbs up from Joao Moreira and it wasn’t just the Magic Man who wished him well.
“Every jockey in Hong Kong is a fierce competitor but all of us appreciate what other jockeys go through,” Currie said.
“I know that Joao was probably acknowledging the work that I’d done to get back from injury. Every rider has been through some sort of challenging time in their career and it’s nice to get the appreciation from guys like Joao Moreira.”
Moreira wasn’t the only Hong Kong legend to congratulate Currie, with John Size handing out praise to the rider after supplying him with his two winning mounts.
“I’ve had wonderful support from David Hall and David Hayes, who I’ve ridden for in Australia, but I’d never met John Size before I came here,” Currie said.
“He’s obviously a legend of racing not only in Hong Kong but in Australia, so just to have rides for him means a lot to me. To ride not only one winner but two for him was unbelievable.”
Now Currie has the winning feeling back, he is determined to maintain the momentum and three of his four rides at Sha Tin on Saturday look to hold solid chances.
Summit Cheers won two of his four races last season and makes his return in the Class Three Balsamine Handicap (1,000m).
“He’s been working really well,” Currie said. “He’s up in class but down in weight. I think he should be really competitive and I’m looking forward to riding him.”
The Australian was on board Dazzling Fellow last time and gets the chance to make amends for a luckless run on that occasion in the first section of the Class Four Erica Handicap (1,200m) this weekend.
“He’s still green and he got blocked halfway up the straight when he was making ground,” Currie said. “I think he probably would have ran second that day and he will run really well again.”
Storm Legend is another runner familiar to Currie and the jockey predicts he’ll run well in the Class Three Chamomile Handicap (1,400m).
“He looked like he could have been the winner last time but he levelled a little bit late and he’ll run well,” Currie said.
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