Hong Kong Racing – The Top Ten Jockeys To Follow

Joao Moreira celebrates another Hong Kong victoryJoao Moreira celebrates another Hong Kong victory

HONG KONG TIPS – JOCKEYS

With racing in Britain and Ireland in lockdown for the foreseeable future, those wanting to keep their racing eye in have turned to other jurisdictions for betting purposes. Hong Kong racing is among the most competitive in the world and there are some superb jockeys and trainers plying their trade twice a week.

At Racingtips.com, we provide Hong Kong tips for every race and we’ve produced this guide to the top ten jockeys you should keep on your side.

Joao Moreira

There is nowhere else to start than ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira. The Brazilian rode more than 1,000 winners in South America before moving to the Far East and has been champion jockey in Hong Kong on three occasions, while he sits atop the jockey standings again this season with 94 winners to his name. 

He holds the Hong Kong record for most winners in a season (170), the fastest jockey to 100 winners and the most wins on a single Hong Kong card (8).

He operates at a 20 per cent strike-rate and it’s well worth noting that more than half of his 467 rides in Hong Kong this season have finished in the first four. Moreira should always be the first name your eye is drawn to on the racecard.

Zac Purton

Australian Zac Purton is just two wins behind Joao Moreira in this season’s jockey championship and is himself a Hong Kong champion having won the title in 2017/18. He’s only the second jockey in history to have ridden more than 1,000 winners in Hong Kong and his strike-rate mirrors that of Moreira, with a win percentage of 20.6 this season

Purton has also shone on the international stage winning the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on the Hong Kong-trained Little Bridge and he’d undoubtedly be a success wherever he chose to ride.

Karis Teetan

Still yet to turn 30, Mauritian Karis Teetan first made his name in South Africa, where he was crowned champion apprentice in 2008. Rode more than 100 winners in every season in South Africa before making the jump to Hong Kong in 2013. 

Passed the post in front on 50 occasions in his first season in Hong Kong and his numbers have continued to rise. He finished third in the Hong Kong championship in 2017/18 before riding his highest tally of 84 winners last season.

Having another good season, with 50 winners so far and is more than capable of holding his own against Moreira and Purton.

C Y Ho (Vincent Ho)

A graduate of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s apprentice school, Vincent Ho rode a career-high 56 wins last season to win the Tony Cruz award for leading homegrown jockey.

British racegoers may well recognise Ho as has ridden in Britain for the last two seasons, notably for master trainer Mark Johnston.

Also excelled at the 2019 Shergar Cup at Ascot, where he helped the Rest of the World Team to victory by partnering the Marcus Tregoning-trained Power of Darkness to win the Shergar Mile.

Grant Van Niekerk

Had never sat on a horse before going to the South African Racing Academy a little more than a decade ago, Van Niekerk flew through the ranks in South Africa and was leading rider when he accepted a contract to ride in Hong Kong three years ago.

Has ridden more than 700 winners, including ten at Group 1 level and is one of the lighter jockeys, capable of getting on those at the bottom of the weights.

Chad Schofield

Australian Chad Schofield is just 26 years of age and grew up watching racing in Hong Kong as his father Glyn was contracted to ride there.

Enjoyed rapid success when relocating to Australia, where his big-race wins included the 2013 Cox Plate on Shamus Award.

Also had a spell riding in Britain, winning twice for trainer Ed Dunlop during a three-month busman’s holiday in the summer. 

Matthew Chadwick

Hong Kong native Matthew Chadwick was a precocious talent, becoming champion apprentice in 2008 aged 18.

Became the first Hong Kong rider to win a race at the prestigious international meeting when winning the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup aboard California Memory.

Won the Shergar Cup silver saddle in 2012 and has ridden 20 winners in Hong Kong this season.

K C Leung (Derek Leung)

Derek Leung is another off the production line at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s apprentice school and has twice won the award for leading homegrown rider.

Rode his first Group 1 winner aboard Hong Kong star Beauty Generation in the 2017 Hong Kong Mile and has also ridden 20 winners this season.

More than capable of mixing it with the best given the right ammunition.

M F Poon (Matthew Poon)

The youngest jockey in the list at the age of 25, Matthew Poon went overseas to complete his riding education and was crowned champion apprentice in South Australia in 2016.

Was riding high in the professional jockeys’ standings a year later when he accepted a return contract in Hong Kong just three years ago.

Quickly confirmed himself one of the brightest young talents in the business and is a name to remember in the coming years.

Neil Callan

British and Irish racegoers will need no introduction to Neil Callan, who finished runner up in the British Flat jockeys’ title race in 2005. 

Biggest win in Britain came on Borderlescott in the 2009 Nunthorpe and Callan accepted a short-term contract to ride in Hong Kong later that year before making the  move full-time to Hong Kong in 2014.

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