Regan Bayliss is an exciting young talent in Australia and the rider is keen to make his name among the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s list of star international jockeys when his three-month licence commences at Sha Tin next Sunday (24 February).
Frankie Lor is daring to dream of capturing a first BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) victory this season and who could blame him? After all, the second-season handler has the two highest-rated gallopers in Sunday’s (17 February) Hong Kong Classic Cup.
Douglas Whyte waved farewell to the most successful race-riding career in Hong Kong history this evening (Sunday, 10 February) at Sha Tin Racecourse, bowing out after saluting his fans long after the last race had weighed-in.
When you saddle almost a hundred winners in your first season and a half, including two at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races and three of the first four in the Hong Kong Classic Mile, then you have to be more than just lucky.
Furore set the benchmark for this year’s BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) with an impressive Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) victory last weekend but with the big feature still six weeks away there is time for a late-comer or two to emerge from back in the four-year-old pack.
It would be hard to ask for more from a G3 handicap than this Sunday’s (27 January) Centenary Vase (1800m).