European-Bred Success: Mark Richards

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Mark Richards

In this series, the TDN catches up with European expatriats working in the Thoroughbred industry around the world. Today's installment features Mark Richards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Hometown? Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

How did you end up where you are now? When I retired from riding in June 1999 I went into television media with The Racing Channel, but a month later was offered a position as Telecast Presenter at HKJC. My producer at the time was George Irvine and he told me to go for it, some of the best advice ever given!

What have you found to be the major difference between racing in Hong Kong and your home country? The competitiveness. Racing in HK is nearly all handicaps and there's often just a couple of lengths covering the first eight home. The standard is very high, Class 2 and upwards is the equivalent of black-type anywhere in the world.

Name one home comfort that you miss? Sunday roast lunch.

Favourite sport or hobby outside of racing? Golf, when I've got the time, unfortunately it's very expensive here!

What would you say is your proudest accomplishment? Thus far riding a double at the Cheltenham Festival in 1992. I'm still searching for my first G1-winning purchase, but hopefully that will come, that will then take precedence.

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