Hong Kong Jockey Club

Mark Richards Joins Goffs as British Agent

Mark Richards, who has fulfilled a variety of roles with the Hong Kong Jockey Club for the past 20 years, has been appointed to the newly created role of British Agent for Goffs, the sales company announced on Monday. Richards, most recently HKJC Executive Manager of the International Sale, begins on May 1. Originally a National Hunt jockey, Richards has been in the racing industry for 45 years and has contributed to a number of media outlets including the Racing Post, Daily Telegraph, Racing Channel, Sky and TVN. His primary...

[ Read More ]
HKJC to Offer World Pool Betting For DWC Meeting

World Pool betting will be available for the Dubai World Cup meeting on Mar. 27, the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced on Tuesday. The 2019 Royal Ascot meeting was the first time World Pool betting was available from the HKJC and resulted in a 60% increase in turnover. During the Mar. 6 Super Saturday card in Dubai, local turnover increased 28.5% and commingled turnover rose 38.7% with World Pool wagering available. Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Chief Executive Officer, said, "The commingling development in Hong Kong has...

[ Read More ]
Harry Bentley Licenced to Ride in Hong Kong

UK jockey Harry Bentley has been granted a Hong Kong Jockey Club licence from Apr. 16 to the end of the 2020/2021 season, the HKJC announced on Monday. The 28-year-old, who has already booted home 1,002 winners since he was apprenticed at the age of 16 to trainer Gary Moore, has accrued 41 group and listed race wins. Bentley was aboard Limato (Ire) (Tagula {Ire}) when he won the G1 Darley July Cup and G1 Prix de la Foret both in 2016. His minimum riding weight will be 118 pounds...

[ Read More ]
HKJC Granted Additional Simulcast Days

The Hong Kong SAR Government has granted the Hong Kong Jockey Club permission to increase its maximum number of simulcast days per year by 14 days, from 23 to 37, and for simulcast days to take place during the summer beginning this year. This new arrangement will address the demand of Hong Kong residents to bet on overseas races during the nation's summer break in racing, and should also help curtail illegal betting. The HKJC said the change will also promote the globalization of horse racing. A statement from the...

[ Read More ]
Magical 1000 Wins For Moreira

Hong Kong champion jockey Joao 'Magic Man' Moreira became only the third jockey in Hong Kong history to ride 1,000 winners on the island. The Brazilian was successful aboard Incanto Prepared (NZ) (Per Incanto) in the Class 4 Uranus H. over 1650 metres at Happy Valley on Wednesday. He joins 13-time champion Douglas Whyte (1813) and fellow champion Zac Purton (1209) in this elite millennial club. "I can only describe it as a dream come true because I never dreamed that, to be honest, and I would never think that...

[ Read More ]
Soumillon Clears Quarantine

Jockey Christophe Soumillon told Hong Kong Jockey Club officials that a negative result was returned on his most recent COVID-19 test and with that, he has completed all necessary quarantine requirements as set out by the Hong Kong SAR Government. The Club will require that Soumillon take further tests beginning Saturday in accordance with established protocols and the earliest he may accept mounts will be Sunday, Dec. 20. The Belgian is on a short-term contract through Feb. 14 and was to ride Sunday's Longines HKIR, but was stood down Thursday...

[ Read More ]
TDN Q & A: HKJC Chief Racecaller Mark McNamara

Having broken into the racecalling business nearly a quarter-century ago, Mark McNamara has worked his way up from describing the action at Moruya in southeastern New South Wales in Australia to becoming one of the primary voices of New Zealand racing from 2009 to 2019. McNamara, now in his early 40s, returned for a short time to Australia, but the job of chief commentator for the Hong Kong Jockey Club came open in late 2019 when Brett Davis announced that he would be returning to Adelaide to take a similar...

[ Read More ]
Longines HKIR Notebook: Inferno Out of the Sprint

Barree Stable's Singapore-based Inferno (Aus) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) has been scratched from Sunday's G1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin after being found to be lame in his left front leg by Hong Kong Jockey Club veterinarians Tuesday. Very little went as planned for Inferno on his trip over to Hong Kong. The air conditioning in the horse float that transported Inferno from Kranji Racecourse to Changi Airport about 30 minutes away broke down and the horse was subjected to the heat for three hours. He then had...

[ Read More ]
Jockey Club Meeting Draws Hong Kong Heavies

With a few notable exceptions, Sunday's Jockey Club programme at Sha Tin Racecourse has attracted more than two dozen of Hong Kong's top gallopers, each of whom have an eye on the Longines Hong Kong International Races, now just over three weeks away. Reigning Horse of the Year Exultant (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) is set to face eight other rivals as he preps for the G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m) in defence of his title in the G2 Jockey Club Cup (2000m). Winner of 11 of his 26 local appearances,...

[ Read More ]
HKJC Partners With World Horse Racing

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has partnered with digital media brand World Horse Racing, the latter announced on Wednesday. The fifth partner of World Horse Racing alongside Ascot, Breeders' Cup, Goodwood and the Victoria Racing Club, the Hong Kong Jockey Club reflects the growth of World Horse Racing, which has monthly views in excess of 12 million and over 1.85 million combined followers. There are 12 Group 1 races and two festivals that the HKJC brings to the table. "The vision of HKJC is always on world class racing, something...

[ Read More ]
HWPA Derby Awards on Sky Sports Racing in December

The 2020 Horserace Writers and Photographers Association Derby Awards will be staged on Sky Sports Racing, the HWPA announced on Tuesday. Slated for Dec. 10, the awards programme, supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will be hosted by Martin Kelly. Normally, the awards are held in London in front of 600 guests, but that is not possible due to COVID-19. "We are extremely grateful to Sky Sports Racing for agreeing to host the 2020 Derby Awards, and to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for their continued support," said HWPA...

[ Read More ]
Hong Kong Racing Weathers the Storm

The 2019-2020 racing calendar in Hong Kong was widely referred to as a "season like no other," and with good reason. Racing was threatened first by significant social unrest in and around Hong Kong, on one occasion, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, no more than a few kilometres from the stables at Sha Tin Racecourse. Having canceled just one meeting due to the protests, the local racing product was later confronted by COVID-19, a pandemic that shut down operations--at least for a time--at the vast majority of worldwide...

[ Read More ]