World Pool Moment of the Year Finalists Announced

Shaquille, winner of the G1 Commonwealth Cup in June, and whose groom Paige Harrison is one of the finalists Focus on Racing

There have been 27 individual World Pool Moment of the Day winners in the 2023 season–each winning groom receiving a £4,000 award–and an independent panel from the Hong Kong Jockey Club narrowed that list down to four finalists who will compete for a VIP trip for four to Hong Kong next year via a public vote.

The finalists are Tomohiro Kusunoki, the groom of Japanese globetrotting superstar Equinox (Jpn) (Kitasan Black {Jpn); Paige Harrison, the groom of MG1SW Shaquille (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}); Raj Rasiah, groom of G1SW Quickthorn (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}); and Olivea Staveley, the groom of G1SW Ozzmosis (Aus) (Zoustar {Aus}).

Votes may be cast on the World Pool microsite with the final day being Monday, Nov. 27. The winner will be announced during the Longines Hong Kong International races on Sunday, Dec. 10.

“Stable staff play such a vital role in our sport and we felt it was important to recognise and honour their hard work, commitment and love for the animals they look after with such care,” said Michael Fitzsimons, Executive Director for wagering products of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. “The final four Moments of the Day were all incredible performances, so we look forward to seeing which one captures the public's imagination the most and then welcoming the winning groom and their guests to Hong Kong next year.”

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