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Hong Kong based jockeys to miss The Everest

Steve Bennett in News 29 Aug 2019
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Zac Purton (PA Images)

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has announced that it will not release locally-based riders to compete in the Golden Eagle or The Everest this spring.

Under their current policy of jockeys racing overseas, the two feature races do not fall within the top 100 Group One events which is a strict condition under the guidelines of the policy.

The HKJC Executive Director Andrew Harding told the South China Morning Post recently that in Hong Kong, owners and punters must come first. 

“The racing committee has adopted a policy on jockeys racing overseas which strikes the balance between ensuring that Hong Kong racehorse owners and fans’ interests are best served and jockeys are given the opportunity to ride overseas,” he said.
“That policy is structured around the top 100 Group One races.  
“Whilst there are some exceptions for reciprocal races or trophy races, in the main it is limited to those top 100 and that policy will be applied consistently.”

The exceptions he made mention of include races like the Melbourne Cup.

“We try to apply the policy so where possible it allows some latitude, so if a race isn’t in last year’s top 100 but has been in the past then we try where we can to be flexible because we do understand that jockeys have aspirations to ride elsewhere, but it is a matter of striking a balance,” Harding said.

The ban applies to all Hong Kong-based jockeys, including Australians Zac Purton, and new arrival Blake Shinn.


Blake Shinn  (PA Images)


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