Bayliss set to depart Hong Kong

Steve Bennett in News 11 Dec 2019
  • Bayliss set to return to Australia

Australian jockey Regan Bayliss is set to return to his homeland at the end of the year.

The 22-year-old confirmed on Tuesday evening (via social media) that he will not be seeking an extension on his Hong Kong licence.

He plans to return to Melbourne once his contract expires on December 31.

“I’ve decided to return to Melbourne when my contract comes to an end on December 31,” Bayliss tweeted.

“I’d like to thank [the Hong Kong Jockey Club] for the opportunities over the course of my stint, it’s been great.

“I’ll have a short break & return to race riding early January.”

Bayliss first took up an opportunity to ride in Hong Kong in February but had his stint cut short when he suffered a broken hand in June whilst lining up at the starting gates.

Bayliss on his way to Hospital after suffering a broken hand

At that time, Bayliss had ridden four winners and there was some doubt as to whether or not the HK Jockey Club licensing committee would extend his contract.

However, he eventually was given the ok by the committee and recommenced riding once he had recovered from the surgery on his hand.

Bayliss returned to riding and since then, has mounted up 81 times for two winners and seven minor placings.

Prior to his accident, he had four winners etched on his resume.

He now plans to have a short break before returning to ride on Australian tracks again.