Kerrin McEvoy set for Hong Kong battle

Star Australian rider, Kerrin McEvoy, has been chosen to represent his country at Happy Valley next month in the Longines Hong Kong International Jockey's Championship set for December 4 in the former British colony.

The event has attracted some of the top riders from around the globe, who will compete in a day's racing that runs alongside the prestigious Hong Kong Cup meeting staged at Sha Tin, a highlight of the calendar for racing live betting fans.

Another Australian rider, Zac Purton, currently flying high and leading the Hong Kong jockey's title race has also been invited to compete in the challenge and will go to post alongside McEvoy, Darley's No.1 retained rider in the southern hemisphere.

French stars, Maxime Guyon and Christophe Soumillion, will represent the cream of European riders along with former British champion jockey, Ryan Moore, runner-up in the 2013 championship to Richard Hughes.

American legends, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, will be flying in to ride, while Douglas Whyte will represent Hong Kong, Suguru Hamanaka will ride for Japan, and Brazilian, Joao Moreira, making a big name for himself riding at Kranji at the moment, will represent the island state of Singapore.

The feature Hong Kong fixture of the year is building up into a cracker with the main events attracting high-class entries. The Hong Kong Mile is the target for both Freddie Head's French sensation, Moonlight Cloud (3.2 in the racing betting), and filly, Sky Lantern (6), trained by recently crowned British champion trainer, Richard Hannon.

Red Cadeaux (6), winner of last year's showcase Hong Kong Vase, and Mount Athos (8), second and third respectively in the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington earlier this month, are both expected to take their chance in the Vase in what will be one of the first tests of the Melbourne Cup form on the international stage since the big race itself.