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
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.