Kinane takes an early break
Hong Kong Derby-winning jockey Mick Kinane heads for home after Saturday's Sha Tin meeting but pledged a return to the territory in October after his most successful season yet for trainer David Oughton.
Kinane will pass up a probable overseas ride in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup to spend part of Easter with his family and then get into gear again for the European season.
After a slow start, Kinane has been slamming in winners in recent months and is currently second in the jockeys' championship to runaway leader and champion-elect, Basil Marcus.
'It has been a very good season for me, I would say my best here yet. The stable has been in great form and there have been some very nice horses to ride,' he said.
'Winning my second Hong Kong Derby on Che Sara Sara was obviously the highlight and it was a very genuine thrill.
'I was delighted for David [Oughton] and it was a tribute to the hard work that he has put in.' Although he has been riding virtually non-stop, year-round for a decade, Kinane aims on a Hong Kong return in October.
'I have spoken with David about it and that is certainly the plan,' he said.
'I have always enjoyed my stays in Hong Kong and the success we have had this year has made it all that much better.
'There are some nice young horses around which could make next year interesting, too,' said Kinane, who will open his Irish campaign at the Curragh on April 13. He had been pencilled in for the ride on one of the Dubai runners in the QEII Cup.