Leyshan and Didham take Macau honours

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 September, 1997, 12:00am

Australians Peter Leyshan and John Didham are Macau's champion jockey and trainer.

Didham, son of former Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Midge Didham, ran clean away with the jockey's title after his nearest pursuer, defending Jose Corrales, broke an ankle in a race fall.

But Didham rode 75 winners in a magnificently consistent season and would almost certainly have kept Corrales at bay anyway.

Leyshan's 60 winners held the local trainer Kim Cheong by six to give the ex-George Moore and Tommy Smith rider the championship in his debut season. Leyshan and Didham are set to team up for many races next season.

Betting turnover of $2.64 billion represented a 15 per cent rise compared with the previous 12 months when turnover had jumped by a massive 40 per cent.

New Zealand jockey David Wadley was suspended for two months for not taking all reasonable and permissible measures on Compatible at the weekend.

And Macau's most promising stayer in years, the unbeaten Alexander Choice's, has had to be put down.