Axed jockeys weigh options for future
EUROPE beckons international star Brent Thomson following the compulsory end of his Hongkong career in June.
Thomson, along with Nigel Tiley and Declan Murphy, will not be licensed next season because the Jockey Club are invoking a long-standing three-year rule governing expatriate riders.
The effervescent Thomson, who has been the toast of racetracks around the world during a distinguished career, was in reflective mood at Sha Tin yesterday morning.
''I cannot say it came as a shock and I have th And he is odds-on for Macau where brother Joe has had tremendous success in his first season there.
''My opportunities for riding elsewhere are extremely limited because of my weight. It just would not be realistic in America and I would like to keep riding for a couple more years.
''Joe has done a great job and I think we could make a good team but there would be a few things to get sorted out. I would hope that a licence in Macau would not be a problem,'' said Murphy. The Tralee-born former New York champion apprentice has also raced with success in Ireland in the summer and may return there for a stint when the curtain falls on the season here in June.
But Taipa would clearly benefit from having a rider of his calibre in action and the brothers would be a definite threat in the Macau riders' and trainers' championships.
Tiley, who rode as a Club jockey for two years before joining Alex Wong Siu-tan, has his eyes on more winners in the final three months of the present season as much as on his future. ''I will be sitting down and really talking things over with my wife in the next couple of days.
''But we also have a lot of horses I am really hoping are coming right after the virus and both Alex and me are looking forward to a good end of the season,'' said Tiley.