Hansen added to jockey roster
German-based jockey Lennart Hammer Hansen has been recruited on a 10-week contract to fill the gap in the riding ranks left by Kevin Darley, who last week withdrew from his intended Club jockey stint.
Hansen, 29, has been granted a licence from January 10 until Derby Day on March 17. The Danish-born jockey has ridden in Hong Kong only once before, when he partnered Faberger to finish 13th behind Sunline in last year's Hong Kong Mile.
Hansen served the initial two years of his apprentice in Denmark before moving in 1991 to Germany, where he won the apprentice championship on two occasions. During his career in Germany, Hansen has ridden 553 winners from 4,837 rides, a strike-rate of 8.75 per cent. His wins include nine Group races and 28 Listed events, with Faberger providing the highlight last season when he took a Group One contest in Italy. Hansen is stable jockey to Krefeld-based Erika Mader, the trainer of Faberger, who also provided him with a Group Three success in France last season. His riding weight is 117 pounds.
Darley, who was released from his Hong Kong commitment for personal reasons, was one of four new Club jockeys originally signed up until Derby Day. Of the other three, Andreas Suborics and Olivier Doleuze started their stints on Sunday, but German champion Andrasch Starke is sidelined pending the outcome of further investigation into a postive urine sample he provided at the International meeting 10 days ago.