Early start, early finish for two riders
Australian jockey Michael Cahill will make an early start to his stint and Steven King an early exit following the decisions by the Jockey Club Licensing Committee. Cahill had originally been licensed from March 4 onwards, but his permit has been brought forward four days to February 28 to enable him to ride at next Saturday's fixture. After eight seasons, King will ride in Hong Kong for the last time as a Club jockey at Happy Valley next Wednesday. He will compete at the racing carnivals now under way in Sydney and Melbourne.
And reigning champion Douglas Whyte has been granted leave to ride former champion South African filly Hoeberg for Singapore trainer Laurie Laxon in next Friday's Singapore Classic at Kranji. Hoeburg is owned in the same interests as the South African-trained QE II Cup winner Whyte rode, London News.
Whyte will be back to ride on March 2 at Sha Tin, as will Lennart Hammer-Hansen, who rides Huambo in the same race for German trainer Andreas Schutz.