Soumillon to join ranks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 November, 2009, 12:00am

Champion Belgian rider Christophe Soumillon will head a list of three new riders to join the ranks during the winter months ahead.

Soumillon (pictured) has had a remarkable 10 weeks, even in terms of his remarkable career - sacked as the Aga Khan's first rider in August, then thought to have fractured an elbow in a fall days later, before managing a comeback that saw him ride in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and then landing the post for next season as stable jockey for France's champion trainer, Jean-Claude Roget.

Late last week, Soumillon started a two-month stint in Japan and will then return to Hong Kong, from January 6 until March 27.

The Jockey Club licensing committee also released details of licences for Andreas Suborics, well known to Hong Kong fans from previous visits, which include a QE II Cup win, and North American rider Aaron Gryder.

Gryder, who rode in four meetings last season as a stop-gap, will make a more serious attempt to gain a foothold when he starts a four-month stint on November 16.

Suborics has been ticketed to ride from January 4 to April 30.

The licensing committee also formally warned trainer Alex Wong Yu-on about his performance after he failed to meet the club's performance benchmarks last season for the second time.

Wong was informed his licence would be in jeopardy if he failed to meet the criteria in any future season.