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  1. Expats staying away as local riders rise to prominence

    Posted Jul 18th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken No season review five years ago would have forecast the changing landscape of Hong Kong's jockey colony to resemble the situation as we close the door on this season. In 2004-05, wins by Chinese jockeys accounted for 64 races from the sea ...

  2. Struggle to find new expat trainer

    Posted Apr 13th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The hunt for the new expatriate trainer is said to have hit more hurdles than most of the Grand National field combined, with the Jockey Club finding possibles thin on the ground and largely unsuitable. Despite the more positive contributions made by new expatriate trainers from other regions in recent years, there is a view that the club wants more of a northern ...

  3. South Africans in winning position

    Posted Sep 10th 2003, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Kong's expatriate jockeys. Full credit to the South Africans, who seize the chance at the big prize money - they work hard, ride brilliantly and they truly earn the success they achieve. In just ... South African riders - seven - have started the season than ever before, representing half the expatriates, and the numbers alone suggest they will have a boom year. A great compliment ...

  4. Hong Kong hero Marcus returns to Asia after clinching Singapore deal

    Posted Jun 28th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... eligibility criteria would not allow an invitation to be issued to an expatriate without a proven record as a trainer. He returned to his native South Africa and quickly became one of the leading trainers in the region. However, despite his good form and obvious ability as a trainer, no expatriate trainer licence has been made available in Hong Kong since Andreas Schutz was announced ...

  5. Prebble comes up trumps in draw

    Posted Dec 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... night after coming up trumps at the draw for rides. The Australian jockey earned his spot in the championship as the leading expatriate rider, and will be joined by last year's champion ... years watching from the jockeys' room. 'Now the Club are putting the leading expatriate rider as well as the premiership winner and best local jockey into the mix, it gives me a chance ...

  6. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Richard Gibson thrilled at Private Purchase Akeed Mofeed

    Posted Sep 06th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... finished my shopping- we are still working hard on that every day." Only Ivan Allan and John Size turned up as expatriate trainers with more wins in their freshman year than Gibson's 35, ...

  7. Allowances for local jockeys should continue

    Posted Nov 17th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Howard Cheng Yue-tin's strong form in recent times has more than one expatriate rider asking whether the time has come for a cap on just how long local jockeys receive an allowance. Cheng has a career tally of 323 winners now, is up running second in the championship race this season with 16 wins and commanding a big share of serious rides, but he still holds ...

  8. Club should hold on to young jockeys

    Posted May 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... right course and conditions. All the moons align and the rider is expected to make it happen, often with owners betting plenty to support their horse. The top expatriate jockeys have long ...

  9. Resilient Rispoli keeps knocking and door opens

    Posted Apr 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Umberto Rispoli might only have cracked it for his first wins on Monday and he might not yet have caught the public consciousness like some other young visitors before him, but the Italian has shown an abundance of the talent necessary to succeed here. And first and foremost is the ability to take a punch and keep going. As we have said here many times, any expatriate ...

  10. Focused Special Days 'a real professional'

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The vice-like grip of local jockeys on the meeting was finally broken in the ninth event and by a predictable combination as the Dream Team of Douglas Whyte and John Size managed to take the Castle Peak Handicap (1,600m) with Special Days and strike a blow for the expatriates. The comprehensive win under 133 pounds sent Special Days' handicap rating over ...




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