New 10-pound apprentice Dylan Mo set to join Hong Kong riding ranks

The 22-year-old has been learning his trade in New Zealand under trainer Allan Sharrock, who also oversaw the early career of Kei Chiong

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 June, 2016, 10:39pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 June, 2016, 10:39pm

Sandwiched in between the Dragon Boat holiday meeting and Sunday’s regular Sha Tin fixture, the Jockey Club’s licensing committee meets today to decide the riding roster for next season. There are no real surprises expected but one or two new senior faces have been rumoured and one of the strongest rumours has surrounded a new 10-pound claiming apprentice being added to the mix, with Dylan Mo Hin-tung expected to make his return from training in New Zealand to start his local career. Mo, 22, has been connected to the Taranaki stable of Allan Sharrock – who also was the master for Kei Chiong Ka-kei for much of her career in New Zealand – and has ridden 38 winners all told, with 32 winners from 285 rides this season, according to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing website. Alan Aitken

David Ferraris acknowledges trackwork riders with quirky winner Optimism

After Optimism notched a long-awaited Class Five win, David Ferraris paid tribute to his trackwork riders for getting the wayward sprinter on the straight and narrow. Optimism had dropped to a rating of 26 through 26 starts for the stable before Joao Moreira steered the five-year-old to a breakthrough win and Ferraris said it had been unruly racing manners that had held the gelding back. “He has a terrible habit of hanging out,” Ferraris said. “He just has some mental issues, we had running reins on him trying to get it right. When you watch the horse in the morning, he is horrific for these guys to ride. I was worried when Joao had to pull him out off the rail – he hangs out, but at least he had something to follow with the fence – but he was perfect, he put his head down and went for home. He will win another one in Class Five.” Michael Cox

Poor experience for Chad Schofield on Industrialist Way comes up roses in the end

Chad Schofield’s first experience of tough five-year-old Industrialist Way wasn’t the ideal introduction when the gelding finished last two runs ago with a heart irregularity but the jockey’s two rides on him proved vital in the turnaround to win yesterday. Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Industrialist Way has mixed his distances all season and Schofield was aboard last time finishing third over 1,800m, which informed his opinion coming back another 150m. “It’s a good training performance from Dennis, coming back in trip like that,” Schofield said. “But he left the race tactics up to me and I said I’d like to have the horse close. He’s more a grinding type so he couldn’t really give away a start and win.” It proved the winning move, as Industrialist Way used his lighter weight to simply outgrind Pikachu and King Of Mongolia. Alan Aitken