John Ridley

We had to play it safe, says Jockey Club on 'erratic track'

Tye Angland brought Robust Momentum to the outside in the first race, a precursor for what was to come later in the day. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Club officials defended a decision to put extra watering on Sha Tin racecourse on Saturday morning for safety reasons after the track became the bizarre stage for even more of a four-legged lottery than usual.

Saturday, 8 February, 2014, 10:55pm

An eye on the big picture

John Ridley has overseen myriad aspects of racing in Hong Kong for the past 18 years, from maintaining the grass on the tracks to managing multimillion-dollar grandstand redevelopments.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Racing goes on despite heavy rain

29 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Can't beat mother nature, says Ridley

The firm track at Sha Tin on New Year's Day was blamed for the poor runs of beaten favourites Silent Witness and Victory Code, among others. But according to the man who knows the racecourse better than anyone else, mother nature is the real culprit.

3 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Ridley pins his hopes on genetically modified grass

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is leading the world in a bid to create new and superior grass types for racecourses through genetic modification.

In collaboration with scientific researchers in Australia, the club is now trialling two genetically modified grasses for possible inclusion into the turf mix at Sha Tin and Happy Valley in coming years.

2 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Track bias 'normal'

The most distinctive feature of last night's racing was the high success rate of barrier one, with five of the seven winners drawn in the inside gate. But John Ridley, the Jockey Club's racing operations manager, played down the apparent track bias, saying it was 'nothing out of the ordinary' for the C+3 course.

17 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Ridley keeps an eye on the sky

Jockey Club tracks boss John Ridley has a squad on standby to work through the night if tropical storm Wendy savages Sha Tin later today.

An immediate threat to tomorrow's first meeting of the new season seemed unlikely with the storm early last night moving at 22 km/h about 370 kilometres from the south China coastline.

4 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Club to probe curtailed meeting

An internal inquiry into Saturday's partial abandonment of a Sha Tin race meeting will be held today with emphasis placed on finding a way to ensure there is no repeat.

Racegoers were deprived of three grass races, the Jockey Club handed back $199 million and were thwarted in posting a totalisator turnover which would have been one of the best of the season.

15 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Little effect from mafoos' work-to-rule

A work-to-rule invoked by the mafoos' union will continue, although the Jockey Club's racing manager, John Ridley, will conduct a further in-depth investigation into a dispute involving Tony Cruz's stable.

17 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Ridley defends use of narrower course

Tracks manager John Ridley moved yesterday to deflect mounting criticism of the decision to use the narrow C plus three metres course for Sunday's important San Miguel Silver Tankard meeting.

Ridley said: 'The San Miguel meeting happens to fall in the middle of some of our very important racing dates in January and it is a question of something having to give.

16 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Track rating assessment misleading

What a difference a month makes. Well at least it does when it comes to the state of the all-weather track at Sha Tin.

27 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Streamcourse repair work had proper approval

I refer to the letter from John Ridley (South China Morning Post, December 28) concerning projects affecting the streamcourses at Sha Kok Mei village in Sai Kung.

22 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Sha Tin may go for 'soft' option

CLERK of the course John Ridley is ready to hoist the 'soft' sign for the going at Sha Tin tonight for the first time since coming to Hong Kong 15 months ago.

Trackwork was abandoned yesterday when signal No 8 was hoisted at 5.10 am and normally busy Sha Tin was turned into a rain-lashed ghost town within minutes.

4 Oct 1995 - 12:00am