New Zealand's teenage riding sensation, Michael Walker, has made a low-key start - by his extraordinary standards - to his three-month stint as a Club jockey in Hong Kong. But the young record breaker should pick up momentum at Sha Tin this afternoon, where he has a solid book of seven rides for six trainers, with the highlight mounts looking to be Able Eagle for Gary Ng Ting-keung in race seven, Seasons Knack for David Hill in race 10 and possibly Millennium Spirit for Ricky Yiu Poon-fie in race eight. Hong Kong represents the biggest test yet for the lad who has rewritten New Zealand racing's record books. He has been New Zealand's champion apprentice three times in just four years of riding, taking the jockeys' championship in two of those seasons as well. The Michael Walker story is an amazing one, in both essence and statistics. 'At the age of 15, I became an apprentice jockey and in my first year I aimed to win about 40 races, but ended up winning 131,' he says laconically. That figure was an all-time record for a first-season apprentice. The following season, Walker set his sights even higher and came up with a new all-time record for the number of wins by a jockey in a New Zealand season - 182, beating Lance O'Sullivan's previous mark by 20. The fact that O'Sullivan - 11 times champion jockey of New Zealand - came out last year and reclaimed the record with 191 winners does little to diminish the magnitude of the achievement. Walker has ridden 521 winners from 3,558 rides. His winning strike rate is 14.6 per cent and his place strike rate is 38.1 per cent. He was one win in front in his bid to win the New Zealand jockeys' title again when he left for Hong Kong. As you can imagine, having achieved so much in such a short time - he doesn't actually turn 19 until next month - Walker has picked up many awards from the racing, sporting and wider community. He was the Mercedes Jockey of the Year for 2000-2001 and the Maori Junior Sportsman of the year in 2000. He has ridden winners in Australia and Singapore, and at racing's ultimate level has taken out six Group One trophies, including this year's WRC Telegraph Handicap and Waikato Draught on New Zealand's top sprinter Tit For Taat. The day a 14-year-old boy, with no previous horse experience, walked into the stables of Central Districts trainer Allan Sharrock begging for a job seem light years away but in reality it's just over four years ago. Walker is loving his Hong Kong experience but is itching to ride that first winner. 'The racing here is very good and the track [at Sha Tin] is excellent,' Walker began. 'The crowds are great and the atmosphere is exciting. You quickly see why Hong Kong racing is the best.' Apart from the financial considerations, Walker is loving the experience of riding against some of the best jockeys from all corners of the globe. 'No one gets to Hong Kong easily, so each of the jockeys here are highly skilled and there's a good mix of local jockeys here too - I don't underestimate them. 'But for me, there's no one better to model myself on than Shane Dye. I love sitting back and watching how he does it. My first two meetings here, when I wasn't riding, he told me how certain races would be run and how he'd ride his horses - it was amazing to watch it all unfold, just like he'd said. He's very professional.' Walker has refrained from setting any specific number of winners as his three-month goal. Instead, his ambitions are more generic but just as admirable. 'My goal is, hopefully, to make a good name for myself in Hong Kong and just to enjoy the experience. If I have a goal, it's to make sure I work hard because if I do that, the rest will happen.'