South African import Aldo Domeyer will have his first hit-out on the Sha Tin dirt this week after taking all before him in his first two Hong Kong meetings.
Domeyer was the toast of Happy Valley a week ago after he booted home two winners from just three rides in his first meeting and backed it up by guiding outsider Calling The Shots to a respectable third at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The champion South African jockey will ride on his third new track in as many meets come Wednesday as the Jockey Club gives the Happy Valley surface a break in favour of an all-weather meeting at Sha Tin.
Domeyer has six rides as he looks to build on his win tally in an attempt to secure a place on the riding roster for next season.
While he will again have three rides for his fellow countrymen Tony Millard and David Ferraris, Domeyer has three rides for local trainers as well.
The jockey has been dealt no favours with barriers, however, after being handed outside draws in four of his six races – including on veteran horse Hearts Keeper, who looks his best winning chance of the night in the Class Four Hap Mun Bay Handicap (1,200m).
The nine-year-old has drawn barrier 10 but will have the advantage of an extended run in to the first turn to get a spot in running.
It is the 1,650m start on the all-weather which gives jockeys with wide draws the most grief, with the winning percentage for horses from outside gates diving dramatically after barrier seven over the past three seasons.
Meanwhile, local jockey Jack Wong Ho-nam faces an extended stint on the sidelines after being thrown off Friends Of Nanjing on Sunday at Sha Tin.
Scans have revealed a minor fracture in the 25-year-old’s right ankle and he will be required to rest until it heals.
The Jockey Club is confident of a return this season for Wong, with the injury not requiring surgery at this stage.
It caps off a injury-riddled season for Wong, who missed three months of racing after suffering a lower back complaint in November. As a result, he has snared just eight winners from his 307 rides.
Fellow local jockey Alfred Chan Ka-hei will return from suspension for the meeting, picking up a strong book of six rides for the night.
The 10-pound claimer has enjoyed a solid start to his Hong Kong career, managing four winners in his 34 starts, combined with six placings.
Chan will jump aboard three horses for his master, Frankie Lor Fu-chuen, who has the best all-weather strike rate of any trainer this season.
Lor’s Flash Famous, Blooming Spirit and Turin Redstar should all prove hard to beat after finding form recently.
Chan will also ride the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Encore Boy, who looks close to winning, along with Manfred Man Ka-leung’s Jade Fortune.