Apprentice Gary Lo King-yeung has been sacked by the Jockey Club before riding in a Hong Kong race.

In a shock move, the Jockey Club licensing committee announced the withdrawal of his licence on Wednesday night.

The situation is unprecedented, given his appointment as Hong Kong racing’s next apprentice was only announced on February 14 and he was meant to begin riding at Sha Tin on Sunday.

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“A pending employment-related matter has caused the club to withdraw the licence of apprentice Gary Lo,” Jockey Club executive director of racing Andrew Harding said. “The club’s policy is not to provide comment on any employment-related matters.”

It is understood Lo’s conduct was not up to stringent Jockey Club standards.

The 21-year-old rode 66 winners from 767 starts in Australia before returning to Hong Kong earlier this month.

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