South African trainer David Ferraris will bring a sudden end to his Hong Kong career after Wednesday night’s meeting at Happy Valley.
The veteran handler informed Jockey Club officials of his plans on Sunday.
“David sent a message this morning that he was going to relinquish his licence this week,” said Jockey Club executive director of racing Andrew Harding.
“I was subsequently able to make contact with him and he confirmed that after Wednesday’s race meeting he will cease training in Hong Kong.”
The 58-year-old moved to Hong Kong ahead of the 2003-04 season and has 460 victories to his name in the city, including the 2005 Hong Kong Derby and a string of Group Ones with superstar galloper Vengeance Of Rain.
A four-time champion trainer in his homeland, Ferraris has 30 horses in his stable – with Bear Again the highest rated at 81 – and his string will be dispersed throughout the rest of the Hong Kong training ranks this week.
“We are now working with his assistant trainer to minimise the impact on the owners who have supported David,” Harding added.
Ferraris, whose son Luke is a jockey in Hong Kong, has four wins so far in 2021-22, with the most recent of those coming courtesy of Charizard at Happy Valley last month.
Charizard is one of five horses Ferraris has entered for the midweek meeting at the city circuit, along with Stoicism, Here Comes Ted, Xiang Bai Qi and Nitro Express