Vincent Ho Chak-yiu has accepted an invitation to represent the Rest of the World team in August’s 22nd edition of the Shergar Cup at Ascot, four years on from his triumphant debut in the all-star event.

In 2019, the Rest of the World side comprising Japanese jockey Yuga Kawada, Australian rider Mark Zahra and Ho lifted the Shergar Cup with 86 points, a tally to which the then 29-year-old Hongkonger contributed 32 points through one first, one second and one third from his five rides.

Ho, whose 2019 individual success came aboard Power Of Darkness in the Shergar Cup Mile for Group One Epsom Derby-winning trainer Marcus Tregoning, likes the variety that racing in the United Kingdom boasts.

“I love riding there. It’s so different. The racecourses are more interesting,” said Ho, who also hopes to pick up some assignments at the Glorious Goodwood meeting during his two-week visit to the UK in between his short spells in Japan after the Hong Kong season wraps up in the middle of July.

“You have to trust your feelings more than anywhere else. You have to make sure your horse has enough fuel to the finish line,” added Ho, who intends to ride some work for Middleham-based handler Charlie Johnston, the son of his former boss, Mark Johnston.

Before Ho gets to add to his overseas experience, he looks to consolidate his second place in this term’s Hong Kong jockeys’ championship with eight rides at Sha Tin on Sunday, including last-start runner-up Wonder Kit in the Class Three Shek Sheung River Handicap (1,200m) for Francis Lui Kin-wai.

Unbeaten in his two pre-import races on Australian soil, Wonder Kit has had the misfortune of running into Dragon’s Luck, Beauty Eternal, Goko Win, and most recently, Golden Express, across his four local runs.

No galloper has won more contests in Hong Kong this season than five-time winner Gold Gold Baby, and Ho liked how Wonder Kit worked alongside his Lui stablemate during their dirt gallop on Monday.

“He actually relaxed quite well,” said Ho of Wonder Kit, who jumps from barrier six. “Since his last start, he’s been pretty fresh and pretty strong in his trackwork, which he wasn’t before. But in that gallop, he really relaxed and hit the line well.”

Ho partnered Jamie Richards-prepared Uberstreichen in Friday’s turf trial programmed to help trainers get their unraced youngsters ready for next weekend’s first Griffin event this term, but it was another couple of novices who stood out from the crowd.

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Super Bonus from the Pierre Ng Pang-chi yard and Ka Ying Victory from the David Hall stable caught the eye, with the latter making a particularly good impression under his trial rider, Luke Ferraris.

Ka Ying Victory, who went under the hammer for NZ$100,000 (HK$500,000) at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Karaka 2022 yearling sale, is a two-year-old Charm Spirit colt out of Fastnet Rock mare Rockadubai.