A few young jockeys are eyeing a strong start in the 2021/22 season. Harry Bentley, who joined at the tail end of the Hong Kong racing calendar, received a contract extension for another six months in Hong Kong. The 29-year-old Brit has snatched five wins atop Vincy (全才), Red Elysees (紅麗舍), Classic Posh (明欣賞), Preciousship (友誼至好) and Resolute (多多寶驥).
Broadcaster Andrew Le Jeune has clinched victory in dramatic fashion, edging out Simon Leung to put an end to an engrossing season-long rivalry.
Racing silks – the colourful garments worn by jockeys during a race – are used to differentiate the horses from other competitors so that fans can easily follow their favourites throughout the race.
Cossetted away from view in the jockeys’ room at Sha Tin or Happy Valley Racecourse, Joao Moreira and Jerry Chau occupy contrasting positions in the riders’ pecking order.
The 2020/21 racing season speaks volumes about Hong Kong’s resilience and unique appeal. Despite the many challenges brought on by the pandemic, we managed to overcome all the obstacles while creating several thrilling triumphs along the way. Through all the nail-biting action, recordbreaking moments, numerous milestones and glories at the Racecourses, the spirit of our champions shone bright and served as a ray of hope for both local and international sporting communities.
Horse of the Year is indisputably the most coveted title in the annual Champion Awards. We’ve seen some legendary horses score the top honour since the award was established, including ones who’ve won it for two consecutive years. Silver Lining (祿怡) came close to winning three years in a row – the grey gelding was voted Horse of the Year in 1977/78, 1978/79 and 1980/81, the same seasons he also picked up the Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup. Today, the racing legend’s skeleton is displayed at the Hong Kong Racing Museum, while Silver Lining café at Happy Valley Racecourse is also named after him.
In life, patience is a virtue; in horseracing, it’s an absolute necessity. Without appropriate forbearance, dreams, plans – and careers – can be doomed.
As international coronations go, it does not get any more regal – on a racetrack, at least – than Vincent Ho’s compelling FWD Champions Day performance.
From as early as the 1959/60 season, the rider with the most wins in a racing term has been honoured with the Hong Kong Champion Jockey Award. One of the most significant victories in recent memory was when Zac Purton first ascended to the throne in 2013/14, which put an end to Douglas Whyte’s 13-year reign.
On Friday, 25 June, the 2021 Hong Kong International Sale will offer 24 thoroughbred horses – six two-year-olds and 18 three-year-olds – from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and South Africa. This sale is the first time since 2016 that two-year-old horses will be offered.
The DBS x Manulife Million Challenge six-month series, presented by DBS Hong Kong, ManulifeHong Kong and The Hong Kong Jockey Club, is one of the most intense andexciting competitions on the racing calendar.
After they were postponed for a year due to COVID-19, the eagerly anticipated Tokyo 2020 Olympics finally began on 23 July with the various necessary safety measures in place, while the Paralympic Games will begin this month. We are thrilled that Hong Kong is sending riders in the Eventing Individual category, and the Para Dressage Team and Individual events.
The HKEF Inter-school Equestrian Challenge continues to allow budding riders to hone their skills amid the pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place all kinds of restrictions on our lives, many of us still have to rely on technology to stay connected. The same is true for the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation (HKEF), which continues to step up its ambition to promote equestrian sports online by rolling out a series of tailor-made activities for riders, officials, volunteers and members.
Over the past six months, the worldwide pandemic has affected all industries to some extent. Riders, however, were not stopped by COVID-19. Indeed, they have eagerly welcomed all opportunities to keep themselves engaged in the sport. The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation (HKEF), on behalf of young riders, would like to express its gratitude for one such opportunity– the National Youth Dressage Competition 2020 Yun Shang Carnival, organised by China Equestrian Association (CEA). And to our delight, our riders earned satisfying results in this competition.
Join an online seminar by Playright to understand the basic play needs of children and help them grow up happy and healthy.
The CLAP@JC project helps young people discover their interests and abilities, and make informed choices while embracing multiple pathways in life.
On 19 June, Member volunteers took part in the online seminar Rediscovering the New Territories' Cultural Heritage, hosted by the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe).
Attend our online seminar to gain essential first aid knowledge and be prepared for emergencies.
Attend an online seminar by Heep Hong Society to understand how we can help children with special educational needs.
Our online seminar helps Member volunteers learn more about the city’s heritage sites.
Join us on a visit to the SPCA Hong Kong, where Member volunteers will have the opportunity to raise their awareness of animal welfare issues
The Club-funded Gerontech-X Lab gives Member volunteers and senior citizens an insight into how technology can empower active ageing
The Pok Oi Cup was first run in 1994. Last September, Frankie Lor-trained King Opie (勁無比), under jockey Karis Teetan, edged out Beauty Spirit (美麗精神) to win by half a length at the Pok Oi Centenary Cup.