HKJC 130th Anniversary Races of the Riders
Friday 13th February 2015 Hong Kong
The HKJC 130th Anniversary Races of the Riders proved a popular new crowd pleaser at the Longines Hong Kong Masters.
Victory in this unique concept is determined by accumulating the times of a HKJC jockey’s round with that of his coach/teammate competing in the actual Longines Speed Challenge.
Joao Moreira was the fastest finishing in the jockeys round, but he and his team mate/coach Ludger Beerbaum were unable to secure overall victory after Beerbaum’s disappointing round in the Longines Speed Challenge.
The winning team of this unique competition is determined by accumulating the individual times of the rounds of the jockey and his coach/teammate.
The combination (Team Ho) of former champion HKJC apprentice Vincent Ho and top French rider Kevin Staut eventually came out on top. Ho is passionate about the sport of show jumping and was thrilled to win.
“I really enjoy show jumping, it is something I am very interested in and it is so wonderful to be able to come out here and ride at an event like this with the best in the world,” said Ho.
Matthew Chadwick (Team Chadwick) whose coach/teammate was Hong Kong’s sole representative at this year’s Longines Hong Kong Masters Raena Leung, finished in third place.
Irish jockey Neil Callan (Team Callan) did not fare so well and was eliminated from his round after two refusals. Callan was paired with current FEI ranked World Number 1 Scott Brash who was the eventual runner-up in tonight’s Longines Speed Challenge.
The HKJC 130th Anniversary Races of the Riders gave Hong Kong’s star jockeys the chance to showcase their horsemanship skills to the general public beyond the confines of the racetrack and they did not let their many supporters down.