Hong Kong Horse Racing: Dec 6 LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship
Background: Boudot won his second French champion jockey title in 2016 with a European record of 300 wins that season. His father, the late Marc Boudot, was a trainer in central France. He attended the jockeys’ school at Govieux before joining the inimitable Andre Fabre as an apprentice. He notched his first win in April, 2009 and his maiden G1 triumph was atop Gallante in the 2014 Grand Prix de Paris. He won the 2014 G1 Prix Rothschild and the following year’s G1 Prix Jacques le Marois and G1 Sun Chariot Stakes on Esoterique. Boudot rode in Japan for two months at the end of 2014, based at Ritto with trainer Yasutoshi Ikee. He has more than 1200 career wins and the most recent of his G1 wins came on Bateel in this year’s Prix Vermeille.
Notable honours include: France’s champion jockey (2015 [tied with Christophe Soumillon] & 2016).
Background: Defending champion Bowman boasts an outstanding career record with 74 G1 victories among more than 2,000 wins since his debut ride on Naturalised in 1999. He has been champion jockey in Sydney four times and leads this year’s LONGINES World’s Best Jockey standings. He has been the most prolific G1-winning jockey in Australia for each of the past two seasons. He has a record of 21 wins from 22 rides on the champion mare Winx, notably a hat-trick in the Cox Plate. In Hong Kong, he has won the QEII Cup, Hong Kong Derby, Hong Kong Gold Cup and Champions & Chater Cup with Werther, and the 2017 G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize on Lucky Bubbles. This season he has already notched four top-level wins.
Notable honours include: Sydney champion jockey (2008/09, 2011/12, 2014/15, 2016/17)
IJC record: 2016 – WON; 2015 – 10th (DH); 2009 – 7th.
Silvestre de Sousa
Background: One of 10 children, Brazilian ace Silvestre de Sousa first sat on a horse at age 18 and within two years he was champion apprentice in Sao Paulo. He moved to Europe at age 22 and was employed as a work rider for Dermot Weld. In 2004, dispirited after two years without a ride in public, De Sousa moved to England and teamed up with North Yorkshire trainer Dandy Nicholls. His first UK win was achieved aboard Sonic Anthem at Southwell on 1 January, 2006. Riding mainly for lesser trainers, often on longshots, he established his reputation on the northern circuit and in 2010 he rode his first century. With trainer Mark Johnston’s support he finished runner-up in the 2011 UK champion jockey race. He was retained by Godolphin from 2012 to 2014, during which time his haul included the G1 Dubai World Cup on African Story. Riding freelance in 2015, he achieved 132 wins to claim the UK champion jockey title and repeated in 2017 with 155 wins. De Sousa has notched an admirable 16 winners in each of his two short winter stints in Hong Kong (2015/16 and 2016/17).
Notable honours include: UK Champion Jockey (2015 & 2017).
IJC record: 2015 – 4th.
Background: Demuro was Italy’s champion apprentice in 2009 and took the first of his senior titles in 2011 at age 19. He broke Umberto Rispoli’s record of most wins in an Italian season with 264 in the 2012 campaign. Now based in France, he has finished in the top five in the French title race in each of the past two seasons. Like his brother, Mirco Demuro, the rider has enjoyed notable success in Japan, with 126 wins there, including the 2013 Oka Sho on Ayusan. Demuro’s eight career G1 wins include the 2016 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane on La Cressonniere, and this year’s Prix du Jockey Club and Poule d’Essai des Poulains on Brametot.
Notable honours include: Italy’s champion jockey (2011 & 2012); Italy’s champion apprentice (2009)
Background: Brazilian sensation Leandro Henrique Espindola de Oliveira rode in pony races from age 13 before joining the Rio de Janeiro Apprentice Jockey School at 16. He had his first race ride in May, 2015. He made a flying start to his career, taking the 2015/16 champion apprentice and champion jockey titles at Rio’s Gavea Racecourse with a remarkable 202 wins. He graduated to the senior riding ranks in September, 2016 at age 17 and was runner-up in the 2016/17 jockeys’ championship. His G1 wins include this year’s Grande Premio Cruzeiro do Sul (Brazilian Derby) and the Copa ABCPCC Classica Mathias Machline on Emperor Roderic. He currently holds a commanding lead in the 2017/18 jockeys’ championship and has a career record of 438 wins (as of 12 November, 2017).
Notable honours include: Champion jockey – Gavea (2015/16); Champion apprentice – Gavea (2015/16).
Background: Ryan Moore is a two-time winner of the LONGINES IJC. He is the outstanding international rider of recent years and was the first recipient of the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award as a result of 15 G1 wins in 2014. He won that accolade again in 2016. Moore hails from a racing family. His first win came for his trainer father, Gary Moore, on Mersey Beat over hurdles at Towcester in May, 2000. He soon switched to Flat racing and his first professional win came on Marwell’s Kiss at Lingfield in January, 2002. He notched a first G1 aboard Notnowcato in the 2006 Juddmonte International Stakes at York and he has since taken his G1-winning tally to 109 in 10 different countries, with 20 of those coming in 2017 alone. Moore has won some of the worlds’ foremost races including the LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2016 Maurice), LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (2015 Maurice), LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2015 Highland Reel), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, English Derby, Japan Cup, Breeders’ Cup Turf and Melbourne Cup.
Notable honours include: UK Champion Jockey (2006, 2008, 2009); UK Champion Apprentice (2003); International Jockeys’ Championship winner (2009 [shared] & 2010); LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award winner (2014 & 2016).
IJC record: 2016 – 2nd; 2015 – 2nd; 2014 – 4th; 2013 – 5th; 2012 – 3rd; 2011 – 6th (DH); 2010 – WON; 2009 – WON (DH); 2007 – 10th (DH); 2006 – 6th.
Background: Known as “Magic Man”, Joao Moreira won the LONGINES IJC at his second attempt in 2012. The Brazilian sensation notched more than 1000 wins in South America before moving to Asia. He relocated to Singapore in 2009, and, after finishing third in the premiership in that first season, he proceeded to dominate the Singapore circuit for four years. He moved to Hong Kong in October, 2013 and has been champion jockey the past three seasons with record-breaking win totals (145, 168 and 170). He is currently leading this season’s premiership.
Notable honours include: LONGINES IJC winner (2012); Hong Kong Champion Jockey (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17); Singapore Champion Jockey (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013); two-time Brazilian Eclipse Award winner (2006/07, 2007/08); fastest 100 in a Hong Kong season (6 March, 2016); Hong Kong record for most wins in a season (170 in 2016/17); most wins in a Hong Kong race day (eight: 5 March, 2017); Singapore record for most wins in a season (206 in 2012); eight wins from eight rides at Kranji (6 September, 2013); eight wins in a day at Cidade Jardim (March, 2006).
IJC record: 2016 – 8th (DH); 2015 – 6th; 2014 – 2nd; 2012 – WON; 2010 – 9th (DH).
Background: Flavien Prat was raised around horses, his father being a harness trainer. He began his race-riding career at age 16, and, two years later, embarked upon his first winter stint in California. France’s champion apprentice in 2009, Prat was appointed second jockey, behind Olivier Peslier, to the influential owners, the Wertheimer brothers, and landed a first G1 win in the famous blue and white atop Indonesienne in the 2013 Prix Marcel Boussac. He relocated to California full-time in late 2014 and has since built an impressive profile in the United States. In three seasons he has notched more than 400 wins. His 16 North American G1 victories include seven this year, most notably a trio on one day at Santa Anita on 30 September, 2017: Zenyatta Stakes (Paradise Woods), Chandelier Stakes (Moonshine Memories) and Rodeo Drive Stakes (Avenge). Prat’s first US G1 came aboard Wild Dude in the 2015 Bing Crosby Stakes and most recently he won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile aboard Battle Of Midway. His first Breeders’ Cup win came in the 2016 Turf Sprint aboard Obviously. He fractured five vertebrae in a fall at Los Alamitos in September, 2015 but was back in action three months later.
Notable honours include: France’s champion apprentice (2009).
Background: A civil servant’s son, Tosaki debuted on the regional NAR circuit in April 1998 and went on to be the leading NAR rider on four occasions – in 2009 he notched 408 wins. He transferred to the JRA circuit when he received his JRA riding license in 2013 and made an immediate impact, winning the JRA Champion Jockey title in 2014 and again in 2015 and 2016. His tally of no less than 16 G1/JPNG1s in his career includes Straight Girl’s Victoria Mile wins (2015 & 2016). Other stand-outs include the same mare’s Sprinters Stakes win in 2015, Gentildonna in the 2014 Arima Kinen, his first JRA G1 win with Real Impact in the 2011 Yasuda Kinen, and four JPNG1 successes aboard NAR runner Furioso, in the Teio Sho (2008, 2010), Kawasaki Kinen (2011) and Kashiwa Kinen (2011). He currently (as of 12 November) has 156 wins this term to sit second in the JRA title race, 10 behind Christophe Lemaire. He has more than 3,100 career wins (811 JRA wins).
Notable honours include: JRA Champion Jockey (2014, 2015, 2016); NAR champion jockey (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
IJC record: 2016 – 3rd (DH); 2015 – 3rd.
Background: Zac Purton ended Douglas Whyte’s 13-season dominance with his first Hong Kong jockeys’ championship in 2013/14 (112 wins). He raced to what was then the fastest 50 in Hong Kong history that season and became the second rider, after Whyte, to notch 100 wins in a season, a mark he also reached in 2016/17 with 107 wins. Purton lost his title when second to Joao Moreira in 2014/15 with 95 wins. He started his career in Brisbane and was an apprentice sensation, winning the premiership there in 2003, and then moved on to Sydney where he was twice second in the premiership behind perennial champion Darren Beadman. Purton moved to Hong Kong in September, 2007. His major wins include five at the HKIR: Hong Kong Mile (2012 Ambitious Dragon, 2016 Beauty Only), Hong Kong Sprint (2014 & 2016 Aerovelocity), Hong Kong Vase (2013 Dominant). Other notable wins have included the Hong Kong Derby (2015 Luger), King’s Stand Stakes (2012 Little Bridge), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2013 Military Attack), Caulfield Cup (2014 Admire Rakti), Doncaster Mile (2014 Sacred Falls), Takamatsunomiya Kinen (2015 Aerovelocity) and KrisFlyer International Sprint (2015 Aerovelocity).
Notable honours include: Hong Kong Champion Jockey (2013/14); Brisbane Champion Jockey (2003)
IJC record: 2016 – 7th; 2014 – 6th; 2013 – 2nd; 2012 – 2nd.
Background: Mauritian rider Karis Teetan was well ensconced in the top 10 of the South African Jockeys’ Championship when he left for Hong Kong in August, 2013. After entering the South African Jockey Academy at the age of 14 Teetan went on to be crowned South African Champion Apprentice in 2008. He graduated in 2009 with 147 wins to his credit. Teetan passed the 100-win mark in every season as a senior jockey in South Africa. He has recorded five Group 1 wins with his inaugural success at the top level being in his native Mauritius on 24 November, 2008, aboard Halo Hunter. Teetan represented South Africa in the 2012 International Jockeys’ Invitational in Seoul, Korea and in the 2008 Macau Apprentice Jockeys Invitation Races. He notched an impressive 50 wins in his first Hong Kong season.
Notable honours include: South African Champion Apprentice (2008).
Derek Leung Ka-chun
Background: A product of Hong Kong’s Apprentice Jockeys’ School, Derek Leung cut his teeth as a young rider in New Zealand under the tutelage of trainer Lance O’Sullivan. He was assigned as apprentice jockey to Paul O’Sullivan’s stable upon his return to Hong Kong. Leung was involved in a four-way battle for the 2009/10 Hong Kong apprentice jockeys’ championship but came up five wins short of eventual champion Keith Yeung. He reached the graduation benchmark after claiming his 70th win on board Star Of Fame on 1 June, 2011. He reached a personal best total of 33 wins in the 2015/16 season. He received the 2016/17 Tony Cruz Award as the leading home-grown rider (25 wins), despite twice being side-lined with injuries during the campaign.
Notable honours include: Asian Young Guns Challenge winner (2010), Tony Cruz Award (2016/17)
IJC record: 2016 – 11th (DH); 2015 – 5th.