As part of our efforts to explore Horse Racing around the world today we’ll take a look at the top 5 Hong Kong Horse Racing trainers:
Size has been crowned Hong Kong Champion Trainer 8 times between 2002 and 2016, and currently leads the 2016/17 Trainers Championship with 42 winners. The 62-year-old was one of Australia’s top trainers before he made the move to Hong Kong, and he has been lucky enough to have had both Grand Delight and Electronic Unicorn lift the coveted Hong Kong Horse Of The Year Title. He also trained Brave Kid to equal the record of 6 wins in a season, before breaking that record with Entrapment who recorded 7 wins. He currently boasts 952 wins in Hong Kong.
Moore has been part of the Hong Kong Race scene since it began in 1971, taking out a trainer’s license in 1985, and his total of 1,503 wins is the highest achieved in Hong Kong. The 66-year-old was Champion Trainer in 1985/86, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1994/95, 2010/11 and 2014/15, however he has been the leading money winner for the last 11 seasons, holds the record of HK$139,938,247 for prize-money in a single season, and boasts a career haul of HK$1.6 Billion.
Fownes currently sits third in this season’s Hong Kong Trainers Championship behind Size and Moore but, despite being much younger than his competitors, he has already been crowned Champion Trainer 3 times. He took over from his father Lawrie in 2003/4, making an immediate impact by recording the stable’s record haul of 44 wins. His best season’s haul is now 62 winners, which saw him crowned the joint-winner of the 2013/14 Trainers Championship. He is especially effective at Happy Valley where he has recorded 363 of 696 career winners, making him the second-most winning trainer at the course behind John Moore.
Chris So Wai-yin
The 47-year-old didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps like many leading Hong Kong Trainers, and only got into racing in Hong Kong in 1997 as a work-rider. By 2003 he had progressed to become assistant trainer to Caspar Fownes, and eventually took his own training license out in the 2013/14 season. He made an audacious start to his training career with 39 winners in his first season, and caught the eye of many owners after improving Fabulous One from a mark of 46 to 107 in just 8 runs in 2015/16.
Danny Shum Chap-shing
The 56-year-old has yet to clinch the Hong Kong Trainers Title, coming closest in last season’s title race when finishing second with 56 winners. He may not be a household name in Britain, but he did become the first Hong Kong based trainer to record a winner there when Little Bridge won the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.