Top 5 Hong Kong Jockeys
It’s time to continue our tour of the global horse racing scene with a look at the Top 5 Hong Kong Jockeys, though it’s strictly the Top 5 Hong Kong-based jockeys, as most of the leading jockeys are quality jockeys from around the world who have decided to make Hong Kong their home.
Douglas “The Durban Demon” Whyte
The Durban Demon may be his nickname, but the 45-year-old South African born jockey has enjoyed most of his success as a jockey in Hong Kong – including being Hong Kong’s Champion Jockey for an amazing 13 consecutive seasons up to 2013/14. He is the only jockey in Hong Kong to have ridden over a thousand winners (over 1,700 in total), and those winners have seen him amass over HK$1 Billion in prime money won. His most memorable winners include Akeed Mofeed in the 2013 Hong Kong Cup and 2013 Queen’s Plate, and Glorious Days in the 2013 Hong Kong Mile.
Purton set his own records on his way to dethroning Whyte as Champion Jockey. He recorded the fast 50 in a season before depriving Whyte of his 14th consecutive Champion Jockey Title by becoming the second Hong Kong based jockey to ride over 100 winners in a season. He has won many of Hong Kong’s most iconic races in just a few seasons, with notable successes in the Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Sprint, Hong Kong Vase and Hong Kong Derby. He also enjoyed a notable success when steering the first Hong Kong Trained Royal Ascot Winner to victory, when Little Bridge out-speeded his rivals to win the 2012 King’s Stand Stakes.
Joao “Magic Man” Moreira
Brazilian born Moreira relocated to Hong Kong in 2013 after dominating horse racing in Singapore for four seasons. He immediately made a stunning impact by winning the jockey’s championship with a record breaking total of 145 winners, and then smashed his own record the following season with 168 winners. He has ridden winners in the USA, Britain, France, Australia, Japan, Germany, Sweden, the UAE and Macau. He also did even better than Frankie Dettori in Kranji in 2013, when he rode 8 winners from 8 rides. However, riding 8 winners in a day is nothing new for him, as he has also done it in Brazil, whilst he recently rode 8 winners from 10 rides at Sha Tin.
Callan is a British born jockey who enjoyed much success in Britain for the likes of trainer Kevin Ryan before deciding to move to Hong Kong, where he has quickly established himself as one of the leading riders. His most high-profile victory in Hong Kong was 2015 Hong Kong Classic Mile winner Beauty Only. He currently sits third in the 2016/17 Hong Kong Jockeys Championship.
If there’s a youngster who could make a big impact over the coming seasons, then its Australian born Clipperton who fits the bill. At the age of 23, he’s already caught the eye of Goldolphin, and he currently sits fifth in the Jockeys’ Table in his debut season in Hong Kong.