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Moreira and Ho complete stellar line-up for 2014 LONGINES IJC

26/11/2014

Joao Moreira and Vincent Ho will join Zac Purton as Hong Kong's representatives in the 2014 LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship on Wednesday 10 December, when 12 top class jockeys from nine countries and regions will come together at Happy Valley to battle for the title.

The list of this year’s 10 invited jockeys for the LONGINES IJC was released on 21 November.  The last two places are traditionally filled by Hong Kong's current leading jockey (other than the reigning Hong Kong champion, Zac Purton, who is already included) and the leading local jockey as at 26 November.

Moreira is currently the leading jockey in the Hong Kong premiership with 31 wins as of today, while Ho is the leading local jockey with 14 victories. These two riders have therefore been allocated the two remaining places.  In accordance with the prospectus for the LONGINES IJC races, Ho’s normal two-pound weight allowance will not be applicable in the four legs of this event.

The full list of 12 jockeys who will participate in the 2014 LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship is as follows:

List of invited jockeys for 2014 LONGINES IJC

Representing Country/Region

Jockey

Remarks

Australia

Kerrin McEvoy

2013 IJC winner; Champion in Melbourne in 2002/03; Winner of 46 G1 races

France

Christophe Soumillon

Six-time champion in France; Winner of 73 G1 races around the world including twice in the Arc; Joint winner of the 2004 IJC

Ireland

Pat Smullen

Seven-time champion in Ireland with over 1500 career wins

Japan

Yuichi Fukunaga

Two-time champion jockey in Japan with over 1700 careers wins

New Zealand

James McDonald

Winner of Sydney Premiership in 2013/14; Two-time champion in New Zealand

South Africa

S’Manga Khumalo

Reigning champion jockey in South Africa

UK

Ryan Moore

Three-time British champion jockey; the inaugural winner of the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey award

UK

Richard Hughes

Three-time British champion jockey, including this year;

US

Irad Ortiz

Leading rider at Belmont’s 2014 fall meet; Notched his first Breeders’ Cup success this year

Hong Kong

Zac Purton

Reigning Hong Kong Champion Jockey with 112 wins last season.

Hong Kong

Joao Moreira

Second in Hong Kong jockey’s premiership last season; Winner of the 2012 IJC.

Hong Kong

Vincent Ho

Hong Kong’s champion apprentice in 2010/11. Making his IJC debut this year.

Attachment – Profiles for LONGINES IJC jockeys (Update)

Kerrin McEvoy
Photo 1:
Kerrin McEvoy

Christophe Soumillon
Photo 2:
Christophe Soumillon

Pat Smullen
Photo 3:
Pat Smullen

Yuichi Fukunaga
Photo 4:
Yuichi Fukunaga

James McDonald
Photo 5:
James McDonald

S��Manga Khumalo
Photo 6:
S��Manga Khumalo

Ryan Moore
Photo 7:
Ryan Moore

Richard Hughes
Photo 8:
Richard Hughes

Irad Ortiz
Photo 9:
Irad Ortiz

Zac Purton
Photo 10:
Zac Purton

Joao Moreira
Photo 11:
Joao Moreira

Vincent Ho
Photo 12:
Vincent Ho

 

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