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Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races - Profiles of indicated jockeys(Updated)

5 December 2007

Beadman, Darren

Sunny Sing - Sprint

Joyful Winner - Mile

 Art Trader - Cup

Viva Macau - Vase

Born 17 November 1965, Beadman has just become the youngest rider to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and the first to do so while still riding. He won the Golden Slipper as a teenager, one of the 85 Gr.1 races he has lifted with Melbourne Cups on Kingston Rule and Saintly included. Repeatedly breaks his own records in seven Sydney jockeys' premierships (current standard is 164). He won the Hong Kong International Bowl in 1996 and 1997 on Monopolize and Catalan Opening respectively and has the best current win strike-rate in HK since teaming up with John Moore.

 

Berry, Fran

Arch Rebel - Vase

Fran Berry, 26, is the son of an Irish champion jumps jockey and like his father he first made a name for himself as a teenager over the jumps by winning the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals on Khayrawani. He has since concentrated on the Flat and enjoyed numerically his best season this year, finishing third in the Irish jockeys' championship with 72 wins. Arch Rebel will be his second ride in Hong Kong - he finished unplaced on Osterhase in the 2004 CXHK Sprint.

 

Bonilla, Davy

Marchand d'Or - Sprint

Born 29 September 1973, rode his first winner at 17 and spent the earlier part of his career riding successfully over jumps. First Group win on the flat came in 1999 and his first Gr.1 came aboard Golden Snake in the Preis von Europa a year later. His other major wins include the Prix du Cadran, Prix d'Ispahan and two wins in the Prix Maurice de Gheest on his Sprint ride. Last year he finished 13th in the French jockeys' title and at the moment he is 23rd.

 

Boss, Glen

The Duke - Mile

Born 21 August 1969, he has ridden 57 Gr.1 winners in a career spanning 20 years. He has earned his immortality in Australian sporting history for an association with Makybe Diva that yielded seven Gr.1 wins, including an unprecedented three consecutive Melbourne Cups, not to mention a Cox Plate. He rode the winner of eight Gr.1 races in 2006 and this year he won major events on Haradasun and Divine Madonna. Boss has ridden over 50 winners in various spells in Hong Kong.

 

Callan, Neil

Desert Lord - Sprint

Visionario - Mile

Born 6 July 1978, Irish-born Callan has progressed into one of most prolific and hard working riders in Britain - he has easily broken the century mark in each of the past four seasons and averages more than 1000 rides a year, many of them on the all-weather tracks. The majority of his winners stem from the stable of Kevin Ryan who also provided his breakthrough Gr.1 wins on Amadeus Wolf and Palace Episode last year. This year his principal win came aboard Pressing in the Gr.1 Premio Roma. 

 

Callow,Noel

Why Be - Sprint

Born 26 February 1975, his highest-profile win in Australia was in the 2005 Victoria Derby on Benicio, his third at the highest level. Callow has been riding under contract in Singapore this past season and is now known as the King of Kranji. On 12 November, he achieved what no other rider has done in Singapore - kick home more than 100 winners in one season, a remarkable effort.

 

Cheng, Howard

Sunny Power - Sprint

Born 18 July 1981, a former champion apprentice and the most successful Chinese jockey of his generation. He rode the 200th HK winner of his career on 28 November 2007 and is constantly in demand - he has a similar amount of rides as champion Douglas Whyte in the current season. He has won the prestigious National Day Cup for four of the last five seasons.  He

 

 

Delpech, Anthony

Vengeance Of Rain - Cup

Born 10 February 1969 in the Seychelles; moved to Durban, South Africa, aged 13. He was South Africa's champion rider in 2002/03 and in 1998/99 when he bagged a record haul of 333 winners. Twice he has won South Africa's most prestigious event, the Durban July. Ridden over 125 wins in HK, and best known for his association with Vengeance Of Rain, winner of the MBHK Derby, AP QEII Cup, Champions & Chater Cup, CXHK Cup, HK Gold Cup and Dubai Sheema Classic. 

 

Dettori, Lanfranco

Green Birdie - Sprint Creachadoir - Mile

 Ramonti - Cup

Red Rocks - Vase

Born 15 December 1970 in Italy, he was Champion British Apprentice in 1989 and added three Champion Jockey titles, most recently in 2004 year after a ten-year gap. Has won a mind-boggling 175 Gr.1 races worldwide and he finally won a first Epsom Derby this year aboard Authorized. Famously rode all seven winners at Ascot in September 1996. His record in HK is also excellent: won the Hong Kong Cup in 2000 and 2003 on Fantastic Light and Falbrav, the 2004 CXHK Mile on Firebreak, the 1996 Vase and QEII Cup on Luso and Overbury.  

 

Doleuze, Olivier

Good Ba Ba - Mile

Ever Bright - Vase

Born on 19 April 1972; son of jockey-turned-trainer, Georges. Former champion apprentice in France; mostly rode for Criquette Head-Maarek; Classic wins in France on Green Tune and Egyptband. He also won the 2001 Singapore Krisflyer Sprint on Iron Mask. Famed for his flamboyant winning celebrations, Doleuze enjoyed his best Hong Kong season in 2006/07 with 67 winners, principally on The Duke in the CXHK Mile last December.  He has ridden almost 250 wins in HK.

 

Dye, Shane

Royal Delight - Sprint

Born 26 September 1966 in New Zealand; moved to Australia in 1985, riding the winners of over 90 Gr.1 races including the Melbourne Cup (Tawriffic), Cox Plate (Octagonal) and four consecutive Golden Slippers. He also won two Sydney jockeys' premierships. This is his eighth full season riding in Hong Kong with over 380 winners racked up on horses such as 2002/03 Horse of the Year Grand Delight and former Champion Stayer Super Kid, on whom he has won each of Hong Kong's Triple Crown legs, albeit in different seasons.

 

Fujita, Shinji

Kongo Rikishio - Mile

Born on 27 February 1972, he has ridden well over 1400 winners and has been among the leading jockeys in Japan in recent years. He has won several big races, including the Japanese Derby (Fusaichi Concorde) and Oaks (Silk Prima Donna) and he won the Yasuda Kinen in 2005 aboard Asakusa Den'en on whom he ran sixth in that year's CXHK Mile. This season he has won four Group races.

 

Kinane, Mick

Able One - Mile

Viva Pataca - Cup

 

Born 22 June 1959 in Ireland; 'Big Race King' with 163 Gr.1 winners worldwide, a list that factors in two Arcs, five King Georges, the Belmont Stakes, Breeders' Cups, the Melbourne Cup, two Hong Kong Derbies (Sound Print, Che Sara Sara) and a Hong Kong Cup (Precision) in 2002. Won a 13th Irish jockeys' title in 2003; first visit to Hong Kong in 1986/87 and has since ridden over 160 winners here, most recently a Gr.1 double for John Moore in the APQEII Cup and Champions Mile on Viva Pataca and Able One. Was retained by Dermot Weld and Aidan O'Brien in Ireland; now stable jockey to John Oxx.

 

Moore, Ryan

Al Qasi - Mile

Macleya - Vase

 

Born 18 September 1983 in England, is from a family steeped in racing and last year he became the youngest champion jockey in Britain since Pat Eddery in 1974. A broken arm at the start of the year put paid to his bid for a second title but he still rode 128 winners and finished third in the title race. He is widely acknowledged to have executed the ride of the season in the Gr.1 Eclipse Stakes aboard Notnowcato and is odds-on to regain his riders' crown again next year. 

 

Mosse, Gerald

Sacred Kingdom - Sprint

Floral Pegasus - Mile

Hawkes Bay - Vase

 

 

Born 3 January 1968, former champion apprentice in France; has ridden over 40 Gr.1 wins in Europe. Career highlight remains his Arc triumph on Saumarez in 1990; he has also won all the French Classics. Is in his 15th season riding in Hong Kong and has ridden over 440 winners here, with three Hong Kong Derbies outstanding. His biggest money-spinner was Jim And Tonic, on whom he won the Hong Kong Bowl, Hong Kong Cup and AP QEII Cup. He also won the Hong Kong Sprint in 2002 on All Thrills Too.

 

Mundry, Torsten

Egerton - Vase

Born 12 March 1971, has ridden well over 1000 winners in Europe, and is best known in Germany for his association in 1996 with Lavirco, winner of the German 2000 Guineas, Derby and Europa-Preis. He also won over 30 other Group races. He rode with success in Macau before switching for Hong Kong for the majority of the 2003/04 and the first part of 2004/05. All up, he partnered 18 victors in HK, chiefly Figures in the Champions Mile in 2004. 

 

Murtagh, Johnny

Excellent Art - Mile

Dylan Thomas - Vase

Born 14 May 1970; triple Irish champion jockey in '95, '96 and '98; first jockey to John Oxx stable for over a decade yielded Breeders' Cup and multiple Classic wins on the likes of Ridgewood Pearl and Sinndar. Classic glory has also arrived for trainers Aidan O'Brien and Sir Michael Stoute. His 12 Gr.1 wins worldwide in 2000 culminated in HK Vase victory on Daliapour. A noted big race rider, he has won 56 Gr.1 races internationally, including the Epsom Derby on three occasions. He has also ridden in major hurdles races in recent seasons. 

 

Newitt, Craig

Miss Andretti - Sprint

Born in Tasmania on 10 March 1985 to jockey parents. Rode his first winner in November 2000 and won the Tasmanian Jockeys' Championship in 2000/01. His career was rocked in June 2004 when he was banned for 18 months for giving false evidence at a stewards' enquiry. But the speed of his rehabilitation since his return in December 2005 has been remarkable. Rode his first Group 1 winner in February 2006 and has ridden eight more since, including four aboard the brilliant Miss Andretti.

 

Pasquier, Stephane

Kocab - Vase

Born 17 January 1978 in Paris, he was first apprenticed to Robert Collet and made steady progress from his first winner in 1995 to being on the verge of becoming France's champion jockey for the first time. His first Gr.1 win came aboard Westerner in 2004 but he truly arrived when he won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last year on Rail Link. He has won eight Gr.1 races all up with six of those coming in 2007, three aboard the excellent Manduro.

 

Peslier, Olivier

Spirito del Vento - Mile

Doctor Dino - Vase

Born 12 January 1973, has been French champion jockey four times. He shares the record number of four CXHKIR wins - Partipral (Vase '95), Docksider (Mile '99) Borgia (Vase '99) and Hat Trick (Mile '05). Won three Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes from 1996 to 1998 and spends the winter riding in Japan - he won the 2001 and 2004 Japan Cups on Jungle Pocket and Zenno Rob Roy. Has twice won the CXIJC in 1998 and 2006 and this year he completed the English and Irish 2000 Guineas double on Cockney Rebel.

 

Prebble, Brett

Absolute Champion - Sprint

Egyptian Ra - Mile

Royal Prince - Cup

Vital King - Vase

Born 23 September 1977, a former champion apprentice and twice champion jockey in Melbourne. His HK breakthrough came aboard Precision in the Champions & Chater Cup in 2003 and in 2005 he added the Australia Stakes on Cape Of Good Hope. Last season he launched a serious bid for the jockeys' title, but eventually finished second to Douglas Whyte - no disgrace there. In 2005/06 he won the Champions Mile and Yasuda Kinen on Bullish Luck and last term he added the CXHK Sprint on Absolute Champion and the MBHK Derby on Vital King.  He recently registered his 200th winner in HK.  

 

Saint-Martin,Eric

Scintillation - Sprint

Born August 31, 1965, he's in his 14th season as a Club Jockey in Hong Kong, riding nearly 400 winners - best season was 49 wins in 1998/99. Wins on Oriental Express and Olympic Express in the 1999 Champions & Chater Cup and 2003 HK Gold Cup are among his local features. Undoubted career highlight, however, came with Urban Sea's victory in the 1993 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He is the son of Yves Saint-Martin, arguably the greatest rider in French racing history.

 

Smullen, Pat

Benbaun - Sprint

Born 22 May 1977, has just won his fourth Irish Champion Jockey title to add to wins in 2000, 2001 and 2005. He is the stable rider for Dermot Weld and is best known for his association with Vinnie Roe, winning the Irish St Leger four times and runner-up in the Melbourne Cup. He has won other Classics - the Irish Derby (Grey Swallow), Irish 1000 Guineas (Nightime) and the 2000 Guineas (Refuse To Bend) - for Weld. Last month he took out the Gr.1 Prix de l'Abbaye on Benbaun and has partnered four winners in HK to date.  

 

Soumillon, Christophe

Tiza - Sprint

Darjina - Mile

Bussoni - Vase

Born 4 June 1981 in Belgium, he won the French Derby aged 20 and later retained by the Aga Khan for whom he won the French Derby and Prix de l'Arc double on Dalakhani in 2003. Three times Champion Jockey in France, setting a new record of 226 wins in 2005 and defended the title again in 2006. He won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Turf on Shirocco and the King George in 2006 on Hurricane Run. Notable success in HK also, sharing the Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship in 2004 and voted Most Popular Jockey in 2005/06 by local fans. He has won five Gr.1 races in HK, including the MBHK Derby in 2006 on Viva Pataca.

 

Starke, Andrasch

Quijano - Vase

Born 4 January 1974, he has been Germany's champion jockey on five occasions. He has also recorded a long list of victories in his homeland headed by four wins in the Derby, four in the Oaks and he also landed his second Grosser Preis von Baden in September on his Vase mount Quijano. He made all to win the SIA Cup on Epalo in 2004. Overall, he has won 19 races in Hong Kong including two victories in 2000 and 2005 in the CX International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley.

 

Tanaka,Katsuharu

Shadow Gate - Cup

Born on 25 February 1971, Tanaka is a top-ten Japanese jockey with nearly 1300 career wins to his credit.  He has won over 40 JRA principal races but he has experienced his best ever year in 2007, winning the Japanese 2000 Guineas on Victory, the SIA Cup on Shadow Gate, his CXHKCup mount, and four other Gr.3 races.

 

Thomas,Ronan

Musical Way - Cup

Born 10 February 1978, Thomas is freelance, riding regularly for Jean-Marie Beguigne and Philippe van de Poele amongst others. His first Group winner came in April 2007 when he partnered Chichi Creasy to victory in the Gr 3 Prix de Fontainbleau, he notched up his second when his Cup mount Musical Way won the Gr.3 La Coupe de Maisons-Lafitte and followed up in the Gr.2 Prix Dollar. Thomas currently lies just outside the top 20 in the French jockeys' table with 37 winners.

 

Whyte,Douglas

Down Town - Mile

Born 15 November 1971 in Durban, South Africa, has been champion jockey in Hong Kong for the last seven seasons and is long odds-on for a record eighth crown this term. Whyte breaks records for fun - he is also on the verge of breaking Tony Cruz's record of 946 career wins and his monstrous tally of 114 in 2005/06 broke his own record. Has lifted local Gr.1 events such as the Hong Kong Gold Cup and Hong Kong International Vase (Indigenous); QEII Cup (London Newsand Oriental Express), Chairman's Prize (Oriental Express); Centenary Cup (Best Of The Best) and Stewards Cup (Armada).

 

 

 

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