Hong Kong is home to some of the world’s leading owners, trainers and jockeys, all of them attracted by Hong Kong’s competitive racing and by some of the best prize money in the world.
Top trainers in recent years, all of whom have won major overseas races, include Michael Chang, Tony Cruz, Caspar Fownes, John Moore, Paul O’Sullivan, John Size and Ricky Yiu.
Notable overseas jockeys racing in Hong Kong include Joao Moreira, Zac Purton, Douglas Whyte, Neil Callan and Brett Prebble. Many other top jockeys visit in December for the Hong Kong International Races and International Jockeys' Championship.
Much of Hong Kong’s racing talent is home-grown, with nearly half of its jockeys being graduates of the Club’s Apprentice Jockeys' School. Being immersed in the city’s competitive racing environment has led to some notable results. Matthew Chadwick won the international Group 1 Hong Kong Cup in 2011 and 2012. Alex H W Lai won the 2010 Sprinters Stakes in Japan, while Derek K C Leung and Alvin K C Ng won the Asian Young Guns Challenge in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Several alumni of the Apprentice Jockeys' School have gone on to become successful horse trainers after careers in the saddle. These include such well-known names as Tony Cruz, Ricky Yiu, Francis Lui, Manfred Man, Dennis Yip, Danny Shum, Me Tsui and Benno Yung.