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 include Ricky Yiu, Tony Cruz, Caspar Fownes, John Size and Francis Lui.
Notable overseas jockeys racing in Hong Kong include Zac Purton, Joao Moreira, Karis Teetan, Neil Callan, Alexis Badel, Antoine Hamelin and Chad Schofield. 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. For example, Matthew Chadwick won the Hong Kong Cup in 2011 and 2012, Derek Leung won the Hong Kong Mile in 2017, and in 2020 Vincent Ho won both the Hong Kong Derby and the Champions Mile. Overseas, Alex Lai won the 2010 Sprinters Stakes in Japan, while Derek Leung and Alvin 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, Frankie Lor, Ricky Yiu, Francis Lui, Manfred Man, Dennis Yip, Danny Shum, Me Tsui and Benno Yung.