Leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy will take on some of the best jockeys in the world when he represents Australia in the Hong Kong International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley on December 4.
The Hong Kong International Jockeys’ Championship draws the best riders from all over the world who take part in an exciting four-race contest that offers HK$800,000 in prizemoney; with the leading jockey taking home an amazing HK$500,000 in cash.
Australia has previously been represented in the event by Damien Oliver, Craig Williams, Hugh Bowman, Glen Boss, Nash Rawiller and Luke Nolen, without success, and McEvoy told Racing Ahead that he is delighted to have the opportunity to represent Australia in the prestigious event.
“It is a real honor to get a call up from the Hong Kong Jockey Club and go over there and compete against some super jockeys from all around the world,” McEvoy said.
“If you look through the line-up it is a real thrill to be a part of it.
“It is my first time to the jockeys challenge and it is obviously a carnival that has grown legs in the last ten years.
“There have been some great jockeys that have won it and it is around the really unique course at Happy Valley.”
The 2013 Hong Kong International Jockeys’ Championship will feature, arguably, the strongest field of jockeys in the history of the event and McEvoy will need to be at his very best to give Australia their maiden win in the Championship.
Gary Stevens (USA), Mike Smith (USA), Christophe Soumillon (Belgium), Maxime Guyon (France), Mirco Demuro (Italy), Suguru Hamanaka (Japan), Joao Moreira (Singapore), Ryan Moore (United Kingdom) and Douglas Whyte (South Africa) will all represent their racing precincts; with McEvoy likely to be joined by fellow Australian Zac Purton who will receive an invitation if he can maintain his lead at the top of the Hong Kong Jockeys’ Premiership.
“It is a great honour for jockeys and a real thrill to ride against Gary Stephens and Mike Smith and those guys from America and then you throw in Ryan Moore and Douglas Whyte,” McEvoy said.
“I think Zac (Purton) might be lining up if he is ahead in the standings so it is a really stellar line-up and well put on by the Hong Jockey Club.”
The Hong Kong International Jockeys’ Championship is held on the Wednesday before the Hong Kong International Race Day, where Australia is likely to be represented by Aeronautical (Hong Kong Sprint) and Linton (Hong Kong Mile).