In-form jockey Brett Prebble is happy with the rides he has been allocated for the 2016 International Jockeys’ Championships that will be held at Happy Valley tonight and he is bullish about his chances against a hot field that also includes Hugh Bowman and James McDonald.
Prebble will start his International Jockeys’ Championships campaign on veteran mare One Of A Kind, who has failed to fire in three race starts this preparation, but he had much better luck in the second race where he has been drawn to partner Strathearn, who looks well-placed to record a maiden race win in Hong Kong.
The talented hoop will throw partner Jolly Posh in the third leg of the International Jockeys’ Championships before he comes home on Ruby Coast in the final race of the event.
Prebble is bullish about the chances of a number of his rides in the International Jockeys’ Championships, but he admits that he faces a tough challenge against a number of the very best jockeys in the world.
“I’ve pulled some nice rides and some really good gates,” Prebble said.
“It is a big bonus there at Happy Valley.
“Two of them are in really top form and have good gates, so I am really excited about going there to race.
“There are good jocks there and a few of them have been here before, so they the course really well.
“They know how to ride Happy Valley it is a tricky course.”
Hugh Bowman is another jockey that fared well when the rides were allocated for the International Jockeys’ Championships and he is well-placed to deliver Australia another win in the event.
Bowman will ride Vara Pearl in the first leg of the International Jockeys’ Championships and he will be on genuine winning chances Dragon Harmony and Ambitious King before he comes home on Club Life in the final leg.
James McDonald did not fare as well as a number of his rivals and he will need to pull out all the stops to improve on his third place finish 12 months ago.
McDonald will ride Sugar City, G-One Lover, Strategic Army and Trendy Win across the four legs of the Championships and it is unlikely that any of his four rides will start towards the top of betting.
Joao Moreira, Douglas Whyte and Derek Leung are the other Hong Kong-based jockeys in the event, while Ryan Moore, Victor Espinoza, Gavin Lerena, Maxime Guyon, Silvestre De Sousa and Keita Tosaki have all been invited to represent their respective countries.