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Cape Champion To Hong Kong

Big chance for top rider

Champion South African jockey Aldo Domeyer will call Sha Tin home with the 32-year-old signing on for the rest of the season with the Jockey Club.

Domeyer had a bad fall at Kenilworth on Tuesday but appears to have come out of it unscathed – but shaken and bruised.

Aldo Domeyer (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

The South China Morning Post confirms that Domeyer will go to Hong Kong looking to fill the sizeable hole left by the departure of Brazilian Silvestre de Sousa last month, who returned home to Britain to fulfil a retainer for King Power Racing.

Since de Sousa’s departure, champion jockeys Zac Purton and Joao Moreira have accounted for more than a third of all winners, saluting in 22 of the 63 races.

Domeyer comes from South Africa with a big reputation, having secured the his first Cape Champion Jockey title last year, earning him a spot in Singapore’s International Jockeys’ Challenge. He will begin his contract at Happy Valley on May 1.

His current strike rate in South Africa sits around 20 per cent, placing him among the best in the world with 980 winners to his name along with three Group One wins.

Hong Kong-based South African trainer Tony Millard had earlier this month publicly called on the Jockey Club to bolster the jockeys’ ranks because a lack of depth in top-line riders.

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7 comments on “Cape Champion To Hong Kong

  1. Graig says:

    Congrats well deserved my
    Cape Town brother

  2. Hogan Govindsamy says:

    Well done Aldo and glad to hear that all is well with you after the fall.I am sure dad is over the moon,will be shouting your rides home.I am sure your buddy,Grant will be thrilled as well.You will be missed,was especially looking forward to your rides on Clouds Unfold but I am sure you will be watching her successes closely here in SA as we will be doing for you over in HK.All the best my man.

  3. Cliff says:

    Well done boy you deserve this chance

  4. Neil says:

    Well deserved tons of natural ability and Fortune confidence. Hong Kong racing is my favourite so will be watching closely

  5. Grant says:

    Well done Aldo never seen your dad so proud and happy all the best

  6. Brian Cohen says:

    From a jockey of yesteryear love to watch you ride a finish you are well balanced and don’t bounce all over the horses back you will show them a thing or two overseas 👍👍

  7. Lionel says:

    From all your brothers here in Sydney all the best to you and Grant

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