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Big Money – Sadly No Place For An SA Jockey

Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge

SA Champion Apprentice of 2008, and another outstanding product of the SA Jockey Academy, Karis Teetan will be the defending champion and only patriotic interest for us in the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge, which remains the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world and the most lucrative for the winning rider.

Gavin Lerena winning the Longines International Jockeys’ Challenge in 2015

Gavin Lerena won the competition in 2015 but there have sadly been no invites forthcoming in recent years for South African jockeys.

Teetan won it last year.

The only two counries with  outside participants this year are Britain and France.

In rand terms at current rates of exchange, the winner banks a few rand short of R1 million.

The four 2020 races in early December are worth a combined HK$6 million in prize money, which represents a 20% increase for the designated races.

Meanwhile, a total prize fund of HK$800,000 in bonus money for the most successful riders will be split three ways, with the winner set to receive HK$500,000, and second and third HK$200,000 and HK$100,000, respectively.

The four-race competition works on a points-based system with 12 points for a winner, six points for second place and four points for a third. The ranking of each jockey will be determined by the total number of points earned over all four races and the IJC champion will be the jockey with the highest accumulated points.

Andrew Harding, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Director, Racing, said: “This year’s Longines International Jockeys’ Championship has all the factors in place to be a classic edition… The Hong Kong Jockey Club has succeeded again in putting together an outstanding cast of riders and we are looking forward to a great night of sport set against the backdrop of one of the most iconic racecourses in the world.”

The following riders will compete:

  • Reigning IJC Champion  

Karis Teetan

  • Hong Kong Champion Jockey

Zac Purton

  • Britain  

Ryan Moore

William Buick     .

Tom Marquand

Hollie Doyle

  • France 

Pierre-Charles Boudot

Mickael Barzalona

  • Hong Kong        

Joao Moreira

Vincent Ho

Also included are the top two ranking riders as of 25 November.


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4 comments on “Big Money – Sadly No Place For An SA Jockey

  1. Cecil Pienaar says:

    The driest months in HK is Dec + Jan. So this non SA invite isn’t weather related. LoL
    Sorry, I must go, I smell a braai fire and the neighbors didn’t invite us, going to confront them.

    Good Night, Midlands Greetings 👍🏻

  2. Dylan says:

    Kennedy surely deserves a go…

  3. Pieta Louw. says:

    Ja Cecil, …our jock protests would have played a role….hulle ken dit nie …..no jock ex SA will get a contract there for a very long time…..Imvho…..Ferraris the only one that comes to mind.
    Wat dink jy van Charles?…..dis nou tyd om doubles te vat.

  4. Cecil Pienaar says:

    More Pieta. I want a ticket in the Big P6 on the day.
    2 races, a banker, other just 2. Other 4 legs load up.
    In the big race I fancy big outsiders, but we’ll catch up during the week.

    Lekker naweek 👍🏻

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