No Australian based riders will take part in this year’s LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship (IJC) at Happy Valley in December due to COVID but 2020 will be no different to years past in that the Australian influence on the series will be high.
Hong Kong’s champion Australian ex-pat Zac Purton, a four time Hong Kong premiership winner, will take part while a UK rider that has had extended riding stints in Sydney in recent reasons.
Tom Marquand will take part in the series for the first time on December 9.
“Marquand’s G1 (Group 1)-winning exploits in Europe and Australia over the last 12 months have seen him become one of the most in-demand young riders on the planet,” The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s IJC release read.
“His major wins include a G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes success aboard globetrotting star Addeybb at Ascot, as well as back-to-back G1 triumphs aboard that horse in Australia.”
Tom Marquand. Photo: Matt King/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Purton will be joined by his fierce rival Joao Moreira, who currently leads the race for the 2020/21 premiership, last year’s IJC winner Karis Teetan and Vincent Ho will represent the locals while Britain and France will also be represented.
For Britain, another rider that had an extended stint ridding in Australia, William Buick will take part with Hollie Doyle and two time LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award winner Ryan Moore.
France’s riders are Pierre-Charles Boudot and Mickael Barzalona.
The last two Hong Kong based riders to take part in the series will be announced after the November 25 meeting based on premiership standings.
The LONGINES IJC is worth $HK800,000 and run over a four-race series, all battling for the $HK500,000 first prize, the most lucrative jockeys’ challenge winner’s cheque in the world.
Originally published asCOVID keeps Aussies away from HK riders series
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