IN THE frenetic betting-mad community of Hong Kong, it’s safe to say that overseas jockeys are the ‘Stars of the Show’ when it comes to gamblers and racing enthusiasts picking their favourite numbers.
The likes of Joao Moreira, Zac Purton, Douglas Whyte, and up and coming Australian whizz kids Sam Clipperton and Chad Schofield have pop star status, and woe betide them if they ride a bad race – the catcalling and booing can be vicious.
For local jockeys, life can be tough.
They are equally good if given the chance, but perception is the ‘foreign jockeys’ are best and they don’t get the experience, or ride the better horses to show their true ability.
The likes of Derek Leung, injured Matthew Chadwick – rider of legendry HK champion California Memory – and Keith Yueng are more than capable if riding a good horse, and can be value for money propositions – better odds – than they would be, if the likes of Moreira and Purton were aboard.
Former HK champion apprentice Keith Yeung has had a season to forget, being out injured for a couple of months and only riding 14 winners.
He did however ride a double at Sha Tin last Sunday, and will be hoping to end the season on a high.
He climbs aboard progressive HAPPY LIFE in the 3.15pm and rates a decent each-way proposition in an open-looking race.
The five-year-old has already won over a mile but this 1m1f could bring out further improvement to see him sail past his present rating.
Also keep an eye on DOLLAR REWARD in the 2.45pm.
This highly-regarded Danny Shum-trained four-year-old never saw daylight down the home stretch last time.
Purton takes over in the saddle and that’s a big enough hint in itself.
Dollar Reward 2.45pm Happy Valley
Happy Life e/w 3.15pm Happy Valley