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Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand are set for a second victory at the Longines-sponsored International Jogging Championship in Hong Kong when the duo face 10 rivals in the four-race event at Happy Valley Racecourse on December 8.

Doyle had the pair’s best result finishing third a year ago and, as usual, this year’s event features six foreign and six Hong Kong-based riders, who will battle for the top prize of 500,000. HK $ (US $ 641,030), the most lucrative jockeys. challenge in the world.

Doyle said: “The International Jockeys’ Challenge was absolutely awesome last year, and I’m so glad I was invited again. I had the chance to ride a winner there last year and finish third, but I hope I can do better.

“Happy Valley has its requirements but I enjoyed the way of riding there and hope to have a little better luck this year.”

Marquand, who finished 10th in the competition in 2020, said: “It’s great to come back to Hong Kong in these troubled times with COVID-19, but as always, the Hong Kong Jockey Club has done a fantastic job of even get us back. “

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The rider is also ready to ride Dubai honor at the Longines Hong Kong Cup (G1) in Sha Tin on December 12th and added: “I look forward to the CMI and also to join Dubai honor in one of the international races on Sunday, so I have a lot to do and hope it will be a productive trip. “

Other exciting IJC actors overseas include Weigh Room colleague and former Doyle and Marquand winner Ryan Moore, New Zealander James McDonald, Damian Lane (Australia), Mickael Barzalona (France), Lyle Hewitson (South Africa) and Yuga Kawada (Japan).

Loves Only You (Yuga Kawada) remporte le prix Filly &  Mare Turf<br> Del Mar 6.11.21
Photo: Edward Whitaker / Racing Post

Yuga Kawada wins Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf with Loves Only You at Del Mar[/image[/image[/image[/image

Kawada made history at the Breeders’ Cup last month when love only you became the first Japanese horse to win championships at Del mar.

He said: “Making history with the first Japanese horse to win the Breeders’ Cup is definitely a highlight of my career. I am honored to be invited again to a stage where only the best jockeys in the world are. allowed to participate.

“I really want to win the IJC. I have already won the 2019 World All-Star Jockey Challenge in Japan and the 2019 Shergar Cup, but I would really like to add Hong Kong to this list.”

Last year’s winner and quadruple Hong Kong champion jockey Zac Purton, who will be joined by current champion Joao Moreira.

The home team is complemented by Alexis Badel, who aims to improve on his third place in the competition last year, and top local rider Vincent Ho.

On Monday morning, the barrier draw was made for the four handicap races that make up the IJC, which are races 4, 5, 7 and 8 on the 10 races map at Happy Valley on Wednesday.


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