Alexis Badel and Neil Callan join Zac Purton, Joao Moreira, Karis Teetan and Vincent Ho as Hong Kong's representatives for the 2020 LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday, 9 December.
Badel and Callan join the line-up as the fifth and sixth-placed eligible riders with the most wins on the Hong Kong jockeys’ championship table at of the conclusion of Wednesday night's Happy Valley race meeting, with 17 and 11 wins respectively.
The HK$800,000 LONGINES IJC is a four-race competition for 12 elite jockeys, and this year’s edition features six overseas riders and six based in Hong Kong, all battling for the HK$500,000 top prize, the most lucrative jockeys’ challenge winner’s cheque in the world.
The list of this year’s invitees for the LONGINES IJC was announced on 18 November, and against Hong Kong’s team of six is an exciting overseas cast, featuring Ryan Moore, Tom Marquand, Hollie Doyle, William Buick, Pierre-Charles Boudot and Mickael Barzalona.
List of invited jockeys for 2020 LONGINES IJC
|Reigning IJC Champion||Karis Teetan||2019 IJC winner. South African champion apprentice (2008).|
|Hong Kong Champion Jockey||Zac Purton||2017 IJC winner. Four-time champion jockey in Hong Kong (2013/14, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20). Brisbane Champion Jockey (2003 – when still an apprentice).|
|Britain||Ryan Moore||Two-time winner of both the IJC (2009 and 2010) and LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award (2014 and 2016). Three-time British champion jockey (2006, 2008 and 2009)|
|Britain||William Buick||Joint British champion apprentice (2008). Second in the 2020 British Flat racing jockeys’ championship.|
|Britain||Tom Marquand||British champion apprentice (2015).|
Competing in first IJC this year.
|Britain||Hollie Doyle||Set a new record for most wins by a female jockey in a British calendar year (129 wins as of 17 November). Competing in first IJC this year.|
|France||Pierre-Charles Boudot||Two-time champion jockey in France (2015 and 2016). Third in the 2017 IJC.|
|France||Mickael Barzalona||Teenage winner of the G1 Derby at Epsom in 2011 and has since enhanced his reputation, notably riding for Andre Fabre and Godolphin.|
|Hong Kong||Joao Moreira||Hong Kong premiership leader as of 18 November. Three-time Hong Kong champion jockey (2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17) and multiple record holder including most wins in a season (170). Winner of the 2012 IJC.|
|Hong Kong||Vincent Ho||Hong Kong’s leading homegrown jockey as of 18 November. 2010/11 Hong Kong Champion Apprentice. 2018/19 and 2019/20 Tony Cruz Award winner.|
|Hong Kong||Alexis Badel||Fifth-highest ranked eligible Hong Kong jockey as of 25 November. France’s Champion Apprentice (2007).|
|Hong Kong||Neil Callan||Sixth-highest ranked eligible Hong Kong jockey as of 25 November. UK Champion Apprentice (1999).|