The Hong Kong Jockey Club Licensing Committee on Monday withdrew the Club Jockey’s Licence previously issued to Grant van Niekerk with immediate effect. This decision was as a result of a conduct-related matter which does not pertain to any race riding or other racing integrity-related matter.
As a result of the Licensing Committee’s decision, the Stewards have approved the following race riding substitutions for the Happy Valley racemeeting to be conducted on Wednesday, 8 April 2020:-
Race 1: V Borges on CENTENARY IBIS
Race 2: K C Leung on ELECTRIC LIGHTNING
Race 4: M F Poon on TRAVEL DATUK
Race 5: Z Purton on YOUNG LEGEND
Race 6: C Schofield on LARSON
Race 8: C Schofield on LOVING A BOOM
The Licensing Committee also granted, subject to a satisfactory medical examination, a licence to ride in races to Apprentice Jockey Jerry Chau Chun Lok for the period commencing on a date to be fixed until the conclusion of the current 2019/2020 racing season inclusive, provided that Apprentice Chau is not permitted to race in any race at Happy Valley Racecourse until permission is granted from Management. It is anticipated that Apprentice Chau will commence riding in races at the conclusion of a mandatory period of isolation upon his return to Hong Kong from Australia in the coming days.
Grant van Niekerk, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club