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VINCENT HO RELISHING THE SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE

By Hong Kong Jockey Club | Friday, August 9, 2019

Vincent Ho faces one of the biggest tests of his career and is relishing the challenge as he prepares to fly the Hong Kong flag in the prestigious Shergar Cup at Ascot this Saturday (10 August).

The 29-year-old rider earned his invitation to one of the world’s premier jockey challenges following a breakthrough season in Hong Kong which saw him finish fourth in the table with 56 winners including Group-race victories aboard Ho Ho Khan and Rise High.

That winning streak has continued during a second summer stint based with leading British trainer Mark Johnston in the historic Yorkshire racing town of Middleham.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Apprentice Jockeys’ School graduate has partnered three winners from his first eleven rides – the latest on Good Night Mr Tom at Hamilton last weekend – and is taking advice from two Shergar Cup champions as he prepares to join a three-man Rest of the World team who will be up against Great Britain and Ireland, Europe and a team of star female riders.

“To represent Hong Kong as part of the Rest of the World team is a huge honour,” said Ho. “I was surprised to get the invite – and I had to keep it secret for a while – but I always want to challenge myself. I was at Ascot as a spectator when Enable won the King George two years ago but riding there has always been an ambition of mine and I want to go there fully prepared.”

With that in mind, Ho has been consulting fellow homegrown rider Matthew Chadwick and former Hong Kong legend Gerald Mosse.

Chadwick won the Silver Saddle awarded to the Shergar Cup’s leading individual rider in 2012, while Mosse took the same trophy in 2008 and 2013 while leading Europe to victory in the team event.

“I’ve been messaging Matthew to ask him about riding Ascot and how his experience went and I will have a good chance to get some valuable advice from Gerald as I’m staying with him at his place in Newmarket this week,” added Ho.

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