“There’s scope for improvement, like all of us, but if we can start off a little conservatively with him, I think it can be an upward spiral. I’m certainly happy with his demeanour and he’s become one of the team – I have people who have been with me for 14 or 15 years so it’s quite easy to slot in because there’s so much experience there, and he’s been well-accepted.”
Mr. Andrew Harding, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Executive Director, Racing, emphasised the expert guidance that Wong has received and will continue to receive under the auspices of the Hong Kong Apprentice Jockeys’ School and its Racing Development Team.
“Hong Kong is an ultra-competitive environment but he comes here with a number of advantages: the support of Amy Chan and the Racing Development Team; the expert advice of world-class jockey Felix Coetzee; and also the considerable advantage of the mentoring and advice of a trainer with many years of experience and success in Tony Millard,” he said.
Mr. Harding welcomed Wong and expressed confidence that his career in Hong Kong is commencing at the right time for both the rider and the circuit as a whole.
“When the Club makes a decision on bringing in a new apprentice, there are a number of considerations to be taken into account,” he said. “Ability, plainly, is front and centre but there are also issues such as timing, and the effect that bringing in another rider will have on the existing roster. The Club has determined that the time is now right for Victor to join us.
“In terms of his ability, he has used his time overseas very profitably. When you look at what he has achieved in Tasmania and South Australia, he has developed as a very capable young rider and we are delighted to welcome him to the ranks of the Hong Kong riders as he embarks on this next stage of his development.”
Wong will ride at a minimum of 105lb. He has three rides on Sunday and is slated to kick off his Hong Kong career aboard the Millard-trained Rugby Diamond in race one, the Class 5 Amber Handicap (1200m, dirt) at 12.45pm.