Regan Bayliss is an exciting young talent in Australia and the rider is keen to make his name among the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s list of star international jockeys when his three-month licence commences at Sha Tin next Sunday (24 February).
The Australian, 21, is sought-after in his homeland and arrives in Hong Kong with more than 350 winners already in the bag, many of them for former Hong Kong handler David Hayes.
Bayliss said during a press conference at Sha Tin this morning (Monday, 18 February) that he did not have to think twice when the Jockey Club’s Licensing Committee made an approach last month.
“It wasn’t a hard decision at all,” the Queensland native said. “As a jockey, I think everyone strives to get here one day. It’s come up very early in my career but I definitely didn’t think about what I could have ridden in Australia or anything like that. I’m here to focus in Hong Kong and I’ll be giving it my best shot.”
Bayliss jetted in from Melbourne at 7am on Sunday (17 February) and spent the afternoon getting acquainted with a Sha Tin race day, which included Beauty Generation and Exultant recording their latest G1 successes.