Aldo Domeyer is looking forward to rising to the Hong Kong challenge when his 10-week licence commences on Wednesday, 1 May at Happy Valley.
“I think any rider around the world understands that this is some sort of pinnacle of world racing and somehow you want to ply your trade here,” the South African rider said during a press conference at Sha Tin Racecourse this morning Tuesday, 30 April.
“My eyes have always been on Hong Kong,” he continued. “I don’t think anyone looks at Hong Kong and sees it as part of the journey, it’s more the destination and I feel greatly honoured to be welcomed here. I’m more excited than anything else.”
Domeyer, 32, is one of South Africa’s top riders and the son of former South African champion jockey Andrew Fortune. He was crowned Cape Champion Jockey last year and earned a shot at the 2018 Singapore International Jockeys’ Challenge, which he won.
He arrives in Hong Kong with close to 1000 wins, including three successes at G1 level. The first of those was achieved aboard Martial Eagle in the prestigious J&B Met at Kenilworth Racecourse in 2013.
He arrives with his eyes open to some of the challenges ahead as he takes his place on one of the world’s toughest circuits.
“It’s consistently challenging, obviously the best in the world are here and things are a bit cut throat, so you always have to stay on top of your game all the time, much like back home but obviously this is a bit more intense. You have just got to keep at the top of your game and keep pushing yourself,” he said.