Vincent Ho has soared to joint leadership of the 2021 LONGINES World’s Best Jockey rankings after a career-best pair of G1 triumphs at the glittering FWD Champions Day meeting on Sunday (25 April) at Sha Tin.
Ho shares top billing on 48 points with Australia-based New Zealander James McDonald in a worthy postscript to history-making victories on Golden Sixty in the FWD Champions Mile and Japan’s Loves Only You in the FWD QEII Cup (2000m).
With 12 points awarded for a win, six for second and four for third by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, Ho’s tally stems exclusively from Golden Sixty’s G1 triumphs this season in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile, G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m), G1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) and the FWD Champions Mile.
Joao Moreira follows with 40 points, with Englishman Ryan Moore next on 32 points.
Ho is the first homegrown jockey to post two G1 victories on the same day.
While Ho does not expect to retain his position because COVID restrictions are likely to limit his opportunity to press for further elite success in other racing jurisdictions, the 30-year-old is proud of his achievement.
“Of course, it’s something great. But Australian racing, European racing and Japanese racing, they’ve still got plenty of Group 1 races going on. We only have one Group 1 left (Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup, 2400m on 23 May), so it’s pretty hard to stay up there.
“At the moment, I’ll definitely screen-shot that ranking.”
Still buzzing from Sunday’s heroics, Ho is indebted to trainers Francis Lui (Golden Sixty) and Yoshito Yahagi (Loves Only You) and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.