Looking to seal his place in the 2021 LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship (IJC), Alexis Badel has armed himself with six chances at tomorrow night’s (Wednesday, 24 November) fixture at Happy Valley as he hopes to suppress all possibility of a last-minute snatch-and-grab by Karis Teetan.
Leading the Mauritian by three wins (18 to 15) this season, Badel is in pole position to seal the coveted spot and join the 12-rider roster for next month’s HK$800,000 challenge on Wednesday, 8 December at the city circuit.
Two slots remain, one is for the highest-ranked rider in the local championship (who isn’t already selected to participate) which is currently Badel; the other is for the leading homegrown rider this term, occupied by Vincent Ho, who boasts a four-win buffer over Matthew Chadwick.
Having finished joint-third (shared with Hollie Doyle) in last year’s LONGINES IJC, Badel could join Zac Purton, Joao Moreira and most probably Vincent Ho as one of Hong Kong’s representatives this time around with the conclusion of tomorrow night’s fixture determining the line-up for this year’s LONGINES IJC.
With no shortage of opportunities across the eight-race programme, one of Badel’s leading hopes is the emerging and in-form Cheerful Days, who bids for a hat-trick of wins in the Class 3 Inverleith Park Handicap (1650m) for trainer Francis Lui.
“His form is good, he doesn’t have a good draw but it looks like he’s improving and maybe Happy Valley suits him a little bit better,” Lui said.
Badel steered the son of Smart Missile to an improbable win last start, surging from last-to-first in incredible fashion between runners.