26 October 2016
Apprentice jockey Kei Chiong is all smiles after her fourth win atop Derek Cruz-trained McQueen. Photo: HKJC  
Apprentice jockey Kei Chiong is all smiles after her fourth win atop Derek Cruz-trained McQueen. Photo: HKJC  

Female apprentice jockey clinches record four wins in Sha Tin

Local apprentice jockey Kei Chiong landed a historic four wins in a single race day at the Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, Apple Daily reports.

Chiong became the first female jockey in the local racing history to win four times in one day, in a sport dominated by men.

The 23-year-old was involved in seven of the 11 races in Sha Tin on Sunday, and came home first in four races, including winning the Beijing Clubhouse Anniversary Cup (Handicap) on Derek Cruz-trained McQueen.

Chiong became the only female jockey in Hong Kong in the 2015 season after Carol Yu Wing-sze retired in 2000. She has amassed 13 wins so far.

Chiong said she was thrilled with the unprecedented victories, which came in races two, four, six and eight, scoring winners for three different trainers.

The Jockey Club said in a statement Chiong’s day of success began with Friends Forever for trainer Manfred Man in the Dengshikou Handicap before Supreme Flight obliged in the Dongcheng District Handicap, starting a double for trainer Tony Millard.

Chiong charted a lonely mid-course path aboard Gallant Rock down the straight 1000-meter track, earning her third of the day with a short-head win in the Dongzhimen Handicap.

Her meeting was capped with a victory aboard Derek Cruz-trained McQueen, breaking from barrier 14 in the featured affair, the Beijing Clubhouse Anniversary Cup.

Chiong nearly earned a fifth win in race 10 as her mount Enormous Honour reported second, beaten a short head.

She began her local career in September after three years of training in New Zealand.

Chiong revealed that she deleted her Facebook account under the advice of former Hong Kong badminton player Amy Chan, who is now the headmistress of apprentice jockeys at the Jockey Club, so as to avoid distractions.

An unofficial Facebook page dedicated to Chiong has seen the number of likes rising to 1,500 after her Sunday wins.

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