Aldo heads for Hong Kong

Aldo heads for Hong Kong


Ken Nicol: Aldo Domeyer has been granted a licence to ride in Hong Kong for the remainder of their season, and has probably ridden his last race in South Africa for the time being.

The son of former champion Andrew Fortune rode a winner in Singapore on the PGI Jockeys Challenge sponsored by Phumelela day at Kranji last September.

And the urge to find new horizons bit hard.  

“I was always interested in riding overseas, but after that great experience in Singapore the fire burnt a lot brighter” he said on Thursday. 

That chance to go to Singapore came about after his best ever season in 2017/8 where he notched  137 winners, was Cape Champion, and ended  third on the National Log.

“I often speak to Grant van Niekerk, and he told me he thought I could do well over there, and encouraged me to send in my CV. 

“I heeded his advice, and was recently given the green light by the Hong Kong authorities. I can’t wait to get started on May 1st.”

“I also have had a few conversations with Basil Marcus, who of course was champion seven times there, and he gave me some good pointers.”

Of course the adventure could have ended before it even started after his crashing fall off After Glow at Kenilworth on Tuesday. Fortunately he escaped with only minor injuries. 

“I’m still very sore, but haven’t yet given up on the idea of riding at Durbanville on Saturday” he concluded.  

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