Aldo Domeyer has boosted his Hong Kong career just days after getting an extension to his jockey’s licence.
The talented South African rider scored a double on Sha Tin on Saturday, with Victoriam and Good Days both winning.
It has been a whirlwind six weeks for the South African, who is making the most of his opportunities after getting the late call-up to ride for the last two-and-a-half months of the Hong Kong season.
Domeyer hit the ground running with a double from three rides at his first meeting on 1 May and he looks set for a fruitful career at Sha Tin after securing a six-month licence for next season. It goes to show what can be achieved when you take a chance and things fall your way.
His Sha Tin victories were particularly significant as while he has already saddled four winners at the Happy Valley course, Sha Tin is regarded as a tougher course and wins there carry more prestige.
“It’s a tricky time to come,” he told Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing.
“A lot of people said I shouldn’t accept it because of the time of the season that it is. There are a lot of people associated with certain horses and certain yards,” Domeyer said.
“I’ve just been grateful for the opportunities and the support I’ve been getting. It puts me in a very comfortable position, but at the same time I need to keep proving myself.
“I didn’t know if I was going to get extended or not, so I was just open-minded to the situation. I just wanted to make the most of the time I had here and not think too much about that.”
“I think there was a probably a meeting or two where I was pressing too hard and putting the cart ahead of the horse because of the time frame, but I just had to let that go.”