Aldo Domeyer is returning to South Africa later this week to be with girlfriend Sharna, who is due to give birth to their third child on Tuesday.
But first Domeyer will try to follow up his four placings at Sha Tin on Sunday with a winner on Wednesday.
“It will be born on Tuesday so I’m just going to miss it. I’m going to take up my engagements on Wednesday because I’ve got a fair book of rides,” Domeyer said.
“Hopefully after that I can leave on a good note and then I’ll be in touch with the Jockey Club and try and get back as soon as I can.”
Domeyer and his girlfriend have two boys already, however the nerves are starting to kick in for the 32-year-old.
“There’s obviously butterflies. It’s a pity I’m not going to be there for the actual birth but we’ve all got to make some sacrifices. I’m really excited for what’s to come,” he said after riding Sunshine Warrior, Villa Fionn, Highly Proactive and Beauty Loyal into the placings at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Domeyer is not yet sure how long he will be away.
“I’m going to see how my girlfriend handles everything and how long she needs me. Hopefully she recovers nicely and I can get back without missing a beat,” he said.
Domeyer has four winners so far this season and he went within a neck of a fifth aboard Ricky Yiu Poon-fai’s Villa Fionn, flashing home from the back of the field but having to settle for third behind Such A Happiness and Blastoise. – South China Morning Post