Ken Nicol: While our locally based jockeys face a period of uncertainty and inactivity, no such problem for Grant van Niekerk, who won three consecutive Handicap races at Happy Valley on Wednesday.
Hong Kong racing continues behind closed doors, and the richly talented Van Niekerk is taking full advantage, as he also notched a double at Sha Tin on Sunday.
He started in Race 2 with an all South African affair.
Favourite Best Alliance obliged by 1.25 lengths for Douglas Whyte, who is having such a successful first season in the training ranks.
And it was an enterprising ride from the jockey, as he looped the field to lead with 700m to go, and effectively stole it.
Next up in Race 3 was Zero Hedge for John Size. The relatively unfancied gelding ran on to score by a head in an exciting finish.
Blooming Spirit completed the genuine hat trick by half a length for trainer Frankie Lor. The third favourite won by half a length in workmanlike fashion.
Van Niekerk currently sits fifth on the jockeys log, with a highly respectable 37 wins this season.