Karis Teetan, Vincent Ho and Matthew Poon complete stellar line-up for 2018 IJC

Karis Teetan, seen here winning on Mr Stunning, will compete in the IJC. Source: HKJC

Karis Teetan, Vincent Ho and Matthew Poon will join Zac Purton as Hong Kong’s representatives in the 2018 International Jockeys’ Championship on Wednesday 5 December, when 12 top class jockeys will clash at Happy Valley to battle for the title.

The list of this year’s eight invited jockeys for the IJC was released on 14 November.

As Hong Kong’s current Champion Jockey, the 2017 IJC victor Zac Purton has the first of four berths allocated to riders from Hong Kong’s excellent talent pool.

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The last three places are filled by two of Hong Kong’s current leading jockeys and the leading local jockey (a graduate of the HKJC Apprentice Jockeys’ School and currently claiming no more than a 3lb allowance) as of 21 November.

While current third-placed rider Ho will participate in the event as the leading home-grown jockey with 15 victories, Teetan and Poon are the second and fourth-placed riders – behind Purton – in the Hong Kong premiership standings, with 27 wins and 14 wins apiece as of 21 November.

These three riders have therefore been allocated the three remaining places. In accordance with the prospectus for the IJC races, Ho’s normal two-pound and Poon’s normal three-pound weight allowances will not be applicable in the four legs of this event.