David Ferraris to return to South Africa
Trainer David Ferraris will bring to an end to his successful career in Hong Kong after Wednesday night’s meeting at Happy Valley. He will be returning to South Africa. He informed Hong Kong Jockey Club officials of his plans on Sunday.
The 58-year-old moved to Hong Kong ahead of the 2003-04 season and has 460 victories to his name in the city, including the 2005 Hong Kong Derby, The QEII Cup and a string of other Group Ones including the 2007 Gr1 Sheema Classic in Dubai, with superstar galloper Vengeance Of Rain. Vengeance Of Rain (Zabeel), was named Horse Of The Year and Most Popular Horse in Hong Kong in 2007.
A four-time champion trainer in his homeland, Ferraris has 30 horses in his stable – with Bear Again the highest rated at 81 – and his string will be dispersed throughout the rest of the Hong Kong training ranks this week.
Ferraris, whose son Luke started riding in Hong Kong this season, has four wins so far in 2021-22, with the most recent of those coming courtesy of Charizard at Happy Valley last month. Luke has already ridden five winners.
The family owns a home in Plettenberg Bay in the Cape Province, told the IRC: “I will be back in South Africa in a few weeks. My wife Pam will be staying on with Luke. Hong Kong has a 21-day quarantine period for people travelling in from South Africa so she’ll be here to support him instead of returning with me and then being subject to travel restrictions.
“Luke will probably get more support too. I’ve removed the doubts that have existed that horses will move to me from other trainers when he rides them.”
Ferraris said that he had no intention of training again in South Africa, where he won most of all the country’s major races including two Durban July Handicaps. He will be reuniting with his father Ormond (91) and attorney brother Paul Ferraris. Paul shares David’s love for flying and David said: “I’ll be getting my pilot’s licence back so I can fly again. I need some flying hours to get the licence renewed. I’ll keep a few horses training in South Africa and I’ll be checking on my dad, who is back in the training paddocks again in charge of a group of two-year-olds at Turffontein.”