Newspaper report has started the buzz
South Africa’s star apprentice, Luke Ferraris, could be heading for Hong Kong soon. The South China Morning Post reported today:
‘By and large, the status quo is likely to remain when the Jockey Club licensing committee meets next Monday morning to confirm next season’s riding roster in Hong Kong.
‘With Covid-19 omnipresent, borders still locked down and travel incredibly difficult, any changes will be limited. As one insider put it: “it should go as expected”.
‘That uncertain environment and the restriction of movement makes it challenging to recruit big-name jockeys, despite the financial incentives.
‘Given it is harder to entice established riders to Sha Tin, it makes sense to target stars on the rise and the one name that keeps coming up is Luke Ferraris, the son of current Hong Kong-based trainer David.
‘Ferraris would be a natural choice given he grew up in Hong Kong, knows the landscape inside out and would fit in seamlessly – and that’s not to mention his ability in the saddle.
‘The 19-year-old is very talented and has impressed a lot of good judges early in his career, being South Africa’s champion apprentice twice and winning four Group Ones – including three this year.
‘The other big positive is that Ferraris wants to be here.
“Hong Kong is the end goal,” he told the Post in January.