A look at the riders in the International Jockeys’ Championship to be held at Hong Kong’s Happy Valley racecourse on Dec 6.
THE 12 JOCKEYS
* Ryan Moore
The 34-year-old has won the IJC twice and was world’s best jockey last year. He is a three-time UK champion jockey and has 109 Group One wins.
* Hugh Bowman
Bowman is not only the defending IJC champion, but the 37-year-old was recently crowned world’s best jockey for 2017. The regular rider of Australian champion Winx rode the mare to her record-equalling third Cox Plate win in October.
* Leandro Henrique
The IJC will be the first time the 18-year-old has ridden outside of Brazil. He leads the title race at Gavea Racecourse in Rio de Janeiro.
* Pierre-Charles Boudot
The 24-year-old was France’s champion jockey in 2015 and 2016, with a European record of 300 wins last season.
* Joao Moreira
Brazil’s Moreira, 34, is currently Hong Kong champion jockey and won the IJC in 2012.
* Zac Purton
The 34-year-old Australian is the second-highest ranked Hong Kong jockey and in 2013/14 was Hong Kong champion jockey.
* Karis Teetan
Teetan, 27, is ranked third in Hong Kong and was South African champion apprentice in 2008.
* Derek Leung
The top ranked Hong Kong jockey, 29, boasts the 2016/17 Tony Cruz award and a 2010 win in the Asian Young Guns Challenge.
* Cristian Demuro
The 25-year-old holds the record for the most wins in an Italian season and is a two-time Italian champion.
* Keita Tosaki
Tosaki, 37, has finished third in the IJC in the past two years, is a three-time Japan Racing Association champion jockey, and boasts more than 3,100 wins.
* Silvestre de Sousa
The 36-year-old Brazilian is based in the UK and is the current UK champion jockey. He also held the title in 2015, after winning the Dubai World Cup in 2014.
* Flavien Prat
Frenchman Prat, 25, is based in the US and has won the Breeders’ Cup twice, and in September won three Group One races in one day.