When the Ontrack Racing Hong Kong International tour touches down in December there’ll be one new trainer in town and one champion trainer firmly ensconced for years to come.
The Ontrack Tour takes in the International meeting in December and the Licensing Committee of the Hong Kong Jockey Club has granted a trainer’s licence to champion jockey Douglas Whyte for the 2019/2020 season.
With an unmatched record of 13 successive titles as Hong Kong champion jockey, more than 1800 local winners and success in almost all of the Club’s Group 1 races Whyte is one of the titans of Hong Kong’s world-class racing and is now set to open an exciting new chapter of his career.
Whyte’s final day of riding will be at the race meeting at Sha Tin on 10 February. He will then spend several months augmenting his skills by spending time with leading trainers around the world before returning to Hong Kong to establish his stable for the commencement of the new season.
The Licensing Committee also granted a trainer’s licence to Australian John Size for the 2019/2020 season and determined that he would remain eligible to continue to be licensed until the 2023/2024 racing season.
The Licensing Committee’s policy that elite-level trainers may be granted a licence beyond the age of 65 has been invoked in Size’s case.
Ontrack Tours Managing Director Grant Morgan said John Size’s reign as Hong Kong’s champion trainer is likely to continue for years to come.
“John Size is the benchmark for excellence in Hong Kong as he’s been the champion trainer in 10 of the 17 seasons he has been based there.
“Now he has teamed up with champion jockey Joao Moreira and it’s hard to imagine a more lethal combination in any jurisdiction around the world.
“Last Sunday they teamed up to win five races on the card , including the Group One sprint, and it’s not hard to see them repeating that sort of form on a regular basis.
“Ontrack has a special association with Joao Moreira as he’s unbeaten in four rides on our horses. He won three on Brazen Beau, including two Group Ones, and also won a Group Three on our great mare Savanna Amour.
“The Ontrack Racing party in Hong Kong has been fortunate to catch up with Joao on previous visits and look forward to renewing the friendship in 2019.
“It’s always a special time in Hong Kong around the International meeting and we have already had plenty of inquiries about our 2019 tour,” said Grant Morgan.
“Douglas Whyte is an extraordinary talent and it will be interesting to visit in December and observe him moving from highly successful jockey to highly successful trainer.
“This is only the second time in recent history that the Licensing Committee has issued a trainer’s licence to a current jockey, the first time being the licensing of champion jockey Tony Cruz for the 1996/1997 racing season.”