McDonald to ride in Hong Kong
James McDonald will represent Australia at the International Jockeys Challenge in Hong Kong.
The New-Zealander has been based in Sydney for several years and has won the premiership
three times. The IJC is scheduled to be held at Happy Valley on December 4 but two meetings
have been cancelled at the track in recent weeks amid concerns over the unrest in Hong Kong.
Happy Valley is on Hong Kong Island close to the problems while the other racecourse, Sha
Tin, is in the New Territories. Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore, Pierre-Charles Boudot and Oisin
Murphy are among the other international jockeys taking part while expat Australian Zac
Purton is one of the Hong Kong representatives.The event is part of the lead-up to the annual International meeting at Sha Tin on December 8.