Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
3 minute read
8 Dec 2020
10:42 am

Hong Kong gallops on, through sickness and strife

Mike Moon

Hong Kong is suffering its fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, not to mention ongoing scary political turmoil, yet it has resolutely pushed ahead with its famous international racing festival this week.

Muis Roberts will be a very interested trainer in Durban on Monday.; Picture: Jacques Nelles

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is a formidable institution. It has shelled out HK$4 million (about R8 million) for charter flights to bring in foreign jockeys, trainers and stable staff for the iconic two-meeting international racing festival. More money is being spent on healthcare professionals to conduct coronavirus tests on every pilot, bus driver, attendant and dogsbody to ensure the racing folk don’t catch the dreaded bug and remain sealed off in a pristine bubble during their sojourn. There won’t be visitors from Australia, the US or South Africa, but horses and riders have jetted in from Ireland, the UK,...