Former dual SA Champion apprentice Luke Ferraris will join the Hong Kong riding ranks after being granted a six-month contract by the HKJC.
The 19 year old, who grew up in Hong Kong, rode his fifth Gr1 winner when steering Ambiorix to victory for Vaughan Marshall in the Gr1 Gold Medallion at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday.
The SCMP reports that Ferraris is the only new addition to the roster, replacing Neil Callan, who will depart at the end of this season.
The Irishman, who recently returned after serving a 15-meeting suspension for his conduct during a stewards’ inquiry, has been based in Hong Kong full-time since the start of the 2014-15 campaign and has 276 winners to his credit, including three Group Ones aboard Blazing Speed.
Seven expatriate jockeys were given full-season licences – Joao Moreira, Zac Purton, Karis Teetan, Alexis Badel, Antoine Hamelin, Chad Schofield and Blake Shinn.
Vagner Borges, Tony Piccone, Ruan Maia and Harry Bentley were each handed six-month contracts that expire on February 13.
The Hong Kong season starts in September and runs through to July every year. The contract is unlikely to impact on Ferraris completing his SA term. He is riding Rainbow Bridge in Saturday’s Gr1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge and the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July. So his Gr1 tally could well yet increase.