Trackside presenter and jockey agent Darryl Anderson will head to Hong Kong in the new season where he will take up the role as Senior Racing Advisor with The Racing Club, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The Racing Club was established a decade ago to help promote racing, and it holds a special category of membership of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which allows the club to race several horses.
“My role will be to help members (of The Racing Club) understand racing a little bit more and help them enjoy the thrill of racing and get them a step further to full membership of the club,” Anderson said.
“I host the members on race days, it’s not too dissimilar to what I would do to host a racing club function here.
“I will also host forums, track visits, and educational programs for the members.
“They have got member horses as well, which start with the prefix Young. It’s up to me to liaise with trainers and jockeys and provide that information to the members and host them in the parade ring before races.”
Anderson is looking forward to the new challenge that awaits him in the Asian racing jurisdiction.
“I am really excited about it, I think the role is almost tailor-made for me,” he said.
“The challenge for me is going to be the cultural difference and the language barrier, but most of the people within The Racing Club speak good English, so that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.”
While he is excited about the new opportunity, it spells the end of his time being the riding agent for jockeys Samantha Collett and Jason Waddell.
“It means that I am not going to renew my jockey managers license and I will be finishing up with Trackside at the end of the season,” he said.
“I have had a great time managing them. Jason gave me my first Group One winner as an agent with Kawi in the Otaki WFA Classic in 2017.
“I have done Sam’s rides for just about as much time and taken her from 50 wins a season to winning a premiership (last season), and eventually getting her elusive Group One win this season with the Auckland Cup.
“I am pretty proud of what I have achieved with them and Trackside. This new opportunity has come at the right time and I can’t wait to get my teeth into it.” – NZ Racing Desk