They say that riding in Hong Kong improves visiting and foreign jockeys by many lengths.

Why? Hong Kong has some of the most competitive racing in the world.

And ‘cos there is, there is always the need for jockeys to adapt their riding styles.

This is in order to compete with all the different styles of “reading a race” by jockeys from around the world.

It cannot always be about “stalking”, then going 2-3 wide and figuring in a “punishing” finish.

Many racing fans and racing pundits have always said that after a stint in Hong Kong, Aussie jockeys, especially, improve by lengths.

This was proven to be true In Sydney and Melbourne over the weekend when a number of former Hong Kong-based Aussie jockeys rose to the occasion.

Corey Brown who rode in Hong Kong for around two seasons, came through with a brilliant treble and a number of seconds at Warwick Farm in Sydney.

Other Aussie jockeys who have ridden in Hong Kong – Steven King, Michael Rodd and Craig Williams – were also amongst the winners, this time at Flemington in Melbourne.

On the subject of Michael Rodd, he couldn’t wipe that smile off his face after the win of “December Draw”. And who could blame him?

This is an awesome horse and could well be the horse to beat in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup races.

Looking ahead, how Hong Kong will improve one of Australia’s rising stars of the turf – Tim Clark will be interesting to watch when he starts his stint in Hong Kong on September 11th.