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It’s something heard often: Jockeys in Hong Kong are treated like Rock stars. The reason is that it’s true. And in a horse racing-mad city like Hong Kong, racing fans have very strong views about their favourites whereas those new to the sport follow the jockeys who appeal to them- for their looks, because they’ve heard of them, because of their winning strike rate- and if they have somehow met them.

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The best place to meet these Rock stars of the turf, up close and personal? At any Happy Wednesday night at Happy Valley racecourse.

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Tonight, the first Happy Wednesday of the new racing season, whether it’s standing by the parade ring, or behind the Beer Garden, these are the best seats in the house to see the Magic Man – Brazilian Joao Moreira- Aussie Zac Purton aka The Postman because he always delivers, the Irish Iron Man Neil Callan, who rolls with the punches with no complaints, Hong Kong racing’s pinup girl Kei Chiong, South Africa’s Durban Demon jockey Douglas Whyte and more- truly a United Nations of Racing.

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Who will you follow tonight- and why? Let us know. Better yet, upload an Instagram to the Happy Wednesday Facebook page of just how close you got to Hong Kong racing’s Rock star jockeys.