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Winner Hugh Bowman celebrates at Happy Valley in Hong Kong
At Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong on Wednesday night, Hugh Bowman won this year's edition of the Longines International Jockeys' Championship, with his 1 win and 1 second and 18 total points in the 4 race competition, taking home the winner's share of the HK$800,000 (US$103,142) purse, giving his first win in the competition after 2 previous tries. Jockeys were awarded 12 points for a win, 6 points for second, and 4 for third, and competed in four races, the first contested at 1000 meters (about 5 furlongs) and the next three at 1650 meters (just over a mile), around the tight right-handed 7 furlong triangular turf course on Hong Kong Island. Irish jockey Ryan Moore finished second with 14 points, followed by a tie for third between Japan-based Mirco Demuro and Keita Tosaki with 12 points each. American representative Florent Geroux was 6th with 8 points.
Winner Hugh Bowman and second place finisher Ryan Moore at the trophy presentation.
U.S.-based jockey Florent Giroux prior to the first race where he finished second. He finished 6th overall.
Hugh Bowman collects his first prize check and a silver whip.
After nailing down his first International Jockeys' Championship, Bowman said, "I thought in the last either I had to beat Ryan or we both had to score no points, and he was on the even money favourite. In the run I was supremely confident that my horse could run a place, but he didn't let down, and I must admit on the line I thought Ryan had run third, so it was an anxious few moments, but we got the victory. I came here quietly confident I could figure, because I had significantly enough rides to score enough points, but you need luck in running. But these competitions are great to come to and compete in what is a little bit more relaxed atmosphere than Cox Plates and Melbourne Cups and the like. On these nights it's all about competing against some great riders and if you can come out on top, so much the better. I've been to a couple of these before but never drew the rides and this is probably the first time I've come to Happy Valley thinking I could win the thing. It has capped off a great 2016."
The opening ceremony for the Jockey Championship with all the participants on stage. The jockeys participating were: Hugh Bowman, Ryan Moore, Mirco Demuro, Keita Tosaki, Douglas Whyte, Florent Geroux, Zac Purton, Pat Smullen, Mickael Barzalona, Gavin Lerena, and Derek Leung.
The closing ceremony for the Jockey Championship with all the trophies.
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