Blake Shinn left Randwick on Saturday pleased with his final Sydney winner, Haut Brion Her, and looking forward to his next challenge of stepping up as a part-season Hong Kong Jockey Club contracted rider at Sha Tin.
It was Shinn’s 36th Sydney winner for the 2018/19 season added to which he won a remarkable 23 in Brisbane over the recent Queensland Winter Carnival.
That is now behind the Melbourne Cup winning jockey and he must start again after he arrives in Hong Kong on August 8th to prepare for the opening meeting of the new Hong Kong season at Sha Tin on September 1st.
He said after winning on the Chris Waller trained Haut Brion Her, who he was particularly taken with, that he was looking forward to riding against the world’s best on the Sha Tin bench including this season’s premiership winner Zac Purton and John Size’s stable rider Joao Moreira.
“I am going there without my family and I know it will be a big challenge, but I think I am now ready for this opportunity,” he said.
Shinn is going to spend time with his family in Victoria before leaving for Hong Kong to take up residence at Sha Tin. He will have a three weeks to ride work and introduce himself to trainers and owners.
Shinn’s Hong Kong licence is to February 29th, 2020, and he joins South African Lyle Hewitson as the new riders for the season opener.
He left the Randwick meeting with a careless riding suspension to which he pleaded guilty, however this has no bearing on his shift to Hong Kong with the suspension completed on August 1st.
Blake Shinn leaves Randwick with a winner before heading to Hong Kong, picture Sportpix.com.au