Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

The first Hong Kong runners for Chris Waller and Kris Lees will be accompanied by a liberal dose of nostalgia for two of Australia’s best racehorse trainers.

As Waller puts the finishing touches on Preferment for the Hong Kong Vase and Lees takes up the challenge with Lucia Valentina in the Hong Kong Cup, memories of their first visit to the Asian racing capital almost two decades ago are still vivid.

Waller and Lees travelled together as young strappers who were in charge of two horses getting ready for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, one of Hong Kong’s biggest races.

Working for New Zealand trainer Paddy Busuttin, Waller made the trip with a horse called Sam McGuire and Lees was entrusted by his late father Max to look after Potential Star.

Both horses finished out of the placings but Waller said the experience was invaluable.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Waller said.

“Going there as a strapper was a huge thrill, even before we got on the plane.

“I watched the AJC Derby from the back straight while we were waiting for the float to be loaded.”

The 1996 Derby turned into an epic edition with Octagonal beating Saintly, Filante and Nothin’ Leica Dane in one of the best finishes to the blue-riband Classic.

There was also another strapper making the journey on that Sydney autumn day who will also be an influential figure on Hong Kong International Day on December 13.

Former trainer Oliver Koolman now manages a string of racehorses at Hermitage Thoroughbreds and his farm has played a role in Preferment’s preparation for Sha Tin.

“It’s quite unbelievable to think that three strappers will be on the same international stage nearly twenty years later,” Waller said.

“Kris Lees is taking a horse back for the first time and Ollie has got big owners in Hong Kong and a beautiful farm outside Sydney.

“Preferment spells at his property and it’s where he spent five days in a paddock after the Melbourne Cup.”

 
Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Mystic Journey too good in PB Lawrence Stakes

Trainer Adam Trinder felt a sense of relief after Mystic Journey made a winning return in the PB Lawrence Stakes...

PB Lawrence Stakes results and replay – (Mystic Journey) 2019

View the results and replay for the 2019 PB Lawrence Stakes. The PB Lawrence Stakes was raced at Caulfield racecourse...

Exhilarates returns in style at Caulfield

Exhilarates has completed a feature three-year-old double at Caulfield for Godolphin after unleashing a powerful finish to record a first-up...

Bivouac blitzes rivals in G3 Vain Stakes

Exciting colt Bivouac has made an early-season statement with a dominant win in the Group Three Vain Stakes at Caulfield....

Racing Victoria adjusts $5m All Star Mile conditions

Racing Victoria has tweaked some of the entry conditions for next year’s All-Star Mile. The 2020 $5 million All-Star Mile...

Zoustyle stamps himself on The Everest

Unbeaten Queenslander Zoustyle has stamped himself as a potential Everest contender with a nine length Doomben trial win this morning....

Colic rules Melbourne Cup contender out of spring

UK import Lord Belvedere will miss the this years Spring Racing Carnival after suffering a colic attack late last month....

Crowd favourite Jungle Edge banned from racing

Crowd favourite Jungle Edge has been banned from racing for three months after bleeding from both nostrils at Flemington today....

Jamie Kah lashes out at British racing industry

Group One winning Australian jockey Jamie Kah has hit out at the British racing industry calling it ‘backwards’ in regards...

Group One-winning Sydney trainer banned

Trainer Tim Martin has been disqualified for six months on an improper action charge relating to the purchase of a...

Jockey gets off light for seriously dangerous incident

Boy did the s… hit the fan in South Africa last night. In footage that was shades of the most...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.