CHAMPION apprentice Craig Zackey will represent South Africa for the second year running at the Asian Young Guns Challenge, which will be held in Korea this year on this coming Saturday, 29 August.
South Africa hosted the Challenge last year when Zackey and Franklin Maleking represented South Africa.
Riders from South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore will ride in the four-race challenge at Seoul Racecourse.
The concept was developed in 2009 by the Victoria Racing Club to bring the leading apprentice jockeys from Asia-Pacific racing countries together to compete against each other. It provides young, talented riders with the opportunity to gain international experience and develop their skills, relationships and experience on the world stage at world-class venues.
Johannesburg-based Zackey is in the final year of his apprenticeship and won the champion apprentice title for the first time in the 2014-15 racing season, riding 58 winners compared to second-placed Ryan Munger’s 44.
He will be accompanied by former top jockey and current riding master Stephen Jupp.