By Sean McGee,
Neil CallanNeil Callan is in a good place, and that place is Hong Kong.

Well into his first full season under contract to the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the 36-year-old Irishman has been clocking up the winners at such a rate that he currently lies a clear fourth in the jockeys’ championship.

Furthermore, he has been winning major races: the Standard Chartered Champions and Chater Cup on Blazing Speed last May; the G2 Longines Jockey Club Cup on the same horse in November; and the Chinese Club Challenge Cup on New Year’s Day, when with a whirlwind finishing effort described locally as “the Irishman driving piston-like down the stretch,” Callan and Rewarding Hero landed the spoils by a short head.

And on the domestic front, his young family – wife Trish and three boys, aged 7, 6, and 3 – love the Hong Kong lifestyle.

What’s not to like?

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