By Bob Kieckhefer (Bloodhorse)
The Hong Kong Jockey Club, in its annual renewals, has granted temporary riding licenses to four jockeys, including South African phenom Callan Murray, as it seeks to fill voids left by several top riders, including the popular Joao “Magic Man” Moreira.
In an announcement June 8, the HKJC said Murray, Sam Clipperton, Alberto Sanna, and Grant Van Niekerk were awarded licenses from July 16 through Feb. 17, 2019.
Murray, 21, jumped straight from the prestigious South African Jockey Academy at the Summerveldt training center to the center of international competition, riding briefly in the 2016-17 season in both Australia and Hong Kong. During that span, he returned home to ride three grade 1 winners on a single card on Champions Day at Turffontein.