Horsemanship within Family
Felix Coetzee, born March 7, 1959 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Felix Coetzee was the son of a KwaZulu-Natal trainer Hennie and his grandfather was an owner–trainer.
Mentorship within Fraternity
1974, attended the Jockey Academy at Summerveld then served his apprenticeship with his father’s racing stable.
1975, scored his first significant win, riding KENTFORD to victory in the Clairwood Winter Handicap.
1982, signed on with renowned Cape Town trainer Terence M. Millard for whom he was associated until his retirement in 1992.
1992, accepted an offer to ride in Hong Kong for trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee.
1997, switched to riding for trainer David Hill.
1999, teamed with Trainer Tony Cruz Stable.
2008-12-22 released from his agreement to ride with the HKJC.
2014-02-19, Felix Coetzee, aged 54, announced his retirement from the saddle, to pursuit his new career in the Jockey Academy at Summerveld.
Major Racing Wins, Honours And Awards
Felix Coetzee earned 9 Group One wins most notably aboard the three-time World Champion Sprinter, SILENT WITNESS.
MAJOR RACING WINS:
Rothmans July Handicap (1984, 1988, 1990)
Greyville Gold Cup (7 times)
J&B Metropolitan Stakes (5 times)
Hong Kong Sprint (2003, 2004)
Hong Kong Mile (2003)
Sprinters Stakes (2005)
Hong Kong Gold Cup (2004)
Hong Kong Derby (2004, 2008)
Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (2001)
Dubai Golden Shaheen (2011)
Champion South African jockey by wins (1985, 1988, 1990)
SIGNIFICANT HORSES IN HONG KONG:
BILLION WIN (BP218)
ORIENTAL EXPRESS (BP187)
SILENT WITNESS (C140)
BULLISH LUCK (C155)
LUCKY OWNERS (B454)
HELENE MASCOT (J164)
Felix Coetzee has lots of memorial great horses, such as ROCKET MAN, winner of the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 2011.
SILENT WITNESS won 17 consecutive sprint races in Hong Kong and 1 later in Japan, was ranked the World Champion Sprinter from 2003 to 2005 has still be his most remarkable success!
2015-08-13, the news of Coetzee to mentor riders at HKJC Apprentice Jockeys School was announced.
Felix Coetzee broke the record of Tony Cruz who rode CO-TACK of 10 straight wins after the professionalization of Hong Kong Racing.