He was one of the Founding Members,of The 1884 HKJC.
He also was the Winning Owner Of 11 HK Derby.
After completing his secondary education, he founded a printing press and began publishing a newspaper in India.
Mody took up racing with tremendous success.
Mody never attended meetings unless it was absolutely unavoidable.
“A meeting of the subscribers to the races of 1884 was held at the City Hall on 4th inst. (month not given, but presumably October or November)
Sir Hormusjee Mody, member of the Club from its birth, very quickly became a formidable contender for premier racing honours.
As “Mr Buxey,” his colours were “Blue and white stripes”.
He won the very first race he entered, the Valley Stakes, with GOLDFINCH.
Thereafter his tempo of success was rapid.
Making 17 wins for the stable out of a total of 26 races run during the three days of the Meeting.
Of these winners, Mr Nickells rode ten and Mr J. A. Pond seven.”
It was a modest year for the stable when it did not enter ten or more.
Later all his ponies were “ROSES”.
1889-02-20 PAO SHING ridden by Pond won the 17rd Derby.
Mody’s best pony, PAO HSING, was a grey, contributing to the colour myth.
1895-02-20, BLACK VELVET ridden by Burkill won the 23rd Derby.
Two famous Shanghai riders of that decade were Mr A. W. Burkill and, later, his brother “Chuck”.
1899-02-21 WILD ROSE ridden by Wuillenmuir won,the 27th Derby.
1904 with nine assorted ROSEs his was the biggest stable.
They won ten races. CORONET ROSE took the Derby, the Garrison Cup, the Flyaway Stakes and the Champions Stakes.
1904-02-23, CORONET ROSE,ridden by W Cox won the 32nd Derby.
He had a great year in 1906, when ten of his ponies won eleven races.
1907-02-20, SPRING ROSE,ridden by Master won the 35th Derby.
1909-02-17, LITTLE GEM ROSE,ridden by Burkill won the 37th Derby.
1910, he was knighted after sponsoring the establishment and the laying of the Hong Kong University’s foundation stone.
1910-02-16, ROYAL ROSE,ridden by Burkill won the 38th Derby.
1911-02-15, CORONATION ROSE,ridden by Burkill won the 39th Derby.
He was buried in Parsee Cemetery behind the Happy Valley Racecourse grandstand, the same day.
His death was a heavy loss to China racing.
He was additionally commemorated in his residence “Buxey Lodge”, on Conduit Road, which was demolished to make way for a large block of Government quarters.
His son, Mr J. H. N. Mody, was present at the general meeting of members whereat HKJC’s sincere regret and appreciation were expressed.
1921, three of the seven still stood.
1922, only one was left — Once Round, in 1.52. by GLORIOUS ROSE.
Mody was one of those people who leave before anyone else, and though capable of taking hair-raising risks on the Hongkong stock exchange.
His nickname was Napoleon of the Rialto.
He was very much a man of hearth and home, which was Buxey Lodge in Conduit Road, Hongkong.
There is still a handicapping race in the HKJC racing schedule named after him.
Parsi, also spelled Parsee, member of a group of followers in India of the Iranian prophet Zoroaster. The Parsis, whose name means “Persians”, are descended from Persian Zoroastrians who emigrated to India to avoid religious persecution by the Muslims during the 8th or 10th century. They live chiefly in Bombay.