OUR MEMORIES
Coetzee, Felix

 

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 ownertrainer.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

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)
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  • Greyville Gold Cup (7 times)
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  • J&B Metropolitan Stakes (5 times)
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  • Hong Kong Sprint (2003, 2004)
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  • Hong Kong Mile (2003)
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  • Sprinters Stakes (2005)
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  • Hong Kong Gold Cup (2004)
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  • Hong Kong Derby (2004, 2008)
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  • Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup (2001)
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  • Dubai Golden Shaheen (2011)
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    RACING AWARDS

     

    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)
  • ENTHUSED (H303)
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    SUMMARY

     

    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.

     

     

    REFERENCE

     

    Felix Coetzee broke the record of Tony Cruz who rode CO-TACK of 10 straight wins after the professionalization of Hong Kong Racing.

     

     

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