Man for All Seasons
1866-09-16, Ho kom-tong was born, being the son of Chinese father and Chinese mother Madame Sze.
He was a younger maternal half-brother of Sir Robert Ho Tung, and grand-uncle of Stanley Ho.
He was a prominent businessman and philanthropist who succeeded Ho Fook as Head Compradore at Jardines.
Owner of Early Seasons
1926, the entry of Chinese members brought into HKJC the stalwart.
As horse names suffix , “Hall’ sounded similar to his last name HO, and also has similar meaning to his second given name ‘Tong’.
1927-02-28 Monday, Annual Race Meeting First day, from the race book there were only two owners definitely identifiable as Chinese.
Ho had his first win with KOM TONG HALL in the Valley Stakes, Race 4.
He also scored frequently with IMPERIAL HALL.
In a field of 19. He carried only 31 bets, compared with the winner’s 515. Mr R. H. Charles won on Mr Ulster’s ACE OF SPADES.
The Duke was well up in the early stages of the Once Round, but lost much ground on the rise to the Black Rock.
On the second day, MAJESTIC HALL won the Chater Cup and MARQUIS HALL the Racing Stakes.
Mr T. L. Wong rode both, and another win on CARNIVAL EVE in the Jockey Club Stakes gave Wong three races in a roll.
He suggested that they should receive fees, like the Directors of companies, whose work was less arduous.
Chairman Mackie thanked Mr Ho, but said, “In this Club, and in every other club I know of, the work of the Stewards in the nature of things must always remain a labour of love.”
1936, he and the Hall stable dropped out of the race book.
1943, he resigned those positions in the excuse of old age.
1950-01-14, Ho kom-tong passed away.
Mr Ho kom-tong was a stout, genial man, who had many friends.
He was regarded as “A man of all seasons”