OUR MEMORIES
Ho Kwok-ying Stephen – jockey


Decide To Race ; Devote To Ride

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

1944, Ho Kwok-ying Stephen was born.
He spent most of his leisure hours relater to soccer.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

1963, he started to ride after graduating at St.Joseph College.
Stephen’s entry into the sport was purely accidental.
While on an excursion to the New Territories six years ago; he happened to be passing the Sha Tin Riding School.
“I suddenly felt like trying my hand at it.”
1965, he joined the first apprentice jockey class instructed by Major Grimshaw.
There was no looking back for this determined youngster. “I had to go through with it,” he recalled.
And go through he did, and with remarkable success. With three years of intensive and dedicated training behind him, Stephen successfully passed a test set by HKJC.
After a further year’s training, completed the “gate test,” to qualify to ride at all race meetings.
His hard work during the novice races set the foundation of his later success.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Retrievable racing records of Mr Ho Kwok-ying Stephen:

 

Yr-Mo-Da_Race Horse Trainer Class Cour. Time Distance Event
1966-11-12_1 GOLDFIELD Sofronoff G 7 HV-t 1.50.2 1m Class 7 Hdcp
1967-01-02_1 LA PALOMA Sofronoff G 4 HV-t 0.58.6 0.5m170yd Class 4 Hdcp
1967-01-07_1 GAY CAVALIER Belov D 6 HV-t 1.18.8 6f40yd Class 6 Hdcp
1967-01-21_1 MONAMI Sofronoff G 7 HV-t 1.20.2 6f40yd Class 7 Hdcp
1967-01-21_7 GOLDFIELD Sofronoff G 7 HV-t 1.18.6 6f40yd Class 7 Hdcp
1967-04-15_6 HEMINGTON Sofronoff G 7 HV-t 1.19.4 6f40yd Class 7 Hdcp
1967-05-06_1 AFRICAN DIAMOND Sofronoff G 7 HV-t 1.47.2 1m Class 7 Hdcp
1968-01-01_2 HELGA Sofronoff G 6 HV-t 1.44.0 1m Class 6 Hdcp
1968-01-01_4 BRIGHT Sofronoff G 3 HV-t 1.52.6 1m171yd Class 3 Hdcp
1968-01-01_10 BLOSSOM Sofronoff G 6 HV-t 1.42.4 1m Class 6 Hdcp
1968-01-06_6 AFRICAN DIAMOND Sofronoff G 7 HV-t 2.12.6 1.25m Class 7 Hdcp
1968-03-23_2 KING SOLOMON Sofronoff G 9 HV-t 1.19.6 6f40yd Class 9 Hdcp
1968-03-23_8 THUNDERBIRD Sofronoff G Gri. HV-t 1.21.6 6f40yd Gri. Set Race
1968-04-13_9 ALICEBER Belov D 8 HV-t 1.44.4 1m Class 8 Hdcp
1968-04-20_7 GOLDFIELD Sofronoff G 6 HV-t 1.02.0 0.5m170yd Class 6 Hdcp
1968-05-11_7 ELDORADO Sofronoff G 2 HV-t 1.39.8 1m Class 2 Hdcp
1968-11-23_3 GRAND VICTORY Sofronoff G Gri. A HV-t 1.41.0 1m Gri.A Set Race
1968-12-14_3 ELDORADO Sofronoff G 1 HV-t 2.08.0 1.25m Class 1 Hdcp
1968-12-14_6 BONANZA Sofronoff G 7 HV-t 1.44.2 1m Class 7 Hdcp
1969-03-08_4 BRAVERY Lin Y L Gri. HV-t 1.19.6 6f40yd Gri. Set Race
1969-03-22_9 ALICEBER Belov D 8 HV-t 1.44.6 1m Class 8 Hdcp
1969-04-07_8 CHATEAUGAY Sofronoff G 3 HV-t 1.42.8 1m Class 3 Hdcp
1969-05-10_4 SPARKLE Sze S W 6 HV-t 0.59.4 0.5m170yd Class 6 Hdcp
1969-10-20_7 BLOSSOM Sofronoff G 6 HV-t 1.55.4 1m Class 6 Hdcp
1969-10-20_8 CHATEAUGAY Sofronoff G 2 HV-t 1.53.4 1m Class 2 Hdcp
1969-11-29_6 HELGA Sofronoff G 8 HV-t 2.13.6 1.25m Class 8 Hdcp
1969-12-13_8 GRAND VICTORY Sofronoff G 3 HV-t 1.16.2 6f40yd Class 3 Hdcp
1970-01-03_2 LIAR DICE Sofronoff G 3 HV-t 0.59.0 0.5m170yd Class 3 Hdcp
1970-01-17_2 MOONSTAR Sofronoff G Gri. HV-t 0.59.8 0.5m170yd Gri. Set Race
1970-03-28_4 BLUEPRINT Sofronoff G 8 HV-t 1.21.8 6f40yd Class 8 Hdcp
1970-11-28_7 GRAND VICTORY Sofronoff G 3 HV-t 0.57.2 0.5m170yd Class 3 Hdcp
1970-12-12_1 SPEEDWAY Sofronoff G 9 HV-t 1.51.2 1m Class 9 Hdcp
1970-12-12_8 DUFFER Sofronoff G 8 HV-t 1.24.6 6f40yd Class 8 Hdcp
1971-01-23_8 GOLDFIELD Sofronoff G 9 HV-t 1.20.8 6f40yd Class 9 Hdcp
1971-03-13_3 HARRINGTON Lee T L Gri. A HV-t 1.15.8 6f40yd Gri.A Hdcp
1971-03-20_2 SPARKLE Sze S W 9 HV-t 1.55.2 1m171yd Class 9 Hdcp
1971-05-08_2 CHANCES ARE Tam M K 6 HV-t 0.58.8 0.5m170yd Class 6 Hdcp
1971-10-09_6 CHANCES ARE Tam M K 6 HV-t 1.16.8 6f40yd Class 6 Hdcp
1971-10-09_8 HARRINGTON Lee T L 2 HV-t 1.39.8 1m Class 2 Hdcp
1971-11-13_2 CHANCES ARE Tam M K 5 HV-t 1.16.5 6f40yd Class 5 Hdcp
1971-11-13_8 HARRINGTON Lee T L 2 HV-t 1.16.0 6f40yd Class 2 Hdcp
1971-12-11_4 MOONSTAR Sofronoff G 4 HV-t 1.17.1 6f40yd Class 4 Hdcp
1972-01-01_5 HARRINGTON Lee T L 1 HV-t 1.48.7 1m171yd Chinese Club Cha Cup
1972-01-29_8 CHANCES ARE Tam M K 3 HV-t 1.15.4 6f40yd Class 3 Hdcp
1972-02-17_3 SEVEN LUCK Sofronoff G 3 HV-t 1.40.8 1m Class 3 Hdcp
1972-03-04_8 GRAND VICTORY Sofronoff G 2 HV-t 0.57.4 0.5m170yd Class 2 Hdcp
1972-03-18_2 BRIGHT Sofronoff G 9 HV-t 1.44.6 1m Class 9 Hdcp
1972-03-25_4 SEVEN LUCK Sofronoff G 2 HV-t 1.40.1 1m HKUAA Cent Cha Cup
1972-03-25_8 MINNEHAHA Tam M K 2 HV-t 1.41.2 1m Class 2 Hdcp
1972-04-03_7 PRECIOUS STREAM Sofronoff G 7 HV-t 1.53.5 1m171yd Class 7 Hdcp
1972-04-29_1 FIREFLASH Chu P M 6 HV-t 1.16.2 6f40yd Class 6 Hdcp
1972-05-06_1 JICKSING Sofronoff G 9 HV-t 0.58.8 0.5m170yd Class 9 Hdcp
1973-01-01_4 KINABALU Sofronoff G Gri. HV-t 975 Gri. Set Race
1973-01-13_2 FIREFLASH Chu P M 4 HV-t 1.17.8 1235 Class 4 Hdcp
1973-02-24_3 WINWELL STAG Turvey R 6 HV-t 1.21.2 1235 Class 6 Hdcp
1973-02-24_8 LEO Sofronoff G 4 HV-t 2.33.3 2230 Class 4 Hdcp
1973-03-10_9 MINNEHAHA Tam M K 2 HV-t 1.42.5 1650 Class 2 Hdcp
1973-03-17_7 BORE HEAD Sofronoff G 8 HV-t 1.57.3 1800 Class 8 Hdcp
1973-04-21_1 GAY HUNTER Ng C L 7 HV-t 2.27.6 2230 Class 7 Hdcp
1973-11-03_1 HERA Sofronoff G 4 HV-t 1.46.0 1650 Class 4 Hdcp
1973-11-24_8 CELEBRATIONS Sofronoff G 4 HV-t 2.25.5 2230 Class 4 Hdcp
1973-12-22_3 SEVEN LUCK Sofronoff G 1 HV-t 0.57.9 975 Class 1 Hdcp
1974-01-01_6 CELEBRATIONS Sofronoff G 4 HV-t 1650 Class 4 Hdcp
1974-11-02_2 FAIR MOUNT Ng C L 4 HV-t 2.01.3 1800 Class 4 Hdcp
1974-12-21_4 DUMBO Cheung H M 5 HV-t 2.23.1 2230 Volunteers Cha Cup
1975-01-04_6 SUPER DISH Ng C L 4 HV-t 1.53.3 1800 Class 4 Hdcp
1975-01-18_6 SEVEN LUCK Ng C L 2 HV-t 1.00.2 975 Class 2 Hdcp
1975-02-15_2 SEVEN LUCK Ng C L 2 HV-t 1.19.2 1235 Class 2 Hdcp
1975-02-22_6 SEVEN JOY Ng C L 4 HV-t 1.16.8 1235 Class 4 Hdcp
1975-03-22_3 KEY DISH Ng C L Gri. A HV-t 1.51.8 1650 Gri.A Hdcp
1975-04-16_3 KEY DISH Ng C L 7 HV-s 1.46.7 1575 Class 7 Hdcp
1975-12-20_6 CHEERFUL DATES Ng C L 7 HV-t 1.19.9 1235 Class 7 Hdcp

 

 

SUMMARY

 

1966-1977, Stephen Ho had his racing career as both amateur and professional jockey.
Stephen Ho was then on the threshold of achieving his ambitions.
“I will devote all my spare time to racing and shall continue to ride as long as the situation permits,” he said.

 

1968-01-01 Mr Stephen Ho was a 3-timer on the day he graduated.
He had also many remarkable performances.
He scored around a hundred winners.

 

He loved all sports, but football was his specialty.
Where previously there had been perhaps a guarded interest, there was gradually tuned into surging enthusiasm.
In fact, Stephen still had to do his best in scoring the success he accomplished.

 

 

REFERENCE

 

1967-10-08, recorded by《South China Morning Post》, Stephen was “in 11th position on the Jockey Table, which was quite an achievement fora novice in one season.”

 

 

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Acknowledgment to Mr Philip Johnston, Mr Robert Sanders, Mr Peter Yuen and Mr Stephen Ho Kwok-ying and Mr Donald Tsai for relevant data.

 

 

 


 

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