He was born into a family with an innate love for horses.
He is the Club’s longest-serving honorary judge at race meetings.
He is also a member of the Ibis Syndicate.
1996-1997, he was appointed as the President of the Hong Kong Race Owners Association, then Honorary Advisor to Council.
1949, they joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
1958, TALISMAN was the first horse they owned.
Daniel’s interest in horses was inspired and became a lifelong passion because of his parents.
He recalls the days when they enjoyed the races in the Members’ stands while children enjoyed their watching from the infield area.
She went on to own five more horses, LIBRA, TSAREVITCH, PRINCE IGOR, BOYARIN and PRINCE BAIKAL, all with remarkable success.
1978, Daniel joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
1980, Daniel took his mother’s place in the HKROA council.
1988, he become an owner though his griffin BOGATIR never made it to the racetrack.
1993, Mrs Irene Zigal sadly passed away,
Daniel inherited her horse PRINCE BAIKAL.
1996, Daniel eventually became the president of HKROA.
Mr Zigal‘s wife, Suzanne, previously helped with the US Olympic Equestrian Team.
His daughter, Jovi, and step-daughter, Caroline, were keen riders at the Club’s Pokfulam and Beas River riding schools.
His son, Danny, who will apply to become the Zigal family’s third-generation full Member, is firmly poised to continue the family tradition of owning these majestic animals.
2013 racing reason, Mr Zigal was a member of Ibis Syndicate, their griffin FLYING IBIS was entered.
Remarks from Mr Daniel Zigal:
“In the late 1970s, HKJC was a club where Members enjoyed socializing at the races as a Saturday and sometimes Sunday afternoon event … while it is still that today, the Club has also evolved into an economic entity with its sheer size of betting turnover. The services that it provides to the community through the Charities Trust are unparalleled in the world. There is no other racing club that provides similar standards of facilities and social services for its Members; it truly is the crown jewel of any racing jurisdiction around the world.”
Dark blue with light blue diamond sash and cap
Attended and Winning Trainers:
D Belov, G Soffronoff, N Metrevelli, T P Wong
F Dettori, F Coetzee, P Eddery, E Hide, D Holland, D Whyte, G Childs, E Legrix , G Stevens, B Thomson, S King, W Woods, D Nikolic, B Doyle, L F Chung, C K Tse, D Lee, C H Yip, W H Tse, J K S Ho, C W Choi, W M Lai, K S Yu, T K Law, J P H Chan, W P Hung, C W Mok, etc
- 1983-1987, 4-3-3-28, BOYARIN (AT079)
- 1989-1994, 6-1-4-34, PRINCE IGOR (BE038)
- 1990-1992, 4-2-1-16, BOLSHOI PRINCE (BG412)
- 1992-1996, 4-0-3-22, PRINCE BAIKAL (BJ164)
- 1995-1998, 2-2-0-17, BELARUS (BM117)
- 1999-2000, 0-0-0-2, ISKRA (T286)
- 2001-2001, 0-0-2-13 MIR (A124)
- 2002-2002, 0-0-0-4, SOYUZ (B104)