Peter of All Trades
Peter has been involved in Hong Kong Racing for many years since the mid of the last century.
He always wanted to have a racing career ever since he first been affectionately involved with horses.
1944 August, Peter was born.
His family was in the wine trade, with only his brother had riding experience in UK.
Peter has been very interested in horses ever since he was a child.
But all his relatives were not Jockey Club members; they didn’t even have a bet.
Though with soccer and tennis talents, his equestrian interest was self-motivated, right from the start.
He commenced his lesson in the Sha Tin Pak Lok Riding School run by veteran jockeys C F Liu and Chen Poo.
While he was still at school in the early ’60s, he used to go to Fanling to ride via a long trek.
Half the day was gone already just getting there and getting back. But the horse riding made it all worth while he loved it.
When he finished his secondary school, he worked for his father in the wine trade.
But since it was a family business he was able to take time off for further expeditions to Fanling.
He had to wait till he was 21 before he could apply to the Jockey Club to become a member.
1968-1969 he enrolled in the riding course in Beas River conducted by Major Tony Grimshaw.
Then after passing an exam he was granted an apprentice licence.
He was eligible to ride only in so-called apprentice or novice races.
In those days they had to win three such novice races before qualifying to ride in open races.
There used to be only 20 novice races per season or an average of only three apprentice races each month.
With only 23 meetings per year, so there was very little chance of qualifying.
Even though they hadn’t necessarily ridden the requisite ten winners in open races.
He had to learn fast, and the racing was very competitive.
Russian trainers, Nick Metrevelli felt he could trust Peter, took care of him and they got on very well together.
1970-03-07 Peter Tse’s first ride：
Race 1, Class 9, HV 1/2 mile and 170 yds, Novice, a field of 12, INSURER, （trainer：Metrevelli）unplaced.
1973-04-28 Peter Tse’s first win：
Race 4, Class 4, HV 1650m, American Club Club Cup, a field of 12, LEADON, （trainer：Metrevelli）20 to 1.
Nick provided Peter with the vital winning opportunities and his career as a jockey prospered.
1977, Peter retired from his jockey career after winning his last double on HILARIOUS and HAPPY CENTURY.
Every summer Peter went overseas to learn more.
Referred by Trainer Goswell, Peter practiced in England and traveled with Eddie K C Lo and Ricky P F Yiu.
He was prepared to turn his hand to anything, provided it involved him in being close to racehorses.
Over the years he visited the U.K., Ireland, France, the U.S.A. and Canada learning his craft from 30 to 40 trainers in several different countries.
From very early on, his ambition was to become a trainer one day.
Peter worked first for Gordon Smyth for five years, for Derek Kent for four years.
From 1986, he assisted Chue Po-ming, and also, of course, Peter learned a lot from Nick Metrevelli.
1988-10-30 Peter scored his first winner as a trainer.
1996-11-30 OUTERWEAR (BJ241) was his last winner with D Whyte on board.
Shortly, Peter became the manager of All Weather Track, after studied in USA.
2004, he retired from the post of HKJC Assistant Track Manager.
2008, he served as the Quarantine Manager of the Olympic Equestrian Events held in Hong Kong.
Peter has lots of good advices from his experiences:
There’s one other vital aspect – put simply it is good horses.
Without good horses you can’t win races.
Without winning races you don’t attract the owners.
Total Wins: 21
1972-1973 American Club Cup (LEAD ON)
Season — Wins — Total Stakes
1985-1986 — 1 — $151,400
1988-1989 — 10 — $2,749,100
1989-1990 — 12 — $3,594,130
1990-1991 — 14 — $3,465,560
1991-1992 — 15 — $3,523,325
1992-1993 — 7 — $2,529,725
1993-1994 — 4 — $2,574,875
1994-1995 — 9 — $3,069,850
1995-1996 — 4 — $2,759,742
1996-1997 — 2 — $919,260
10 seasons as trainer
78 winners saddled
Acknowledgement to Mr YU Chi Hung for supplying and verifying data
Acknowledgement to Mr Peter YUEN for rectifying record data.
Acknowledgement to HKJC Racing Registry for offering record data.