New claimer has a flashing light

Hong Kong's newest apprentice jockey lands on the top of our jockey ratings this week after a stunning debut when two of his four rides won at Sha Tin.

Chau comes from his year of training in South Australia with an excellent reputation as a rider of serious promise and his 4 rides for 2 wins, a third and a fourth on Saturday won't do anything to cool that general enthusiasm for his prospects.

Of course, that 50 per cent win rate is unsustainable and Chau's rating will decline with more exposure but, rest assured, he was already going to command plenty of strong rides with his 10-pound claim and that will only ramp up now.

Otherwise, Zac Purton continues to keep his nose in front of Joao Moreira on our rider ratings, while John Moore is still the trainer making ground on the leaders.

Moore added 3 winners to his tally in the past week, gaining one on championship leader Ricky Yiu and putting himself within 12 of the top. Moore is starting to look like the only possible danger to Yiu's chase for his first title.

lJohn Size remains top of our ratings but mostly on the back of his residual, career-long figures as this has been one of the lesser seasons of his 19 years in Hong Kong.

Note, the apprentice jockey ratings reflect performances with allowance "built in" - as they lose the claim and compete on a more equal footing, we expect their rating to deteriorate.

​These numbers are updated regularly, many will change considerably through the season. They are designed to reflect current form but with past figures also putting a brake on hot-streak performers or lifting up a long-term quality player having a quiet run.

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