Flavien Prat, the meet's leading rider at Del Mar, has accepted an invitation to represent the United States in the Longines International Jockey Championship on Wednesday, December 6, at the Happy Valley Race Course in Hong Kong.
The annual event pits four Hong Kong-based riders against eight selected from around the world in four races on one program. Points are awarded on a 12-6-4 basis for first-to-third-place finishes and the champion receives a $200,000 (Hong Kong) award, the runner-up $100,000 (Hong Kong).
“It's a real honor and Flavien is looking forward to going over and representing the country,” Prat's agent, Derek Lawson, said Thursday morning.
Prat, 25, will be among a group of rising young saddle stars on display. Leandro Enrique, 18, is a sensation in his native country of Brazil, and Pierre-Charles Boudot, 24, is the top rider in France.
England's Hugh Bowman is the defending champion in the event.
Prat had two wins at Del Mar on Sunday, the last one on Majestic Heat in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, and enters the penultimate four-day week of the meeting with a four-win margin, 11-7, over apprentice Evin Roman.
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