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Rawiller to ride against world's best


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Nash Rawiller is hoping to make a big impression when he rides at Hong Kong’s Happy Valley racetrack for the first time on Wednesday night.

Sydney’s leading hoop will represent Australia in the International Jockeys’ Championship against some of the world’s finest riders including Hong Kong-based stars Douglas Whyte and Brett Prebble.

“It will be a great experience and it would just be nice to go over there and ride a winner,” Rawiller said.

“Hopefully I can have a bit of luck with the draw.”

Rawiller was Sydney’s premier jockey last season and also the leading Group One rider in the country with nine majors.

He is one of 12 jockeys taking part in the four-race challenge, which is staged just four days before Hong Kong’s big International meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Rawiller has only ridden in Hong Kong once before when he partnered Elvstroem to ninth in the 2005 QEII Cup at Sha Tin.

“I got suspended for three weeks leading up it so I actually stayed there in Hong Kong and rode work for three weeks right up until the race,” Rawiller said.

“I really enjoyed it, and this is also a really good time to have a bit of a freshen-up before the Magic Millions and things like that over the Christmas period.

“It would be nice to have a bit of luck over there.”

Rawiller, who turns 36 on Wednesday, will also miss Saturday’s Christmas Cup meeting at Rosehill while he is away.

The leading hoop hasn’t got any rides at Sunday’s International meeting at this stage but is open to the possibility of picking up an opportunity to ride on the Sunday should he do well on Wednesday night.