Matthew Chadwick, former champion apprentice in Hong Kong, will warm up for his place in the Rest of the World Dubai Duty Free Shergar cup team by gaining experience of several British racetracks. Whilst other top sportsmen head for London and the Olympics, Chadwick is likely to set his sat-nav for Salisbury, Brighton and Goodwood.
Chadwick had a remarkable start to his career, taking just 55 weeks to ride out his claim, less time than anyone else. He was champion apprentice in his very first season riding in Hong Kong. Now, with over 170 winners in the saddle, the 22 year old is keen to broaden his experience, which has already taken in trips to Australia, Japan and Dubai.
Last December Chadwick partnered California Memory to Group 1 success in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Gold Cup, and it’s the trainer of that horse, Tony Cruz, who has helped Chadwick hook up with Charlie Hills at his Lambourn stables for a month or so. Hills said, “I was introduced to Matthew in Dubai and he was very keen to come over. Hopefully we can put him up on a few winners.”
Chadwick is looking forward to coming to Britain, and not just for the opportunity of riding here. Although he was born in Honk Kong, he was adapted there by an English couple. He hopes to be able to visit some of his many relatives here.
But his focus will be very much on riding. He arrives on 20 July, just five days after racing in Hong Kong goes into its close season. He said, “It has been an ambition of mine to ride there (in England) one day and I was thrilled when Mr Hills invited me to join his stable for a month.”
Chadwick says he doesn’t know much about the Shergar Cup, so Ascot on 11 August will be a big day for him. He said, “I feel privileged to be invited onto the team and I hear it’s quite a big occasion.”