HUGH Bowman and Tommy Berry have both accepted contracts to ride in Hong Kong when the Sydney autumn carnival concludes. They were granted 10 week licences to ride until the end of the Hong Kong season.

Both jockeys will start their contracts on April 27, the final day of the Sydney carnival, until the season ends on July 6.

Berry rode yesterday in Hong Kong where he finished second on Designs On Rome in the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile won by Able Friend – both John Moore trained horses.

Last year Berry won the Group 1 QE 11 on Military Attack for Moore during his stint in Hong Kong.

Bowman has never ridden for an extended period in Hong Kong, but he has ridden in an international jockey’s series as well as on Hong Kong International Day.

Both jockeys announced their contracts within minutes of each other today on Twitter.

“Pleased to announce that I will be back in Hong Kong after the Sydney autumn carnival,” tweeted Berry.

“I’m really looking forward to concentrating on Sydney racing for the time being. Thank you to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for the opportunity.”

Bowman tweeted: “Delighted to announce that I have accepted a three month riding contract in Hong Kong. Will be riding in Sydney until after the Championships.”