Sir Hormusjee Mody and the Shanghai Race Club

November 30, 2009

An interesting article on Sir Hormusjee Naorojee Mody ( Most resident of Hong Kong know Mody Road) involvement in The Shanghai Race Club

Paul Chater, an incredibly keen race-goer, introduced Mody to horseracing. Mody took up racing with tremendous success. Mody (using the name “Mr. Buxey”) and Chater (using the name “Mr. Paul”) set up a successful stable together in 1872. In 1884 they won 17 out of a possible 26 races in Hong Kong. Mody expanded his stable to Shanghai and soon became a viable rival to David Sassoon, who had dominated Shanghai racing since 1886. In 1892 Mody’s ‘Royalist’ won the Shanghai Derby and other Mody horses won six more races at the meet. Later both Sassoon and Mody brought their best horses from Shanghai to Hong Kong and renewed their rivalry. Mody continued to run one of the top stables in Hong Kong throughout the first decade of the twentieth century. There is still an annual race on the Hong Kong racing schedule named after him. Full Article

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