Stanley "Kim Ming" Chin was born on 20th July, 1974, in Hong Kong and was the Champion Apprentice there in the early 1990's.
His first ride was on 1st December, 1990 with his first winner coming 3 months later on 28th February, 1991. Since then he has booted home around 170 winners.
Despite a power packed frame of 5ft 5" or 1m 63cms, he tacks at a light 52 kgs (8 stone 3 lbs) which is attractive to lots of owners and trainers.
In summer 1997 & 1998 he came to England to ride and soon impressed Mark Johnston who put him up on a lot of his horses during those two summers.
Stanley also rode in Germany and Sweden over that period and notched up some useful Group races there, namely the 1998 Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis and the 1998 Swedish Derby.
Nearly all jockeys have a setback in their careers and for Stanley it was getting mixed up in a group gambling coup in Hong Kong in early 1999. Along with all the funny "goings on" over in H.K., I suspect that Stanley was made the scapegoat and that he probably had nothing at all to do with it.
Anyway, Stanley served his punishment earnestly and whereas many another jockey would have been poleaxed forever by it he is quietly
re-establishing the prestige and admiration that many racing professionals see in his talent. For the 2003 season, Stanley rode for Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle.
Stanley's professionalism and talent were put to the test on his first ever visit to Spain on August 15th, 2003. Nick Higgins picks up the story...............
"I had seen Stanley win very stylishly on subsequent Group 2 Champagne Stakes winner, Lucky Story, up at Ayr and was impressed with his sense of pace and riding style."
"Owner Fernando Bermudez had asked me to find him a "big-race" rider for his horse, Rummenigue, in Spain's biggest race, the Copa de Oro de San Sebastian.
Having scoured all the top "name" jocks with no success I suddenly thought that Stanley more than fitted the bill and Mr.Bermudez
agreed to the booking" .. (executed via e-mail through JockeysRoom.com)
He got off the plane at Biarritz and on arrival rushed straight out of the jock's room and walked the whole track to get an idea of what was needed.
"Both Fernando and I were very impressed with his demeanour and professionalism.
Neither was he phased on his 1st "warm-up" ride by the throng of well-wishing owners from the Cuadra Donde Vamos (pictured) who clamoured for a photo with the first Asian jockey to ride in Spain on their horse, Zuave.......they would be in for a special treat !---Photos above/below by Antonio Balcones.
Breaking from the gate in the two-turn 2,200m contest, he took Zuave directly to the front and set a "soft lead" first time past the stands (pictured).
Entering the back straight, he angled out from the rail and still lobbed along almost inviting everyone to pass him on the inside. The local and French jockeys held their positions.
No change into the final turn but all the other jockeys were queueing up to swallow Stanley & Zuave. But at the top of the straight you could see Stanley was "pulling double" and he set into over-drive about 2 furlongs out. His style was rythmical, a la 'Mick Kinane', with Stanley rowing away and switching whip leads.
At all times he was dominating and in the last 100 yards he switched hands again, got into his 'American tuck' crouch and gave Zuave a reminder down the right which made the horse run straight to the line".
Passing the post, all the racing hacks & aficionados were going "What a ride ! To go out there and do that, on his first ride, on Spain's trickiest track, amazing ! ".
Returning to the winners' circle, all these local kids were rushing to get a glimpse of Stanley, shouting "Ha ganado el Chino! (The Chinese guy has won!)
"Poor Stanley. He weighed-in pouring with sweat but was full of praise for the horse. Afterwards, both the trainer and Cuadra Donde Vamos connections, namely Javier & Nacho Goya were beaming with pride declaring " Stanley Chin, the greatest ! ".
Stanley subsequently spent a fortnight at the Baden-Baden racing festival where he would be reunited with his recent Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis winner, Ransom O'War in the Group 1 Bugatti Grosser Preis von Baden. They ran an honest race to finish 4th behind Mamool and Frankie Dettori.
DUBAI 2004 and 2005
Top UK trainer, Mark Johnston, asked Stanley to ride the half-dozen horses he was wintering in Dubai to participate in the Dubai Racing Carnival. Already Stanley has been in the winners' circle and he is due to be ride for Johnston in the UK from March onwards.
On the Dubai World Cup Card, Stanley rode Scott's View in the Dubai Sheema Classic. Despite being trapped on the rails for most of the way on the 20-1 shot, he extricated the horse to come with a flying finish to grab 3rd behind Polish Summer and Gary Stevens....another 50m would have done it !
In mid-summer, Stanley flew to Prague and lifted the Czech Derby.
In 2005, his Dubai season got off to a good start and he was in the top 6 in the jockey colony until in mid-February a horse reared over backwards and broke several bones in his body. Off-games for 10 weeks was the result.
Stanley rates Woodbine in Canada as being his favourite racecourse and "to win more Group 1s" as his ambition for the future.
But in Spain, just like in Hong Kong, England, Ireland, USA, Dubai, Canada, Germany, Japan, Czechoslovakia and Sweden...where he has also won, Stanley just won himself a whole stack of loyal new fans.
Winners to 11/03/05: ~ 170
Riding weight: 52 kgs or 8 stone 3 lbs.
Group 1 wins: 1998 & 2003 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis, Germany, 1998
Swedish Derby and 2004 Czech Debry.
Current Stable: Mark Johnston, UK & Dubai.
Agent 2004: Paul Grundy: Tel--+44 (0) 1845 597 850 or Mobile +44 (0) 7973 817 634
e-mail: Stanley Chin
More Stanley Chin photos from Spain (photos by Nick Higgins)