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Sha Tin's all-weather track, the one that isn't really an all-weather track at all, seems to have unwittingly become world racing's new hotbed of dirt sprinting talent and at the same time has...(Full Story)
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Purton attracts Disciples as sprinter climbs ratings
Disciples Twelve's form has been a revelation this season and even with the six-year-old's rating entering unchartered territory, the Caspar Fownes-trained sprinter may yet have another win in...

Amazing effort from Size's Kids hints at more
Not many Private Purchases win on debut each season and they are usually worth noting if they can do it, so Amazing Kids goes into the black book after his smart debut victory on Sunday.

Tenacious Aerovelocity on top of the world in Japan
Paul O'Sullivan lauded Aerovelocity as "the toughest and bravest horse" he's trained after the Longines Hong Kong Sprint winner picked himself up off the canvas to become the first foreign-trained...

Masterclass from Moore and Moreira in Premier Plate
John Moore moved to the top of the trainers' championship and Joao Moreira edged to within striking distance of a magical century as they both brought up doubles with Harbour Master's Group Three...

Five Up climbing High for patient Millard
South African trainer Tony Millard says a trio of four-year-old imports from his homeland will be better next season, but was happy to steal a bonus win for this term when one of the group, Five...

Returning Williams goes from friend to foe for Size
A hit-and-run mission as a fill-in was a lucrative one for familiar face Craig Williams as the Aussie jockey teamed with countryman John Size for one win before denying the trainer another with...

Solow to avoid Able Friend clash in Champions Mile
Runaway Dubai Turf winner Solow will not be among the international visitors for the spring features after owners, the Wertheimer brothers, expressed a desire to avoid champion miler Able Friend...

Aerovelocity pulls O'Sullivan back from the brink
Shakespeare's quote "my kingdom for a horse" has never been more appropriate than for struggling Hong Kong trainers, and this rings true for Paul O'Sullivan who has tasted both success and defeat...

Aerovelocity on target for history in Takamatsunomiya Kinen
In a big weekend of international competition, Hong Kong Sprint winner Aerovelocity can create history by becoming the first foreign-trained horse to win the Group One Takamatsunomiya Kinen...

Hong Kong raiders champing at bit as they seek glory in Dubai
Hong Kong racing's international aspirations continue to be raised ever higher and this jurisdiction has never dared to dream of a three-timer on a stage like the Dubai World Cup - until tonight...

Trainer Paul O'Sullivan pleased with Aerovelocity draw for Japan race
A perfect draw for Aerovelocity and wide gates for three of his main rivals have Paul O'Sullivan in a buoyant mood ahead of Sunday's Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo Racecourse, but the trainer is...

Punters across the globe converge to bet on the Dubai World Cup - with mixed results
The attention of the racing world turns to the Middle East this weekend and to Dubai's Meydan racecourse, that opulent jewel of Sheikh Mohammed's crown in the middle of nowhere.

Bundle of joy and no fears for Hall and Cruz ahead of the Al Quoz Sprint
Rich Tapestry's trainer barely made it, Amber Sky's trainer didn't quite, but David Hall and Tony Cruz were giving off good vibes about Bundle Of Joy and Peniaphobia at the "Breakfast With The...

Treasures await for Yung's European import Perpetual
A sizzling all-weather track brought a relatively mundane midweek card at Sha Tin to life but one of the few beaten runners with any immediate upside was Benno Yung Tin-pang's European import...

King's Stand Stakes on the cards for Peniaphobia
Tony Cruz is already looking to a potential Royal Ascot campaign for star sprinter Peniaphobia, but it all hinges on a good run in Saturday's US$1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Dubai's Meydan...

No qualms for Moore despite awkward Sheema draw for Rome
Trainer John Moore's confidence in Designs On Rome's prospects for the US$6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (2,410m) remained intact despite his five-year-old drawing towards the outside of the nine...

Purton burns the track as records tumble
Zac Purton quickly turned his 500th Hong Kong win into the first leg of a treble at an all-dirt meeting where the only thing running hotter than the Australian jockey was the track itself as...

Designs On Rome looks in Classic shape for Dubai as John Moore's confidence grows
Trainer John Moore is going "old school" on Designs On Rome in the lead-up to Saturday's US$6 million Dubai Sheema Classic and trusting his eye rather than watching the scales for a sign.

Blinkers the trick for promising Divine
The blinkers were back on promising import Divine Boy in a 1,200m dirt trial yesterday morning and although he won his trial well, Me Tsui Yu-sak will be left to decide whether to go with the...

Newcomer jockey Damian Lane hits the ground running
Carrying the familiar profile of a young Australian rider on the rise, jockey Damian Lane seems to have timed his arrival perfectly this weekend with a near-full book of rides.

Why Hong Kong should expect more success at Dubai World Cup
And so we head for the desert on Saturday night with what seems to have become a presumption of more international success - Hong Kong racing has come a long way from the days when even winning...

The Moreira Martingale, a "sure win" betting strategy
Roll up, roll up for the "sure win" betting strategy of the century. No, we're not an agent for an Asian betting exchange - we're just trying to help our punting brethren.

Super performances from lightly raced three-year-olds
The Class Four down the straight on Saturday didn't look the strongest of races before or after the event, but lightly tried three-year-olds Chevalier Star and E-Super put themselves in the black...


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One down, seven to go as Moreira closes in on century in record time
Riding sensation Joao Moreira looked to have an attack of the nervous nineties at Sha Tin as he makes his way towards the fastest riding century in Hong Kong history, racking up the seconds all...

Starstuck apprentice Wong fights nerves to score first win
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Chang throws down gauntlet to Americans as Rich Tapestry gears up for Dubai quest
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Dominant ready for Sydney Cup after Ranvet
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Man and Teetan celebrate Super effort by debutant
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Just Lovely for Dicky Lui as Delovely holds off all challengers
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Dominant warms up nicely for Sydney bow
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Bauhinia Trophy shaping as top clash
David Hall's exciting but injury-plagued sprinter Rad looks set for a return in the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy in just over two weeks after an explosive barrier trial performance at Sha Tin...

The saga of Ryan Moore and how Formula One can be a blueprint for the travelling circus of top jockeys
Sunday's Hong Kong Derby produced a plethora of stories, as one would expect from such an intriguing race, but perhaps the most overlooked was the saga surrounding Ryan Moore's delayed arrival.

Moore fined, Harbour Master disqualified for positive
Trainer John Moore has been fined HK$65,000 and Harbour Master disqualified as the winner of a race at Happy Valley in late January after a positive test to indometacin.

No superstar, but Gibson's King can rule soon
A change of yards for Super King Star looks to have worked wonders and the Richard Gibson-trained four-year-old goes into the black book after his second improved race in as many attempts for his...

John Moore's Savvy Nature lands consolation win
Savvy Nature landed a middle distance race in March, but it was not the Hong Kong Derby he had been bought to win - it was the Indian Recreation Club Challenge Cup at Happy Valley last night as a...

Lucky Nine, Peniaphobia gear up for Dubai with dirt trials
Dubai-bound sprinters Lucky Nine and Peniaphobia continued their preparations for their respective desert assignments with soft trial wins at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning.

Ryan Moore gets late call-up for Amber Sky in Al Quoz Sprint
Amber Sky will have yet another new jockey as he attempts to defend his Al Quoz Sprint title at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night, with Ryan Moore now taking the seat.

Cracking pace fires Luger in the Derby
What a difference a pace makes. Last week we were addressing the BMW Hong Kong Derby of 2015 as a decent collection of Class Two four-year-olds with one that stood head and shoulders...