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Caspar Fownes again leads the Happy Valley trainers' list for the season and he should hold the key to the featured Manawatu Racing Club Challenge Trophy (1,000m) there tonight with Disciples...(Full Story)
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Skyrockets in flight after poor debut
Most European imports deserve a stay of proceedings before they are condemned for a first-up disappointment upon arrival and although Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's French stakes winner Skyrockets is still...

The curious case of the Dubai hoodoo
The argument that horses lose form after Dubai probably started with the Sheema Classic winner Vengeance Of Rain, who returned home a hero as Hong Kong's first Dubai winner but was then put to...

Exchange rates and dinner dates - why Able Friend will end up in the desert
You know a horse has reached another plateau of dominance when the first question at the post-race press conference stops being, "Tell us about the win," and instead becomes, "What next?"

New import Obliterates concerns on debut
Trainer Richard Gibson was at pains to suggest that Obliterator needed racing, so his local debut in the final race on Sunday puts him into the black book.

Able Friend's next move keeps everybody guessing after Stewards' Cup romp
If the choice of Able Friend's next assignment was a horse race, then the indications yesterday were that Dubai will win that almost as easily as the giant gelding annexed the HK$10 million...

Peniaphobia, Bundle Of Joy eye Dubai glory after Centenary Sprint Cup tussle
Poverty will be the last thing on the minds of Peniaphobia's owners with the Tony Cruz-trained sprinter to aim for world riches after a narrow success in yesterday's HK$6.6m Kent & Curwen...

Yip biding his time with tough Brilliant Shine
Dennis Yip Chor-hong's decision to skip the first of the four-year-old features with Brilliant Shine paid off with another tough win yesterday - but don't expect to see the in-form galloper in the...

Absence not a hurdle as O'Sullivan scores double
While the cat's away, actually the cat is doing even better than he usually does when he's trainer Paul O'Sullivan.

Moreira's heroic effort on Size's Class Three galloper brings up treble
After partnering Able Friend in his awe-inspiring Stewards' Cup display, a Class Three handicap might have seemed like a comedown for Joao Moreira, but John Size-trained prospect Eroico ensured...

Amended rule ensures Callan keeps ride on Derby favourite
Stewards kept themselves occupied with careless riding suspensions for Alex Lai Hoi-wing and Neil Callan out of the day's racing, but Callan was at least able to make...

Able Friend saunters to Stewards' Cup win
It was a case of "first-world problems" when Able Friend coasted around to win the HK$10 million Stewards' Cup on Sunday and moved himself one step closer to heading up a huge Hong Kong charge at...

Luger passes 'step one' on road to Hong Kong Derby
John Size says he still has no set plan on which path Luger will take to this year's BMW Hong Kong Derby but the champion trainer was pleased with "step one" - the four-year-old's first barrier...

Asia 4, Europe 3: the brave new world of racing emerges
If any more proof was required that Asia represents the bold and brazen new world of horse racing, Tuesday's Longines World's Best Racehorse ceremony in London provided some hard facts to back it...

Peace Combination to shape up after debut
The Happy Valley 1,000m is a tough assignment for the new Private Purchase Griffins and very few indeed win on debut there, which was underlined again on Wednesday night...

Benno Yung eyes Derby after blitz by Romantic Touch
Trainer Benno Yung Tin-pang will follow the lead of his mentor and eschew the designated path as he heads for the BMW Hong Kong Derby with impressive Happy Valley winner, Romantic Touch...

Straight-shooter Bundle Of Joy 'has to lift' on favourite course
Bundle Of Joy has strong form over the course and distance, top jockey Joao Moreira on his back and raw straight-line speed, but trainer David Hall still believes his sprinter will have to find...

Neil Callan to hit Group Ones with all guns Blazing
In-form Irish jockey Neil Callan will look to keep a Group One roll going in this Sunday's features at Sha Tin with two proven big-race players looking to bounce back to top form.

Stewards' Cup favourite Able Friend earns highest-ever rating for Hong Kong-trained horse
As rivals cling to the "great uncertainty of racing" for any hope of winning Sunday's HK$10 million Stewards' Cup, the race's red-hot favourite Able Friend was officially named Hong Kong's highest...

The one and Only? Tony Cruz's Beauty stakes big Derby claim
It goes without saying the Classic Mile, for all its historical deficiencies as a provider of Hong Kong Derby winners, has left us with a clear and unambiguous Derby favourite in Beauty Only.

Divine Boy an able replacement for Ten
Me Tsui Yu-sak's star sprinter Divine Ten is still making a slow recovery from a tendon injury but his owner Wong Kwong-miu may have something to look forward in the short term after a nice trial...

Nash Rawiller's 'fried rice' moniker a recipe for success
If Nash Rawiller keeps winning races at his current rate he won't mind what the locals make of his ungainly but ultimately effective style and neither will they, but his new nickname in the local...

Further Good Luck awaits debutant winner
You can count the number of northern hemisphere private purchase griffins that win on debut here in Class Four on the fingers of one hand - and that is if you have had a nasty bandsaw accident.


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