Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Black book: Follow Manfred Man's Happy Happy Star
A wide barrier looked a possible problem for debutant Happy Happy Star on Saturday and so it proved, but he dealt with it manfully in defeat and looks a very solid...
John Moore continues his hot streak with a treble at Sha Tin
Trainer John Moore heads into "his time" of the racing season with a spring in his step after continuing his hot streak with a winning treble at Sha Tin.
Who needs a whip? Some riders just use a bit of persuasion
Whips, who needs them? In the end Joao Moreira certainly didn't when a couple of open hand slaps on the shoulder were enough to get Imperial Seal across the line first.
Contrasting odds-on victories headline John Size's Sha Tin double
Champion trainer John Size didn't get all his wishes at Sha Tin on Saturday but edged further ahead in the title race as his two odds-on shots scored in contrasting fashion.
Douglas Whyte ready to return after recharging the batteries during ban
The lowest and most challenging point in Douglas Whyte's storied career has brought with it a blessing as the rejuvenated rider eyes his comeback from suspension on Wednesday at Sha Tin.
Jockey Club plays peacemaker as trainer Richard Gibson avoids legal action over €1 million scam
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has proved the peacemaker between trainer Richard Gibson and owner Jackie Wong See-sum in the wake of revelations about a missing €1 million...
Hard work and positive attitude see injured jockey Umberto Rispoli on track for early comeback
Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli says hard work and a positive attitude have been the keys to a faster-than-expected recovery from leg injuries suffered in a horror early season fall.
Tendon injury rules Super Jockey out of Group One Golden Shaheen
Dubai carnival contender Super Jockey has been sidelined indefinitely with a tendon injury with trainer Tony Millard offering no timeline on when his dirt and sand track star might return.
John Moore gets the edge in the clash between Booming Delight and John Size's Prawn Baba
Top trainers John Moore and John Size face off in the feature at Sha Tin on Saturday with Booming Delight having the edge in the Pearce Memorial Challenge Cup (1,800m).
Joao Moreira is the odds-on favourite for the Jockey Challenge but Silvestre de Sousa believes he can win
Joao Moreira seems to have a stranglehold on Saturday's Jockey Challenge but fellow Brazilian Silvestre de Sousa is quietly confident of an upset.
So Fanny, Everyday Lettuce ... how can Hong Kong horse names be taken seriously?
Now that Hong Kong racing is in Part I of the much-vaunted "Blue Book" and looking to build the prestige attached to its black type races, is it time to take itself a little bit more seriously?
Trainers keep their word and Chad Schofield keeps his rides as Jolly Banner and World Record return
Two trainers have done the right thing by their horses - and by jockey Chad Schofield - by giving some early season stars a short break before assignments at Sha Tin on Saturday.
Black bookers: Paddington's next stop should be a win
It was hard to miss the debut of the Chris So Wai-yin-trained Paddington on Wednesday night at Happy Valley and the gelding shouldn't be long in making the transition to a victory.
Neil Callan collects treble at Happy Valley, giving trainer Richard Gibson a boost
Jockey Neil Callan lit up the first half of the card at Happy Valley last night with a winning treble including a lift for embattled trainer Richard Gibson, who claimed his first success...
Amazing Kids' potential Dubai trip opens a whole new world for eight-time champion trainer
We all but buried the lead on Monday morning with the story that Amazing Kids might head to Dubai for the Al Quoz, given how reluctant John Size has always been to take horses...
Strong speed should suit Tony Cruz's Verbinsky at Happy Valley
The Tony Cruz-trained Verbinsky looks one of the main beneficiaries of what promises to be a true speed in the Choi Hung Handicap (1,200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
Blinkers get Pablosky's motor running on the dirt ahead of Sha Tin assignment
The application of blinkers seems to have John Moore's Pablosky ready to take advantage of a rare opportunity on the dirt after a sparkling trial on the surface at Sha Tin on Tuesday.
People's Knight out to push Classic Mile credentials in Class Two at Happy Valley
People's Knight is assured of a run in the Group One Hong Kong Classic Mile on January 22 and just as well after the John Moore-trained hope was dealt a blow at the...
Follow Francis Lui for a Happy Way to find a future Winner
A black booker from lower down the batting order is Happy Way Winner now that the Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained four-year-old has found his way into Class Five.
Amazing kids earns a Dubai trip with Bauhinia Sprint Trophy victory at Sha Tin
Amazing Kids made light work of his handicap to put the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy away with authority on Sunday and keep his record unbeaten down the straight but the bigger news...
In racing, sometimes there's no sugar-coating the truth as John Moore slams expensive flop
It was "tell it like it is" Sunday at Sha Tin, starting with trainer John Moore as he slammed 2013 Derby flop Ashkiyr and later admitted his purchases for the Siu family haven't been...
Beauty Generation takes top spot in John Moore's Hong Kong Derby pecking order
Rapper Dragon has long been the nominal favourite for the Hong Kong Derby but even his trainer John Moore admitted stablemate Beauty Generation may have usurped that position...
Popular apprentice Kei Chiong strikes form with a double at Sha Tin
The apparent case of "second-year syndrome" for star apprentice Kei Chiong Ka-kei has been one of the most discussed topics of conversation this season but KK let actions speak...
Zac Purton's hot streak continues, but suspension sullies treble
A white-hot run of form for Zac Purton came to a halt in the stewards' room after the final race on Sunday but the Australian jockey will be back to keep his ride on Beauty Generation...