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The build-up to the Hong Kong International Races continued on Wednesday with the announcement of the selected runners for the four features to be run December 13.(Full Story)
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Danny Shum takes command of Happy Valley Million Challenge after treble
Trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing left Happy Valley last night with a winning treble and with the enviable position of having the first three leading pointscorers in the Happy Valley...

'A real treat': Depth in Hong Kong International Races never stronger than in 2015
It took a year and some foreign exchange movement for the Jockey Club's 2014 prize money boost to sink in but the strength in depth has never been higher than at next month's HK$83 million Longines Hong Kong...

Free Eagle set to soar in Hong Kong Cup swansong against top class field
The top three horses in the latest world classifications - American Pharoah, Golden Horn and Treve - have all recently retired but the HK$25 million Longines Hong Kong Cup will bring...

Reigning Hong Kong Mile champion Able Friend fails to deter strong foreign contingent
The notion that Able Friend's imposing reputation would scare off prospective Longines Hong Kong Mile rivals has been blown apart by an impressive foreign contingent featuring six Group One...

Strongest Hong Kong Vase in years a quirky twist of fate for old Cirrus Des Aigles
Six years ago, unheralded Cirrus Des Aigles first came to attention on the world stage with an unlucky fifth to the Aga Khan's filly Daryakana in the 2009 Hong Kong Vase.

Even locals, led by Gold-Fun, take on global speedsters in wide open Hong Kong Sprint
The HK$18.5 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint may have been weakened by notable absentees from both home and abroad, but it will be an even bunch of leading locals, headed by Jockey Club Sprint...

Able Friend's Jockey Club Mile travails bode well for his Hong Kong Mile defence
Last week's column focused on the real possibility that horses which won on Jockey Club trial day would not be the winners at the Longines Hong Kong International Races.

Forrest just keeps on running in dirt trial
Danny Shum Chap-shing's promising four-year-old Run Forrest showed signs he is ready for a winning return at the bottom of Class Three with a convincing 1,200m dirt trial display yesterday at Sha Tin.

Who wins the battle of racing's superpowers: Hong Kong or Japan?
The dominant win of Maurice in Sunday's Mile Championship at Kyoto set up what could be a mouth-watering clash in the Hong Kong Mile: it will not only be Maurice versus Able Friend, and Ryan Moore...

Derby winner Luger ruled out of Hong Kong Mile, Stewards' Cup the aim
Whatever jewels are amongst the selected runners for the Longines Hong Kong International Races when they are made public on Wednesday afternoon, last season's Hong Kong Derby winner...

Paul O'Sullivan's record suggests Glenealy Prize is a horse to follow
Going right back to his earliest days here, Paul O'Sullivan has not been the style of trainer to produce winning first-starters, but the good news for Glenealy Prize followers is that...

Able Friend burnt by Beauty Flame but on track for Hong Kong Mile defence
Able Friend became yet another great to meet defeat on international trial day in the Jockey Club Mile, but trainer John Moore was adamant last year's Longines Hong Kong Mile winner...

The Military Attack of old strikes to win Jockey Club Cup
Ageing star Military Attack was "pain-free" for the right two minutes at Sha Tin yesterday to throw off the problems that have held him back for most of the past year and...

Rotund Fun strikes Gold for Gibson, but best to come in Hong Kong Sprint
Richard Gibson was obviously thrilled with what Gold-Fun left on the track in the Jockey Club Sprint, but the trainer is even more excited by what he believes is still left in the tank for international day.

Douglas Whyte closer to International Jockeys' Championship spot after double
Douglas Whyte put himself in the driver's seat for selection as the Hong Kong number two in next month's Longines International Jockeys' Championship with a winning double at Sha Tin.

Jockey Challenge shock as Neil Callan holds off Joao Moreira for honours
A rare Jockey Challenge win to a rider not named Joao Moreira had Neil Callan jokingly calling for prize money to the winning rider of the fixed-odds betting option.

Gerald Mosse salutes 'old friend' Red Cadeaux after upset Jockey Club Mile win
He was once the man who delivered a first defeat to Silent Witness, and after Gerald Mosse stunned fans by engineering the downfall of another Hong Kong idol in the Jockey Club Mile...

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Alan Aitken
Multi-talented Alan has worked in all facets of the media, including live television in Australia, and was the master of the famous AJC Punters Podium in Sydney for many years...

Michael Cox
Australian journalist Michael Cox is the newest member of the SCMP racing team this season after a career in his homeland with considerable experience working ...

Phillip Woo
Phillip Woo has long shown a passion for horse racing dating back to his earlier years in Canada where he learned some of the ropes of racing...

Andrew Hawkins
Andrew graduated from university in Australia with a communications degree, specialising in journalism, and has married that with his deep love of...


Gun Pit confirms start for Champions Cup in Japan
Caspar Fownes confirmed dirt star Gun Pit will contest a Group One in Japan next month, but today the trainer's attention will be on a sprinter looking to earn his stripes in the...

Hong Kong-owned Melbourne Cup hero Red Cadeaux euthanised after 'complications arise' following life-saving surgery
"We were so lucky to have him" said Red Cadeaux's owner Ronald Arculli this morning after the world's favourite stayer had to be euthanised in Australia due to post-surgery complications...

Able Friend to continue Hong Kong Mile preparation with Jockey Club Mile win
Will two new talents measure up to their biggest test or just provide fresh meat for Able Friend to feast on in today's Jockey Club Mile (1,600m)?

Military Attack ready to strike once again in Jockey Club Cup
It is just over a year since Military Attack last won a race but the HK$4 million Longines Jockey Club Cup (2,000m) today at Sha Tin looks the right set-up to change that and put him into the international picture.

Tactical decision tough for Moreira on Peniaphobia
To push forward from the get-go or to go back and have one last crack? That's the conundrum that faces Joao Moreira today on Peniaphobia, and while he looks the best horse...

Jockey Club leads the way with social media team for the Hong Kong international races
What do a beauty queen, an American fashionista, a British journalism student, an Australian expatriate living in Japan and a Canadian entrepreneur have in common?

How can they beat him? Trainer John Moore says Able Friend better than ever for international trial mile
The history of Sha Tin's international day preludes is littered with upsets, but trainer John Moore believes rivals hoping Able Friend will be underdone or somehow vulnerable in tomorrow's Jockey Club Mile,,,

Top Australian sprinter Chautauqua ruled out of Hong Kong Sprint
The Longines Hong Kong International Races have suffered an early blow with one of the expected marquee names, world's joint top sprinter Chautauqua, suffering a minor injury in training...

Super Silks on track to lose maiden status for John Size
Other trainers might have started the season quicker but John Size has been chipping away nicely and his Class Five maiden Super Silks put the writing on the wall with a strong return on Wednesday night.

Gun Pit to shoot for Japan glory after easy win on the dirt at Sha Tin
Caspar Fownes is ready to take on the world with Gun Pit after the budding dirt star maintained his perfect record on Sha Tin's all-weather track and smashed his own track record...

American Pharoah's rider Victor Espinoza to headline International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley
The American Pharoah sideshow that has captivated the racing world this year will roll into Hong Kong next month - in a small form, at least - with his regular rider Victor Espinoza to headline...

Rising stars Packing Pins, Contentment to target Able Friend in Jockey Club Mile
The jockeys of rising stars Packing Pins and Contentment haven't given up hope of toppling superstar Able Friend in the Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin on Saturday but maintain they won't be riding...

Joao Moreira's 'Magic' strike rate is not quite so magic
Now come in, punters. Take a seat. Coffee? Tea? We need a talk. About Joao Moreira. Yes, the Magic Man. It seems the right time to bring this up while Joao is not...

Forgotten Redkirk Warrior gears up for return - with new rider Zac Purton aboard
Chris So Wai-yin's forgotten horse Redkirk Warrior made a welcome return at the Sha Tin trials yesterday and looked in fine form too, bouncing out to lead his heat and finishing...