South China Morning Post

Contact Us


Copyright ©2003. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. buy scmp photos

Zac Purton is determined to be fit for the first meeting of the new season on September 14, but the champion jockey faces a race against time after scans revealed he has a fractured heel.(Full Story)
Thursday, August 28, 2014

'I'm ready to jump in deep end': Nash Rawiller joins riding greats in Hong Kong
Three-time Sydney champion Nash Rawiller will join the riding ranks for a four-month-stint in Hong Kong from September 21.

Queen Elizabeth's champion horse, Estimate, fails dope test
A horse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth which won one of England's most prestigious races has failed a drugs test, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday.

Zac Purton aborts Japan stint to seek treatment for heel injury
Despite riding in tremendous form, newly crowned Hong Kong champion jockey Zac Purton has aborted his off-season stint in Japan after aggravating a heel injury and was flying home to Australia on...

Joao Moreira undergoes appendectomy after mid-air health scare
Star jockey Joao Moreira may have had a dream rookie season in Hong Kong, but his first off season quickly turned into a nightmare when a mid-air drama resulted in him being rushed to hospital for...

Gary Moore brings his Asian adventure to an end
August 1, the horse's birthday in Australia, in China's year of the horse, seems the perfect time for Gary Moore to close the book on what has been a wildly successful and equally colourful career...

Soaring to new heights: golden season a success story for the ages
We may need two pairs of sunglasses for an outlook this bright. This was a season to have Charles Dickens spinning in his grave. It was the best of the times, it was...the best of times. An age of...

Bridesmaid Purton finally has the last say as Whyte loses his crown
Just when the change came was never really clear, but there was a moment in Zac Purton's career in Hong Kong when he slipped quietly into a state of belief.

Fairy-tale finish for formidable Fownes as Moore, newcomers set benchmarks
John Size wins the most races, John Moore wins the most money. Those were short-priced favourites in the run, but a remarkable mid-term resurrection and late-season surge saw Caspar Fownes flip...

Landmark season for Hong Kong horses at home and abroad
Four Group One races and a Group Three abroad, and four of the six international Group Ones at home: the Bauhinia flag flew high in a watershed season at the top level.

The rides that deserved all the plaudits
After poring over all 771 of the season's races, Michael Cox has come up with his top five rides for the term - as well as one honourable mention in Class Five. 1. Tommy Berry, Designs On...

Fewer charges for careless riding but not all smooth sailing
Harsher careless riding penalties resulted in fewer charges - with one notable exception - in a relatively uneventful season for stewards.

Military Attack to join Caspar Fownes' stable from John Moore
The first benefits of a third trainers' championship win are already taking shape with Caspar Fownes to receive Hong Kong's joint top-rated horse, Military Attack, into his yard next season.

  • 2013-2014 Race season has completed.
    Next season will begin on September 14.

    2014 Race Programme - September to December 2014

    Racing Fixtures
    2014/2015 Season


    Horse Rating List


    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...

    Darren Flindell
    Darren Flindell got his first taste of racing at age 14 when he started calling races into a tape recorder from the Grandstands of Sydney race tracks....


    Stable stalwart Flying Keeper makes all the difference for Fownes
    Flying Keeper was the horse that everyone told Caspar Fownes to dump and he was the horse who shouldered an enormous burden of work but just kept fronting up and he was ultimately the horse who...

    This one's for you, dad - Caspar Fownes grabs trophy in trainers' thriller
    It wasn't the way he wanted it but it was what he wanted to win. A drained, emotionally-charged Caspar Fownes yesterday managed a hoot and a jig and claimed a trainers' championship that meant...

    Luger bang on target to be next local sensation after stirring victory
    It may not have been enough for John Size to rescue an eighth trainers' championship but Luger's win did confirm him as one of the stars of the season that lies just beyond the summer when he...

    Half century for Teetan as Sun sets on first season
    It's been a slow last two months for Karis Teetan but you couldn't wipe the trademark smile off the Mauritian's face after he finally cracked a half-century of wins with victory on Sun Pins and...

    Smart Berry looks Forward to the future
    Tommy Berry's double gave him three more winners than his rookie season but the Australian said that the greater number of trainers supplying the rides was of far more significance as he looks...

    Joy for Schutz as he scrapes past benchmark - with help from champion jockey
    While Zac Purton didn't deliver Caspar Fownes a winner on the day he was crowned champion jockey, he did help Andreas Schutz reach the minimum benchmark when Magical Beam gave the German his 15th...

    Zac Purton, Hong Kong's first new champion jockey of the century
    In the moments before Zac Purton hoists the jockeys' championship trophy above his head at Sha Tin this afternoon, the first jockey not named Douglas Whyte to do so this century, the proud...

    Deposed champion Whyte marks end of an era but still proud of strong season
    Any young journalist learns it early - dog bites man, no story. Man bites dog, now there's your yarn. And, in the racing season that winds up today, it was champion jockey Douglas Whyte who sank...

    Moreira, the heir apparent, has eyes on crown
    Joao Moreira is instantly likeable and engaging. Even his fiercest rivals seem swayed by the natural charm. He wins so many races they want to hate him but can't.

    Horse of the Year designed for success
    Everything went according to the script at the Champion Awards on Friday night in the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, as John Moore-trained Derby winner Designs On Rome followed a familiar pattern from...

    Caspar Fownes and Triple Trio players pin hopes on Domineer
    Domineer looms as a key runner in both Caspar Fownes' quest for the trainers' championship and Zac Purton's push for the all-time record of wins in a season and the progressive four-year-old looks...

    What to expect next season as the curtain falls
    And so it is almost here: Sunday's final meeting of the season. The protagonists will take their bows, the stars celebrated and then the curtain will come down, not to rise until September.

    Unlucky Grand Plus can atone in quick back-up
    With his team worn down to the fingernails, John Size's final push for the championship title on the weekend features a black booker from Tuesday in Grand Plus.

    Hong Kong back on top of rich-list stakes as brand is reinforced
    The Longines Hong Kong Mile and Sprint in December have returned to the top of world racing's rich lists in a package adding another HK$19 million in stakes to existing internationals while Sha...