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Champion jockey Joao Moreira was straying into unusual territory after Rapper Dragon wound up his three-year-old season with a fourth win and the Group Three Lion Rock Trophy and it wasn't only about the season win record still to be finalised.(Full Story)
Monday, May 30, 2016

Joao Moreira enters unchartered territory as treble takes him to 146 wins for the season
Joao Moreira has his sights set on creating what would have once seemed an inconceivable record of 160 winners in a season after breaking through his own mark...

Vintage Douglas Whyte rebuilds old bridges with first double in six months
A return to Douglas Whyte seems to be what Tianhuang had been waiting for all season and the change was instantaneous as he became the first leg of the....

Zac Purton full of praise for General Of Patch after tenacious victory
Paul O'Sullivan's General Of Patch helped Zac Purton to come away with a double after a gutsy mile win under top weight that showed the four-year-old may be bound...

Pint-sized New Asia Sunrise's foot issue a blessing in disguise
A foot issue in March may have saved New Asia Sunrise's career, his trainer revealed after the three-year-old appreciated a rise in class and a drop in weight to get back...

John Moore's Rapper Dragon to lock in classic billing in inaugural Lion Rock Trophy
The odds won't be anything flashy but three-year-old Rapper Dragon should cement his place as one of the rising stars for next season's classics in the Group Three...

Leontes to live up to pedigree with victory in Japan's Derby, the Tokyo Yushun
The honour roll for the Tokyo Yushun, Japan's Derby and the richest classic in the world, reads like a who's who of Japanese racing and blueblood Leontes can join the...

Moniker mayhem: the twisted tale of Takeover Target, The Tin Man and a lost decade
The year is 2006. August, to be exact. Twitter is only a month old. Pluto is demoted to a dwarf planet. The world is about to be shocked by the death of 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin.

Joao Moreira to hit a Home Run and reach new season win record in Sunday's Triple Trio?
Joao Moreira is within striking distance of another piece of history and his rides in the Triple Trio races alone on Sunday at Sha Tin could be enough to propel him into...

Listen here, the good doctor John Size has a horse to follow
For the most part, the "Dr" horses in the red and white colours have been a successful string over the John Size era and Dr Listening left no doubt he will not disgrace the...

Is deal to telecast Hong Kong races Down Under really a dance with the devil?
We wonder how much of the deal between the Jockey Club and Racing.com to telecast Hong Kong's racing in Australia from next week had to do with posturing on...

Political play: could Joao Moreira be just the man Brazil is looking for as the country hunts for a new president?
We hear Brazil will be looking for a new president later this year. Well, look no further: we might have just the man the embattled country needs right here in Hong Kong...

Jockey Club hopes new telecast deal will improve reach within commingling tie-up in Australia
The Jockey Club is confident that a new telecasting arrangement with Racing.com will increase and improve its reach within a key commingling jurisdiction in Australia and...

Blazing Speed fights off Victory Magic to give Tony Cruz four straight Champions & Chater Cups
Zac Purton was adamant that what appeared a chivalrous act in the first 400m of the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup did not cost Victory Magic a Group One...

Hong Kong Sprint winner Peniaphobia closes season with Sha Tin Vase success
Longines Hong Kong Sprint winner Peniaphobia was part of a stellar afternoon for trainer Tony Cruz in winning the Group Three Sha Tin Vase (1,200m) but the win was...

Career highlight for Tony Cruz with five winners ranging from old stagers to new blood
Dual feature wins and a career-best five-timer made it a day to remember for Tony Cruz yesterday but it was all about the future when raw talent Fionesay did everything...

Fairy tale continues for Kei Chiong as she bursts clear in race to be crowned leading local rider
Kei Chiong Ka-kei has been breaking down barriers all season and yesterday the star apprentice forged to the front in the race for "leading local" honours as her claim...

Record-breaker Joao Moreira achieves another rare feat with lowly Class Five win
Since his whirlwind start in October 2013, Joao Moreira has set many new benchmarks, but he quietly achieved a hugely underrated feat with lowly Class Five...

Werther will still be Horse of the Year despite Champions & Chater defeat, says John Moore
Trainer John Moore has no fears that Hong Kong Derby and QE II Cup winner Werther will not give him his fourth successive Horse of the Year title after the four-year-old...

Tony Cruz's Blazing Speed makes it two Champions & Chater Cups in minor upset
It was a case of out with the new and in with the old as Blazing Speed turned back the clock to record a second Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup success in...

Once the invincible god of Hong Kong racing, Douglas Whyte is now struggling - but here's why he's determined not to quit
There's no bitterness on Douglas Whyte's tongue as he takes a sip of sauvignon blanc and looks down at the tower blocks of a city where racing is king and he has been...

Werther won't have it easy as he faces battle-hardened veterans in Sunday's Champions & Chater Cup
Werther's dominant last start win looked a lot like the birth of Hong Kong racing's next superstar, but three battle-hardened veterans still stand in the way of the "new kid on...

John Moore saddles up a suitable Melbourne Cup candidate in the Champions & Chater - and it's not Werther
Sunday's Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup is a real watershed moment every season in Hong Kong, because it signals the beginning of the end of term.

David Hall to paint a Cool picture in Triple Trio
A couple of David Hall-trained three-year-olds can kick off the Triple Trio as ideal bankers at Sha Tin on Sunday as Cool And Neat and Mr Picasso both step up in trip...

Chris So's Tango nearing his Best once more
In the sixth race on Wednesday at Happy Valley, all honours were with Magical Beauty and King Of Mongolia at the top of the weights as they fought out the cup race in...

Keep it simple and let Werther do his thing: Hugh Bowman has no fear in Champions & Chater Cup
Champion jockey Hugh Bowman insists he won't be complicating things tactically as favourite Werther faces a slow tempo in Sunday's Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup...

South Africa to the fore as Tony Millard's projects pay off at Happy Valley
Trainer Tony Millard was highlighting the resilience of the South African thoroughbred after a winning double at Happy Valley last night.

Karis Teetan confident Blizzard is fresh enough for strong Sha Tin Vase challenge despite tough season
An arduous season is yet to take the edge off Blizzard, according to jockey Karis Teetan, who will reunite with the budding iron horse when he returns to a more suitable...

Giovanni Canaletto may help Opie Bosson to stay the course in Hong Kong
A reputation as a "staying specialist" is something Opie Bosson could probably do without as he pushes for a full-time licence for next season.

Jockey Club's extension of John Moore's tenure is right thing to do when others are unable to field top-tier runners
The composition of the final Group One for the season on Sunday gives us pause to think again what kind of shape the top echelon of Hong Kong's middle distance and...

On alert: Paul O'Sullivan Harbours logical Triple Trio banker in opening leg
Paul O'Sullivan-trained speedster Harbour Alert looks ready to break through after a solid first outing for his new stable and can act as banker in what should be...

Me Tsui on right track with Adventurer as beaten brigade look worthy bunch
Things could have gone one way or the other with Adventurer after he had looked a speedy squib in his early races but it seems the three-year-old is on the correct path...


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