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Sean Woods will seek legal advice on potential avenues of action to regain his Hong Kong trainer's licence after show cause and appeal hearings which he described as "sabotaged by the Jockey Club executive management" and an "unsavoury" process.(Full Story)
Monday, July 25, 2016

The 2015-16 season to be remembered as that of the jockey in term marked by resilience
It's nearly a decade since the Chris Munce arrest, and real scandal or controversy in racing has become a dinosaur so, like other recent terms, 2015-16 was a campaign...

Joao Moreira's magical season - but he was no one man show
Joao Moreira's 168 winners - more than twice the number of the next best rider - would indicate that his performance in 2015-16 was something of a one-man show, but the season had...

John Size clearly on top, but the true action among the trainers was at the bottom of the ranks
Normal service resumed with John Size reclaiming the trainers' championship - his eighth in 15 seasons, but first in four years - and just like many of his winners, the title...

Disappointing year for Hong Kong horses at home and abroad, but plenty of promise on the horizon
Disappointment and defeat during the 2015-16 season was countered by a spark of hope among the young guns that will carry the Bauhinia flag in years to come in Hong Kong.

What were the top five rides of the 2015-16 Hong Kong racing season?
It is sometimes easier to remember the bad rides rather than the good, but from almost 800 races, Michael Cox has found the five rides that showed elements of...

Optimism for bumper new racing season, says Jockey Club chief Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges
More meetings, more races, more commingling and hopefully more overseas horses for more international events - that's what the new season promises when Hong Kong racing...

Rejected: Andreas Schutz and Sean Woods lose Hong Kong licences
Trainers Sean Woods and Andreas Schutz failed to show cause before the Licensing Committee on Thursday and their applications to train in Hong Kong next season...

Spanish find Helene Paragon gives John Moore weight of numbers heading towards Hong Kong Mile - but Able Friend's still number one
John Moore metaphorically handed over the baton as champion trainer to John Size at Sha Tin yesterday but without misgivings as he approaches next term with a rare...

Joao Moreira sets sights on another record after setting new benchmark of 168 wins in a season
Every year, Joao Moreira has threatened to improve himself for the next season and, scarily, has carried out that threat in full but he issued the same warning after...

Coronation for Kei Chiong with most popular jockey and Tony Cruz Award wins, but Hong Kong legend issues challenge to young rider
The post race awards ceremony took on the feel of a coronation as the new queen of Hong Kong racing, Kei Chiong Ka-kei, not only hoisted the Tony Cruz Award, but...

Nash Rawiller wins first and last race of 2015-16 season - and it's all thanks to his son Campbell
Nash Rawiller has credited his teenage son Campbell for helping spark a late-season revival brought about by better relationships with local trainers.

Champagne moments: Joao Moreira crowns brilliant season with surprise defeat and an unwanted record
Champion jockey Joao Moreira crowned his brilliant season with five winners, a surprise defeat and one record that he probably did not want, but having his mother...

Young guns: go behind the scenes at the South African Jockey Academy and meet the two riders touted as the next Douglas Whyte and Karis Teetan
For over a century, the first Saturday in July has sparked a festival of celebration across South Africa. It is to the nation what the first Tuesday in November means...

Jacky Tong's final wish as his riding career comes to an end
Battling jockey Jacky Tong Chi-kit has one simple wish for Sunday's season finale at Sha Tin, his final day of race riding - one more win.

Away and racing: Gates crash back on starter Tony McGovern's retirement
In horse racing, the job of starter can be thankless; you are only noticed when something goes wrong, and nowhere in the world is the pressure greater than in Hong Kong.

John Moore's Dashing Fellow to upstage stablemates Helene Paragon, Joyful Trinity in season-ending Sha Tin Mile Trophy
John Moore-trained Dashing Fellow gave Sun Jewellery plenty to think about at his most recent start and the four-year-old can upset his better-fancied stablemates...

The Griffin in Durban: does South Africa hold one of racing's best kept secrets?
Through the course of the last year, The Griffin has had some wild and wacky experiences, all in the name of racing - dancing (badly) to famed Bollywood producers in Mumbai, rubbing...

Big night for John Moore as Werther is crowned Hong Kong Horse of the Year
Top high stakes trainer John Moore swept the boards again at the annual Champion Awards with Werther giving his yard a fourth successive Horse Of the Year title.

Significant prize money boost for Hong Kong racing as Champions Mile, Chairman's Sprint Prize purses elevated
Ahead of tonight's Champion Awards for the season's outstanding performances, the Hong Kong Jockey Club has announced significant prize money lifts for two of...

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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...


    Namjong Invincible is primed for a breakthrough in season finale
    A bout of lameness delayed a likely breakthrough win for Namjong Invincible two weeks ago, but the three-year-old is back and ready for a maiden victory on the final...

    Clue is obvious with big money on Amazing Race at Happy Valley
    There was big money around to say that Amazing Race could run well at his Hong Kong debut on Wednesday night and that wasn't to be, but the gelding did enough...

    Fresh face joins ranks: rising Sydney star Sam Clipperton to join jockey colony in Hong Kong
    One of Sydney's rising stars, Sam Clipperton, will take up the Hong Kong challenge next season, joining the Sha Tin jockey colony for the first three months of the...

    Shum hoping his Lucky Year will keep on going
    Lucky Year wound up an excellent season with his fourth win of the campaign at Happy Valley on Wednesday night but the gelding won't be given much time to rest...

    Bunch of no-hopers: 12.7 per cent of horses considered uncompetitive in Hong Kong
    One of our hobby horses in recent seasons has been the steady increase in uncompetitive runners in racing in Hong Kong and the 2015-16 season will again see...

    Year of success: Danny Shum's Lucky sprinter to add icing to cake
    Lucky Year should top off a great Happy Valley season for trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing tonight by taking out the Luger Handicap (1,200m) at the city track.

    A backwards Brexit: Leaving Britain (and coming to Hong Kong) may be best for Silvestre de Sousa
    Silvestre de Sousa, it's time to pull the opposite of a Brexit and leave Britain. Well, not quite, as he shouldn't head to Europe, but back to Sha Tin - and the Jockey Club

    Moment in time: Kei Chiong has the Power to seal local rider award
    A big night at Happy Valley tomorrow night could help seal the Tony Cruz Award for apprentice Kei Chiong Ka-kei and Moment Of Power can add a win to her tally...

    Pakistan Star earns comparison with the greats after eye-popping debut
    As the blatantly obvious goes, Pakistan Star would be right up there with the most obvious black bookers after that ridiculously big finish to win the griffin event last Friday.

    What is Hong Kong's biggest race? South African legend Michael Roberts stirs debate in Durban July lead-up
    The great South African trailblazer Michael Roberts held court with media from all over the world on Thursday morning at Summerveld training centre, near Durban.

    One for the future: Pakistan Star shoots past rivals on debut
    Griffin wins are usually just a pointer, a guide to something better to come somewhere off in the distance but the here and now was frighteningly good when Tony Cruz-trained...

    Mojo's back: Renaissance Art caps return to form after gelding operation with Reunification Cup victory
    With back-to-back wins in the space of 10 days, Renaissance Art continued to live up to his name with a late season resurgence that has trainer Caspar Fownes once again...

    David Hall on Fire as Tango and Argentum bring up a double
    Trainer David Hall bid the season adieu with a winning double to extend a well-earned purple patch of form for owner James Walker.

    Patience finally pays off for Masquerader as he delays retirement by a whisker
    For most that have backed Masquerader throughout a frustrating 50-start career, the eight-year-old's retirement couldn't come fast enough - and if it weren't for a reprieve

    Me Tsui's three-year-old may not be 'Awesome' but he looks a winner-in-waiting
    Blackbookers at this stage of the season are all about next term and there was enough in Call Me Awesome's local debut to say that he won't be long in breaking...

    No Time to get Apprehensive about Moreira's chances
    After last Sunday, punters might feel a little gun-shy about banking on Joao Moreira from a wide gate on a John Size-trained favourite, but an ideal race set up for...