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Throat operations are not something that horse trainers wish for, but John Moore could not be happier with three of his team which have been under the knife recently and is hoping Charles The Great can win the Group ...(Full Story)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Opportunities, not age, the factor as Whyte and Prebble rekindle rivalry
The absence of the two apex predators of Hong Kong racing from the last two meetings has resulted in a renaissance of the "Douglas Whyte v Brett Prebble" rivalry, with the two seasoned...

Striking chestnut's time to Achieve in Triple Trio opener
Call Me Achiever has hit his ratings bottom, but has rarely been racing better and despite a wide draw Me Tsui Yu-sak's sprinter can go in as banker in the opening leg of the Triple Trio at...

Bubbles a winner in waiting, with even Luck
Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained Lucky Bubbles lost the lottery at his Hong Kong debut when he drew inside down the straight but the three-year-old did a good enough job under that disadvantage to...

Fantasy Thunders into contention for staying features
A brilliant pre-race plan and a faultless execution by Brett Prebble saw Thunder Fantasy steal the Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Trophy (2,200m) yesterday and set the John Size-trained...

Secret Weapon proves the killer blow in Whyte double
Slow and steady was Dennis Yip Chor-hong's secret weapon to finally winning the race with his five-year-old of that name, more than a year after Secret Weapon had looked a horse of some promise.

'Dressage horse' Pablosky far from one-dimensional
A drop in distance helped John Moore's "dressage horse" Pablosky rack up his third dirt win of the season, but the trainer and winning jockey Nash Rawiller both believe the four-year-old can perform away...

Hall's elation turns to grief after Yee Cheong Star demise
A mere 35 minutes separated delight and despair for trainer David Hall as he racked up another winner before seeing an emerging stable star die after a dramatic post-race incident yesterday.

Happy Man left Laughing after Dual success
Manfred Man Ka-leung's solid season continued with a double, but the trainer was taking no credit for the decision to bring Dual Happy to the Sha Tin turf after the six-year-old gave him the first leg...

Sky Lantern owner scores first win in Hong Kong
It was Olivier Doleuze's birthday and he celebrated by winning the opener on Richard Gibson-trained Fire Starter in some famous colours, but the French rider has had more birthdays than the four-year-old...

Olivier Doleuze pilots Gurus Dream to Interport victory
French jockey Olivier Doleuze captured his second Macau Hong Kong Trophy in three years after Gurus Dream relished a more forgiving surface and strong tempo to win the return leg of the Interport...

More delights await Siu family with Oz
The Siu family's famous black and red striped silks have another standout performer to look forward to in the form of beautifully bred three-year-old Thewizardofoz, who produced another forward trial...

Delusion or publicity stunt? Australian bookmaker's crazy QE II Cup market
OK, Sportsbet. You win. You went fishing for fools and while I thought I was being smart, avoiding the hook, I've instead been caught hook, line and sinker - simply by giving you promotion here....

Ambitious Dragon retired after injuries take their toll
Trainer Tony Millard labelled Ambitious Dragon a competitor whose dominant victories made him a fan favourite with Hong Kong racegoers after the two-time horse of the year was retired on Thursday...

Good draw key to Pakistan rising up ranks
Pakistan Baby got the job done after finally drawing a decent gate on Wednesday night and he is going to pay his way in Class Three in the immediate future.

Prebble finally gets to perform the Best Tango
As a younger horse, Best Tango won the Italian 2000 Guineas and contested some of his country's classics but it was a long way down to his first win in Hong Kong as the five-year-old broke through...

Able Friend frightens off foreign raiders
The colossal shadow of the world's joint top-rated racehorse, Able Friend, has left the Jockey Club unable to attract a foreign runner to the HK$14 million Champions Mile next month for the first...

Military ready for QE II Cup Attack after pleasing trial
Military Attack led the way on a good day for the Caspar Fownes team at yesterday's Sha Tin turf trials as the former horse of the year won his 1,600m hit-out in convincing style.

Sydney having a big say on Hong Kong's spring features
So The Championships is over and the announcements of invited runners for the Champions Mile on Wednesday and the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup last week remind us that the health of The Championships...

Injured jockeys from Sha Tin fall on the mend
Neil Callan has emerged from Sunday's sickening three-rider fall at Sha Tin with soft tissue damage, but is hopeful he will be able to take his place on mounts at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

The cyclical nature of success: How Paul O'Sullivan is planning to skip another sequel of The Hangover
The journalists surrounding in-form trainer Paul O'Sullivan at Sha Tin on Sunday looking for some "I'll win the championship" headline-making quotes were sorely disappointed.

Lad a more than handy substitute for Glorious Days
The Tom Brown's Syndicate retired Hong Kong Mile winner Glorious Days last week - he is apparently headed to England to continue his career - but Sunday saw the same ownership find a ready...

Champion jockey far from raising Whyte flag after four-timer
With Joao Moreira suspended and Zac Purton's day falling short of expectations at Sha Tin, 13-time champion jockey Douglas Whyte was happy to fill the void and take centre stage with a winning Sha Tin...

Emotional win as Eagle soars for grieving Fownes
The unexpected win by Quaternion Eagle provided a poignant moment as winning trainer Caspar Fownes paid tribute to his late father Lawrie and jockey Andreas Suborics dedicated the victory to the...

O'Sullivan experiences racing's dramatic highs and lows after horror fall
Paul O'Sullivan trained a double but left yesterday's meeting with mixed feelings after his sprinter Collagen was euthanised following a fall that saw jockeys Neil Callan and Howard Cheng Yue-tin...

It's child's play for Happy Chappy Yiu and his 'kids'
Ricky Yiu Poon-fai could legitimately claim the title "king of the kids", with both horses and jockeys, after notching his third double of the season yesterday.

Stayer Take To The Limit overcomes hurdles to salute
Richard Gibson-trained stayer Take To The Limit landed his first win at just his second outing for the yard in the Kowloon Cricket Club Centenary Cup (2,200m) even without quite having ticks in...

Jockey Leighton Aspell wins second Grand National in a row
Leighton Aspell became the first jockey for 61 years to win the Grand National on different horses in successive years as he powered Many Clouds to victory the world's most famous steeplechase on...

Hong Kong connections sparkle in Sydney
It was a tremendous day for Hong Kong connections at the second day of The Championships in Sydney, but it was not meant to be for John Moore and ex-Hong Kong Vase winner Dominant.


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