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Trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong has applied blinkers to Good Good View for today's Pearce Memorial Challenge Cup (1,600m) at Sha Tin and that might just be the winning move to end a frustrating run. (Full Story)
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Purton to exploit Moreira-free zone
After Zac Purton dominated with a four-timer at Happy Valley midweek, the Australian again lines up as the likely Jockey Challenge winner at Sha Tin with a strong book of rides.

Fownes' Delight at Smart Kiwi recruit
Caspar Fownes has made a tremendous start to his championship defence and he may have found a new recruit ready to deliver during the back end of the season after New Zealand import Smart...

"Trackwork Highlights"
Blizzard and Success Road both won trials a month ago, with Blizzard posting the better time but Success Road looking a more ready-made product.

Spencer's "retirement" the racing non-story of the year
Has there ever been a more short-lived retirement than that of Irish jockey Jamie Spencer on the weekend? It officially lasted about seven hours and 52 minutes, or thereabouts.

Jockey Christian Reith gets early release from Hong Kong stint
Australian jockey Christian Reith will end his riding contract after Saturday's Sha Tin meeting, almost a month ahead of schedule. Reith was contracted until February 1, but the Jockey Club's...

Triple Trio players repeat the dose with Contentment
Punters weren't quite sure what to make of John Size-trained first-starter Contentment last late last month but when the four-year-old steps out for his second start at Sha Tin tomorrow he will be...

Lee's Rocky turnaround to ensure more winners
Trainer Almond Lee has not only started to climb a mountain of his own to save his licence by making the Jockey Club's minimum performance benchmarks this season, but in Happy Rocky he has found a...

Purton racks up a four-timer for title boost
Zac Purton put on a riding clinic with a four-timer at Happy Valley on Wednesday night that gave his jockeys' championship hopes a boost at a critical juncture of the season and delivered a...

Well-run tempo is the perfect recipe
Pace makes the race. Tempo is the quality of a race which can make the average look like a champion and a champion look average.

Nature looks Savvy after latest trial
John Moore's two stable stars ensured he made a clean sweep of last season's four-year-old series and as the 2015 Hong Kong Derby class begins to take shape the big money trainer had a group...

Some random observations from HKIR week
Happy Lucky Dragon Win likes to follow a theme - but after being left an empty shell by a week of frivolity, all we are left with is a list, however long, of random observations from the fabulous...

We'll spare no effort to attract world's best: Jockey Club chief Winfried Englebrecht-Bresges
The Jockey Club does not fear "Japan Cup syndrome", but plans another lift in prize money and a redoubling of efforts to attract top overseas stars to its annual showpiece after local heroes again...

'Show off day' an affair for Helene horses
It was easier to find black bookers than horses to dismiss at Sha Tin "show off day" on Sunday, with a support card that promised a great deal going forward, especially with respect to...

Sun shines on Hong Kong's world-beaters
There was a distinct lack of scandal, controversy and heartbreak, but it had everything else as the world came to the Longines Hong Kong International Races and was sent home with plenty to think...

Able Friend is the best I've ridden: Joao Moreira
When the Joao Moreira declared Able Friend the best horse he'd ever sat on yesterday, he might just as well have said the sun rises in the east because he hadn't even passed the post in the...

John Moore has grand Designs on Dubai with Cup winner
There have been international meetings of high expectation that ended for John Moore with little to show for it, but this was not one of them and Horse of the Year Designs On Rome put the seal on...

Aerovelocity sprouts wings to take the Hong Kong Sprint
Victorious jockey Zac Purton said Aerovelocity's 12-month transformation from Class Three handicap winner on international day last year to international Group One winner this year may not have...

Flawless Flintshire finally seals big win in Hong Kong Vase
Persistence paid off for prolific owner Prince Khalid Abdullah as Flintshire's class prevailed in a slowly run Longines Hong Kong Vase, snapping a sequence of seconds in big races for the four-...

Happy Hayes full of praise for Criterion - and latest acquisition Dibayani
Australian trainer David Hayes produced a triumph of nuance with a tantalisingly good third for Criterion, but the day also left him smiling as it put into context his newest acquisition.

Able Friend takes the baton from Able One for Cornel Li
How do you replace a retired star? With a new superstar and incredibly, John Moore's "dream owner", Dr Cornel Li Fook-kwan appears to have done exactly that with Able Friend.

Purton agonisingly close to snaring grand slam
Zac Purton's Hong Kong Sprint win on Aerovelocity was the high point of a day when he came close to snatching a career grand slam of four international day majors and finished with a sting...

Down Under 'a Dominant option'
John Moore will try to convince the owners of Dominant the stayer should continue his career in Australia, but a trip to target Sydney's "The Championships" early next year...


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Designs On Rome delivers on big occasion in Hong Kong Cup
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'He's the best I've ever ridden': Joao Moreira in raptures after Able Friend demolishes Hong Kong Mile field
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Ambitious Dragon withdrawn from the Hong Kong Mile
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The forgotten Sterling City to make amends in Sprint
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A matter of too good to be true for Flintshire?
So obvious a first choice is Flintshire in the HK$16.5 million Longines Hong Kong Vase on his form and on his brilliant work this week, it's almost tempting to suggest he won't win for those very...

Purton to make a late statement
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