Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Rock the Caspar: Fownes the quintessential trainer, but is he the best?
Caspar Fownes may play the class clown at times, throwing around Canto curse words to keep the local media entertained and raucously celebrating wins with high fives to anyone within arms reach....
Cheng's duo on the cusp of breaking through
The Chinese jockeys had a great day on Saturday at Sha Tin, but even when they weren't winning the races, quite a few of them were partnered up with horses which promised their turn is...
Yiu double a taster ahead of stable star Amber Sky's return
Ricky Yiu Poon-fai revealed international Group One winner Amber Sky will not be limited to straight racing after his return in Wednesday's National Day Cup and when the dynamic sprinter is tested...
Purton's gem of a ride defies straight bias
Champion jockey Zac Purton showed just why he won the title last term and threw in an early entry for ride of the season when Sky Man came from the wrong side of the track to scrape home in the..
Young guns reap rewards of hard work abroad
It appears an off-season of work has paid off for a trio of young Chinese riders after a drought-breaking win to Alvin Ng Ka-chun, a Jockey Challenge-winning double to Vincent Ho Chak-yiu and...
Access Years saves the day as Moreira's dominant run ends
Joao Moreira had swept all four jockey challenges this season before he went to Sha Tin on Saturday, but the Brazilian's run came to a crashing halt with nine races down and a score of zero before...
Caspar Fownes, king of the backup
If they made the Hangover IV movie about Caspar Fownes, it would deal a dull and deadly blow to the franchise as the champion trainer continues to show absolutely no after-effects to his win binge...
Triumph far from perfect for punters
On a day when it rained long shots at Sha Tin, Gary Ng Ting-keung held pride of place with Perfect Triumph winning the Class Five mile at 66-1 to put the trainer on the scorecard for the season.
John Moore admits he's behind eight ball with Dan Excel
Trainer John Moore admitted yesterday that he is "behind the eight ball" with Dan Excel's Cox Plate campaign, but will press on to a first-up run in the Group One Toorak Handicap over 1,600m on...
Millard's import no longer a Secret
Tough South African quarantine restrictions and patient planning by Tony Millard mean it will be more than 18 months since Secret Command's last start when he finally makes his local debut, but the grey flash...
America: Land of opportunity for the young racing fan
It's easy to judge a book by its cover and it's a breeze to cast aspersions on other racing countries based on what Hong Kong has to offer.
Ferraris' Tree to Rock on either surface soon
David Ferraris-trained Rock The Tree has yet to win here, but has his hoof right on the till after two excellent runs since returning this season.
Trainer Michael Chang overcomes visa problems for Rich Tapestry's US races
Trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai has overcome his visa problems and will be in Los Angeles next week to oversee the final preparation of Rich Tapestry for the Santa Anita Championship.
Caspar Fownes is in charge after awesome night
With a grin on his face and hand cupped to his ear, defending title holder Caspar Fownes jokingly asked the assembled press "what championship hangover?" after an emphatic four-timer at Sha Tin on...
Dan Excel's Aussie campaign thrown in disarray by fever
Trainer John Moore is in a race against time to have Dan Excel ready for the A$3 million (HK$20.7 million) Cox Plate in Melbourne on October 25 after the gelding sprouted a temperature on Tuesday...
Cruz's Group One stars Speed-ing to Celebration Cup
A couple of Tony Cruz-trained headline horses rounded out preparations for upcoming assignments in all-weather track trials at Sha Tin yesterday, but it was another pair of gallopers perhaps on...
Who is the world's best jockey? We're all about to find out
When the announcement came through about the "World's Best Jockey", we thought it a mistake, a missive intended for the entertainment section regarding a new reality show.