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Take away great horses, colossal betting and a Brazilian chap named Joao Moreira and there was precious little to the Hong Kong racing season, but fortunately they were enough to carry it to new heights.(Full Story)
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jockeys: Joao Moreira's remarkable 145 a feat for the history books
Joao Moreira's season was such a tour de force that the raw, mind-boggling numbers tell only part of the story. Consider this: his mark of 145 wins was 31 more than...

Trainers: John Moore proves he's far from finished with seventh title
If not for a change of rules, John Moore's celebration after winning his seventh championship would have also been a farewell lap of honour for the 65-year-old.

Horses: Highs and lows at home and abroad for Hong Kong's topliners
Pioneering efforts and extreme disappointments marked the fortunes of Hong Kong's topliners in a season quite unlike any other at home and abroad.

Alan Aitken's top five rides of the 2014-15 season
Condensing the great rides of a season down to just five is an impossible task, as most of the winning rides carried a degree of dash or cleverness that made the difference, but some just say...

Buoyant Hong Kong Jockey Club on expansion course after smashing records
The Jockey Club will expand its global footprint and look north towards significant co-operation with the powers underpinning the emergence of racing in China after a record-breaking season.

Jockey Alex Lai cops 14-meeting ban for 'high-range breach'
Jockey Alex Lai Hoi-wing was given an extra long summer break by racing stewards yesterday after being found guilty of breaching the running and handling rules...

Curtain comes down on an eventful season full of fond memories
There were moments in the aftermath of the final meeting of a remarkable racing season when racegoers at Sha Tin highlighted the difference between the can-do Hong Kong fan and fans elsewhere.

John Size 'Content' with second in the race for the trainers' title as he looks to next season
It wasn't to be for John Size and the seven-time championship winner was gracious in defeat behind John Moore but still left Sha Tin with a spring in his step, looking towards next season...

Value buy Midnight Rattler seals seventh championship for John Moore
There aren't many fairy tale horses among John Moore's string of royally bred bluebloods and assortment of high-priced purchases, so it was slightlyironic that it was a galloper with...

David Hall and Joao Moreira continue lethal partnership with double
Joao Moreira might be better known for his association with "the two Johns" - Moore and Size - but he continued his deadly strike rate with trainer David Hall as stayers Bamboo Dance and...

Gerald Mosse maintains his late-season flourish with another four-timer
When Gerald Mosse landed a four-timer at Sha Tin a week ago, it was extraordinary as it was his first such feat for 12 years - yesterday it was only seven days since he'd had one.

Vincent Ho wins new award for top local rider
Derek Cruz-trained Golden Gunners doesn't win out of turn but jockey Vincent Ho Chak-yiu said he got lucky with a strong speed setup on a day when he was presented with the new Best...

Able Friend clinches Hong Kong Horse of the Year award
Able Friend's failure to take his brilliant form from Sha Tin to Royal Ascot was brushed aside at the Champion Awards last night as the chestnut swept to the Horse of the Year...

First for 15 years: Female apprentice Kei Chiong Ka-kei licensed to ride in Hong Kong
Kei Chiong Ka-kei is set to become the first female apprentice jockey to compete in Hong Kong for more than 15 years after the Jockey Club's Licensing Committee granted her a spot on the...

The 2014-15 Hong Kong racing season in pictures
After 766 races and 82 meetings, there is just one more 11-race card to go. Come 6pm on Sunday, time will be called on the 2014-15 season, and Hong Kong racing will enter its annual state...

Best to forget Happy Valley form on an odd final night
Punters will do well to throw out the form from the final Happy Valley meeting of the season on an odd night when a few of the jockeys seemed to be thinking about their...

'The fat lady has started to sing' - Happy Meteor seals trainers' championship for John Moore
It began the night as a rumble near her toes, but it was a booming Puccini aria by the finish as the fat lady did her stuff and John Moore at last called victory in the trainers' championship...

Objection, m'lud, this is most unfair - rider Jacky Tong's case a perfect example
We stand before you today, m'lud, in the matter of Jacky Tong Chi-kit versus the Licensing Committee. We appear for Mr Tong.

Vincent Ho to take a trip on red carpet, but apprentices shunned in champion awards
It's award season for Hong Kong racing and we're rolling out the red carpet for some, while sweeping a few apprentice jockeys under the carpet and wondering "what the hell is a Griffin, anyway?"

Gold awaits Yip with Lightning turnaround
One of the difficulties with black bookers at this stage of the season is that it's usually quite a wait ahead until they will run again, but that isn't the case with Lightning And Gold who is...


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