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Four years after California Memory announced himself as a star with an upset win in the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup, the now nine-year-old's career comes full circle and the popular galloper heads...(Full Story)
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Italian Umberto Rispoli gets Derby day stay of execution
Italian Umberto Rispoli has been given a short-term extension to his contract, but the Jockey Club faces a looming crisis on jockey numbers going into March.

Why reusing a champion's name, like Rising Fast, needs to be stopped
Imagine turning up for your average Class Five opener each race meeting, only to see Frankel, Black Caviar, Secretariat, Horse Chestnut and Dubai Millennium battling it out in a plodding finish....

Magic Man Moreira to be the Boss in Triple Trio closer
Derek Cruz's sprinter looks headed higher in the ratings and can finally break through at the bottom of Class Three from a good draw on Sunday

Cruz preparing for better from Pakistan
Tony Cruz-trained Pakistan Baby has yet to fill a place in his six local starts but his first appearance in Class Four brought a performance on Wednesday night at Happy Valley that should be...

Brett Prebble sings spirited tune as he steals show
Brett Prebble and trainer Caspar Fownes renewed an old acquaintance and unearthed a handy horse in the making as Jumbo Spirit crowned a double for the jockey at Happy Valley on a night when most...

High hopes for Harbour Master in Gold Cup
John Moore heads into Sunday's Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup with undisputed race favourite Designs On Rome but warned punters against discounting the chances of the reigning Horse of the Year's...

Canterbury consent comes just in time
Under the heading of not a moment too soon was Monday's announcement that racing authorities in Sydney had gained final approval from the relevant Australian government body to use Canterbury racecourse...

Moreira's magic missing from Hong Kong's busiest raceday, but records still under threat
An overcrowded racecourse full of 85,000 degenerate gamblers poured their last money into the Jockey Club coffers on Saturday in the vain hope of pulling off a life-changing win, but there was...

Yung on the Right path after unlucky return
Benno Yung Tin-pang's team was strong on the weekend with a double that might have been four wins in different circumstances and one of the beaten gallopers, Righteous, put the writing on the wall...

Blinkered but focused for Military Attack's return
Caspar Fownes-trained Military Attack is over his more unfamiliar health issues and will don blinkers for the first time in an attempt to earn a trip to Dubai in the HK$10 million Citibank Hong...

Real Specialist completes the job to land Chinese New Year Cup
The Divine Calling story came to another untidy ending in the Chinese New Year Cup at Sha Tin but winning trainer John Size heaped praise on the character and will of Real Specialist.

Champion jockey Purton hopes treble is an auspicious start
Along with attracting the most auspicious honour that comes along with riding the first winner of the Lunar New Year, Zac Purton finished the day with a treble and gained some momentum he hopes...

Rich Tapestry on target for Dubai despite setback
The Lunar New Year brought Michael Chang Chun-wai his first winner since December, but it wasn't exactly the change of fortunes he had hoped for after stable stalwart Rich Tapestry's Dubai...

I'm In Charge battles to show just who is boss
A painful hoof injury saw I'm In Charge nearly scratched during the week, but the gutsy young sprinter gave Brett Prebble a double and brought a bold early-season prediction by the jockey a step...

Up And Coming proves he is headed higher
Up And Coming lived up to his name and the high opinion of his trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai with an all-the-way victory against a host of promising types in a Class Three sprint.

Dougie's Derby dilemma - Luger or Giant Treasure?
Over the course of his 13-season championship streak, Douglas Whyte would have had to choose between rides in the majority of races, but has there ever been a more seemingly difficult - and, from...

Derby warm-up tells us little, again
As much as we all like to think this one will be different, history has a way of maintaining its patterns and the Classic Cup was right up to form again as a burial ground for favourites.

Moore produces a potential classic Colossus
All the discussion right now is about the 2015 crop of four-year-olds but John Moore's yard produced a newcomer in one of Sunday's support events who might have scope to measure up to the better...

Thunder proves no Fantasy as Teetan and Size steal Classic Cup
The Hong Kong Classic Cup kept its reputation as a graveyard for favourites and an uncertain guide to the BMW Hong Kong Derby next month when Karis Teetan landed his biggest win on Thunder Fantasy...

Voice of Hong Kong racing Darren Flindell departs for Sydney
After 16 years with the Jockey Club, race caller Darren Flindell will depart following BMW Hong Kong Derby day to take up the lead commentary role in Sydney.

Gold-Fun shines as Chairman's Sprint Prize gamble pays off
Gold-Fun's first ever run at 1,200m isn't likely to be his last after trainer Richard Gibson's gamble to bring last season's champion miler back in trip paid off with a tough win in the Chairman's...

Luger helps five-star Size fire on all cylinders
Thirty minutes after turning the BMW Hong Kong Derby picture on its head in the Classic Cup, trainer John Size did it again with budding star Luger to top off a five-win blitz at the Sha Tin...

Dynamic Derby contender emerges for Ferraris as Fly falters
It was a case of BMW Hong Kong Derby trials galore yesterday, with David Ferraris-trained Dynamism adding his name to an already confusing picture after a Class Two victory over the Derby course...

Old allies crucial for Whyte as he notches treble
Thirteen-times champion Douglas Whyte might not be looking a threat to Joao Moreira for this season's premiership, but he isn't going quietly either and made up with an old ally as a treble...

Mosse receives another suspension with immediate six-meeting ban
A busy day for stewards resulted in yet another ban for French veteran Gerald Mosse for his role in a nasty fall that left Neil Callan counting his blessings.


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