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After Golden Harvest spectacularly shed his tag as a "Happy Valley horse" in the HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup, trainer Tony Millard is now targeting what he believes could be a below-average Hong...(Full Story)
Monday, September 15, 2014

Early days as Moreira jumps in front of his rivals
If, as many believe, the jockeys' championship is a race between Joao Moreira and Zac Purton, then the battle is already on in earnest and it was the former holding a three-two scoreline over the...

Purton's title defence off to Sensation-al start
Zac Purton began the defence of his jockeys' championship as he had begun its acquisition 12 months ago, with an opening day double as both Sensation and Hidden Value showed off the benefits of...

Doleuze shrugs off dismount to score double
French jockey Olivier Doleuze got away to his best start yet to a season yesterday - well, actually, that was just how it ended. In the run, it was not pretty.

Prebble changes tack as he targets broader base
Brett Prebble was happy to get his season moving early with a winner on season-opening specialist Double Dragon but the jockey said it was just as significant that he won for a trainer outside of...

Whyte strikes in second race of season
A strong speed set up Just Mistere's breakthrough Class Five win and helped 13-time champion jockey Douglas Whyte get off the mark in the second race of the season.

'Golden harvest' of records for the opener of 2014-15 season
The new racing season's opening day at Sha Tin under the blue skies and heat of a soon-retreating summer brought "a golden harvest" as fans who had been starved of horse racing for two months...

'Magic Man' aims to cut down on suspensions
After an eventful off season, Brazilian ace Joao Moreira says he still found time to reflect on how he can improve on his roller-coaster first season as club jockey where his frequent suspensions...

Champion jockey Oliver to ride Dan Excel in first Melbourne start
Melbourne's champion jockey Damien Oliver will take the reins on Cox Plate-bound Dan Excel when he begins his campaign in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1,400m) at Caulfield on September 28.

Aerial virtual replays add to the digital experience for the new season
The Jockey Club yesterday unveiled a number of upgrades and innovations to its information and digital experiences for the new racing season which will include for the first time virtual aerial...

Ambitious Dragon on the comeback trail
Two-time Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon will trial at Sha Tin on Wednesday as he makes a comeback from injury, and trainer Tony Millard believes he can return to the top of his game.

Gibson adjusting to life without stable star Akeed
The loss of Longines Hong Kong Cup winner Akeed Mofeed from his stable has not worried Richard Gibson, who is excited about the prospects of established star Gold-Fun as well as a number of new...

Champions Mile winner 'highly doubtful' for December tilt at international races
Globetrotting trainer Mike De Kock already has one eye on Hong Kong's international riches in December, but the horse expected to head the assault is unlikely to be among his team.

Jockeys score feature wins ahead of new season
Two of Hong Kong's club jockeys for the new term that begins on Sunday were tuning up for the new season with feature race wins on opposite sides of the planet on Sunday.

Nash Rawiller to appeal 'harsh' ban incurred in Japan win
Champion Australian jockey Nash Rawiller will appeal against the severity of a suspension incurred in Japan - a ban that has "thrown a spanner in the works" of his Hong Kong stint and also a plum...

Hong Kong Jockey Club chief executive optimistic ahead of new season
Having grossly, joyously undershot with predictions on Hong Kong racing turnover at the last two attempts, Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges sees no reason to change his...

Four more jurisdictions join commingling in Hong Kong
After dipping a toe in the commingling pond last season, the Jockey Club is putting on the costume and getting properly immersed in 2014-15 as four more jurisdictions join in and the foreign bets...

Hong Kong's horses can wreak havoc on world stage
The feats of Hong Kong's horses last season were lauded, and rightfully so, but the goalposts have changed, the bar set higher: the goal now is to conquer the world.

Contenders will be jockeying for ideal position in trainers' race
Not winning a trainers' championship for two seasons hardly constitutes a title drought, unless your name is John Size, who must now deal with the repercussions of his ultimately unsuccessful push...

More questions than answers in post-Douglas Whyte dynasty
After a season of upheaval in which long-reigning champion Douglas Whyte was dethroned by Zac Purton and South American phenomenon Joao Moreira made an immediate impact, the brave new world of...

10 horses to follow in the new racing season
Last season's "Post stable" hit a number of targets, with the star four-year-olds, Designs On Rome and Able Friend, leading the way as they rose to the very top, but ably-assisted by Pleasure...

Highs and lows for riders in eventful summer break
The summer break went without real incident, but more jockeys were riding in the off season than is often the case, and there were mixed fortunes for those who did.


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