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After an encouraging runner-up effort in the first race of the season, David Ferraris-trained Plain Blue Banner gets another crack at Class Five and comes up with a rare advantageous draw...(Full Story)
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.


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No Lee-way for Almond in quest to save his career
For however long Almond Lee is a trainer in Hong Kong, he's on notice. He will be walking the plank, counting off wins until he gets to 15 for the season. And if he doesn't reach that...

Everything's coming up roses for Floral Man
Floral Man has not exactly worn a path to the winner's circle during his career but his first attempt at Class Five on Sunday suggested his next win is within sight.

Able Friend setback won't hinder his path to Hong Kong Mile glory, says John Moore
John Moore says star miler Able Friend's absence from trackwork last week was "purely precautionary" and even though the five-year-old will miss the Celebration Cup in just less than two weeks,...

Size still wary despite Calva's exciting return
John Size made his first entry on the season's scoresheet with exciting sprinter Teofilo Calva at Sha Tin on Sunday but the trainer wasn't making any ambitious forecasts despite the gelding's...

Chang mystified by American visa hold-up
Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained Rich Tapestry will be the first Hong Kong-based runner in the United States for more than 20 years next month, but Chang won't be there to see it after striking visa...

Double for champion Fownes dispels hangover concerns
Caspar Fownes took one small step towards overcoming the dreaded title hangover with a double at Sha Tin on Sunday, striking the early lead again this season with four wins.

That winning feeling is coming back, says Yeung
After spending a large chunk of last season on the injured list, jockey Keith Yeung Ming-lun shook off the cobwebs with a double and later gave an insight into the challenges jockeys face when...

Talent on display as Gibson's charge breaks into Class Two
Full Talent's debut win in Class Four last season came at odds of 100-1 but there were no flashy prices about as he opened his second campaign as a winner at the top of Class Three.

Speedsters make mark at trials before big assignments
High-profile sprinters Amber Sky and Rich Tapestry won trials over the past two days but the 12 heats also revealed a few progressive or re-handicapped horses that could do some early season...

Sydney lightning raid pays off for well-travelled Zac Purton
Champion jockey Zac Purton made his hit-and-run trip to Sydney on Saturday worth the effort when he claimed the Group One George Main Stakes on Sacred Falls who has been elevated to joint...