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Top jockey Brett Prebble was satisfied with Japan-bound Rich Tapestry's barrier trial on Saturday but has not committed to riding the dirt star in the Sprinters' Stakes next month where his long-time favourite Lucky Nine could be a surprise starter.(Full Story)
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

'Magic Man' Joao Moreira casts his spell over Japan as he wins World All-Star title
Joao Moreira left Sapporo simply spellbound on Sunday as a four-win haul helped capture a win in the World All-Star Jockeys series and attracted what the champion rider hopes will be future big race...

Australian racing legend Bart Cummings dies
Bart Cummings, the legendary Australian racing trainer who won 12 Melbourne Cups, died peacefully in his sleep aged 87 on Sunday, his family said.

Hong Kong Jockey Club chief cautious about new racing season amid global financial uncertainty
Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has traditionally shot low with estimates for the new season's likely betting turnover, but worrying instability in the financial markets...

Hong Kong gallopers now a fixture on world stage
After a season of pioneering efforts at home and abroad last season, Hong Kong horses are expected to feature prominently this term as gallopers trained at Sha Tin and continue to punch above their weight in terms of global ratings.

Jockey Joao Moreira takes magic on the road to Japan clinching trio in Sapporo
Joao Moreira fulfilled a childhood dream of a first win in Japan yesterday and put himself in prime position for success in the World All-Star Jockeys series at Sapporo racecourse with...

10 horses to follow in the new Hong Kong racing season
In 2014-15 the "Post stable" had a mixture of successes, like Luger, Peniaphobia and dirt star Gun Pit, along with a few who disappointed or had their season curtailed by illness or injury.

New season a time of change for Jockey Club
Yes, it's a new season with some new jockeys and there will be plenty of new horses but what else is new for racing fans and punters in 2015-16 at Sha Tin and Happy Valley?

Joao Moreira looking to build on record 145-win season
It's hard to imagine Joao Moreira improving on his incomparable 2014-15 exploits and even though the Magic Man will have new opposition the Brazilian's biggest challenge is likely to be the rewritten record books.

'Robin Hood syndrome' for trainers at the top and bottom
The focus will fall on both the haves and have-nots of the training ranks this season, with the "big four" stables set to maintain a stranglehold while at the bottom end of the food chain a trio...

Luger aims for comeback on the training track for now: John Size
Hong Kong Derby winner Luger is eligible to recommence his career next week, at least on the training track and John Size will be monitoring the gelding's heart on a daily basis in the hope of...

Star Joao Moreira hopes Japan mission sets him up for new season - and helps shrink his waistline
As knowledge of Joao Moreira's record-breaking exploits grew during the off season so did his waistline, and he hopes a heavy workload in Hokkaido this weekend will shed excess pounds ahead...

Irish jockey Neil Callan targeting Group race wins as new Hong Kong racing season looms
Not content with a career-best season, Irish jockey Neil Callan is hungry to not only ride more winners this term but parlay his success into better big-race chances.

New stakes record on the cards for Hong Kong trainer John Moore
Not even a soundness question mark over star stayer Designs On Rome has dampened John Moore's belief that he can smash his own towering prize-money record in the new racing season, which kicks off at Sha Tin on Sunday week.

Veteran sprinter Lucky Nine could line up at opener to racing season
Veteran sprinter Lucky Nine could be a surprise starter at the first meeting of the season on September 6 and trainer Caspar Fownes dropped another bombshell by announcing apprentice Jack Wong Ho-nam will ride...

Zac Purton reunited with speedball Amber Sky for new racing season
The wheel has turned full circle for Zac Purton, the jockey hoping to resurrect the career of top short-course sprinter Amber Sky in the new season's first Group race on October 1, the National Day Cup.

2014-15 Hong Kong racing season: Numbers tell the tale of a record term all around
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.

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...

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Alan Aitken
Multi-talented Alan has worked in all facets of the media, including live television in Australia, and was the master of the famous AJC Punters Podium in Sydney for many years...

Michael Cox
Australian journalist Michael Cox is the newest member of the SCMP racing team this season after a career in his homeland with considerable experience working ...

Phillip Woo
Phillip Woo has long shown a passion for horse racing dating back to his earlier years in Canada where he learned some of the ropes of racing...

Andrew Hawkins
Andrew graduated from university in Australia with a communications degree, specialising in journalism, and has married that with his deep love of...


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...