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Trainer Tony Cruz described three-year-old sprinter Peniaphobia as "a Group horse in waiting" after the gelding proved he was no one-trick pony by winning the Hong Kong Lions Cup down the straight...(Full Story)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lame Akeed Mofeed out of QEII Cup
Richard Gibson-trained star Akeed Mofeed is out of Sunday's Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup and his immediate racing future is in doubt after he pulled up lame following a track gallop at...

Patience pays off for Howard Cheng after long injury break
After 47 weeks and a broken arm between drinks for Howard Cheng Yue-tin, it had all seemed a bridge too far at times, but the jockey finally found his way back to the winner's circle on Monday...

Karis Teetan ambitious after all-weather victory
Karis Teetan thought he had missed his chance twice with Ambitious King earlier in the season, when suspensions were sticking to him like flies on rice pudding, but the Mauritian jockey found his...

First April win for John Size maintains his advantage in trainers' championship
The trainers' championship is happening in slow motion, with wins proving elusive even this far out from the finish line for the top stables but title race leader John Size ticked off his first...

Grand Harbour headed in the right direction
Grand Harbour only scrambled in for his maiden win in a photo finish to the Heather Handicap after everything that could go right went right but trainer John Moore was comparing the three-year-old...

Vincent Ho's season springs to life
Vincent Ho Chak-yiu bookended the card at Sha Tin with a winning double, taming the bad habits of Street Cat in the Class Five then lifting Smiling Watch across the...

Look to lesser lights for trial insights
While most eyes were on the first trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday, which featured a highly credentialled John Moore quartet, the session looked an important guide to what can be expected in the final...

The big questions as the end of the season approaches
Monday's public holiday meeting at Sha Tin marks the three-quarter mark of the season and many questions remain unanswered. So other than "who will be champion jockey in 2013-14", what are the big...

Eight out to find some luck at his next start
Wednesday night's Happy Valley card was quite short on black bookers, although the main Class One race is sure to throw forward plenty of future winners.

Purton helps Fownes to a three-timer
Zac Purton and Joao Moreira slugged out a two-all draw at Happy Valley on Wednesday in pursuit of the Jockeys' Championship title, but race leader Purton was able to take away an extra positive in...

South African star Variety Club to race in Group One Champions Mile
A thrilling renewal of the HK$12 million Group One Champions Mile is in prospect on May 4, with dual South African Horse Of The Year, Variety Club, one of the headline visitors along with one of...

Cirrus des Aigles out of the QE II Cup
Top French racehorse Cirrus des Aigles has been withdrawn from the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup at Sha Tin on April 27.

Designs On Rome's trial a step towards the big time
He may not have featured prominently in his trial, but all eyes were on Designs On Rome as he stepped up his preparations for the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup with a trial at Sha Tin yesterday.

Designs On Rome's trial a step towards the big time
He may not have featured prominently in his trial, but all eyes were on Designs On Rome as he stepped up his preparations for the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup with a trial at Sha Tin yesterday.

Moreira has a fight on his hands to rein in Purton
So just how is the jockeys' championship poised at this delicate stage? In the simplest of terms, Joao Moreira arrived in October with Zac Purton on 13 wins, so he has pulled back...

Yip has a Weapon of choice up his sleeve
Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Secret Weapon left a good impression after his initial appearance with a fourth to Full Talent on Sunday and his first win isn't far off.

It's "out of sight, out of mind" for Aussies abroad
Australian jockey Zac Purton has won 400 races in Hong Kong and collected Group Ones in England and Singapore. His countryman, Tye Angland, sits fourth behind three superstars on the jockeys'...

Four-timer for Douglas Whyte as he signals title intentions
The focus of the jockey championship may be on Zac Purton and Joao Moreira but jockey Douglas Whyte is doing what champions do - hanging around to take advantage of any mistakes by his rivals and...

Cruz experiences roller coaster ride through racing's highs and lows
Trainer Tony Cruz endured a bitter-sweet afternoon at the sport which has been his life, winning a double but having to say the most unfortunate of farewells to the handsome grey, Wah May Star...

Travel Brand confirms Queen Mother Memorial Cup plans
While trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong has some reservations about whether his horse is good enough for next month's Queen Mother Memorial Cup, he has no doubt his import will stay.

Doleuze and Chang enjoy Sunshine day on the dirt
The all-weather track at Sha Tin is not everyone's cup of tea, but if it were up to local trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai and jockey Olivier Doleuze, every race would be run on the dirt.

Flying Angland to leave Hong Kong at the end of the season
Australian jockey Angland feels time is right to head home


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Zac Purton proves a point with Sacred success in Sydney
Hong Kong championship leader Zac Purton made a rare return trip to Australia on Saturday to claim the world's richest turf mile, the A$3 million (HK$21.8 million) Doncaster Mile, on Sacred Falls...

Historic Chengdu meeting another hoof in the door
A race meeting in Chengdu district last weekend was not the giant leap many crave when it comes to racing on the mainland, but even sceptics acknowledge it marked an important first step in...

Teetan hopes to make the most of Mile opportunity
Karis Teetan's season just keeps getting better and the Mauritian has now been thrown the reins on Hong Kong Mile winner Glorious Days for the Group One HK$12 million Champions Mile on May 4.

Stag to prove a Knight in shining armour for Moore
It is close to two years to the day since Stag Knight was purchased as a yearling and after an unlucky debut run the John Moore-trained sprinter can begin to repay his hefty price tag with a win...

What's in a name? The distinction between English and Chinese monikers
Here in Hong Kong, locals get all the fun when it comes to getting an "English" name, but when the poor old "gweilos" come to town we just get what we are given in Chinese characters - however...

Yip builds momentum as horses reach right mark
Everyone saw a horse on the rise at Happy Valley on Wednesday night when Key Witness let loose with a devastating finish to score his second race, but further back in the field was a likely...

Zac Purton weaves his own magic with four wins
The Magic Man was back in action at Happy Valley on Wednesday night but had no answer to Jockeys' Championship lamplighter Zac Purton, who claimed half the card to push his margin in the title...

Foreign invaders bring quality to HK$14 million Queen Elizabeth II Cup
Hong Kong's best will meet worthy opponents from three continents in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin on April 27 as the dominant jurisdictions from the Dubai...

Yung's Power looks startled no longer
Jockeys were taking it easy around the bends and in the straight on a sodden all-weather track at Sha Tin on Tuesday, but it was the improved start and early speed of Startling Power that caught...

The sound of one hand clapping in Chengdu
In Chengdu in Sichuan province, there was a race meeting backed by Darley or Dubai or, however you like to slice it, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

Commingling off to a modest start
We didn't hear the "tallest oak tree grows from the smallest acorn" axiom get wheeled out after Sunday's Sha Tin debut for commingling of bets, but it might have been, on an afternoon when the...