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Royal Ascot's Britannia Stakes has become a go-to race for bloodstock agents and California Whip could be the second winner this week from the 2016 edition when he heads to the dirt for the first time on Wednesday night.(Full Story)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Black book: Follow Manfred Man's Happy Happy Star
A wide barrier looked a possible problem for debutant Happy Happy Star on Saturday and so it proved, but he dealt with it manfully in defeat and looks a very solid...

John Moore continues his hot streak with a treble at Sha Tin
Trainer John Moore heads into "his time" of the racing season with a spring in his step after continuing his hot streak with a winning treble at Sha Tin.

Who needs a whip? Some riders just use a bit of persuasion
Whips, who needs them? In the end Joao Moreira certainly didn't when a couple of open hand slaps on the shoulder were enough to get Imperial Seal across the line first.

Contrasting odds-on victories headline John Size's Sha Tin double
Champion trainer John Size didn't get all his wishes at Sha Tin on Saturday but edged further ahead in the title race as his two odds-on shots scored in contrasting fashion.

Douglas Whyte ready to return after recharging the batteries during ban
The lowest and most challenging point in Douglas Whyte's storied career has brought with it a blessing as the rejuvenated rider eyes his comeback from suspension on Wednesday at Sha Tin.

Jockey Club plays peacemaker as trainer Richard Gibson avoids legal action over €1 million scam
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has proved the peacemaker between trainer Richard Gibson and owner Jackie Wong See-sum in the wake of revelations about a missing €1 million...

Hard work and positive attitude see injured jockey Umberto Rispoli on track for early comeback
Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli says hard work and a positive attitude have been the keys to a faster-than-expected recovery from leg injuries suffered in a horror early season fall.

Tendon injury rules Super Jockey out of Group One Golden Shaheen
Dubai carnival contender Super Jockey has been sidelined indefinitely with a tendon injury with trainer Tony Millard offering no timeline on when his dirt and sand track star might return.

John Moore gets the edge in the clash between Booming Delight and John Size's Prawn Baba
Top trainers John Moore and John Size face off in the feature at Sha Tin on Saturday with Booming Delight having the edge in the Pearce Memorial Challenge Cup (1,800m).

Joao Moreira is the odds-on favourite for the Jockey Challenge but Silvestre de Sousa believes he can win
Joao Moreira seems to have a stranglehold on Saturday's Jockey Challenge but fellow Brazilian Silvestre de Sousa is quietly confident of an upset.

So Fanny, Everyday Lettuce ... how can Hong Kong horse names be taken seriously?
Now that Hong Kong racing is in Part I of the much-vaunted "Blue Book" and looking to build the prestige attached to its black type races, is it time to take itself a little bit more seriously?

Trainers keep their word and Chad Schofield keeps his rides as Jolly Banner and World Record return
Two trainers have done the right thing by their horses - and by jockey Chad Schofield - by giving some early season stars a short break before assignments at Sha Tin on Saturday.

Black bookers: Paddington's next stop should be a win
It was hard to miss the debut of the Chris So Wai-yin-trained Paddington on Wednesday night at Happy Valley and the gelding shouldn't be long in making the transition to a victory.

Neil Callan collects treble at Happy Valley, giving trainer Richard Gibson a boost
Jockey Neil Callan lit up the first half of the card at Happy Valley last night with a winning treble including a lift for embattled trainer Richard Gibson, who claimed his first success...

Amazing Kids' potential Dubai trip opens a whole new world for eight-time champion trainer
We all but buried the lead on Monday morning with the story that Amazing Kids might head to Dubai for the Al Quoz, given how reluctant John Size has always been to take horses...

Strong speed should suit Tony Cruz's Verbinsky at Happy Valley
The Tony Cruz-trained Verbinsky looks one of the main beneficiaries of what promises to be a true speed in the Choi Hung Handicap (1,200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

Blinkers get Pablosky's motor running on the dirt ahead of Sha Tin assignment
The application of blinkers seems to have John Moore's Pablosky ready to take advantage of a rare opportunity on the dirt after a sparkling trial on the surface at Sha Tin on Tuesday.

People's Knight out to push Classic Mile credentials in Class Two at Happy Valley
People's Knight is assured of a run in the Group One Hong Kong Classic Mile on January 22 and just as well after the John Moore-trained hope was dealt a blow at the...

Follow Francis Lui for a Happy Way to find a future Winner
A black booker from lower down the batting order is Happy Way Winner now that the Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained four-year-old has found his way into Class Five.

Amazing kids earns a Dubai trip with Bauhinia Sprint Trophy victory at Sha Tin
Amazing Kids made light work of his handicap to put the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy away with authority on Sunday and keep his record unbeaten down the straight but the bigger news...

In racing, sometimes there's no sugar-coating the truth as John Moore slams expensive flop
It was "tell it like it is" Sunday at Sha Tin, starting with trainer John Moore as he slammed 2013 Derby flop Ashkiyr and later admitted his purchases for the Siu family haven't been...

Beauty Generation takes top spot in John Moore's Hong Kong Derby pecking order
Rapper Dragon has long been the nominal favourite for the Hong Kong Derby but even his trainer John Moore admitted stablemate Beauty Generation may have usurped that position...

Popular apprentice Kei Chiong strikes form with a double at Sha Tin
The apparent case of "second-year syndrome" for star apprentice Kei Chiong Ka-kei has been one of the most discussed topics of conversation this season but KK let actions speak...

Zac Purton's hot streak continues, but suspension sullies treble
A white-hot run of form for Zac Purton came to a halt in the stewards' room after the final race on Sunday but the Australian jockey will be back to keep his ride on Beauty Generation...

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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...

Tom Biddington
Tom Biddington has been a part of the Australian sports media for over a decade, winning a handful of awards for his writing. After completing his cadetship...


Don't rule out Rodrico first-up, says trainer John Moore
Trainer John Moore has warned not to rule out Rodrico running a big race first-up as the import looks to emulate his stablemate Werther with a win on his local debut.

Whatcha gonna do? John Moore's Bad Boy the one to beat in Bauhinia Sprint
It's time for the acid test and the John Moore-trained Bad Boy gets every chance to step into the big time today at Sha Tin in the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1,000m).

Jockey Challenge a race in two between Zac Purton and Joao Moreira
In-form jockey Zac Purton has beaten Jockey Challenge favourite Joao Moreira at the last two meetings with big hauls but the Magic Man can bounce back with the help of...

Donnie Yen v Sammo Hung, Bad Boy v Amber Sky: Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Going to go out on a limb with a little titbit of trivia here: Sunday's Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy at Sha Tin is the first time in racing history two rival owners in a race have previously...

Police trace HK$8m Hong Kong trainer lost in horse-buying email scam
Hong Kong police have joined forces with their counterparts in Poland, Slovakia and Nigeria to retrieve €1 million (HK$8.18 million) that trainer Richard Gibson lost to an international...

John Moore's Beauty aiming to be best of his Generation as he gets final tune-up ahead of Group One
After an impressive first-up run, superior fitness gives Beauty Generation the edge over stablemate Rodrico as the John Moore-trained pair clash 14 days out from the HK$10 million...

Andoyas, Digital Pioneer to end David Hall's lean patch
Trainer David Hall had a quiet time during December but there were signs on Wednesday night at Happy Valley that things are about to change, with two of his beaten runners...

Zac Purton secures January Cup with John Moore's Harbour Master at Happy Valley
After already throwing forward a candidate for ride of the season on Casa Master, Zac Purton then capped a treble with another superbly judged ride on Harbour Master in the Group Three...

Trainer Richard Gibson 'victim of internet fraud'
Embattled trainer Richard Gibson revealed he has become "the victim of a complex internet fraud involving the transfer of money on a sale of a horse" in recent months.

Joao Moreira happy with John Moore-trained stars Able Friend and Rapper Dragon
Able Friend left jockey Joao Moreira in no doubt that the superstar miler is back near his best while Group One-bound stablemate Rapper Dragon also boosted the jockey's...

No fun in this house - Jockey Club handicapper's heavy-handed treatment unfair
When trainers complain about the heavy-handed treatment of horses like Pakistan Star or Jing Jing Win, there is usually at least an escape clause for the handicapper.

Tony Millard's Horse Of Fortune has the form to win the Group Three January Cup at Happy Valley
Winning any upper grade trophy with the top weight is a good ask but Horse Of Fortune looks to have the form to do it in the Group Three January Cup (1,800m) at Happy Valley...

Chad Schofield's been a Bad Boy but aims to come 'back with a bang' on Sunday
Chad Schofield has been granted a golden opportunity to remind everybody he is still around when he returns from a long suspension on lightweight chance Bad Boy in...

A Wisky chaser can remedy a painful last start defeat for John Size's miler at Happy Valley
Wisky was a tragedy beaten last start and a return to the same course and distance will see the John Size-trained five-year-old win his way out of Class Four in the Kingston Handicap...

Mark down talented types Infinity Endeavour and Star Of Patch in your black book
John Size won't recall New Year's Day as one of his highlights of the season, coming away empty-handed after appearing likely to rack up multiple winners as the day began.