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On the eve of Rich Tapestry's date with destiny at the Breeder's Cup, trailblazing trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai already has his eyes on the future and says the era of Hong Kong horses conquering...(Full Story)
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hard Act to Top but a repeat is on the cards
It is never an easy Triple Trio when playing with factors like a Class Five opening leg and an all-weather track middle leg, but Tony Millard's Top Act can defy a ratings rise and be a reliable...

More horses should be named after cartoon characters like Pikachu
Hong Kong's horse names are sometimes sniggered at, even derided, and rightly so, but once in a blue moon comes a name which deserves a standing ovation.

World's best horse tops wish list for Jockey Club
Twelve months on and the Hong Kong Jockey Club is again targeting Japanese champion Just A Way, now the world's top-rated horse, as one of the headline acts for the HK$83 million Longines Hong...

Michael Chang eyes jackpot in more ways than one
Michael Chang Chun-wai caught a case of lottery fever as he splurged on tickets in a jackpot draw yesterday, but he knows his odds of winning the Xpressbet Sprint are better and the trainer is...

Size's son of Starcraft to benefit from initial run
John Size-trained Starcraft gelding Eroico will take a lot from his racecourse debut on Wednesday night and it wouldn't have to be much for him to turn his unplaced effort into a win.

Matthew Chadwick's Jolly pleased with cracking treble
Jockey Matthew Chadwick looked more relieved than overjoyed after he dominated last night's Happy Valley card with a treble, admitting that he could not have chosen a better meeting to find form...

Walking on air: Rich Tapestry revels in healthy environment
Good air quality is certainly not something synonymous with the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. These types of things are relative though, and Hong Kong trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai says a...

Singapore star Spalato and Japanese mare Hana's Goal to hit Hong Kong early
Singapore star Spalato and Group One-winning Japanese mare Hana's Goal will give the unofficial international trial races at Sha Tin on November 23 an extra dimension this year.

'Team Tapestry' produce work of art in Breeders' Cup quest
Trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai is stretching out on a tack box and leaning against a stable wall at Barn 96 on a perfect Californian autumn afternoon at the picturesque Santa Anita Park.

Chang thrilled with Rich Tapestry's condition
Michael Chang Chun-wai says Rich Tapestry's condition just keeps improving the longer the history-making sprinter stays away from home and as he heads into this weekend's US$1.5 million Xpressbet...

Sha Tin Trophy a top 50 contender
There are not many Group Two races in the world which would qualify for the list of the world's top 50 races, compiled by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, but the Sha Tin...

Royal Ascot winner trials impressively
A number of new arrivals continued their progression towards a race start at the trials at Sha Tin yesterday, with Francis Lui Kin-wai's high profile import Born In China producing a trial...

Rich Tapestry's American odyssey not all roses
Before Rich Tapestry even sets a hoof on to the Santa Anita dirt this weekend, he has already generated more racetrack discussion than most runners at the Breeders' Cup, a two-day mega meeting, an...

Pins packs plenty, but don't forget those behind
Not many horses make their racecourse debut as impressively as Packing Pins, who did the most difficult thing of all in not just winning but living up to all the hype on Sunday.

Champions of old on the Attack as Rome crumbles
Former Horses Of The Year Military Attack and Ambitious Dragon went to the Group Two Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy with question marks hanging over them but they aced their examinations...

Aerovelocity rises swiftly through sprinting ranks
There was a time not long ago when trainer Paul O'Sullivan couldn't find an owner for Aerovelocity, but the horse no one wanted has become the rising star of the sprint ranks and all but booked...

Five-timer for Purton but not all rosy after ban
Frequent flier Zac Purton has performed plenty of heroics in his homeland so far this season, but had his biggest day ever in Hong Kong with five wins, even if there was a sting in the tail from...

It's child's play as Pins and Pikachu make it a double for Callan
"Everyone in Matamata would have backed Packing Pins today - they all knew about him."

Dan Excel to miss the rest of the year
Dan Excel's not so excellent adventure to Australia is over without a shot being fired and the John Moore-trained star will miss the international meeting in December as well.

Sha Tin Trophy day could not ask for more
The "buy on rumour, sell on fact" squad got their fingers burnt at Sha Tin Trophy day as an afternoon that looked to have everything on paper had even more as the meeting played out in reality.

Old hand with horses is happy to get a free rein in top Jockey Club post
Dr Simon Ip Sik-on - pillar of the Hong Kong legal community, equestrian and horse-racing enthusiast and three weeks into being the 23rd Jockey Club chairman - swirls a glass thoughtfully and runs...


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