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Champion jockey Douglas Whyte faces the serious charge of failing to ride out his mount to the finish after a narrow defeat on Scales Of Justice in the Group One Kingston Town Classic in Perth on Saturday.(Full Story)
Sunday, December 4, 2016

John Size's D B Pin can prove a class above his rivals at Sha Tin
The John Size-trained D B Pin takes the rise in class in Sunday's Peninsula Golden Jubilee Challenge Cup, 1,000m, but gets a race setup that should see him graduate in style.

David Hall still deciding which race HK$8.5m purchase Jing Jing Win will target on international day
The international day undercard has a history of showcasing future stars and while Jing Jing Win gets his chance to shine next Sunday, David Hall is yet to decide in which race...

Jockey Derek Leung concedes he's 'lucky to be alive' as he reflects on horror Sha Tin fall
Jockey Derek Leung Ka-chun sits in the darkened stewards' room at Happy Valley putting fragments of memories back together.

Chris So's Team Fortune on track for another dirt win at Sha Tin
Team Fortune's resurgence has been one of the biggest surprises of the season and the dirt specialist can continue trainer Chris So Wai-yin's tremendous start to the term...

For Jumbo Happiness, follow Casper Fownes' three-year-old
International sale griffins have featured prominently in our black bookers recently and Wednesday again threw out a coming winner from the Jockey Club's sale.

John Size's Dinozzo shapes as a possible Hong Kong Derby horse after his Happy Valley victory
The only "D word" that was bandied around by trainer John Size after the Australian Turf Club Trophy at Happy Valley last night was the winner's name but Dinozzo certainly...

Craig Williams, Alexis Badel and Nooresh Juglall join Jockey Club ranks
The Jockey Club has moved to plug its lightweight ranks with an unprecedented insertion of three lightweight jockeys into the system for the balance of December.

Trainer Tony Millard delighted with Super Jockey's trial ahead of Hong Kong Sprint
A typically smooth all-weather track trial by Super Jockey has trainer Tony Millard sensing a big fresh effort on the turf by his dirt specialist in next Sunday's Group One...

Back a Ricky Yiu reserve runner in the market but don't bet your life on one of John Size's horses on the dirt
Sometimes a bit of research takes us down a path that leads to something good and sometimes it's just time tossed down the drain.

Wayfoong Vinnie to continue John Size's good run at Happy Valley
In-form John Size goes to Happy Valley tonight with some excellent chances of adding to his great November results and foremost among them is lightly raced Wayfoong Vinnie in...

Mark down Unicron Jewellery and Go Beauty Go in your black book
A good, even pace brought out the best of two relative newcomers on Sunday at Sha Tin in the sixth race and both Unicron Jewellery and Go Beauty Go look a couple of improvers...

There's no mistaken celebration - Brett Prebble knew he was nutted by Gonna Run in the Chevalier Cup
Onlookers might have thought that Brett Prebble was having a "Greg Hall moment" just past the line after a hard-fought Chevalier Cup on Sunday but the Australian jockey...

It's a school of hard knocks, but Hong Kong stint will make Oisin Murphy a better jockey
Welcome to the life of the jockey on a short mid-season stint, Oisin Murphy. It's a tough school, but as fellow visitor Damian Lane can attest, one that can make good riders even better.

Apprentice jockey Dylan Mo on notice - no more careless riding suspensions
Chief steward Kim Kelly has warned apprentice Dylan Mo Hin-tung that he needs to lift his performance to avoid causing interference in races but the youngster...

It doesn't matter if it's turf or dirt, champion trainer John Size keeps getting winners
Champion trainer John Size rounded off an excellent November with another training treble at Sha Tin to move past a few more on the table, and again showed uncanny accuracy...

Australia's Takedown confirms spot in Hong Kong Sprint and trainer Gary Moore says he can win
Seven-time Hong Kong champion jockey Gary Moore has claimed his first international Group One race as a trainer in Perth, and declared giant sprinter Takedown can win...

Star jockey Joao Moreira responds to Godolphin rumours and says he's staying in Hong Kong ... for now
Joao Moreira insists rumours linking him with the number one job at Godolphin Australia are purely speculative but the superstar says he would consider...

Solar Hei Hei gets all the favours for the Chevalier Cup at Sha Tin
Solar Hei Hei may not be the best horse David Hall has trained but there's no questioning his attitude and the tough and willing five-year-old gets the set up to win...

British speedster Profitable out of Hong Kong Sprint, Gary Moore's Takedown a chance to get his spot
British speedster Profitable has been withdrawn from the HK$18.5 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint next month, leaving a vacancy which may be filled by the Gary Moore-trained Takedown.

Joao Moreira sticks with the Hong Kong horses but says Maurice has the 'best winning chance' at HKIR
Leading jockey Joao Moreira will ride Hong Kong-trained horses in three of the four international day features but warned local fans not to glean too much hope from...

Pakistan Star will race on international day and yes, Matthew Chadwick retains the ride
So cult hero Pakistan Star will run on international day, December 11, and jockey Matthew Chadwick will retain the ride.

It's a tall task to win your Hong Kong debut but David Hall's Little Giant is up to the challenge
It is a tough ask for an inexperienced import to win at their local debut but the David Hall-trained Little Giant should have the necessary class for a successful first-up...

Mambo Rock and Super Clan go into the black book after their efforts at Happy Valley
The David Hall-trained Mambo Rock was a flukey sort of winner over 1,200m as a griffin in May but he probably gave a better pointer to his future with an eye-catching effort...


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Look out Hong Kong - the Japanese raiders are coming in record numbers for International Races
The last time the Japanese landed in such significant numbers in December, 1941, Hong Kong was occupied for three years and the list of invitations for the HK$83 million...

Jockey Ben So bounces back with a winning double after a 'dizzy' month on the sidelines
St Yazin and Sunny Win gave local rider Ben So Tik-hung a night to remember at just his second meeting back from injury, but the day that laid him low still remains a mystery.

Chinese jockey Howard Cheng suspended again
If anyone thought the travails of top Chinese jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin had ended with his six-month suspension in October after refusing an order to provide financial

Classy Highland Reel the standout as he tries to defend his Hong Kong Vase title
Classy globetrotter Highland Reel returns via a proven route chasing back-to-back wins in the Group One Hong Kong Vase, where he will not only face a favourites' curse, but also...

With Maurice and A Shin Hikari, Japanese hold the aces in Hong Kong Cup
When the Japanese turned up in force for the QE II Cup last April and went away empty-handed from a race they were expected to dominate, it appears only to have strengthened...

Returning superstar Able Friend the key stopping a strong Japanese duo in Hong Kong Mile
Maybe it appeared an evenly matched local group led by Able Friend dodged a bullet when Maurice opted out of the $23 million Group One Hong Kong Mile...

Peniaphobia, Aerovelocity and Lucky Bubbles lead fight against foreign invasion in Hong Kong Sprint
Holding off the might of the Japanese could be the theme of this year's Longines Hong Kong International Races and it's no different in the HK$18.5 million Sprint...

Injured Military Attack selected for Hong Kong Cup as Japanese raiders descend in record numbers
Trainer Caspar Fownes is "hopeful" Military Attack can overcome a leg injury in time to shore up n already shaky-looking local defence on December 11 as Japanese horses...

When it comes to race falls, it is the insurance company who is liable, not the guilty jockey
In the wake of falls at successive Happy Valley meetings, we've had questions asked by readers about jockey liability when riders are injured in falls where another jockey...

Joao Moreira and barrier one can help The Sylph return to the winner's circle at Happy Valley
Joao Moreira doesn't have quite the strike rate with David Ferraris that he has with other yards but he should improve that tonight in the second division of the...

Trainer David Ferraris confident of a big night at Happy Valley
The "barrier gods" have smiled on Triumphant Light as resurgent trainer David Ferraris heads to Happy Valley looking for another big return at the city track.

Joao Moreira and Caspar Fownes in Class Five is a winning combination at Happy Valley
A couple of the most profitable early season plays for punters have been backing Joao Moreira in Class Five and when he is on Caspar Fownes-trained runners.

Locals need to lift or the foreign invasion will reign supreme at the Hong Kong International Races
Hong Kong horses, that was ordinary, you've got less than three weeks to get your stuff sorted, and you better be ready because the Japanese are on their way and they...

Dennis Yip unleashes his Secret Weapon, flashing home to win Jocky Club Cup at Sha Tin
When Nash Rawiller scored on Secret Weapon in the Group Two Jockey Club Cup, he already knew suspension would prevent him from riding the horse three weeks later...

Not Listenin'tome shocks rivals in Jockey Club Sprint thanks to a gun ride from Hugh Bowman
John Moore was confident he might win the Jockey Club Cup or the Jockey Club Mile but came home from Sha Tin with the prize that he least expected when Not Listenin'tome returned...

Boom horses prove their own worst enemies as Pakistan Star and Mr Stunning go under
On a day that was set to showcase the major equine talents in town heading forward, there was still a lot of the great uncertainty of horse racing on show at Sha Tin...