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Divine Calling's main target - the Hong Kong Classic Mile - is still nearly two months away, but with considerable hype already building around the likely favourite, his trainer Tony Millard is...(Full Story)
Saturday, November 29, 2014

New steward set to arrive at Hong Kong Jockey Club after resignation of Philip Dingwall
Melbourne-based stipendiary steward, Gerard Bush will join the Hong Kong Jockey Club panel from February next year following the resignation of Philip Dingwall.

Tough choices in open races but Cruz's Planet the play
Drawing next to the Sha Tin grandstand rail will help Tony Cruz-trained sprinter Planet Choice go close in a Class Four handicap and he looks a solid banker in the opening leg of the Triple Trio...

Why an all-encompassing world championship event in racing is impossible
Earlier this week, the UK Racing Post's Sam Walker wrote in his weekly "World Class" column that Hong Kong was likely to miss the best horses for...

Bespoke Collars made to measure at next start
Bespoke Collars did enough in a brief campaign last term to suggest he will pay his way and the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained gelding showed on Wednesday night that he has returned well for...

Neil Callan cleans up with double, but misses a third at Happy Valley
Jockey Neil Callan continued a long-standing hot streak, while Sean Woods led in a much-needed winner, but it was a case of glass half empty as each could have finished with more at Happy Valley...

Old Cirrus hopes for sixth time lucky
Approaching nine years of age but with another stellar season behind him, Cirrus Des Aigles makes a sixth trip to Sha Tin chasing a career-capping win in the HK$25 million Longines Hong Kong Cup,...

'Vintage year' for local Mile aspirants, led by Able Friend
The Group One Longines Hong Kong Mile has emerged as the toughest of the four international day features to win for visitors, but it has not stopped Japan throwing four runners at the HK$23...

No Kanaloa but Japan can still rule world sprinters
There may be no dominant force like Lord Kanaloa in this year's Group One Longines Hong Kong Sprint, but a trio of Japanese entrants will attempt to give the country a third win in as many years...

Flintshire headlines European quest to regain Vase
A clever Zac Purton ride last year saw Hong Kong steal the HK$16.5 million Longines Hong Kong Vase from the visitors for the first time since 1998, but the presence of headline stayer Flintshire...

Millard calls on Moore for Ambitious Dragon, Golden Harvest
Trainer Tony Millard has called on the world's hottest jockey Ryan Moore, who will replace Gerald Mosse on Ambitious Dragon when the two-time Horse of the Year lines up in next month's Hong Kong...

Hong Kong Cup field: Cirrus aims to make it sixth time lucky
In the richest of the four features, the HK$25 million Longines Hong Kong Cup, rising nine-year-old Cirrus des Aigles returns for his sixth trip to Sha Tin after another stellar season.

Hong Kong Mile field: Able Friend to lead resistance against Japanese
A total of four Japanese-trained runners will try their luck in the HK$23 million Longines Hong Kong Mile, in which Able Friend's recent one-sided victory in the prelude should make him a short-...

Hong Kong Sprint field: No Kanaloa but trio can lord over rivals
There may be no Lord Kanaloa this year, but three Japanese runners headline a world championship of sorts in the HK$18.5 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint, where seven internationals take on seven...

Hong Kong Vase field: Arc runner-up Flintshire leads the pack
Last year, Hong Kong stole the $16.5 million Longines Hong Kong Vase from the visitors for the first time since 1998, but the prospect looks less likely this time around, with a list of foreign...

Returners on song in Sha Tin dirt trial
A couple of horses coming off long breaks put in lively trials at Sha Tin yesterday to indicate a return may not be far away as Golden Addiction and Albiceleste ran one-two in a slowly run 1,200m dirt heat.

A warmer autumn results in fast times
Unseasonably warm weather has decided the eternal battle of the Bermuda and the rye, which is why we had such quick times at Sha Tin's prelude meeting on Sunday.

All about Runningrailitis on international trial day
Sunday's preludes at Sha Tin were all about running rails - at least one rail anyway, in the wash-up of a day on which things seemed to become simultaneously clearer and more confusing, whether it...

Size can be Content with progressive types
Sunday at Sha Tin might have been focused on the international preludes, and they were spectacular in a number of ways, but the support races felt just like old times as John Size led in two...

Moore eyes Dominant for rich Sydney carnival
Trainer John Moore plans to add stayer Dominant to his armoury for Sydney's rich autumn racing carnival in April with the A$1.6 million (HK$10.72 million) Sydney Cup, 3,200m at Royal Randwick, his...

Able Friend throws down gauntlet with Mile rout
Able Friend may have left potential overseas rivals for international day reconsidering travel plans as the 1,300-pound beast monstered his opposition in the Group Two Jockey Club Mile with a show...

Cruz far from scared of taking on all comers with Peniaphobia
The trail of destruction that came in behind three-year-old Peniaphobia as he made the successful graduation to Group Two winner and international contender will give the Jockey Club much to think...

'Versatile' Speed blazes trail to Hong Kong's richest race
Trainer Tony Cruz may have in Blazing Speed the horse to end a 21-year wait for a Triple Crown winner but that can wait while he has an appointment with Hong Kong's richest race on December 14.

Moreira snares treble to cement premiership lead
Joao Moreira rode a treble to creep five wins clear in the jockeys' championship and caused the upset of the day when well-bred three-year-old Strathmore lowered the boom on short-priced fancy...

Able Friend steals show amid day of heartbreaks
International prelude day at Sha Tin was intended to showcase, even finalise likely candidates for the Longines Hong Kong International Races next month, but it became a day of heartbreaks and...

Fownes takes charge to cause upset
Matthew Chadwick had some luck roll his way when he got the late call up to ride Caspar Fownes' underrated sprinter I'm In Charge, who went back-to-back and caused an upset in...

Questionable betting exchanges are profiting off Hong Kong racing's clean record
It's three minutes before a race at Sha Tin and bets are flying thick and fast through cyberspace. Tens of millions of dollars appear to change hands as punters furiously trade money on individual...

'Amway for gamblers' is easy money for super agents
Described as "Amway for gamblers" by one punter, the pyramid structure of low margin operator CITIbet creates a can't lose situation for so-called super agents at the top, an easy opportunity for...

Aerovelocity can boost resurgent O'Sullivan's standing
The rapid rise of leading Jockey Club Sprint chance Aerovelocity has coincided with the resurgence of Paul O'Sullivan's stable and a low draw could further catapult the trainer's latest star into...

Demuro to steer clear of the rail with Amber Sky
Italian Mirco Demuro will be taking cues from a countryman who is a champion in a different form of racing when he attempts to get straight-line speedster Amber Sky around a turn in Sunday's...

'World's best' headlines International Jockeys' Championship in Hong Kong
Certain to be crowned the inaugural World's Best Jockey in Hong Kong next month, English rider Ryan Moore will cap a stellar season by headlining next month's Longines International Jockeys'...

Glorious Days and Divine Calling give trial star appeal
Last year's Hong Kong Mile winner and a star of the future were the centre of attention at Sha Tin on Friday as Glorious Days and Divine Calling squared off in a 1,200m dirt trial. Both will have...

Overseas HKIR markets show the odds are in favour of the bookies
The latest Hunger Games film, released this week, is marketed by the franchise's catchphrase once again: "May the odds be ever in your favour." That should be the new slogan adopted by Australian...

Winners to keep on grinning after Valley triumphs
Winners were grinners at Happy Valley midweek and the winners constituted most the horses to follow from the night.


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