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The Chinese New Year Cup may not hold any Group status but the race has an honour roll that suggests such a tag would sit easily on it and Thewizardofoz should bounce back to top form to give John Size his fifth victory in the event at Sha Tin today.(Full Story)
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Moreira takes spot at the top again
Joao Moreira missed Saturday's meeting at Sha Tin due to injury but returns today to a typically strong book of rides and should easily win the Jockey Challenge as a short-priced favourite.

"Trackwork Highlights"
The veteran Easy Ahead's last piece of work was as good as he's produced all season. Maybe there is life in the 10-year-old yet.

Kung Hei Fat Choi: What to expect from the second half of the Hong Kong horse racing season
The Hong Kong racing season is a marathon, not a sprint, but as summer creeps up - along with the temperature - the pressure will also rise on trainers, jockeys and horses.

Douglas Whyte's weight drop a 'Secret Weapon' in Centenary Vase
Douglas Whyte rarely rides as light as he did on Secret Weapon to win yesterday's Group Three Centenary Vase (1,800m) and is deadly when he does, but this one came...

Brett Prebble takes advantage of absent Joao Moreira to score double
Brett Prebble continued to build on his solid first half of the season with a double as he slipped into a saddle left vacant by the injured Joao Moreira and let the John Size...

Dennis Yip celebrates treble with oddly named gallopers joining Centenary Vase victor Secret Weapon
Former champion trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong only recently went through the longest losing run of his career but left no doubt with yesterday's treble that his season...

Racing Supernova defies slow start to star on debut for Chris So
Chris So Wai-yin admitted to a few nervous moments - actually, a few nervous expletives - after first starter Racing Supernova struck trouble at the start yesterday,...

Almond Lee moves within four of benchmark with Class Five double
Any concerns Almond Lee might struggle to keep his licence for next season have been allayed approaching the midway point of the term and a double for the likeable...

Douglas Whyte heads for Australia to ride Chris Waller's Boban in C F Orr Stakes
Douglas Whyte will renew his connection with champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller in the C F Orr Stakes in Melbourne next Saturday when he 'warms the seat' on multiple ...

Consistent Celestial Smile to cap return from knee surgery and take Centenary Vase
Celestial Smile has a proud record of consistency as he has made his way through the grades and he is poised to break into Group Three company with the handicaps...

Matthew Chadwick eyeing off February return after Sha Tin trial hitout
Matthew Chadwick's right knee was under as much scrutiny as any of the horses going around at yesterday's dirt trials when the former champion apprentice took...

Joao Moreira stood down for Centenary Vase card at Sha Tin after Happy Valley horror fall
Champion jockey Joao Moreira will miss the Centenary Vase card at Sha Tin on Saturday to have himself 100 per cent fit for the auspicious Lunar New Year race day on Wednesday.

Hong Kong feature races present problems for Peniaphobia but prove prowess of John Size
In the midst of Asian Racing Conference debates and nasty falls to both Joao Moreira and Douglas Whyte, last weekend's action almost slipped through the cracks, despite...

Aerovelocity heads to Japan for second tilt at Takamatsunomiya Kinen
Aerovelocity will return to Japan for a shot at a second straight Takamatsunomiya Kinen next month and trainer Paul O'Sullivan will skip the Group One Queen's...

A gelding named Lucky Girl? The galloper with a weird name who looks a Triple Trio banker
Lucky Girl might be a funny name for a four-year-old gelding but Dennis Yip Chor-hong's Australian import won't need to be much of a man to figure in a weak opening...

John Size's 'Stunning' Happy Valley debutant headed for the big leagues
Winning on debut is a good indicator any time but the Happy Valley 1,000m is probably a tougher test than any here and that makes Mr Stunning's first-start victory...

Dubai World Cup horse for sale? Caspar Fownes open to all offers for Gun Pit
Caspar Fownes confirmed that Saturday's Group Three Centenary Vase could be Gun Pit's last on home soil and that the dirt specialist will be for sale when he starts...

'Not even Superman could come out of that well': Joao Moreira nursing sore body after Happy Valley fall
Champion jockey Joao Moreira will be given until Friday morning before betting opens to show he is fit to ride on Saturday after emerging battered and bruised in a fall "not even...

Champion jockey Joao Moreira lucky to escape injury after horror fall in Happy Valley opener
Champion jockey Joao Moreira showed his magic extends beyond riding winners when he escaped injury in a horror fall at Happy Valley on Wednesday night while Douglas Whyte...

Asian Racing Conference: Mumbai talkfest eventful enough to make you spit out your coffee
Amongst a number of lesser-publicised takeaways from the Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai, add this one. Indian people really hate coffee.

Plenty of substance at Asian Racing Conference, but short term pain on the horizon?
Someone at the Asian Racing Conference must have forgotten to send the memo: racing conferences are for navel-gazing and backslapping, not decision-making or...

John Size's Top Bonus in search for second win at Happy Valley
After a couple of tough runs up the Sha Tin straight, John Size-trained Top Bonus returns to the scene of his only win to date and can kick off the Triple Trio as banker...

Potential Hong Kong Derby contenders catch the eye down the straight
Unlike some recent meetings, there were black bookers littering the card at Sha Tin on Sunday but none moreso than two lightly raced runners from the Fairy King Prawn...

Giant Treasure's moment of glory for Richard Gibson as fresh Luger is outgunned
Only the barest of margins was the difference as John Size pulled off the best training performance to not win a Group One yesterday at Sha Tin and three world class...

Comeback king Aerovelocity eyes Japan return after Centenary Sprint Cup success
Overseas Group One targets are back on the agenda for Aerovelocity, but working out when and where will just have to wait, with trainer Paul O'Sullivan waiting for the dust...

Brazilian brilliance to the fore as Joao Moreira and Silvestre de Sousa dazzle
As if it wasn't bad enough for Joao Moreira's rivals before - now there are two Brazilians in town after the arrival of Silvestre de Sousa, and the former Sao Paulo...

Treble caps banner day for Paul O'Sullivan at Sha Tin
It was a banner day for the Paul O'Sullivan stable with Aerovelocity's stirring victory, but the undercard also provided some excitement with wins to Who Else But You and...

Eastern Express takes another step towards a Hong Kong Derby berth
Trainer John Size missed out on narrowly winning a sixth Stewards' Cup but his Derby 'dark horse' project continued to gain pace as Eastern Express won his third race from...

Global targets await Hong Kong feature winners Aerovelocity and Giant Treasure
A resurgent Aerovelocity threw down the gauntlet to the world's sprinters in a stunning comeback win that sees him eyeing off another Japanese major and Richard Gibson...


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