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The toughest part of Joao Moreira's life isn't riding horses: he is pretty good at that, if you hadn't noticed. If only it was that simple. The trickiest aspect of riding in Hong Kong for the Brazilian seems to be choosing which horse to ride - and not just which horse is going to win a given race. Again, that can be the easy part.(Full Story)
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Zac Purton not expecting successive Caulfield Cup wins with Fame Game
At least three Hong Kong-based jockeys take to the air for Group One assignments in both hemispheres this weekend, although Zac Purton revealed serious doubts about his prospects of making...

Form trainer Me Tsui set to continue hot streak in Triple Trio
A pair of in-form runners from the Me Tsui Yu-sak stable can give Triple Trio players a leg-up as bankers in the first two legs at Happy Valley tomorrow night and continue their trainer's strong start to the season.

Impressive Lucky Bubbles shapes up as black type galloper
Not a vintage day on Saturday for the quiet, out of view horse to follow, but certainly a day when a couple of rising stars confirmed their promise and Lucky Bubbles was one with the wow factor.

Ricky Yiu Pins his Hong Kong Mile hopes on rising star Packing after Lukfook Jewellery Cup win
Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai has his sights set on a start in the HK$23 million Longines Hong Kong Mile for Packing Pins after he turned the Lukfook Jewellery Cup into...

Female apprentice Kei Chiong claims maiden Hong Kong victory on Hearts Keeper
Kei Chiong Ka-kei was the centre of attention when she became the first female jockey to win a race in Hong Kong for more than 15 years, edging out fellow apprentice Jack Wong Ho-nam in a photo on a big day...

Hong Kong international sale provides Peter Ho with double
The Hong Kong international sale has been a happy hunting ground for Peter Ho Leung and he was again celebrating after saddling up a double with sales graduates Leading Horse and Unbeatable Guts yesterday.

Classic Mile hopes dented for Joao Moreira mounts, but Circuit Land soothes blow for the Magic Man
Bubbles were bursting all over the place yesterday as a pair of four-year-olds sent around as odds-on fancies disappointed with Joao Moreira aboard, but the Magic Man at least put another...

Lucky Bubbles returns from the summer break 'a man', says Brett Prebble
The rest of the world needed just over 69 seconds at Sha Tin to find out what Brett Prebble and Francis Lui Kin-wai already knew - that Lucky Bubbles has returned from his summer break a serious talent.

Hong Kong jockeys to ride in features in Australia, England but formal review announced
Jockey Club chief Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges confirmed "no abrupt shift in policy" regarding jockeys going overseas for Group One rides, but added that there were legitimate concerns as...

Gold-Fun back on track for Premier Bowl after nice trial effort
An improved trial outing from Gold-Fun at Sha Tin yesterday raised hopes that Richard Gibson's star will be there when the big guns roll out two weeks from now in the Group Two Premier Bowl.

Derby champ Luger suffers another setback but trainer John Size says it's only short term
Derby winner Luger has suffered another injury setback and the timing of his return to racing is uncertain, but trainer John Size is confident the five-year-old's latest health concern...

Unlucky Matthew Chadwick to miss eight weeks for knee reconstruction surgery
Matthew Chadwick will undergo a knee reconstruction and miss up to eight weeks of riding, putting possible big-race rides in doubt, after injuries suffered in a barrier mishap last week...

Rich Tapestry, the underrated pioneer of Hong Kong racing - and it may not be over yet
In all the hoopla of last weekend's racing - stranded jockeys, Arc triumphs, major preparations for the Breeders' Cup and the Melbourne spring - the story that has been all but forgotten...

Little Luck and no Win, but Joy will come soon for Gibson galloper
Joy Luck Win had a sad story at his first run for Richard Gibson on Wednesday night at Happy Valley, but the good news going forward is that he should soon make amends.

Hong Kong Jockey Club to introduce Composite Win bets later this month
The Jockey Club will take another step down the path towards customers one day designing their own bets with the world-first roll out of three styles of Composite Win wagers this season.

Francis Lui moves into second in trainers' title race after brace of winners
Francis Lui Kin-wai has had a boom start to the new season and was unusually bullish at Happy Valley on Wednesday night about getting more wins out of two horses he has turned right around in recent weeks.

Cost of missing stars overstated
Not for nothing is the spring racing carnival in Australia considered a silly season and Zac Purton and Joao Moreira missing Sha Tin due to their flight being unable to land during Typhoon...

Sea a Ruby in rough dirt trial session at Sha Tin
The after-effects of Typhoon Mujigae were still being felt at Sha Tin yesterday as squally conditions meant nine turf trials were cancelled and a make-up session scheduled for Friday.

The Terminal: Jockeys Edition, starring Joao Moreira and Zac Purton
Overreacting is what sportswriters do best, especially on Mondays. But if there is something to take away from Sunday's Typhoon Mujigae-inspired stranding of Hong Kong's two top riders...

Ensuring continues to fly under the radar
John Size's Ensuring flew under the radar to some extent last season and never really carried much reputation but he goes in the black book after his fourth resuming from the break on Sunday.

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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...

Andrew Hawkins
Andrew graduated from university in Australia with a communications degree, specialising in journalism, and has married that with his deep love of...


Havoc as leading riders Joao Moreira, Zac Purton stranded in Taiwan
The Jockey Club will undertake a review of the situation with overseas Group One engagements that cost the club tens of millions in turnover yesterday when major drawcards Joao Moreira and Zac Purton were...

'No difference' between Chad Schofield and a young Douglas Whyte, says David Ferraris
Trainer David Ferraris paid Chad Schofield the ultimate compliment for a young jockey in this part of the world after a long-priced double for the rider yesterday.

Freshness a Secret Weapon for Dennis Yip's rejuvenated galloper
A Douglas Whyte double included a bounce-back win for Secret Weapon and the jockey said the progression of Dennis Yip Chor-hong's rejuvenated miler might not be over yet.

Brett Prebble double after rein drama in Class Four
Landing a winning double was hardly anything new to Brett Prebble but having his reins break mid-race was not part of the script but all was well that ended well.

Rich Tapestry a brave sixth in Japan as HK-bound Straight Girl wins
A year to the day since his history-making Group One win in California, Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained sprinter Rich Tapestry lost no admirers with his close-up sixth in the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama yesterday.

Hong Kong gains 11th international Group One with elevation of Chairman's Sprint Prize
The Chairman's Sprint Prize is Hong Kong's newest international Group One race after the move gained global approval yesterday. The Jockey Club sought to open the race to all-comers after...

Felix Coetzee affectionately known as Felix the Cat shares his wisdom after retiring from the saddle
Take a quick glance at the career achievements of racing legend Felix Coetzee - 3,500-plus wins, 75 at the highest level, an association with one of the world's greatest sprinters - and it reads like a storybook.

Jolly Jolly to improve further with a run under his belt
Punters who pinned their faith to Paul O'Sullivan-trained Jolly Jolly on Thursday at Sha Tin never really looked like collecting,but his second to runaway sprinter Fabulous One made him...

John Moore steals National Day honours with top sprinter Not Listenin'tome
John Moore believes the very best of Not Listenin'tome won't ever be seen but 12 months of work and patience has been enough to get the gelding back after serious illness and "95 per cent right" was...

Hong Kong Mile awaits John Size's Contentment after Celebration Cup win
Contentment did what most expected in the Group Three Celebration Cup (1,400m) and returned to racing a winner and firmly on a path to the Longines Hong Kong Mile, but trainer John Size was...

Joao Moreira's Fabulous day has him looking ahead with Chris So's talented sprinter
Another day, another treble, a feature win and a Joao Moreira Jockey Challenge victory, but what the Magic Man most wanted to talk about was the potential of Chris So Wai-yin's sprinter Fabulous One.

Ice-cold Blizzard throws down Classic Mile challenge after tough victory
Blizzard continued his march up the ratings and may get a test of his Classic Mile credentials next start after a gutsy victory in which everything seemed against Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's sprinter.

Neil Callan loses battle but wins war with Real Generous on the road to a treble
The reputation of Real Generous well and truly precedes the infuriatingly slow starter, so when Neil Callan climbed aboard he came prepared with a bag of tricks to ensure the crafty gelding jumped on terms.

Chad Schofield breaks losing run but picks up first Hong Kong suspension
Jockey Chad Schofield managed one Hong Kong first he could have done without when he landed a suspension but, in the plus column for the day, also found his way back to the winner's stall on Sensation...

Singapore void tough to fill at short notice, says Jockey Club
Jockey Club director of racing Bill Nader says the timing of the Singapore Turf Club's shock announcement to shelve its two international spring features will make it incredibly difficult to fill the void.

Why sponsorship was key factor in scrapping Singapore international races
In the aftermath of just about any event, there is always someone who knew it was coming and the dropping of the Singapore international races was no different.

Hang's Decision on track for a victory as distances increase
Most eyes were on the tight finish between Winner St Paul's and London Master in the Class Four up the straight course but there looked a horse to follow back amongst the non-contenders in the run to the line.