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Sterling City is shaping well for a key Longines Hong Kong Sprint lead-up on Sunday as he seeks a second Group Two Premier Bowl, but trainer John Moore has international ambitions with him again,...(Full Story)
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beginner's luck beggars belief as Happy Valley returns
"Can you please back number four for me, just something small each-way? The purple and green silks look cool!"

Progressive types a double banker play in Triple Trio
Two progressive looking four-year-olds stepping up in trip second-up can act as double bankers in the opening leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin with Soul Achiever and Unique Joyful looking...

Ng's Danewin close to Winning down in Class Five
Seven-year-olds with a history of leg problems don't make the best horses to follow longer term, but connections of Danewin Winning have been particularly patient and the gelding...

Champion Zac Purton explodes bomb in driving rain
Happy Wednesdays were back and the "King of the Valley" Caspar Fownes was never going to let rain dampen his spirits as the championship leader grabbed a cup race win at his favourite track with...

Howard Cheng gets two-month suspension over October 12 race
Top local jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin has been suspended for more than two months after an adjourned stewards' inquiry concluded last night prior to racing at Happy Valley.

John Moore to gatecrash the party at Sha Tin Trophy day
The hunt for the season's majors gets real on Sunday with the Group Two Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy day, and fate has allowed trainer John Moore to separate the yard's two big guns who provided...

Moore to capitalise on the return of trophy races
Hong Kong's own "cups king" John Moore hasn't had much to play for this season in terms of trophy events but Invictus can set that right in the Wayfoong Centenary Bowl (1,650m) at Happy Valley...

Simulcast turnover not all it seems
The simulcast turnover on three races from Caulfield on Saturday didn't live up to the dreamed-up numbers bandied about in Melbourne last week, where it was reported that Hong Kong punters...

Blinkers to awaken Brilliant Dream
Until now David Hall has resisted putting blinkers on promising type Brilliant Dream but the four-year-old's trial in the shades yesterday indicates that a raceday gear change might be...

Occupy Sha Tin: what would cause revolutions in racing?
This is about promises made and not kept, it's about standing up for the rights of the little guy. It's about standing your ground against those in power and the right to have our voices...

Owner mates catch eye with barnstorming runs
The return to Happy Valley on Sunday was characterised by a surface that appeared to help horses on the front end, but how much of that was about tempo was the question that needed to be asked.

Cruz targets Group One riches with Peniaphobia
The return to racing at Happy Valley yesterday may have been fairly low-key but that didn't stop top trainer Tony Cruz emerging from the meeting dreaming of international Group One glory with...

Reith's Spirit goes Soaring after drought breaker
Patience was the key word when Chris So Wai-yin helped Christian Reith break a long winless streak with Spirit Soaring, as both trainer and jockey have displayed plenty of the priceless commodity...

Moreira returns to business with a treble
For someone as competitive as Joao Moreira there's only one thing worse than not winning, and that is helplessly sitting on the sidelines suspended, watching as the horses he could have been...

Derek double completes good week for proud dad
Even though Owners' Glory hadn't won for three years, it still seemed a bit over the top for trainer Derek Cruz to be waving around a computer tablet with a race replay for anyone who stood still...

Whyte excels with a double
The return of Happy Valley yesterday proved a happy hunting ground for Douglas Whyte, who left with a double and a pair of horses he believes can help him in his quest to reclaim the jockeys'...

Policy change allows split ban for Lui
Apprentice Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin was one of three riders suspended for careless riding at Happy Valley yesterday but was the beneficiary of a recent policy change allowing gaps between...

Zac Purton wins Caulfield Cup on Admire Rakti
Champion jockey Zac Purton returned to his homeland on Saturday and plundered one of its most prestigious races, stealing the Caulfield Cup on Japanese galloper Admire Rakti.

Able Friend on track for sprint return
Not much could be gleaned formwise from Able Friend's relaxed trial at Sha Tin on Friday but his trainer John Moore maintains the big chestnut will be a threat when he resumes over what looks...

Avenue shows again that glory isn't too far away
With our all-weather "season" now over and turf racing taking its rightful place as the focus of things again, black book entries from Wednesday at Sha Tin were a tricky proposition, but Glorious...

Joao Moreira decides to give the Caulfield Cup a miss after mount withdrawal
Two new riders have been licensed for the coming months, but "Magic Man" Joao Moreira has produced his vanishing act for Caulfield Cup day.

Just Lovely as hat-trick Vincent Ho burns the track
Trainer Caspar Fownes and jockey Vincent Ho Chak-yiu continued their red-hot start to the season when they combined with a treble capped by a sensational come-from-behind victory to exciting...


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Australia and New Zealand join commingling with Wednesday's Sha Tin meeting
The Jockey Club will open a fresh frontier with Wednesday night's humble Sha Tin dirt meeting as Australia and New Zealand join the club's commingling network.

Checks in place for 'mainland' owners
The shimmering mirage of imminent organised horse racing on the mainland continues to claim thirsty foreign victims, but there were those thinking aloud on Sunday about a potential flood of...

Military on track to spark a fresh Attack with Purton
Zac Purton gave a couple of gun rides a final barrier trial before their intended returns in just under two weeks as Military Attack and Aerovelocity both produced eye-catching displays on the Sha...

The return of Happy Valley can't come soon enough
This weekend we welcome back an old friend, and farewell an acquaintance that has worn out his welcome for now, as Happy Valley returns to action.

Forever Accurate not far from hitting the mark
Chris So Wai-yin's team is only just rolling into form now and he produced a coming winner on Sunday in the Class Four over 1,200m.

High-profile Australian import Divine Calling makes Hong Kong debut in style
Glamour Australian import Divine Calling simply strode into Hong Kong racing on Sunday, thumbed his nose at an above-average Class Two field and left everyone at Sha Tin wondering where the roof...

Just Lovely for Cruz as he moves straight ahead
Derek Cruz is something of a straight track specialist and he got his season moving with a double including the impressive victory of sprinter Lovely Delovely on what has become Sha Tin's...

Callan takes suspension in his stride after treble
Neil Callan goes back to the suspension bench on Monday morning, but the jockey does it knowing he has made a considerable impact on the season in a short period of time.

Rawiller returns with a win - and another ban
After sitting out the first seven meetings of the season through a suspension incurred in Japan, it took Nash Rawiller two meetings to land his first success of the term, only to incur the ire of...

O'Sullivan Tracking for the Stars with four-year-old
It wasn't a walk in the park for the day's shortest-priced favourite, but Paul O'Sullivan's Star Track did enough to get his head in front and stamp himself a horse for the future at Sha Tin...

Purton steals Jockey Challenge honours with treble
Champion jockey Zac Purton reasserted himself with a winning treble and while Divine Calling was the ooh-aah part of his day, winning on Big Four for Michael Chang Chun-wai 30 minutes earlier...