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An often degenerative throat condition hasn't stopped Peniaphobia so far and trainer Tony Cruz doesn't expect to this season either, with the trainer stating his speed machine is flying ahead of a campaign aimed at back-to-back wins in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Sprint.(Full Story)
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Race fitness and weight pull should give Joyful Trinity the edge in Celebration Cup
It's Group time so it must be John Moore time and the big money master looks to have a firm grip on the Group Three Celebration Cup, 1,400m at Sha Tin on Saturday...

Barrier trial the key to Gun Pit's Breeders' Cup tilt
A crucial barrier trial next week will finalise Breeders' Cup plans for Gun Pit after trainer Caspar Fownes was thrilled with his work on Friday morning and declared the trip...

"Trackwork Highlights"
Polymer Luck's form doesn't read particularly well, but he trialled much better for his new trainer last week, finishing second to three-time Group One winner Aerovelocity.

Name changes hurt racing's image and don't honour the history of the sport
A recent conversation between two racing fans: "Really looking forward to the National Day Cup" "Wait, you mean the Celebration Cup?"

Hong Kong Derby hopeful California Joy out to record back-to-back victories at Sha Tin
A trio of 2017 BMW Hong Kong Derby hopefuls, led by Tony Cruz's well-bred prospect California Joy, will be looking to take another step up the ratings ladder...

Green Dispatch can provide in-form trainer Danny Shum with another winner
The Danny Shum Chap-shing stable has picked up in the same good form in which it concluded the last campaign and what is especially encouraging is that Shum has...

And then there were three: Caspar Fownes and Vincent Ho are Both Lucky at Happy Valley as the countdown continues
The countdown is on with two more jockeys and two more trainers getting their first wins for the season at Happy Valley last night, and Vincent Ho Chak-yiu made the most...

Once Moore - big-race king John Moore eyes back-to-back victories for Not Listenin'tome in National Day Cup
National day at Sha Tin on Saturday means the first Group races of the new season and that means top big-money trainer John Moore climbs back into his playground with...

Cobwebs are Neil Callan's only concern for Happy Valley specialist Speedy Longwah
Speedy Longwah could end up proving to be a bargain buy if the honest galloper can win in Class Two for his new owners but jockey Neil Callan fears there could be a few cobwebs...

Packing Pins finds perfect distance in Group Three Celebration Cup
Life can be tough for a "tweener" - a horse not quite a sprinter nor a pure miler, but somewhere in between. Packing Pins fits that category and he gets a great chance at...

For Danny Shum, the Citi Sprint Challenge Cup is Mission Possible
Danny Shum Chap-shing has been one of the form trainers of the season so far and the top local handler can keep the ball rolling in the Citi Sprint Challenge Cup, 1,200m...

Fast starter So unlikely to be there when whips are cracking for trainers' title
As we come into that part of the season where trainers and jockeys are all looking to have ticked off that first victory and suddenly there is a spotlight on those who haven't yet.

Howard Cheng's riding career at the precipice as 'telephone messages' inquiry added to handling charge
Top Chinese jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin stands at a crucial and potentially career-ending moment after being charged with a running and handling offence on Monday while...

Casper Fownes determined to reclaim title as 'King of Happy Valley'
Caspar Fownes is determined to reclaim his "King of the Valley" tag this season and a couple of Class Five hopes lead the way as the popular trainer sends...

Richard Gibson's Winfield is one worth following
It would be hard to nominate a bigger flashing light horse so far this season than Richard Gibson-trained Winfield when he finished just behind the placings on Sunday at Sha Tin.

I told you So: trainer Chris So delivers on pre-season prediction and rockets to top of championship
A career-best day of four winners and an early season trainers' championship lead weren't entirely unexpected occurrences for Chris So Wai-yin as the young trainer's...

Slow start? No worries as life's a beach for Joao Moreira
Joao Moreira's slow start might have had some fans overthinking things but it wasn't worrying the Magic Man, who returned with a treble on Sunday after spending the previous...

Nash Rawiller's hot streak cooled by the stewards
Nash Rawiller's early season hot streak may have been cooled by copping a two-meeting suspension but the Australian still has plenty to look forward to later in the term...

Mr Picasso needs to relax to produce a masterpiece, says David Hall
It was hokey pokey time for favourite backers and trainer David Hall before the fourth race at Sha Tin when favourite Mr Picasso had to be put into the gates,...

Brett Prebble after a birthday win before big-name returns
Brett Prebble is building up a tidy bank of big race rides but the champion Australian jockey will be hoping lesser light Merion can deliver some much needed early-season...

Lansbury can reward the patience of trainer David Hall
Lansbury's first local win has been longer arriving than probably trainer David Hall or the gelding's owners might have hoped but the six-year-old gets a great chance...

Magic Man ready to make up for lost time
Joao Moreira is back and it is business as usual as the Magic Man takes his customary position atop Jockey Challenge betting with a string of short-priced favourites.

Forget the fried rice, Nash Rawiller has son Campbell by his side and a hunger for success
When Campbell Rawiller picked up a ballpoint pen and began jotting down the names of horses in an A4 notebook back in 2014, the jaded trackwork regulars - assorted trainers, work riders...

Able Friend fine, but new path might be needed as he heads to Hong Kong Mile
Champion galloper Able Friend's path to the HK$23 million Longines Hong Kong Mile in December has a low-key, belated start this morning when trainer John Moore will...

Michael Cox highlights Hong Kong's five most fascinating Group horses for 2016-17
October 1 signals the start of the feature races for each season and the Group Three National Day Cup (1,000m) and Group Three Celebration Cup (1,400m) kick things off.

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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...

Tom Biddington
Tom Biddington has been a part of the Australian sports media for over a decade, winning a handful of awards for his writing. After completing his cadetship...


Nash Rawiller can guide I'm The Won For U to a breakthrough victory on the dirt at Sha Tin
Punters could do worse than follow in-form Australian jockey Nash Rawiller after his first ever four-timer at Happy Valley on Wednesday and I'm The Won For U looks ready...

Black book: Follow Vara Pearl and King Bountiful
Trainer Tony Millard looks to have a coming winner in Vara Pearl after his eye-catching run at Happy Valley on Wednesday night behind Caga Force put him high on the black book list.

Aussie blitz: hard work pays off for Nash Rawiller as he clinches four-timer
Nash Rawiller has carried his late-season momentum through to the new term in style and the Australian jockey charged into second place on the table at Happy Valley with his...

Big-name sprinters Peniaphobia and Not Listenin'tome warm up for National Day Cup
Star sprinters Peniaphobia and Not Listenin'tome squared off in a turf trial on Tuesday ahead of what looms as an explosive straight track showdown between the pair...

Sign of the times as internet creates Pakistan Star phenomenon
It was something that John Moore talked about with Able Friend and no doubt Sydney's leading trainer, Chris Waller is experiencing it with Winx, but the internet "ownership" of exciting...

Tony Cruz-trained I'm A Witness ready to win at Happy Valley
I'm A Witness had his chance first-up and could not quite sustain his effort but the honest Tony Cruz-trained sprinter gets his chance to atone on Wednesday night in the...

Don't crucify Pakistan Star, pleads his trainer Tony Cruz
Sensational Pakistan Star was hoisted sharply again in the ratings for his first-up win on Sunday and trainer Tony Cruz is pleading with the handicapper not to "crucify" his young star.

Zac Purton is riding in terrific form and can extend his premiership lead at Happy Valley
Zac Purton has an early season roll on and the Australian can keep the momentum going with a couple of race-fit chances on Wednesday night at Happy Valley.

Everyone knows Pakistan Star is a black booker, but Marvel Hero and Citron Spirit can be winning soon too
It would hardly be imaginative to put an even bigger flashing light on Pakistan Star than there is already but for a black booker it won't be unreasonable to try the next best thing...

Zac Purton celebrates a four-timer by forging strong relationships with key players in the Hong Kong racing scene
Zac Purton's four timer came with the kicker of riding another winner for one of Hong Kong racing's most famous families as the Australian continues to forge relationships with key players.

Issues with his irons can't stop Olivier Doleuze from notching his first winner of the season
There was something weird going on with jockey Olivier Doleuze's irons on Sunday but, in between a slipped buckle and a banged foot, he did manage to put himself on the scoreboard for the season.

HK$8.5 million horse Jing Jing Win on a potential Hong Kong Derby trail after winning debut
Trainer David Hall was already dealing with BMW Hong Kong Derby questions minutes after Jing Jing Win put aside a near-mishap in the barriers with an exceptional debut win...

The exceptional Pakistan Star exceeds expectations - again
As far as keeping lids on things or hosing down expectations went, Pakistan Star's second race start at Sha Tin on Sunday was an utter failure - in every other way it was exceptional.

Pakistan Star has all the ingredients to be one of racing's cult heroes
So what ingredients go into making a "cult horse"? A horse with the type of wild popularity that transcends the sport and reaches into the mainstream, that brings people back to the track.

Watch: Pakistan Star does it again with another come-from-behind victory at Sha Tin
Having become a viral sensation with a stunning debut win in July, Pakistan star repeated the feat by claiming victory in similar fashion in the Tsuen Lok Handicap under...