Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races

Trainer Profiles

 

Asami, Hidekazu

Song Of Wind – Vase

 

Hidekazu Asami, 55, has won three Gr.1 races from his base at the Ritto training centre: the Tenno Sho Spring in 1998 with Mejiro Bright, the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in 2003 with Yamanin Sucre and this year's Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) with CXHK Vase hopeful, Song of Wind.

 

Bolger, Jim

Alexander Goldrun – Cup

 

Jim Bolger, born Christmas Day 1941, was an accountant and successful amateur rider prior to gaining his licence to train in 1976. His first Classic success arrived in 1983 with Give Thanks. In 1991 he sent out Jet Ski Lady to win the Epsom Oaks at 50‑1 and the following year St Jovite won the Irish Derby and King George at Ascot. Alexander Goldrun lifted the CXHK Cup in 2004 and four more wins at the highest level and his champion juveniles of this season Teofilo and Finsceal Beo are strongly fancied to add to the list in next year's Classics. 

 

Botti, Alduino & Giuseppe

Ramonti – Mile

 

The Botti brothers, Alduino and Giuseppe, are Italy’s most successful racehorse trainers by miles. Based in Milan they have dominated Italian racing to the extent that they have won the trainers’ championship a phenomenal 32 times. This year they become the only trainers train 300 winners in a season – this is believed to be a world record. The brothers hail from a racing background and Alduino is a former champion apprentice.

 

Brown, Herman

Linngari – Mile

 

Herman Brown, born in 1960, is the son of former champion trainer, Herman Brown Sr. Herman Jr. began his own training operation at the age of 25 and has since prepared well over 1000 winners, including over 50 graded race successes. He is based in the Summerveld region of KwaZulu-Natal where he has won the trainers' premiership on multiple occasions.

 

Cruz, Derek

Natural Blitz – Sprint

Sir Ernesto – Mile

 

Derek Cruz, born May 23, 1955, is in his 16th season as a trainer in Hong Kong. His riding career numbered just two winners over 20 years ago but his training operation has churned out just shy of 350 successes to date - best score of 44 in 2002/03. Career highlight came last term when Natural Blitz secured the CXHK Sprint, his first Gr.1 triumph. Other Group race winners include Wind Dancer, Concert Boss.

 

Cruz, Tony

Silent Witness – Sprint

Bullish Luck – Mile

Floral Pegasus – Mile

Russian Pearl – Mile

Hello Pretty – Cup

 

Tony Cruz, born December 24 1956, six-times Hong Kong's champion jockey, also rode with considerable success overseas. Won the Hong Kong Invitation Cup in 1988 on Colonial Chief. Landed the HK trainer's title in 1999/2000 and regained the crown in 2005, setting a new record for season winners (91) and earnings (HK$113m) in the process. Silent Witness, the dual CXHK Sprint and six-times HKGr.1 sprint champion, remains his most famous pupil with Bullish Luck, a five-times Gr.1 winner, including two legs of the Asian Mile Challenge last term. Has also prepared Lucky Owners, to win the HK Mile and MBHK Derby, and Russian Pearl, the Stewards' Cup king.

 

Dunlop, Ed

Ouija Board – Vase

 

Born October 20, 1968, the son of champion trainer John Dunlop, Ed took out his trainer's licence in 1994. Ta Rib was his first Classic winner in 1996 and Iktamal was his first Gr.1 scorer in Britain later that year. Won the Irish Oaks in 2001 with Lailani and the same race in 2004 with brilliant Ouija Board – the winner of 7 Gr.1s in total and the first to twice scoop the European Horse of the Year crown. Court Masterpiece has also won him two Gr.1 races. Previously employed by Sheikh Maktoum, he embarks as a public trainer next season from the same Newmarket base.

 

Dutrow Jr, Richard

Rebel Rebel – Mile

Born August 5, 1959, Richard Dutrow Jr, is from a family of racehorse trainers and set out on his own in the early 1990s. Things were not easy at first but he became New York's leading trainer in 2001 and 2002 and then came the Gr.1 winners Offlee Wild and Saint Liam, while Love Of Money won the Gr.2 Pennsylvania Derby.  He has trained 150 winners in 2006 with CXHK Mile winner Rebel Rebel's win in the Woodbine Mile most memorable.  

 

Ferraris, David

Vengeance Of Rain – Cup

 

David Ferraris, born August 18, 1963, son of multiple South African champion trainer, Ormonde Ferraris, began training in 1995. He won the South African trainers' title on four occasions, netting 25 Gr.1 victories in well over 1000 wins with the champions Classic Flag and Celtic Grove his most outstanding performers. He moved to HK for the 2003/04 season and had registered 112 wins after the December 2, 2006 meeting. Vengeance Of Rain's Gr.1 haul of MBHK Derby, APQEII Cup, Champions & Chater Cup and CXHK Cup stand out like a beacon in his HK career.

 

Fownes, Caspar

Saturn – Vase

Bowman's Crossing – Mile

The Duke – Mile

 

Caspar Fownes, born August 12 1967, assisted his trainer father Lawrie for several seasons before taking over the mantle in 2003/04. Eclipsed his father's best season stats in his rookie year with 44 winners and is flying this campaign, establishing a nice early lead in the trainers' premiership. Had a career total of 156 HK wins after the December 2 meeting. Has finished third and second respectively in the last two CXHK Miles with The Duke and won the Queen Mother Memorial Cup (Gr.2) with Vase outsider Saturn.

 

Fujisawa, Kazuo

Dance In The Mood – Mile

 

Kazuo Fujisawa, 55, has perhaps been the most dominant of the big race trainers in Japan since his first Gr.1 win in 1993. He has 21 Japanese Gr.1 races in total, four each with Taiki Shuttle and Symboli Kris S. Landed the Japan Cup two years ago with Zenno Rob Roy, the winner of three Gr.1s who also ran a close second in the Juddmonte International at York. Dance In The Mood, his CXHK Mile runner, has won a Gr.1 in Japan this year and a Gr.3 in California. 

 

Hall, David

Absolute Champion - Sprint

Born on October 27 1963 in Adelaide, David Hall is the son of trainer, Joe Hall. He first got a licence to train at Morphettville in 1988 and he moved to Melbourne five years later. He is best known for winning the Melbourne Cup in 2003 with the brilliant Makybe Diva and he also trained Silent Witness before the champion sprinter switched to Hong Kong. Hall began in Hong Kong in 2004/05 and had sent out 59 winners after the Dec 2 meeting. His biggest win to date has been Absolute Champion in the HSBC Premier Bowl (Gr.3).

 

Hashida, Mitsuru

Admire Main – Vase

Mitsuru Hashida, 54, is based at Ritto and has won nine Gr.1 races, principally the Japanese Derby in 1999 with Admire Vega and the Yasuda Kinen in 2002 with Admire Cozzene. Has also lifted major prizes with other 'Admire' horses Admire Groove and Admire Max. 

 

Hayes, David

Growl – Cup

 

Before David Hayes, born October 22 1962 to Australian training legend Colin, moved to HK in 1995 he had achieved enormously: Melbourne Cup (Jeune '94) and Japan Cup (Better Loosen Up '90) winners; a one-day record of six Group races in 1990; some 1,000 wins among trainers' premierships in Victoria and South Australia.  He sent out over 450 HK winners in ten years (winning two premierships) Derby heroine Elegant Fashion and HK Sprint star All Thrills Too and Resfa the stars. Has made a spectacular resumption to his Australian career, banging out winners from all angles, most notably from Miss Finland in the Golden Slipper, Tawqeet in the Caulfield Cup and Fields Of Omagh in the Cox Plate among others. 

 

Janiak, Joe

Takeover Target – Sprint

 

Joe Janiak, 60, trained a few horses in Queanbeyan as a hobby for 30 years with "about 100 winners" to show for his efforts. This all changed in 2003 when he bought an unraced Takeover Target. He had never prepared a metropolitan winner before he found Takeover Target and this year alone his champion has won four major sprints in three continents. Janiak's story is a genuine racing fairytale.

 

Matsuda, Hiroyoshi

Admire Moon – Cup

 

Hiroyoshi Matsuda, 60, notched the first of seven Gr.1 wins in 1988 when Cosmo Dream won the Japanese Oaks. Achieved the 1000 Guineas and Oaks double in 1993 with Vega. Biggest win of recent years arrived in the Japan Cup Dirt with Time Paradox in 2004.

 

Miller, Peter

Fast Parade – Sprint

 

Born October 2, 1966, Millar, after an apprenticeship with Charlie Whittingham, became the youngest trainer ever licensed in California aged 19. He has a reputation for nurturing young horses and is based near Del Mar. Millar has trained the stakes winners Spirited Susan, Cove Way, Pinata and Fast Parade. 

 

Moore, John

Able Prince – Sprint

Sunny Sing – Sprint

Joyful Winner – Mile

Art Trader – Cup

Viva Pataca – Cup

 

John Moore, born March 17, 1951, has been involved in HK racing since the professional era began in 1971. He began training in 1985, prior to which he held the position of assistant trainer to his famous father, George. Since then he has been leading Hong Kong trainer five times and he holds the HK record for winners trained – 934 after the Dec 2 meeting. Has won stacks of feature races including the Hong Kong Derby (Makarpura Star, Viva Pataca) and Hong Kong International Cup (Motivation '94). Enjoyed a vintage season last term, finishing second in the championship, winning six Gr.1s in the process.   

 

O'Brien, Aidan P

Scorpion – Vase

 

Aidan O'Brien, born October 16, 1969, scored his first winner on his first day as a trainer in 1993, at time when was also a champion amateur rider. He has dominated Irish racing since as multiple champion jumps trainer - Istabraq won three Champion Hurdles - has exerted even greater dominance on the Flat sphere on which he now focuses exclusively. Backed by the Coolmore bloodstock empire, he has plundered well over 100 Gr.1s and Classics worldwide with the likes of Galileo, Giant's Causeway, Rock Of Gibraltar and High Chaparral outstanding. Set a new record for Gr.1 winners in a year (23) in 2001.

 

Oxx, John

Kastoria – Vase

 

John Oxx, born July 14, 1950 in Ireland, is the son of very successful trainer John Oxx Sr, the winner of eight Classics. Oxx Jr. took out his licence in 1979 and has since trained very many Gr.1 winners of the highest class such as Sinndar (Epsom, Irish Derbies and Arc de Triomphe); King George winners Alamshar and Azamour; Ridgewood Pearl, winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile; Timarida won Gr.1s on both sides of the Atlantic. His principal patron is the Aga Khan, owner of his Vase runner Kastoria, winner of this year's Irish St Leger.

 

Poele, Philippe van de

Musical Way - Cup

Philippe Van de Poele, born in Chantilly on December 6, 1962, trained his first winner at Amiens in 1986 and the best horse he has trained to date is CXHK Cup candidate Musical Way, winner of this year’s Group 3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte and third in the Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio at Capanelle in Rome in October.

 

Prendergast, Kevin

Mustameet – Mile

Kevin Prendergast, 73, is the eldest son of training legend PJ 'Darkie' Prendergast who won over 20 Classics in Ireland and Britain. Kevin saddled his first winner in 1963, an era when he was also a successful amateur rider. He has won 10 Classics in Ireland and England and Gr.1 winner Rebelline and Miss Beatrix, winner of the Moyglare Stakes and the Goffs Million, have been his leading lights of recent years. Also trained former HK champion Indigenous before he switched to Sha Tin.

   

Pride, Joseph

Red Oog – Sprint

 

Joe Pride, born on March 22, 1972, has been training horses for five years and has about 25 horses in work. Before he took out his licence he acted as foreman for Hong Kong champion John Size. Despite the brevity of his training career, Pride has enjoyed considerable success: his CXHK runner Red Oog won the Doomben 10,000 and the T J Smith at the highest level and Regal Cheer won Coolmore Classic (Gr.1) in March this year.

 

Rau, Peter

Egerton - Vase

Peter Rau, born November 19, 1948, trains around 70 horses for many of the leading German breeders. Rau has trained numerous big race winners, the champion German Derby winner Lavirco outstanding. Recent top-level successes include Anna Monda winner of the Premio Vittorio di Capua in 2005 and Donaldson, the 2006 Deutschland Preis winner. His CXHK Vase runner Egerton also landed this year’s Group 2 Idee Hansa Preis at Hamburg.

 

Roualle, Jean de

Satwa Queen – Cup

 

Born March 1953, Jean de Roualle began his equine career in harness racing but switched to thoroughbreds in 1978 learned under master trainer Francois Boutin. He took out his training licence in 1981 and his best horses have all been females – he won the French Oaks with Caerlina in 1991, the Prix Vermeille in 1997 with Queen Maud and this year's star mare is Satwa Queen.

 

Royer-Dupre, Alain de

Shamdala – Vase

Pride – Cup

 

Alain de Royer-Dupre, born September 24, 1944, trains about 100 horses, principally for the Aga Khan, at Chantilly. Has won 43 Gr.1 races in France with Dalakhani perhaps his brightest star, winning four Gr.1s, including the French Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2003. Has also won a Breeders' Cup Turf (with Lashkari in 1984) and finished second in the CXHK Cup last year with Pride, winner of the Champion Stakes most recently.  

 

Ryan, Kevin

Desert Lord – Sprint

 

Born in Ireland, Ryan is an ex-jump jockey that has developed into one of Britain's leading trainers. He sent out his first winner in 1998 and sent Eastern Purple to contest the Hong Kong Sprint in 2000. Won his first ever Gr.1 last year with Amadeus Wolf in the Middle Park Stakes and quickly followed up in the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy thanks to Palace Episode. Is close to a first ever century of winners for the current year.

 

Shirai, Toshiaki

Meisho Bowler – Sprint

 

Toshiaki Shirai, 61, has been one of Japan's premier big-race trainers of recent years and in Hong Kong he is best known for winning the Hong Kong Cup in 2001 with Agnes Digital, a horse that also won four times at the highest level in Japan. He won the Japanese Derby in 1998 and Japan Cup a year later with Special Week. This year his biggest winner has been Fusaichi Pandora in the QEII Commemorative Cup (Gr.1).

 

Shum, Danny

Scintillation – Sprint

 

Danny Shum Chap-shing, 46, learned the training ropes as former multiple HK champion Ivan Allan's assistant, before setting out on his own in 2003/04 when he began brightly with 34 winners. He did better to run third in the Trainers' Premiership in his second term with Gr.1 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile victor Scintillation outstanding. The same horse won him the Gr.1 Centenary Sprint Cup last term and after racing on December 2, he had recorded 137 wins as a trainer in HK.  

 

Size, John

Armada – Mile

High Intelligent – Cup

 

John Size, born July 10, 1954, was a top trainer in Sydney before his arrival in HK in 2001 with a reputation for improving and rekindling the spark in his horses. He broke the mould by winning the trainers' premiership in his very first season, adding three more titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Has trained the winners of two Horse of the Year titles, the multiple Gr.1 scorers Electronic Unicorn and Grand Delight; he also won the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup in 2004 with longshot River Dancer, the same year he secured two Triple Crown legs via Super Kid.

 

Stoute, Sir Michael

Maraahel – Vase

 

 

Born in Barbados on October 22, 1945, Stoute moved to England aged 20 and was licensed to train in 1972. He was crowned Britain’s champion trainer for the ninth time this year, his first back-to-back titles. Has won a phenomenal 129 Gr.1 titles, including three Breeders' Cup, four Epsom Derbies, two Japan Cups, a Dubai World Cup and even a Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. The most famous of his stars remains the ill-fated Shergar. In Hong Kong he won the Vase in 2000 with Daliapour and the International Bowl in 1994 with Soviet Line.

 

Sumii, Katsuhiko

Dia De La Novia – Cup

 

Born March 28, 1964, Katsuhiko Sumii is undoubtedly the major new force in Japanese racing and is particularly adept at training big race winners. Before he arrived in Hong Kong last year to make off with the CXHK Mile with Hat Trick, he had just won the Mile Championship with the same horse and the Japan Cup Dirt (Kane Hekili). He also captured both the Japanese and American Oaks with Cesario last year, but these feats pale against his monumental Melbourne Cup quinella thanks to Delta Blues (also a Japanese St Leger winner) and Pop Rock last month.  

 

Swinbank, Alan

Collier Hill – Vase

 

Born April 25, 1955, trains both flat and jump horses; he also acts as a bloodstock agent. Took out his training licence relatively late in life at the age of 46 but he has since made rapid strides. His Vase runner Collier Hill has been his biggest earner, winning the Gr.1 Irish St Leger and Canadian International, and his progressive Cambridgeshire winner Formal Decree may also end up a Group performer next term. 

 

Tsurudome, Akio

She Is Tosho – Sprint

 

Akio Tsurudome, 65, enjoyed his biggest win in 1995 when Tayasu Tsuyoshi won the Japanese Derby. He has twice won the Japanese 1000 Guineas and the Oaks once. Sweep Tosho has been his stable star of recent years, winning three Gr.1 races.

 

Wallace, Mark

Benbaun – Sprint

 

Mark Wallace, born October 24, 1972, is from Ireland and spent his formative training years working with John Oxx, Aidan O’Brien and Mick Channon. He began training himself in Newmarket, England, in September 2002 and sent out his first winner in February 2003. Sprint runner Benbaun has been his biggest money earner to date after Gr.3 and Listed wins in Ireland.   

 

Yip, Dennis

Down Town – Sprint

Dave's Best – Mile

 

Dennis Yip Chor-hong, born July 28 1967, was licensed as jockey in HK between 1984 and 1993. He rode a total of 59 winners and later learned the training game overseas and then acted as assistant to multiple champion trainer, Brian Kan. In 2002/03 when he became a licensed trainer in his own right. After racing on December 2, he had trained the winners of 170 races.