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  1. Sport - Racing

    Chiefs wary, despite rude health

    Posted Jul 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Behind the scenes at the Jockey Club, there is the laudably circumspect view that turnover increases should not be taken for granted heading into an uncertain economic future, despite racking up a third successive significant increase this season. Since the tax restructuring prior to the 2006-07 season, the Jockey Club has returned increases ...

  2. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Keeping young jockeys on Hong Kong roster is proving a headache

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Keeping young jockeys is proving a headache Decisions by Richard Fourie and Tommy Berry not to return for the start of the new season will undoubtedly have Jockey Club folks a touch disappointed and rummaging under the bed for the thinking hat again ahead of licensing announcements. The two young riders, in different ways, have been serious hits ...

  3. There are plenty of riders available, says Kelly

    Posted Jan 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The Jockey Club will not seek to import any stop-gap jockeys despite the long list of suspensions dolled out at recent meetings. Young French rider Mickael Barzalona completed his one-month stint on Sunday, reducing the list of currently-licensed riders to 25, but careless riding charges have cut heavily into that number for the meetings ...

  4. Sport - Hong Kong - Horse racing

    Club to raise bar for struggling trainers

    Posted May 10th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com 'Three-strikes' policy on benchmark performance levels expected to be revised Club to raise bar for struggling trainers Trainers battling to meet the Jockey Club's benchmark performance levels are about to have the blowtorch applied to them as the bar is to be raised even higher. Raising the benchmark licensing criteria has not been ...

  5. Sport - Racing

    Club strengthens starting-gate procedures

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Club strengthens starting-gate procedures Jockey Club officials have introduced a new layer of procedures behind the start in an effort to ensure last week's "barrier fiasco", when two horses jumped from the wrong gates, is the last of its kind. Chief Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, executive director of racing Bill Nader and chief ...

  6. Sport - Racing

    HK 'to play bigger role on world stage'

    Posted Jul 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken in Istanbul alan.aitken@scmp.com Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has declared Hong Kong will play a much bigger, steering role in the direction of world racing after this week's Asian Racing Conference in Istanbul. Engelbrecht-Bresges, who had stood down from the Asian Racing Federation (ARF) chairmanship in May 2009 over ...

  7. Jockey Club chief defends meeting's clash with Sevens

    Posted Mar 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges yesterday declared reports of his absence from Sha Tin on Sunday to have been wrong, and defended the club staging its race meeting to clash with the Rugby Sevens finale. Reigning champion trainer John Moore asked the question why racing was not conducted on Saturday, allowing racing people who ...

  8. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Eight horses pulled out of Sha Tin meeting over banned drug

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Runners withdrawn from Sha Tin race meeting after contaminated feed is suspected for positive test results indicating a banned drug Eight horses are pulled out over prohibited drug Eight horses from the stable of trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai have been withdrawn from today's public holiday fixture at Sha Tin and more scratchings may follow, ...

  9. Quick-healing Prebble denies he's quitting HK

    Posted Feb 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan Aitken@scmp.com Ahead of a whirlwind return from injury that will see him riding work on Monday, Brett Prebble has written to the Jockey Club to categorically deny reports he will finish in Hong Kong at the end of the season in July. Australian media commentator Richard Callander reported in The Winning Post racing newspaper that Prebble 'has done almost ...

  10. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Jockey Club's change in quotas for new horses is a step backwards

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Increasing permits for private purchases- horses raced overseas- leads to an increase in uncompetitive runners Change in quotas for new horses is a step backwards In light of what were otherwise quite routine events at the Jockey Club last week, the seventh race on Sunday gave us pause to wonder about a particular direction that is being taken. ...




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