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  1. Longines clocks in as new HKIR sponsor

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The Hong Kong Jockey Club is expected to announce prize money increases for the December international meeting at a press conference confirming that watchmaker Longines will take over from Cathay Pacific as the event sponsor. In a bizarre piece of media management yesterday afternoon, the Jockey Club pre-announced the announcement to be made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1004505/longines-clocks-new-hkir-sponsor
  2. Sport - Racing - Hong Kong International Races

    Japanese pair poses biggest danger to Hong Kong stranglehold in Mile

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Japanese pair poses biggest danger to HK stranglehold Hong Kong has not been beaten in its flagship 1,600m event, the Hong Kong Mile, since Japanese galloper Hat Trick took it out seven years ago and it is the Japanese who present the greatest challenge this year to a home-town win. Hat Trick won the Kyoto Mile Championship on his way to Sha ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1087701/japanese-pair-poses-biggest-danger-hong-kong-stranglehold-mile
  3. Sport - Racing

    Millard hopes history won't repeat itself

    Posted Nov 18th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Millard hopes history won't repeat itself Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon looks the most obvious of the favourites in today's Longines Hong Kong International Races prelude meeting, but trainer Tony Millard has been here before and isn't counting his chickens too soon. The Jockey Club Mile looked at the gelding's mercy 12 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1084942/millard-hopes-history-wont-repeat-itself
  4. Sport - Hong Kong - RACING

    80 Group One winners nominate for HK International Races

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Early nominations, including Cirrus des Aigles, only a clue to the final field for International Races 80 Group One winners eye spot in 2012 finale The Jockey Club has announced early nominations for the HK$72 million on offer in the Longines Hong Kong International Races on December 9, with 80 Group One winners among the names. "We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1072662/80-group-one-winners-nominate-hk-international-races
  5. Kingdom remains a key player

    Posted Jan 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Fading champion Sacred Kingdom heads into Sunday's Group One Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin in search of a record 18th win, but remains Hong Kong's second-ranked racehorse in international classifications despite winning once in the past year. Sacred Kingdom needs one more victory to eclipse Silent Witness' 17 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/989995/kingdom-remains-key-player
  6. Eishin Apollon throws down the gauntlet

    Posted Nov 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com While the Hong Kong stars were battling it out on Sunday at Sha Tin for a place in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races next month, Eishin Apollon was proving the best of the Japanese Group One milers in the Kyoto Mile Championship. Run right-handed and one of only two Group One miles for the year in Japan, the Mile Championship has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/985573/eishin-apollon-throws-down-gauntlet
  7. HK Mile to regain title as world's richest race

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile will regain its place as the world's richest mile on turf in December after the Jockey Club boosted prize money to HK$20 million. Currency market fluctuations have pushed Japan's Yasuda Kinen and Kyoto Mile Championship and even Sydney's Doncaster Mile past the HK$16 million previously on offer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973248/hk-mile-regain-title-worlds-richest-race
  8. Sport - Racing - Hong Kong International Races

    Queen hoping to bring down the House at Sha Tin

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Stoute's four-year-old adds a royal touch as French star Cirrus des Aigles returns for a fourth time in search of Sha Tin glory Queen hoping to bring down the house For the first time next month, Sha Tin will host a runner owned by Queen Elizabeth after Carlton House was among the seven invited foreign-trained runners yesterday for the HK$22 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1087703/queen-hoping-bring-down-house-sha-tin
  9. Longines boosts big day by HK$4m

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Hong Kong racing's 'turf world championships' showpiece on December 9 will see an increase in stake money with the transition to its new sponsor, Longines. The Swiss watchmaker takes over from Cathay Pacific, the event partner for the past eight years, and the 2012 Hong Kong International Races will carry an additional HK$4 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1005207/longines-boosts-big-day-hk4m
  10. Star-studded line-up for international races

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The Jockey Club unveiled a star-studded list of selections last night for a Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Race meeting in keeping with its billing as the turf world championships and the major sporting event of the Hong Kong year. Two of the world's acknowledged top-10 horses will be here, Cirrus des Aigles and Excelebration, and the 31 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/985743/star-studded-line-international-races

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