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  1. Enthused to join Sacred Kingdom in Tokyo assault

    Posted Sep 08th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Prize last season before finishing behind Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's star in the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Despite the gelding's lack of recent racing, Size is taking some encouragement ...

  2. Another outside shock inside seven days

    Posted Nov 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai stretched him out to 1,800m in his longest assignment so far here. 'He is by Keeper so I was sure that the distance would suit him better than the two races at 1,400m and a mile before this,' said Yiu after the gelding led and refused to yield at just over 101-1. 'I gave him a small chance. I wasn't sure if the likely tempo would ...

  3. Champ back on track for HK Sprint

    Posted Oct 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... With Sacred Kingdom's first scheduled target for this season up for grabs in Japan this weekend without the star gelding, trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai was at least able to give ... issue after he had been freshly shod in mid-September. But Yiu said Sacred Kingdom was back on track for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint on December 13, where he will be out to re-establish ...

  4. Purton cleans up on the dirt, but fails to gun down Chadwick in Challenge

    Posted Jun 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... with Dynamic Blitz for Ricky Yiu Poon-fai, who gave his backers a scare at odds-on before securing the Class Two dirt sprint. 'He only won by a neck at the finish but I never felt he was going ... for the absent Yiu after Sacred Kingdom's defeat at Royal Ascot on Saturday night, but it will now take Dynamic Blitz out of dirt racing for the time being. 'There aren't many races ...

  5. Ambitious Treasure comes to life

    Posted Sep 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai got his season off to something of a surprise start when injury-plagued Ambitious Treasure fulfilled some of his early promise in the Causeway Bay ... as a two-year-old running second at his first start, but then he had a tendon problem and didn't race again for a year,' explained Yiu. 'At the end of last season, we had to race him to make ...

  6. 'He has not reached his peak form yet'

    Posted Dec 28th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Fit the second at better than 50-1, and Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Plentiful (Marco Chui Kwan-lai) only added to the blitz at 40-1 in the third event. 'He is a three-year-old having just his third start. I didn't doubt his ability to win races, but I did doubt whether he was ready yet, so it was a surprise,' said Yiu. 'He didn't come through his first-up ...

  7. There's more to come from Matsukaze

    Posted Nov 16th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... this season without blinkers, but yesterday the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained grey sat behind the speed and was just as comfortable from there. 'Being the A course, I thought there might be a few other jockeys wanting to go forward underneath Matsukaze today with him drawing wide, so I asked Alex to try to sit him in behind,' said Yiu after the lightly-raced horse made it two ...

  8. Wind Damper ends Purton's unlucky run

    Posted Dec 20th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... one or two to win and it keeps you ticking over,' he said. The Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained three-year-old finished strongly to beat Power Return by a neck in a performance that showed he had come on since his trials. 'He has improved every day since he arrived at the yard,' Yiu said. 'I couldn't be confident of him in his first start because I knew he had ...

  9. Quick-thinking Yiu cashes in with three-timer thanks to fitness factor

    Posted Sep 27th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai applied some quick thinking at entry time and one of his own axioms about the start of the racing season to come away with a three-timer yesterday- the horse with a run under the belt has the edge. Yiu produced Ambitious Treasure (Alex La Hoi-wing) and Matsukaze (Jacky Tong Chi- kit) to win the third and fourth events, then followed up ...

  10. All going as planned for Kingdom's Ascot mission

    Posted Jun 12th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai has seen with his own eyes the evidence that all is well with champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom, despite his arduous journey to England. The gelding ... 'A friend of mine travelled with Sacred Kingdom all the way and took some photographs to show me and also took a short video with his camera,' Yiu said. 'Where he is staying ...




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