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  1. Felix Coetzee tells how champion sprinter is beaten in charge for post

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... As told to Alan Aitken 'It was his normal very good jump then I let him have two or three strides and put my hands down to settle him and he dropped straight into his smooth loping action. He led like that pretty much all the way down the back straig ...


    Posted Dec 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the shoulders of this affable South African horseman. Coetzee has a calmness that is surely transmitted to his horses. He is 100 per cent horseman and understands the thoroughbred racehorse almost ... in South Africa and 500-plus Hong Kong winners, Coetzee's ace up the sleeve is his judgment of pace. Whether he is lengths in front or out the back in a race, chances are that is the ideal ...

  3. Red-hot Cruz is a Force to reckon with

    Posted Jan 12th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... raced stayer Mystic Force (Felix Coetzee) looks to have found the ideal race in the seventh event. The son of Kaapstad has raced just seven times for the lone win under Christophe Soumillon ... of the final 150 metres when full of running and Coetzee weaved and bobbed trying to find a clear run for the gelding but to no avail until the post was looming. He went down by just three-quarters ...

  4. Pillaging takes class rise in stride

    Posted Jan 08th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the 'C-team' of trainer Tony Cruz and jockey Felix Coetzee, Helene Pillaging has turned it all around. In three starts for Cruz, Helene Pillaging ran a first-up third over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin ...

  5. Russian Pearl destroys class field

    Posted Apr 04th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... littered with Group winners but Russian Pearl gave them scant respect, swooping on the leaders at the 200 metres and accelerating away under the urging of Felix Coetzee (below) in a dazzling ... already accepted a booking to return from France to ride Bullish Luck. Felix is the stable jockey and he will have the choice between Russian Pearl and Perfect Partner.' The Jockey Club ...

  6. The luckiest man in HK racing

    Posted Apr 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Coetzee enjoys a dream job in the Cruz training yard- riding unbeaten Silent Witness Felix Coetzee has a simple tag for his position as retained rider for champion Hong Kong ... been apprenticed to his father, respected trainer Hennie Coetzee, at Durban, but the old master died in the fourth year of the son's indentures and Felix was transferred to champion ...

  7. Bank on Gains and Fit for quinella spots

    Posted Jan 30th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the flying C Team in his corner, Tony Cruz and Felix Coetzee. Cruz is training winners at a prodigious rate this season- his latest strike rate is 22.3 per cent- while Coetzee makes no mistakes in the saddle. If there is a better judge of pace among the Hong Kong jockey ranks than Coetzee, his identity remains a mystery. The only man to have won on Silent Witness seems to have what ...

  8. Dream run for a true champion

    Posted Jun 26th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... commemorative caps. Archie da Silva gave Felix Coetzee a victory kiss after Silent Witness finished the 1,400 metre race- his first at the longer distance- with ease. 'I was very, very confident he would win when they turned for home,' da Silva said. 'And Felix said he has not yet got to the bottom of him. He might have won by 13/4 lengths but he could have won by four ...

  9. Witness silences his rivals yet again

    Posted Feb 28th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Music. Jockey Felix Coetzee, the only man who's ever thrown a leg over Silent Witness on race day, has seen too much of this deceptive animal to seriously think he's in trouble. 'When Billet Express wanted to take it up, I could just feel my horse was in the mood for a stoush [fight],' Coetzee said. 'He was ready for a fight. But we let him [Billet Express] go ...

  10. Felix is just hot, says trainer

    Posted Apr 17th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Felix Coetzee's brilliant four-timer yesterday brought his best-ever season to a new level with 71 winners. But the South African master horseman may ride another 710 before he gets a compliment as big as the one paid to him by trainer Tony Cruz. Coetzee rode magnificently to land Shiny Ribbon ($16.50), Shining Day ($78), Sheriff Bamboo ($19.50) and Sun Power ...




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