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  1. Sport - Racing

    Obsessive fans just one of the quirks of Hong Kong racing

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 07:00pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... was going for his 17th straight win in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup, the Jockey Club ordered 10,000 Silent Witness caps bearing the signatures of trainer Tony Cruz and jockey Felix Coetzee, ... for those obsessed fans who want to get their favourites home. According to the Jockey Club, Designs On Rome leads the most popular horse ballot with 30 per cent of the vote, ahead of Able Friend ...

  2. Comment - Blogs

    What we love about HKIR week- and International Jockeys' Championship relationship counselling

    Posted Dec 02nd 2013, 07:58pm by Michael Cox

    ... that aren't getting along are paired up. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when jockeys and trainers meet before the four legs of the IJC! Here’s the best of the match-ups. Clearly the Jockey Club ... it: if you own a horse here, you are rich – and probably not just “I own a fancy car” rich, but more “I own factories that make fancy cars” rich. The Jockey Club is an exclusive club ...

  3. Sport - Racing

    Why the real battle is at the bottom of the trainers' and jockeys' championships

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 05:16pm by Michael Cox

    ... Club’s operations, for trainers and jockeys it offers financial benefits and a lifestyle unmatched anywhere. If you are given the boot from the Sha Tin trainers’ stand, you can still be a trainer ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Follow @KemblaCoxy Forget the jockeys’ and trainers’ championships, the real tooth-and-nail, down-to-the-wire, fight-for-survival battles are at the bottom ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Take shackles off legal gambling

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The government has granted the Jockey Club a highly regulated monopoly over betting on horses, the Mark Six lottery and, more recently, soccer, in return for heavy taxes that make it the biggest source ... of soccer betting until 11 years ago. Arguably, however, it is a bad deal for the community and it just keeps getting worse. Jockey Club experts say a study of sports betting patterns since soccer ...

  5. Sport - Racing

    What to expect next season as the curtain falls

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 06:43pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... be the cornerstone of our feature races for years to come. 2. Who will be the next star sprinter? Despite overseas wins to Sterling City, Rich Tapestry and Lucky Nine, the sprint ranks are fairly thin ... dead and buried? If there’s one factor behind Douglas Whyte’s abdication as champion jockey, it has been the break up of the Dream Team alliance with John Size. Last season, Size gave Whyte 218 ...

  6. Sport - Racing

    What's in a name? Why it's vital for foreign trainers and jockeys to get their Chinese names just right in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 07:58pm by Michael Cox

    ... for a change in fortune and a better flow of his fung shui. Every foreign jockey and trainer is given a “Chinese name” – a group of two or three Chinese characters that vaguely sounds like his actual English name, decided upon by the Jockey Club’s Public Affairs department. I was told my Chinese name was only initially good – but in the long run wouldn’t be good Andreas Schutz on his change ...

  7. Sport - Racing

    Perhaps the one thing all jockeys need is a hug

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 09:32pm by Michael Cox

    ... nearby Jockey Club-provided apartment and changed into something more comfortable. We will let colleague Alan Aitken’s straight reporting of the incident tell the story from there: “Upon his ... like a racing journalist’s dream during his stay here with these all-time quotes. I am very disappointed at how this has been handled – what they have shown me is the Jockey Club ...

  8. Sport - Racing

    Five key thoughts as the season draws to its conclusion

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 07:54pm by Michael Cox

    ... Kong Sprint. Is Moreira really the champion in waiting? Maybe Joao Moreira isn't the slam-dunk everyone thinks he is for the 2014-15 jockeys’ championship. Moreira’s momentum has slowed ... having to run in weather that could only have had an adverse affect on performance. That’s aside from jockey safety and welfare, and the enjoyment of spectators. Sometimes dollars and cents isn’t ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT YOU LIKED

    What you liked, July 12, 2014

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 04:35am by STAFF

    ... Zac Purton was crowned Hong Kong's new champion jockey on Sunday, breaking Douglas Whyte's 13-year hold on the championship. The 31-year-old spoke about his journey to become the city's top horse racing jockey. ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by STAFF

    ... starts at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. It is the 12th Open Championship to be played at the Hoylake course. The top contenders are considered to be Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, ...




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