Alain De Royer-Dupre

French trainer Royer-Dupre a master at travelling right horses

Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre at Sha Tin yesterday

The deeds of Americain may have brought leading French trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre to southern hemisphere attention but Hong Kong learned some time earlier he commands serious respect whenever he turns up at Sha Tin in December.

Thursday, 6 December, 2012, 2:18am

Two-horse race as trainers set for battle of four-year-olds

The Classic Mile may be a month away, but the stage has already been set for the first of the four-year-old Group Ones and it looks like John Moore might have a worthy rival in John Size, at least in the first of them.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

One of the regular irks for those in the business of selling horses to Hong Kong owners is the weird obsession of local owners with the size of horses. For some reason, it has become ingrained in their minds - or those of their ubiquitous adviser friends, whose input is not to be taken lightly - that big horses are better, no matter what the reality might be.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Trackwork throws little light as Vision d'Etat keeps everyone in dark

The powerful French team enchanted and teased the fans at Sha Tin yesterday but the horses they most wanted to see, highly rated Vision d'Etat, remains a concealed hand.

10 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Presvis and Collection duel can light up field

The HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup is not strong on numbers this year, but still promises a serious contest with QE II Cup-winner Presvis returning to battle with Collection and some other talented foreigners.

Only 11 invitees have been named for the premier race of the international meeting, with Special Days scraping into the field off only a 106 rating.

26 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

De Royer-Dupre hoping for bigger things for brilliant Darjina

Darjina's owner, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, will be at Nad al Sheba to see her top-class galloper in action tonight in the US$5 million Group One Dubai Duty Free and it's the best possible tip you could get about Europe's champion filly of last season.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Darjina 'in same class' as Cup winner Pride

Trainer believes filly's versatility will make her a threat no matter how she is drawn

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Outstanding Darjina primed for Mile assault

Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre has revealed the 'secret' to Darjina's stunning season that has seen her become the world's highest-rated female performer - her bulky masculine physique.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

What they said

'When it came to the last corner I was behind Alexander Goldrun. She helped me in to the race but unfortunately we had to come a little bit early. She has a great turn of foot, but her run is quite short so she was stopping a bit for me at the end and I was frightened we might get caught. She has that very special fighting spirit that got her home.'

Christophe Lemaire,

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Times have changed for top-flight mares

Top French trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre reflected on the 'change in the system' after rising seven-old mare Pride bowed out of racing with her third Group One win in yesterday's Cup.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Pride to finish on a high

Trainer confident his evergreen mare can bring down curtain with Hong Kong Cup win

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Race meeting has become something of a stage for last stands and connections of top-class French mare Pride will send her out with high hopes of a winning farewell.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

'97 celebration meeting raises nagging doubts among trainers

Fancy a midsummer race meeting to celebrate the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty? Well, it might happen. The 26 currently licensed trainers at Sha Tin did not react with total enthusiasm to the possibility and it is a pretty good bet most of the territory's racing press won't be doing handstands either.

29 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Protesters fail to put the brakes on Mosse

GERALD Mosse made a triumphant return to French racing when taking the French Oaks on his way to a treble at a controversial Chantilly meeting on Sunday.

Mosse, who left Hongkong two meetings early after his split with Patrick Biancone, took the Classic by a nose from Baya on the Aga Khan's filly Shemaka.

15 Jun 1993 - 12:00am