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
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
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
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
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
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
Trainer believes filly's versatility will make her a threat no matter how she is drawn6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am
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
'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
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
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
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
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