Ambitious Dragon

Dragon's QE II misfortune impacts on Akeed Mofeed

Tommy Berry. Photo: Kenneth Chan

In the long tradition of major events jumping from the 2,000m start at Sha Tin, Sunday's Audemars Piguet QE II Cup was a messy affair and the serious check to Ambitious Dragon had even wider consequences than upsetting his chance.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 4:49am

Millard glad to see Dragon fly under the radar

Tony Millard

Trainer Tony Millard is happy to keep an air of quiet confidence in dual Horse Of The Year, Ambitious Dragon in the run-up to Sunday's HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and welcomes the international opposition that helps him do it.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:52am

Ambitious Dragon might take part in the Champions Mile

Ambitious Dragon

The announcement that two top-liners from the southern hemisphere will be lining up in next month's HK$12 million Champions Mile at Sha Tin was somewhat overshadowed yesterday by trainer Tony Millard's intention to back up dual Horse Of The Year Ambitious Dragon in the race.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

'Sleepy' Dragon shows what a champion he is

Tony Millard with Ambitious Dragon. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Sometime after loafing around the parade ring and then meandering to the starting gates, the switch inside Ambitious Dragon - the one that turns him from merely good to jaw-droopingly great - was flicked on.

18 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Mofeed enjoys luck of the Irish

Douglas Whyte plants a kiss on Akeed Mofeed after their victory.

An Irish Hong Kong Derby winner on St Patrick's Day had an air of inevitability to it before and after the race, but the margin of joy and the manner of Akeed Mofeed's classic win kept the excitement in it right to the moment of triumph.

18 Mar 2013 - 2:39am

Clash of big three in Jubilee Cup overshadows Derby

Lucky Nine beat Glorious Days in a thriller last year.

The best jockeys, the best horses and the stakes are high when Ambitious Dragon, Glorious Days and Lucky Nine clash in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. Many fans will be thinking about the BMW Hong Kong Derby as the race of the weekend, even if it is technically a HK$16 million Class Two, but the HK$6 million Queen's Silver Jubilee overshadows it as a racing contest.

12 Mar 2013 - 5:25am

Injury curbs Ambitious Dragon's Gold Cup goal

Ambitious Dragon heads back to the stable. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Tony Millard said he believed the injury to the horse's right hind leg had occurred when rival Packing Whiz (Brett Prebble) came out on the point of the home turn in the race and made contact with Ambitious Dragon.

9 Feb 2013 - 3:51am

Triple Crown talk is presumptuous, insists Dragon's trainer Millard

Tony Millard

Even with Ambitious Dragon reclaiming his undisputed status as best in town with a show-stopping international day victory and connections seemingly pushing for a return tilt at the Triple Crown, trainer Tony Millard refuses to entertain any talk of plans beyond Sunday's Stewards' Cup for his two-time reigning Horse of the Year.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Hong Kong horses finally getting the credit they deserve

Ambitious Dragon is rated 124, which makes him Hong Kong's top-rated horse alongside Good Ba Ba. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It's that time of year again - when the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities releases the latest World Thoroughbred rankings for the full year of 2012.

Out they came last night, with Ambitious Dragon rating a 124 figure that made him the joint highest-rated Hong Kong horse in the history of the classifications, equal to Good Ba Ba's peak rating.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Remembering the winners and some gallant losers

Results are compelling and the reflex after an event like the international meeting is to admire the best win, best rides, best training performances and so on. But while whoever finishes in front is what it's all about, that doesn't mean there weren't other great efforts which didn't hit the maximum pay-off.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

Jockey Club raises the bar to be envy of the world

Lord Kanaloa did Japan proud in the Sprint. Photo: Kenneth Chan

If, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then top Australian trainer Peter Moody was pumping up the tyres of Sunday's Sha Tin showpiece.

Moody was asking aloud in Australia's press why that country couldn't organise an international meeting that mirrored Hong Kong.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

Ambitious Dragon's 'a super champion'

An overjoyed Zac Purton stands in the stirrups of superstar Ambitious Dragon after his victory in the Hong Kong Mile.

Two days after a trackwork incident had nearly dashed his chance at a long-awaited date with destiny, Ambitious Dragon thrust himself into the company of the all-time greats, with emotional trainer Tony Millard left to marvel at his horse's toughness and tenacity.

10 Dec 2012 - 12:37pm

Wife's green light was all the notice Millard needed

Tony Millard's wife Beverley goes the extra mile to get horses ready.

After a day so tense Tony Millard described it as being like Kiefer Sutherland's character Jack Bauer in the suspense-filled drama 24, he only needed to hear two words from his wife and Ambitious Dragon's trackwork rider Bev: "He's right."

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Gangnam, glitz and glory: Sha Tin style tops charts - video

Kate Winslet arrives with her boyfriend Ned Rocknroll. Photo: AP

The Longines Hong Kong International Races had everything: star power on and off the track, great weather, fierce competition and even that little bit of nail-biting drama that ended well as Horse Of The Year Ambitious Dragon overcame an 11th-hour emergency, was passed fit to run then stamped his authority on the meeting.

10 Dec 2012 - 3:10pm

Clock ticking for Ambitious Dragon as he faces late fitness test for Mile

Tony Millard

Hong Kong's dual Horse of the Year, Ambitious Dragon, was in a race against time last night to determine if he would become the third marquee name to be withdrawn from the Longines Hong Kong International Races today.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:03am