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Asian Mile Challenge

Mile Challenge presents 'a nearly impossible task'

Sunday's Yasuda Kinen again showed up the difficulties in the Asian Mile Challenge and Hong Kong Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges believes the series is unworkable in its current format.

Tuesday, 7 June, 2011, 12:00am

Visiting entrants may lift global appeal of Mile

The HK$12 million BMW Champions Mile comes to a fork in the road at Sha Tin today which could be vital in lifting its appeal for the rest of the world in the future.

Since the race went international in 2005, a total of 15 visitors have turned up to contest the race with only Dao Dao (third to Sight Winner in 2009) able to finish in the first four placings.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Sepoy set to bash the bookies in Blue Diamond Stakes

Australian bookmakers face a resounding loss if Sheik Mohammed-owned Sepoy wins the Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne tomorrow as expected.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

New incentives add spice to the Asian Mile Challenge

Organisers of the US$9.5 million Asian Mile Challenge have revamped the bonus structure in an effort to inject some life into the four-race series in 2011.

The Asian Mile Challenge (AMC) has struggled to gain much traction over several seasons, with cash bonuses offered for winning owners and trainers in the past failing to make much practical appeal.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Trialled and tested: HK trio ready for Yasuda Kinen raid

Hot on the heels of Green Birdie's win in Singapore, the principals in heat three of the barrier trials at Sha Tin yesterday are preparing to say bye-bye Hong Kong and konnichiwa Japan for the Group One Yasuda Kinen on June 6.

Beauty Flash, Sight Winner and Fellowship turned in solid gallops to complete the 1,000m tune-up in 58.33 seconds, the fastest time of the morning.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

Jockey Club will witness downside to international racing on Sunday - but officials have to look at the bigger picture

On Sunday the Jockey Club will have to put on a big smile and deny the sour taste of the medicine as it experiences the downside to international racing on its bottom line.

3 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

There's no place like Hong Kong for Hayes

David Hayes is back and little has changed. He has that same trademark positive attitude, the same twinkle in the eye and that indefatigable spirit that allows him to see a possible victory where others perceive a likely defeat.

24 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Change of venue does trick for Bullish Win

Owner Wong Wing-keung and trainer Tony Cruz welcomed a young Bullish to the winners' circle, while planning the final hurrah from the most famous Bullish of all.

20 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Schutz gives thumb-up but no favours for Size

Andreas Schutz emerged happy, but if John Size was looking for something to worry about with Armada then yesterday's differing fortunes at the barrier draw for tomorrow's US$1.85 million Yasuda Kinen delivered.

7 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Charity begins at home so let's up the stakes

The Jockey Club has made all the right moves with its upgrading for the Champions Mile, except for one - it remains a very modest prize in this era of international racing and one that is clearly being ignored by the greater racing world.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Daiwa Major the main concern

HK team confident they can beat outstanding Japanese miler in Yasuda Kinen

Outstanding Japanese miler Daiwa Major is the main obstacle confronting Hong Kong's record-strength contingent in today's HK$13.9 million Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo, but the visiting team are far from daunted by his presence.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

HK gallopers get all clear for Japan

Japan's government yesterday gave the green light for Hong Kong horses to travel to Tokyo for the Yasuda Kinen on June 3.

However, that positive news was dampened by revelations of an injury to Champions Gallery, who has an inflamed right front tendon and will not only miss next week's Singapore Airlines International Cup, but the balance of the season as well.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

HK quartet enter quarantine in bid to reach Japan

Four of Hong Kong's top horses entered quarantine yesterday with connections hopeful of a tilt at the Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo next month following 'some progress' in negotiations between the governments of Hong Kong and Japan.

8 May 2007 - 12:00am

Imminent ban 'will not harm' club's relationship with Japan

Chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges does not believe a souring of the Jockey Club's relationship with the Japan Racing Association will follow from the looming ban on racehorses competing in Japan.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Top-level talks to clear Japan hurdle

Hong Kong's representation in the final leg of the Asian Mile Challenge is not yet assured, with a possible ban on travel to Japan in response to the recent equine herpes outbreak at Sha Tin.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am