Audemars Piguet

Twelfth title and counting for unstoppable Whyte

A sign of a champion is when their dominant performances necessitate a change of rules - and so it was when Douglas Whyte rolled to a remarkable 12th straight title, with only personal milestones providing fuel for the South African's competitive fire.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Looks can be deceiving

A nondescript and almost sleepy-looking brown gelding stands at the edge of the all-weather track at Sha Tin and slowly turns his head, ears pricked, deliberately pausing in the half-dark, before stepping out on to the moist dirt.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Xtension withdrawn from trip to Singapore

John Moore has scrapped plans for Xtension to run in the Singapore Airlines International Cup on May 20 at Kranji, with stablemate Zaidan to replace the back-to-back BMW Champions Mile winner in the field.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sprint Cup has scope to become an international

Possibly it has just been serendipity but the racing over the past two weekends has taken on a familiar appearance, albeit configured a little differently.

Across the April 29 and May 6 meetings, we have had Group race features over 1,200m, 1,600m (international), 2,000m (international) and 2,400m, which looks not unlike a certain meeting in December.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Coetzee to take over on Memory

Trainer Tony Cruz said the connections of California Memory are simply looking for a change of luck with new jockey Felix Coetzee in the Singapore Airlines Cup on May 20, and Matthew Chadwick will remain the grey's 'Hong Kong rider'.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Dragon ready to roar again, says Millard

Ambitious Dragon's trainer Tony Millard is confident his reigning Horse of the Year will regain his swagger in tomorrow's Champions Mile after a 'nightmare' overseas trip - but declared Dubai conqueror Cityscape near-unbeatable in the HK$12 million feature.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Slick Bullet ready to fire on all cylinders

While Caspar Fownes' Thumbs Up ran a cracker in the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Dance For Gold continued to flash untapped potential with a second win from as many starts, their stablemate Slick Bullet showed it's his turn to win with another improved performance on Sunday at Sha Tin.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

QE II Cup is the biggest win of my career, says Rispoli

Lightning struck again for Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli as he offered Hong Kong his preferred farewell and signed off with sensational Audemars Piguet QE II Cup win on Rulership yesterday.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fay Fay can repeat his Derby triumph

The likelihood of a soft tempo and a replay of the way the Hong Kong Derby was run gives the John Size-trained Fay Fay his chance this afternoon to repel the foreign challenge in the Group One Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2,000m).

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Memory faces a huge task, warns cautious Cruz

At any other time in the past 12 months, the absence of Ambitious Dragon would have meant short-priced favouritism for California Memory over the Sha Tin 2,000 metres in tomorrow's Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Moore eyes Ascot carnival for star duo

John Moore has entered Xtension and Captain Sweet for races at Royal Ascot in June, their upcoming runs to confirm whether they travel, while the trainer's former star, Collection - now with Derek Cruz - was also a surprise nomination for the prestigious carnival.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Leave Zaidan and Irian out at your peril, Moore warns

John Moore may be down on numbers compared to his recent assaults on middle-distance Group One features, but the big-race trainer still fancies his chances with two runners in Sunday's Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fownes contender given Thumbs Up

Caspar Fownes doesn't especially care whether it rains or not before Sunday's $14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup but the trainer will be keenly checking the weather reports all the same.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Cruz hopes Collection can step up

Derek Cruz has booked the services of journeyman jockey Wayne Smith for former superstar Collection, the multiple Group One winner he hopes can reclaim his glittering best in Sunday's Audemars Piguet QE II at Sha Tin.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rispoli torn between staying and leaving

In-vogue Italian Umberto Rispoli said he is still a '50-50 chance' of extending his local riding licence, the youngster torn between his childhood dream of riding in France and overtures from Hong Kong Jockey Club officials desperate to maintain diversity in the jockey ranks.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am