This season's new jockey, Richard Fourie, couldn't have had a better grounding without actually being here, with former champion Basil Marcus playing a major role both in his professional growth and in his delayed arrival.Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 3:18am
Brett Prebble added one more Hong Kong accomplishment to his list at Happy Valley yesterday as he joined an elite band of jockeys to have passed the 500-win mark.18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
Douglas Whyte will become an even more important part of Hong Kong racing history this afternoon when he accepts his seventh title as champion jockey, but must then reset his new-season goals for a trek into uncharted territory.2 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
Seven-time champion jockey Basil Marcus and five-time leading trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee share a laugh as they meet the fans at the Jockey Club's Kwun Tong off-course betting centre yesterday. The pair signed autographs, gave interviews and cracked the odd joke during the packed lunchtime meeting.6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am
Douglas Whyte's Saturday night celebration of his 500th Hong Kong winner should fire the imagination of our promising young band of locally-grown jockey talent about what is possible in the years ahead.11 Jun 2003 - 12:00am
It was vintage Basil Marcus yesterday at Sha Tin as he took out a neat double with a horse just learning to race and another who finally learned to win.
Marcus is licensed to March 17 and has indicated that he will finish his career when he finishes this time in Hong Kong, though his fans must wonder why when he is still riding in such invariably good form.18 Feb 2002 - 12:00am
Basil Marcus was his usual sunny self at rainswept Happy Valley after landing a double on two pick-up rides to move on to the 14-winner mark for the season.9 Dec 2001 - 12:00am
Club jockeys Basil Marcus, Dwayne Dunn and Eric Saint-Martin yesterday had their Hong Kong riding licences extended until March 17.13 Nov 2001 - 12:00am
Chief stipendiary steward John Schreck yesterday said the Jockey Club would not tolerate riders 'putting themselves and others at risk simply to get a run in a race'. But he admitted it was a fine judgment call for both jockeys and officials to decide whether taking a gap was justified.22 Oct 2001 - 12:00am
Basil Marcus' younger brother Anton will be hoping he has a quiet night at Sha Tin tonight - at least where the stewards are concerned. The South African returns from the sidelines after serving the second of two five-meeting bans which have restricted his season to just two winners from eight rides.17 Oct 2001 - 12:00am
Seven-time champion jockey Basil Marcus has wasted no time in picking up where he left off.
Marcus last season ended his full-time association with Hong Kong racing, deciding to relocate his family to England where his boys are at school. But he's likely to be a regular part-time visitor and has already mustered eight winners from just seven meetings.29 Nov 2000 - 12:00am
Three master Happy Valley performers combine in tonight's final event which is why Floral Joy is the selection in this intriguing Class One contest.
The horse himself is a standing dish at the Valley. He loves to get out there and make the running, pointing to an imminent Valley success last time out when only caught in the dying strides by Silent Partner and Legitimate.15 Nov 2000 - 12:00am
It could be just like old times at Happy Valley tomorrow night with Basil Marcus just the jockey to get Fame And Wealth into the placings in the second leg of the Triple Trio.31 Oct 2000 - 12:00am
Monday morning's missed work had to be made up for yesterday with a number galloping in readiness for this evening's Happy Valley meeting headed by the Ivan Allan-trained No Excuses.
Allan has generally upped the work tempo for this three-year-old New Zealand-bred son of Justice Prevails who has quickly fallen to a rating of 30 in the middle of Class Five.14 Jun 2000 - 12:00am
As Fairy King Prawn was underlining just how tough he's going to be to beat in next season's Hong Kong Mile, Charming City emerged as one of his likely rivals by obliterating the rest of the field in yesterday's feature event, the $2.6 million Sha Tin Vase.5 Jun 2000 - 12:00am