California Memory

Persistence could finally be paying off with Willie Cazals

Persistence could finally be paying off with Willie Cazals

We have to give Weichong Marwing his due - he did try, he really did give it a go on Liberator in the Champions & Chater Cup on Sunday, he just didn't have quite the horse.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 5:48am 1 comment

California Memory is all class

Matthew Chadwick has time to look behind at his rivals after California Memory unleashed his usual swift turn of foot in the final 200m to win the day's feature event. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Class told in the season's final Group One as California Memory brushed aside lesser mortals in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup and trainer Tony Cruz finally added one of the few majors to elude him as a trainer.

27 May 2013 - 3:40am

Chadwick sees stablemate as Memory's biggest threat

Matthew Chadwick

Matthew Chadwick hopes California Memory's class can overcome some distance queries and carry him to Sunday's Group One Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup, where he believes the biggest danger is stablemate Willie Cazals as the pair aim to give Tony Cruz his first win in the race as a trainer.

22 May 2013 - 5:16am

Memory served correctly by owner's lucky draw

Two of John Moore's runners, Ashkiyr (left, ridden by Weichong Marwing) and Irian (Olivier Doleuze) are put through their paces at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Owner Howard Liang Yum-shing successfully plucked barrier one before California Memory won the 2011 and 2012 Hong Kong Cups and the owner couldn't believe it when he revealed the same number at yesterday's public draw.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

California Memory has shot at Horse of Year, says trainer Tony Cruz

Tony Cruz with California Memory. Photo: Kenneth Chan

California Memory can continue to build his case for Horse of the Year in tomorrow's HK$8 million Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup, with trainer Tony Cruz also eyeing an end-of-season trip to Tokyo now that the grey's joint soreness seems under control.

23 Feb 2013 - 4:57am

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

Draw key as Memory retains trophy

California Memory has a massive lead over his rivals to retain the Hong Kong Cup as a cheeky Matthew Chadwick sticks his tongue out. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Many might speculate California Memory's back-to-back wins were a product of the shock scratching of the world's top-rated horse last Friday, but Matthew Chadwick thinks the penny dropped his way a day earlier.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Fast-learner Chadwick gets top marks from Cruz

Former champion jockey turned top-class trainer Tony Cruz remembers the time Matthew Chadwick turned up at his yard as a trainee apprentice, even before he went to Australia to be taught the fundamentals of race riding.

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

Saonois now biggest rival to California Memory

Matthew Chadwick will be hoping for a repeat Hong Kong celebration with California Memory.

The withdrawal of Cirrus des Aigles was a boon for California Memory's chances of repeating in the Cup, but the French resistance continues and the gutsy little grey's main challenger is now another Gallic over-achiever: Saonois.

8 Dec 2012 - 1:54am

Champ Ambitious Dragon out of luck in Hong Kong Mile barrier draw

Hong Kong Vase candidate Pagera, with jockey Olivier Peslier, is full of beans under a rare blue sky at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

When Ambitious Dragon's owner, Johnson Lam Pui-hung, peeled back the number 11 at the barrier draw for the HK$20 million Longines Hong Mile yesterday, the audible sigh from onlookers said "advantage Glorious Days" - but there was one important individual who demurred.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:33am

Queen hoping to bring down the House at Sha Tin

California Memory (Matthew Chadwick) won the Cup last year with French star Cirrus des Aigles (far left) well beaten. Photo: Kenneth Chan

For the first time next month, Sha Tin will host a runner owned by Queen Elizabeth after Carlton House was among the seven invited foreign-trained runners yesterday for the HK$22 million Longines Hong Kong Cup.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:28am

Gutsy California on song for Cup defence

California Memory is all heart.

Life is never easy for Tony Cruz's star California Memory. The gutsy little grey regularly spots as much as 200 pounds in body weight to his rivals and his get-back racing pattern make him a heart-in-mouth proposition for punters, but yesterday he got a race run to order in the Longines Jockey Club Cup.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

California Memory in good shape for international trials

Tony Cruz

Although buoyed by California Memory's sprightly finishing sprint last start, trainer Tony Cruz said the fact his star pulled up sound - having seemingly shrugged off his worrisome joint soreness - is of far more importance leading into Sunday's Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin.

14 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Weight is Tony Cruz's main concern over California Memory

California Memory

Tony Cruz is more concerned about a hefty weight stifling California Memory in tomorrow's Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy than a reoccurrence of the joint soreness that plagued his gutsy grey last season.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:15am