Departing Callan can beat off his opposition

A wide-open Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby day programme is reflected in an anyone-could-win-it Jockey Challenge market, with three riders jostling for favouritism.

Sunday, 18 March, 2012, 12:00am

Dominant can live up to his name, says Callan

Having ridden Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby hopeful Dominant four times in his native Britain, Neil Callan says the expensive import has the 'most potential' of the 14 runners in Sunday's Group One.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bear Hero still carrying mental scars from injury

Bear Hero put a tumultuous six months behind him with a workmanlike win up the Sha Tin straight, but he might still feeling the effects of an injury suffered on his ill-fated early-season trip to Australia, according to winning jockey Neil Callan.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Callan is a worthy bet

Neil Callan can continue his good Happy Valley form and upset Jockey Challenge favourite Douglas Whyte, with a couple of outsiders also looming as blow-out possibilities.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cruz passes with Flying colours

Derek Cruz continued his purple patch of form with a race-to-race double at Happy Valley last night, getting the most out of ageing campaigner My Home Town and producing course specialist Flying Colours for another thrilling win at big odds, the sprinter's third success at the city track this term.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Stayers the key in Triple Trio opener

Suisse D'Or and Compact Yarn fought a titanic tussle two months ago and, a contest devoid of speed, can provide a platform for the pair to reprise their thrilling duel tomorrow night at Happy Valley, with the stayers standing out as double bankers in the opening leg of the Triple Trio.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Super Plus has the right credentials

Peter Ng Bik-kuen has found the right race for Happy Valley specialist Super Plus to continue his tilt at the 1010 Million Challenge and can act as a banker in the final leg of a tough Triple Trio tomorrow night.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sprinting, gear changes and weather bring the best out of five year-old

The record of Papas indicated as much, but Neil Callan said the horse's Class Five win confirmed the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained galloper was just a sprinter. Papas had been stretched to 1,650m or beyond on five occasions and never finished better than 10th. And tellingly, his only win was over 1,200m and on a yielding track.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Moore monitoring injured Beadman

Leading big-event trainer John Moore has pleaded with his stable jockey Darren Beadman to ensure he is '100 per cent' for Sunday's major assignments at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races after losing him midway through yesterday with pains in his lower back area.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Yiu has plenty of Fun with a double

Ricky Yiu Poon-fai put the win of Fun Heroes down to staying pedigree, but was referring to the jockey, not the notoriously difficult horse.

The distance-race expertise of Neil Callan, who grabbed his first win for the season, was the key to his hard-to-handle horse's Class Three win over 1,800m, according to Yiu, who snared a double on the day.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Callan makes the most of jockey shortage

Neil Callan had to change his burger order to the fruit platter when he received the call-up from the Jockey Club during his end of contract Phuket holiday, but any sacrifices made in cutting back his calorie intake were repaid in multiples as Callan booted home a double for trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Mixed feelings for Irishman

British rider Neil Callan managed to keep his tally of race wins ahead of his suspensions, but not by much, after collecting one of each. Prior to racing, stewards concluded an adjourned hearing from Wednesday night's January Cup, in which Callan was found to be the guilty party in a scramble in the early stages of the race.

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Patience and homework finally pay off as Callan gets the monkey off his back

British jockey Neil Callan's big past-the-post flourish with the whip said it all after the Pak Tam Au Handicap on the all-weather yesterday.

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am