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Champions Mile

Let bygones be bygones and make Champions Mile a Doncaster double

Dan Excel (Weichong Marwing) holds on to win last year's Champions Mile, in a race which only featured two international runners - English galloper Penitent and Kiwi veteran King Mufhasa. Photos: Kenneth Chan

Racing New South Wales’ revamped autumn carnival “The Championships” has been derided by some for its lack of overseas interest – and the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Champions Mile has had its critics, too.

Friday, 28 February, 2014, 10:32am

Awesome 'foursome', including cup and mile, looks winning combination

Race 8, Dan Excel(middle), ridden by Weichong Marwing, won the Champions Mile(HK Group 1, 1600m) at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Once again, a talking point of the QE II Cup-Champions Mile double for visitors was why the four Group races aren't staged on the same day to beef up one of the meetings into a second international fixture like the one in December.

8 May 2013 - 4:42am

Dan Excel finally gets his reward

Dan Excel finally gets his reward

One international bid was launched but others thrown into disarray as rugged trier Dan Excel upset the flashy names and the HK$12 million Champions Mile stayed at home once more.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Excel and Dominant answer Moore's prayers

John Moore and Weichong Mar-wing celebrate their Champions Mile win. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Hong Kong's leading big money trainer, John Moore resorted to the gods to improve his luck last week and they answered unequivocally yesterday with a winning treble and his fifth Champions Mile in the past seven years as Dan Excel kept the HK$12 million international event at home yet again.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Whyte set for Glorious success in Champions Mile

Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With the Classic Mile, Stewards' Cup and Derby already in the bag, a fourth Group One victory for the Durban Demon hinges on Glorious Days and that would be his personal peak.

5 May 2013 - 4:00am

Ambitious Dragon might take part in the Champions Mile

Ambitious Dragon

The announcement that two top-liners from the southern hemisphere will be lining up in next month's HK$12 million Champions Mile at Sha Tin was somewhat overshadowed yesterday by trainer Tony Millard's intention to back up dual Horse Of The Year Ambitious Dragon in the race.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Vaccine shortage hits Aussie horses for Champions Mile and QE II Cup

Glass Harmonium in action

There are 12 nominations from Australia for the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on April 28 and the Champions Mile on May 5, although confirmation of such runners usually would not take place until after some major Group One meetings under way at the Sydney autumn racing carnival.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

International races right up there with other jurisdictions

The Champions Mile was included in the list of the world's top 50 Group Ones of 2012. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It seems Jockey Club's job of elevating the quality of its international races has been a task well done and there will be some pride around Happy Valley headquarters that Hong Kong had five races listed in the list of the world's top 50 Group Ones of 2012.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:24am

Glorious Days shaping up to play with big boys

John Size is typically circumspect ahead of saddling up his international aspirants Glorious Days and Fay Fay in Sunday's star-studded Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy, 1,600m.

13 Feb 2014 - 10:31am

Heroes at home but (mostly) zeroes overseas

Hong Kong was dominant on home turf with a near clean sweep at Sha Tin's international showpiece and triumphant in what was proclaimed as the strongest ever Champions Mile, but underwhelming away from home with only Little Bridge's Royal Ascot victory to show from a record number of travellers.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Aashiq shows his heart and class

Paul O'Sullivan's Aashiq may lack something in sheer quality on many of those who chased him home in the Prince Jewellery & Watch Premier Cup yesterday, but when the dust cleared after the final Group event of the season, he was the one runner who had been targeted for that race.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lucky Nine poised for double celebration

Lucky Nine might be Horse of the Year on what he has done already this season, but the gelding can put the title beyond all doubt by winning today's HK$9.8 million Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo - and trainer Caspar Fownes insists his horse can get even better.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Horse of the Year honours riding on overseas 'tiebreaker'

With just the Champions & Chater remaining on this season's domestic Group One scene, the Horse of the Year honours look delicately poised and might be decided on foreign soil.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Moore hails wonder kid McDonald

Brilliant young New Zealand jockey James McDonald made the overnight transition from a provincial track in Australia to the Group One BMW Champions Mile at Sha Tin to carry on a flood tide of recent success and land the John Moore-trained Xtension a surprise back-to-back winner of the race.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Top trainers can't see past cityscape for mile

The discussion at yesterday's BMW Champions Mile barrier draw seemed to be centred less around the draw itself than about the time and margin that would be posted by Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape, with both John Moore and John Size conceding the English horse may simply be too good.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am