Chris Munce

HK 'to play bigger role on world stage'

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges

Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has declared Hong Kong will play a much bigger, steering role in the direction of world racing after this week's Asian Racing Conference in Istanbul.

Friday, 20 July, 2012, 12:00am

Backing the wrong horse

Like an old record stuck in its groove, the government has put out the same old tired argument for not allowing fans to bet on last week's Barclays Asia Trophy final between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Hong Kong Stadium. The decision stemmed from the fact the all-English Premier League clash was part of a tournament in which a Hong Kong team was participating.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wagging tongues worse than fine

Zac Purton's HK$300,000 fine yesterday has far less potential to hurt him than the game of innuendo that will already have begun over his failing to report an approach by Cosma Fung Hok-cheung to bet for him.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Club hits Purton with huge fine

Australian jockey Zac Purton has been fined a record-equalling HK$300,000 for failing to reveal to stewards that he had been approached twice with offers of 'an arrangement' by a punter who has previously been jailed under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Munce inquiry date set

The Jockey Club's next session of the Chris Munce 'tips for bets' inquiry will take place on December 1. Jockey Club chief stipendiary steward Jamie Stier yesterday said the inquiry will again be conducted via video link between the club's offices and those of Racing New South Wales in Sydney.

25 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Stewards delay Munce inquiry

Jockey Club stewards have postponed the resumption of their inquiry into Australian jockey Chris Munce and the 'tips-for-bets' affair. The inquiry, reopened after Munce's recent release from jail, was due to resume next Monday but stewards have acceded to a request from Munce (pictured), who resumed riding track work in Sydney this week.

15 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Munce licensed to ride in Australia

Disgraced jockey Chris Munce has been licensed to resume riding in Australia, despite still facing 36 charges of breaching Hong Kong's racing rules. Munce, freed in Sydney last week after serving 20 months of a 30-month sentence in a 'tips-for-bets' scandal, was licensed by Racing New South Wales on condition he makes himself available to a Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards' inquiry.

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Turnaround in turnover a healthy sign of another magical season

It was a year of turnover growth, top-level personnel changes and racing success at an international level. We had a sniff of scandal and court drama, but wound up on the right note with landmarks for the champion jockey Douglas Whyte.

30 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Fallon case shows law is an ass when it comes to horses

The sensational collapse of the case against champion jockey Kieren Fallon and others in England in recent days has shown again what happens when law enforcement and the judiciary collide with horse racing - and it is rarely pretty for the former.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Fallon case raises doubts

On the Fallon trial, one thing it is unlikely to do is prove once and for all, as some would wish, that betting exchanges are the cause of all evil in the world.

It may even serve to remind conspiracy theorists everywhere, and we suspect there are a few in Hong Kong, that it simply isn't that easy - even betting to lose with something, allegedly, in your favour.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Man convicted in tips-for-cash scandal

The District Court yesterday convicted a man of offering rewards to jailed Australian jockey Christopher Munce for horse-racing tips. Fung Hok-cheung, 47, earlier pleaded not guilty to a count of offering advantages to an agent. His sentencing was adjourned to October 11, pending a background report.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Jailed jockey returns to Australia

Australian jockey Chris Munce left Hong Kong last night and will be transferred to Sydney's Silverwater jail this morning under a prisoner-exchange agreement. Munce was taken to Chek Lap Kok airport in a minibus, accompanied by prison officers and two Australian correctional service officers who flew to Hong Kong to collect him.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Jockey Club hits wall over inquiry into Munce case

The Jockey Club's inquiry into circumstances behind Australian jockey Chris Munce's arrest and subsequent conviction in an ICAC operation last year may be conducted without the jailed rider present, or delayed until late 2008.

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Jockey to return to Australia under prisoner-transfer deal

Chris Munce to complete his sentence in a Sydney jail

Disgraced jockey Chris Munce will be allowed to return to Australia to serve out the jail term he received for his role in a tips-for-bets scandal.

1 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Accused 'set up Munce bet'

A senior anti-graft officer told the District Court yesterday that a man accused of offering rewards to Christopher Munce (pictured) for horse-racing tips asked him to place a HK$50,000 bet for the Australian jockey when he was working undercover on June 22. Fung Hok-Cheung, 46, has pleaded not guilty.

17 Aug 2007 - 12:00am