Christophe Soumillon

'Wacky Races' makes its way to Sha Tin

Tye Angland was the trendsetter at Sha Tin on Saturday, taking Robust Momentum to the outside fence in the first race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

All we needed was Dick Dastardly in the Mean Machine being chased by Penelope Pitstop and Peter Perfect in his Turbo Terrific, all charging along the outside fence, because last Saturday was the closest we are ever going to get to Wacky Races at Sha Tin. Punters were that perplexed they were praying for more races on the much-maligned all-weather track, just for some certainty.

Monday, 10 February, 2014, 6:52pm

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

Top riders in two-horse race

Orfevre and Christophe Soumillon walk back to the stables after a final gallop in Lamorlaye, north of Paris. Photo: AFP

Racing's two most charismatic jockeys, Christophe Soumillon and Frankie Dettori, have had relatively low-key seasons but, at Longchamp today, they both have chances to turn their seasons round.

Soumillon, 31, and the Dettori, 10 years older, clash on the co-favourites in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which they have won five times between them.

7 Oct 2012 - 2:02am

Home stars ready to shine

Hong Kong has its best chance in years to take the HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (2,000m) today at Sha Tin.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

French connection can strike it hot

Cirrus des Aigles is back for a third crack at winning an international race in Hong Kong - this time better than ever - and with the benefit of his special synergy with star jockey Christophe Soumillon. Trainer Corinne Barande-Barbe, speaks excellent English, but reverted to her native tongue when describing the combination of 'Cirrus and Christophe'.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Youngster Barzalona ready to ride with the big boys

French phenomenon Mickael Barzalona has been sent on a mission by boss Andre Fabre to further forge his prodigious talent in the competitive fire of Hong Kong racing.

At the tender age of 20, the baby-faced jockey has already been anointed as a future star by the legendary French trainer, under whom he served his apprenticeship.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Musir out to end HK domination in Mile

The South African-trained J J The Jet Plane ended the local domination of the Hong Kong Sprint in December, and now fellow protea Musir is out to break the mould for international visitors in the HK$12 million BMW Champions Mile at Sha Tin on Monday.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Sepoy set to bash the bookies in Blue Diamond Stakes

Australian bookmakers face a resounding loss if Sheik Mohammed-owned Sepoy wins the Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne tomorrow as expected.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Soumillon to miss HK showpiece after ban for careless riding in Japan Cup

Brilliant Christophe Soumillon is the first casualty from the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Race meetings next month after a sensational Japan Cup protest result yesterday led to a careless riding ban that will see the Belgian miss both the Jockeys' Championship at Happy and international day.

29 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Whyte may have to pay price for Tokyo foray

Champion jockey Douglas Whyte might pay a high price for his hit-and-run tour to Tokyo yesterday for the Tenno-Sho after his mount was relegated for causing interference in the final stages.

Whyte missed the Happy Valley fixture to ride Jaguar Mail in the rich Group One race and spent much of the event tracking Christophe Soumillon on the favourite, champion mare Buena Vista.

1 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Lloyd thrown off QE II scent by Lizard's Desire

Question marks over jockey Jeff Lloyd and Caspar Fownes' Champions Mile entry Fair Trade were the main topics at Sha Tin yesterday morning in the lead-up to Sunday's Audemars Piguet QE II Cup show.

21 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Volcanic turmoil to affect the QE II Cup

Europe's volcanic travel turmoil threatens to spill over to the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup meeting at Sha Tin next Sunday, with two horses stranded and the growing possibility that visiting jockeys will be unable to make the trip.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Cruz hopes Dettori will saddle up for new Hong Kong Derby attempt

Trainer Tony Cruz has sent out an SOS to charismatic jockey Frankie Dettori after the mount on Beauty Flash in next Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby was thrown open at the weekend.

8 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Collection proves he's ready for Dubai

It took only slightly longer than the race itself for stewards to toss out a protest in yesterday's Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup and confirm Collection as back to his best and ready for Dubai.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Wong praises 'perfect' Cheng

Trainer Alex Wong Yu-on was full of New Year goodwill after his troubled galloper Blessing landed a narrow win over favourite National Treasure in the final event. Wong said he was not surprised to see his lightly raced five-year-old burst through along the rails, but credited a 'perfect ride' from Howard Cheng Yue-tin for the victory.

17 Feb 2010 - 12:00am