Classic Cup

Friend appears more than Able of avoiding favourites hoodoo in Classic Cup

Able Friend (Joao Moreira, left) holds off the late rush of stablemate Designs on Rome (Tommy Berry, right) to win the Classic Mile. They clash again in the Classic Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The Group One Hong Kong Classic Cup (1,800m) has almost been synonymous with upset results since its inception but that won't stop punters descending on the logical favourite, Able Friend.

Sunday, 16 February, 2014, 8:40am

Prepare yourself for more complaints about the tempo

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There are some natural, common-sense reasons why more winners race in the front section of the field but, as we come into Derby season, the trend of play with tempo is certainly one of them. Of course, 12 months ago a great deal was said about pace after the slowly run Derby, which rounded out three appallingly run four-year-old classics.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:38am

Long-shot Super Lifeline sinks unwary punters

Richard Fourie has the last laugh aboard 173-1 shot Super Lifeline. Photo: Kenneth Chan

After last week's Classic Cup blowout, the last thing punters needed was another triple-figure winner, but Tony Millard's first-starter Super Lifeline shocked the Sha Tin faithful again at massive odds of 173-1.

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

A classic case of confusing the Hong Kong Derby picture

Trainer John Size admitted outsider It Has To Be You (Tim Clark) had all the favours in the run on Sunday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Channelling candidates into their own lead-up event leaves punters scratching their heads and looking elsewhere for blue riband winner.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Size's Classic upset throws Derby form upside down

Tim Clark celebrates his first Hong Kong Group One success in style aboard 125-1 shot It Has To Be You, who enjoyed a gun run along the fence. Photo: Kenneth Chan

In its short history, the Hong Kong Classic Cup has been a race of upsets but never more so than yesterday's renewal that threw the Derby form into disarray as It Has To Be You gave John Size and Tim Clark the Group One at odds of 125-1.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

Gibson wary of the challenge facing Gold-Fun and Akeed Mofeed

Akeed Mofeed (right) is one of trainer Richard Gibson's two horses in Sunday's HK$6 million Group One Classic Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Richard Gibson has given positive report cards for favourites Gold-Fun and Akeed Mofeed ahead of Sunday's Group One Classic Cup but is wary of high public expectation.

15 Feb 2013 - 12:37pm

Douglas Whyte decides to stay on Gold-Fun for Classic Cup

Douglas Whyte on Gold-Fun

Although Whyte had won three straight on Gold-Fun, including the Group One Classic Mile last start, the rumour mill had strongly anticipated him switching mounts to Autumn Gold for Sean Woods in the major BMW Hong Kong Derby lead-up.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:29am

Race calendar not offering much help to Derby hopefuls

The Jockey Club seems to have put too much emphasis on the Derby horses going through the Classic Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainers seem to be leaving some Derby runners until later in the season now for their first appearance, but are they getting much help from the programme in preparing them?

6 Feb 2013 - 3:39am