Cox Plate

Non-issues lead news in controlled world of Hong Kong racing

Damien Oliver

With a small number of jockeys, trainers, races and horses, Hong Kong has fewer opportunities than other racing jurisdictions for the kind of meat-on-the-bone stories that happen elsewhere.

Wednesday, 17 October, 2012, 2:16am

Moore keen on double-handed Aussie raids

Reigning champion trainer John Moore is hopeful he will have live chances in both the WS Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup at Australia's spring carnival later this year, but stressed the owners of Xtension and Dominant have yet to give the green light.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

All's well that ends well - but only just

Given that there has been three days since the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, the most anticipated, watched or assessed race in history, the likelihood of the next thousand words offering something on Black Caviar which has not already been tweeted, twisted, blogged, bludgeoned, broadcast, crafted or crammed into the racing world's consciousness is probably low.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Life's a laugh for Lee with Happy performer

Almond Lee had a night to remember with a 239-1 double with Happy Score and Happy Yeah Yeah, and had the luxury of watching outsider Happy Ha Ha's eye-catching performance in the Craigengower Cricket Club Challenge Cup (1,000m) at Happy Valley.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Winning Apex can revive the stable

Trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai may have lost his stable stalwart Longwah Supreme to Caspar Fownes, but he has unearthed a smart one in Winning Apex.

In a market dominated by Mentor, Quantum Power and Best Eleven in the Class Three Grassy Hill Handicap (1,200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, Winning Apex jumped as a 21-1 fourth pick for Olivier Doleuze.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Redemption for overjoyed Williams

Australian Craig Williams has ridden the highs and lows of racing in the past few months, but capped a memorable year with victory on Dunaden in the Hong Kong Vase, making sure the internationals at least took home some silverware.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

John Bary orchestrates wonders for lonesome music-lover Jimmy Choux

New Zealand trainer John Bary has been training horses for less than four years, but he has relied upon his unique polo background and used some unorthodox methods to help solo traveller Jimmy Choux settle into his Hong Kong base.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Dunaden sends out warning to rivals

An exceptional track gallop by Hong Kong Vase fancy Dunaden yesterday erased any fears of fatigue and filled jockey Craig Williams with confidence ahead of his redemptive ride aboard the Melbourne Cup winner.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Good call by Moore to take Mighty High to Melbourne

John Moore certainly pulled the right rein in taking Mighty High to Melbourne this Australian spring, with the stayer not only ending up the top weight in the A$2.5 million (HK$19.24 million) Caulfield Cup on Saturday but one of the strongest chances.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Extra Group 1 bid for Mighty High

Trainer John Moore is hoping to collect an international Group One prize seven days earlier than planned when Caulfield Cup-bound stayer Mighty High contests the Yalumba Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Happy Zero in mint condition for tough clash

John Moore received a glowing report from Australia on former charge Happy Zero ahead of another Group One test for the globe-trotting sprinter, on the same day the trainer revised plans for staying star Mighty High.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Champagne occasion for Moore

There were no countbacks and no question marks, only the brilliance of Darren Beadman as he scythed the John Moore-trained Smart Giant through gaps that opened as if by his command and dashed the championship hopes of Tony Cruz that had seemed so inevitable for most of the past month.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Breeze Of Luck ready to show his authority

Breeze Of Luck is coming to hand nicely and put in his best run with a smashing second behind Scent Of Osmanthus in the Class Four MacWhinnie Cup (1,400m) at Sha Tin on Saturday.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

Trail-blazing Macau duo forced to prove worth in Melbourne

While Hong Kong will wait until the Caulfield Cup for its only representative, Mr Medici, to step out at Melbourne's racing carnival, there is more talk about Macau horses after Luen Yat Forever and Good Control landed last week.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

HK horses taking the world by storm

After more than a decade of dipping toes in various ponds around the globe, this is promising to be a boom year for foreign assignments for Hong Kong horses.

17 Mar 2010 - 12:00am