Cycling Sprinter

Sprinting, gear changes and weather bring the best out of five year-old

The record of Papas indicated as much, but Neil Callan said the horse's Class Five win confirmed the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained galloper was just a sprinter. Papas had been stretched to 1,650m or beyond on five occasions and never finished better than 10th.

Thursday, 26 January, 2012, 12:00am

Young sprinters aim to chalk up the miles

While Little Bridge and Let Me Fight took their slice of the high ground last Saturday at Sha Tin as coming stars of the sprinter-miler ranks, with Lucky Nine at home in his box, it is the milers rather than sprinters which are looking to be bolstered by them in the immediate future.

5 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Successful Era to give TT players a flying start

Brett Prebble will be hungry to reclaim the premiership lead while Douglas Whyte starts a four-meeting ban and Successful Era can help his quest for a first riding title in Hong Kong by winning the opening leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley, which is estimated to reach HK$9 million.

27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

HK sprinters make visitors think twice

Jockey Club officials know the flipside of Hong Kong's triumphant clean sweep of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint is going to be the added difficulty of attracting the right visitors for the race.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

British horses sprinting away from competition

Sunday's Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp again gave some idea of the world pecking order for sprinting ranks, when the English invaders once again dominated the continental sprinters.

Avonbridge and Patavellian ran the quinella as British horses filled 11 of the first 12 placings, the exception being France's King's Stand Stakes winner, Chineur, in fourth.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Sprint heroes on trial

Silent Witness faces the cream of local speed talent with International Day places at stake

22 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Wong faces uphill struggle

ASIAN Games champion Wong Kam-po will fight a lonely battle against powerful opponents in his attempt to qualify for the Olympics in the Asian Championships road race in Tsumagoi, Japan, today.

13 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Hill sounds Storm warning

Brilliant Bumper Storm, prepared to the second for the race, is tipped to win the intriguing Chairman's Prize, final leg of the Champion Sprint Series, at Sha Tin today.

8 May 1999 - 12:00am

Sha Tin hails simply the Best new sprint star

He may have been optimistically named but Best Of The Best is not far from just that judging by a superb sprinting display that truly highlighted yesterday's big New Year's Day meeting at Sha Tin.

2 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Talented Fallon Forever hopeful

Dual English champion jockey Kieren Fallon starts his three-month Club Jockey stint at tomorrow night's dirt meeting at Sha Tin with as good a chance on Forever Prosperous in the middle leg of the Triple Trio as he did on anything during his month's stay last season.

1 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Ping leaves the Best for last

Rising sprinting star Best Of The Best can wind up an excellent first season with victory in the eighth event at Sha Tin today.

The Rahy three-year-old has been one of the real griffin finds of the season and looks certain to develop into a high-grade sprinter with clear scope for significant improvement next season.

23 May 1998 - 12:00am

Oriental's class can tell

Side with quality and back Oriental Express to win the Centenary Cup - the second leg of the Sprint Championship - at Sha Tin today.

The Ivan Allan-trained champion resumes after his magnificent fighting second to Val's Prince in the International Cup in December, which was over an infinitely preferable trip than today's 1,000-metre dash down the straight.

7 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

The new king of the track

Hong Kong sprint king Chiang Wai-hung said it took five years of hard work to earn his coveted title.

And it will probably take another five to realise his potential in the most glamorous of all athletics events, the 100 metres.

19 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Debonair to show his class

Trainer David Hill and jockey Philip Robinson can chalk up their first winner of the season with flying Debonair in the sixth event on tonight's Happy Valley card.

Debonair has been in work for some time and has impressed in two barrier trials, including a recent effort where he simply blazed through on the Sha Tin all-weather surface to score as he pleased.

25 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Dearth of sprinters damaging race status

WITHIN the space of six days we had a Hong Kong Derby where three-quarters of the field could not stay and the second leg of the Sprint Championship where a similar percentage of the runners were not recognised sprinters.

It seems quite logical, therefore, to state that two of our most important races are undervalued because of the calibre, or make-up, of the fields.

6 Mar 1995 - 12:00am