Gibson has no reason to doubt Gold-Fun

Olivier Doleuze draws barrier No.7 for Gold-Fun.

If trainer Richard Gibson is having any second thoughts about the Champions Mile, they aren't to do with his runner, Gold-Fun.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 4:46am

We haven't seen the best of Akeed Mofeed, says trainer Richard Gibson

Akeed Mofeed (Douglas Whyte) scrambles in by a half-length over Endowing (Dwayne Dunn) and stablemate Gold-Fun (Olivier Doleuze) in yesterday's stop-start Hong Kong Derby. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It was the moment when a big reputation and price tag meant nothing, and only a BMW Hong Kong Derby win would justify everything that led to Akeed Mofeed lining up as a hot favourite for the HK$16 million classic yesterday, but champion jockey Douglas Whyte believes the winning card had been played a fortnight ago.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:26am

Gibson has come a long way for a shot at Derby glory

Richard Gibson. Photo: Kenneth Chan

By his own admission, trainer Richard Gibson and the Derby - almost any Derby - are barely on nodding terms but the Englishman, via France, hopes to embrace his own slice of BMW Hong Kong Derby history today.

17 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

After a roller-coaster ride, Doleuze lands on Gold-Fun

Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli gives Derby hopeful Mizani (outside) a workout at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The jockey merry-go-around has come full circle for Olivier Doleuze. After having had first shot at all three of Richard Gibson's BMW Hong Kong Derby runners, the Frenchman is happy to end up on Gold-Fun - a horse he says has the tactical versatility to win Sunday's HK$16 million Group One race.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:33am

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

Classic Mile? More like Class Two in terms of quality

Gold-Fun may have won the Classic Mile, but his stablemate Akeed Mofeed looks favourite for the Derby. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Ol' River Hong Kong Derby may have more water to flow under its bridge in the next two months, but anyone who witnessed the Classic Mile on Sunday as a showcase for the four-year-olds had to leave thinking the city's favourite classic is already over. And not in a good way.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:39am

Whyte's ride on Gold-Fun a pure Classic

Richard Gibson

Nothing went to plan for Douglas Whyte on Gold-Fun in the Hong Kong Classic Mile, but Richard Gibson credited a cool and collected ride by the peerless big-race jockey for delivering him his first Group One as a locally-based trainer.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:54am

Whyte picks Gold-Fun for Classic Mile

Douglas Whyte is banking on more success with Gold-Fun.

Champion jockey Douglas Whyte has jumped off Happy Era to stick with the Richard Gibson-trained Gold-Fun in the Group One Classic Mile on Sunday week.

Whyte has been the regular rider of the John Size-trained Happy Era but the star rider had a choice to make for the first of the four-year-old classics after being on board Gold-Fun in his past two wins.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:30am

Gold-Fun part of Gibson's new wave of talent

Richard Gibson has never hidden his ambition to be a big race trainer in his new home, and the Englishman says four-year-old series contender Gold-Fun is typical of a quality batch of new recruits on a "different level" to the stock he had at his disposal in his first season.

2 Jan 2013 - 3:09am

Gibson's best hand brings him a 'fabulous' double

Gold-Fun (Douglas Whyte) doesn't give his rivals a chance as he coasts to an easy victory in race eight to complete a training double for Richard Gibson. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Sophomore trainer Richard Gibson has had a taste of how a yard can be out of luck in Hong Kong racing but went to the races yesterday with the best team he has laid out for some time and came away with a feature race and a potential Group One prospect.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:43am