Good Ba Ba

Racing Digest, January 2, 2013

Sean Woods admires Mark Two as Tim Clark pose after the win.

Maiden winner has the look of Winning Partners about him

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 3:09am

Former champion Good Ba Ba returns to racing despite age

Ageing Good Ba Ba 'fit and ready' to race Down Under

Good Ba Ba's new trainer Rick Hore-Lacy has cast aside the controversy surrounding the racetrack return of the former champion today at Flemington, in Melbourne, insisting the 11-year-old is "perfectly sound" and nominating a Group One mile race in April as the horse's ultimate target.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:21am

Good Ba Ba's return upsets Jockey Club chief

Good Ba Ba

Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges has once again expressed his "personal disappointment" over fresh plans to resurrect the career of former champion miler Good Ba Ba, now in training in Melbourne.

27 Sep 2012 - 2:32am

Good Ba Ba's owner could still make his mark

The potential embarrassment of having retired champion Good Ba Ba representing Macau in tomorrow's Group Three interport trophy at Sha Tin has been avoided, but the horse's controversial owner may still prove a thorn in the Hong Kong Jockey Club's side.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sprinters' battle for honours still a wide open race

On the one hand, Joy And Fun's well-deserved Group One victory on the weekend reiterated one of the positives in our top-grade racing scene here but, on the other, the same evidence served to highlight the current transition period for Hong Kong's sprinters.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Owner dreams of another Good Ba Ba

Racing in the colours made famous by former Horse of the Year Good Ba Ba, the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained debutant Good Hong Kong caught the eye when flashing home for a close second in the Class Four Inverness Handicap on Wednesday night at Happy Valley.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Big guns ready to make their case

The home team throws down its cards for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races today at Sha Tin, with the prospect of three short-priced winners and Ambitious Dragon, Entrapment and California Memory boosting local stocks ahead of next week's announcement of the invitees.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK's young guns prepare to take on the world

Despite going through a changing of the guard last term, Hong Kong's topliners still took two foreign wins courtesy of Ultra Fantasy's Sprinters Stakes in Japan and Dynamic Blitz's Group Three success on the Tapeta in Dubai, but the new season looks very bright as Caspar Fownes opens the batting in Japan next week.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Good Ba Ba's future shrouded in mystery

Just Sacred Kingdom remains in training from a golden era of champions now deep into winter after the retirement of Hong Kong's greatest stakes earner, Viva Pataca, and three-time Hong Kong Mile hero Good Ba Ba.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Legendary miler's owner can't stop praising his retired horse

Good Ba Ba's farewell to racing - at least in Hong Kong - provided one of the lighter, unscripted moments of the final meeting. With connections of both Viva Pataca and Good Ba Ba presented with 'Lifetime Achievement' awards during the day, Good Ba Ba's controversial owner John Yuen Se-kit was telecast around the course monitors responding with a few words.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Evergreen Viva a terrific warrior

We can't let Viva Pataca's retirement go without mention of a terrific warrior, more of a character than many champion horses in terms of his racetrack achievements, who will be remembered as much for what he didn't win as the victories he did have.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Curtain comes down on Good Ba Ba's career

The soap-opera career of former world champion miler and 2008 Horse Of The Year, Good Ba Ba, may finally be over after his retirement was announced yesterday.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Champion's Dubai plans off, says Cruz

Trainer Derek Cruz reported yesterday the Dubai World Cup meeting has virtually been ruled out for champion miler Good Ba Ba. The US$5 million Dubai Duty Free over 1,800m on the new Meydan track in March had been discussed as a possible option for the gelding after he took his third successive Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile last month.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Good, better, best - Ba Ba on the rise

Champions Mile winner deserves top ranking, says senior handicapper

Senior handicapper Nigel Gray believes record-breaking Good Ba Ba must now be the equal of the best milers in the world after performing 'to a whole new level' in Sunday's Champions Mile.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Yasuda trip on cards for Armada

While connections of Good Ba Ba debate the pros and cons of a trip back to the Yasuda Kinen this year, trainer John Size had no hesitation in earmarking the US$1.85 million race in Tokyo as the next assignment for Armada after finishing second in the Champions Mile.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am