Hong Kong Classic Mile

Prepare yourself for more complaints about the tempo

Wah May Star

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.

Wednesday, 6 March, 2013, 3:38am

Three-year-olds show they have a future

Berlinski is one of the smart winners from the young crew. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Three-year-olds Secret Sham, Berlinski and Great Charm won races two, three and four respectively - all in the smart manner of horses likely to climb higher in the ratings. And given their trainers high opinions of them, and a little bit of luck, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them racing in 12 months' time in at least the first of the four-year-old features, the Hong Kong Classic Mile.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

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

Pride can force its way into Derby reckoning

Owners' Pride trialled nicely for Zac Purton 10 days ago.

Owners' Pride didn't have the necessary ratings points to break into Sunday's Hong Kong Classic Mile field, but that particular trip looks made to order and Danny Shum Chap-shing's budding stayer gets his first crack at the Sha Tin 1,600m on the same day.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:27am