Hong Kong Derby

To run or not to run: that is Ho's Derby question for Flame Hero

Flame Hero (Douglas Whyte) just gets the better of Beauty Flame (Olivier Doleuze) to put himself into Derby contention. Photos: Kenneth Chan

Peter Ho Leung has until tomorrow morning to decide if Flame Hero will be a late entry for the BMW Hong Kong Derby (2,000m) after the four-year-old put himself into the picture with a determined victory on Saturday.

Monday, 3 March, 2014, 9:38am

Derby far from certain for improving Wayfoong Express

Wayfoong Express (Tye Angland) just gets the better of Khaya (Douglas Whyte) to stamp his Derby credentials. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Improving four-year-old Way-foong Express took another step towards putting himself in the Hong Kong Derby on Sunday but it didn't require a mind reader to see that trainer Richard Gibson was not doing cartwheels over the idea.

23 Feb 2014 - 10:24pm

Khaya's late Derby bid headlines the last leg of the Triple Trio

Khaya (Douglas Whyte) was impressive last Sunday and can repeat in the final leg of the Triple Trio. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A group of longshot Derby hopefuls line up in a Class Three handicap on Sunday at Sha Tin, all needing a win to keep their slim chances of competing in the four-year-old classic alive, and John Size-trained Khaya stands out from the rest as far as quality is concerned.

20 Feb 2014 - 8:50pm

Moore adds Kabayan to his long list of Derby hopefuls

Kabayan (Joao Moreira) holds off the late burst of President Lincoln (Matthew Chadwick), with Beauty Flame (Mirco Demuro) holding on to third. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Merely 35 minutes after John Moore seemingly cemented his grip on the Hong Kong Derby, he unveiled a sixth potential candidate for the four-year-old classic in Class Two winner Kabayan.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:11pm

Mr Gnocchi books a place in the Hong Kong Derby but no certainty to line up

Mr Gnocchi (Gerald Mosse) blouses Approve (Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin) and Dr Good Habit (Douglas Whyte) to win the final race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing said that Hong Kong Derby plans for Mr Gnocchi are not set in stone, despite the gelding's third win of the term to ensure a start.

2 Feb 2014 - 10:10pm

Chang eyes Dubai riches for Rich Tapestry

Olivier Doleuze and Michael Chang hold their silverware. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Rich Tapestry was purchased for the Hong Kong Derby, but it turned out the horse's best attribute was speed not stamina. Yesterday the five-year-old claimed some high-profile scalps in the Group Two Sprint Cup and could now be headed on an overseas campaign to take advantage of the horse's dirt track ability.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Rainbow Chic 'going places'

Brett Prebble stands in his stirrups in delight after Rainbow Chic's triumph. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Rainbow Chic came up one and one-quarter lengths short of his ultimate goal, the BMW Hong Kong Derby, last month, but gained some consolation with an impressive Class Two victory yesterday and will get another crack at Group-race glory next week - leaving his trainer Caspar Fownes with a conundrum.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Derby generation have the chance to prove true worth

Mizani's win looked better by the underperformance of his rivals.

Now we enter the proving phase for the season's four-year-olds and Mizani's last-to-first swamping of Class One rivals in Sunday's final race will have come as a welcome sign for all concerned.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:18am

Akeed's low-rated Derby victory is a blessing in disguise

Akeed Mofeed and Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Winning the lowest-rated Hong Kong Derby has left Akeed Mofeed and his people in a unique, and even preferable, situation with regard to the horse's future plans.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:25am

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

Champion Whyte recalls ride to success

Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

"When Akeed Mofeed came out of the gates, I immediately had the position I wanted and I was comfortable and confident. But that only lasted until we got around to the back of the course. As they seem to do with a lot of these Group races - and it seems to happen in the Derby every year - when we got to the 1,300m, the leaders really pulled up sharply and slowed the pace. So much so that I thought the horse in front of me might have broken down.

18 Mar 2013 - 3:12am

Mofeed enjoys luck of the Irish

Douglas Whyte plants a kiss on Akeed Mofeed after their victory.

An Irish Hong Kong Derby winner on St Patrick's Day had an air of inevitability to it before and after the race, but the margin of joy and the manner of Akeed Mofeed's classic win kept the excitement in it right to the moment of triumph.

18 Mar 2013 - 2:39am

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

It has to be the Derby for Size's star

It Has To Be You has a gallop on the all-weather track at Sha Tin on Thursday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A few seasons ago when John Size was approaching the BMW Hong Kong Derby with Brave Kid looking for seven wins from seven starts, the trainer admitted to some surprise at how things had turned out.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:02am

Patience key to a Derby win, says Me Tsui Yu-sak

Me Tsui feels that a miler probably can't lead and win the Derby. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Me Tsui Yu-sak admits his first ever Derby runner, Wah May Star, is a sprinter and if not given a soft run has no chance of running a strong 2,000m. But despite what seems to be a forlorn assessment of his horse's chances in the HK$16 million race, Tsui claimed an apparent lack of stamina put his grey flash in the same category as most of his rivals.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:13am