Hong Kong International Races

Hong Kong wins Vase for first time in 15 years thanks to Dominant

Dominant (Zac Purton) beats The Fugue (outside) and Dunaden in the HK$15 million Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on Sunday. Photos: Reuters

John Moore is a legend of the Hong Kong training ranks, but he completed a personal career milestone on Sunday when he finally added the Group One Longines Hong Kong Vase (2,400m) to his record with Dominant, the first local horse to win the Vase in 15 years.

Sunday, 8 December, 2013, 3:46pm

Females in line to dominate Hong Kong International Races

Kiwi mare Sunline holds off Hong Kong champion Fairy King Prawn to win the 2000 Hong Kong Mile. She remains the only filly or mare to have won the Mile, a race which features two top female gallopers this year - France's Moonlight Cloud and England's Sky Lantern.

Three years since the last female winner at the $72 million Longines Hong Kong International Races extravaganza, it will be the superstar girls who hold the spotlight for the world turf championships at Sha Tin on December 8.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:00pm

Hong Kong Vase: Defending champion Red Cadeaux pick of strong European contingent

Red Cadeaux (left) will return to defend his Hong Kong Vase crown. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Of the four international races, locals tend to struggle over the longer distance of the Group One Longines Hong Kong Vase (2,400m), and it's likely to be the case again with three Hong Kong-trained horses to tackle some of the world's best stayers, including reigning Vase champion Red Cadeaux.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:02pm

Hong Kong Sprint: Japanese champion Lord Kanaloa can match Silent Witness

Last year's winner Lord Kanaloa (yellow cap) returns in better form this year, having won three Group One races, including the Yasuda Kinen over 1,600m.

Japanese powerhouse Lord Kanaloa can become the first horse since Silent Witness to record back-to-back wins in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Sprint when he makes his swansong in the HK$15 million race.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:04pm

Hong Kong Cup: Military Attack to lead the local charge

Military Attack won the QE II Cup and the Singapore Cup earlier this year, those wins ensuring he is the highest-rated horse in this year's Hong Kong Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A local horse has the honour of heading the invitations for Hong Kong's richest race for the first time in five years, with Military Attack's brilliant win in Singapore in May earning him the place atop the ratings for the HK$22 million Group One Longines Hong Kong Cup (2,000m) next month.

20 Nov 2013 - 8:55pm

Hong Kong Mile: Moonlight Cloud to put home team in their place

Moonlight Cloud (right), seen here finishing second to Black Caviar in last year's Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, leads the European contingent in the Hong Kong Mile.

An imposing home-track record in the Group One Longines Hong Kong Mile (1,600m) will be given a stern test by French mare Moonlight Cloud, with the locals relying on a horse first-up for more than six months as their highest-rated runner.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:02pm

TV coverage only needs touch-up

It might already have happened by the time you're reading this but our spies tell us the "big sit-down" meeting over the future and direction of the Jockey Club's English language television coverage was due to happen this week.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:11am

Remembering the winners and some gallant losers

Results are compelling and the reflex after an event like the international meeting is to admire the best win, best rides, best training performances and so on. But while whoever finishes in front is what it's all about, that doesn't mean there weren't other great efforts which didn't hit the maximum pay-off.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

Jockey Club raises the bar to be envy of the world

Lord Kanaloa did Japan proud in the Sprint. Photo: Kenneth Chan

If, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then top Australian trainer Peter Moody was pumping up the tyres of Sunday's Sha Tin showpiece.

Moody was asking aloud in Australia's press why that country couldn't organise an international meeting that mirrored Hong Kong.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows

Chief stipe Kim Kelly and his fun police have outlawed the finger pointing. Above, Zac Purton, who won the Hong Kong Mile on Sunday, waves a few fingers in Douglas Whyte's direction. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The drug-like rush of international day has come and gone - leaving a Class Five comedown nastier than cocaine - but creating some indelible memories etched on to the collective conscious of Sha Tin’s racing-mad fans.

10 Dec 2012 - 6:40pm

Ambitious Dragon's 'a super champion'

An overjoyed Zac Purton stands in the stirrups of superstar Ambitious Dragon after his victory in the Hong Kong Mile.

Two days after a trackwork incident had nearly dashed his chance at a long-awaited date with destiny, Ambitious Dragon thrust himself into the company of the all-time greats, with emotional trainer Tony Millard left to marvel at his horse's toughness and tenacity.

10 Dec 2012 - 12:37pm

Draw key as Memory retains trophy

California Memory has a massive lead over his rivals to retain the Hong Kong Cup as a cheeky Matthew Chadwick sticks his tongue out. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Many might speculate California Memory's back-to-back wins were a product of the shock scratching of the world's top-rated horse last Friday, but Matthew Chadwick thinks the penny dropped his way a day earlier.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Wife's green light was all the notice Millard needed

Tony Millard's wife Beverley goes the extra mile to get horses ready.

After a day so tense Tony Millard described it as being like Kiefer Sutherland's character Jack Bauer in the suspense-filled drama 24, he only needed to hear two words from his wife and Ambitious Dragon's trackwork rider Bev: "He's right."

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Real Specialist ready for the big stage

Real Specialist wins for Douglas Whyte and John Size.

There was no second guessing or airs of regret from John Size or Douglas Whyte after Real Specialist carried the top weight in the 1,400m Class One contest to scrape home again and win his eighth race from 14 starts - only thoughts of the future.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Red-letter day for brilliant tactician Mosse

Canto-pop star Aaron Kwok presents a watch to Ronald Arculli.

A key mid-race move was the pivotal moment of a vintage ride by Gerald Mosse - the Frenchman adding to his overflowing international day resume and helping Red Cadeaux shed his status as a big-race bridesmaid.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am