Hong Kong Jockey Club

We had to play it safe, says Jockey Club on 'erratic track'

Tye Angland brought Robust Momentum to the outside in the first race, a precursor for what was to come later in the day. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Club officials defended a decision to put extra watering on Sha Tin racecourse on Saturday morning for safety reasons after the track became the bizarre stage for even more of a four-legged lottery than usual.

Saturday, 8 February, 2014, 10:55pm

Jockey Club chief explains Melbourne Derby Day simulcast decision

Bill Nader says the club had no option but to drop key races from Melbourne simulcast. Photo: SCMP

The Jockey Club executive director of racing, Bill Nader, said yesterday that the decision had been forced on the club to vary Saturday's simulcast of Victoria Derby Day from Melbourne to include two minor races from the corresponding Sydney race meeting.

31 Oct 2013 - 11:56am

Hong Kong Jockey Club defends horse-feed testing protocols

John Ridley, HKJC director of operations

As an investigation continues into how the cattle weight-gain drug zilpaterol ended up in Hong Kong horse feed, a high-ranking official has defended the Jockey Club's testing procedures and expressed confidence in the brands at the centre of the furore. But the official stopped short of guaranteeing a similar incident could not happen again.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:55am

Keeping horses drug-free and safe

Photo: Kenneth Chan

The demand in horseracing for a level playing field has been taken up in Hong Kong perhaps more strenuously than elsewhere. There is arguably no more sophisticated drug-testing laboratory than that operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Little wonder, then, that tests last week picked up the banned weight and muscle-builder zilpaterol in numerous urine samples.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:53am

Jockey Club officials ready to move on after zilpaterol feed contamination

Ricky Yiu. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Club officials will proceed to tomorrow's Sha Tin meeting confident the zilpaterol feed contamination will not play a role. The bulk of runners declared on Thursday for the meeting underwent urine tests after all horses at Sha Tin had been taken off the two feeds found to contain the cattle supplement, a prohibited substance.

15 Jun 2013 - 4:26am

Hong Kong Jockey Club says there is no risk to horses in feed contamination

Chris Riggs. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Club chief veterinarian Chris Riggs is adamant there is no health risk to the horses affected by the zilpaterol feed contamination, despite a US study reporting alarming side effects when the cattle drug was given to horses.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am

HKJC: Horses to be clear of feed drug for Sha Tin meet

Chief stipe Kim Kelly says Sunday's race meeting will go ahead as planned. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A potential crisis has been averted, despite a second batch of feed being contaminated and exposing 80 entries for Sunday's Sha Tin meeting to banned drug zilpaterol, Jockey Club chief steward Kim Kelly said last night.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am

Is it time to bring back twilight Sunday meetings?

Is it time to bring back twilight Sunday meetings?

The imposition of heat restrictions during the Sha Tin meeting last Sunday makes us wonder if the Jockey Club might have reached a point where consideration could be given to reintroducing twilight or evening meetings in this part of the season.

5 Jun 2013 - 2:58am

Soccer centre should be shared

Hong Kong Jockey Club will be footing the bill for construction of the national soccer training centre at Tseung Kwan O.

The contentious issue as to how a new national soccer training centre at Tseung Kwan O would be financially run once it is built has at last been resolved with the government agreeing to underwrite the costs for 10 years. It is a shame such an arrangement couldn't have been agreed right from the outset when the idea of a home for football was originally mooted - it would have saved hundreds of millions of dollars.

26 May 2013 - 8:40am

Government to underwrite soccer centre's operating costs

Brian Leung Hung-tak, New president of HK Football Association. Photo: Felix Wong

The government has agreed to underwrite millions of dollars in operating costs for the next 10 years so work can start on the long-overdue soccer centre at Tseung Kwan O. With construction costs soaring from an estimated HK$600 million to HK$750 million, up from HK$103 million when the academy was first mooted 10 years ago, the financially strapped Hong Kong Football Association is now waiting for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Charities Trustee to give the final go-ahead.

24 May 2013 - 12:05pm

Hong Kong system is a forgiving one

David Hill

The reforming of the trainers' performance criteria was overdue but there is a view abroad that perhaps it is too simple and doesn't go far enough.

Considering the Jockey Club went from a season capped at 78 meetings to a season capped at 83 meetings four years ago, it might have been expected the adjustment would have come then. Better late than never.

15 May 2013 - 3:58am

Millard fined HK$30,000 over stable 'mix-up'

Bear Elite trainer Tony Millard was fined. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A stable mix-up has resulted in trainer Tony Millard being fined HK$30,000 after a mafoo applied ice to the legs of Bear Elite within two hours of a race, breaching the rules and resulting in the horse being scratched last Sunday.

11 May 2013 - 5:04am

Woods fined HK$100,000 for 'misconduct'

Sean Woods. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Sean Woods was fined HK$100,000 by Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards yesterday for comments he made in a South China Morning Post article in March, becoming the first trainer to be fined under a similar misconduct charge for nearly 10 years.

1 May 2013 - 4:37am

Training dream finally comes true for Chris So with Jockey Club licence

Chris So Wai-yin achieved his goal of becoming one of the few licensed horse trainers in Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

Chris So Wai-yin knows what it is like to suffer for his sport. As a young rider, the man who will take up a position as a fully-fledged Jockey Club trainer in July, started his career two decades ago braving the freezing Canadian winter.

26 Apr 2013 - 3:37am

Single pool wagering will change betting as we know it

Jockey Club's 'strategic technology services agreement' with American firm Longitude will involve a move towards single pool wagering. Photo: David Wong

The announcement from the Jockey Club on Monday regarding its "strategic technology services agreement" with American firm Longitude was brief, prosaic and gave little away - but it has the potential to change racehorse wagering as we know it.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:21am