Future employment options for King of Class Five

The irrepressible and iridescent Andy Leung Ting-wah.  Photo: Kenneth Chan

The irrepressible and iridescent Andy Leung Ting-wah was at it again at Happy Valley last night, an unexpected running double of Class Five winners solidifying his position as “King of Class Five” and taking his win total to 399 – the race is now on to get to 400 before his time is up. And then the question is: what will he do when he stops leading in occasional winners at Happy Valley?

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 6:24pm

Saddle tales: appearances can be deceiving

As a true city boy who grew up in New York City and Hong Kong, horses are foreign animals to me. I'm more used to animals such as pigeons, rats and cockroaches, and more comfortable riding on a metal snake (otherwise known as the subway) than a horse. So when I was shown a dressage competition on YouTube, my first question was how that was possibly a sport; and an Olympics sport at that.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Flaw in PPG permits leads to bottleneck in buying horses

The annual issue of permits had us thinking about the ownership system and what is wrong with it. There is a flaw that has been gathering dust for, let's say, forever.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Looks can be deceiving

A nondescript and almost sleepy-looking brown gelding stands at the edge of the all-weather track at Sha Tin and slowly turns his head, ears pricked, deliberately pausing in the half-dark, before stepping out on to the moist dirt.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Pike in a pickle with stipes but trainers praise him

Australian Willie Pike arrived at the races knowing he would be suspended for a wayward ride last Wednesday night, but made the most of his time in the saddle with a double to continue a breakthrough run of good form.

Pike faced an adjourned inquiry yesterday into his winning ride on El Grande, and was given the expected two-meeting ban.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland racing still far from an appealing wager

The siren song of doing business in China has claimed many a wrecked vessel in the business world, not just in the modern day but going back a century, and when it comes to horse racing the song seems so much sweeter and irresistible.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Moore tweaks tactics in US$5m Dubai mission

Trainer John Moore will tweak tactics tomorrow to have his horse, Xtension, ridden near the speed in the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free, but fears local nemesis Ambitious Dragon will be 'right on his tail' and ready to strike at the World Cup meeting.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Backmarker relishes a solid tempo to nail his opposition

Francis Lui Kin-wai sensed the track was favouring frontrunners, but his fears were allayed when backmarker, The Only Kid, swooped from the tail for Gerald Mosse to score in a Class Four. 'Before the race I discussed with Gerald that it looked suited to the leaders,' he said.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

For astute punters, shoe changes are well worth noting

It isn't often we can say that Hong Kong's racing control and information flow for punters is lagging behind anywhere else, but the area of horse-shoeing is one.

In Australia, the application of particular kinds of shoes when a horse races is listed as a gear change, just like blinkers or tongue ties, as is the use of glue-on shoes.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

In-demand Lloyd gets that winning feeling again

With trainers lamenting his imminent departure, veteran Jeff Lloyd continued to turn back the clock as he booted home a double, including a maiden win on the David Ferraris-trained Sharema Feeling.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

There's more in store for Zezao

Given the heartache he has caused punters in the past three seasons, it is easy to forget Zezao was once a promising import kicking off his career in Class Three, a grade he is rapidly re-approaching under the astute guidance of rookie trainer Richard Gibson.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

War Horse (Film)

In War Horse, a young horse named Joey develops a strong friendship with farm boy Albert (Jeremy Irvine). When the first world war arrives in England, Joey is thrown into the front line, but Albert must remain behind because he's not old enough to go to war.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Battlefield of high emotions

In War Horse, a hunter colt named Joey develops an impenetrable friendship with farm boy Albert (Jeremy Irvine). When the first world war arrives in England, Joey is thrown into the front line, but Albert must remain behind because he's not old enough to go to war.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HKIR shrugged off potential negatives

Another international week behind us and the event has taken on an inertia of its own, typical of great events everywhere, which seems to override unfortunate absences and which is immune to the lack of a truly special performance.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Jetlag the secret to getting the best out of horses

The failure and abandonment of John Moore's Melbourne tilt with Mighty High and Silver Grecian shows again how tough it is to win overseas, and it seems to get even tougher when the horses and the staff with them are away for an extended period.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am