Horse Racing in Great Britain

Jockey Club suspends former HKEx chief

A former chief executive of the stock exchange has had his Jockey Club membership suspended for a year, reportedly after a dispute with a property tycoon heir.

Friday, 30 December, 2011, 12:00am

Simplicity is the best policy for success

The damp squib of the Global Sprint Challenge limps on into 2012, but it is one race heavier and with a better bonus system. Yet it still lacks the simplicity and rewards to make it attractive.

Of the international series contests which have been attempted, the GSC is the one for which we have had some time.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Racing needs to move with the times

Two conferences early last week in Paris and London tried to address racing's decreasing share of the wagering world last week, with one resorting to older, failed solutions and another looking more towards the future.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Grand prix-style series hits barriers

The comments by Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges regarding the failure of the Asian Mile Challenge (AMC) held resonance not only for that series but for series racing in its entirety.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Injury may hit Happy Zero's hopes

Trainer John Moore will give Happy Zero six days to show he has overcome an injury to his lower back before deciding whether he will push on with a tilt at the July Cup at Newmarket racecourse in England on July 9.

26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Enthused's planned Tokyo adventure over

14 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Kingdom set for Japan showdown with Blast

Nakayama racecourse in Tokyo will be the neutral venue for a world sprint champion showdown after trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai confirmed yesterday that Sacred Kingdom would make the trip for the HK$16.8 million Sprinters Stakes next month.

1 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Southern hemisphere trainers fit the bill

One of the big training performances Down Under in recent weeks was turned in by Melbourne-based Peter Moody, who has taken a smart filly called Typhoon Tracy from a maiden to Group One winner in the space of five runs.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Shrewd move on explaining profits

The Jockey Club's latest move to notify the day's 'gross margin' rather than a raw betting turnover figure may seem like semantics to some, but it could prove to be a shrewd move as the club battles the anti-gambling lobby for the hearts and minds of mainstream Hong Kong.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Commercial horse racing revives memories of Wuhan's past glories

Today, Hong Kong is known as the country's capital of horse races, but that title once belonged to Wuhan , the provincial capital of Hubei .

First introduced by British merchants in 1902, horse racing quickly took root in Wuhan.

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Attracting new clients a challenge, but let's keep out the louts

This writer is not entirely sure why traditional Japanese dance would necessarily involve lions, but there they were at the opening ceremony as the curtain went up on the 32nd Asian Racing Conference in Tokyo this week.

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

More, not longer, meetings the solution

Just when we were all coming to terms with the likelihood that 11-race cards were going to become standard issue in the chase for turnover, Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges was looking elsewhere for answers last Sunday.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Replacement meeting

The Jockey Club has decided that a night fixture will be held next Wednesday at Happy Valley in place of the meeting originally scheduled for April 20 at the city course, which was cancelled because of adverse weather.

7 May 2008 - 12:00am

Kingdom ends season on a high

Japan's Sprinters' Stakes will be the next big target for world champion, says Yiu

Ricky Yiu Poon-fie called time on Sacred Kingdom's near-record season after the world champion sprinter captured the Group Two Gome Sprint at Sha Tin yesterday in a fashion that was, at best, understated and well short of his explosive best.

2 May 2008 - 12:00am

Sacred Kingdom will make the rest of the world wait

Ricky Yiu Poon-fie has nominated the Sprinters' Stakes in Japan as the potential first international target for Sacred Kingdom after the champion ruthlessly reasserted his right to be the world's number one sprinter at Sha Tin yesterday.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am