Horse Racing

Chang's Power to finally rise to the occasion at Happy Valley

Rising Power stretches out to win a trial last year. He can finally get on the scoreboard at Happy Valley on Wednesday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It has been a lengthy wait for the owners of Rising Power but the Hong Kong Football Club Centenary Challenge Cup (1,650m) at Happy Valley looks like the gelding's chance to break through in style.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 7:51pm

Divine Ten proves he is no one-trick pony with a trial around a turn

Divine Ten (Joao Moreira) strides out nicely to win a trial on Tuesday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Me Tsui Yu-sak won't stray from the straight course with Divine Ten until he has exhausted all options there but is still readying the headstrong sprinter for when he has to take a turn.

25 Feb 2014 - 7:32pm

Class Four stayers to maintain rivalry in the middle leg of the Triple Trio

Hei Hei Posh (Zac Purton) holds off Super Strike (Tye Angland) by a short head in November. They renew their rivalry once again here. Photo: Kenneth Chan

In November, Hei Hei Posh and Super Strike fought out a titanic battle in the gripping final stages of a 2,200m Class Four. Last start, they could barely be separated again, and the same pair can slot in as a double banker in the middle leg of Wednesday night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.

24 Feb 2014 - 9:25pm

Experience to help Delight find the winner's circle

Winner's Delight (Mirco Demuro), seen in a barrier trial in early February, can find the line first soon. Photo: Kenneth Chan

One of the runs of the day was buried away behind the placegetters in the Class Four dirt mile on Sunday, when lightly-raced Winner's Delight finished out of the placings behind Dashing Super.

24 Feb 2014 - 9:24pm

It's not the Smithsonian, but a couple of additions and the Hong Kong Racing Museum would be a sure-fire winner

The body of River Verdon, who is still the only winner of the Hong Kong Triple Crown, is one of the prized displays at the Hong Kong Racing Museum. Photo: SCMP

A trip to the Hong Kong Racing Museum is a sure-fire way to shake off that pesky mid-season cynicism and fall in love with the sport all over again, but we can’t help but think this tribute to the Sport of Kings could be even better with a couple of key additions.

25 Feb 2014 - 2:54pm

Racing Digest - February 23, 2014

Ole Ole (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) hits the front to win again on the dirt. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Time has almost been called on the career of veteran sprinter Joy And Fun, but trainer Derek Cruz hopes he will go out in a blaze of glory when he returns to Dubai next month for his fourth tilt at the Group One Al Quoz Sprint (1,000m).

24 Feb 2014 - 10:35am

Dundonnell stays with Yiu after finding form

Mirco Demuro signed off his stint by steering home Dundonnell in the final race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Ricky Yiu Poon-fai breathed a sigh of relief when Dundonnell broke through for a maiden local victory which ensured the highly-rated import stayed in his yard, but has no plans to push on to a Group One Hong Kong Derby start with the talented four-year-old.

23 Feb 2014 - 10:36pm

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

Whyte takes the sweets with a dashing treble

The Sha Tin crowd cheers Douglas Whyte after he records his third winner of the day, Gorgeous Debut. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The empire struck back with a vengeance at Sha Tin as reigning champion jockey Douglas Whyte put the Jockey Challenge to bed before halfway with a quick-fire treble and might easily have doubled his win tally for the afternoon.

24 Feb 2014 - 10:48am

Purton's Jockeys' Championship bid heats up with a double

Zac Purton drives Precision King to the line to win his third consecutive race on Sunday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Zac Purton awoke from a winter slumber and bounced back into form with a double to extend his Jockeys' Championship lead - but the man himself was heaping the praise on his two winners.

23 Feb 2014 - 10:46pm

Military prepares for Dubai attack after impressive Gold Cup win

A jubilant Joao Moreira parades Military Attack in front of the Sha Tin crowd as the reigning Horse of the Year heads back to the winner's circle. Photos: Kenneth Chan

John Moore was chasing a Dubai World Cup start for Military Attack and Akeed Mofeed was left chasing shadows as the match race of the season fizzed into a non-event in the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) on Sunday.

24 Feb 2014 - 10:45am

Momentum on Akeed Mofeed's side and gives him the edge against Military Attack

Akeed Mofeed (Douglas Whyte) holds off Ashkiyr and Same World to win the Centenary Vase. He meets both those runners on level weights after giving them weight last start. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Akeed Mofeed is the horse with the momentum and that looks the only thing that gives him an edge on Military Attack in a fascinating Group One Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) at Sha Tin.

23 Feb 2014 - 10:18am

Tuesday's turf trials reveal ISG talents

Longwah Amber (Eddy Lai Wai-ming), the sales-topper at December's International Sale, showed plenty of potential in winning a trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday.Photo: Kenneth Chan

A host of last December's Hong Kong International Sales graduates (ISGs) are already beginning to flex their muscles at the trials - led by the sales-topper Longwah Amber, who produced another nice workout during the week.

23 Feb 2014 - 10:17am

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

Clear room the Key to victory for promising Witness

Key Witness came from a long way back to win at Happy Valley on Wednesday night. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Tony Cruz-trained Key Witness looked more like the talented youngster who trialled in Australia when he grabbed victory at his second race start on Wednesday night and there will be many more wins ahead.

20 Feb 2014 - 8:53pm