Horse Racing

Woods or Wire: who copped the worst slap?

Sean Woods, pictured here with recent Class Five winner Highland Dragon, was fined HK$3,000 for the "improper act" of slapping Wire To Wire before the start of the Classic Cup on Sunday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Sean Woods received a slap on the wrist for slapping a horse on the face prior to the Classic Cup – an act hardly entering the realms of extreme animal cruelty, but nonetheless it wasn’t a good look.

Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 9:36pm

Dubai riches await Chang's Tapestry after smart dirt trial

Rich Tapestry responds under Olivier Doleuze to win his trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Rich Tapestry zipped through a dirt trial with the aim of clearing out the cobwebs before jetting out to Dubai later this week, spacing rivals by a big margin and running an impressive time to boot.

18 Feb 2014 - 8:19pm

Moreira and the extended mile key to victory for Winnie's Horse

Winnie's Horse (inside, Keith Yeung Ming-lun) holds on to win at Happy Valley in July. He will be looking for his first win this season with Joao Moreira aboard. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There is no stopping the Joao Moreira train and the Magic Man's touch and a step up in distance might be just the recipe to get the best out of Winnie's Horse in the Rotary Centenary Challenge Cup (1,650m) at Happy Valley.

18 Feb 2014 - 8:24pm

Khaya just finds a way to keep on winning

Khaya streaks away to win at Sha Tin on Sunday. Better races now await the John Size-trained gelding. Photo: Kenneth Chan

John Size-trained Khaya had looked a fringe Derby hopeful when this season started and events have probably overtaken that ambition, but he again showed himself to have a good race ahead somewhere with his solid return from a three month break.

17 Feb 2014 - 9:20pm

Gibson's Fire a good Starter for TT jackpot

Fire Starter (Olivier Doleuze, navy) was unable to catch Pearl Win (Joao Moreira, light blue) last start, but faces an easier task here. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With a good draw and the services of Douglas Whyte, Richard Gibson's Fire Starter can make the necessary progress at his fifth start and salute as banker in the opening leg of the Triple Trio at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

17 Feb 2014 - 9:27pm

How Berry and Prebble put 'Magic Man' Moreira in his place

Tommy Berry's ride on Designs on Rome in the Classic Cup was the difference between winning and losing, as it played to the disadvantages of hot favourite Able Friend (Joao Moreira). Photo: Kenneth Chan

Two great feature-race winning rides – full of character but very different in nature – by Tommy Berry and Brett Prebble consigned new golden boy Joao Moreira to his own test of character on a memorable Sunday at Sha Tin.

17 Feb 2014 - 9:25pm

Racing Digest - February 16, 2014

Full Talent (Weichong Marwing) races away for a dominant victory at the massive price of 116-1. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Expensive four-year-old Vanilla broke away riderless pre-race for the second time in a fortnight and set trainer Caspar Fownes a puzzle to get him to the Derby.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:38pm

Neil Callan repays the faith after scoring a double

Neil Callan completes his riding double aboard Towering Storm. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Irish jockey Neil Callan feels his decision to commit full-time until the end of the season is earning extra support from trainers and he repaid some of the faith with a riding double.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:34pm

Moore adds Kabayan to his long list of Derby hopefuls

Kabayan (Joao Moreira) holds off the late burst of President Lincoln (Matthew Chadwick), with Beauty Flame (Mirco Demuro) holding on to third. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Merely 35 minutes after John Moore seemingly cemented his grip on the Hong Kong Derby, he unveiled a sixth potential candidate for the four-year-old classic in Class Two winner Kabayan.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:11pm

Lucky Nine defies niggles to win an emotional second Chairman's Sprint Prize

Caspar Fownes and Brett Prebble show their admiration for Lucky Nine after his tenacious victory in the Chairman's Sprint Prize. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With a coat that had him looking like a woolly mammoth, an injured leg too sensitive to touch and a misshapen hoof, Lucky Nine looked unlikely to run in the Chairman's Sprint Prize.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:39pm

Size extends his championship lead after scoring a treble

It was a top day for John Size, who trained three winners. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There might still be a nip in the air but trainer John Size had more of a spring in his step after emerging from his winter doldrums with a winning treble.

Size kept the championship lead despite just one win in January, but made it five this month after Access Years and Sichuan Exec scored for Joao Moreira and belated Derby aspirant Khaya won with Douglas Whyte aboard.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:24pm

Classic victory for Designs on Rome as favourite Able Friend upstaged

Tommy Berry celebrates his victory on Designs on Rome in the Classic Cup, with stablemate Able Friend (Joao Moreira) a vanquished favourite. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Another odds-on chance bit the dust in the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1,800m) as Designs On Rome leapfrogged Able Friend to become the new Derby favourite.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:40pm

Fownes' Nine looks for some of his old luck in Chairman's Sprint Prize

Lucky Nine (Brett Prebble) has been a grand warrior in Hong Kong, but he is yet to win this season. He gets his best opportunity in the Chairman's Sprint Prize. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Lucky Nine might be vulnerable on a number of levels in the Chairman's Sprint Prize (1,200m) but if the five-time Group One winner produces his best it will require a next-level leap in performance by any of his rivals to get near him.

15 Feb 2014 - 9:17pm

Friend appears more than Able of avoiding favourites hoodoo in Classic Cup

Able Friend (Joao Moreira, left) holds off the late rush of stablemate Designs on Rome (Tommy Berry, right) to win the Classic Mile. They clash again in the Classic Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The Group One Hong Kong Classic Cup (1,800m) has almost been synonymous with upset results since its inception but that won't stop punters descending on the logical favourite, Able Friend.

16 Feb 2014 - 8:40am

Third time lucky for Access Years and Moreira in Triple Trio

Joao Moreira wins on Access Years in November. Victory has eluded the pair the last two times John Size's galloper has raced. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Another low draw, another Class Three handicap with a big weight, and John Size-trained Access Years is likely to start favourite again too, but punters will be hoping for a change of luck for the sprinter in the middle leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

13 Feb 2014 - 8:28pm