Horse Racing

Life's great mysteries - and why Zac doesn't ride for Size, Cruz, and now Moore

A sight unlikely to be seen again any time soon – Zac Purton and John Moore at trackwork earlier this season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Take the mysteries of Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot combined and you don’t come close to the head-scratcher that is leading jockey Zac Purton essentially not riding for the three major stables in town.

Friday, 14 February, 2014, 9:31am 2 comments

Fortune favours Fownes' Braveness in his quest to go back-to-back

Braveness (Tye Angland) was impressive at Happy Valley last start and can repeat again on Wednesday night. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Caspar Fownes-trained Braveness was back to his very best last time out and even a wider draw may not stop him if the same horse turns up for the Volunteers' Challenge Cup (1,000m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

11 Feb 2014 - 8:53pm

Do You Get It looks a coming dirt winner

Douglas Whyte takes Do You Get It (inside) to the line in Tuesday's trial. Photo: Kenneth Chan

John Size-trained Do You Get It looks like a dirt track winner waiting to happen after an impressive trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday.

The three-year-old had already been given four trials by the patient trainer, following the three he had in New Zealand, and Douglas Whyte was clearly sent out with the job of ironing out a few chinks in the gelding's armour before his debut.

11 Feb 2014 - 8:26pm

Reading minds won't help assess Sha Tin form

Hello Kimberley's win was more impressive than it may have looked. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Much of Saturday's racing will be of dubious worth when the runners next meet, with the decision to water the track more than is usually the case presenting racing fans with a bizarre turf surface.

It seemed to have jockeys as confused as everyone else and, late in the card, we even had a race where the 14 runners seemed to have found 14 separate lanes to come down the home straight.

10 Feb 2014 - 8:27pm

Big week for Fownes begins with live Triple Trio hopes

Caspar Fownes looks to have two live chances in the first and last legs of the Triple Trio. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Caspar Fownes can provide a bookend of bankers in Wednesday's Triple Trio at Happy Valley, with Starting Over and Braveness looking the goods in the first and last legs.

10 Feb 2014 - 8:34pm

'Wacky Races' makes its way to Sha Tin

Tye Angland was the trendsetter at Sha Tin on Saturday, taking Robust Momentum to the outside fence in the first race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

All we needed was Dick Dastardly in the Mean Machine being chased by Penelope Pitstop and Peter Perfect in his Turbo Terrific, all charging along the outside fence, because last Saturday was the closest we are ever going to get to Wacky Races at Sha Tin. Punters were that perplexed they were praying for more races on the much-maligned all-weather track, just for some certainty.

10 Feb 2014 - 6:52pm

Three for Angland but he still plays second fiddle

Tye Angland had a brilliant day at Sha Tin, but Joao Moreira still stole the show. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Life's dealing out tough hands when you ride a winning treble and still can't be competitive in the Jockey Challenge but that was Tye Angland's day at Sha Tin.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:52pm

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.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:55pm

'Wrong grey' Volatility proves too Smart on dirt

Tye Angland brings Smart Volatility back to the winner's circle after his win in the Shek Mun Handicap on the all-weather track. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Laidback Smart Volatility continued his unassuming path up the ladder with his maiden all-weather win on Saturday, with "the wrong grey" shrugging off an injury-enforced break from racing and the track record holder, Lord Sinclair.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:56pm

Purton could still snatch the title, warns rampant Moreira

Joao Moreira scores an emphatic five-length victory in the last event aboard Flame Hero to complete his four-timer at Sha Tin on Saturday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Joao Moreira believes leader Zac Purton is the most likely winner of the Jockeys' Championship, even after a four-timer at Sha Tin took him to within nine wins of his rival at the halfway mark of the season.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:54pm

Yip brings up milestone winner with a double

Joao Moreira and Dennis Yip celebrate after Telecom Prince becomes Yip's 500th winner as a trainer. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Dennis Yip Chor-hong knew the comedown from his fairytale Trainers' Championship of last season would be tough but after a slow first half of the term a double at Sha Tin got things moving in the right direction for the stable.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:56pm

No value, but Moreira to dominate Challenge

Joao Moreira had a night to forget on Wednesday, but can rebound at Sha Tin on Saturday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It is hard to go past Joao Moreira as the likely winner of the Jockey Challenge at Sha Tin, even if his odds-on quote doesn't look the greatest value bet.

Moreira is the only rider with a full book of 10 rides, and on what could easily be a wide open day, the Magic Man was installed $1.80 early favourite before firming into $1.60 last night.

7 Feb 2014 - 9:31pm

Delight in Harbour after trial improvement

Green Manner (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) wins a barrier trial at Sha Tin on Friday morning, but Harbour Delight (Mirco Demuro) was the eye-catcher. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Harbour Delight continued to show improvement following a stable transfer and although he might not look a world-beater, a solid dirt trial on Friday indicated he could be competitive soon.

The 68-rated import by Dylan Thomas closed off nicely in a 1,200m trial on the all-weather track, finishing just a head behind 76-rated Green Manner (Howard Cheng Yue-tin).

7 Feb 2014 - 9:36pm

It would be Silly to write off Buddies

Meridian Treasure (Jacky Tong Chi-kit) holds off Pretty One (Nicola Pinna) and Silly Buddies (Tye Angland) in the Pok Oi Cup. Silly Buddies can atone on Saturday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It's take two for John Size-trained Silly Buddies in the Heung Yee Kuk Cup (1,200m) at Sha Tin and the lightly-raced four-year-old looks ready to make amends for his latest defeat at odds-on in a cup race.

7 Feb 2014 - 9:33pm

Who has dominated the first half of the racing season?

Dominant's Hong Kong Vase win is one memorable moment from the first half of the season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Saturday at Sha Tin marks the halfway point of the season, but it already feels as though there have been enough highlights to fill up two seasons. Let’s go through the best rides, training efforts and individual horse performances of the first half of this term.

7 Feb 2014 - 9:45am