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Horse Racing

Purton can produce a Triple Trio Smile on his return

Zac Purton (right) can make a winning return aboard Paul O'Sullivan's Celestial Smile. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A re-energised Zac Purton returns from a two-meeting suspension on Saturday and should salute in the final leg of the Sha Tin Triple Trio on the Paul O'Sullivan-trained Celestial Smile.

Thursday, 6 February, 2014, 9:34pm

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

General Iron out to prove he's made of Whyte steel

General Iron can break through for his first win in Hong Kong at Happy Valley. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Danny Shum Chap-shing's General Iron has shown enough in his previous efforts at Happy Valley to suggest the drop to Class Four can see him break through in the Craigengower Cricket Club Challenge Cup (1,000m) on Wednesday night.

4 Feb 2014 - 8:41pm

Demuro has Courage and Size on his side for Triple Trio

Mirco Demuro and John Size can join forces with Red Courage in the middle leg of the Triple Trio. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Mirco Demuro has yet to win for John Size but he has been around the mark and with a perfect draw and a light weight he can break through on Red Courage in the middle leg of the Triple Trio at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

3 Feb 2014 - 10:16pm

Kiwi import will be a future Friend for punters

Divine Ten (Joao Moreira) holds off My Little Friend (Gerald Mosse) at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Punters can disregard the time in Divine Ten's victory on the weekend but the race still looks like form worth following in the near future.

3 Feb 2014 - 10:13pm

Magnifico! Italian trio brings flair to first half of the season

Mirco Demuro, after winning the Stewards' Cup on Blazing Speed, is one of a trio of Italians who have added a new dimension to Hong Kong racing. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Passionate, spontaneous and adored by Asian racing fans, Italians Mirco Demuro, Umberto Rispoli and Nicola Pinna have been a breath of fresh air this season – part of a new wave of talent that has helped to further rejuvenate the Hong Kong jockey ranks.

4 Feb 2014 - 11:58am

Man of the moment Moreira delivers for Hall

Joao Moreira is all smiles after winning on Divine Ten, which formed part of his treble. He has closed to within 13 wins of leader Zac Purton. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Joao Moreira's momentum continued unabated with a treble that moved him ever closer to the Jockeys' Championship lead, but two of the in-demand jockey's winners - both for David Hall - might not have been and were only confirmed within minutes of declarations.

2 Feb 2014 - 10:21pm

Super Lifeline's path in the hands of owner: Millard

Karis Teetan celebrates after taking the Chinese New Year Cup aboard Super Lifeline for trainer Tony Millard. Photo: Kenneth Chan

In the same moment that Super Lifeline took the Chinese New Year Cup, jumped the queue and qualified himself for the remaining four-year-old classics, trainer Tony Millard was quick to announce that wasn't the path he favours for the gelding.

2 Feb 2014 - 10:19pm

Mr Gnocchi books a place in the Hong Kong Derby but no certainty to line up

Mr Gnocchi (Gerald Mosse) blouses Approve (Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin) and Dr Good Habit (Douglas Whyte) to win the final race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing said that Hong Kong Derby plans for Mr Gnocchi are not set in stone, despite the gelding's third win of the term to ensure a start.

2 Feb 2014 - 10:10pm

Akeed Mofeed inches closer to proving trainer Gibson right

Akeed Mofeed and Douglas Whyte hold off the challenge of Ashkiyr (outside) to win the Centenary Vase. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Late last season, Richard Gibson boasted that Akeed Mofeed would one day be the best horse in town.

2 Feb 2014 - 10:19pm

Prebble hopes win can return lost confidence

Polymer Win appreciated the softer ground at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Opportunities for Brett Prebble with trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai have been scarce since the glory days of champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom, but the Australian jockey hopes a break through on Polymer Win goes some way to restoring confidence in their once strong combination.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:35am

Youngster Tommy Berry comfortable with decision to return home

Tommy Berry enjoys another good day at the office, completing his treble on Invictus for trainer John Moore. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Despite taking Hong Kong by storm in what has been a lucrative short-term stint - which continued with a treble yesterday - in-demand jockey Tommy Berry says he has no regrets about his decision to return to Australia, and when he does return here it will be as an even better rider.

17 Jun 2013 - 11:28am

I'm not counting my chickens in jockey's title race, says Whyte

All You Wish wins with something in hand for Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The fat lady hasn't sung but there was the scrape of a chair and a clearing of the throat at Sha Tin as she stood up in readiness after Douglas Whyte's treble set Zac Purton an unreasonable task to catch him in the final seven meetings of the jockeys' championship.

17 Jun 2013 - 11:32am

Treble has Moore closing in on HK$100m landmark

Tommy Berry wins another Group event after Sterling City showed a powerful burst to win the Premier Cup. The gelding stamped himself as next term's star. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The season's leading money trainer again, John Moore closed in on the magical HK$100 million mark after a three-timer at Sha Tin that included a Group Three Premier Cup for Sterling City and a conundrum for the future.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:35am

'I'm only reaching my peak'

Pure Force prevails after a vigorous riding from Ben So. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With compulsory retirement seven-race meetings away for Peter Ng Bik-kuen, the trainer joked that he might have only just reached his peak after an upset double gave him a career-best for winners in a season.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:35am