Horse Racing

Hong Kong Jockey Club defends horse-feed testing protocols

John Ridley, HKJC director of operations

As an investigation continues into how the cattle weight-gain drug zilpaterol ended up in Hong Kong horse feed, a high-ranking official has defended the Jockey Club's testing procedures and expressed confidence in the brands at the centre of the furore. But the official stopped short of guaranteeing a similar incident could not happen again.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:55am

Henry the great

Henry the great

Henry Cecil may have come from an aristocratic background and been knighted for his services to racing, but to the race-going public he was simply "Our 'Enry".

16 Jun 2013 - 10:14am

Keeping horses drug-free and safe

Photo: Kenneth Chan

The demand in horseracing for a level playing field has been taken up in Hong Kong perhaps more strenuously than elsewhere. There is arguably no more sophisticated drug-testing laboratory than that operated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Little wonder, then, that tests last week picked up the banned weight and muscle-builder zilpaterol in numerous urine samples.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:53am

Follow horses drawn low for TT riches

Plain Red Banner goes through his paces on the turf. He has the draw to take up a good position at his first attempt on the dirt.

Playing the low barriers could pay off for Triple Trio players at tomorrow's midweek meeting at Sha Tin - with two legs on the dirt and the final leg on the turf with the rail set wide.

11 Jun 2013 - 6:27am

Titanic battle for trainers' title keeps getting tighter

Supreme Genki (Matthew Chadwick) claims the feature event, helping trainer Tony Cruz keep up the momentum in the title hunt. Photo: Kenneth Chan

In keeping with the long-observed traditions of the trainers' championship race, the top four stables could produce only two winners between them at Sha Tin yesterday but Tony Cruz managed a spark of optimism about his chances of landing a third title after Supreme Genki caused a 33-1 surprise.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

I'll return better than ever, says departing Fourie

Richard Fourie is all smiles after Young Happy's win. He is looking forward to his new challenge. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The promise of a "guaranteed" South African premiership has lured Richard Fourie back to his homeland, but he has vowed to return in the future - adding that his one-season stint has sharpened his riding skills.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Skittish Apollo Cavalier handles the atmosphere

Apollo Cavalier looks to have taken it all well, says Gerald Mosse. Photo: Kenneth Chan

In stifling 32 degree heat that left many runners looking worse for wear, it was no surprise to see Apollo Cavalier a nervous lather of sweat before the Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road Handicap. But trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak and jockey Gerald Mosse were adamant the skittish gelding's pre-race condition was actually an improvement on his usual pre-race perspiratory efforts - and so it proved when he broke his maiden with an all-the-way win.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Luck plays a part as Lui savours 'best day yet'

Lucky Forever

It was a day to remember for Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin, who claimed a double and took out the Jockey Challenge, but a frustrating day to forget for Zac Purton, who went winless and saw his jockeys' championship challenge lose crucial late-season momentum.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

An Able Friend for John Moore

John Moore admires Able Friend after the gelding's solid debut victory. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Fans got another good look at the future yesterday and perhaps even an early view of a 2014 Hong Kong Derby contender when the John Moore-trained three-year-old Able Friend produced one of the most impressive debut performances of the season, despite having had acclimatisation issues.

9 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Size youngsters hold the key to Triple Trio

Forever Ahead has shown plenty in the mornings. Photo: Kenneth Chan

John Size has slipped from first to fourth in the trainers' championship chase in the past five weeks, and while he remains favourite for an eighth title, he will need to break a bad run soon if he is to stay in the hunt.

11 Jun 2013 - 2:59am

Formula Won getting more familiar with how to race

Caspar Fownes has improving youngster Formula Won.

Formula Won is just starting to put things together and should see a lot more from him next season.

7 Jun 2013 - 5:40am

Fownes sees light at the end of the Rainbow

Rainbow Chic, ridden by Vincent Ho, wins the Happy Valley Vase and Caspar Fownes says he's one to watch next season. Photos: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Caspar Fownes still regards Rainbow Chic's Hong Kong Derby defeat with chagrin but he was preferring to look ahead last night as the four-year-old showed how far he has come with victory in the Happy Valley Vase.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:47am

Lord Kanaloa certainly capable of rare double

Lord Kanaloa

It is a rare beast able to win Group One races at 1,200m and also at a 1,600m level as high as the Yasuda Kinen and it's certainly an outstanding early prospect for the Longines December internationals that we may see him here for the Hong Kong Mile.

5 Jun 2013 - 4:53am

Is it time to bring back twilight Sunday meetings?

Is it time to bring back twilight Sunday meetings?

The imposition of heat restrictions during the Sha Tin meeting last Sunday makes us wonder if the Jockey Club might have reached a point where consideration could be given to reintroducing twilight or evening meetings in this part of the season.

5 Jun 2013 - 2:58am

Sprint star Lucky Nine heading to Melbourne later this year

Sprint star Lucky Nine heading to Melbourne

Caspar Fownes has confirmed Group One-winning sprinter Lucky Nine will head to Australia in October for a two-run campaign and return in time for December's Longines Hong Kong Sprint, rather than return to Japan for the early season foray he has favoured for the last two years.

4 Jun 2013 - 2:56am