Horse Racing

Sight Lover should deliver goods at last

Sight Lover's only win has come at Sha Tin over 1,400m but he has been racing well again lately.

The John Size-trained Sight Lover has not been the kindest to punters, but Triple Trio players will look to him as a banker again in the opening leg at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 2:55am

Hit A Home Run enjoys the change of tactics

Trainer John Moore

On the weekend, Hit A Home was stepping out for the seventh time, but a change of tactics to being ridden cold in his last two runs has seen him hitting the line with plenty of purpose.

4 Jun 2013 - 2:55am

Familists back after a year in the wilderness

A pleased David Hall joins Keith Yeung and Familists. Photo: kennsss

Trainer David Hall knows just how much a "worthy" defeat can take out of an honest horse and Familists finally made his way back around to the top end of the business after a year in the wilderness.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Stable left to rue the one that got away

Dragon Choice, ridden by Olivier Doleuze

Michael Chang Chun-wai continued to lift the bar higher in his career-best season as trouble sprinter Dragon Choice shrugged off a year of problems to collect the opening Class Five, but the trainer was still disappointed with the one that got away.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Purton and Cruz make their point

Bobo Dragon takes full advantage of a soft lead to kick away and claim his second successive victory for Zac Purton, who now trails Douglas Whyte by three. Photo: Kenneth Chan

If anyone thought or even hoped that yesterday's Sha Tin meeting was going to shed some fresh light on the jockey or trainer championships, then they left thoroughly disappointed with what was nearly a contender-free zone.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Patience pays off for Yat Ding Win's owner

Yat Ding Win (Alex Lai) makes his patient owners proud. Photo: Kenneth Chan

When you pay HK$8 million for a horse, wanting to see it run must be fairly high up the wish list but trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai paid credit to Yat Ding Win's owner, Liang Guoxing, for having the patience to wait and get the right result as the three-year-old continued a good run for the International Sale Griffins.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Lord Kanaloa eyes Hong Kong Mile

Glorious Days (outside) keeps battling away to finish 11th after bungling the start. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The stallion emphatically swept aside pre-race doubts he could run a strong 1,600m as two of his potential rivals in December - Glorious Days and Helene Spirit - finished down the track.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

John Size says Glorious Days is better for last year's Yasuda Kinen

John Size says Glorious Days is better for last year's Yasuda Kinen

As disastrous as Glorious Days' 14th place in last year's Yasuda Kinen seemed at the time, trainer John Size and jockey Douglas Whyte believe it may have been the making of the horse who returns to Fuchu today a more complete coompetitor.

2 Jun 2013 - 4:58am

Persistence could finally be paying off with Willie Cazals

Persistence could finally be paying off with Willie Cazals

We have to give Weichong Marwing his due - he did try, he really did give it a go on Liberator in the Champions & Chater Cup on Sunday, he just didn't have quite the horse.

29 May 2013 - 5:48am 1 comment

Valley turf puts Sha Tin all-weather to shame

Valley turf puts Sha Tin all-weather to shame

Credit where it is due with the tracks - what a fantastic surface that Sha Tin all-weather is … okay, just kidding. If you believe that, we know of a bridge in Sydney we can get you a great price on.

29 May 2013 - 11:10am

Chadwick sees stablemate as Memory's biggest threat

Matthew Chadwick

Matthew Chadwick hopes California Memory's class can overcome some distance queries and carry him to Sunday's Group One Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup, where he believes the biggest danger is stablemate Willie Cazals as the pair aim to give Tony Cruz his first win in the race as a trainer.

22 May 2013 - 5:16am

Singapore stages a show with Military precision

Military Attack, ridden by Zac Purton, at the Kranji racecourse. Photo: AP

There was much to take away from Kranji's big day on Sunday, where Hong Kong was triumphant but the Singapore Turf Club had much for which to take a bow.

22 May 2013 - 3:50am 1 comment

Trainer Fownes sets himself apart with belief in Lucky Nine

Brett Prebble pays highest compliment to Capsar Fownes.

To some extent, what was lost in the rush and the John Moore "monkey-off-the-back" moment at Kranji was the superb training performance from Caspar Fownes, producing Lucky Nine at his deadly best after recent hiccups.

22 May 2013 - 5:22am

Trainers eye possible Hong Kong double in Singapore

Dan Excel works out in readiness for his race. Photo: Kenneth Chan

International Group One races are never a pushover, but the confidence of trainers Caspar Fownes and John Moore and a process of deconstruction and elimination with their rivals points to the possibility of a first-ever "away" double for Hong Kong in Singapore today.

19 May 2013 - 5:00am

Punters spot on with Penglai Xianzi

Keith Yeung (Penglai Xianzi) has set up a good partnership with trainer Tony Cruz. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Tony Cruz's consistent sprinter-miler Penglai Xianzi was the subject of a spirited late betting move and saluted in the Class One (120-95) after the trainer of third-paced favourite Gurus Dream, Dennis Yip Chor-hong, faced some pre-race quizzing by stewards over the horse's trackwork.

19 May 2013 - 5:00am