Horse Racing

Whyte stretches lead in jockeys' race

Douglas Whyte looks over to Brett Prebble as Flagship Shine keeps up a strong gallop to beat his fast-finishing stablemate Sterling City in the last race of the day. Whyte said the gelding is going to be a 'big horse' next season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Four winners for four different trainers at Sha Tin yesterday pushed Douglas Whyte eight clear of Zac Purton, who was winless on the day, with 15 meetings to go.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 5:00am

Three-timer Doleuze on the crest of a wave

Olivier Doleuze admires 'speed machine' Winfull Patrol. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There is not a more in-form jockey than Olivier Doleuze and he notched another treble to keep his hot streak going, including an impressive debut by sprinter Winfull Patrol, a horse Richard Gibson claimed might be the fastest he has ever trained.

19 May 2013 - 5:00am

'My horses are more important than title'

Dennis Yip Chor-hong

No sooner had Dennis Yip Chor-hong strode three wins clear of reigning champion John Size in the trainers' title race at Sha Tin yesterday, then he declared his priority for his horses' future over winning his first championship.

12 May 2013 - 5:05am

Tarzan I Am jumps out as a good thing for Size

Douglas Whyte on another impressive debut winner from the John Size yard, Tarzan I Am. Photo: Kenneth Chan

They were jumping out of trees to back John Size's newcomer Tarzan I Am and the three-year-old let nobody down, justifying his big reputation by romping home with Douglas Whyte swinging off him.

12 May 2013 - 5:05am

It's all about fung shui for on-fire Andy Leung

He may have had trouble in the run, but King On Earth (Richard Fourie) unleashed a strong burst in the clear to make it two straight wins at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There was some symmetry in Richard Fourie riding Andy Leung Ting-wah's 400th career winner and a fair bit of fung shui as well, according to the colourful trainer.

12 May 2013 - 5:05am

Moore compares Berry's work ethic with Beadman

Tommy Berry and John Moore pose after their win with Approve. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Tommy Berry has been a hit on the track since arriving, but is making an impression in the mornings as well. John Moore has compared Berry's work ethic and insight as a trackwork rider to that of his legendary countryman Darren Beadman, after the in-vogue Australian jockey landed another winner for the trainer.

12 May 2013 - 5:05am

Underdone Dominant throws down gauntlet

Dominant (maroon blinkers), ridden by Zac Purton, claims his second Queen Mother Memorial Cup. He will now head to the Champions & Chater Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A well-timed push from jockey Zac Purton helped Dominant to a second straight Queen Mother Memorial Cup, but the win wouldn't have been possible without the groundwork of a magnificent training performance from John Moore.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Doleuze gets best out of Glacier Blue

A change of tactics from Olivier Doleuze makes all the difference for Glacier Blue, who the rider previously called a 'nightmare'. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Not many nightmares end as well as Olivier Doleuze's first ride yesterday with Glacier Blue unwittingly getting the best of the track and finally repaying the faith in him that the jockey and trainer Richard Gibson have had despite a string of defeats as favourite.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Dan Excel finally gets his reward

Dan Excel finally gets his reward

One international bid was launched but others thrown into disarray as rugged trier Dan Excel upset the flashy names and the HK$12 million Champions Mile stayed at home once more.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Bullish Friend 'not ready to take on big boys yet'

In-form duo Tony Cruz and Matthew Chadwick. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Whether up-and-coming sprinter Bullish Friend takes on "the big boys" - as his trainer Tony Cruz calls them - next start in the Group Three Sha Tin Vase is in the hands of the handicapper after the tough three-year-old made it three wins in a row.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Excel and Dominant answer Moore's prayers

John Moore and Weichong Mar-wing celebrate their Champions Mile win. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Hong Kong's leading big money trainer, John Moore resorted to the gods to improve his luck last week and they answered unequivocally yesterday with a winning treble and his fifth Champions Mile in the past seven years as Dan Excel kept the HK$12 million international event at home yet again.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Whyte set for Glorious success in Champions Mile

Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With the Classic Mile, Stewards' Cup and Derby already in the bag, a fourth Group One victory for the Durban Demon hinges on Glorious Days and that would be his personal peak.

5 May 2013 - 4:00am

Moore hoping Xtension will put best foot forward

John Moore is looking forward to Sunday's Champions Mile

Kiwi jockey James McDonald will be reunited with Xtension at the request of Steven Lo Kit-sing, with the owner's other star, Military Attack, headed to Singapore later this month, while stablemate Time After Time will head to Royal Ascot in June if he runs well next start.

1 May 2013 - 4:46am

Ridding the world of steroid menace is a complex issue

Mahmood Al Zarooni

The events of last week in England involving trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni and anabolic steroids is clearly something that will be occupying racing's top administrators for some time.

1 May 2013 - 4:16am

Dragon's QE II misfortune impacts on Akeed Mofeed

Tommy Berry. Photo: Kenneth Chan

In the long tradition of major events jumping from the 2,000m start at Sha Tin, Sunday's Audemars Piguet QE II Cup was a messy affair and the serious check to Ambitious Dragon had even wider consequences than upsetting his chance.

1 May 2013 - 4:49am