Horse Racing

Newcomer Boy Oh Boy is bred to do well

Trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai has some nice young prospects in his hands and it was no difference with Boy Oh Boy following an eye-catching effort in the Audemars Piguet Lady Millenary Handicap (1,200m) on Sunday.

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 3:59am

Jun Ju has the draw to break through

Jun Ju is backing up after an eye-catching effort on the weekend

Dennis Yip Chor-hong is on a hot streak with trebles at the last two meetings, helping him to a career-best 51 winners heading into tomorrow's mid-week meeting at Sha Tin.

30 Apr 2013 - 3:57am

Yip practising patience and reaping rewards

Blinkered Sweet Corner wins it comfortably for Zac Purton. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Dennis Yip Chor-hong says a change in his approach to training horses and focusing on their mental preparation as much as their physical condition, plus using practicing some patience, has been the catalyst for his career-best season.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Sichuan Exec gets by on raw talent

Sichuan Exec, ridden by Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The Jockey Club's International sale may have thrown forth another star after a remarkable winning debut by high-priced graduate Sichuan Exec, when not much went perfectly through the race and he appeared to know even less about what he was doing there.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Moore plots Attack on Singapore

Fans, who enjoyed a thrilling spectacle, and John Moore greet Tommy Berry as he brings Military Attack back to the winner's circle at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Military Attack's transformation from big-finishing backmarker to tactical top-liner was completed in a fairy-tale moment for jockey Tommy Berry in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup yesterday and John Moore has set his sights now on Singapore.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Chang eyes Dubai riches for Rich Tapestry

Olivier Doleuze and Michael Chang hold their silverware. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Rich Tapestry was purchased for the Hong Kong Derby, but it turned out the horse's best attribute was speed not stamina. Yesterday the five-year-old claimed some high-profile scalps in the Group Two Sprint Cup and could now be headed on an overseas campaign to take advantage of the horse's dirt track ability.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Tommy Berry wins QE II Cup just hours after arriving in Hong Kong

Tommy Berry salutes the crowd at Sha Tin after winning the QE II Cup on Military Attack on his first day in Hong Kong. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Sha Tin hosted an Audemars Piguet QE II Cup to treasure on a day that had a little of everything from Tommy Berry making history in the main event, to the dodgem carnage behind him, to a post-race barrage by Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges against anabolic steroids in racing.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Rainbow Chic 'going places'

Brett Prebble stands in his stirrups in delight after Rainbow Chic's triumph. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Rainbow Chic came up one and one-quarter lengths short of his ultimate goal, the BMW Hong Kong Derby, last month, but gained some consolation with an impressive Class Two victory yesterday and will get another crack at Group-race glory next week - leaving his trainer Caspar Fownes with a conundrum.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Akeed Mofeed 'can be a superstar'

Richard Gibson

Akeed Mofeed may have already fulfilled his destiny and become a prince by winning this year's BMW Hong Kong Derby, but trainer Richard Gibson believes it is just a matter of time before his stallion prospect accedes to king.

28 Apr 2013 - 6:29am

Training dream finally comes true for Chris So with Jockey Club licence

Chris So Wai-yin achieved his goal of becoming one of the few licensed horse trainers in Hong Kong. Photo: Felix Wong

Chris So Wai-yin knows what it is like to suffer for his sport. As a young rider, the man who will take up a position as a fully-fledged Jockey Club trainer in July, started his career two decades ago braving the freezing Canadian winter.

26 Apr 2013 - 3:37am

Memory served correctly by owner's lucky draw

Two of John Moore's runners, Ashkiyr (left, ridden by Weichong Marwing) and Irian (Olivier Doleuze) are put through their paces at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Owner Howard Liang Yum-shing successfully plucked barrier one before California Memory won the 2011 and 2012 Hong Kong Cups and the owner couldn't believe it when he revealed the same number at yesterday's public draw.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

Rainbow Chic can profit from draw

Rainbow Chic has been showing plenty on the training track and looks a standout in the middle leg. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Just how well this year's crop of four-year-olds stack up against the general horse population faces a few acid tests on Sunday at Sha Tin - not least in the middle pin of the Triple Trio - with half the field coming off unplaced runs in the Group One Hong Kong Derby.

26 Apr 2013 - 3:37am

Dubai disappointment might be just the tonic for Igugu

New stable recruit Treasure Beach and Igugu head back to their barns. The South African duo have been ticking along well since their arrival at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Mike de Kock has already trained two winners of the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and the South African's travelling assistant Steven Jell is hoping an established pattern can repeat on Sunday.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:22am

Joyful The Great can lift gloom at Lee yard

Joyful The Great (left). Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Almond Lee is going through one of his worst seasons, but newcomer Joyful The Great gave the stable something to look forward to following a brave runner-up effort on Wednesday night.

26 Apr 2013 - 3:37am

Bin Suroor hopes for good news from Sajjhaa

Sajjhaa goes back to the stables after trackwork at Sha Tin yesterday as Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor looks on. Photo: Kenneth Chan

In a week when one trainer for the operation attracted headlines for the wrong reasons off the track, Godolphin's senior handler Saeed bin Suroor wants to put the focus back on a brilliant start to the year on the track for the boys in blue.

25 Apr 2013 - 5:30am