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'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.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 5:05am

Black Caviar is retired after 25 consecutive wins

Punters celebrate as Luke Nolen rides Black Caviar to victory in the TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick, the super mare's final race. Photo: AP

Champion mare Black Caviar, widely considered the world's greatest sprinter, was retired yesterday after 25 consecutive race wins and will now begin a lucrative breeding career.

"We thought long and hard about racing on but we believe she has done everything we asked of her and felt it was the right time to call time on her wonderful career," trainer Peter Moody said.

18 Apr 2013 - 5:20am

Bubble's about to burst for sky-high yearling sales

Lot 131, a yearling half-brother to Black Caviar, has sold for an record price of AUD $5 million. Photo: EPA

Live long enough and you've seen just about everything at least once before - it is both the benefit and the curse of age. So when people started putting up their hands to pay four and five million Australian dollars for yearlings in Sydney last week, there were the pin jabs of memories past.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:18am

Vaccine shortage hits Aussie horses for Champions Mile and QE II Cup

Glass Harmonium in action

There are 12 nominations from Australia for the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on April 28 and the Champions Mile on May 5, although confirmation of such runners usually would not take place until after some major Group One meetings under way at the Sydney autumn racing carnival.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

Jockey Douglas Whyte passes love of horses to his children

Whyte with his son, Ethan, at Beas River Equestrian Centre. Photo: Dickson Lee

A soft rain is falling on the paddock at Beas River Equestrian Centre in Sheung Shui. Douglas Whyte is meticulously checking equipment, tugging the leather straps as he attaches a saddle to a patiently waiting horse.

9 Dec 2012 - 1:40pm

Safety fears over use of draft horses to pull wedding carriages at Hong Kong's Discovery Bay

Three of the four draft horses that have been brought into Discovery Bay are taken for their morning exercise. Photo: Anna Healy Fenton

Goliath's Revenge, Tank, Epic Thunder and Gracie's Eclipse cause quite a stir on their daily walks around Discovery Bay's North Plaza area. Each stands two metres high and weighs about 500kg.

But not everyone is delighted to see the four giants on their sleepy patch and some local residents fear that there may be accidents.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

Give non-runners credit they deserve - in the form guide

Ah, welcome home old mate. There's a touch of nostalgia involved in this item as it was a hobby horse long ago in a galaxy far far away called Australia, where we lobbied for a long time to have non-runners' ...well, runs ... included in the form guide.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Millard's A-team on a mission to win

They say a good coach takes the blame when his athletes lose and gives credit to his team when they win.

If Ambitious Dragon is defeated today, trainer Tony Millard says he will take the criticism 'on the chin', but in victory he will defer praise to the horse and the dedicated team around him.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Military Attack 'can strike it really big next season'

The John Moore-trained Military Attack may have been bought as a Derby horse this term and missed out on that silverware, but a brilliant swoop to take the Chan Trophy yesterday left no doubt the confidence behind his purchase wasn't misplaced and the big stage still lies ahead.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Inside gate gives Impeccable the edge

Inside draws are gold at Happy Valley and that gives Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Impeccable a chance to bounce back into the winner's circle in tonight's St George's Challenge Cup (1,200m).

Since the Jockey Club gained permission to go to 83 meetings per season, the dreaded C+3 'greyhound' meetings at the city course have made a serious comeback to the season's programme.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rivals running scared as Go Baby Go stamps class

Go Baby Go arrived at Dennis Yip Chor-hung's stables 'scared of everything', but it will be opposition trainers fearing the progressive sprinter after another dominant victory yesterday at Sha Tin.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Angland, Dr Super give Size a 'huge' lift

It seems the 1,300-pound plus Dr Super and towering jockey Tye Angland, who is close to six foot tall, were a perfect combination.

'It was the biggest jockey and biggest horse in Hong Kong combined,' Angland joked after a front-running display on the John Size-trained gelding in a Class Four (1,400m).

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

With a better alley, Super Plus is the one

Drawing single figures can help Super Plus break through for the first time in more than a year and aid punters trying to narrow calculations in a tough Triple Trio at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dregs of Class Five are still hanging around

We hope the handicapping department had a nice summer break because now it's back to business and that means plenty of questions about the smoke and mirrors of their dark arts during the months ahead. And we are starting with a change in Class Five policy, which seems to have slipped under the radar.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Perfect pick-me-up for Whyte as he lands double

Douglas Whyte picked up a three-meeting suspension in Japan last month, handpicked 450 kilograms of Olives in Italy last week and was back to pick up a double for Dennis Yip Chor-hong at Happy Valley last night.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am