Japan Cup

Another Japan Cup, another crazy call

Gentildonna (right) beats Orfevre in the Japan Cup. Photo: AFP

What can we say about the Japan Cup result? We'll leave out the swear words.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 1:42am

British pair deals a blow to Sha Tin showpiece

The 2011 Hong Kong Vase runner Red Cadeaux. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The HK$15 million Longines Hong Kong Vase has been hit with the withdrawal of two important British drawcards at next month's showpiece meeting.

27 Nov 2012 - 1:54am

Improving Dunaden ready for top tier

Dunaden left France considered a handicapper, but arrived for his tilt at the HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase via Australia as a genuine international Group One contender at set weights.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Japan's Trailblazer serves up breakfast to remember

Melbourne Cup hero Dunaden might be favourite to gain 'gallop of the week' honours, but Japan's Cathay Pacific Hong Vase contender, Trailblazer, would surely have been a big-vote gatherer yesterday.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Little Bridge can make it big in TT

Ever since 23/4 lengths separated the top five horses in last month's Jockey Club Sprint, the consensus has been that the parity of the sprinting stocks meant barrier draws would make the difference in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Snow Fairy injury leaves HK Vase field in tatters

The HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase on December 11 has been decimated by withdrawals, with outstanding stayer Snow Fairy the latest to fall to injury after a routine workout at Sha Tin yesterday morning.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Cirrus returns better than ever

The HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup next month will feature both the world's highest-rated middle distance runner and the first Dubai World Cup winner to grace the Sha Tin turf.

French galloper Cirrus des Aigles returns for a third time lucky tilt at the Cup, over 2,000m, with the honour of being the joint highest-rated horse yet invited to the showpiece.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Boys in Blue give rivals a Mastery lesson in Vase

In a moment of Frankie Dettori mastery, the HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase was over in a twinkling at the 500m and heading to Dubai for the Boys In Blue for the first time.

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Six of the best as Player leaves Jockey Club with happy memories

The Jockey Club's departing International Racing Manager Mark Player says he will look back on his final international meeting as a culmination - when all the aspirations of his six years in the job came together to produce an unforgettable day.

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Soumillon to miss HK showpiece after ban for careless riding in Japan Cup

Brilliant Christophe Soumillon is the first casualty from the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Race meetings next month after a sensational Japan Cup protest result yesterday led to a careless riding ban that will see the Belgian miss both the Jockeys' Championship at Happy and international day.

29 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

HK trio optimistic over Tokyo challenge

An air of reserved confidence hangs over Hong Kong's tilt at one of the world's great mile races, the HK$17.8 million Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo today.

6 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

On the Rails

The Jockey Club must be pleased to still have Alexandros from the Godolphin stable in Sunday's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile, despite the dropouts of Campanologist and Balius, because the temptation for the Dubai-based stable would surely have been to bypass Sha Tin altogether this year.

9 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

On the Rails

Last-start winner mentality appears to have taken over with viewpoints on See The Stars, who nevertheless did a brilliant job in winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last Sunday.

There looks little if any doubt that See The Stars is the best horse in the world this year, in reality, not just in the eyes of Europeans, who routinely rate the Arc winner the world's best.

7 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

My Goal makes up for Hall's sour start

Trainer David Hall was looking for something to turn his frown upside down after Wasabisabi's extraordinary opening race defeat yesterday, and it arrived mid-afternoon when staying-bred My Goal made it two wins on end in the Mody Handicap.

8 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Foreign Raiders

With due respect to all who arrive with similar intentions, the big foreign gun in this year's Audemars Piguet Queen ElizabethII Cup is last year's hero Archipenko.

24 Apr 2009 - 12:00am