Johan Cruyff

Fully tuned-up California Memory finally lives up to his early promise

The mystery of the missing testicle finally had a happy ending yesterday as the Tony Cruz-trained California Memory broke through to win his first race but sadly too late for his owner, Dr Thomas Liang Ting-sen, who passed away earlier this year.

Monday, 25 October, 2010, 12:00am

Cup overflows with memories

Going to a World Cup is one of the most memorable experiences for a soccer fan. But Peter Shinn and George Hunter have both been there more than once. Nine times to be exact. So you can imagine the number of stories the two have accumulated over the years. The Britons first attended the tournament in 1966, when England lifted the trophy. This was the beginning of their 'addiction'.

17 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Full-time for Johan Cruyff

Brilliant Hong Kong Derby winner Johan Cruyff was officially retired yesterday and is off to a career at stud in Australia.

Bought by Patrick Biancone after finishing fourth in the Irish Derby at The Curragh, Johan Cruyff lived up to all expectations with his slashing win in the 1998 Sha Tin equivalent when he won as he pleased.

4 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Commander Charlie knocking on door

Connections of the admirable Commander Charlie have paid a hefty price for the gelding's basic and commendable honesty.

One win and a string of minor placings have brought in well over $3 million in prize money but the extra rating points gained for those second and third placings have left the win column a little thin.

4 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Cruyff incident remains 'on file'

The inquiry into the performance of unplaced odds-on favourite John Cruyff at Sha Tin on Sunday will hang over champion trainer David Hayes' head.

Evidence given by Hayes into Johan Cruyff's controversial fourth has been 'left on file'.

23 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

High and lows for Fallon

British champion jockey Kieren Fallon had a day to remember and a night to forget at Sha Tin when a winning treble was followed by a three-day careless riding ban and a fine of $50,000.

The Irish ace was in and out of the inquiry room as often as the winner's circle and he left the racecourse last night with decidedly mixed emotions.

22 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Heavens can smile on Whyte

Thank Heavens looks heaven sent for punters in the fourth event on 10-race Chevalier Cup day at Sha Tin this afternoon.

The David Oughton-trained colt looked dreadfully unlucky last time out in the race won by Winning Boy from New Trumps over today's 1,400-metre course and distance.

21 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Punter invests $128 to scoop $5.6m

IT cost one lucky Hong Kong punter just $128 to walk away with Triple Trio riches worth $5.6 million yesterday.

Using the $2 minimum stake, the punter inked in his selections in the three races, managing to find two 16-1 chances and one at 20-1 in the three legs.

10 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Johan Cruyff gets the nod

Superb trackworker Johan Cruyff can begin his campaign under new management today by winning the Sha Tin Trophy.

The longer term plans for Johan Cruyff, now with champion trainer David Hayes, centre around the Hong Kong Cup in December but so good have been his efforts in recent weeks that it is hard to go past him today.

9 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Dashing sprint stars turn on the quality

It certainly wasn't a case of saving the best for last but the cream of Hong Kong's sprinters set the tone for a revealing barrier trial session on the Sha Tin turf yesterday morning.

6 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Hayes on the ball with Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff was the star on show at yesterday's Sha Tin barrier trial session where his new stablemate, Charming City, looked future betting material.

29 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Eastern headed in right direction

Eastern Magnate looks primed to go close at decent odds in the fourth event on this afternoon's Champions and Chater Cup card at Sha Tin.

The big race now looks a veritable cakewalk for Hong Kong's heavyweight Indigenous. He should dominate, with Oriental Express and Monza the pick of the others following the withdrawal yesterday of arch-rival Johan Cruyff.

15 May 1999 - 12:00am

Johan Cruyff

Hong Kong Derby winner Johan Cruyff is among 95 entries for the Group One ESAT Digifone Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, writes Robin Parke.

But the second leg of the Emirates World Series Championship took a knock with the absence of a single American entry.

1 May 1999 - 12:00am

Hot Catalan oozes class

A welcome pause in the hectic racing schedule, albeit for just 24 hours, offers time to reflect on tomorrow's prestigious Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

Initial trackwork impressions favoured the New Zealand challenger The Message, who looks a lovely individual.

17 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Indigenous bounces back

SUPREME stayer Indigenous (5-2 favourite) proved true champions overcome real problems by brilliantly winning the $4.3 million Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin yesterday.

28 Mar 1999 - 12:00am