Lord Kanaloa

Who has dominated the first half of the racing season?

Dominant's Hong Kong Vase win is one memorable moment from the first half of the season. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Saturday at Sha Tin marks the halfway point of the season, but it already feels as though there have been enough highlights to fill up two seasons. Let’s go through the best rides, training efforts and individual horse performances of the first half of this term.

Friday, 7 February, 2014, 9:45am

Lord Kanaloa certainly capable of rare double

Lord Kanaloa

It is a rare beast able to win Group One races at 1,200m and also at a 1,600m level as high as the Yasuda Kinen and it's certainly an outstanding early prospect for the Longines December internationals that we may see him here for the Hong Kong Mile.

5 Jun 2013 - 4:53am

Lord Kanaloa eyes Hong Kong Mile

Glorious Days (outside) keeps battling away to finish 11th after bungling the start. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The stallion emphatically swept aside pre-race doubts he could run a strong 1,600m as two of his potential rivals in December - Glorious Days and Helene Spirit - finished down the track.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:39am

Turnover keeps going up - locally and simulcast

Lord Kanaloa

The trend of local turnover has far exceeded any expectations this season and so too has the trend of simulcast betting.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:27am

Lord Kanaloa 'is the strongest sprinter in the world'

Lord Kanaloa wins the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

Top Japanese jockey Yasunari Iwata, perhaps unintentionally, threw out a snub to Australia's Black Caviar after Lord Kanaloa took the HK$16.2 million Group One Takamatsunomiya Kinen as expected at Chukyo racecourse in Nagoya.

25 Mar 2013 - 4:32am

Jockey Club raises the bar to be envy of the world

Lord Kanaloa did Japan proud in the Sprint. Photo: Kenneth Chan

If, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then top Australian trainer Peter Moody was pumping up the tyres of Sunday's Sha Tin showpiece.

Moody was asking aloud in Australia's press why that country couldn't organise an international meeting that mirrored Hong Kong.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

Different approach to training pays off for Lord Kanaloa's Takayuki Yasuda

One of the glories of international racing is that it showcases how many different ways there are to do things in the sport - nothing is set in stone and nothing is wrong. It's just different.

And Takayuki Yasuda's handling of his two Hong Kong Sprint runners this week was another reminder.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Club will hope Lord Kanaloa attracts more foreign sprint stars to Hong Kong

Yasunari Iwata blows a kiss to the fans after guiding Lord Kanaloa home in the Hong Kong Sprint.

Like J J The Jet Plane before him, Japanese sprinter Lord Kanaloa might well have saved the HK$15 million Sprint yesterday, but the way he did it insisted he might also be the best active sprinter in the world right now.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Gangnam, glitz and glory: Sha Tin style tops charts - video

Kate Winslet arrives with her boyfriend Ned Rocknroll. Photo: AP

The Longines Hong Kong International Races had everything: star power on and off the track, great weather, fierce competition and even that little bit of nail-biting drama that ended well as Horse Of The Year Ambitious Dragon overcame an 11th-hour emergency, was passed fit to run then stamped his authority on the meeting.

10 Dec 2012 - 3:10pm

Trainer confident Grand Prix Boss can end Japan's 7-year skid

Japanese trainer Yoshito Yahagi dons a colourful hat at the barrier draw.

Not so long ago, the Japanese visitors to the December international meeting were always to be feared, but it has been seven years since their last winner at the meeting (Hat Trick) and trainer Yoshito Yahagi wants to change that with Grand Prix Boss in the Mile.

8 Dec 2012 - 2:44am