John Moore goes in to tomorrow's Queen Elizabeth II Cup with guarded confidence about Viva Pataca, but there is one horse among his nine rivals he's more wary of than most.Saturday, 25 April, 2009, 12:00am
Fresh from the biggest victory of his career in Sydney on Saturday, Zac Purton had to make do with a 'little fish are sweet' policy at Sha Tin, but Exploding continued to build the Australian's good relationship with Peter Ng Bik-kuen's yard.6 Oct 2008 - 12:00am
Smart three-year-old Northern Hero showed the benefit of patience when he returned to competition at Sha Tin yesterday and posted a sound performance to win the opening barrier trial on the all-weather track.21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
Michael Kinane has been engaged to replace Christophe Soumillon on Viva Pataca in Sunday's HK$8 million Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin.
Soumillon and trainer John Moore concluded their retained jockey agreement last week, a decision that was ratified by the Jockey Club's licensing committee on Monday.28 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
Vengeance Of Rain covered himself with glory in finishing a most unlucky third to Europe's champion mare Pride in Sunday's Group One Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup, and absolutely confirmed he was back in business as a force in big-time racing.12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am
Jockey Shane Dye was unconscious in the Prince of Wales Hospital's intensive care unit last night after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain following an horrendous fall at Sha Tin yesterday.
Dye's ex-wife, Karla, and son Nicholas were flying from Sydney overnight to be by his bedside.26 Jun 2006 - 12:00am
Notwithstanding the undoubted promise of Viva Pataca, this year's Derby ultimately measured as one would have expected - the lowest in recent years.
Viva Pataca's winning performance has measured on a par with Elegant Fashion's 2003 triumph but well below the wins of Olympic Express (2002), Lucky Owners (2004) and Vengeance Of Rain last year.29 Mar 2006 - 12:00am
John Moore had waited 11 years to find his second Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby winner as Viva Pataca added another rich layer to an already golden season for the trainer yesterday - and it could all have been turned upside down in a split second at the top of the straight.27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am
Viva Pataca is definitely the one to beat in the $14 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby next month in the wake of his sizzling victory in Class Two company at Sha Tin on Sunday.21 Feb 2006 - 12:00am
There were a number to note for the future from the seven trials at Sha Tin yesterday, including Andy Leung Ting-wah's Super Fighter, who took out the first turf heat in an impressive manner.
The speedy son of Gold Brose displayed plenty of early dash without being pressed by Michael Rodd and came through to win the trial comfortably.16 Feb 2005 - 12:00am
Rookie handler Danny Shum Chap-shin could be the trainer to follow in the final weeks of the season judging by the way a couple of his unexposed gallopers performed in turf trials at Sha Tin yesterday, one of those being Firewheel (rated 85) who won the fourth heat.19 May 2004 - 12:00am
The Jockey Club's delight at receiving 87 entries from the United States for the International meeting was understandable - especially in light of some of the excuses offered by American owners for non-attendance in the past. One owner refused to come last year for the simple reason that there were no direct flights from Los Angeles which offered smoking areas.17 Oct 2001 - 12:00am
Caution was the keyword with the $2 million barrier broken only once during last night's International Sale at the Hong Kong Convention Centre.
In previous years there have been some spirited duels for griffins offered by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, with the top price hitting over $3 million.11 Dec 1999 - 12:00am
Those seeking a barometer of Hong Kong's economic turnaround need look no further than tonight's International Sale.10 Dec 1999 - 12:00am
There is a feast of racing at Sha Tin tomorrow with Horse of the Year Mr Vitality making his reappearance and the potentially brilliant Benji opening his campaign. But champion trainer Ivan Allan and the multiple Group One-winning handler Patrick Biancone were at pains last night to warn the betting public not to consider them as certainties.11 Oct 1996 - 12:00am