Michael Kinane

Frustrated Guyon at the crossroads

French star Maxime Guyon's rush of blood on Sunday when he slapped Keith Yeung Ming-lun with the whip at the 150-metre mark was symptomatic of the pressures inherent in racing here.

Wednesday, 1 February, 2012, 12:00am

Warhorse Pataca still has spring in his step

Nine-year-old warhorse Viva Pataca is a live hope of claiming an historic third win in tomorrow's QEII Cup, jockey Darren Beadman says.

Beadman is hoping to claim his second international Group One in a week after winning the BMW Champions Mile on Xtension last Monday and firmly believes trainer John Moore has the defending champion primed to run at his best.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Viva Pataca in step for Sha Tin glory

Hong Kong's highest earning galloper, Viva Pataca, can join River Verdon as a four-time winner of the Group One Champions & Chater Cup (2,400m) at Sha Tin tomorrow - and add another big race to trainer John Moore's and jockey Darren Beadman's tally.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

Thumbs Up confirms he is the next big thing with gritty performance

If Viva Pataca is a good measuring stick - and seven Group Ones plus HK$71.3 million in prize money suggests he surely is - then Thumbs Up confirmed his arrival as a big-time player with his gritty second in yesterday's HK$8 million Citi Champions & Chater Cup.

1 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Pataca or Collection? It's Beadman's call

John Moore will leave the sensitive decision of Darren Beadman's choice of mounts in Sunday's City Champions & Chater Cup until the last possible minute, with one eye on the horses and the other on the weather.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

Winning is in their blood

John Moore and Caspar Fownes will be frontline players at this year's Cathay Pacific International Races, and they have much more in common than one might imagine.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Pataca plans up in the air

With invitations to the Cathay Pacific international races to be announced tomorrow night, Viva Pataca's owner Stanley Ho Hung-sun remains undecided - publicly at least - whether his champion is a Cup or Vase candidate.

20 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Pataca to head Down Under, chasing a dream for trainer John Moore

Trainer John Moore has declared all systems go for star galloper Viva Pataca as the four-time Group One winner prepares to leave for a tilt at the W.S. Cox Plate in Melbourne.

22 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Pataca to end successful season as the undisputed Horse of the Year

The judges won't really have any choice but to hand the award for Hong Kong's Horse of the Year to Viva Pataca's owner Stanley Ho Hung-sun at Sha Tin on Monday.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Vengeance to get the breaks in rematch with Pataca

The last Group One of the season today looks the ultimate showdown between Hong Kong's best stayers in the $8 million Champions & Chater Cup (2,400m), and Vengeance Of Rain should have the race break the right way to win it for a second time and stake his claim as Horse Of the Year.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Viva Pataca claims bragging rights

Moore's five-year-old turns tables on Vengeance after his Gold Cup defeat

Round two of the battle of the Derby winners in yesterday's HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup levelled the score to one-all, with Viva Pataca spectacularly avenging his Gold Cup defeat by Vengeance Of Rain.

30 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Dubai next for gallant Collier

English stayer has new target after Vase triumph

Collier Hill's remarkable story may have yet another chapter even after the gallant eight-year-old claimed his third Group One victory in the HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (2,400m), as connections consider a trip to Dubai.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

What they said

'I was struggling five furlongs out as they'd gone very quick but when he saw daylight he surged forward. He then started to look at the crowd 100 yards out but when Kastoria came at him he knuckled down again and stuck his head out.'

Dean McKeown,

jockey of Collier Hill.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am


Irish classic winner Kastoria has maintained a low profile this week but claimed significantly more prominence with her final breeze on the turf track yesterday, under the guidance of big-race maestro Michael Kinane.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Kinane answers Moore's SOS

'I believe he's still one of the best jockeys on the planet'

Champion Irish jockey Michael Kinane has answered an SOS from trainer John Moore and will ride Viva Pataca in Sunday's Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin.

25 May 2006 - 12:00am