Murtagh riding high for big night at Valley

Ireland's Johnny Murtagh is 'on a roll' as he strives for an outright win in tonight's Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship to go with his Super Jockey title in Japan.

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011, 12:00am

Blinkers put City Patrol in winning mood

IRISH winter visitor Johnny Murtagh could afford to smile after first-time blinkered City Patrol (7-1) produced a smart performance to land the fourth event yesterday.

The clear-cut win by the five-year-old initiated a winning double for veteran local trainer Wong Tang-ping, who followed up with the very good Danswinner in the top race.

22 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Markgraf victory respite for Weaver

EXCITING Markgraf (6-1) continued his climb through the classes with his fourth win from as many starts this season when scoring a neck victory for Jason Weaver at Sha Tin yesterday.

It was a welcome respite for Weaver who has been in the headlines consistently over the Seattle Sun controversy.

8 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Murtagh shines in Valley trial

Former Irish champion jockey Johnny Murtagh shrugged off the lingering effects of the 'flu to make a worthwhile trip to Happy Valley yesterday morning.

Murtagh was forced to forfeit two rides at the same venue on Wednesday night because of the virus but was showing no ill effects on the interesting Tambora Star, who won the first of the five grass trials.

24 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Bruised Fallon and Doyle back in saddle after New Year falls

British champion jockey Kieren Fallon and lightweight ace Brett Doyle shrugged off the bumps and bruises from their dramatic New Year's Day falls to report for work as usual yesterday.

3 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Delightful runner has all the right moves

Boom sire Danehill has thrown some handy progeny and we could have another in our midst in the shape of the curiously named Delightful Special.

The Wong Tang-ping-trained first-starter was obviously far from ready for last night's Class Four second event but he was noted working home stylishly over the 1,200 metres behind favourite Yellow River.

18 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Marcus to call the tune

Champion jockey Basil Marcus returns to his happy hunting ground at Happy Valley tonight and can lift the featured Hong Kong Golf Club Centenary Cup with progressive Songs Of Innocence.

17 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Johnny Murtagh

Former Irish champion jockey Johnny Murtagh will ride in Hong Kong until the end of February - and he believes it will give him a chance to really prove his value here, writes Robin Parke.

Murtagh was brought in at short notice after Frenchman Eric Saint-Martin was suspended until early January and was due to ride until the pre-Christmas meeting.

19 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Doyle rides again after injury scare

English jockey Brett Doyle returns to action at Sha Tin on Sunday still thanking his lucky stars that he was wearing an all-important body protector when kicked in the back earlier this week.

24 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Irish ace Murtagh to shore up ranks

Champion Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh will arrive in Hong Kong before the end of this month and will be in action at the Happy Valley meeting on November 1.

Murtagh has been signed by the Jockey Club to shore up the dwindling riding ranks in the wake of a series of suspensions.

16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Ace Murtagh poised to fill jockey gap

Irish champion jockey John Murtagh has been placed on immediate standby to bolster Hong Kong's thinning riding ranks.

The talented Murtagh, who had a successful one-month spell here almost a year ago, is expected to arrive shortly if some minor details can be ironed out.

13 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Stevens, Murtagh ready for raid on local riches

World-class American rider Gary Stevens will make a welcome return to Hong Kong in December on a one-month freelance licence.

And local racegoers will also see in action for the first time reigning Irish champion jockey John Murtagh, who has paraded his talents with success in America, Europe and Dubai. He will ride in Hong Kong in November.

4 Sep 1996 - 12:00am