Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy

Millard praises gutsy Purton

Zac Purton celebrates his first win on Ambitious Dragon after the in-form Australian gave the two-time Horse of the Year an outstanding ride in the Sha Tin Trophy. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A deft move to slip away from the rail as soon as he bounced the gates in the Group Two Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy yesterday was all that Ambitious Dragon's new partner Zac Purton needed to flush all the words out of his head and let the Horse of the Year do his thing.

Monday, 29 October, 2012, 3:46am

Weight is Tony Cruz's main concern over California Memory

California Memory

Tony Cruz is more concerned about a hefty weight stifling California Memory in tomorrow's Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy than a reoccurrence of the joint soreness that plagued his gutsy grey last season.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Glorious Days shaping up to play with big boys

John Size is typically circumspect ahead of saddling up his international aspirants Glorious Days and Fay Fay in Sunday's star-studded Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy, 1,600m.

13 Feb 2014 - 10:31am

Dragon will come on for first-up run

Ambitious Dragon has had only gallops. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Trainer Tony Millard indicated Ambitious Dragon is more vulnerable than he was first-up last season, the two-time reigning Horse of the Year going into Sunday's Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy having missed a key barrier trial.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:33am

Stars on show on Sunday, but it's a recipe for upsets

John Size has Glorious Days ready to resume. Photo: Kenneth Chan

And so the warning signs are already in place for punters wanting to back the stars as the season's Group racing gets under way properly this weekend and we get our teeth into something serious.

24 Oct 2012 - 2:32am

John Moore predicts 'whopper' from Irian in Sha Tin Trophy

John Moore

Hong Kong's best will be arrayed in force on Sunday at Sha Tin as they begin their campaigns towards the internationals in December, and John Moore says his big-race bridesmaid Irian can cause a surprise in the Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy.

23 Oct 2012 - 2:58am