Day belongs to fired-up Purton

He may not have a leading stable at his back, but Australian jockey Zac Purton surged into equal second on the championship ladder with a three-timer yesterday at Sha Tin that showcased his often-underrated talents.

Monday, 9 January, 2012, 12:00am

Resurgence delights O'Sullivan

Paul O'Sullivan and bold front-running Aashiq both put a miserable year behind them as a new one opened at Sha Tin yesterday and upset the stars in the Group Three Chinese Club Challenge Cup (1,400m).

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Trainers seize rare chance

There were no cup races on offer yesterday, but a couple of scarcely scheduled events clearly had opportunist trainers Paul O'Sullivan and Andreas Schutz circling the date in their calendars.

Class Fives up the straight and 2,200m races at Sha Tin are a rarity on the programme and the two lower-tier trainers took full advantage of a running of both.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Trip over the shorter 1,400m just the tonic for O'Sullivan's gelding

Trainer Paul O'Sullivan's suspicion that New Vision is a 1,400m horse was confirmed when he scored over that trip in a Class Three handicap. New Vision endured a frustrating run of seconds at a mile last season - beaten a neck, a nose and a head in consecutive outings before a season ending fourth, again over the mile.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Perfect tonic for O'Sullivan

A relieved Paul O'Sullivan snared his first winner of the season, 'about two months ahead of schedule,' combining with former apprentice and three-time winner on the day Derek Leung Ka-chun.

Leung drove home O'Sullivan's five-year-old Pizzazz in a Class Three (1,200m), a win which will provide a welcome boost for his former master's struggling stable.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

O'Sullivan just passes benchmark - and looks ahead to next season

Paul O'Sullivan says he was never much of a letter writer anyway, so it's just as well Dividend Champion landed the My Choice Handicap to give the trainer his 200th Hong Kong winner but rather more importantly, his 13th for this season.

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Victory at last - relieved O'Sullivan finally gets monkey off his back

Paul O'Sullivan's drought is over as he became the last handler to get on the score sheet and admitted relief rather than excitement was the overwhelming emotion to Good Boy Boy's victory.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Trainers of HK trio play down Yasuda hopes

The absence of a high-profile Japanese hero in Sunday's HK$17.8 million Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo has surprisingly handed Hong Kong's three trainers the heaviest burden of public expectation.

4 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Taverner ready to make his mark for lucky O'Sullivan

Paul O'Sullivan knows enough about the fluctuating luck of the racing game to accept the lucky break that seems to have come his way with the arrival in his yard of impressive Taverner.

Yesterday, Taverner handsomely won the fastest of two heats over the 1,050m all-weather track at Sha Tin under the guidance of Douglas Whyte.

17 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Purton slowly catching leaders

Zac Purton chalked up his 20th winner for the season and moved into fifth position in the jockeys' premiership care of a patient ride on the Paul O'Sullivan-trained Rain Of Thunder.

Purton has continued to chip away at the leaders and confirmed his status as one of the top five jockeys with the low-key victory.

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

O'Sullivan's Aashiq shows heart of a champion on his return to competition

In other circumstances, the Paul O'Sullivan-trained Aashiq might well have run half an hour earlier yesterday in the Classic Mile rather than the Class Three Dyer Handicap (1,400m), but the trainer was pleased about the way things fell.

25 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Sizzling O'Sullivan serves up three-timer

Trainer Paul O'Sullivan has welcomed the new year in the best possible fashion by leading in a treble - and continuing his recent hot streak of form.

O'Sullivan has now trained 14 winners, with eight of those victories coming in the past six meetings, and yesterday's effort of three wins from four runners helped boost that strike rate further.

2 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

O'Sullivan gives homeward-bound Winks a Spectacular leaving gift

Paul O'Sullivan may well have given jockey James Winks his going away present yesterday as debutant Spectacular Award kicked off an early double for the New Zealand trainer.

Winks was released from his club jockey contract on Friday afternoon, with the Australian rider making the decision to take his leave after battling with his weight and a lack of proper opportunities.

20 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Amazing Journey finally clicks

Paul O'Sullivan could have been forgiven for getting sick and tired of his 14-start maiden Amazing Journey, but the slow-maturing five-year-old finally rewarded the patience of all concerned with a thumping win in the sixth event as $38 favourite.

9 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Course, distance and gate - Treasure covers all bases

A step up in trip and the crucial advantage of an inside gate should make all the difference for the Caspar Fownes-trained Victory Treasure in the Volunteers' Challenge Cup (1,800m) at Happy Valley.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am