Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Moore plots Attack on Singapore

Fans, who enjoyed a thrilling spectacle, and John Moore greet Tommy Berry as he brings Military Attack back to the winner's circle at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Military Attack's transformation from big-finishing backmarker to tactical top-liner was completed in a fairy-tale moment for jockey Tommy Berry in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup yesterday and John Moore has set his sights now on Singapore.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 4:05am

Tommy Berry wins QE II Cup just hours after arriving in Hong Kong

Tommy Berry salutes the crowd at Sha Tin after winning the QE II Cup on Military Attack on his first day in Hong Kong. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Sha Tin hosted an Audemars Piguet QE II Cup to treasure on a day that had a little of everything from Tommy Berry making history in the main event, to the dodgem carnage behind him, to a post-race barrage by Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges against anabolic steroids in racing.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Akeed Mofeed 'can be a superstar'

Richard Gibson

Akeed Mofeed may have already fulfilled his destiny and become a prince by winning this year's BMW Hong Kong Derby, but trainer Richard Gibson believes it is just a matter of time before his stallion prospect accedes to king.

28 Apr 2013 - 6:29am

Memory served correctly by owner's lucky draw

Two of John Moore's runners, Ashkiyr (left, ridden by Weichong Marwing) and Irian (Olivier Doleuze) are put through their paces at Sha Tin yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Owner Howard Liang Yum-shing successfully plucked barrier one before California Memory won the 2011 and 2012 Hong Kong Cups and the owner couldn't believe it when he revealed the same number at yesterday's public draw.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

Dubai disappointment might be just the tonic for Igugu

New stable recruit Treasure Beach and Igugu head back to their barns. The South African duo have been ticking along well since their arrival at Sha Tin. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Mike de Kock has already trained two winners of the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and the South African's travelling assistant Steven Jell is hoping an established pattern can repeat on Sunday.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:22am

Millard glad to see Dragon fly under the radar

Tony Millard

Trainer Tony Millard is happy to keep an air of quiet confidence in dual Horse Of The Year, Ambitious Dragon in the run-up to Sunday's HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and welcomes the international opposition that helps him do it.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:52am

Ambitious Dragon might take part in the Champions Mile

Ambitious Dragon

The announcement that two top-liners from the southern hemisphere will be lining up in next month's HK$12 million Champions Mile at Sha Tin was somewhat overshadowed yesterday by trainer Tony Millard's intention to back up dual Horse Of The Year Ambitious Dragon in the race.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

At least quality trumps quantity

South African star Igugu.

This afternoon's announcement of the selected runners for Champions Mile will tell us more, but the scarcity of international opposition in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup rings a few alarm bells.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:18am

Top mares to continue rivalry in QE II Cup

Mike De Kock

Outstanding mares Igugu and Sajjhaa will travel half way around the world to continue their rivalry in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QE II Cup as they clash with Hong Kong's best at the end of this month.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:18am

Vaccine shortage hits Aussie horses for Champions Mile and QE II Cup

Glass Harmonium in action

There are 12 nominations from Australia for the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on April 28 and the Champions Mile on May 5, although confirmation of such runners usually would not take place until after some major Group One meetings under way at the Sydney autumn racing carnival.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

Looks can be deceiving

A nondescript and almost sleepy-looking brown gelding stands at the edge of the all-weather track at Sha Tin and slowly turns his head, ears pricked, deliberately pausing in the half-dark, before stepping out on to the moist dirt.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Zaidan's ready to challenge from the front, says Moore

Trainer John Moore has no fears if Zaidan, Hong Kong's dark horse for tomorrow's Singapore Airlines International Cup, is forced to take up the running.

The dawdling pace of the race 12 months ago saw California Memory forced into an unaccustomed role in the lead when he failed as favourite.

This year, the tempo is again the biggest question mark over the race.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sprint Cup has scope to become an international

Possibly it has just been serendipity but the racing over the past two weekends has taken on a familiar appearance, albeit configured a little differently.

Across the April 29 and May 6 meetings, we have had Group race features over 1,200m, 1,600m (international), 2,000m (international) and 2,400m, which looks not unlike a certain meeting in December.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rispoli signs off in style on Rulership

A brilliant Italian rider and a super Japanese racehorse will be the names on the trophy for the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup of 2012, but the Sha Tin racetrack also emerged from the gloom of Sunday morning to play hero in yesterday's international feature.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Memory faces a huge task, warns cautious Cruz

At any other time in the past 12 months, the absence of Ambitious Dragon would have meant short-priced favouritism for California Memory over the Sha Tin 2,000 metres in tomorrow's Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am