Fortune favours the fastest in Hong Kong

Akeed Mofeed put it altogether to win the Hong Kong Cup for Douglas Whyte last month. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able - the horse holds a special place in Chinese astrology and mysticism and those born in its year are said to carry some of the same characteristics of their zodiac symbol.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 11:10pm

'Magic Man' Moreira plays down the hype

Joao Moreira at the Sha Tin racecourse. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Brilliant jockey Joao Moreira romanced the local racing media, saying that he may not be as good as people think, that he is not here for the money and that he does not have a target to dethrone perennial champion Douglas Whyte – but he would be thrilled if that is how it turns out.

10 Oct 2013 - 9:47pm

Ikee vows to fulfil Japan’s Arc dream with Orfevre

Christophe Soumillon gives Orfevre a workout in Chantilly ahead of Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Photo: AFP

Yasutoshi Ikee came agonisingly close last year to achieving Japan’s dream of winning Europe’s most prestigious race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and on Sunday he intends to set that right with the same horse, Orfevre.

4 Oct 2013 - 11:56am

Game of charades for local press pack at Sha Tin

Aaron Kowk, with his horse My Favorite, brings out the entertainment media. Photo: Kenneth Chan

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3 Oct 2013 - 7:12pm

Dettori breaks ankle after fall

Frankie Dettori is to miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle. Photo: AP

Jockey Frankie Dettori will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Dettori, who had been due to ride in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, was unseated from his horse Eland Ally on the way to the start of a race in Nottingham.

3 Oct 2013 - 1:28pm

Zeroing in on the unfortunate few

Freshman trainer Chris So Wai-yin thanks his lucky stars after getting off the mark on Wednesday night. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The fortunes of jockeys and trainers live and die on results and most pundits and punters judge the form and ability of racing’s human competitors in a simple and ruthless manner with a cursory glance at the number in the column marked “wins”, however unfair that may be.

26 Sep 2013 - 7:33pm

Banished for re-education in a (corn) field of dreams

The dirt track was built in corn fields on the outskirts of Hohhot. Photos: David Wong

Racing in mainland China is the sport’s El Dorado – a dream sold to the desperate, and one that has already lured many to ruin. So perhaps it was appropriate that Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, with its eerie half-built and abandoned developments scattered across the countryside, was the site chosen for the so-called “renaissance of racing in mainland China”.

24 Sep 2013 - 2:37pm

Golden Harvest's hat-trick quest can lead TT fans to HK$40m jackpot

Golden Harvest (right) coasts home with King Tai Sing (race two) in a trial at Happy Valley and will be hard to beat tomorrow night. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Tony Millard's Golden Harvest gave the impression of a horse headed to at least Class Two with back-to-back wins late last term and can take the next step when he resumes in the final leg of another jackpot-boosted Triple Trio at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

24 Sep 2013 - 1:54am

Dual Happy hits his straps

Dual Happy sprinted strongly for Weichong Marwing after turning for home to score a convincing win at the Valley last week.

Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained Dual Happy showed the benefits of a summer break and a drop in class when he won at Happy Valley last Tuesday night but it won't be the gelding's last win even as he rises in class.

24 Sep 2013 - 1:53am

Although different is style, Moore and Size standard setters in their own unique ways

The two Johns: Moore (left) and Size (right).  Photos: Kenneth Chan

The changes to compulsory retirement for trainers aged 65 and up – which has been dubbed by some, perhaps unfairly – “the John Moore rule”, delivers Hong Kong racing far more than just five more years of safari suits, Class One cup winners and media-friendly post-race interviews.

27 Jun 2013 - 7:32pm

Taken for granted – the 'supermen' risking life and limb

How tough are jockeys? A broken arm was the worst injury suffered in last night's horrific fall at Happy Valley. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Every now and then an incident like last night’s ugly five-horse fall at Happy Valley snaps us out of a slumber and reminds everyone what an incredibly dangerous and brutal sport horse racing is.

20 Jun 2013 - 5:19pm

Peter Ng: We can talk, but not about training horses

It's another champagne moment for Peter Ng Bik-kuen, who is joined by his son, Pierre Ng Pang-chi, and Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin after Namjong Turbo's shock win on Sunday. Photos: Kenneth Chan

A nervous new reporter on his first day at Sha Tin sidles up to veteran trainer Peter Ng Bik-kuen and asks his thoughts on his first winner of last season.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:48pm

Jockey Club officials ready to move on after zilpaterol feed contamination

Ricky Yiu. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Club officials will proceed to tomorrow's Sha Tin meeting confident the zilpaterol feed contamination will not play a role. The bulk of runners declared on Thursday for the meeting underwent urine tests after all horses at Sha Tin had been taken off the two feeds found to contain the cattle supplement, a prohibited substance.

15 Jun 2013 - 4:26am

Hong Kong Jockey Club says there is no risk to horses in feed contamination

Chris Riggs. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Jockey Club chief veterinarian Chris Riggs is adamant there is no health risk to the horses affected by the zilpaterol feed contamination, despite a US study reporting alarming side effects when the cattle drug was given to horses.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am

HKJC: Horses to be clear of feed drug for Sha Tin meet

Chief stipe Kim Kelly says Sunday's race meeting will go ahead as planned. Photo: Kenneth Chan

A potential crisis has been averted, despite a second batch of feed being contaminated and exposing 80 entries for Sunday's Sha Tin meeting to banned drug zilpaterol, Jockey Club chief steward Kim Kelly said last night.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am