Richard Gibson

Derby far from certain for improving Wayfoong Express

Wayfoong Express (Tye Angland) just gets the better of Khaya (Douglas Whyte) to stamp his Derby credentials. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Improving four-year-old Way-foong Express took another step towards putting himself in the Hong Kong Derby on Sunday but it didn't require a mind reader to see that trainer Richard Gibson was not doing cartwheels over the idea.

Sunday, 23 February, 2014, 10:24pm

Whyte takes the sweets with a dashing treble

The Sha Tin crowd cheers Douglas Whyte after he records his third winner of the day, Gorgeous Debut. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The empire struck back with a vengeance at Sha Tin as reigning champion jockey Douglas Whyte put the Jockey Challenge to bed before halfway with a quick-fire treble and might easily have doubled his win tally for the afternoon.

24 Feb 2014 - 10:48am

Khaya just finds a way to keep on winning

Khaya streaks away to win at Sha Tin on Sunday. Better races now await the John Size-trained gelding. Photo: Kenneth Chan

John Size-trained Khaya had looked a fringe Derby hopeful when this season started and events have probably overtaken that ambition, but he again showed himself to have a good race ahead somewhere with his solid return from a three month break.

17 Feb 2014 - 9:20pm

Gibson's Fire a good Starter for TT jackpot

Fire Starter (Olivier Doleuze, navy) was unable to catch Pearl Win (Joao Moreira, light blue) last start, but faces an easier task here. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With a good draw and the services of Douglas Whyte, Richard Gibson's Fire Starter can make the necessary progress at his fifth start and salute as banker in the opening leg of the Triple Trio at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

17 Feb 2014 - 9:27pm

Racing Digest - February 16, 2014

Full Talent (Weichong Marwing) races away for a dominant victory at the massive price of 116-1. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Expensive four-year-old Vanilla broke away riderless pre-race for the second time in a fortnight and set trainer Caspar Fownes a puzzle to get him to the Derby.

16 Feb 2014 - 10:38pm

Three-timer Doleuze on the crest of a wave

Olivier Doleuze admires 'speed machine' Winfull Patrol. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There is not a more in-form jockey than Olivier Doleuze and he notched another treble to keep his hot streak going, including an impressive debut by sprinter Winfull Patrol, a horse Richard Gibson claimed might be the fastest he has ever trained.

19 May 2013 - 5:00am

Doleuze gets best out of Glacier Blue

A change of tactics from Olivier Doleuze makes all the difference for Glacier Blue, who the rider previously called a 'nightmare'. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Not many nightmares end as well as Olivier Doleuze's first ride yesterday with Glacier Blue unwittingly getting the best of the track and finally repaying the faith in him that the jockey and trainer Richard Gibson have had despite a string of defeats as favourite.

6 May 2013 - 3:52am

Gibson has no reason to doubt Gold-Fun

Olivier Doleuze draws barrier No.7 for Gold-Fun.

If trainer Richard Gibson is having any second thoughts about the Champions Mile, they aren't to do with his runner, Gold-Fun.

3 May 2013 - 4:46am

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

Gibson mum about Mizani's path

Richard Fourie and Mizani, who came from last to win the final event yesterday.

On a day that promised nothing out of the ordinary and delivered, fans at Happy Valley had something special to take home when Mizani staged a last-to-first win in the final race and left a question begging - did the wrong Richard Gibson horse win the Derby?

15 Apr 2013 - 4:03pm

Akeed's low-rated Derby victory is a blessing in disguise

Akeed Mofeed and Douglas Whyte. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Winning the lowest-rated Hong Kong Derby has left Akeed Mofeed and his people in a unique, and even preferable, situation with regard to the horse's future plans.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:25am

We haven't seen the best of Akeed Mofeed, says trainer Richard Gibson

Akeed Mofeed (Douglas Whyte) scrambles in by a half-length over Endowing (Dwayne Dunn) and stablemate Gold-Fun (Olivier Doleuze) in yesterday's stop-start Hong Kong Derby. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It was the moment when a big reputation and price tag meant nothing, and only a BMW Hong Kong Derby win would justify everything that led to Akeed Mofeed lining up as a hot favourite for the HK$16 million classic yesterday, but champion jockey Douglas Whyte believes the winning card had been played a fortnight ago.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:26am

Mofeed enjoys luck of the Irish

Douglas Whyte plants a kiss on Akeed Mofeed after their victory.

An Irish Hong Kong Derby winner on St Patrick's Day had an air of inevitability to it before and after the race, but the margin of joy and the manner of Akeed Mofeed's classic win kept the excitement in it right to the moment of triumph.

18 Mar 2013 - 2:39am

Gibson has come a long way for a shot at Derby glory

Richard Gibson. Photo: Kenneth Chan

By his own admission, trainer Richard Gibson and the Derby - almost any Derby - are barely on nodding terms but the Englishman, via France, hopes to embrace his own slice of BMW Hong Kong Derby history today.

17 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Gibson stays cool despite perfect draw for Derby favourite Akeed Mofeed

Richard Gibson

The random fortunes of the starting draw swung Akeed Mofeed's way yesterday but the favourite's trainer Richard Gibson wasn't getting ahead of himself before the HK$16 million BMW Hong Kong Derby on Sunday.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:41am