Ricky Yiu

Ricky Yiu Poon-fai, Hong Kong’s trailblazing horse trainer

Star horse trainer Ricky Yiu high-fives with rider Brett Prebble on Sacred Kingdom at the Sha Tin Racecourse on Jan 16, 2011. Photo: SCMP/ Kenneth Chan

Ricky Yiu Poon-fai has never won a premiership but he is well-known as the trainer of former three-time world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom, who was also Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year in 2009-10, and won the inaugural international Hong Kong Sprint with Fairy King Praw

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 11:59am

Graceful Kingdom ready to fill big shoes

Trainer Ricky Yiu (right)

Racing in the famous silks of past champion Sacred Kingdom, the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Graceful Kingdom has big shoes to fill but he caught the eye with a runner-up performance in the Class Four Mediterranean Sea Handicap (1,200m) at Sha Tin.

7 May 2013 - 5:06am

Dragon to strike back with vengeance

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai made the call early that Legendary Dragon would be a Happy Valley horse and the lightly raced gelding returns there with a great chance to win the Hong Kong Exchanges Challenge Cup (1,200m) today.

15 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Relieved Lai and Yiu get monkey off their backs

Local jockey Alex Lai Hoi-wing threw off an indifferent start to the new season with a treble but still failed to land the Jockey Challenge honours.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Fatboy Sugar can prove his worth against lesser rivals

Fatboy Sugar can help sweeten Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's successful season with a victory in the Taipa Handicap (1,000m) at Sha Tin tomorrow, and punters can forget the calories and gorge themselves on an estimated HK$9 million dividend by making the horse a banker in the final leg of the Triple Trio.

11 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

The king of Sha Tin

Breeding: Encosta de Lago - Courtroom Sweetie

Age: Bay gelding, three years old

Trainer: Ricky Yiu

Jockey: Danny Nikolic

Purchase price: A$200,000 (Melbourne Premier Sale, February 13, 2005)

Record: five starts, five wins

2 May 2007 - 12:00am

Sha Tin double tilts title odds in Hayes' favour

LEADING trainer David Hayes upped the title stakes yesterday with his second Sha Tin double in the space of four days, but the defending champion needed to as chief challengers, Ricky Yiu and Peter Ho, are breathing down his neck.

16 May 1999 - 12:00am

Yiu's Yangtze River coming into full flow

The gulf between Class Four and Five is a wide one, as Yangtze River (99-1) showed in emphatic fashion with his first forward showing in last night's second event over the Valley mile won by favourite Super Conqueror.

24 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Double joy for astute Yiu

Ricky Yiu's season ended on a high note yesterday with a brilliant Sha Tin double.

15 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Speed Win to show clean pair of heels

Speed Win should represent decent win and place value in the final event on another interesting and potentially lucrative Sha Tin card.

30 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Mount bullies rivals in high-class trial

Griffin star Victory Mount yesterday underlined his Derby credentials with a superb barrier trial display at Sha Tin.

8 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Yiu discovers an asset in Fradd

It is not an easy task for a trainer to find a stable rider to fit into the cauldron of Hong Kong racing.

And when that trainer is retaining a jockey for the first time, the pitfalls are even more so.

But, if early indications are anything to go by, Ricky Yiu is on a winner with South African Robbie Fradd.

9 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Magnificent treble brings up 50 wins in season for Whyte

The demon Douglas Whyte brought up his half-century of winners with a magnificent treble at yesterday's final meeting of the season.

The Sha Tin fixture saw the genius South African rider take the second on David Hill's Don Pedro and the featured Flyaway Cup on Ricky Yiu's top stayer in the making, Multi-Star, who floored David Hayes' Take Charge.

16 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Future looks Healthy for Yiu's youngster

Ricky Yiu has made his mark as a young, local trainer with a very bright future.

Last night he introduced his private purchase griffin, Healthy Star, in the opening event. The son of Zabeel may not scale the heights for which Yiu could be destined but the way he shaped when staying on strongly into sixth behind Excel Kid in the opening event, he does look a future winner.

10 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Best yet to come for Touchwood

THE luck that has come talented South African jockey Piere Strydom's way so far this season has mainly been bad.

29 Sep 1996 - 12:00am