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Ricky Yiu Poon-Fai

Ricky Yiu is a famous racehorse trainer in Hong Kong. Born in 1957, he is the first Chinese trainer to have won at Group One level on foreign soil, taking out the Sprinters Stakes in Japan with Ultra Fantasy and the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore with Sacred Kingdom.

Grey is a major player - it's as Simple as that

A professional display in a Sha Tin turf trial suggested Simple should blitz his next assignment and overcome a hefty nine-point hike in the handicaps.

Wednesday, 8 February, 2012, 12:00am

Hawthorne has draw and claim

Lightning has already struck twice for Hawthorne over the Happy Valley 1,000m lately and trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai has done his utmost to see if he can make it happen again in the Victoria Racing Club Trophy tonight.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Kingdom's hunt for record to continue

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai has confirmed the career of champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom will continue after he emerged unscathed from his fifth to Eagle Regiment in the Centenary Sprint Cup on Sunday.

The multiple Group One winner appeared to have every chance and just didn't let down strongly enough to take the prize.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sacred Kingdom's future in doubt

Ricky Yiu Poon-fai confirmed this will be Sacred Kingdom's final season and will carefully consider retirement as an option for the champion sprinter after a career-worst effort in the Hong Kong Sprint.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Purton sheds bridesmaid's tag with gem of a ride

The dominant debut win of Jade Christy not only delivered Ricky Yiu Poon-fai the first half of a training double, it broke a frustrating run of seconds for jockey Zac Purton.

Purton must have been wondering where his next winner would come from after not hitting the line first since October 9 and consistently 'finding one better' ever since.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Super Pepper whets connections' appetite with his first success

Super Pepper finally cracked it for his maiden win in the Class Five Wo Che Handicap, but the margin of error was only a dropped whip. 'I couldn't believe that this horse could have had 22 starts and not won a race,' said Ricky Yiu Poon-fai, who took the gelding over late last season and was saddling him up for the fifth time.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Yiu and owners set for a Jolly good time

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai hasn't had much luck with only three victories and 19 placings from his 80 starters this season, but Jolly Fine looks a winner waiting to happen after a solid runner-up performance in the Class Three Magpie Handicap (1,600m) on Sunday at Sha Tin.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Yiu's charges in thick of the action

Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's great season steamed ahead at Happy Valley last night with another winning double but it wasn't all beer and skittles for the trainer, with his top sprinter Romantic City providing a sensation in the feature event.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Good as Gold as Yiu rides on the Express to savour his best ever season

Ricky Yiu Poon-fai is quickly closing in on 50 wins after a double with Share Of Gold and Legend Express, which takes him to 47 victories - clearly his best result since becoming a trainer in 1995-96.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Fifth jockey falls foul of riding rule

Chief steward Kim Kelly has denied he has led any extraordinary 'crackdown' in judicial affairs, despite an abrupt end to Mark du Plessis' stint yesterday after he became the fifth jockey punished under the 'reasonable and permissible measures' rule.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Compact Yarn ticks all the boxes as a banker

Fresh from the disappointment of Sacred Kingdom's sixth in the KrisFlyer International Sprint in Singapore on Sunday, trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai will return to Happy Valley tomorrow night with high hopes Compact Yarn will claim the final leg of the Triple Trio - the Yue Wan Handicap (1,800m).

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Double boosts Du Plessis' hopes

With another three weeks until the Licensing Committee announces the riding arrangements for next season, Mark du Plessis will be hoping an overdue double is going to help his case for a return next term.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

'He will just continue to go higher'

Quantum Power showed he was a class above even an 'A-grade' Class Four with a romping 1 3/4 lengths win for jockey Zac Purton and trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai to confirm his last-start success over the same course as yesterday's 1,400m Jules Audemars Handicap.

2 May 2011 - 12:00am

Draw is not an issue for improving Quantum

Triple Trio punters can sharpen the darts for the first two legs of the HK$2 million exotic bet type on Sunday, but should be able to nail down the third-leg combinations by basing tickets around Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's improving Quantum Power.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Happy Guys all around as Purton follows Yiu's plan to the letter

A jovial Ricky Yiu Poon-fai has his sights set on bigger targets for his promising syndicate horse Happy Guys after an outstanding victory in the final event.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am