River Verdon

It's not the Smithsonian, but a couple of additions and the Hong Kong Racing Museum would be a sure-fire winner

The body of River Verdon, who is still the only winner of the Hong Kong Triple Crown, is one of the prized displays at the Hong Kong Racing Museum. Photo: SCMP

A trip to the Hong Kong Racing Museum is a sure-fire way to shake off that pesky mid-season cynicism and fall in love with the sport all over again, but we can’t help but think this tribute to the Sport of Kings could be even better with a couple of key additions.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 2:54pm

HK model adopted to woo Cox Plate raiders

Hong Kong might yet mount another attempt on Australia's championship race, the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, following changes announced last week by the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Brave Kid can hit magnificent seven

'No, I wasn't standing there watching him come back for the winner's photo and thinking he was my Derby horse,' laughs John Size of Brave Kid's debut but the pair will attempt to win not only the classic but a unique place in history today.

14 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Old champions keep on kicking

VALIANT veterinary efforts have saved old favourite Quicken Away while ageing champion River Verdon will battle on after his last-place finish in Wednesday's Centenary Vase.

The great grey Quicken Away was found distressed and rolling in his box over the New Year holiday, displaying classic signs of colic.

23 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Old warhorse Verdon to run in sprint

HONG KONG'S ageing hero River Verdon will make his first appearance of the season at Sha Tin on Saturday.

The horse who won his way into the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong racegoers will begin what could be his final campaign by running in a 1,200-metre sprint.

18 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Verdon still a force

RIVER Verdon is poised to pick up the challenge thrown down by Derby winner, Makarpura Star, and the classy Bumper Star this weekend.

Yesterday he showed all his old sparkle in a gallop on the grass under John Marshall, coming through his final 400-metre section in a fast 22.4 seconds.

1 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

A run to 'satisfy' harshest critics

SATISFACTION used to be a handy performer in quite reasonable company, but definitely lost the thread last season - and there was little in his runs this season to suggest that the unhappy situation was going to change. Last at his last two starts he was sent off at 25-1 in the final event yesterday and then finished an excellent fifth to the classy Jade Age.

28 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

River in full flow for historic Cup mission

RIVER Verdon's historic mission to the Melbourne Cup is now firmly on course and all Hong Kong should be delighted.

19 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

One more River to cross

RIVER Verdon has already written his own chapter in the history of Hong Kong racing but he goes for the ultimate accolade today when success in the Champions and Chater Cup will see him win the Triple Crown.

15 May 1994 - 12:00am

A day of reckoning for two stars of the turf

HONG KONG'S equine superstars take centre stage today - at home and away.

All-time champion River Verdon bids for a record-setting Triple Crown success by taking the $2.75 million Champions and Chater Cup at Sha Tin while Winning Partners tackles the multi-million dollar Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo.

15 May 1994 - 12:00am

Tall order for HK champion

OVER 70,000 racegoers thronging Sha Tin today will be hoping - and betting - that Hong Kong's greatest galloper, River Verdon, will win the $5 million International Cup in what should be his swansong on the world stage.

12 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

HK's good name lands in the dirt

HONG KONG'S vast army of punters were done a grave disservice at Happy Valley last week by the deplorable state of the equitrack surface.

As we face up to another meeting on the synthetic track tomorrow night, there will be understandable concern about a repetition.

30 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Put money on Money

AT these Happy Valley meetings it is usually the best betting ploy just to settle for a couple of win bets and then to look for better odds and big-priced quinellas at Sha Tin.

That's why I reckon Happy Money (Nap) is the best bet of the night in this evening's inaugural running of the Happy Valley Trophy.

10 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Not D kind of fields for A class track

THERE it was yesterday in all its spanking glory - Sha Tin's glorious A Course.

That's the setting for our best races and, really, there aren't many better tracks around anywhere.

It looked good, even with the going yielding, but it certainly wasn't a platform that featured Hong Kong's best horses yesterday.

7 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

River Verdon

CHAMPION River Verdon will not be racing in England this summer due to a training setback.

The Gold Cup and Champions and Chater Cup winner has developed a foot abscess which means that he will miss vital work and not be fit enough to race to his full ability come his July engagements.

An inoculation had already forced him out of Royal Ascot.

17 May 1993 - 12:00am