Silent Witness

End of era as Kingdom is put out to pasture

A special streak of greats passed into history in April with the retirement of three-time world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom, who received a lifetime achievement gong at season's end, along with Able One.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Just like old times for C-Team, but Sunshine's injury takes gloss off win

Tony Cruz was thrilled to call on champion jockey Felix Coetzee to ride smart winner Sunshine Day and re-establish their deadly combination, but was left concerned after the colt suffered a deep laceration after being galloped on.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sprinters' battle for honours still a wide open race

On the one hand, Joy And Fun's well-deserved Group One victory on the weekend reiterated one of the positives in our top-grade racing scene here but, on the other, the same evidence served to highlight the current transition period for Hong Kong's sprinters.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Kingdom to race one more time

Former world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom has at least one more engagement in his career, with connections deciding to press on to the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1,000m) on April 1.

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai said yesterday the eight-year-old had pulled up fit and well, despite finishing 11 in the Chairman's Sprint Prize on Sunday.

7 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

Kingdom remains a key player

Fading champion Sacred Kingdom heads into Sunday's Group One Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin in search of a record 18th win, but remains Hong Kong's second-ranked racehorse in international classifications despite winning once in the past year.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HKIR shrugged off potential negatives

Another international week behind us and the event has taken on an inertia of its own, typical of great events everywhere, which seems to override unfortunate absences and which is immune to the lack of a truly special performance.

14 Dec 2011 - 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

Cruz control

Tony Cruz has never been one to take it easy. 'You have to have drive,' says Hong Kong's most successful jockey and champion thoroughbred horse trainer. 'If you don't have a goal in your life, your time is up.' The son of an amateur jockey, Cruz began riding at the age of three and by 14 was an apprentice at the-then Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

History tells us to hedge our bets

It was hard to ask for more from Ambitious Dragon and Entrapment last Saturday as they kicked off campaigns headed towards the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) in December, but history has its own views on how important their performances might prove.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

I wouldn't bet on it

When Archie da Silva sounds a caution in the area of buying horses, the casual investor would be wise to listen. 'People who go into it, go into it for the love of it, rather than the profit,' says da Silva, who owns Hong Kong's most successful horse, Silent Witness. 'It is rather difficult to make any money from it.'

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Finding top sprinter a poser for judges

Sunday's Yasuda Kinen leaves the Horse Of The Year honours looking done and dusted and probably with little room for complaint.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cruz is finding his peak now, Da Silva says

Well known owner Archie da Silva threw his considerable weight behind Tony Cruz's push for this year's championship at Happy Valley last night, as Crown Witness helped the trainer creep to a significant lead in the title race.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Prebble and Kingdom part ways after defeat

The once unbreakable partnership between Brett Prebble and champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom was dramatically shattered following the Sprint Cup defeat, and trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai and owner Sin Kang-yuk will look for a change of rider as they pursue a record-equalling 18th win with their star galloper.

2 May 2011 - 12:00am

First-time blinkers can get ageing Kingdom back in winning mood

Sacred Kingdom is staring down a Silent Witness-record equalling 18th win when he contests the Group Two Sprint Cup (1,200m) today, and the addition of blinkers for the first time in the ageing sprint king's 29-start career will have him fully focused on the major prize.

1 May 2011 - 12:00am