Sunday's Sprinters Stakes in Japan only served to highlight how difficult it is to win races on foreign soil, even if you have the horsepower.Wednesday, 3 October, 2012, 1:47am
Heartbreak again in Tokyo for Caspar Fownes and Lucky Nine, as Hong Kong's powerful challenge for the Group One Sprinters Stakes dissolved in a misstep at the start.1 Oct 2012 - 2:31pm
Luckless sprinter Lucky Nine suffered another setback ahead of his overseas mission later this month, the Caspar Fownes-trained galloper tearing off both front shoes in a barrier trial mishap at Sha Tin.8 Sep 2012 - 1:53am
Champion jockey Douglas Whyte believes a career-worst performance could yet be the making of Glorious Days after the potential star's all-at-sea effort in Sunday's Yasuda Kinen.
The John Size-trained four-year-old never looked comfortable during his ninth start and made no impact in his first overseas Group One race.5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
Hong Kong's Green Birdie and Lucky Nine wound up their preparations with light canters yesterday in preparation for the Group One Sprinters Stakes in Tokyo and trainer Caspar Fownes goes into the race positive, despite the awesome presence of Singapore champion Rocket Man.2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
Hong Kong's raiders had to bite down on the bitter pill of fortune for the second-year running in the Centaur Stakes at Hanshin racecourse in Osaka yesterday, with Caspar Fownes again a desperate second with Lucky Nine, and stablemate Green Birdie disqualified to second-last after causing interference on the home turn.12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
Leading jockey Brett Prebble will have to choose between cold hard cash and Hong Kong's opening day if Caspar Fownes confirms a start in the Group Two Centaur Stakes in Japan for Lucky Nine and Green Birdie after they trial on Tuesday.26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Green Birdie is the horse to beat in the Group One Sprinters Stakes (1,200m) according to Japanese punters, and the Hong Kong speedster has opened $2.60 favourite to win at the Nakayama racecourse today.3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
Green Birdie and Ultra Fantasy will start side by side in tomorrow's Group One Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama after the barrier draw yesterday.
The computer rolled out gates six and seven for Green Birdie and Ultra Fantasy, and there were no frowns from trainers Caspar Fownes and Ricky Yiu Poon-fai at Sha Tin when they learned of the draw.2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
Hong Kong's Green Birdie grabbed the glory if not the thick end of the prize money in Japan yesterday with an unlucky second in the HK$11.2 million Group Two Centaur Stakes (1,200m) at Hanshin.13 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
Star Hong Kong sprinter Green Birdie will get every chance to make a winning debut in Japan after drawing barrier one for the Group Two Centaur Stakes (1,200m) at Hanshin racecourse tomorrow.11 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
The 'best race of the season' took its first hit yesterday with the scratching of Australian powerhouse Scenic Blast from the Cathay Pacific International Sprint Trial at Sha Tin on Sunday.20 Nov 2009 - 12:00am
Hong Kong's impact on the HK$16.8 million Sprinters Stakes has been strengthened with trainer John Size confirming Enthused will join Sacred Kingdom in the October 4 Group One event in Tokyo.8 Sep 2009 - 12:00am
Hong Kong racing will miss Felix Coetzee. The 49-year-old South African returned to Cape Town on Saturday night after 16 years in Hong Kong, most famously as the riding part of the record-breaking C team with Tony Cruz.24 Dec 2008 - 12:00am
Owner Archie da Silva yesterday made the commitment the Japan Racing Association had been waiting for - that champion Silent Witness will defend his Sprinters Stakes crown at Nakayama racecourse on October 1.
The Group One race is the next leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am