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Sprinters Stakes

Shoe will be on other foot when Japanese come to Sha Tin

Brett Prebble rides Lucky Nine (No 5) to fifth in the Sprinters Stakes. Photo: Kenneth Chan

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

Lucky Nine foiled by start slip-up in Sprinters Stakes

Brett Prebble rides Lucky Nine (No 5) to fifth in the Sprinters Stakes. Photo: Kenneth Chan

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

Setback for Caspar Fownes-trained galloper Lucky Nine ahead of Sprinters Stakes in Japan

Caspar Fownes remains optimistic

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

'Glorious will only get better from first foreign foray'

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

Fownes' hopes lifted for Stakes

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

A bitter pill to swallow

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

Yen might be too much temptation for Prebble

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

Japanese punters quick to jump on Green Birdie

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

Trainers thrilled with perfect barriers for Green Birdie and Ultra Fantasy

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

Birdie right on target for Sprinters Stakes

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

Green Birdie draws barrier one at Hanshin

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

Scenic Blast withdrawn from Sprint Trial

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

Enthused to join Sacred Kingdom in Tokyo assault

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

Coetzee will be missed as a true professional in every sense of the word

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

Da Silva eyes Japan defence for Witness

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