Takeover Target

Simplicity is the best policy for success

The damp squib of the Global Sprint Challenge limps on into 2012, but it is one race heavier and with a better bonus system. Yet it still lacks the simplicity and rewards to make it attractive.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011, 12:00am

Rocket Man ready for blast-off - but he must get past our runners first

Rocket Man heads an imposing contingent of Asian-trained runners in the 2011 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (1,200m), as the Singaporean speedster attempts to go one better than his heart-breaking second last year.

24 Nov 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

Actions speak louder than words, so stop whingeing

Fancy the Victoria Racing Club wanting to pay appearance money to try and ensure that the sprint clash the world awaits between Rocket Man and Black Caviar occurs on its track at its peak festival. Hardly bears thinking about, really.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Rocket man flies past rivals again

Hong Kong's ageing sprint stars Sacred Kingdom and Green Birdie showed just how far they have receded from their peak as Rocket Man, a new world power in the sprinting ranks, emerged at Kranji racecourse in Singapore last night.

23 May 2011 - 12:00am

Singapore wins its stripes with feature added to global sprint series

The Global Sprint Challenge (GSC) series that will end for 2010 with tomorrow's Hong Kong Sprint will next year include the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore, won this year by Green Birdie.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

On the Rails

The beauty or otherwise of the Global Sprint Challenge does lie in the eye of the beholder and the angle from which that eye is looking, so the consideration of changes to it in Melbourne next month will make for interesting viewing.

6 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Fownes camp in good spirits as Green Birdie looks the part in Japan

An ever-darkening Tokyo sky and a faultless preparation have put Green Birdie in the box-seat to claim the Group One Sprinters Stakes (1,200m) at Nakayama racecourse in Japan on Sunday.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Singapore a question mark for Collection

Trainer John Moore said he was in the process of rethinking a trip to the Singapore International Airlines Cup meeting at Kranji next month for Gold Cup winner Collection.

11 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

On the Rails

Among the many areas where the Jockey Club can take a bow after the international meeting is the role of its veterinary team and the fair dealing with visitors which a proper level playing field entails.

16 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Common sense already proving a big winner

It's still early and this column is in a good mood, so we should take the opportunity to praise Jockey Club officialdom, where common sense is enjoying a brilliant season already.

From the opening up of the International Trial races to the testosterone positives situation to the no-nonsense scratching of Royal Flush on the weekend, the club is doing plenty right.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong cast-offs enjoy fresh air in Sydney

Former Sha Tin-based horses are making their presence felt in Sydney, racing under the guiding hand of a young trainer who has held a licence for only three years.

23 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

All systems go for Kingdom's Ascot mission

Sacred Kingdom will leave for England on Sunday in a bold bid to cement his reputation as the greatest sprinter in the world at Royal Ascot on June 20.

3 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Kingdom to have a tilt at Royal Ascot, says Yiu

Ricky Yiu Poon-fie last night gave Sacred Kingdom fans the news they had been hoping for, committing his world champion sprinter to a trip to England for the Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 21.

25 May 2009 - 12:00am

Carnival shows how far Lion City's racing has come in the past decade

The overriding reaction from visitors to the Singapore international carnival last weekend was to marvel at just how far racing on the island republic had come.

It is, after all, just 10 years since Singapore made that historic decision to split from the Malaysian circuit and run a standalone racing centre along the lines of the successful Hong Kong model.

20 May 2009 - 12:00am