Flaw in PPG permits leads to bottleneck in buying horses

The annual issue of permits had us thinking about the ownership system and what is wrong with it. There is a flaw that has been gathering dust for, let's say, forever.

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012, 12:00am

Princely pursuit

It's just gone seven o'clock on Wednesday evening, and in 15 minutes the first of eight races will be run and won. Perched high above the hubbub of Happy Valley racecourse is the penthouse Oyster Bar, a crystalline installation designed to evoke a sparkling rain shower on a carpet of verdant turf. Nearby there's a Western dining room and a slick sushi bar.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Entrepreneurs gamble on a government change of heart over betting on horses

The luckier horses at the Beijing Jockey Club stand in their stalls, kicking mud and chewing hay, their racing days likely ended before they even began.

The less fortunate ones starved to death, losers in a multimillion-dollar wager by the club's owner on the legalisation of horse betting.

23 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Top bloodlines on parade despite crisis

The Hong Kong International Sale (HKIS), which last year registered record sales in average and median prices, won't escape the global financial crisis this year, according to a senior official.

6 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Veteran horseman takes the lead

One of the things most admired about Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges is his incredible energy and work ethic. And the conditioning he gained through his unwavering passion for the thoroughbred racehorse may be largely responsible for it.

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

More enlightened approach needed

Pacemaker, the European thoroughbred industry's monthly magazine, has long campaigned for a more enlightened approach to the registration of pre-New Year's Day foals.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Jockeys lucky to survive horror fall

Whyte and Munce escape with minor injuries

Jockeys Douglas Whyte and Chris Munce were resting in discomfort at home last night after being involved in an horrific race fall that could easily have claimed one or both their lives.

Whyte was riding Asset Play, one of the fancied runners in the 1,650-metre second event at Sha Tin on the all-weather dirt track.

12 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Top horses and tax changes point to a great new season

They're off! And whatever the weather at Sha Tin today, acting Hong Kong chief executive Rafael Hui Si-yan will bang the gong to open a season in which the prospects have rarely looked sunnier after eight years of off-track gloom.

4 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Gambling Watch addicted to meddling

'Horse racing isn't for everyone. But it is healthy, wholesome, entertainment'

6 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Surviving the final furlong

The number of retired racehorses being put down is dropping sharply

The number of racehorses put down in Hong Kong because of disease and injury has fallen sharply as retired horses are increasingly being exported to Australia, the mainland and elsewhere.

28 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

'The main condition is we get the right quality, it doesn't matter if we lose some money' - Engelbrecht-Bresges

At last year's values, they are worth almost $41 million. Thirty-nine choicely-bred young horses purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club from the world's leading yearling auctions to be re-offered at its Piaget International Sale next Friday.

7 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Thoroughbred fortunes

THERE'S ALWAYS A sense of anticipation, a tingle of excitement surrounding a horse sale. In the past two years the electric atmosphere has caught on in Hong Kong, giving us our own version of the famous sales rings of Newmarket, Sydney, Saratoga in the US, Goffs in Ireland, and Karaka in New Zealand.

29 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Zipless Zippy a lost cause

Zippy Chippy, the horse with the most defeats in the recorded history of US Thoroughbred racing, lost again - and there wasn't even a race.

Officials at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, turned down a request by the owner of the nine-year-old gelding to enter his history-making horse in a race this morning (HK time).

23 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Marju prospects can take Club close to profit

Those seeking a barometer of Hong Kong's economic turnaround need look no further than tonight's International Sale.

10 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

China certain to play key role in future

The potential of the Thoroughbred market in China is 'very huge', Ji Cheng Qian told this week's Asian Thoroughbred Breeders Conference in Melbourne.

Ji, who is deputy director of the China Thoroughbred Breeding Registration and Management Association (CTBRMA), also says the 'relationship of racing and breeding among Hong Kong, Macau and the China mainland is becoming closer'.

1 Mar 1998 - 12:00am