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Vengeance of Rain

Heroes at home but (mostly) zeroes overseas

Hong Kong was dominant on home turf with a near clean sweep at Sha Tin's international showpiece and triumphant in what was proclaimed as the strongest ever Champions Mile, but underwhelming away from home with only Little Bridge's Royal Ascot victory to show from a recor

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

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.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

We need a little sunshine, say Treasure Beach's team

Alex Cole spent part of yesterday nervously looking out of his hotel window for the weather prospects after an outside draw had been the first blow to Treasure Beach's chance of carrying off a rare head-to-head between the classic form of Europe and Hong Kong in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Specialist earns crack at HK Derby

The Jockey Club answered the plea of leading trainer John Size to include Real Specialist as the last invitee to the race that every owner craves, the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 18, but it was still David Ferraris who was oozing confidence after the final field was announced yesterday.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Dubai mission is not a no-brainer

While the question of a tilt for Ambitious Dragon at the greatest riches available in horse racing might seem to most of us a great problem to have, history shows the gelding's connections have every right to be careful with their choices.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Wrath over transfers is easy to understand

It was easy to have sympathy for trainer David Ferraris after Sunday's racing, but not just because Sweet Orange was unlucky to lose the Classic Cup. Let's face it, unlucky runners are as rare as a Paris Hilton video. Unlucky defeats are unfortunate but part of the game.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Cirrus returns better than ever

The HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup next month will feature both the world's highest-rated middle distance runner and the first Dubai World Cup winner to grace the Sha Tin turf.

French galloper Cirrus des Aigles returns for a third time lucky tilt at the Cup, over 2,000m, with the honour of being the joint highest-rated horse yet invited to the showpiece.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Heart attack kills HK super horse Vengeance Of Rain

Former Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Dubai Sheema Classic winner, Vengeance Of Rain, died in New Zealand at the relatively young age of 11.

The son of stallion great Zabeel was returned to Cambridge Stud, where he was born, when he retired from racing in 2008 and died there on Monday night after apparently suffering a heart attack in his sleep.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ferraris pins Flemington hopes on apprentice Ng

David Ferraris' ambitious plans for a hit-and-run Group One mission to Australia with star colt Bear Hero are in the hands of 10-pound claiming apprentice Alvin Ng Ka-chun at Sha Tin on Sunday.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Evergreen Viva a terrific warrior

We can't let Viva Pataca's retirement go without mention of a terrific warrior, more of a character than many champion horses in terms of his racetrack achievements, who will be remembered as much for what he didn't win as the victories he did have.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Kingdom has edge on fast-rising Hustler

A hat-trick of Group Ones in Australia by boom three-year-old Weekend Hustler was insufficient to remove Sacred Kingdom from his mantle as the globe's number one sprinter on the latest list of the World's Top Racehorses.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Dubai Sheema Classic comments

Latency: As the best horse in South America, arrived in the Middle East with much expected but failed to deliver over preferred distance last time over dirt.

Quijano: Loves this course and was fancied to make an impact last year but faded under pressure. Different preparation this time with a second place in the Hong Kong Vase under his belt.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Moore feels the pain as Pataca draws wide alley

Viva Pataca's bid to replicate Vengeance Of Rain's pioneering win in the 2007 Dubai Sheema Classic hit a major hurdle last night when Hong Kong's top stayer drew barrier 12 for Saturday's edition of the world's equal-richest race on turf.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Globe-trotting Doctor Dino aiming for special hat-trick

Not many horses, anywhere, get to achieve a hat-trick of Group One successes in three different countries, but that's the aim for Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase hero Doctor Dino in Dubai next Saturday.

21 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

HK Derby has grown in stature as a stepping stone to international glory

The evolution of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby over the past decade has been remarkable, with the race now lining up as a legitimate springboard to international-class performances from its heroes.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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