Viva Pataca

Moore eyes record stake mark

Champion trainer John Moore had his best-ever season by stake money last year, but is well ahead of schedule to register a new high mark this season if he can land a sixth Champions & Chater Cup tomorrow.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 12:00am

Only five rivals stand in Dragon's way

Ambitious Dragon will have just five rivals to beat for the HK$4 million first prize and a HK$5 million bonus in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup on Sunday week.

15 May 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

What's Dragon's next big move?

There was nothing indecisive about Ambitious Dragon's Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup victory yesterday until it reached the post-race press conference stage, where trainer Tony Millard appeared paralysed by the range of choices available to the reigning Horse of the Year and a trip to Dubai next month still remains a question mark.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Moore's worth his eight in Gold

The HK$8 million Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup has been one of the flagship events of John Moore's long and successful training career.

But even getting his wish list at the barrier draw yesterday has not emboldened him to declare for an eighth win in the race. Moore has seven gold Cup trophies, stretching back to Wing Ho in 1987.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Derby attack comes from all angles

When the Classic Cup, or rather its previous incarnation, the Derby Trial, was introduced, there was a fear the race would impact on the mystery of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby for fans.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Sprinters' battle for honours still a wide open race

On the one hand, Joy And Fun's well-deserved Group One victory on the weekend reiterated one of the positives in our top-grade racing scene here but, on the other, the same evidence served to highlight the current transition period for Hong Kong's sprinters.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Home stars ready to shine

Hong Kong has its best chance in years to take the HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (2,000m) today at Sha Tin.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Owner dreams of another Good Ba Ba

Racing in the colours made famous by former Horse of the Year Good Ba Ba, the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained debutant Good Hong Kong caught the eye when flashing home for a close second in the Class Four Inverness Handicap on Wednesday night at Happy Valley.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

'Memory didn't have chance to prove himself'

Trainer Tony Cruz was not ready to blame jockey Matthew Chadwick despite California Memory's defeat out of a place at odds-on in sensational circumstances in the Jockey Club Cup (2,000m).

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Big guns ready to make their case

The home team throws down its cards for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races today at Sha Tin, with the prospect of three short-priced winners and Ambitious Dragon, Entrapment and California Memory boosting local stocks ahead of next week's announcement of the invitees.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bank on Prebble to deliver TT riches

A couple of Brett Prebble mounts at the opposite end of the career spectrum can form the basis of Triple Trio selections at Sha Tin on Sunday.

11 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

Pataca rumour quashed

Surprisingly, the old rumour mill was hard at work on the weekend, despite the distracting feast of top racing going on in Hong Kong, France, Australia and Sunday's big sprint in Japan.

It was a juicy rumour indeed - that Viva Pataca was not being retired to Australia, merely sent there to be turned around and prepared for a further career in Macau.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am