World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings

Hong Kong horses finally getting the credit they deserve

Ambitious Dragon is rated 124, which makes him Hong Kong's top-rated horse alongside Good Ba Ba. Photo: Kenneth Chan

It's that time of year again - when the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities releases the latest World Thoroughbred rankings for the full year of 2012.

Wednesday, 16 January, 2013, 4:36am

Fastplus Hero moving on the right path

It will be more than a year between starts for Fastplus Hero when he finally makes his local debut, but the Derek Cruz-trained four-year-old showed he is progressing well with a slick turf trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Finezza has dash to whip past Derby candidates

Finezza's impressive turn of foot will stand him in good stead stepping up in grade and help him repel the test of a trio of highly rated Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby-bound hopefuls.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Patience finally pays off

Tony Cruz was relieved to see the long winless streak of Perfect Fit end with a Class Four victory, declaring the horse wasn't just a dirt tracker as it formed the first half of a double for the trainer.

Perfect Fit won three straight on Sha Tin's all-weather course in 2009-10, but hadn't saluted since.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sprinters from Down Under worth their weight in gold

When our counterparts from Europe consider what the difference is between their sprinters and those from this part of the world - let's call them Australian-breds for the sake of the exercise - then they might consider the comments of British jockey Neil Callan after he won on Straight Gold last week.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

World awaits Dragon's fire again

The Horse Of The Year, the aptly named Ambitious Dragon, stands at a fork in the road as we head into the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races today at Sha Tin - and all of Hong Kong stands with him.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Dynamic Blitz fizzles on tough wet track

Hong Kong-trained sprinter Dynamic Blitz failed in another attempt at international glory last night as he found the 1,300m of the Macau Sand Premier Cup too testing.

The Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained dirt-tracker was stuck in the wet Taipa sand as wire-to-wire winner Golden Star stormed to a dominant victory.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dynamic Blitz drawn to get every chance in Taipa

Hong Kong's dirt-track specialist Dynamic Blitz is aiming for more international group glory in Macau tonight, where he is on trial for a return trip to Dubai early next year, the scene of his greatest triumph.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Five Clubs can get on with his job

Lightly raced five-year-old Five Clubs has had his issues but seems to have found a niche over the dirt sprint trip and that stands him in good stead in tonight's Tsuen Wan New Town Golden Jubilee Cup (1,200m) at Sha Tin.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bear Elite looks ready to find his feet

Tony Millard's underexposed four-year-old Bear Elite produced a trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday in a manner that suggests he will sky-rocket off his modest mark.

Bear Elite has been to the races twice, for a sixth and a 10th, which saw his rating drop to 50. But if his trial is any indication, the son of Lonhro has come back a significantly better galloper.

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Shock victory may save veteran's career for one more season

With so much kickback hitting the horses on the inside surface, even before the rain, perhaps it required a known dirt performer to shine but even trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai didn't anticipate the return to winning form of Alice Too at 74-1 under Piere Strydom.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Father, son, daughter vie for HK$8m purse

A HK$14 million international horse race on Sunday will be a family gathering for entrepreneur Siu Pak-kwan, with family members owning three of the horses vying with 11 others, including three from overseas.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

We have bagged them often enough so well done to the classifications committee at the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) last week for reminding everyone that the best horse around can actually be a sprinter and can be from somewhere other than Europe or the United States. Hey, even reminding themselves for that matter.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Australian sprint superstar Black Caviar tops the charts

Australian sprinter Black Caviar has smashed the glass ceiling for sprinters in the latest world rankings released over the weekend, but the 'job vacant' sign for world-class stars in Hong Kong racing is still up.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Dirt freak shows he can handle grass

Trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak was probably less surprised than many but more pleased about it than most when My Whisky cast off his tag as strictly a dirt specialist to win the Class Three Bulkeley Handicap (1,400m) yesterday. In 14 all-weather outings, his record read two victories and four placings.

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am