Sam Agars

Sam Agars started his career in South Australia before moving to Hong Kong in 2014. He spent three years covering rugby and golf for the Post, before joining the horse racing team in 2018.
Sam Agars
Sam Agars started his career in South Australia before moving to Hong Kong in 2014. He spent three years covering rugby and golf for the Post, before joining the horse racing team in 2018.

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Hong Kong racing heavyweights left in shock as civil unrest halts city’s most beloved sport

Trainers scramble to find replacement races after Wednesday’s night Happy Valley meeting is abandoned

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Trainers scramble to find replacement races after Wednesday’s night Happy Valley meeting is abandoned

Hong Kong racing heavyweights left in shock as civil unrest halts city’s most beloved sport
Michael Chang goes all in with Saul’s Special as he chases one last Valley victory

The six-year-old takes a rating of 100 into the Class Two Cheung Hong Handicap (1,000m) and the trainer knows he is close to his mark

18 Sep 2019 - 9:00AM

The six-year-old takes a rating of 100 into the Class Two Cheung Hong Handicap (1,000m) and the trainer knows he is close to his mark

Michael Chang goes all in with Saul’s Special as he chases one last Valley victory
Pakistan Star set for ‘radical’ season with a new jockey after flashing trial win

Paul O’Sullivan’s enigmatic galloper catches the eye at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning and will head back to the races on October 20

17 Sep 2019 - 10:53PM

Paul O’Sullivan’s enigmatic galloper catches the eye at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning and will head back to the races on October 20

Pakistan Star set for ‘radical’ season with a new jockey after flashing trial win
John Size debuts exciting former Godolphin galloper with ‘extravagant action’ at Happy Valley

Beauty Rush won at Group Three level in Australia and heads into his Hong Kong debut on the back of an eye-catching trial

16 Sep 2019 - 10:03PM

Beauty Rush won at Group Three level in Australia and heads into his Hong Kong debut on the back of an eye-catching trial

John Size debuts exciting former Godolphin galloper with ‘extravagant action’ at Happy Valley
John Moore, Frankie Lor and John Size resume hostilities with their first winners of the season

After going winless through the first three meetings of the term, the trio get on the board at Sha Tin on Sunday

15 Sep 2019 - 10:58PM

After going winless through the first three meetings of the term, the trio get on the board at Sha Tin on Sunday

John Moore, Frankie Lor and John Size resume hostilities with their first winners of the season
Dennis Yip hopes progressive type with a ‘fighting heart’ can kick-start his campaign

Racing Fighter improved markedly last term and is looking to make it three wins on the bounce in Sunday’s Class Two

12 Sep 2019 - 11:05PM

Racing Fighter improved markedly last term and is looking to make it three wins on the bounce in Sunday’s Class Two

Dennis Yip hopes progressive type with a ‘fighting heart’ can kick-start his campaign
Blake Shinn out to put seconds and suspension in the shade during Happy Valley debut

The star Australian teams up with Frankie Lor for the first time as he looks to put a testing start to his Hong Kong career behind him

11 Sep 2019 - 8:00AM

The star Australian teams up with Frankie Lor for the first time as he looks to put a testing start to his Hong Kong career behind him

Blake Shinn out to put seconds and suspension in the shade during Happy Valley debut
Happy Valley just what the Doctor ordered for Francis Lui’s city specialist

Despite spending much of his Hong Kong career racing at Sha Tin, the five-year-old’s only two wins have come at the tight-turning circuit

10 Sep 2019 - 3:50PM

Despite spending much of his Hong Kong career racing at Sha Tin, the five-year-old’s only two wins have come at the tight-turning circuit

Happy Valley just what the Doctor ordered for Francis Lui’s city specialist
Caspar Fownes determined to remain ‘King of the Valley’ after run of Sha Tin seconds

The likeable trainer is out to resume his love affair with the city track on Wednesday night, saddling up seven runners

9 Sep 2019 - 10:23PM

The likeable trainer is out to resume his love affair with the city track on Wednesday night, saddling up seven runners

Caspar Fownes determined to remain ‘King of the Valley’ after run of Sha Tin seconds
Tony Millard may chase US$10 million Saudi Cup bounty with Elusive State

The trainer says the Dubai World Cup meeting is also on the agenda after the six-year-old’s impressive return at Sha Tin

8 Sep 2019 - 10:29PM

The trainer says the Dubai World Cup meeting is also on the agenda after the six-year-old’s impressive return at Sha Tin

Tony Millard may chase US$10 million Saudi Cup bounty with Elusive State
Douglas Whyte goes into bat for good friend Alberto Sanna after Sha Tin winner: ‘he needs a break’

The pair teams up to salute with Big Fortune, an important win for the Italian jockey in more ways than one

8 Sep 2019 - 10:29PM

The pair teams up to salute with Big Fortune, an important win for the Italian jockey in more ways than one

Douglas Whyte goes into bat for good friend Alberto Sanna after Sha Tin winner: ‘he needs a break’
Jimmy Ting’s day of reckoning – ‘I hope I have a Group horse on my hands’

The second-year trainer hopes the exciting four-year-old Yee Cheong Baby can be his first genuine Group horse ahead of Sunday’s Class Two Po Yan Handicap

7 Sep 2019 - 2:47PM

The second-year trainer hopes the exciting four-year-old Yee Cheong Baby can be his first genuine Group horse ahead of Sunday’s Class Two Po Yan Handicap

Jimmy Ting’s day of reckoning – ‘I hope I have a Group horse on my hands’
Grant van Niekerk hopes to better debut season despite change in riding ranks

The second-season jockey landed a winner with his first Hong Kong mount but is attracting far less fanfare 12 months later

5 Sep 2019 - 8:58PM

The second-season jockey landed a winner with his first Hong Kong mount but is attracting far less fanfare 12 months later

Grant van Niekerk hopes to better debut season despite change in riding ranks
Hong Kong Jockey Club postpones mainland China race meeting amid political unrest

The Conghua Racecourse event is pushed back until next year as officials admit the October 26 target will be difficult to achieve

4 Sep 2019 - 10:48PM

The Conghua Racecourse event is pushed back until next year as officials admit the October 26 target will be difficult to achieve

Hong Kong Jockey Club postpones mainland China race meeting amid political unrest
Sha Tin races virtually unaffected amid Hong Kong turmoil

The season gets off to positive start with turnover up, attendance only slightly down and no interruption from political activists

1 Sep 2019 - 10:58PM

The season gets off to positive start with turnover up, attendance only slightly down and no interruption from political activists

Sha Tin races virtually unaffected amid Hong Kong turmoil
Danny Shum keeps promise to his owners as Regency Legend maps path to the big time

The four-year-old sprinter salutes in the Class One HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup (1,200m) to give the trainer his fourth win in the race

1 Sep 2019 - 10:11PM

The four-year-old sprinter salutes in the Class One HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup (1,200m) to give the trainer his fourth win in the race

Danny Shum keeps promise to his owners as Regency Legend maps path to the big time
Danny Shum’s 2019-20 wish list – a flying start, a Hong Kong Sprint runner and a Derby contender

The veteran trainer hits Sha Tin with 11 runners on Sunday, including an exciting trio he hopes can go onto big things

31 Aug 2019 - 3:52PM

The veteran trainer hits Sha Tin with 11 runners on Sunday, including an exciting trio he hopes can go onto big things

Danny Shum’s 2019-20 wish list – a flying start, a Hong Kong Sprint runner and a Derby contender
Zac Purton not ‘reinventing the wheel’ as he strives to retain his mantle as Hong Kong champion

The Australian coasted to victory in last season’s jockeys’ premiership but is prepared for stiffer competition this time around

31 Aug 2019 - 1:01PM

The Australian coasted to victory in last season’s jockeys’ premiership but is prepared for stiffer competition this time around

Zac Purton not ‘reinventing the wheel’ as he strives to retain his mantle as Hong Kong champion
Lyle Hewitson ready for Hong Kong challenge after golden run in South Africa

The talented youngster notched 219 victories last season but knows life at Sha Tin will present a much sterner test

28 Aug 2019 - 7:30PM

The talented youngster notched 219 victories last season but knows life at Sha Tin will present a much sterner test

Lyle Hewitson ready for Hong Kong challenge after golden run in South Africa
Blake Shinn ‘pinching himself’ as he fulfils Hong Kong dream just 12 months after breaking his neck

The Australian jockey has eight rides at Sunday’s season opener and can’t believe how far he has come since a horrific fall last August

27 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

The Australian jockey has eight rides at Sunday’s season opener and can’t believe how far he has come since a horrific fall last August

Blake Shinn ‘pinching himself’ as he fulfils Hong Kong dream just 12 months after breaking his neck
Alex Lai feared he would never ride again as return from 721-day absence looms

The 36-year-old is full of confidence ahead of Sunday’s season opener at Sha Tin

26 Aug 2019 - 11:00PM

The 36-year-old is full of confidence ahead of Sunday’s season opener at Sha Tin

Alex Lai feared he would never ride again as return from 721-day absence looms
Hong Kong racing 2018-19 season by the numbers – everything you need to know

Find out which jockey returned the most profit, which barriers delivered the most winners and plenty more.

19 Jul 2019 - 10:16PM

Find out which jockey returned the most profit, which barriers delivered the most winners and plenty more.

Hong Kong racing 2018-19 season by the numbers – everything you need to know
Jockey Club’s Conghua facility the ‘success story’ of the season despite some unhappy trainers

The HK$3.7 billion racetrack receives largely positive reviews after its first season in operation as officials outline plans for the future.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:23PM

The HK$3.7 billion racetrack receives largely positive reviews after its first season in operation as officials outline plans for the future.

Jockey Club’s Conghua facility the ‘success story’ of the season despite some unhappy trainers
Keith Yeung hopes for Perfect reunion after tough split: ‘it’s not nice when they take you off like that’

The jockey climbs back aboard the Danny Shum-trained Perfect Match at Happy Valley on Wednesday night

2 Jul 2019 - 4:41PM

The jockey climbs back aboard the Danny Shum-trained Perfect Match at Happy Valley on Wednesday night

Keith Yeung hopes for Perfect reunion after tough split: ‘it’s not nice when they take you off like that’
Zac Purton lands first $50 winner in seven years – ‘I can’t believe the price, I never ride them’

The champion Australian boots home Caspar Fownes’ debutant Winning Delight, much to the surprise of the trainer

1 Jul 2019 - 9:59PM

The champion Australian boots home Caspar Fownes’ debutant Winning Delight, much to the surprise of the trainer

Zac Purton lands first $50 winner in seven years – ‘I can’t believe the price, I never ride them’
David Ferraris catches another Pokemon as Blastoise debuts – ‘his kids name all of the horses’

The South African trainer has had success with a number horses named after characters in the popular video game

30 Jun 2019 - 4:55PM

The South African trainer has had success with a number horses named after characters in the popular video game

David Ferraris catches another Pokemon as Blastoise debuts – ‘his kids name all of the horses’
Karis Teetan Thanks Zac Purton for handing him gun ride, but knows it might not be Forever

With the reigning champion jockey committed to Big Party, the Mauritian climbs aboard John Moore’s exciting sprinter for the first time

30 Jun 2019 - 2:46PM

With the reigning champion jockey committed to Big Party, the Mauritian climbs aboard John Moore’s exciting sprinter for the first time

Karis Teetan Thanks Zac Purton for handing him gun ride, but knows it might not be Forever
Grant van Niekerk lands biggest Hong Kong success as Frankie Lor continues on his merry way

The South African jockey and the prolific trainer combine to take out the Group Three Premier Cup with Flying Thunder at Sha Tin on Sunday

23 Jun 2019 - 10:22PM

The South African jockey and the prolific trainer combine to take out the Group Three Premier Cup with Flying Thunder at Sha Tin on Sunday

Grant van Niekerk lands biggest Hong Kong success as Frankie Lor continues on his merry way
Can Pingwu Spark put colic, scratchings and barrier trouble behind him and actually win?

Benno Yung hopes his six-year-old is ready to return to the winner’s circle in Sunday’s Group Three Premier Cup

22 Jun 2019 - 3:38PM

Benno Yung hopes his six-year-old is ready to return to the winner’s circle in Sunday’s Group Three Premier Cup

Can Pingwu Spark put colic, scratchings and barrier trouble behind him and actually win?
Almond Eye wins fan vote but Lys Gracieux could be the star of the Takarazuka Kinen

As the superstar filly skips the Group One at Hanshin, Yoshito Yahagi’s five-year-old looks to build on two strong runs at Sha Tin

22 Jun 2019 - 4:59PM

As the superstar filly skips the Group One at Hanshin, Yoshito Yahagi’s five-year-old looks to build on two strong runs at Sha Tin

Almond Eye wins fan vote but Lys Gracieux could be the star of the Takarazuka Kinen