Sam Agars

Hong Kong

Sam Agars

Horse Racing Reporter

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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Joao Moreira’s sage advice sets Ruan Maia on path to Hong Kong dream

The Brazilian rides the momentum of successful stints in Macau and Singapore all the way to Sha Tin, where he begins his short-term contract on Sunday

27 Feb 2021 - 1:44PM

The Brazilian rides the momentum of successful stints in Macau and Singapore all the way to Sha Tin, where he begins his short-term contract on Sunday

Joao Moreira’s sage advice sets Ruan Maia on path to Hong Kong dream
Alexis Badel in the right place at the right time as three smart youngsters fall in his lap

The Frenchman picks up the rides aboard Winner Method, New Future and E Brother as he looks to continue his strong form

27 Feb 2021 - 12:06PM

The Frenchman picks up the rides aboard Winner Method, New Future and E Brother as he looks to continue his strong form

Alexis Badel in the right place at the right time as three smart youngsters fall in his lap
Karis Teetan secures ride on Derby big gun, shifts focus to getting Charity Fun into the race

The Mauritian commits to riding Russian Emperor in the prestigious contest but is first tasked with steering Danny Shum’s galloper to victory at Sha Tin on Sunday

27 Feb 2021 - 10:45AM

The Mauritian commits to riding Russian Emperor in the prestigious contest but is first tasked with steering Danny Shum’s galloper to victory at Sha Tin on Sunday

Karis Teetan secures ride on Derby big gun, shifts focus to getting Charity Fun into the race
Danny Shum lands third Million Challenge as Grateful Heart produces record haul

There was no grandstand finish at Happy Valley but the veteran trainer is not bothered in the slightest as his long-range plan comes to fruition

24 Feb 2021 - 11:51PM

There was no grandstand finish at Happy Valley but the veteran trainer is not bothered in the slightest as his long-range plan comes to fruition

Danny Shum lands third Million Challenge as Grateful Heart produces record haul
Douglas Whyte weathers his worst drought: ‘thank goodness I’ve been in the game a long time’

The South African’s run of outs is the worst of any trainer as he takes Group One performer Stronger back to Happy Valley

22 Feb 2021 - 1:54PM

The South African’s run of outs is the worst of any trainer as he takes Group One performer Stronger back to Happy Valley

Douglas Whyte weathers his worst drought: ‘thank goodness I’ve been in the game a long time’
Alexis Badel snares Classic Cup with sublime ride after being punted from the favourite

The Frenchman dictates terms from the front to pinch the race on $22 chance Healthy Happy after losing the mount on the highly touted Tourbillon Diamond

21 Feb 2021 - 10:13PM

The Frenchman dictates terms from the front to pinch the race on $22 chance Healthy Happy after losing the mount on the highly touted Tourbillon Diamond

Alexis Badel snares Classic Cup with sublime ride after being punted from the favourite
‘He’s a proper Derby horse’: dominant Panfield delivers for Tony Millard

The three-time Chilean Group One winner stakes his claim for Hong Kong’s most prestigious race with a strong performance at Sha Tin on Sunday

21 Feb 2021 - 10:10PM

The three-time Chilean Group One winner stakes his claim for Hong Kong’s most prestigious race with a strong performance at Sha Tin on Sunday

‘He’s a proper Derby horse’: dominant Panfield delivers for Tony Millard
Thanks Forever to continue career in Macau but Hong Kong Group One dream can’t eventuate

The dual top-level placegetter was forced out after bleeding for a second time but will join the stable of John Moore’s nephew Nicholas

18 Feb 2021 - 6:01PM

The dual top-level placegetter was forced out after bleeding for a second time but will join the stable of John Moore’s nephew Nicholas

Thanks Forever to continue career in Macau but Hong Kong Group One dream can’t eventuate
David Ferraris ready to move on from ‘heartbreaking’ declaration debacle

The South African saddles up seven runners at Happy Valley, including two who were entered to run at the city circuit a week ago

16 Feb 2021 - 2:33PM

The South African saddles up seven runners at Happy Valley, including two who were entered to run at the city circuit a week ago

David Ferraris ready to move on from ‘heartbreaking’ declaration debacle
David Hayes hopes to put Classic Mile day ‘shocker’ further in the rear-view mirror in Classic Cup

The trainer hopes Shadow Hero can feed off ownermate Master Montaro’s success and make his presence felt in the four-year-old series

16 Feb 2021 - 1:51PM

The trainer hopes Shadow Hero can feed off ownermate Master Montaro’s success and make his presence felt in the four-year-old series

David Hayes hopes to put Classic Mile day ‘shocker’ further in the rear-view mirror in Classic Cup
Zac Purton hopes Maldives can atone for mishap after ‘waste of a good ride’

Trainer David Hall turns to the cheek pieces in a bid to keep the four-year-old straight after he shifted out abruptly last start

15 Feb 2021 - 2:42PM

Trainer David Hall turns to the cheek pieces in a bid to keep the four-year-old straight after he shifted out abruptly last start

Zac Purton hopes Maldives can atone for mishap after ‘waste of a good ride’
Christophe Soumillon laments lack of depth in Hong Kong racing: ‘I didn’t feel there were many good horses’

The Belgian fails to make the impact he would have liked during a rocky short-term stint but hopes to return next season

15 Feb 2021 - 10:01AM

The Belgian fails to make the impact he would have liked during a rocky short-term stint but hopes to return next season

Christophe Soumillon laments lack of depth in Hong Kong racing: ‘I didn’t feel there were many good horses’
Champions Day possible for Wellington: ‘these are the ones that get you out of bed’

The talented four-year-old lands his fifth win from seven starts at Sha Tin on Sunday to leave trainer Richard Gibson considering a lofty target

14 Feb 2021 - 9:37PM

The talented four-year-old lands his fifth win from seven starts at Sha Tin on Sunday to leave trainer Richard Gibson considering a lofty target

Champions Day possible for Wellington: ‘these are the ones that get you out of bed’
Caspar Fownes hits reset with Sky Field and looks to ‘push on into triple figures’

The exciting four-year-old returns from a freshen-up after the trainer aborted a Classic Mile push with the speedster

13 Feb 2021 - 4:27PM

The exciting four-year-old returns from a freshen-up after the trainer aborted a Classic Mile push with the speedster

Caspar Fownes hits reset with Sky Field and looks to ‘push on into triple figures’
Benno Yung and Zac Purton chase more success: ‘with a better jockey there are fewer mistakes’

The pair has combined for four winners at a strike rate of 24 per cent this season and team up with Ka Ying Master and Jolly Good Heart at Happy Valley.

8 Feb 2021 - 2:59PM

The pair has combined for four winners at a strike rate of 24 per cent this season and team up with Ka Ying Master and Jolly Good Heart at Happy Valley.

Benno Yung and Zac Purton chase more success: ‘with a better jockey there are fewer mistakes’
David Ferraris fuming after horses are withdrawn from Happy Valley: ‘it’s absolutely disgraceful’

The South African’s assistant trainer is late declaring jockeys for his five runners, giving stewards no choice but to remove them

8 Feb 2021 - 11:09AM

The South African’s assistant trainer is late declaring jockeys for his five runners, giving stewards no choice but to remove them

David Ferraris fuming after horses are withdrawn from Happy Valley: ‘it’s absolutely disgraceful’
Caspar Fownes maintains slender lead in title fight as Hong Kong racing season hits halfway mark

The long-time premiership leader has seen his buffer all but disappear of late but he still holds the ascendancy after The Rock’s victory at Sha Tin

6 Feb 2021 - 9:01PM

The long-time premiership leader has seen his buffer all but disappear of late but he still holds the ascendancy after The Rock’s victory at Sha Tin

Caspar Fownes maintains slender lead in title fight as Hong Kong racing season hits halfway mark
Francis Lui brings another Derby contender to Life after years as a bystander

After three runners in the prestigious race in 23 years, the born-again handler could wield a two-pronged attacked for the second consecutive season

5 Feb 2021 - 3:00PM

After three runners in the prestigious race in 23 years, the born-again handler could wield a two-pronged attacked for the second consecutive season

Francis Lui brings another Derby contender to Life after years as a bystander
Ricky Yiu looks to steady the ship after bold prediction falls flat

The veteran trainer hoped he had one of Hong Kong’s best milers on his hands early last year but has had to temper his expectations

4 Feb 2021 - 4:36PM

The veteran trainer hoped he had one of Hong Kong’s best milers on his hands early last year but has had to temper his expectations

Ricky Yiu looks to steady the ship after bold prediction falls flat
Danny Shum’s long-range pursuit of Million Challenge bounty within reach at Happy Valley

The veteran identified Grateful Heart as the perfect horse to chase the HK$650,000 bonus and the four-year-old can all but seal the deal on Wednesday night

2 Feb 2021 - 2:18PM

The veteran identified Grateful Heart as the perfect horse to chase the HK$650,000 bonus and the four-year-old can all but seal the deal on Wednesday night

Danny Shum’s long-range pursuit of Million Challenge bounty within reach at Happy Valley
Tony Cruz doubts Exultant can claim Centenary Vase hat-trick: ‘1,800m is definitely too short for him’

The legendary trainer declares Furore the pick of his three runners in Sunday’s Group Three contest at Sha Tin

30 Jan 2021 - 2:32PM

The legendary trainer declares Furore the pick of his three runners in Sunday’s Group Three contest at Sha Tin

Tony Cruz doubts Exultant can claim Centenary Vase hat-trick: ‘1,800m is definitely too short for him’
Christophe Soumillon eager to cash in at Sha Tin before making decision on Hong Kong future

After a run of misfortune, the Belgian is confident he can finish his short-term stint full of running after returning to top form this week

30 Jan 2021 - 12:36PM

After a run of misfortune, the Belgian is confident he can finish his short-term stint full of running after returning to top form this week

Christophe Soumillon eager to cash in at Sha Tin before making decision on Hong Kong future
Luke Ferraris recalls Sha Tin childhood as he dreams of joining his father David in Hong Kong

After watching his dad dominate with Vengeance Of Rain as a kid, the 19-year-old has gone on to become a champion apprentice and a Group One winner in his own right

30 Jan 2021 - 9:13AM

After watching his dad dominate with Vengeance Of Rain as a kid, the 19-year-old has gone on to become a champion apprentice and a Group One winner in his own right

Luke Ferraris recalls Sha Tin childhood as he dreams of joining his father David in Hong Kong
Caspar Fownes turns to Happy Valley after ‘heart-wrenching’ Classic Mile

The championship-leading trainer laments the loss of big-name import Enrich Delight after a day of mixed fortunes at Sha Tin

25 Jan 2021 - 2:57PM

The championship-leading trainer laments the loss of big-name import Enrich Delight after a day of mixed fortunes at Sha Tin

Caspar Fownes turns to Happy Valley after ‘heart-wrenching’ Classic Mile
John Size continues sprint dominance as Hot King Prawn finally sizzles at Group One level

The master trainer snares a fourth consecutive Centenary Sprint Cup as his consistent grey finally tastes top-flight success

24 Jan 2021 - 10:30PM

The master trainer snares a fourth consecutive Centenary Sprint Cup as his consistent grey finally tastes top-flight success

John Size continues sprint dominance as Hot King Prawn finally sizzles at Group One level
Frankie Lor dreams of repeating Classic Mile heroics with in-form pair

The savvy trainer went one-two in the race in 2019 and believes Healthy Happy and Celestial Power can have a big say at Sha Tin on Sunday

21 Jan 2021 - 5:53PM

The savvy trainer went one-two in the race in 2019 and believes Healthy Happy and Celestial Power can have a big say at Sha Tin on Sunday

Frankie Lor dreams of repeating Classic Mile heroics with in-form pair
Tony Cruz makes another jockey change as he looks to reboot Computer Patch

Matthew Chadwick climbs back aboard the speedster for the Group One Centenary Sprint Cup

20 Jan 2021 - 1:08PM

Matthew Chadwick climbs back aboard the speedster for the Group One Centenary Sprint Cup

Tony Cruz makes another jockey change as he looks to reboot Computer Patch
Blake Shinn stripped of Group One ride after failing to turn up for trial

The Australian jockey has been replaced by Tony Piccone aboard Stronger for Sunday’s Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin

19 Jan 2021 - 5:31PM

The Australian jockey has been replaced by Tony Piccone aboard Stronger for Sunday’s Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin

Blake Shinn stripped of Group One ride after failing to turn up for trial
Karis Teetan ready to fight as his place in the Hong Kong racing pecking order comes under fire

The Mauritian’s standing as the third-most prolific jockey is not as clear cut as previous seasons as he works his way out of a quiet patch

19 Jan 2021 - 2:17PM

The Mauritian’s standing as the third-most prolific jockey is not as clear cut as previous seasons as he works his way out of a quiet patch

Karis Teetan ready to fight as his place in the Hong Kong racing pecking order comes under fire
Chris So’s Foodie Princess out to add to formidable all-weather record on return from long lay-off

The five-year-old races for the first time since April after three wins at the course and distance last season

14 Jan 2021 - 3:25PM

The five-year-old races for the first time since April after three wins at the course and distance last season

Chris So’s Foodie Princess out to add to formidable all-weather record on return from long lay-off