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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Hong Kong trainers’ premiership: how a title fight for the ages unfolded

A rundown of how Ricky Yiu secured his first championship – and what racing fans can expect in 2020-21

19 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

A rundown of how Ricky Yiu secured his first championship – and what racing fans can expect in 2020-21

Hong Kong trainers’ premiership: how a title fight for the ages unfolded
Exultant crowned Horse of the Year on Champion Awards night with a difference

The Tony Cruz-trained six-year-old wins the prize for the first time, ending John Moore’s run of seven straight victories

16 Jul 2020 - 9:00PM

The Tony Cruz-trained six-year-old wins the prize for the first time, ending John Moore’s run of seven straight victories

Exultant crowned Horse of the Year on Champion Awards night with a difference
Hong Kong racing bids final farewell to legendary John Moore on bleak Valley night

The 70-year-old is quick to look forward as he signs off on a career that had it all

16 Jul 2020 - 1:12PM

The 70-year-old is quick to look forward as he signs off on a career that had it all

Hong Kong racing bids final farewell to legendary John Moore on bleak Valley night
Public shut out of season finale at Happy Valley as Jockey Club renews Covid-19 crowd measures

Only owners with starters are allowed at the city circuit on Wednesday night, with members joining fans on the outer

14 Jul 2020 - 4:26PM

Only owners with starters are allowed at the city circuit on Wednesday night, with members joining fans on the outer

Public shut out of season finale at Happy Valley as Jockey Club renews Covid-19 crowd measures
Jockey Club cancels Champion Awards dinner among host of new Covid-19 measures

Officials are looking into ‘alternate formats’ for the ceremony, while more off-course betting branches are closed and the Mark Six postponement continues

13 Jul 2020 - 9:56PM

Officials are looking into ‘alternate formats’ for the ceremony, while more off-course betting branches are closed and the Mark Six postponement continues

Jockey Club cancels Champion Awards dinner among host of new Covid-19 measures
Zac Purton makes fourth title official as Fast Most Furious snares more Class One success

The star Australian lands a double at Sha Tin on Sunday, securing the jockeys’ premiership in the process

12 Jul 2020 - 9:43PM

The star Australian lands a double at Sha Tin on Sunday, securing the jockeys’ premiership in the process

Zac Purton makes fourth title official as Fast Most Furious snares more Class One success
John Moore takes his final bow: ‘I’ll miss everything about Hong Kong racing’

The curtain closes on the legendary trainer’s unrivalled career at Happy Valley on Wednesday night

12 Jul 2020 - 7:00AM

The curtain closes on the legendary trainer’s unrivalled career at Happy Valley on Wednesday night

John Moore takes his final bow: ‘I’ll miss everything about Hong Kong racing’
Joao Moreira looks forward after near miss in jockeys’ title: ‘I’m disappointed but I’m not sad’

The Brazilian’s spluttering end to the term put paid to his chances of a fourth premiership but he can go out with a bang at Sha Tin on Sunday

11 Jul 2020 - 2:09PM

The Brazilian’s spluttering end to the term put paid to his chances of a fourth premiership but he can go out with a bang at Sha Tin on Sunday

Joao Moreira looks forward after near miss in jockeys’ title: ‘I’m disappointed but I’m not sad’
John Moore outlines Australian bucket list: ‘I want to win the Bong Bong Cup’

The 70-year-old plans to return to the track in country New South Wales that he rode at in the 1960s before moving to Hong Kong

10 Jul 2020 - 10:11PM

The 70-year-old plans to return to the track in country New South Wales that he rode at in the 1960s before moving to Hong Kong

John Moore outlines Australian bucket list: ‘I want to win the Bong Bong Cup’
Tony Cruz ready to lay it all on the line in title fight: ‘I’ll need at least three winners’

The legendary trainer saddles up 10 runners at Sha Tin on Sunday and knows he must land a significant blow to keep his hopes alive

9 Jul 2020 - 6:19PM

The legendary trainer saddles up 10 runners at Sha Tin on Sunday and knows he must land a significant blow to keep his hopes alive

Tony Cruz ready to lay it all on the line in title fight: ‘I’ll need at least three winners’
Ricky Yiu calls for more jockeys as he struggles to book the best to help him in title fight

The veteran trainer maintains his lead in the championship but has had to do so with little help from Zac Purton, Joao Moreira and Karis Teetan

6 Jul 2020 - 7:39PM

The veteran trainer maintains his lead in the championship but has had to do so with little help from Zac Purton, Joao Moreira and Karis Teetan

Ricky Yiu calls for more jockeys as he struggles to book the best to help him in title fight
Jockey Club aims high for 2020-21 attendance numbers as general public brings spark to Sha Tin

Chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges delighted as racing fans return to the track for the first time since early February

5 Jul 2020 - 8:59PM

Chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges delighted as racing fans return to the track for the first time since early February

Jockey Club aims high for 2020-21 attendance numbers as general public brings spark to Sha Tin
Karis Teetan backs his charge in battle of youngsters: ‘he looks the stand-out of my rides’

Three-year-olds Armando and Lucky Express finished close together in their Hong Kong debuts and lock horns again at Sha Tin this weekend

2 Jul 2020 - 8:46PM

Three-year-olds Armando and Lucky Express finished close together in their Hong Kong debuts and lock horns again at Sha Tin this weekend

Karis Teetan backs his charge in battle of youngsters: ‘he looks the stand-out of my rides’
Young gun leaves Frankie Lor dreaming with big win: ‘I can’t wait to see him improve’

Winning Dreamer makes it two from two at Sha Tin on Wednesday, living up to suggestions he is bound for Group level

1 Jul 2020 - 9:47PM

Winning Dreamer makes it two from two at Sha Tin on Wednesday, living up to suggestions he is bound for Group level

Young gun leaves Frankie Lor dreaming with big win: ‘I can’t wait to see him improve’
Neil Callan overcomes hip niggle to snare unlikely ride on John Size galloper

The Irishman climbs aboard Leading Fortune at Sha Tin on Wednesday after originally being booked to partner Amazing Luck in the same race

30 Jun 2020 - 2:41PM

The Irishman climbs aboard Leading Fortune at Sha Tin on Wednesday after originally being booked to partner Amazing Luck in the same race

Neil Callan overcomes hip niggle to snare unlikely ride on John Size galloper
Winning Dreamer ‘could be a Group horse’: Frankie Lor

The talented three-year-old turned heads on debut and looks well placed again at Sha Tin on Wednesday

30 Jun 2020 - 1:37PM

The talented three-year-old turned heads on debut and looks well placed again at Sha Tin on Wednesday

Winning Dreamer ‘could be a Group horse’: Frankie Lor
Zac Purton lands monster blow in jockeys’ championship with magical Valley four-timer

The star Australian pulls seven wins clear of Joao Moreira with a running quartet – all for trainer Francis Lui

24 Jun 2020 - 11:44PM

The star Australian pulls seven wins clear of Joao Moreira with a running quartet – all for trainer Francis Lui

Zac Purton lands monster blow in jockeys’ championship with magical Valley four-timer
Alfred Chan says Jerry Chau’s arrival has helped him: ‘I gave myself a lot of pressure before’

The 26-year-old’s seven-pound claim was the biggest in Hong Kong before his fellow apprentice joined the ranks, but his output has been helped, not hindered

23 Jun 2020 - 11:51AM

The 26-year-old’s seven-pound claim was the biggest in Hong Kong before his fellow apprentice joined the ranks, but his output has been helped, not hindered

Alfred Chan says Jerry Chau’s arrival has helped him: ‘I gave myself a lot of pressure before’
Struggling Peter Ho ‘so frustrated’ as lean year leaves him fighting to avoid strike

The 59-year-old needs two winners from the final seven meetings to meet the Jockey Club’s performance benchmark

22 Jun 2020 - 7:34PM

The 59-year-old needs two winners from the final seven meetings to meet the Jockey Club’s performance benchmark

Struggling Peter Ho ‘so frustrated’ as lean year leaves him fighting to avoid strike
Keith Yeung’s biggest win brightens season of struggle: ‘I’m just happy I didn’t let him down’

The likeable jockey snares the Group Three Premier Plate aboard the Caspar Fownes-trained Dances With Dragon

21 Jun 2020 - 9:58PM

The likeable jockey snares the Group Three Premier Plate aboard the Caspar Fownes-trained Dances With Dragon

Keith Yeung’s biggest win brightens season of struggle: ‘I’m just happy I didn’t let him down’
Karis Teetan believes Furore ‘deserves a win’ in last Group race of the season

The 2019 Hong Kong Derby winner has been competitive at Group One level but is yet to salute this season

19 Jun 2020 - 11:06AM

The 2019 Hong Kong Derby winner has been competitive at Group One level but is yet to salute this season

Karis Teetan believes Furore ‘deserves a win’ in last Group race of the season
Hong Kong Derby gets huge boost as Jockey Club increases total prize money to HK$1.4 billion

While purses have been slashed around the globe during Covid-19, the club has not wavered and owners will be offered even more incentive next season

16 Jun 2020 - 10:17PM

While purses have been slashed around the globe during Covid-19, the club has not wavered and owners will be offered even more incentive next season

Hong Kong Derby gets huge boost as Jockey Club increases total prize money to HK$1.4 billion
Karis Teetan boots home four consecutive winners in magical Sha Tin spree

The Mauritian continues his hot streak to move within three of his personal-best tally in a season

14 Jun 2020 - 10:03PM

The Mauritian continues his hot streak to move within three of his personal-best tally in a season

Karis Teetan boots home four consecutive winners in magical Sha Tin spree
Jimmy Ting finds perfect partner in crime for Assimilate: ‘he is the best jockey for this horse’

Antoine Hamelin is looking to go back-to-back aboard the talented five-year-old at Sha Tin on Sunday

11 Jun 2020 - 7:24PM

Antoine Hamelin is looking to go back-to-back aboard the talented five-year-old at Sha Tin on Sunday

Jimmy Ting finds perfect partner in crime for Assimilate: ‘he is the best jockey for this horse’
Francis Lui puts owners ahead of trainers’ title, More Than This to race again this season

The 61-year-old is only five wins behind Ricky Yiu but says he feels no pressure, while his Derby placegetter targets Group Three success

9 Jun 2020 - 1:04PM

The 61-year-old is only five wins behind Ricky Yiu but says he feels no pressure, while his Derby placegetter targets Group Three success

Francis Lui puts owners ahead of trainers’ title, More Than This to race again this season
Matthew Poon ‘full of energy again’ after lighting up dreary Sha Tin with fabulous four-timer

The 25-year-old has his best day in the saddle as a senior jockey on Sunday, reaping the rewards of his hard work and discipline this season

7 Jun 2020 - 10:22PM

The 25-year-old has his best day in the saddle as a senior jockey on Sunday, reaping the rewards of his hard work and discipline this season

Matthew Poon ‘full of energy again’ after lighting up dreary Sha Tin with fabulous four-timer
Jerry Chau’s winless run after dream debut ‘will stand him in good stead’: Douglas Whyte

The first-year trainer praises his apprentice as he prepares to reunite with the horse who provided him with his first Hong Kong victory at Sha Tin on Sunday

6 Jun 2020 - 3:44PM

The first-year trainer praises his apprentice as he prepares to reunite with the horse who provided him with his first Hong Kong victory at Sha Tin on Sunday

Jerry Chau’s winless run after dream debut ‘will stand him in good stead’: Douglas Whyte
Almond Eye chases history in Yasuda Kinen but ‘Indy Champ is the mile champion’

The darling of Japanese racing is within reach of a record eighth Group One, however superstar jockey Yuichi Fukunaga has other ideas

6 Jun 2020 - 3:16PM

The darling of Japanese racing is within reach of a record eighth Group One, however superstar jockey Yuichi Fukunaga has other ideas

Almond Eye chases history in Yasuda Kinen but ‘Indy Champ is the mile champion’
Joao Moreira declares ‘it’s only a matter of time’ before he hits back at Zac Purton in title fight

The Magic Man has slipped five winners behind his arch-rival after failing to strike in consecutive meetings for the first time this season

6 Jun 2020 - 3:41PM

The Magic Man has slipped five winners behind his arch-rival after failing to strike in consecutive meetings for the first time this season

Joao Moreira declares ‘it’s only a matter of time’ before he hits back at Zac Purton in title fight
Pinatubo lacks ‘swagger’ but Charlie Appleby hopeful of customary explosion

The boom three-year-old returns to the track as the hot favourite in Saturday’s Group One 2,000 Guineas (1,600m) at Newmarket

5 Jun 2020 - 9:40PM

The boom three-year-old returns to the track as the hot favourite in Saturday’s Group One 2,000 Guineas (1,600m) at Newmarket

Pinatubo lacks ‘swagger’ but Charlie Appleby hopeful of customary explosion