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 moment of madness at Happy Valley throws the door wide open for Zac Purton

With the Brazilian to miss six meetings in February, his arch-rival is set to benefit – as well as jockeys further down the pecking order and even Hong Kong racing fans

With the Brazilian to miss six meetings in February, his arch-rival is set to benefit – as well as jockeys further down the pecking order and even Hong Kong racing fans

20 Jan 2022 - 3:34PM
Joao Moreira cops six-meeting suspension, misses two Group Ones

The Brazilian pleads guilty to failing to ride Zone D out to the end of the race to the satisfaction of stewards at Happy Valley on Wednesday night

The Brazilian pleads guilty to failing to ride Zone D out to the end of the race to the satisfaction of stewards at Happy Valley on Wednesday night

20 Jan 2022 - 8:11AM
18 Jan 2022 - 10:00PM
Joao Moreira chooses Classic Mile ride as field becomes clearer

The Magic Man sides with the John Size-trained Master Delight, leaving the sought-after mounts aboard Sight Spirit and Romantic Warrior for his rivals

The Magic Man sides with the John Size-trained Master Delight, leaving the sought-after mounts aboard Sight Spirit and Romantic Warrior for his rivals

17 Jan 2022 - 7:25PM
After over a decade of trying, Paul O’Sullivan and Vincent Ho finally share a winner

The star local jockey boots $43 chance Apache Pass to an unlikely victory for the Kiwi handler at Sha Tin on Sunday

The star local jockey boots $43 chance Apache Pass to an unlikely victory for the Kiwi handler at Sha Tin on Sunday

16 Jan 2022 - 9:36PM
‘Nervous’ Lucky Patch set to skip intended return from horror fall, Zac Purton snares new ride

The speedster is timid in a trial at Sha Tin on Friday, with Francis Lui likely to bypass the Centenary Sprint Cup to give the galloper more time to rebuild his confidence

The speedster is timid in a trial at Sha Tin on Friday, with Francis Lui likely to bypass the Centenary Sprint Cup to give the galloper more time to rebuild his confidence

14 Jan 2022 - 3:07PM
Tony Cruz sets sights on return from vaccine ban but the future of Caspar Fownes is uncertain

While the Hong Kong racing legend has had his second jab, the reigning champion trainer could face a lengthy stint away from the races

While the Hong Kong racing legend has had his second jab, the reigning champion trainer could face a lengthy stint away from the races

13 Jan 2022 - 9:28PM
Ricky Yiu continues strong start to 2022 with a double, Zac Purton returns a winner

The veteran handler salutes with King’s Trooper and Off The Reel to move to 16 victories for the season, five which have come this year.

The veteran handler salutes with King’s Trooper and Off The Reel to move to 16 victories for the season, five which have come this year.

13 Jan 2022 - 1:40AM
Star trainers Tony Cruz and Caspar Fownes barred from the races because of vaccine status

Only people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are permitted on course for the next three meetings, meaning the pair must hand the reins to their assistants

Only people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are permitted on course for the next three meetings, meaning the pair must hand the reins to their assistants

11 Jan 2022 - 12:37PM
Joao Moreira, Manfred Man miss trackwork before testing negative following contact with Covid-19 case

The person who attended Happy Valley before testing preliminary positive to the virus is among the connections of V Chevaliers, who is trained by the veteran local and was ridden by the star Brazilian

The person who attended Happy Valley before testing preliminary positive to the virus is among the connections of V Chevaliers, who is trained by the veteran local and was ridden by the star Brazilian

10 Jan 2022 - 6:09PM
Jockey Club removes staff, member from Sha Tin racecourse after Covid-19 scare

After news that someone who was at Happy Valley on Wednesday has tested preliminary positive, there is a mad rush to identify anyone at Sunday’s meeting who may have come into contact with them

After news that someone who was at Happy Valley on Wednesday has tested preliminary positive, there is a mad rush to identify anyone at Sunday’s meeting who may have come into contact with them

9 Jan 2022 - 10:06PM
Douglas Whyte hungry for the next 100 winners after reaching a century

After hitting the milestone on Wednesday, the South African has five opportunities to add to his tally at Sha Tin on Sunday

After hitting the milestone on Wednesday, the South African has five opportunities to add to his tally at Sha Tin on Sunday

8 Jan 2022 - 2:21PM
Caspar Fownes to push for a top-five finish this season as he builds towards another title tilt next term

The reigning champion trainer has hit form after a slow start and is confident his fortunes will continue to trend upwards

The reigning champion trainer has hit form after a slow start and is confident his fortunes will continue to trend upwards

8 Jan 2022 - 2:25PM
Joao Moreira eager to seize last chance to capitalise on Zac Purton’s absence: ‘I’ve worked harder’

The Brazilian has ridden 18 winners since his rival’s injury last month, surging into the lead in the race for the jockeys’ title

The Brazilian has ridden 18 winners since his rival’s injury last month, surging into the lead in the race for the jockeys’ title

8 Jan 2022 - 9:11AM
Luke Currie and Daniel Moor to arrive in Hong Kong early, Jockey Club tightens clamps on key participants

There has been a mad scramble to ensure the incoming Australian riders beat the impending two-week ban on arrivals from some countries, but there will be no welcoming party

There has been a mad scramble to ensure the incoming Australian riders beat the impending two-week ban on arrivals from some countries, but there will be no welcoming party

6 Jan 2022 - 8:46PM
Caspar Fownes confident Zebrowski’s best is yet to come after Group Three January Cup win

The five-year-old snares his biggest success at Happy Valley on Wednesday night as jockey Joao Moreira reels off a treble

The five-year-old snares his biggest success at Happy Valley on Wednesday night as jockey Joao Moreira reels off a treble

6 Jan 2022 - 12:29AM
Omicron: public shut out of Happy Valley races as government responds to Covid-19 situation

The Jockey Club is instructed to ‘substantially reduce the number of attendance’ for Wednesday night’s meeting at the city circuit

The Jockey Club is instructed to ‘substantially reduce the number of attendance’ for Wednesday night’s meeting at the city circuit

5 Jan 2022 - 4:50PM
Keith Yeung hopes history repeats for Savvy Nine in the Group Three January Cup at Happy Valley

Douglas Whyte’s six-year-old has had a near-identical build-up to when he won in the race last year

Douglas Whyte’s six-year-old has had a near-identical build-up to when he won in the race last year

4 Jan 2022 - 3:54PM
Zac Purton raring to go after racing detox: ‘I’ve just enjoyed living a normal life’

The 38-year-old is eyeing a January 12 return to race riding but concedes he will have to slowly build up his fitness as he recovers from a raft of fractures

The 38-year-old is eyeing a January 12 return to race riding but concedes he will have to slowly build up his fitness as he recovers from a raft of fractures

3 Jan 2022 - 5:50PM
Australian pair Luke Currie and Daniel Moor join Hong Kong riding ranks

The Jockey Club turns to the duo to bolster the roster, which now has a full quota of 24.

The Jockey Club turns to the duo to bolster the roster, which now has a full quota of 24.

3 Jan 2022 - 4:16PM
Packing Victory steams towards Classic Mile, Zac Purton and Lyle Hewitson solidify return dates

Danny Shum’s gun four-year-old salutes in fine style as Fantastic Treasure shows he’ll be a force to be reckoned with later this month

Danny Shum’s gun four-year-old salutes in fine style as Fantastic Treasure shows he’ll be a force to be reckoned with later this month

1 Jan 2022 - 10:21PM
Joao Moreira expects it to be business as usual for Master Eight in Bauhinia Sprint Trophy

Frankie Lor Fu-chuen’s speedster is looking to make it five wins on the trot at Sha Tin on Saturday

Frankie Lor Fu-chuen’s speedster is looking to make it five wins on the trot at Sha Tin on Saturday

31 Dec 2021 - 12:13PM
Champion’s Way has the ‘quality’ to collect back-to-back Chinese Club Challenge Cup wins

The John Size-trained six-year-old’s only win since June 2019 came in this race a year ago and Karis Teetan hopes he can run to his best again

The John Size-trained six-year-old’s only win since June 2019 came in this race a year ago and Karis Teetan hopes he can run to his best again

31 Dec 2021 - 10:55AM
Douglas Whyte calls on Jockey Club to loosen restrictions on riding overweight

The South African believes allowing the likes of Blake Shinn to ride two pounds over would open up much-needed options for trainers

The South African believes allowing the likes of Blake Shinn to ride two pounds over would open up much-needed options for trainers

30 Dec 2021 - 5:27PM
Blake Shinn’s treble livens up all-dirt meeting: ‘trainers are cottoning on’

The star Australian takes the Class One with Will Power before adding victories aboard Amazing Teens and All Joyful

The star Australian takes the Class One with Will Power before adding victories aboard Amazing Teens and All Joyful

29 Dec 2021 - 11:53PM
Silver Express looks to add a string to his bow as John Size eyes winning end to hot December

The five-year-old races on the all-weather track for the first time during Wednesday night’s all-dirt meeting at Sha Tin

The five-year-old races on the all-weather track for the first time during Wednesday night’s all-dirt meeting at Sha Tin

28 Dec 2021 - 11:50AM
Alfred Chan ready for the new challenges that will come with his reduced claim

The jockey snares his 45th Hong Kong winner at Sha Tin on Monday and looks to carry on his positive start to the season at Wednesday’s all-dirt meeting

The jockey snares his 45th Hong Kong winner at Sha Tin on Monday and looks to carry on his positive start to the season at Wednesday’s all-dirt meeting

28 Dec 2021 - 9:59AM
Jimmy Ting hopes the future is bright for troubled talent: ‘I think he can easily win more races’

After a tumultuous start to his career, Untold Riches breaks his maiden in impressive fashion at Sha Tin on Monday

After a tumultuous start to his career, Untold Riches breaks his maiden in impressive fashion at Sha Tin on Monday

27 Dec 2021 - 7:10PM
Untold Riches ‘has got many problems’ but Jimmy Ting hopes he can get the best out of him

The five-year-old had an eventful debut season for all the wrong reasons but has a chance to put that behind him at Sha Tin on Monday

The five-year-old had an eventful debut season for all the wrong reasons but has a chance to put that behind him at Sha Tin on Monday

26 Dec 2021 - 10:55AM
Harry Bentley and Frankie Lor look to build on profitable relationship at Sha Tin on Monday

After three wins together in the past month, the duo combine with debutant Go For Tea and sprinter Run Run Cool at the public-holiday meeting

After three wins together in the past month, the duo combine with debutant Go For Tea and sprinter Run Run Cool at the public-holiday meeting

26 Dec 2021 - 10:07AM