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Hong Kong Derby 2015i

The 2015 BMW Hong Kong Derby is a Hong Kong Group 1 race over 2,000 metres held on March 15th 2015. It is one of the most prestigious and historic races on the Hong Kong calendar, dating back to 1873. Only four-year-old horses can take part in the 2,000m event, making it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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It didn't have the breathtaking arrogance of racing's colossus Able Friend an hour earlier but it was only after Luger landed the unlikely team of John Size and Zac Purton the HK$18 million BMW Hong Kong Derby that the scales fell from all eyes and the best horse in the race was then recognised.

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When Helene Happy Star contests Sunday's BMW Hong Kong Derby, trainer John Moore will actually be able to relax and enjoy the event for a change.

After enduring the embarrassment of buying a racehorse that never made it to the races, Redkirk Warrior's owner Jenny Tam Yuk-ching asked herself, "What type of owner do I want to be?" and set about doing everything possible to make her second foray into ownership a success.

As Sunday's highly competitive BMW Hong Kong Derby is dissected and scrutinised from all angles, it seems Tony Cruz-trained Beauty Only is the runner being squeezed out of some calculations.

Confident trainer David Ferraris says a rare "perfect big-race preparation" for BMW Hong Kong Derby dark horse Dynamism could help deliver co-owner and former Jockey Club chairman Wong Chung-hin a long-awaited first win in the classic at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Seven visiting jockeys will make a hit-and-run mission to Sha Tin on Sunday week to ride on BMW Hong Kong Derby day, but recent departure Maxime Guyon will not be among them after being denied permission by his new employers, the Wertheimer brothers.

John Moore-trained Australian import Savvy Nature has missed out on a place in the 14-horse field for next weekend’s Group One BMW Hong Kong Derby after he was named first reserve today.

Champion jockey Zac Purton will have his first ride for John Size in almost three years when he takes over on Luger in the BMW Hong Kong Derby on March 15.