Falvelon, winner of the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-II) two years running, and the Japanese speedster Believe were drawn either side of the straight course with Australian champion Falvelon in post 1 while the Japanese hope was drawn wide in post 14.
The draw for the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) saw Hong Kong's Horse of the Year, Electronic Unicorn, land the coveted one hole, while Australian visitor Scenic Peak was at the other end of the spectrum, drawn outside in post 13.
The Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), run over 1 1/4 miles, finds the first bend looming quickly as the horses come out of the start, and gate speed and/or a favorable inside draw is often advantageous.
Seven sons of the wildly successful and popular stallion Danehill top a list of 37 horses that will be offered Friday night at the fifth annual Hong Kong International Sale.
South African Douglas Whyte earned points in all three races Wednesday night at Happy Valley Racecourse to become the first Hong Kong-based rider to win the International Jockeys' Championship.
Equaling the famous haul of three wins in the Hong Kong International Races last year might be a tall order, but the connections of the quintet of Japanese contenders for this year's Hong Kong races are more than hopeful of at least one race going for export across the East China Sea.
Texas Glitter, winner of the Hollywood Turf Express (gr. IIIT) on Nov. 29, arrived in Hong Kong on Dec.4 to run in the five-furlong Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) Dec. 15 at Sha Tin.
A training setback has halted plans to send Morluc to Hong Kong for the $1-million Hong Kong International Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse
Australian trainer Danny Bougoure is hoping for another successful trip to the Hong Kong International Races on Dec. 15. Bougoure has won the Hong Kong Sprint (Hk-I) for the past two years with Falvelon hopes also to enter Scenic Park in the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).
Jockey Sunny Ho, a 40-year-old native of Hong Kong, scored his first U.S. victory and only his second career win when he hustled 59-1 Peters Punkin to a hard-fought triumph in the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Domedriver, 26-1 upset winner of the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on Oct. 26, will bid to add another "I" to his resume in the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) on Dec. 15.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Japan Racing Association have a similar problem -- their handle is dropping. In an attempt to solve the problem, the two racing authorities announced on Sept. 17 a joint 'Good Neighbor Policy.'
Total handle dropped 4% and attendance declined 13% for the 2001-02 Hong Kong racing season that ended June 16.
Eishin Preston, an American-bred son of Green Dancer based in Japan, defeated Takao Watanabe's Agnes Digital by a half-length in Sunday's Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) on good turf at Sha Tin.
A new global association hopes to serve as an advocate for racehorse owners, and among its goals are standardization of veterinary procedures in all member countries and acceptance of a code of conduct for industry professionals.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a major and regular buyer at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale in Australia, continues to insist it will boycott the annual auction over the issue of X-raying prospective purchases.
The Chinese New Year program Thursday at Hong Kong's Sha Tin Racecourse was highlighted by group I victories by a leading candidate for next month's Hong Kong Derby and by a son of Chief's Crown.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has issued a statement saying it cannot comment on published reports saying that anti-corruption officers have arrested 19 people, including two jockeys, as a result of a race-fixing investigation.
A 2-year-old bay colt by Danehill brought a record price of $576.923 (HK$4.5 million) at the Piaget Hong Kong International Sale on Friday evening at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. He was purchased by the partnership of Jacky Chan Cheung Ming and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Chan Cheong Yuk. Produced from the 15-year-old Darshaan mare Caraniya, the Australian-bred colt is a half-brother to Irish group III winner Cajarian (by Shahrastani). He will be trained by Francis Liu, who is the second-leading trainer in Hong Kong.
When Morluc finished second to Falvelon in the 2000 edition of the Hong Kong Sprint, he did so while running on tender feet. "That's not going to be the case this year," said trainer Randy Morse. "We've had Morluc on bar shoes ever since he arrived in Hong Kong. The shoes provide him with just the elevation he needs. Morluc's in much better condition for this year's race."
Top turf sprinter Morluc was to have prepped at Churchill Downs Thursday for a run next month in the $1.025 million Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin Race Course, but trainer Randy Morse scratched him because of concern over the presence of the temporary rail on the Churchill Downs turf course.
The International Cataloguing Standards Committee voted June 18 to upgrade 10 races in Dubai, three each in Japan and Singapore, and one in Hong Kong.
The International Cataloguing Standards Committee has announced upgrades for stakes in several countries. The committee announced the changes after its meeting June 18 in London.
Jockey David Harrison was taken to intensive care after his mount My Chief took a heavy fall at Hong Kong's Sha Tin racecourse May 30 according to The Racing Post.
TVG will provide tape-delayed coverage of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr. I) from Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong, featuring the globetrotting French star Jim and Tonic, the winner of the $2 million Dubai Duty Free Stakes (gr. I) in his last race. With a purse $1.3 million, the international event will be aired on TVG Sunday, April 22 starting at 11:00 a.m. (EDT).
The Hong Kong Jockey Club's Piaget International Sale set a new record straight out of the gate Friday night as the first horse offered, a 2-year-old son of Danehill, brought a record HK$3.8 million (US$487,179) from Li Wing Hon. The gelding was one of 23 horses purchased by the HKJC, imported, and resold at the annual event.
If Wednesday's action at Happy Valley Race Course in Hong Kong is any indication, Germany's Caitano and Samum could top their respective divisions in Sunday's Hong Kong International Races. The reason? Their jockey, Andrasch Starke, won the International Jockeys' Championship Races over 13 of the world's top jockeys.
Most of the nine-horse American contingent for the Dec. 17 Hong Kong International Races have settled into Sha Tin Racecourse after traveling this week. Sprinters Big Jag and Morluc were the first to arrive on Monday, with the Christophe Clement trainees, Craigsteel, Charge d'Affaires, and Forbidden Apple scheduled in on Friday afternoon.
Calling a fatal incident of Japanese encephalitis an "isolated incident," an official with the Hong Kong Jockey Club said its international racing festival on Dec. 17 will go on as scheduled and that it will be "business as usual" for one of the world's most successful Thoroughbred operations.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) longshot Trailthefox will race for a new ownership group on Saturday after Dr. Thomas Liang of Hong Kong and partners bought controlling interest in the California-bred son of the first-crop sire Foxtrail.
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