Keyword: Hong Kong

  • Felix Coetzee

    Inside Track: A Dedicated Professional

    On Dec. 17, tributes poured in for South African master horseman Felix Coetzee, who said goodbye to Hong Kong racing after an "experiment" that lasted 16 years, to be reunited with his family in Cape Town.

  • Doctor Dino (center, shadow roll) gets up in a thrilling finish of the Dec. 14 Hong Kong Vase.

    Doctor Dino Doubles Up in HK Vase

    Doctor Dino returned to Sha Tin to land back-to-back victories in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I). In a thrilling finish, he topped the luckless Purple Moon by a head in the HK$14 million (US$1.82 million) race.

  • Inspriration Hong Kong Cup Sprint win at 67-1 was the biggest surprise of the day at Sha Tin Racecourse.

    Inspiration a 67-1 Shocker in HK Sprint

    Inspiration led home a shocking Hong Kong-based exacta in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin under a brilliant ride from Darren Beadman.

  • Hong Kong Sale Breeze-Up Held

    Approximately 450 Hong Kong owners and Hong Kong Jockey Club members turned out at Sha Tin Dec. 7 to witness the Hong Kong International Sale breeze-up (under tack show). Thirty one horses breezed on the turf while the prospective owners, trainers, and guests scrutinized their ability and physique from the grandstands.

  • Hong Kong, Australia at Odds Over Jockey

    Relations between international racing organizations are in a rare state of strain after Racing NSW in Australia chose to set aside the decision of Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards to disqualify jockey Chris Munce until September 2009. Munce, who was recently released after serving 20 months in jail, is now expected to return to race riding in Sydney the week of Dec. 7.

  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville arrives in Hong Kong.

    Frankel, Drysdale to Hong Kong Races

    The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International races set a new benchmark Nov. 26 when 38 individual trainers from 10 foreign jurisdictions declared to bring their horses to compete at Sha Tin Dec. 14.

  • Viva Pataca scores easily at Sha Tin Nov. 16.

    Viva Pataca Wins International Cup Trial

    The revenge mission toward this year's Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) is "full steam ahead" after Viva Pataca won the Nov. 16 HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial (HK-II) in a common canter, leaving the owner, trainer, and jockey all licking their lips in anticipation of a glorious international day in December.

  • HK Horse DQ'd When Jockey Weighs Light

    Every jockey and trainer's worst nightmare came true for Dennis Yip and Felix Coetzee in Hong Kong Nov. 15, when their horse weighed in light following the fourth race at Sha Tin and had to be disqualified.

  • Green Birdie Now Has Hong Kong Options

    The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) has been the long-range target for Green Birdie since early in the year, but a sizzling first-up victory against the sprinters in the Oct. 25 group III Premier Bowl at Sha Tin might have trainer Caspar Fownes reconsidering his position.

  • Viva Pataca Back in Top Form

    Last year's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) still gives John Moore bad dreams, but in the wake of a stunning first-up win by Viva Pataca Oct. 26, it should be the opposition that suffer the nightmares in less than two months time.

  • Hong Kong Hopes to Lure Best in U.S.

    The Hong Kong Jockey Club is working hard to recruit the best U.S. runners for the Cathay Pacific International Races on Dec. 14. Curlin is one of several Breeders' Cup World Championship contenders being pursued for the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).

  • Viva Pataca

    For Viva Pataca, It's All About 'Cup'

    The new season group races cannot come soon enough for trainer John Moore and jockey Darren Beadman, who believe world-rated stayer Viva Pataca is "better than ever" as he builds up for a revenge tilt at the HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup.

  • Boss Leaving Hong Kong for Australia

    Glen Boss flagged the first shock of the new Hong Kong racing season when he told the Hong Kong Jockey Club July 29 he will not return as a club rider for the 2008-09 racing season.

  • Viva Pataca was named Hong Kong's champion middle-distance and champion stayer for 2008.

    Good Ba Ba Horse of Year in Hong Kong

    Good Ba Ba, a four-time group I winner this season, was crowned horse of the year as well as the champion miler and most popular horse of the year at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards presentation ceremony July 1.

  • Good Ba Ba Earnings to Good Causes

    The success of Hong Kong superstar Good Ba Ba will have an impact that goes way beyond the horse's racing lifetime, with owner John Yuen Se-kit announcing this week the creation of the Good Ba Ba Foundation.

  • British Purses Get a Boost

    Purse money in British racing will rise on average by 20 % with quality race -- listed and group racing--benefiting the most. The increases are expected to begin in the second half of the 2008 season.

  • French Jockey Banned in Singapore

    Olivier Doleuze was ruled out of Singapore's biggest day of the year May 17 when a urine sample given by the French jockey taken at Happy Valley May 14 turned up positive to an unspecified prohibited substance.

  • Whyte Makes More History in Hong Kong

    Jockey Douglas Whyte hit his anticipated 1,000 win milestone at whirlwind pace at Sha Tin yesterday, racking up a superb four-time and etching his name even more deeply into the annals of Hong Kong racing history.

  • Good Ba Ba First Home, First 'In'

    John Yuen's 6-year-old gelding Good Ba Ba solidified his reputation as the top miler in the Far East Sunday by capturing the HK$1-million Champions Mile (HK-I) at Sha Tin and becomes the first horse to qualify for the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships through the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge series.

  • Prices High at Hong Kong Sale

    Horses held up in Australia because of equine influenza are sold in Hong Kong at another blockbuster sale in that country.

  • Ramonti

    Successful Inbreeding to Siblings

    I have long been intrigued by the potential upgrading effects of inbreeding through brothers, sisters, three-parts brothers and sisters, and other close relatives.

  • HK Sale Electric; Flying Spur Tops

    With a small catalog and eager buyers, the Hong Kong International Sale saw a healthy gross and average Saturday, the day before the Cathay Pacific International Races. Both events are at Sha Tin Racecourse.

  • Ramonti

    Successful Inbreeding to Siblings

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Alan Porter has been intrigued for a long time by the potential upgrading effects of inbreeding through brothers, sisters, three-parts brothers and sisters, and other close relatives. Naturally, the top international group I winners Ramonti and Good Ba Ba attracted his attention because they are two interesting examples of inbreeding via siblings.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Another World

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - On Dec. 9, the Cathay Pacific International Races were held in Hong Kong. The following day, the Breeders' Cup announced it was adding three new races to its World Championships program. The terms "international" and "world" may imply the same thing, but there is little that is similar about the two events.

  • Ramonti scores in the Hong Kong Cup.

    Ramonti Leads Way in Hong Kong

    Godolphin has big day in Hong Kong, with a win and second in the International Races. Ramonti wins the Cup to highlight the event.

  • Whyte Earns Top Honors in IJC

    Douglas Whyte aimed for a record and stole a title in a remarkable night of action at Happy Valley Racecourse Dec. 5, with an adoring public roaring their approval for the new Cathay Pacific International Jockeys Championship hero.

  • Miss Andretti was crowned Australian Racehorse of the Year on Nov. 26.

    Miss Andretti Gets Top Aussie Award

    Miss Andretti is widely regarded as the best sprinter on the planet. She leads the Global Sprint Challenge, is now in Hong Kong readying herself for the $2.5-million Cathay Pacific International Sprint (HK-I), and on Nov. 26 in Australia she was crowned Australian Racehorse of the Year.

  • Hawkes Bay Gets Hong Kong Invite

    The Hong Kong Jockey Club extended a late invitation Nov. 25 to connections of Hawkes Bay to join a star-studded international lineup in the HK$14-million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HKgr.I) at Sha Tin Racecourse Dec. 9.

  • Dylan Thomas is out of the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) due to a non-negative EVA test.

    Dylan Thomas Out of Japan Cup

    Dylan Thomas, who was recently named Cartier Horse of the Year and top older horse in Europe, is no longer a contender for the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) due to not testing negative for equine viral arteritis.

  • Close Call for Hong Kong Jockey

    Darren Beadman is poised to make an astonishing recovery from a potentially serious knee injury inflicted when an unraced 3-year-old went berserk in the barriers before the second race at Sha Tin Racecourse Nov. 17.

  • Sacred Kingdom bested Absolute Champion in the International Sprint Trial (HK-IIT).

    Absolute Champion Goes On

    If a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Sacred Kingdom yesterday dented David Hall's hopes for a repeat win in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-II) with Absolute Champion, the Australian horseman never let on.

  • 2006 John Deere Breeders&#39; Cup Turf winner Red Rocks is &quot;almost certain&quot; to be coming to compete at Sha Tin Racecourse Dec. 9.

    Major Hong Kong Races Shaping Up

    The Hong Kong Jockey Club will be announcing the invitees for the Cathay Pacific International Races Nov. 21, and it seems the club has succeeded in attracting its second Breeders' Cup winner to the "turf world championships."

  • Viva Pataca Deserves More Respect

    Trainer John Moore is incensed the some racing commentators are favoring Packing Winner over his Viva Pataca in the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).

  • Look for More From Viva Pataca

    Jockey Darren Beadman has warned punters to expect a "significantly more advanced" version of Stanley Ho Hung-sun's champion stayer Viva Pataca in Sunday's HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial (HK-II) at Sha Tin.

  • Japanese Quarantine Agreed Upon

    Quarantine protocols will be enacted to enable Japanese horses to compete in the 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.

  • Big Numbers as Racing Returns to Hong Kong

    Attendance was up 60% to 63,566 from the corresponding day last year, and handle increased 12.5% to HK$825 million on opening day of the Hong Kong racing season at Sha Tin racecourse.

  • Viva Pataca Could Be Hong Kong's First BC Runner

    The equine influenza outbreak in Australia has had an unexpected positive implication for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, as Hong Kong-based Viva Pataca is now scheduled to compete at Monmouth Park and become Hong Kong's first runner on racing's biggest day in the United States.

  • Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, right, and Bill Nader, new executive director of acing.

    Nader Discusses New Position with HKJC

    The Hong Kong Jockey Club named Bill Nader, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association, as its executive director of racing. The HKJC made the announcement March 15, and Nader is expected to assume his new position April 23. He agreed to serve in his new role for a minimum of three years.

  • Australian Jockey Munce Sentenced to 30 Months in Hong Kong Jail

    According to published reports, Australian jockey Chris Munce was sentenced to 30 months in jail March 1 by a Hong Kong court. Munce, 37, was found guilty of conspiring to trade race tips in return for bets and was taken into custody pending an appeal by his legal team. He is the first jockey to be sentenced for such an offense in Hong Kong.

  • Breeders' Cup, Hong Kong Jockey Club Announce Marketing Partnership

    The group I Hong Kong Jockey Club Champions Mile will become the first race held outside the United States in the new Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of official qualifying races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, officials of Breeders' Cup Limited announced Feb. 23 in conjunction with the Hong Kong Jockey Club.