Hong Kong racing

The Traveling Jockey: Taking A Cue From Formula One?

Last Sunday, with the Hong Kong Derby just 20 minutes from start time, world-class jockey Ryan Moore came stumbling through the gates at Sha Tin, luggage in tow. He had a mount in the race but a delayed plane flight from Britain had him breathlessly trying to get to the paddock before riders up. Despite the hectic […]

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Hong Kong: Local Runners Having Greater Success on Champions Day

Next month, Hong Kong will host its valuable Champions Day card, which traditionally has drawn competition from around the globe. Four Group 1 races make up the prestigious program – the Cup, Vase, Sprint and Mile. Until recently, international racing stars have competed in the four races, with champions such as Snow Fairy, Falbrav, and […]

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Irad Ortiz Jr. Set To Compete in International Jockeys’ Championship

The 2014 International Jockeys’ Championship takes place at Happy Valley racecourse on December 10, when 12 of the world’s elite riders will compete for a share of the HK$800,000 purse. A first-prize of HK$500,000 makes Hong Kong’s IJC among the most lucrative competitions of its kind in the world and the four-race contest annually attracts […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: The View From Hong Kong

Andrew Hawkins is a racing reporter and sub-editor at the South China Morning Post. In his native Australia, he covered racing for Just Horse Racing, The Roar, Young Professionals in Racing, The Shark, and 2040 Club. Hawkins graduated with a degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University’s Bathurst campus in 2012 and completed part of […]

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Rich Tapestry’s Poor Effort in BC Sprint ‘Reopens Debate’ Over Lasix Use

Rich Tapestry became Hong Kong’s first winner on U.S. soil when he captured the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Oct. 4. The accomplishment was even more significant since the 6-year-old competed without the use of Furosemide (Lasix). Off that sharp score, Rich Tapestry was installed as the favorite for the G1 Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup […]

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Racehorse Named for Cartoon Captures Imaginations in Hong Kong

In a deviation from what seems to be an abundance of racehorse names referencing luck or dragons, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday that a Thoroughbred named after a cartoon character is capturing imaginations at the racetrack. Pikachu, named for the bright yellow creature from the Japanese game and anime series, has prompted children to […]

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Nader: Rich Tapestry’s Win ‘A Great Statement’ for Medication-Free Racing

The victory by Rich Tapestry in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship was significant not only because it secured the Hong Kong invader a berth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, but also because the gelding raced without medication. That accomplishment, as Bill Nader points out, “has laid the Lasix debate out for everyone […]

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Commentary: American Racing Is a ‘Basket Case’ With Lessons to Teach

Writing for the South China Morning Post, racing analyst and Australian native Andrew Hawkins said on Thursday that a recent trip to the United States opened his eyes to the upside of American racing. Hawkins admitted that he has long looked down upon stateside racing, which he still believes “is a basket case with some daunting issues” […]

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Hong Kong Racing Season Concludes With Record Handle

The “most remarkable and notable season in our 130-year history,” was how the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, summed up the 2013/2014 campaign, which concluded Sunday (6 July) with record total turnover of HK$101.838 billion. A crowd of almost 35,000 turned out at Sha Tin racecourse to witness an exciting […]

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Four Hong Kong Races Upgraded to International Group 1 Status

Hong Kong will stage 10 International Group 1 races for the first time next season. Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, revealed during a press briefing at Sha Tin today (2 July) that the Asian Pattern Committee has sanctioned the promotion of four local contests currently classified as Hong Kong […]

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