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Beat The Clock Punches In On Top In Hong Kong Sprint

Trainer John Size and jockey Joao Moreira spoke of vindication and feeling humbled in an unusually emotion-charged response to their win with Hong Kong’s most consistent sprinter Beat The Clock in the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) on Sunday at Sha Tin. Moreira declared he would cherish the win “all my life” while Size wiped […]

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Moreira Drives To Glory In Hong Kong Vase

Glory Vase streaked away with the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on Sunday, Dec. 8. The Japanese raider with the most fitting of names carried Joao Moreira to his fifth Hong Kong International Races win – soon to be six – and his first since he guided Satono Crown to a thrilling […]

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Dettori Looking Forward To Hong Kong’s ‘Challenging’ International Jockeys’ Championship

The world’s two top jockeys, the evergreen and effervescent Frankie Dettori and Hong Kong’s own Zac Purton, head a stellar cast competing in the 22nd edition of the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Dettori and Purton rank first and second in the 2019 LONGINES World’s Best Jockey rankings and […]

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Champion Beauty Generation Steamrolls Rivals In Hong Kong

The Beauty Generation steamroller flattened all-comers again at Sha Tin on Sunday as Hong Kong’s champion bagged a sixth career Group 1 success in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (seven furlongs). “It’s just a repeat of what he’s been doing all season,” trainer John Moore said as his charge was being led back to the […]

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Exultant Bests Lys Gracieux In Thrilling Hong Kong Vase

Exultant and Lys Gracieux served up a finish to the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase of such gripping drama that it raised the Sha Tin faithful to their feet and lifted their roars to a thunderous cacophony. The Joao Moreira-ridden Japanese filly headed Exultant with 150 meters to go, only for Hong Kong’s newest hero […]

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Castellano Hoping For ‘A Bit Of Luck’ In Wednesday’s International Jockeys Championship

They may be some of the world’s best jockeys, battling for one of the great jockeys’ prizes in the racing world, but none were brave enough to predict victory in what looks like a hugely competitive renewal of the spectacular LONGINES International Jockeys Championship at Happy Valley on Wednesday Dec. 5. Javier Castellano finished plum […]

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Moreira Gets First Japanese G1 With Lys Gracieux In Queen Elizabeth II

Third favorite Lys Gracieux, under jockey Joao Moreira, landed her first G1 triumph in this year’s Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Kyoto Racecourse in Japan. The 4-year-old has notched two graded wins so far, the 2016 Artemis Stakes (G3) and this year’s Tokyo Shimbun Hai (G3,) but had been out of reach of G1 titles in […]

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‘Fierce’ Competition: Purton Secures Hong Kong Champion Jockey Title

One of the fiercest Champion Jockey battles in recent memory concluded in thrilling fashion at Hong Kong’s Season Finale at Sha Tin Sunday as Zac Purton claimed his second title, sealing the result with victory on Rise High in the Class 1 Sha Tin Mile Trophy Handicap (1600m). Purton ended with a tally of 136 […]

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Moreira, Purton Bringing Hong Kong Riding Title Down To The Wire

Not since Brett Prebble pushed Douglas Whyte to within one win, all of eight years ago, has the Hong Kong Jockeys’ Premiership produced a head-to-head duel to the last. But with Joao Moreira clinging to a two-win lead over the fast-closing Zac Purton, this season’s contest has the makings of a classic thriller. The two […]

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Hong Kong’s Noriyuki Hori Enjoys The ‘Challenge’ Of Dubai World Cup Night

Noriyuki Hori’s name has become synonymous with the word winner over in Hong Kong with five Group 1 titles in the past three years. While three of those came from the mighty Maurice in 2015 and 2016, he also won the Hong Kong Vase with Longines Dubai Sheema Classic starter Satono Crown in 2016 and […]

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