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Mikki Rocket Fends Off Werther In Takarazuka Kinen

Mizuki Noda’s 5-year-old Mikki Rocket (JPN), at odds of 13-1, held off former Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Werther (NZ), by a neck to win Sunday’s 59th running of the 1 3/8-mile, $2,955,000 Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse and earned an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge. […]

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Five Group 1 Winners Set To Contest Takarazuka Kinen

Led by the international stakes-winning mare Vivlos (JPN), Japanese St. Leger (G1) winner Kiseki (JPN) and defending champion Satono Crown (JPN), a field of 16 has been entered, including five Group 1 winners, in a wide open 59th running of the 1 3/8-mile, $2,950,521 Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse for an automatic berth into the […]

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Champion Werther Takes On Japan’s Takarazuka Kinen

Werther may not have returned to his original home of New Zealand, but trainer John Moore believes the similarities between the land of the long white cloud and his current Japanese environment may prove an asset when the champion stayer tackles the Takarazuka Kinen (2200m) at Hanshin Racecourse on Sunday (24 June). Moore appeared at […]

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Hong Kong Derby Hero The Latest Star From Boutique New Zealand Breeding Farm

Ping Hai Star continued Highden Park’s impressive international strike rate on Sunday when he became the fifth New Zealand-bred winner of the Hong Kong Derby in the last decade. The 4-year-old is the latest Group One graduate of Sam and Libby Bleakley’s boutique Manawatu nursery, whose roll of honour includes former Derby winner Werther and […]

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Time Warp Merciless In Hong Kong Gold Cup; Pakistan Star A Well-Behaved Fourth

Time Warp set a merciless tempo to win the HK$10 million Group 1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin Racecourse this on Sunday, Feb. 25. After leading from the off under Zac Purton, the strapping chestnut was forced to go where no horse had gone before – inside two minutes over Sha Tin’s […]

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Werther ‘Back To His Best’ In Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup

Werther delivered a timely reminder of his significant abilities this afternoon, Sunday, 28 May, with a clear-cut victory in the HK$10 million Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup, Hong Kong’s final Group 1 this term. “He’s back to his best! That was a fair test and he’s put them away quite easily in the end,” […]

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Werther Earns Trip To Dubai With Victory In Hong Kong Gold Cup

Hong Kong’s reigning Horse of the Year Werther maintained his perfect record over the Sha Tin 2000m with a gutsy win in Sunday’s Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup as trainer John Moore confirmed plans to tackle the US$6 million Dubai Turf (1800m) on March 25 with the five-year-old. Moore landed his fifth consecutive Gold Cup […]

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Hong Kong’s Horse Of The Year Werther Out Three Months With Suspensory Injury

Wether, the Horse of the Year in Hong Kong this past season, was injured in a freak accident during morning training on Saturday, according to the South China Morning Post. “He is a very aggressive horse and he can do this sort of thing at times,” said trainer John Moore. “He was coming off the […]

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Werther Named Hong Kong’s Horse Of The Year

Capturing his fourth consecutive Hong Kong Horse of the Year title, trainer John Moore gracefully accepted the award on behalf of his trainee Werther, reports the South China Morning Post. The 4-year-old captured the 2016 Derby and QEII Cup, bringing home over HK$29 million (US$3.7 million) in earnings for the season. “Werther came to me […]

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Werther Dominates International Field In Hong Kong’s QEII Cup

John Moore trainee Werther exploded to a 4 1/4-length victory in Sunday’s Group 1, HK$20 million (US $2,577,967.4) Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin in Hong Kong. A New Zealand-bred by Tavistock, a Group 1 winner in Australia and New Zealand himself, 4-year-old Werther had previously captured the Hong Kong Derby by […]

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