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Record-Setting Time Warp Returns To Happy Valley For Wednesday’s January Cup

Time Warp (133lb) returns to Happy Valley on Wednesday night for the first time since June 2017 with connections hoping the gelding can enhance his notable record at the city track in the G3 January Cup Handicap. Trainer Tony Cruz has opted to have his charge shoulder top-weight in the downtown venue’s only Group race […]

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Hong Kong: ‘Dark’ Launches Derby Dream For Up-And-Coming Frankie Lor

Experience tells us that it seldom pays to get carried away by one performance – especially when that performance comes on a track which has soaked up several hours of drizzle – but Dark Dream (122lb) looked every inch a leading Classic hope by taking some very smart rivals apart in the Class 2 Long […]

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Record-Setting Beauty Generation Unstoppable In Hong Kong Mile

John Moore has already produced one star miler to grace the highest reaches of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings in Able Friend, but the trainer was left with no hesitation in proclaiming Beauty Generation superior after Zac Purton steered him to an imperious three-length success in Sunday’s Hong Kong Mile. Japanese-trained mare Vivlos ended […]

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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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No Shenanigans: Quirky Pakistan Star Entered In Hong Kong Vase

A crucial barrier trial at Sha Tin Racecourse on Friday Nov. 30 appeared to signal all is well with Pakistan Star and Time Warp ahead of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races this coming Sunday. The Tony Cruz-trained stars were required to pass a trial to the satisfaction of the racing stewards before being allowed […]

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Reigning Hong Kong Horse Of The Year Beauty Generation Breaks 10-Year-Old Course Record

It’s not often the highest praise for a major race winner comes from the trainer of the runner-up. But that was the case after Beauty Generation’s course record breaking win in the G2 BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin, with Caspar Fownes describing the winner as becoming “Winx-like.” Mind you, winning trainer […]

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Beauty Generation Totes 133 Pounds To Sha Tin Trophy Triumph

Beauty Generation has drawn his share of unwarranted knocks from the naysayers, but at Sha Tin on Sunday even the most ardent doubters had to hold their tongues and applaud. “That was exciting!” trainer John Moore said as the appreciative crowd’s cheers washed over Hong Kong’s Horse of the Year following a brilliant victory 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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