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HK: Richards set for Hong Kong debut

A new chapter in the history books of Hong Kong racing will begin tomorrow evening at Happy Valley when Jamie Richards saddles the first of his three runners engaged at the midweek fixture. “I’m looking forward to it – hopefully the horses can come out and run well, no doubt they’ll improve with the run a bit but they should run well,” Richards said. Flying On The Turf (Reward For Effort) will be Richards’ first runner in Hong Kong when he contests the second section of the Class 5 Island Handicap (1200m). Fortune Master (Brazen Beau) and Rattan Kingdom (Per Incanto) also step out later on the card for the New Zealander. Richards arrived in Hong Kong late last season to set up his stable after numerous years at the helm of Te Akau Racing in New Zealand, where he trained with remarkable success at home and across the Tasman in Australia. The 33-year-old was crowned New Zealand Champion Trainer four times and is the winner of over 50 Group 1 contests. “It’s very different [here in Hong Kong], from a training perspective the heat and humidity play roles and from a handicap and acceptances point of view it’s very different too with trump cards, preferences and the like, so it’s taken a little bit of getting used to. There’ll be plenty to learn over the next 12 months and couple of years but in time hopefully we can sort it all out.”

 

SGP: Logan takes lead in trainers’ premiership

Donna Logan has regained the lead in the Singapore Trainers’ Premiership in what is shaping as a race going right down to the wire. Logan is in her first season as Te Akau’s Singapore trainer following the return home of Mark Walker, who topped the trainers’ ladder on four occasions before reassuming control of the Matamata operation. He is setting a fast pace with 37 winners already on the board in his bid to claim a sixth New Zealand title while Logan’s drive toward the top in Singapore promises to be a much tighter contest. She sits at the head of the table with 52 winners, one ahead of Tim Fitzsimmons and they are clear of Michael Clements on 39. “I’m very, very happy with the way things are going. It’s everything we do, working hard to get the good results,” Logan said. “No-one could say that they wouldn’t love to win a premiership, it’s something we all strive for. It’s whether we have the horsepower, there’s eight meetings to go and Tim has probably got the equal number of horses that I’ve got and the real key will be how many fresh legs he’s got to come. New legs always get wins and we’ve got a couple yet to release so may the best man or woman be leading come November 26.”