Focus Asia

World-leading sires represented as JRHA release Select catalogue

The Japan Racing Horse Association has unveiled a catalogue of 231 yearlings and 243 foals for the JRHA Select Sale in July, an event that includes progeny by the world’s leading sires.  The highlights of the opening section, dedicated to yearlings, include a Kitasan Black (Black Tide) colt out of Mother Goose Stakes (Gr 1,... Read More

Red Lion roars for Belardo

Haunui Farm shuttler Belardo (Lope De Vega) appears to have a smart horse on his hands in Hong Kong, through the John Size-trained Red Lion. Bred in the northern hemisphere, the four-year-old clocked his third success from his last four starts in winning the Class 1 Hong Kong Macau Trophy over 1400 metres at Sha... Read More

Straight Arron another success story for Torryburn

Hong Kong Straight Arron confirmed his ability that an Australian audience saw a fleeting glimmer of when the son of Fastnet Rock (Danehill) claimed the Queen Mother Memorial Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.  Formerly trained in Australia by Chris Waller, Straight Arron won the Carbine Club Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) before... Read More

Australian mares prove their worth once more

While Liberty Island (Duramente), the Oka Sho (Gr 1, 1600m) winner out of Australian-bred Group 1 winner Yankee Rose (All American), is becoming a star amid the three-year-old ranks in Japan this season, a southern hemisphere mare is once again proving their worth in the Far East, when Carpentaria (Lord Kanaloa) won an 1800-metre contest... Read More

A new star for Kitasan Black

Shadai Stallion Station’s Kitasan Black (Black Tide) may be able to lay claim to the best racehorse in the world in Dubai Sheema Classic (Gr 1, 1800m) winner Equinox, but the stallion has a new star on the horizon in the shape of Satsuki Sho (Gr 1, 1800m) winner Sol Oriens.  The Takahisa Tezuka-trained three-year-old... Read More

Lucky Sweynesse and California Spangle justify confidence

Having gone head-to-head in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (Gr 1, 1400m) last month, Lucky Sweynesse (Sweynesse) and California Spangle (Starspangledbanner) cemented their position as two of Hong Kong’s leading stars when they each justified short-priced favouritism to claim the pair of Group 2 contests at Sha Tin on Sunday.  Lucky Sweynesse, the one-and-a-quarter-length winner... Read More