Focus Asia

Chrono Genesis ticks the Arc boxes for Murphy and Saito

Oisín Murphy is confident that Chrono Genesis (Bago), the mare he considers to be “the best middle-distance horse in Japan,” has the attributes needed to rattle the Europeans in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) at Longchamp. The five-year-old’s trainer Takashi Saito shares his big-race jockey’s positivity and told Asia Bloodstock News... Read More

Broader implications as the HKJC buys American again

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s (HKJC) purchase of a Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado) colt at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale late last week ended a nine-year absence from the North American market and signalled a tweak to its buying strategy that has implications beyond the immediate concern of its quirky Hong Kong International Sale (HKIS). The... Read More

Four for Shinn as Hayes provides but challenges remain

The afternoon after he rode his way to four wins at Sha Tin, Blake Shinn pondered the possible implications for the season ahead as he took time to allow his body to recover from the rigours of riding at the very base of what might be deemed – in the context of being a jockey,... Read More

Deep Bond heads into Foy test as Japan winds up for another Arc

Deep Bond (Kizuna) will launch this year’s instalment of Japan’s decades-long quest for an elusive victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) when he races on French turf for the first time in the Prix Foy (Gr 2, 2400m) at Longchamp on Sunday. The Ryuji Okubo-trained galloper has been lodging at... Read More

Purton looks to bolster connections as Hong Kong racing returns

The entries are out for Sha Tin on Sunday, marking the end of a seven-week summer break and the beginning of another relentless cycle that will run through 88 race meetings, yield huge turnover, produce fascinating sport as well as behind-the-scenes drama – the odd controversy, too, no doubt – and hopefully deliver an authentic... Read More

Joao Moreira calls on the HKJC to improve its athlete wellbeing provisions

Hong Kong’s four-time champion jockey Joao Moreira has revealed to Asia Bloodstock News that he suffered from depression when struggling through the latter part of the 2019-20 season and has called on the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) to match the efforts of progressive jurisdictions around the world in its approach to elite athlete mental... Read More