Focus Asia

Frankie Lor is equipped for a head-to-head tussle with his old master

Zac Purton’s return to action at Happy Valley tonight after a month on the sideline throws the spotlight back on to his title race tussle with Joao Moreira but, while that particular rivalry has been a Hong Kong sub-plot for eight years now, a compelling, and perhaps inevitable, new head-to-head is brewing in the trainers’... Read More

Hong Kong’s European imports need a Classic Series revival

Packing Victory’s (Reliable Man) smart win on New Year’s Day sharpened the focus on Hong Kong’s Classic Series candidates, with the first leg, the Hong Kong Classic Mile (Listed, 1600m), now just 25 days away. The emphasis on the pick of the circuit’s emerging four-year-old talent will only intensify this Sunday when, in a 1600-metre... Read More

Ferraris has had enough as he brings an end to his Hong Kong career

David Ferraris has told Asia Bloodstock News that he will take time out to clear his head in the wake of his decision last Sunday to hand back his trainer’s licence to the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The multiple Group 1-winning handler, who will close out his 18-year tenure with five runners at Happy Valley... Read More

Amazing Star’s horror fall raises a question of the HKJC’s race selection process

Last Sunday should have been the time when Golden Sixty’s (Medaglia D’Oro) exhilarating display of his athletic ability outshone all else, even Loves Only You’s (Deep Impact) farewell thriller. But when four horses have crashed to the ground at high speed and sent their riders careering to the turf, even exceptional achievements of historic magnitude... Read More

Naboo Attack takes aim for his forgotten sire

To call a horse Simply The Best (Warhead) is to play games with fate. The late Fahd Salman learnt that truth in the 1990s with a colt he named The King (Lomond), being a half-brother to his excellent European champion Generous (Caerleon): The King never made the races, let alone challenged for any crown. Simply... Read More

Golden Sixty needs a sterner test to enhance his international profile

Golden Sixty’s (Medaglia D’Oro) latest demolition of the best milers Hong Kong can scrape together has left the gelding’s trainer Francis Lui hoping that a serious challenger will enter the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s ‘racing bubble’ to take on his stable’s champion when he bids for a second Hong Kong Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) victory... Read More