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Aethero’s ready to fly again with Champions Day in sight Brilliant three-year-old Aethero (Sebring) will make an eagerly-awaited return in Sunday’s Sprint Cup (Gr 2, 1200m) at Sha Tin with Group 1 glory and a legend’s benchmark blinking on the radar. The John Moore-trained galloper is only two points shy of the 121 rating the great Silent Witness (El Moxie) achieved as a three-year-old in 2003 – the highest Hong Kong rating this century for a horse of that age. “Silent Witness has a... Read More

Australia Latest

Twin Hills releases service fees Twin Hills Stud have released their service fees for 2020, headineed by the popular son of Fastnet Rock (Danehill), Smart Missile. “We are very conscious that we are living and operating in extraordinary circumstances at the moment. However, we are also conscious that our industry runs in an annual cycle. The decision of which stallion a mare is bred to is an important one, whether you are breeding for the racetrack or also for the sale ring,” said Twin Hi... Read More

International Latest

Santa Anita Derby cancelled The Santa Anita Derby (Gr 1, 9f), the premier three-year-old contest in California on the road to the Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f), has been postponed as the racecourse abides by a Los Angeles County Health Department order closing the track. The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, announced that the race would be rescheduled to later in the season, although administrators are attempting to gain immediate approval to restart racing at the historic track. The Sant... Read More

New Zealand Latest

Road To Rock gone Road To Rock (Encosta De Lago), the sire of two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Beauty Generation, was euthanised last week, Wellfield Lodge announced yesterday. “He has had laminitis issues, which we have been managing for some time,” Wellfield Lodge director Bill Gleeson said. “It got to the stage last week where we had to make a welfare decision on him, which was unfortunate. His numbers dropped off dramatically over the last couple of years but we have kept breedi... Read More