Gibson looks for a Gold lining in LONGINES Hong Kong Cup

Richard Gibson has high hopes that Gold Mount can deliver an overdue Group 1 triumph in Hong Kong’s biggest race of all, the HK$28 million LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m), at Sha Tin Racecourse this Sunday (9 December). The man with three previous victories at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races caused a raised eyebrow or two when the five-year-old turned up in the Cup field rather than the 2400m LONGINES Hong Kong Vase. But he believes the shorter race is the right target. “It…

King of the Valley might hold key to LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship

Trainer Caspar Fownes, the man known as the “King of the Valley”, could play a key part in determining which jockey claims Wednesday night’s (5 December) rich prize for the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley. Fownes, who has likely fancied runners in each of the four legs of the series, was horrified by how his horses fared at this morning’s barrier draw but much happier after the random allocation of jockeys proved more fortuitous for the man who has trained more than 400…

Frustrations hopefully over for Vase bound Red Verdon

It’s been quite an adventure, or perhaps misadventure, over the past 10 weeks for the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (2400m) candidate Red Verdon and his ever attentive companion Robin Trevor-Jones, assistant to trainer Ed Dunlop. The story begins with his late September flight to Australia which was delayed mid-route, for some 14 hours, when the cargo plane – carrying Red Verdon and 18 other horses, sustained a cracked windscreen between London and Sharjah which left the horses stranded on the tarmac at the UAE…

Sizing Tennessee leads home Tizzard 1-2 in £250,000 G3 Ladbrokes Trophy

Day two of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury Racecourse took place on Saturday, December 1, with the feature £250,000 G3 Ladbrokes Trophy taking centre-stage. The Ladbrokes Trophy saw Sizing Tennessee gain an impressive victory over Elegant Escape as trainer Colin Tizzard recorded a memorable first and second in Britain’s second-richest handicap chase. Ladbrokes Trophy Day pulled in a crowd of just over 16,000 which was marginally down on 2017, while the two day Ladbrokes Winter Carnival saw over 23,000 racegoers in attendance. Julian Thick,…

Elsworth happy to be back in Hong Kong with Sir Dancealot

Veteran Newmarket handler David Elsworth is looking forward to a return to Hong Kong to saddle Sir Dancealot in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin, a track he visited as long ago as 1990, when he sent Landyap to finish fourth in the Hong Kong Cup. Elsworth is nearing his 79th birthday but his enthusiasm for training remains undimmed in the autumn of a hugely successful career that has seen him succeed at the sport’s highest reaches with both Jumps and…

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