Outstanding Altior heads 10 for superb Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park

The outstanding Altior (Nicky Henderson) heads 10 entries for the £150,000 G1 Betfair Tingle Creek Chase released today, the highlight of day two of the Betfair Tingle Creek Christmas Festival at Sandown Park on Saturday, December 8. The eight-year-old Altior, who races in the colours of Patricia Pugh, is unbeaten in all of his nine starts over fences and was last seen when taking the G1 bet365 Celebration Chase at Sandown Park on April 28. His three outings last season also saw him capture the G1 Queen…

World class riders ready for action in the LONGINES IJC at Happy Valley

They may be some of the world’s best jockeys, battling for one of the great jockeys’ prizes in the racing world, but none were brave enough to predict victory in what looks like a hugely competitive renewal of the spectacular LONGINES International Jockeys Championship at Happy Valley on Wednesday (5 December). Take Zac Purton, who heads the Hong Kong Jockeys’ Championship again after his thrilling victory over Joao Moreira to reclaim the premiership last season. The Aussie riding hero also won the LONGINES IJC on…

Gray hopeful one good turn might deliver another on Sunday

Singapore trainer Stephen Gray was happy to help out a fellow kiwi this morning as his HK$20 million G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint contender Lim’s Cruiser “buddied up” with the Chris Waller-trained Comin’ Through for a stroll down the Sha Tin straight and reconnaissance of the saddling paddock. “Least we could do, I’m sure Chris would do the same for me,” Gray said after ‘lending’ one of his three on-hand stable employees to Comin’ Through’s rider Madelyn Hoffman, to assist in leading the HK$25 million…

Fownes’s Legend faces a tough task as Beauty Generation’s aura swells

When Southern Legend enters his allotted barrier for the HK$25 million LONGINES Hong Kong Mile on Sunday (9 December), the bay will stand alongside 12 fellow challengers taking on a horse in process of being anointed to greatness around the Sha Tin stable yard. Beauty Generation’s remarkable display in the G2 Jockey Club Mile two and a half weeks ago – on the back of two dominant weight-carrying feats – elevated John Moore’s galloper to a hallowed tier. Last year’s G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile…

LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – Tuesday Track Notes

LONGINES Hong Kong Cup DEIRDRE – JPN Easy canter for one and a half laps on the all-weather track. Work rider Yuta Komiyama said: “Everything is under control at the moment.  I think she moved nicely but she is still getting used to the new things here.” STAPHANOS – JPN Cantered a lap and a half around the all-weather track. Assistant trainer Kazuo Fujiwara said: “He is improving daily and moved over the track really well. We’ll breeze him on Thursday.” SUNGRAZER – JPN Cantered…

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