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Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:21 pm

Thank you Uma & Tachyon! :mrgreen:
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Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:09 pm

The great Hong Kong miler, Able Friend, has suffered an 'injury setback,' and is done for the season. The big chestnut is to be sent to Australia (since Hong Kong has no actual farms) for turnout and rehabilitation.
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Fri Jan 29, 2016 5:17 pm

Hong Kong Expands Number of Open Races

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has announced it will open 17 races currently restricted to Hong Kong resident horses to international competition effective from the start of the 2016-17 season.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... open-races
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Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:09 am

-- from HKJC

''Hong Kong promoted to Part I racing jurisdiction by IRPAC''

http://www.hkjc.com/english/corporate/r ... 01543.html

The International Race Planning Advisory Committee (IRPAC) approved the promotion of Hong Kong from Part II to Part I of the International Cataloguing Standards and International Statistics Book, commonly known as the “Blue Book,” with effect from 1 September 2016.
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Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:10 am

Rapper Dragon's Biggest Challenge to Come in HK Derby

The big international group 1 races looming on the horizon are all well and good, but the March 19 BMW Hong Kong Derby is the one the locals crave—for the purse and for the bragging rights at stake in the 140th running of the race.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... n-hk-derby
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:28 am

I set my alarm clock to get up and watch this race.

Rapper Dragon won the Hong Kong Derby, the classic series for 4 year olds, with Pakistan Star running 2nd. J. Moreira in the irons.
Beauty Generation ran third. Lots of excitement and cheering. Gotta love how the crowd loves their horse racing.

The horses looked so good. I love Hong Kong racing, and esp. Jenny Chapman...best analyst ever. The camera work at Sha Tin is super clear and well done, compared to here, IMHO.
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:59 am

Sounds like a good race and like Pakistan Star had some trouble
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Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:57 am

Centenary Sprint Cup Upgraded to Group 1 Status

Hong Kong's Centenary Sprint Cup has attained group 1 status ahead of the 2017/18 season and will carry a purse of HK$10 million, a HK$2 million increase that aligns its value with other group 1 events staged at Sha Tin Racecourse.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... p-1-status
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Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:49 am

Hong Kong kicks off rich 2017-18 season Sunday

Its engines scarcely cooled from the 2016-17 season, the Hong Kong Jockey Club has revved them up again for the 2017-18 season, which begins Sunday at Sha Tin.

http://www.drf.com/news/hong-kong-kicks ... son-sunday

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Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:11 am

Prat To Ride In Hong Kong For Longines International Jockey Championship Dec. 6

Flavien Prat, the meet's leading rider at Del Mar, has accepted an invitation to represent the United States in the Longines International Jockey Championship on Wednesday, December 6, at the Happy Valley Race Course in Hong Kong.

The annual event pits four Hong Kong-based riders against eight selected from around the world in four races on one program. Points are awarded on a 12-6-4 basis for first-to-third-place finishes and the champion receives a $200,000 (Hong Kong) award, the runner-up $100,000 (Hong Kong).

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/peop ... hip-dec-6/
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Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:41 pm

Pakistan Star Passes Final Exam, Set for HK Gold Cup Comebacker
Pakistan Star (Ger) (Shamardal) handily defeated former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther (NZ) (Tavistock {NZ}) in a 1600-metre barrier trial at Sha Tin Racecourse Tuesday morning, the final hurdle ahead of a presumptive green light from the Hong Kong Jockey Club for a return to racing in the G1 Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) Sunday week.

As has been well documented, the ‘TDN Rising Star‘ pulled himself up when heavily favoured in the G3 Premier Plate H. last June and again in an October trial, earning himself a ban from the local stewards after stopping at the same spot on the track each time. The Tony Cruz trainee was ‘sentenced’ to a spell and would only be allowed to return if able to prove that he was over his antics. Having successfully completed a pair of jump-outs, Pakistan Star defeated stable companion Romantic Touch (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}) in a Feb. 6 barrier trial and Tuesday’s specially arranged heat was to be his final hurdle.

Drawn gate five in a field of six, Pakistan Star–who has had his fair share of issues in the stalls–jumped without incident once again and settled in second, just off the flank of Werther, the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup runner-up who will face Pakistan Star in the Gold Cup. Shaken up by Joao Moreira with a quarter mile to travel, the bay quickened up nicely through a final 400m in :22.3 and pulled away to score by 3 1/2 lengths (video). Last-out G1 Stewards’ Cup hero Seasons Bloom (Aus) (Captain Sonador {Aus}) ran on well for third and will stretch out to the mile and a quarter for the Gold Cup.
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Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:14 pm

Glad he got the green light to come back. He is such a quirky bugger, but regardless of whether he decides to run or not, his races are always entertaining.
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Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:17 pm

Pakistan Star rises at last with brilliant APQEII Cup victory
Hong Kong’s wayward son came of age at Sha Tin this afternoon (Sunday, 29 April), and oh, how the crowd loved it. Pakistan Star smashed his rivals in the G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) with a performance of uncomplicated superiority.

“He’s blown them all away,” trainer Tony Cruz said after the five-year-old had surged to a three-length victory in a fast time of 2m 00.21s, the second-fastest, in fact, in 22 renewals at the race’s current distance.

The Sha Tin faithful – never shy in displaying their ire, as Pakistan Star knows only too well – this time gave the Shamardal gelding a roaring reception. William Buick, a late call-up for the ride, lapped every cheer as he and the green-hooded hero returned to unsaddle.

Buick replaced Australian Kerrin McEvoy – laid low with an ear infection at Hawkesbury races on Saturday – who was booked after first choice Silvestre de Sousa was required to remain in England.

“I obviously feel sorry for Kerrin McEvoy, it was his intended ride and I’m just lucky to jump on him,” Buick said of the 4.8 chance. “I’m very fortunate that I got the ride and it was a very nice surprise for me when I landed in Hong Kong.

“He’s showed his class today, he was very straightforward through the race, got a beautiful run and the only thing going through my mind was if the split was going to come or not. As soon as it came he was fast to go in there and won very well, he felt like a very fast horse.”
More: http://campaigns.hkjc.com/qeii-cup/en/n ... up-victory
Al Ain finished 5th.
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