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Francis Lui books William Buick for Hong Kong Derby ride and continues top form at Happy Valley

Francis Lui books William Buick for Hong Kong Derby ride and continues top form at Happy Valley

Champion British jockey William Buick has been booked to ride Chancheng Glory in the HK$26 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) on March 24. A prolific Group One winner worldwide, Buick was snapped up by connections of Francis Lui Kin-wai's gelding after his close second to Helios Express in the Classic Cup (1800m) last start. Buick won the Group…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Hong Kong Derby-bound Illuminous set to light up Sha Tin: ‘I think he can win no problem’

Hong Kong Derby-bound Illuminous set to light up Sha Tin: ‘I think he can win no problem’

A bullish Frankie Lor Fu-chuen believes Illuminous is well placed to maintain his unbeaten local record in Sunday's Class Three Citi Investment Services Handicap (1400m) en route to next month's Hong Kong Derby (2000m). Victorious on one of his seven pre-import starts in Australia, Illuminous made a perfect start to life in Hong Kong with a 1200m…
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Unbelievable: The Full Brother of Europe's Undefeated Champion City Of Troy Set to Make Waves in Hong Kong Derby

Unbelievable: The Full Brother of Europe's Undefeated Champion City Of Troy Set to Make Waves in Hong Kong Derby

In an unprecedented turn of events, Unbelievable, the full brother of Europe's undefeated champion juvenile of 2023, City Of Troy, is set to make waves in Monday's Class Three Red Packet Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin. Having commenced his racing career under the esteemed Aidan O'Brien, the'very serious horse' has been entrusted to the expert hands of…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Hong Kong Derby preview: Butter’s in the HK Derby mix

Hong Kong Derby preview: Butter’s in the HK Derby mix

Set the alarm, stick the kettle on and get in a prime position on Sunday morning for the BMW Hong Kong Derby. This year's renewal looks set to be an absolute belter, and at the reasonable hour of 8:35 am it's worth getting up for. Six of the 14 horses lining up for the Hong Kong racing season's premier event for four-year-olds were previously…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
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'Bubble' Pops At Giant Price In Hong Kong Derby

'Bubble' Pops At Giant Price In Hong Kong Derby

An all-the-way winner of January's Hong Kong Classic Mile under a perfectly rationed ride from the visiting Jamie Kah, Voyage Bubble (Aus) (Deep Field {Aus}) capitulated without much of a fight after leading through the opening mile of the Hong Kong Classic Cup, fading into sixth behind Super Sunny Sing (Aus) (Nicconi {Aus}). When connections…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Ricky Yiu’s daring Hong Kong Derby win on par with his trainers’ title: ‘I’m very, very happy’

Ricky Yiu’s daring Hong Kong Derby win on par with his trainers’ title: ‘I’m very, very happy’

Ricky Yiu Poon-fai rates winning Sunday's BMW Hong Kong Derby with a galloper he bought as a yearling as on par with his 2019-20 trainers' championship. Voyage Bubble, whom Yiu identified from Torryburn Stud's draft at the 2020 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and paid A$380000 (HK$2.02 million) to buy, lifted his career earnings above HK$25 million…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
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No superstars, but the Hong Kong Derby should be a cracking race

No superstars, but the Hong Kong Derby should be a cracking race

If you want to take the positive point of view, you would describe Sunday week's BMW Hong Kong Derby as wide open. The last of the lead-up races has been run and as the past two months has shown there is no Golden Sixty or Rapper Dragon among this season's batch of four-year-olds, but it does mean the Derby shapes up as a genuinely exciting…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Size's Eternal looks a Beauty of a bet

Size's Eternal looks a Beauty of a bet

THE PROGRESSIVE and exciting John Size-trained galloper BEAUTY ETERNAL will take centre stage on a 10-race programme at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on Sunday. The son of Starspangledbanner has been one of the talking horses in Hong Kong this season, following an impressive winning debut from the outside draw back in October. There has been plenty of…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
David Hall's BMW Hong Kong Derby Runner

David Hall's BMW Hong Kong Derby Runner

Stepping up to a mile for the first time in his career, Atullibigeal raised the bar once more with flying colours to cap a sparkling day for Hall who reaped a four-timer, while Bowman collected a running treble to close out the 10-race fixture. "Definitely, the Derby will be the aim. I think he'll run the distance and he's got enough points there -…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Atullibigeal Shows Hong Kong Derby Potential At Sha Tin

Atullibigeal Shows Hong Kong Derby Potential At Sha Tin

David Hall plans to run Atullibigeal in the HK$24 million Hong Kong Derby (2000m) on March 19 after victory at Sha Tin under Hugh Bowman on Sunday. Stepping up to a mile for the first time in his career, Atullibigeal raised the bar once more with flying colours to cap a sparkling day for Hall who reaped a four-timer, while Bowman collected a…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Fownes’ Rocket has Spades of potential to Snaffle first win

Fownes’ Rocket has Spades of potential to Snaffle first win

WITH the Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong done and dusted after a couple of weeks racing at Sha Tin, the action resumes at Happy Valley with another highly competitive nine-race programme. It hasn't been easy for bettors in the past fortnight, with numerous double-figure odds winners obliging, causing dismay and anguish to many…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Turin Redsun to show his best in Hong Kong Derby

Turin Redsun to show his best in Hong Kong Derby

Turin Redsun's timing couldn't be better after his slashing second to California Spangle last month â€" pulling it all together for a performance that Alexis Badel hopes can springboard the Dubawi gelding to another level in Sunday's (20 March) HK$24 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) the final leg of the Four-Year-Old Classic Series. "He's a top…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Frankie Lor creates history as Furore captures Hong Kong Derby: ‘it’s a dream come true’

Frankie Lor creates history as Furore captures Hong Kong Derby: ‘it’s a dream come true’

There was a Furore at Sha Tin on Sunday and it came in the form of Frankie Lor Fu-chuen's rising star. But there was no anger from the 60498 fans on course, just excitement as the second-season sensation continued his meteoric rise, becoming the first Chinese trainer to win the BMW Hong Kong Derby since Brian Kan Ping-chee saluted with Industrial…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Sha Tin Tips for Hong Kong Derby day

Sha Tin Tips for Hong Kong Derby day

Golden Sixty is hot favourite for Sunday's HK Derby. It's Hong Kong Derby day at Sha Tin and while there will be no heaving crowds the big race retains tremendous interest with the star four-year-old Golden Sixty an odds-on favourite to make it 10 wins from only 11 starts. However it's not going to be a lay down misere for the gelding with…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby
Hugh Bowman wins Hong Kong Derby

Hugh Bowman wins Hong Kong Derby

Hugh Bowman has steered Australian import Furore to a strong win in the prestigious Hong Kong Derby Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman has steered Australian import Furore to a strong win in the prestigious Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin for trainer Frankie Lor. Bowman made his move early on Furore from barrier 12 of 14, rolling forward to be in a prominent…
Horse Racing: Hong Kong Derby