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“Riding horses is all I’ve done, it’s all I know” – The life of Hong Kong jockey Zac Purton

“Riding horses is all I’ve done, it’s all I know” – The life of Hong Kong jockey Zac Purton

As the racing world turned its head to South East Asia today for the Group 1 APQEII Cup in Hong Kong and the Singapore Group 1 Lion City Cup, I turned to Hong Kong’s ex-Champion jockey: the Australian Zac Purton.   “I love to eat,” […]

Once in a lifetime shot: Hong Kong Derby day

Once in a lifetime shot: Hong Kong Derby day

On a personal note, I hope the 2016 renewal of the BMW Hong Kong derby was not a once in a lifetime experience. There is plenty of fuel left in the tank: I will ensure to be present for next year’s version of the prestigious local highlight. It is, however, the shot of a lifetime for the four-year-olds that compete in Hong Kong’s historic 2000 meter race.

One chance at immortality

2016 Derby Legend Werther
2016 Derby Legend Werther

I arrived early at the racecourse, a feat standing on its own amongst the 99% of the time I arrive after the first race of the day. Perhaps it was the smell of the exotic buffet waiting for me on the 7th level of the Sha Tin grandstand, but most likely it will have been due to the fast approaching departure time of my flight back to the United Kingdom. At midnight that evening I would be on my way back, concluding a four-and-a-half week stay in Hong Kong’s microcosm of horseracing.
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Kei Chiong Ka-kei, the first female to complete the Hong Kong jockey ranks in 15 years

Kei Chiong Ka-kei, the first female to complete the Hong Kong jockey ranks in 15 years

In an attempt to capture a sight of Hong Kong’s only ten pound claiming apprentice jockey, Kei Chiong Ka-kei, unwanted attention was drawn to the female crush like symptoms I allegedly exhibited. Perhaps my enthusiasm for the newest addition to the Hong Kong jockey bench […]

Let’s get up to speed with the Cheltenham Festival contenders at the trials

Let’s get up to speed with the Cheltenham Festival contenders at the trials

Less than six weeks left until the start of National Hunt racing’s pinnacle event: the four-day long Cheltenham festival. The place where the jump stars hope to realize career glory in form of a Cheltenham festival victory. A queue of cars decorated the way to […]

The first day – 2016

The first day – 2016

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Today, is the first blank page of a 366 page book. Write a good one.
-Brad Paisley-

Many would have seen the stories recapitulating racing highlights, most read stories and biggest news of 2015. The last days of the year fly by, and one suddenly finds themselves in the Leap Year of 2016.

A fresh start it surely is. Yet, I decided to take a slightly different approach to reminiscing the year past. I believe that, as we all would agree, a new year provides a clean slate. However, these special moments, stories and images of 2015 will still occupy a small part of my heart during the new year.

2016 will start on a seemingly blank page, with a background story delicately written in white ink. Therefor I decided to look back at 2015 on the first day of 2016, by selecting a top five of pictures.

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When you’re addicted: Hong Kong style

When you’re addicted: Hong Kong style

  Addiction, a word derived from the classical Latin word ‘addictus’, meaning ‘bound to’, ‘enslaved by’ and ‘devoted to’. To an extend, all seem suitable descriptions for my memories and feelings regarding the 2015 Hong Kong International races. The slow but certain feed of racing related positive […]

The (Tattersalls Mare) Sale before Christmas

The (Tattersalls Mare) Sale before Christmas

The sun was already setting upon my arrival at the beautiful Tattersalls complex. It was a crispy Tuesday that turned out to showcase substantial mare power, defined by one distinctive hour of quality mares taking the stage. Four lots surpassed the million guineas mark on […]

A day of Champions: the events at Ascot

A day of Champions: the events at Ascot

As I rushed in through the gates I managed to reach the big screen just in time to see the 13 strong field for the QIPCO Long Distance Cup jump off. A tactical performance from our favourite Italian saw Flying Officer return to the winner’s enclosure, a cherry on top of a stellar season for Dettori. A ride that perhaps did not get the attention it deserved, due to serious traffic problems behind the winner, involving an impatient Ryan Moore.
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Autumn, time for the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales

Autumn, time for the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales

Warren Hill was looking particularly good, on that crisp, foggy morning at the gallops; the contour of Newmarket was vaguely visible in the distance. A moment characterised by an overwhelming nostalgic feeling, taking me back to 2011: my first visit to this British centre of […]


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