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. […]
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 was on par with the Chinese media’s behaviour regarding pretty strangers: stalk, stalk and stalk.
A tactic that proved to be fruitful: a smile lit up her face as she came past in the parade ring on top of her first mount of the night.
The 23-year-old apprentice has found herself in the spotlight once again, courtesy of the gender difference combined with her successful return to race riding; she is, after all, the first female jockey to be active in Hong Kong after the retirement of Carol Yu Wing-sze in May 2000.
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 […]
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 and rewarding stimuli start from the moment you arrive at Hong Kong international airport, and remain present throughout. The jockeys, trainers and horses are treated like the ambassadors of the sport they truly are; billboards and advertisements have been drawn up all over Hong Kong, promoting the key players.
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 […]
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 […]
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 horseracing.
A trip that initiated my enthusiasm for the Sport of Kings, and opened up a whole world of possibilities. (more…)
Paris, Hippodrome de Longchamp 04/10/2015 For my piece on what to do when visiting a racecourse at a fixture for the first time, read: Attending your first race meeting