2017

Mr Stunning Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint

Monday, 11th December 2017

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Mr Stunning (Exceed And Excel-With Fervour, by Dayjur) proved too slick for his rivals in scoring a decisive win in the HK$18 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Lucky Bubbles & Peniaphobia. This was the first Group 1 victory for Mr Stunning who was purchased by Magnus Equine for $250,000 at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Lyndhurst Stud. He improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint, Gr2 Premier Bowl & Gr2 HKJC Sprint Cup) and 3 placings (including the HKJC Chairman's Sprint Prize) from 16 starts for HK$27,023,600 in earnings.

Hong Kong Awards Finalists Announced

Thursday, 29th June 2017

The final nominees for 2016/17 The Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards have been announced. Winners of the Champion Awards will be announced at The Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards 2016/2017 presentation ceremony to be held on Friday, 14 July, at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. The Champion Awards Judging Panel has also decided to present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Able Friend and Aerovelocity, in recognition of their great contributions to Hong Kong racing. The finalists are:

  • Horse of the Year: elected by votes of the Judging Panel from winners of the respective categories, excluding the Champion Griffin
  • Champion Sprinter: Aerovelocity, Lucky Bubbles, Mr Stunning, Peniaphobia
  • Champion Miler: Beauty Only, Contentment, Helene Paragon, Rapper Dragon, Thewizardofoz
  • Champion Middle-Distance Horse: Pakistan Star, Rapper Dragon, Secret Weapon, Werther
  • Champion Stayer: Eagle Way, Werther
  • Champion Griffin: Bravo Watchman, Ivictory, Premiere, Regency Bo Bo, Sight Leader

Peniaphobia Wins Gr2 Centenary Sprint Cup

Tuesday, 31st January 2017

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, 6YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) added yet another sprint feature to his impressive black-type CV when scoring a tenacious 0.75 length win for trainer Tony Cruz in the HK$8 million Gr2 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO Australian-bred gelding Lucky Bubbles (Sebring-Bubble Below, by Hussonet) & 6YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago). Peniaphobia advanced his record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint, Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup, Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint & Gr3 Sha Tin Vase) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint & Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) from 33 starts for £3,543,153 earnings.

Amazing Kids Wins Gr3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy

Monday, 9th January 2017

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, multiple Gr2 & Gr3-winning Windsor Park Stud stallion Falkirk (Tale Of The Cat-Madam Valeta, by Palace Music) added a Group success when 5YO New Zealand-bred gelding Amazing Kids (Falkirk-Cadence, by Rhythm) pulled clear over the concluding stages to score a comfortable 1.5 length win for trainer John Size in the HK$3 million Gr3 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1000m) for 3YO+, over 6YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) & 6YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion). Amazing Kids advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) and 8 placings (including the Gr2 HKJC Sprint Cup) from 19 starts for NZ$2,361,916 earnings.

2016

Aerovelocity Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint

Monday, 12th December 2016

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Waikato Stud's Gr1 Australian Guineas-winning stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 8YO gelding Aerovelocity (Pins-Exodus, by Kaapstad) scored by a short head for trainer Paul O'Sullivan in the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), over 6YO gelding Lucky Bubbles (Sebring-Bubble Below, by Hussonet) & 6YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion). In registering his fifth win at Gr1 level, Aerovelocity improved his record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup, Gr1 Krisflyer International Sprint, Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint, Gr2 Premier Bowl Handicap & Gr3 Sha Tin Vase) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize) from 24 starts for NZ$7,828,538 earnings. A son of the Kaapstad mare Exodus (NZ), Aerovelocity was bred by Windsor Park’s Nelson Schick and Steve Till. He was offered by Windsor Park at the 2010 Premier Sale, where he sold to O’Sullivan for $120,000.

Smart Volatility Wins Listed Ramornie Handicap

Thursday, 14th July 2016

At Grafton on the NSW North Coast, former Hong Kong galloper Smart Volatility (Danewin-Something Funny, by Baryshnikov) registered his first black-type success when scoring by 0.1-length for trainer John Sargent in the $160,000 Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Big Money (Choisir-Lyn's Money, by Humam) & 8YO gelding Steel Zip (Canadian Silver-Zip, by Cossack Warrior). Having just his second start since arriving in Australia, 7YO Smart Volatility improved his record to 7 wins and 7 placings (including the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup) from 25 starts for $1,184,577 earnings. Courtesy of several Group placings in Hong Kong, including a third behind Peniaphobia in last year's Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1000m), Smart Volatility was one of the highest rated horses in this year's Ramornie field but was still sent out at the long odds of 25-1. Sargent's stable foreman Gareth McRae said that should Smart Volatility continue to race well and push up his rating, then there is every chance he could head back home to Hong Kong. "Great training effort by John to get him back after all his troubles in Hong Kong; he had a lot of breathing problems," McRae told Sky Racing. "The owner decided to send him over here and the aim is to get his rating up to 110 and send him back for the International races at the end of the year."

Former Hong Kong Galloper Ready For Sydney Debut

Tuesday, 21st June 2016

Trainer John Sargent says he is happy with former Hong Kong galloper Smart Volatility (Danewin-Something Funny, by Baryshnikov) who will make his Australian debut in the Winter Dash (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Despite being bred in Australian, the 7YO gelding has done all of his racing hitherto in his adopted homeland where he won 6 of 23 starts for HK$7.4 million in prize money. Courtesy of several Group placings in Hong Kong, including a third behind Peniaphobia in last year's Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1000m), Smart Volatility is easily the highest rated horse in Saturday's open sprint handicap and consequently has been allotted a hefty 61kg. "He was a Group One placegetter in Hong Kong so he's obviously going to get 61 kilos and we will claim three with Andrew Adkins," Sargent told AAP. "He is a lovely horse and has had two trials and won them both." Sargent is also confident that Smart Volatility will handle soft ground if Sydney's wet weather persists. "I think he is fit enough and although I don't think he wants it too heavy, he has won his trials on wet tracks, so he will handle at least slow which looks like what we are likely to get," he said. "He got injured in Hong Kong so he came here to recover. He was very highly rated in Hong Kong and I'm pleased to have him."

Chautauqua Confirmed For HK Gr1 Chairman's Sprint

Friday, 8th April 2016

The HKJC Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize on May 1 promises to be one of the highlights of the season at Sha Tin with the three sprinters rated the best in the world on turf, so far this year, all set to lock horns. That lofty trio, comprising Aerovelocity and Not Listenin'tome for Hong Kong and Chautauqua (back-to-back Gr1 TJ Smith hero) for Australia, is augmented by North American star Mongolian Saturday, Australia's favourite veteran Buffering – recent Gr1 Al Quoz hero in Dubai – and a strong pack of locally-trained talent that also features Peniaphobia and Gold-Fun. Other key entrants include Super Jockey, runner-up in the 2015 edition of the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen (1200m, dirt) at Meydan, Charles The Great, Rad and Strathmore.

Buffering Wins Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint

Tuesday, 29th March 2016

At Meydan racecourse in Dubai, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Stud stallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) celebrated an elite success when 8YO gelding Buffering (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Robert Heathcote in the US$1 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) for 3YO+, over 5YO Irish-bred geldings Ertijaal (Oasis Dream-Shabiba, by Seeking the Gold) & Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion). It's been a remarkable career for Buffering who was purchased for trainer Robert Heathcote by his good friend, leading New Zealand based bloodstock agent Paul Willetts for $22,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. "I know how tough this horse is. He's not necessarily the fastest horse in the world by gee he's tough and he showed that tonight," a proud Heathcote told reporters after the race. "It took him 18 goes to win a Group One and now he's won seven of his last 13 attempts and he's travelled the other side of the world and taken on arguably the best the world has to offer at the moment on the biggest stage." He added: "I'm just so damn proud to be here representing Australia. We'll go to Hong Kong and I believe Nick Smith from Ascot is here and after Hong Kong we were going to go home but gee I'd love to shake hands with the Queen." Damian Browne has been the regular rider of Buffering and he was one of the proudest men on track. "We have a beautiful run throughout," Browne noted. "We began well and I knew from the 300 he was going to give a good kick and he was able to hold them off." He added: "We're proud to be here representing Australia - this old horse has been such a champion for us. To come over here and get the money is just so great." Buffering is a great flagbearer for the Queensland breeding industry having been bred at Racetree by Kevin Dixon and sold on the Gold Coast. In running a career-best of 56.34 on Saturday night, Buffering boosted his already remarkable record to 19 wins (including the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes - twice, Gr1 Moir Stakes, Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic, Gr1 Manikato Stakes, Gr2 BRC Victory Stakes, Gr2 Schillaci Stakes, Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Ian McEwen Stakes) & 17 placings (including the Gr1 BTC Cup, Gr1 AJ Moir Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap - twice, Gr1 Doomben 10,000 - thrice, Gr1 William Reid, Gr1 Newmarket, Gr1 Lightning T.J. Smith Stakes & Gr1 Patinack Classic) from 52 starts for approximately $7 million in earnings. Buffering will now head to Hong Kong for the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on 1 May.

Aerovelocity To Defend Japanese Title

Tuesday, 9th February 2016

Outstanding Hong Kong-based New Zealand-bred sprinter Aerovelocity (Pins-Exodus, by Kaapstad) will return to Japan to defend his title in the Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) at Chukyo racecourse next month (27 March), reports NZ Racing Desk. Trainer Paul O'Sullivan said the son of Pins had come through his first-up win in the Gr1 Centenary Cup Sprint at Sha Tin in top order and owner Daniel Yeung Ngai had given the green light for the 7YO to make the return trip. "He will be going back, and why not?" O'Sullivan said. "He looks like he is back to his old self." Aerovelocity took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Krisflyer International Sprint, Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint, Gr2 Premier Bowl Handicap & Gr3 Sha Tin Vase) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize) from 20 starts for NZ$5,757,769 earnings when defeating Gold-Fun and Peniaphobia in the Centenary Cup Sprint on 31 January.

Aerovelocity Wins Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup

Monday, 1st February 2016

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, Waikato Stud's Gr1 Australian Guineas-winning stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) celebrated an elite Gr1 success when 7YO gelding Aerovelocity (Pins-Exodus, by Kaapstad) scored by 1.5-lengths for trainer Paul O'Sullivan in the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, over 7YO Irish-bred gelding Gold-Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori-Goodwood March, by Foxhound) & 5YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion). Aerovelocity took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Krisflyer International Sprint, Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen, Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint, Gr2 Premier Bowl Handicap & Gr3 Sha Tin Vase) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize) from 20 starts for NZ$5,757,769 earnings.

2015

Peniaphobia Wins Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint

Monday, 14th December 2015

At the International Races at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on Sunday, 4YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) returned to the winner's circle when scoring an all the way 0.5-length win for trainer Tony Cruz and jockey Joao Moreira in the HK$18.5 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 6YO Irish-bred gelding Gold-Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori-Goodwood March, by Foxhound) & 5YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago). Peniaphobia took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup & Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint & Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) from 23 starts for £1,617,536 earnings.

Gold-Fun Wins Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint

Monday, 23rd November 2015

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, 6YO Irish-bred gelding Gold-Fun (Le Vie Dei Colori-Goodwood March, by Foxhound) scored by 1.25-lengths for trainer Richard Gibson in the HK$4 million Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) & 5YO Australian-bred gelding Not Listenin'tome (Dylan Thomas -Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago). Gold-Fun took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize, Gr1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup, Gr1 Hong Kong Classic Mile & Gr2 Jockey Club Mile) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Derby & Gr1 Hong Kong Mile) from 26 starts for €4,002,808 earnings.

Sole Power Wins Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint

Monday, 30th March 2015

At Meydan racecourse in Dubai, 8YO gelding Sole Power (Kyllachy-Demerger, by Distant View), Britain's reigning 5-furlong sprint king, won his first race outside the British Isles when scoring by 0.5-length for trainer Eddie Lynam in the US$1 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) for 3YO+, over 3YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) & 4YO US-bred entire Green mask (Mizzen Mast-Bonsai Beauty, by Forestry). Sole Power who took his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 King's Stand Stakes - twice & Gr1 Nunthorpe Stakes) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint, Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint, Gr1 King's Stand Stakes & Gr1 Nunthorpe Stakes) from 47 starts. Lynam is already thinking of a return to Royal Ascot, where Sole Power claimed his second successive King's Stand Stakes last summer, reports the irishtimes.com. "He's put his CV up for (leading) European sprinter today," Lynam said. "He's just come to himself. On his day, he was always capable of doing it. If I could, I'd love him to do it at Royal Ascot as well."

Rematch for Hong Kong Sprint Stars

Thursday, 12th February 2015

Only a neck separated winner Aerovelocity and runner-up Peniaphobia in the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December and on Sunday the pair will once again meet in the Gr1 Chairman's Sprint Prize (1200m), reports NZ Racing Desk. Three-year-old Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia has since franked that form when claiming his maiden Gr1 win in the Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1000m) last month. "There's probably not a lot between a few of these horses," said Aerovelocity's trainer Paul O'Sullivan. "Especially Aerovelocity and Peniaphobia. I think the best run in the race will win it, if they both race up to their form." O'Sullivan said an international campaign beckons Aerovelocity should he perform up to expectations on Sunday. "As long as he races well we'll be looking at either Dubai (Gr1 Dubai Golden Shaheen) or Japan (Gr1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen) - and if not, we'll maybe sit back and get him ready for Singapore. Hopefully he'll just run well enough to justify a trip," said O'Sullivan.

Peniaphobia Wins Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup

Tuesday, 27th January 2015

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, 3YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) landed the biggest prize of his short career to date when scoring by a short head for trainer Tony Cruz in the HK$6.6 million Gr1 Centenary Sprint Cup (1000m), over 5YO Australian-bred gelding Bundle Of Joy (Magic Albert-Lady Starstruck, by Mr Henrysee) & 6YO Australian-bred gelding Smart Volatility (Danewin-Something Funny, by Baryshnikov). Peniaphobia took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint & Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) from 19 starts for HK$7,652,000 earnings. Peniaphobia will now head to Dubai for a tilt at the US$2 million Gr1 Golden Shaheen on dirt. "We'll look to Dubai. I've entered him in the Golden Shaheen and the Al Quoz, but I believe that he's more a 1,200m horse so I'd be leaning towards the Golden Shaheen," trainer Tony Cruz told the South China Morning Post. "I'm only worried about him going left-handed, which he hasn't done since his first start in England - the dirt doesn't concern me at all."

2014

Aerovelocity Wins Gr1 Hong Kong International Sprint

Monday, 15th December 2014

At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, Waikato Stud's Gr1 Australian Guineas-winning stallion Pins (Snippets-No Finer, by Kaoru Star) celebrated a Gr1 success when 6YO gelding Aerovelocity (Pins-Exodus, by Kaapstad) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Paul O'Sullivan in the HK$18.5 million Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), over 3YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) & 5YO Japanese-bred mare Straight Girl (Fuji Kiseki-Never Period, by Taiki Shuttle). This was the first Gr1 victory for Aerovelocity who took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Premier Bowl Handicap & Gr3 Sha Tin Vase) and 4 placings from 15 starts for NZ$2,928,189 earnings. Australian sprinter Buffering finished sixth.

Buffering & Criterion Touch Down In HK

Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Buffering and Criterion have arrived safely in Hong Kong as they prepare for the HKJCs international race meeting at Sha Tin on 14 December, reports racingandsports.com.au. The duo departed for Hong Kong at 6pm Monday evening after their flight was delayed due to concerns about Criterion's condition after suffering a mild bout of colic on Sunday. No-one was more relieved than Buffering's trainer Robert Heathcote when Criterion was given the green light to travel. "I was very worried. It would have meant Buffering would have been on his own in the quarantine section at Sha Tin," Heathcote said. "Buffering is a very sociable horse and it would have been terrible for him to be on his own." He added, "It also meant it would have cost $40,000 for three weeks in quarantine at Werribee when he gets back. With Criterion sharing it's only $20,000 and I was delighted when I heard he was on the plane." Buffering will contest the Hong Kong International Sprint (1200m) where he is prominent in the betting behind local sprinters Peniaphobia and Aerovelocity, while Criterion is entered for the Gr1 Hong Kong Cup.

Peniaphobia Wins Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint

Monday, 24th November 2014

At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, 3YO Irish-bred gelding Peniaphobia (Dandy Man-Umlani, by Great Commotion) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Tony Cruz in the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint (1200m), over 6YO Australian-bred gelding Smart Volatility (Danewin-Something Funny, by Baryshnikov) & 5YO Australian-bred gelding Flagship Shine (Tale of the Cat-Dixie Paradise, by Dixie Union). This was Peniaphobia's maiden stakes success and took his record to 8 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr3 HKJC National Day Cup) from 14 starts for £478,056 earnings.