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Horse racing is much more than an excuse for gambling. It is a love for the beauty, grace and speed of the horse. It can also be an intellectual battle of examining competing facts and trying to formulate the future from results of the past. In some ways it is an investigation, as performed by an eager detective. And in other ways it can be the thrill of a crossword puzzle, with multiple possible responses, but ultimately only one correct answer. It is a thing of beauty as much as it is a matter of commerce. I have been involved with horse racing in both practical and intellectual ways. From time spent as an apprentice jockey, to later the research of bloodlines in the multimillion dollar world of thoroughbred breeding and sales. And for the past twelve years I have provided speedrating information to the racing industry and public through my company: Speedratings - Leonard Marlborough.

Joao Moreira Treble

September 16th 2014 10:25
Joao Moreira Treble
words by Leonard Marlborough
photography by Neil Murray


The first day of the new racing season in Hong Kong saw the two jockeys most favoured to win this season’s Hong Kong Jockeys’ Premiership start with a rush - Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira (in his 2nd season in HK) jumping to the lead with a treble, while the reigning champion, Zac Purton (Australia), rode a double. From the 10 race program three jockeys enjoyed multiple victories, with Olivier Doleuze (France) also riding a double.

Not too far behind (on single race wins) comes the (once thought to be unbeatable) multiple premiership winner, Douglas Whyte (South Africa), and his fierce rival over several seasons in the premiership battle, Brett Prebble (Australia).


Rounding out the jockey winners on the first day was KC Derek Leung (China). The depth of riding talent in Hong Kong has always been exceptional, with many champion jockeys from around the globe spending a season (part of a season - or many seasons) there.

Pictured below is Joao Moreira winning aboard Bundle Of Joy in the 9th race.
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Coming Up Trumps

September 15th 2014 23:42
Coming Up Trumps
guest article by Neil Murray
photography by Neil Murray


The longest priced winner at Sha Tin on the new season opening day was Trump. Punters weren't much interested in the 6yo chestnut gelding despite a nice lead up trial. Gate 13  in the 1400m event probably put most people off him, and he went out a 38/1 chance in the last race on the programme. But jockey Derek Leung overcame the wide draw to get Trump home by more than two lengths. The win probably more than compensated Leung for having been rubbed out for two meetings for causing interference in an earlier race.



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editor’s note:

Trump began his racing career in Australia in Sydney with trainer David Payne before being transferred to Robert Heathcote in Queensland where he would win 4 races, including the G3 Gunsynd Classic (1600 metres), defeating subsequent Queensland Derby winner, Brambles. The fortunes of these two horses would differ greatly after that Brisbane Winter Carnival of 2012 with Trump thereafter transferred to Hong Kong, while Brambles suffered an injury that would see him off the racetrack for almost two years. In a nice touch of synchronicity, Brambles won at Flemington (his first win since his comeback) one day prior to Trump winning at Sha Tin.

Who says form goes stale.








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The New Season

September 15th 2014 12:02
The New Season
guest article:
words & photography by Neil Murray.




The Hong Kong racing season opened at Sha Tin with a bang on Sunday 14 September.  A record crowd of 74,000 turned out in the heat and humidity to be treated to a spectacular opening ceremony and a programme of ten keenly contested races. Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira who was starting his second season in Hong Kong took the riding honours on the day with a treble, which included a win on Golden Harvest in the feature race, the Chief Executive's Cup, a handicap over 1400m. Last season's premier jockey Zac Purton rode a double. These two jockeys are tipped to fight out this season's premiership.



The Hong Kong Jockey Club would be well pleased with the tremendous turnout, which represents a 50% increase on the 2009/2010 season's opening attendance and is a testament to the strength and health of Hong Kong racing.



above: Joao Moreira on his second winner, Supreme Falcon
below: Zac Purton on his second winner, Hidden Value

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The Certain Win

September 13th 2014 00:25
There are so many ways to get beaten in racing.

There is the wide trip; the check and interference; many things of luck in running or simple management (fitness) of the horse. We all have our tales


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Biggest winning margin in history?

September 2nd 2014 23:43
Six lengths is a big winning margin.

It's a thrashing (sit back and relax and cash the winning ticket comfort


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Tom Durkin's Top 10 Best Race Calls

August 31st 2014 23:30
With the retirement of iconic race caller, Tom Durkin, TVG produced a countdown of his Top 10 Best Race Calls.

In the previous post we listed numbers 10 to 5


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Durkin's Top 10 Race Calls Countdown

August 29th 2014 04:39
With the imminent retirement of iconic race caller, Tom Durkin, TVG are counting down his Top 10 Best Race Calls.

Counting down from 10 to 5


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Mongolia's Naadam Racehorse

August 28th 2014 03:29
Admittedly, it is not racing a we would traditionally know it.

Tradition is the keyword here and it is the ancient traditions of Mongolia which are on display, not the more recent and refined traditions of Ascot or Flemington


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Queen's Blade - A Cut Above

August 26th 2014 03:57
Korean star filly, Queen's Blade, emphatically completed the Korean Derby and Korean Oaks double when she followed her 10 length Derby demolition in May with a similarly impressive (5 length) win in the Oaks at Busan on the 24th of August.

Queen's Blade followed the template set by Speedy First in 2013 who also won both Korean Classic races. Speedy First has since been shipped to race in the US, while the sheer dominance of Queen's Blade makes one wonder how she might match up if given the opportunity in another racing jurisdiction


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Clean Sweep of Scandinavian Derbies

August 25th 2014 08:57
Trainer Niels Petersen completed a never before achieved feat when Eye In The Sky completed the third leg of the Scandinavian Derbies with victory in the Norwegian Derby.

Petersen also trained the winners of the Swedish Derby (Duke Derby) and the Danish Derby (Davicii) in an achievement that may never again be matched


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