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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.

Douglas Whyte to the Fore

April 15th 2014 07:47
For more than a decade it has appeared unlikely that anyone could defeat Douglas Whyte to win the Hong Kong Jockeys' Premiership. In 2014, Whyte is the underdog, but not yet resigned to relinquish the title and accept that this is the end of his incredible winning run. - editor.

Douglas Whyte to the Fore

15/04/2014

words & photography by Neil Murray



Thirteen-time winner of the Hong Kong jockey premiership, Douglas Whyte, showed he is no spent force this season when he rode four winners last Sunday at Sha Tin. With an additional three seconds and a third to his tally for the day, Whyte left leading jockey premiership contenders, Zac Purton and Joao Moreira (with one win each) well in his wake. Whyte's wins came on Record Again, Naughty Baby, Boy Oh Boy and Full Talent.


Whyte is still nineteen wins behind Purton and eight behind Moreira, but with over two months of the season still remaining he could give them a big fright. Here are photos of his first three winners last Sunday.




Record Again




Naughty Baby




In front and heading for victory on Boy Oh Boy




SPEEDRATINGS


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Callow Wins Mauritius Classic

April 13th 2014 00:48
Following on from our recent archival article on Noel Callow, we present the latest escapade for this saddle-will-travel jockey - now riding in Mauritius.


Callow Wins Mauritius Classic

11/4/2014

words & photography by Haashim Patel



The Play On Line Triple Crown Duchess of York Cup, the first classic race in Mauritius Horse racing, has been won by Bulsara.

The race being reserved for new horses being imported for the start of the new season was one which was seen as the most competitive for years, featuring horses like Lovestruck and Terminator.

Finally, it was Bulsara, aged 7, perfectly ridden by Noel Callow who would win the race for the Gujadhar Stable, the oldest stable in the country.

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Winners with best recent speedfigures this weekend (from 17 rated races):
Halle Rocks $21.00, Politeness $11.50, Natuzzi $6.67 & Lankan Rupee $4.40.
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Rambo

April 11th 2014 03:44
From the archives of Thoroughbreds Worldwide, a look at a most unusual jockey: W H (Rambo) Tse.


Rambo


words and photography by Neil Murray

22/2/2011


Macau jockey W H Tse has a reputation for enthusiastic, vigorous riding. Last Saturday, at Macau's Taipa racetrack, Tse displayed his unusual style in the first race on the programme, which he won convincingly by four and a quarter lengths on the V Chong trained, Flymaster. Here is a sequence of photos showing Tse's flamboyant style.





The idiosyncratic style of jockey Rambo Tse on Flymaster



Five lengths in front on Flymaster Tse looks back in defiance at the rest
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Tse celebrates as he nears the finish line


Tse was also successful later in the programme on another V Chong trained runner, Elegance Glory, giving both jockey and trainer a double for the meeting.

editor’s note:

W.T. Tse is also known as ‘Rambo’ Tse. Tse only recently returned to riding after suffering a tendon injury to his hand in a riding accident that kept him away from the track for nearly 12 months. Tse is also no stranger to controversy in Hong Kong and Macau and has suffered the wrath of stewards’ on several occasions for indiscretions on, and off the track.

Below is a video of Flymaster winning at Taipa, allowing another examination of Tse's unique riding style. The English commentary follows the despription of the race in Chinese.





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Spending

April 6th 2014 23:37
Spending

words & photography by Leonard Marlborough

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Spirit Song

April 3rd 2014 23:38
It has been announced that the very talented Invincible Spirit mare, Spirit Song, will be retired to stud following an injury suffered at trackwork.

Twice a G2 winner - and a brave 2nd in the G1 Toorak Handicap of 2012 - Spirit Song had returned from a long break for her new trainer, Matt Laurie at Mornington, with an excellent 2nd (nose defeat) in the Gold Bracelet at Bendigo


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2014 Dubai World Cup

April 2nd 2014 22:59
2014 Dubai World Cup

photography by Tony Wong


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Amber Sky

March 31st 2014 07:48
With the great success of Amber Sky winning the G1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) - breaking the course record in the process of defeating outstanding SAF sprinter Shea Shea - we look back to the first appearance on a racetrack of Amber Sky and a story covered in Thoroughbreds Worldwide at the time.

Amber Sky


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Smile

March 30th 2014 23:39
Featuring another article about picnic racing from the archives of Thoroughbreds Worldwide.


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That Callow Fellow

March 25th 2014 04:14
From the vault - an article first published in 2011 for Thoroughbreds Worldwide republished again here for RacingWrite. - editor.


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The prestigious New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Award has been decided for season 2013-14. After the 10 race series - with races ranging in distance from 1200 metres through to 2400 metres - the winner is Costa Viva.

Costa Viva has returned to the stables of Te Akau Racing after a short break due to injury - and is looking magnificent (see photo below) as she slowly works into fitness before launching an attack on the riches of Australian racing at the Brisbane Winter Carnival


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