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Van Niekerk hits three

Purton and Moreira are well clear of the rest of the jockeys’ pack but a fascinating secondary battle is taking shape after Grant van Niekerk bagged a hat-trick at Happy Valley last night (Wednesday, 25 March). The South African has struck a rich seam of success lately, and, with his trio arriving on the back[...]
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Another Van Niekerk double

Jockey Grant van Niekerk has maintained his good form since the start of the year, and, after a double on Sunday, followed up with a brace yesterday evening at Happy Valley (Wednesday, 5 February) to make it 28 wins for the campaign so far. The South African galvanized the Me Tsui-trained Good For You (129lb)[...]
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Milestones beckon at the Valley

Milestones are in sight at Happy Valley Wednesday (5 February) night with trainer John Moore one away from his 1700th Hong Kong win and jockey Vincent Ho one short of his 300th Hong Kong win. Moore took out his licence in 1985 and the record-setting handler is Hong Kong’s longest-serving and winning-most trainer. His lengthy[...]
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Class records fall

Hong Kong Win put on a masterclass of sit-and-sprint dash in the Connaught Handicap (1000m), at Happy Valley last night (Wednesday, 15 January). Clocking 56.31s to break a 14-year Class 3 record for the course and distance. “He was ready to win, he was feeling so good in himself,” jockey Joao Moreira said after the[...]
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Alexis Badel hits a hat-trick

Alexis Badel bossed the mid-portion of the Boxing Day card at Happy Valley last night (Wednesday, 26 December) with a treble that featured a couple of perhaps notable firsts. The Frenchman had not scored for either the powerful John Size stable or the increasingly influential Francis Lui yard before tonight, but remedied that in races[...]
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Buddies aims to back up

Elusive State will shoulder top-weight of 131lb, a full 10lb more than last start winner Buddies (121lb) in the feature, the Class 2 Kwangtung Handicap Cup (1650m) at Sha Tin on Sunday, 27 October. The latter is a progressive four-year-old with four wins from nine outings all told and three wins from four on the[...]
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Helene Charisma times it right

It wasn’t the Grand Prix de Paris but the Heung Yip Handicap (1800m) at Happy Valley last night (Wednesday, 25 September) represented the pinnacle, so far, of Helene Charisma’s Hong Kong career, and it was a timely peak at that. “It’s Mr. and Mrs. Woo’s anniversary, more than 60 years,” said a jubilant John Moore,[...]
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Furore return

BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) winner Furore caught the eye, running on for third under Grant van Niekerk in a dirt track barrier trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday, 17 September. Frankie Lor’s charge has not been seen in action since finishing a disappointing 10th in the Group 1 FWD QEII Cup (2000m) in April.[...]
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Simple for Van Niekerk

Grant van Niekerk arrived at the track at Sha Tin yesterday, Sunday, 15 September with a zero in his season’s win column. He rectified that situation with victory in the afternoon’s second trophy contest, the Class 4 Chinese Recreation Club Challenge Cup Handicap (1400m). “I’m glad the monkey’s off my back,” he said after guiding[...]
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