Season 2016-2017 Launch
September 3 sees the start of the new season in Hong Kong. I don't know about everyone else, but Don Kong is getting amped! There were many punting highlights during the season. Six winners at $60 or better and a whole host of great results. China Delight on January 6 was particularly satisfying. Friendless in the betting and despised by most pundits China Delight went around at $60 in HK and even more was available with fixed odds operators. Rated a $6 chance and with an excellent speed profile in what was sure to be a quickly run race, China Delight finished like a train to get the bickies. I fielded several "I wish I had listened" comments and the next time we found a long bomb special people were all ears.
2015 - 2016 Season Highlights
Australian sprint star Chautauqua torched a high quality field in the Chairman's Sprint in May coming from the clouds to win.
Chairman's Sprint Full Replay Here
Gold Fun franked the Chairman's Sprint form at Royal Ascot in June, running a bottler for second on a shifting track in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Werther - sweet success for J.Moore
Werther always looked like 2ooom would be his prime distance and he certainly did not disappoint in the 2016 edition of the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby. The cut out of the ground and 2000m in the The Audemars Piguet QEII CUP made him the bet of the season at a very tasty SP of $5.5 . Werther left them standing to record a soft 4.5 length victory. If you were wondering about the horse's name and the association with a famous brand of American candies. Look no further than the dam of Werther, Bagalollies. Hugh Bowman's second favourite 'W' after Winx!
Final Group Races for Season 2015-2016
Helene Paragon showed a good turn of foot to win the Premier Plate over 1800 m and Sun Jewellery was all out to overhaul Dashing Fellow in the Premier Cup. Both horses look set to be headliners in Hong Kong next season. With the addition of Eagle Way from Australia and rising stars like Rapper Dragon there should be some cracking contests.
July 6th 2016 - Happy Valley
Season 2015-2016 to Date
Reports on all meetings are available under the After the Post Link