Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
Massive Odds on All Races!
Sign-up and start betting with PlayUp in 2 minutes!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli

Blake Shinn is confident Caspar Fownes has G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint winner Sky Field in even better form heading into the G1 HK$12 million Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (23 January).

Pointing to a more conventional preparation, Shinn believes Sky Field can prove victory in the incident-marred LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on 12 December was anything but an aberration.

“Obviously the race was marred by an unfortunate incident, so that has taken the gloss of Sky Field’s performance to a degree but I still thought the horse ran an incredible race to take out the victory,” the Australian said.

“Leading into that race, I feel his preparation wasn’t ideal because we experimented with blinkers in the trial when he over-raced. So, there were things leading into the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint that weren’t ideal and he still managed to win the race.

“Leading into this race, his prep has been better. He’s had a nice break at Conghua after his last race and I’ve galloped the horse and trialled him since and I think he’s going better into this run than the international sprint – whether that means he’s going to win, I hope so.

“I just think the preparation is better and the horse is in fantastic order.”

Sky Field will jump from barrier one – the same alley he used before triumphing last-start – and will face seven rivals, including fellow G1 winners Wellington and Hot King Prawn as well as Courier Wonder, Computer Patch, Stronger, Super Wealthy and Frankie Lor’s unbeaten Master Eight.

Vincent Ho will partner Stronger for Douglas Whyte, who believes his consistent speedster has recovered well from the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint.

“He’s great now. He did a good job in staying on his feet last time and I opted to send him to Conghua for three weeks and he’s come back in great form,” Whyte said.

“He has come back and trialled well. He always wants to give 110 percent; he’s freshened up and I sat on him on Tuesday morning and he feels good.

“He’s probably a length or two behind the proper Group 1 horses but if anything falls short with the others, he’s there to pick up the pieces – he’s as honest as the day is long and he’s fit and healthy.”

Whyte and Shinn will collaborate with Russian Emperor in the HK$12 million G1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m), with both trainer and jockey conceding the classy stayer is running for second prizemoney as Golden Sixty bids to emulate Silent Witness’ record of 17 consecutive wins.

“The tactics will be to ride a race to run a place. If Golden Sixty rocks up with a chink in his armour, he is going to be vulnerable – but there are no chinks in Golden Sixty’s armour at the moment,” Whyte said.

“It’s too short for my horse but, however, it’s too long between runs and he’s doing too well at home so we have taken the decision to run him over the mile and hopefully earn some prizemoney and then head onto the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1, 2000m) a month (20 February) after that.”

Third last start behind Loves Only You and Hishi Iguazu in the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on 12 December, Russian Emperor was beaten only a length by the Japanese visitors.

“He probably put up a personal-best in the Group 1 last start and just got beaten by two top-class international raiders. If he can reproduce that performance – and I know we’re probably running for second prizemoney – but the horse is capable of figuring in the finish and it’s a great stepping stone to the Gold Cup,” Shinn said.

Sunday’s (23 January) 10-race fixture at Sha Tin kicks off at 1pm with the Class 4 D B Pin Handicap (1000m).

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Doomben 10,000 results and replay – 2022

View the results and replay for the 2022 Doomben 10,000. The Doomben 10,000 was raced at Doomben racecourse on Saturday,...

SA Derby results and replay – 2022

View the results and replay for the 2022 SA Derby. The SA Derby was raced at Morphettville racecourse on Saturday,...

Andrew Ramsden Stakes results and replay – 2022

View the results and replay for the 2022 Andrew Ramsden Stakes. The Andrew Ramsden Stakes was raced at Flemington racecourse...

Verry Elleegant to race on in France

Verry Elleegant remains a chance to contest this year’s Arc de Triomphe after Thursday night’s shock announcement that she would be...

Watch 📺 Jockey gets race distance wrong, hit with two month suspension

Victorian jockey Michael Py has received a two month suspension after pushing his horse out in the first lap of...

Watch 📺 Robbie Dolan impresses judges on The Voice Australia

Group One winning jockey Robbie Dolan has impressed three judges on The Voice Australia, making it through to the second...

Punter on twitter lands life changing bets

A punter on twitter has collected a life changing amount after landing multiple bets at Albany. The punter @nickcat7 placed...

Champion mare Verry Elleegant could be retired

A decision on the future of glamour mare Verry Elleegant is imminent with trainer Chris Waller set to meet with her owners...

Watch 📺 The best thing beaten you will ever see

‘The best thing beaten you will ever see in a race.’ That was the race caller’s comment after Go Wandji...

Star mare dies of heart attack

Multiple Group Two winning mare Libertini has sadly passed away this morning after suffering a heart attack. Libertini a three-time...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...


Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or