HKIR News : Trainer Profiles

9 December 2003

Allan, Ivan

Firebolt - Sprint
Ho Choi - Mile
Olympic Express - Mile
Self Flit - Cup

Ivan Allan, born January 16 1941, is in his 12th season training at Sha Tin and sent out his 500th HK winner last season. From his native Singapore where he had umpteen trainers' titles and major wins to his name, he decamped to Hong Kong in 1992 in search of fresher challenges and has been champion trainer on three occasions (1993/94, 95/96, 96/97). He has won the Hong Kong Invitation Cup with Colonial Chief, the Vase in 1998 with Indigenous, and the Mile last season with Olympic Express. Oriental Express won him the AP QE II Cup and Fairy King Prawn the Yasuda Kinen in June 2000. Allan has won stacks of HK Pattern races throughout the years and he has also been a successful breeder and owner with Classic Cliche, Citidancer, Cicerao and Commanche Run some notable highlights.

Azzie, Michael

National Currency ¡V Sprint

To be released later
Balding, Andrew

Passing Glance - Mile
Andrew Balding, born October 11 1972, is the son of legendary English trainer Ian who prepared Mill Reef to win the Derby in 1971. Balding was amateur rider over the jumps mostly and after four years of assisting his father he took over at Kingsclere Stables near Newbury in January 2003 and has made a stunning start, winning a Classic, the Gr.1 Epsom Oaks with Casual Look, as well as the Gr.1 Canadian International with Phoenix Reach and the Gr.2 Darley-Oettingen-Rennen with Mile contender, Passing Glance.
Bary, Pascal

Kalabar - Vase
Weightless - Cup
Pascal Bary, born on April 4 1953, took out a licence to train in 1981 at Chantilly, north of Paris. He shot to prominence in 1991 when Miss Alleged won the Breeders' Cup Turf. Won the 1994 and 1996 editions of the French Derby with Celtic Arms and Ragmar respectively. Won the race for the third time in five years when Dream Well lifted the Chantilly showpiece in 1998 (Croco Rouge gave him the quinella) and Dream Well followed up by taking the Irish Derby a few weeks later. His phenomenal record in the Prix du Jockey Club continued last year as Sulamani gave Bary his fourth win in the event. Domedriver added to his Breeders' Cup triumphs with a 26/1 win in the Breeders' Cup Mile and Six Perfections gave him a repeat success in the race in October of this year.

Blanshard, Michael

The Trader - Sprint

Michael Blanshard, born February 25 1954, is the son a vet and now trains in Upper Lambourn. He started out as assistant to Henry Cecil for 2 years, Barry Hills for 2 years and Henry Candy for 4 years before taking out his own licence in 1980. His best horses have included Rambling Bear, Lemhill and Welshman. He has trained the winners of races such as the Gr.3 Palace House Stakes, Gr.3 John Porter Stakes and Gr.3 King George Stakes. He sent The Trader to run fifth in the HK Sprint in 2001 and that horse finished second in the Prix de l'Abbaye this year.
Bradley, Milton

The Tatling - Sprint

John Milton Bradley, born in Wales on January 5, 1935, is renowned for his ability at training handicappers. He enjoyed great success in his early days with a jumper, Mighty Marine, the winner of 24 races, and Grey Dolphin and Yangtse-Kiang, who both won 17 times and Offa¡¦s Mead, bought for a hundred pounds, a winner 16 times. Another bargain buy, The Tatling, gave Bradley his first Group win when taking the Gr.3 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood this year. The Tatling also ran second in the Gr.1 Nunthorpe and third in the Gr.1 Prix de l¡¦Abbaye. Bradley also won the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint at Ascot this year with Salviati.
Brittain, Clive

Warrsan - Vase

Clive Brittain, born December 15 1933, served his training apprenticeship with Noel Murless and took out his own licence in 1972. He has trained with great success landing a host of Classic and Gr.1 winners worldwide. He won this race in 1996 and 1997 with Luso and he won the Breeders' Cup Turf (Pebbles, 1985), the Japan Cup (Jupiter Island 1985). Has landed many, many Classics and Gr.1 races in Britain and throughout Europe also. User Friendly, the Epsom Oaks winner of 1992, remains a particular highlight.

Channon, Mick

Imperial Dancer - Vase

Mick Channon, born November 28 1948, one of the best-known football stars of the 1970s in England for whom he played 46 times and scoring 21 goals. He first took out a trainers' licence in 1990 and succeeded very well since training the Gr.1 winners the calibre of Piccolo, Tobougg, Seazun, Queen's Logic, this year's St James Palace Stakes winner, Zafeen etc. Channon sent out his best ever haul of winners in Britain this year ¡V 137 ¡V from his West Ilsey stables in Berkshire.

Charlton, Roger

Deportivo - Sprint
Roger Charlton, born January 18 1950, was an amateur jumps rider and rode a winner at the Cheltenham Festival in 1969. He was an assistant to Jeremy Tree for 12 years and took over at Tree's Beckhampton stables in 1990. In an amazing three-day spell in his first season he won the French and Epsom Derbies with Sanglamore and Quest For Fame respectively. Tamarisk won him a sprinting Gr.1 in 1998 and the leading juvenile Three Valleys won the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes this year.
Collet, Rodolphe

Tigertail - Cup
To be released later
  Cottrell, Gerald*

Acclamation (GB) - Sprint



*Photo to be provided later
Gerald Cottrell, born December 7 1924, was an amateur jumps rider and took out his training licence in 1971. He trains a small string in the England's west country. He won the Gr.2 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville with Roman Prose in 1991. His HK Sprint hopeful Acclamation was his first Pattern winner in England when he took the Gr.2 Diadem Stakes at Ascot in September.
Cruz, Tony

Silent Witness - Sprint
Citizen Kane - Mile
Lucky Owners - Mile

Tony Cruz, 46, six-times Hong Kong's champion jockey, preceded Gerald Mosse and Christophe Soumillon as first jockey to the Aga Khan in France and he won a stack of big races in Europe during the late 1980s and early 90s. He also won the Hong Kong Invitation Cup in 1988 on Colonial Chief for Ivan Allan. Cruz has made a quick and successful transition from jockey to trainer, winning the trainer's title in 1999/2000 with 57 winners. His best horse to date is his Sprint contender, Silent Witness.

Cumani, Luca

Falbrav - Cup

Luca Cumani, born April 7 1949, is the son of 10-times champion Italian trainer Sergio. Luca rode 85 winners in Italy, France and the UK. Took out his training licence in 1976. Has won the Epsom Derby twice with Kahyasi (1988) and High Rise (1998), the Breeders' Cup Mile with Barathea (1994), the St Leger with Commanche Run (1984) as well as the Arlington Million with Tolomeo (1983) and several other Classic throughout Europe. Falbrav is his first runner in Hong Kong.
Dryden, Keith

Into The Night - Sprint

Keith Dryden, born May 25 1946, trains in Canberra where he has only a handful of horses in work, the best of which has been HK Sprint contender Into The
Night. This is his first trip outside of Australia in his life.
Drysdale, Neil

Sarafan - Mile

Neil Drysdale was born in England on December 11 1947, but has lived and trained in California for the past 30 years. He was assistant trainer to the legendary Charlie Whittingham from 1970 to 1974, then private trainer to Saron Stable from 1974, until setting up as a public trainer in 1983. Drysdale won his first Classic in 1992 when A.P. Indy won the Belmont Stakes. The same horse also won the Breeders' Cup Classic that year. He won the Kentucky Derby at his first try in 2000 via Fusaichi Pegasus. He has trained the winners of six Breeders¡¦ Cup races and five Eclipse Award winners. Drysdale was voted into racing's Hall of Fame in 2000.
Elsworth, David

Indian Creek - Vase

David Elsworth, born December 12 1939, was a professional rider over jumps and on the flat between 1957 and 1972. He took out a trainers' licence in the late 1970s and has since turned out as one the most successful dual-purpose English trainers. He won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and four King George VI Chase with the great and hugely popular steeplechaser Desert Orchid. Also trained the Grad National winner, Rhyme N' Reason. He handed in his jump licence to concentrate solely on flat horses in 1999 and has trained Classic winners and several other Gr.1 winners with the likes of In The Groove, Night Shift, Indian Ridge. Elsworth also handles the most popular horse in training in Britain today, Persian Punch, the superbly tough veteran stayer.
Fabre, Andre

Polish Summer - Vase

Andre Fabre has been France's champion trainer every year since 1987. A successful jump jockey riding more than 250 winners, Fabre began training jumpers in 1977 but switched codes to training solely flat horses in 1983. Fabre has won just about every significant race in the French calendar, including the Prix de l¡¦Arc de Triomphe a record five times. Peintre Celebre, French Derby and Arc winner in 1997, is possibly the best horse he has trained. Internationally, his successes include a Breeders¡¦ Cup Turf (In The Wings 1990) and a Breeders¡¦ Cup Classic (Arcangues 1993), four English classics, the Irish Oaks and Irish Derby, an Arlington Million and two Canadian Internationals and the Hong Kong Vase, for which he sends Polish Summer this year, with Borgia in 1999.
Frankel, Bobby

Denon - Cup

Bobby Frankel, born July 9 1941 in Brooklyn New York, began training in 1966 and sent out his first winner that year. He moved to California in 1972 and has since become one of the very best trainers in the world. This year he broke the world record for Gr.1 winners in a season ¡V 24 ¡V when Continuously won the Hollywood Turf Cup. Frankel was inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 1995 and has won four Eclipse Awards for outstanding trainer in 1993, 2000, 2001 and 2002. In 2001 when Squirtle Squirt won the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Frankel ended a 0-38 losing streak in Breeders' Cup events that Starine added to in the Filly & Mare Turf last year. Many of Frankel's best horses are ex-European performers owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah.
Fujisawa, Kazuo

Magnaten - Cup

Kazuo Fujisawa, born September 22 1951, first took out a license in 1987 and, save for a blip in 2001, he has been the country's leading trainer since 1995. His biggest winners include Zenno El Cid (2001 Mile Championship), Taiki Shuttle (1998 Prix Jacques le Marois, 1998 Mile Championship, 1998 Yasuda Kinen, 1997 Sprinters Stakes etc), Stinger (1998 Hanshin Sansai Himba Stakes), Taiki Blizzard (1997 Yasuda Kinen), Shinko King (1997 Takamatsunomiya Hai), Bubble Gum Fellow (1996 Tenno Sho Autumn, 1995 Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes), Shinko Lovely (1993 Mile Championship). He is also the trainer of Symboli Kris S, Japan's reigning Horse of the Year and dual Tenno Sho (Autumn) winner.

Grizzetti, Bruno

Maktub - Vase

To be released later
Hashida, Mitsuru

Admire Max - Mile

Mitsuru Hashida, born September 15 1952, had a brief career as an apprentice jockey before deciding that his future was as a trainer. He spent five years as an assistant before receiving his first licence on March 1, 1983. Hashida is now based at the Ritto Training Centre. His best season was 1995, when he sent out 36 winners. He won the 1999 JpnGr.1 Japanese Derby with Admire Vega. Hashida also won the 1998 JpnGr.1Takarazuka Kinen with Silence Suzuka, and that year's JpnGr.1 Asahi Hai Sansai Stakes with Admire Cozzene, who went on to land the JpnGr.1 Yasuda Kinen last year and finish 4th in the Hong Kong Mile.
Hayes, David

All Thrills Too - Sprint
Meridian Star - Mile
Elegant Fashion - Cup

David Hayes, born October 22 1962, is the trainer of Melbourne Cup (Jeune '94) and Japan Cup (Better Loosen Up '90) winners and the son of Australian training legend, Colin Hayes. David sent out a world record six Group race winners on Victoria Derby Day in 1990 and had racked up over 1,000 winners and landed trainers premierships in Victoria and South Australia before starting training in Hong Kong in 1995. He won the Hong Kong trainers' premiership in 1997-98 and 1998-99 and has trained over 350 HK winners with his best season 62 winners in 1997/998. Did very well last year landing his first HKIR event with All Thrills Too in the Sprint and his first HK Derby with Cup contender Elegant Fashion.
Hore-Lacy, Rick

Dantana - Sprint

Rick Hore-Lacy has been training thoroughbreds for 30 years. He has prepared the winners of 17 Group 1 races including the Golden Slipper Stakes, Blue Diamond Stakes, Caulfield Guineas etc. The best horses to go through his stables include Canny Lad, (Golden Slipper), Redoute's Choice (Blue Diamond Stakes, Caulfield Guineas etc, Canny Lass, Clay Hero, Spartacus, Foxseal, Dash For Cash, Kenny's Best Pal and many more. Hore-Lacy travelled to Hong Kong in 1997 for the old Hong Kong Bowl with Spartacus, who didn't see out the 1400m trip.
Ito, Masanori

Lohengrin - Mile

To be released later
Jarvis, Michael

Rakti - Cup

Michael Jarvis, born August 14 1938, a former jumps jockey, first took out his training licence in 1968 and acted as a private trainer for eight years but he now trains a string of around 50 horses at Newmarket. Has won a host of Gr.1 races throughout Europe and possibly his greatest triumph came in 1989, when he saddled Carroll House to win the Prix de l¡¦Arc de Triomphe. Holding Court won him the French Derby in 2000 and Ameerat in the 1000 Guineas was his first British Classic winner in 2001. He trained Ela Athena to finish 2nd in the HK Vase in 2000 and was 4th a year later with Hawkeye in the Cup.
Kitahashi, Shuji

Eishin Preston - Cup

Born September 10 1935, took out his trainer's licence in 1977 and had sent out over 460 career winners. A triple Gr.1 winner in HK, Eishin Preston is the best horse he has trained. This year he has also won the Procyon Stakes (JpnGr.3) with Sterling Rose and the Sports Nippon Sho Kyoto Kim Pai (JpnGr.3) with Sidewinder.
Leck, Charles

Ninetyfive Emperor - Mile

To be released later
Lellouche, Elie

Vallee Enchantee - Vase
Bright Sky - Cup

Elie Lellouche, born on March 5 1952, was a professional jockey for ten years riding over 170 winners before taking out a trainer's licence in 1978. He currently has 150 horses in training at his yard in Chantilly, including many for the Wildenstein family with whom he has had a longstanding connection. One of the best horses Lellouche has saddled has been the four-times Gr.1 winner Bigstone, who scored top-level victories in Britain in the Queen Elizabeth II and the Sussex Stakes. Had international success in 1995 when Partipral won the Hong Kong International Vase at Sha Tin. Lellouche also saddled Helissio to win five Gr.1 races, including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. HK Vase runner-up in 2002, Aquarelliste, won the Gr.1 French Oaks and Prix Vermeille and last year HK Cup hopeful Bright Sky, won the French Oaks and the Gr.1 Prix de l'Opera.

Leung Ting-wah, Andy

Cheerful Fortune - Sprint

Andy Leung Ting-wah, born June 26 1948, is in his ninth season as a Hong Kong trainer having been granted a licence in 1995/96. He has trained 250 winners in Hong Kong, his best season in 1998/99 with 39 wins. The best horse in his care to date is his HK Sprint chance, Cheerful Fortune, winner of the Ladies' Purse (Premier Handicap) in 2003.
McEvoy, Tony

Fields Of Omagh - Vase

Tony McEvoy, 42, started at the famous Lindsay Park establishment in South Australia as a 14-year-old apprentice jockey and has been there ever since. He rode 100 winners as an apprentice but quit the saddle owing to problems with his weight and worked his way up to the position of stable foreman under Colin Hayes, then HK-based David and Peter Hayes. Following the tragic death of Peter Hayes in March 2001, McEvoy stepped into the position of trainer for Lindsay Park Racing Stables. He trained North Boy to win the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Sprint at Kranji last May and won the Cox Plate in October with Fields of Omagh.
Millard, Anthony

Blue Stitch - Cup

Anthony Millard, 42, is the son of Terrance Millard, one of the most famous South African trainers of all time with 108 Grade 1 winners and seven trainer's premierships. In 1983-84, he spent time with John Gosden in the USA to learn more about the training game before returning to his native country to assist his father. Once Terrance retired, Tony maintained the Millard prominence in South African racing by taking over the licence and winning the trainer's premiership twice before moving to Hong Kong in 1999. He has since saddled 119 winners here and his biggest success so far was Keen Winner's Hong Kong Derby win in March 2000.

Mulhall, Kristin

Mister Acpen - Mile

To be released later
Oughton, David

Roosevelt - Vase
Cape Of Good Hope - Sprint
Precision - Cup

David Oughton, born July 28 1954 in England, has been training in Hong Kong since 1987-88 and finished third in the trainers' championship, his best ever placing here, a season later. Has trained the winners of over 400 races in his time based at Sha Tin. His greatest Hong Kong success arrived 12 months ago in the Hong Kong Cup when Precision claimed the Hong Kong Cup, one of the richest races in the world. Other notable triumphs include Che Sara Sara's Hong Kong Derby win in 1996. Oughton has also registered HK Group 1 glory via San Domenico, Starlight and Idol. Precision also won him the ING Champions & Chater Cup in June.
Poulsen, Flemming

Dano-Mast - Cup

Flemming Poulsen, born in 1956 in Denmark, began his career in racing as an apprentice jockey when he was fifteen. He won sixteen races as a jockey before beginning his training career in the Danish provinces at the age of 20, and won his first Danish Classic when Succeed won the 1988 Danish St Leger (a race he has won since). Poulsen moved to Copenhagen to train in 1995, and since landed a string Scandinavian Classics, including the Danish Derby (twice), the Swedish Derby and Oaks. HK Cup starter Dano-Mast is the best he has trained, picking up a brace of Pattern wins in the Gr.3 Stockholm Cup International, and the Gr.2 Prix Dollar last October.
Rolland, Marcel

Fair Mix - Vase

To be released later
Size, John

River Dancer - Vase
Grand Delight - Sprint
Dr More - Cup

John Size, born in Queensland on July 10 1954, did extremely well with limited resources and finished the second-ranked trainer in Sydney before his arrival in Hong Kong in July 2001. Won four Gr.1 races he won in Australia with Al Mansour, Georgie Boy, Padstow and El Mirada - horses whose best days were seemingly behind them, earning Size a reputation as a trainer capable of improving horses and rekindling their former enthusiasm. This tag has stuck with him in Hong Kong and he broke the mould by winning the trainers' premiership in his very first season ¡V a phenomenal achievement with an equally excellent winning strike-rate of 20%. He repeated the dose last season and few would bet against a hat trick in 2004. Has trained the past two winners of the Horse of the Year title in Hong Kong, the great Electronic Unicorn and Grand Delight, winner of the Champion Sprint Series in 2003.
Smaga, David

Special Kaldoun - Mile

To be released later
Smerdon, Robert

Bomber Bill - Sprint

Robert Smerdon, 47, gave up a promising career as a jockey, both on the flat and over jumps, owing to weight problems and became a trainer. He posted his first Gr.1 winner through Let's Get Physical in the Blue Diamond Stakes in 1985. It was a 15 year wait for his next winner at the highest level with Streak in the Sydney Cup but he followed that a fortnight later with Bohemiath in the Adelaide Cup. Bomber Bill gave him another Gr.1 win, taking the Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide back in May. Smerdon has also trained jumpers, enhancing his reputation by preparing Zabenz to win a Gr.1 Steeplechase in New York in August last year.
Sugiura, Hiroaki

Telegnosis - Mile

To be released later
Suroor, Saeed bin

Firebreak - Mile

Saeed bin Suroor, 38, took out his first trainer's licence in 1994. Success came quickly and in 1995 he was placed in charge of Sheikh Mohammed's Al Quoz stable in Dubai and the mighty Godolphin operation in Newmarket. He was champion trainer in Britain in 1996, 1998 and 1999 and, despite a few notable exceptions, he has won a huge amount of international races: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Lammtarra '95, Sakhee '01, Marienbard '02), Dubai World Cup (Almutawakel '99, Dubai Millennium '00, Moon Ballad '03) Epsom Derby (Lammtarra '95), Breeders' Cup Turf (Daylami '99, Fantastic Light '01), Hong Kong Cup (Fantastic Light '00) and scores more besides. Grandera was his fourth straight winner of the World Series Championship (after Daylami and Fantastic Light (twice)) to be trained by bin Suroor. Has had a quiet year in 2003 by previous standards, however.

Wohler, Andreas

Sabiango - Vase

Andreas Wohler, born February 10, 1962, gave up his studies aged 24 to take over the Bremen yard of his father, Adolf, one of the most successful German trainers of the post-war period. Perhaps Wohler's most outstanding success has been Lomitas, who won all his races as a juvenile and followed up with three Gr.1 victories the next year, including the Grosser Preis von Baden and the Europa Preis. Wohler has twice won the Deutsches Derby, with Pik Konig (92) and Belenus (99) and his HK Cup runner-up of last year won a couple of Gr.1 races in Italy too. Silvano, a son of Lomitas, was the real stable star of recent times, however, winning the Singapore Cup, Gr.1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and the Gr.1 Arlington Million.

Yip Chor-hong, Dennis

Industrial Success - Vase
Red Pepper - Vase


Dennis Yip Chor-hong, born July 28 1967, was licensed as jockey in Hong Kong between 1984 and 1993. He rode a total of 59 winners, most notably the Queen Mother's Cup on Wonderful World in 1990/91. He spent time learning the training ropes overseas and served as John Moore's assistant until 2002/03 when he became a licensed trainer in his own right. He enjoyed a very good rookie season with 31 winners, including a Gr.3 success for Dave's Best in the Juvenile Sprint Trophy. He has started brightly again this term and is comfortably in the leading 10 trainers in HK.