OUR MEMORIES
FOOTBALL (AS134)


 

The Goal Scorer

 

FOOTBALL was bought by Jimmy Lindley, a retired jockey turned commentator, and a good friend of trainer T C Cheng.

 

Joe Mercer rode FOOTBALL which age 3, at all his 5 starts and won 3 of them in England.

 

He was among the top half dozen riders in the world in that era.

 

 

Country of Origin : GB Owner : Lau Yiu Chu
Colour / Sex : Brown / Gelding Last Rating : 76
Import Type : PP Sire : Hotfoot
Total Stakes* : $1,056,136 Dam : Born Free
No. of 1-2-3-Starts : 7-2-4-49 Dam’s Sire : ALYCIDON

 

 

Jockeys with or without winning:

 

G Allendorf 3, B Taylor 2, J Mercer 1, E Hide 1

 

A S Cruz , W Woods, G W Moore, G Hall, K L Tsui , C Lor, K S Ho

 

 

Trainers with or without winning:

 

T C Cheng 4, B Hutchison 2, S T Wong 1, K C LO

 

 

Matching Both Sports of the King

 

1982, The Sensational Derby:

 

FOOTBALL’s remarkable improvement might be due to the wise choice of booking Joe Mercer for the Derby ride.

 

Though in low key, it gave an amazing performance urged by the skillful hands and heels of the maestro.

 

Even Brian Taylor admitted that Mercer had more experience on FOOTBALL thus had the higher chance in Derby.

 

Therefore, racegoers were lucky enough to enjoy a breath-taking final 100 metres with cheer on FOOTBALL to beat the 5 to 1 favorite GILGIT.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Pla. Date RC Track Course Dist. Class Trainer Jockey LBW Finish Time
06

28/11/1981

ST / “Grass” / “A “

1600

1&2

T C Cheng

B Taylor

2 1/2

1.35.60

01

16/01/1982

ST / “Grass” / “A “

1800

1&2

T C Cheng

J Mercer

1/2

1.49.80

01

27/02/1982

ST / “Grass” / “A “

1800

1

T C Cheng

B Taylor

2

1.49.10

01

20/11/1983

ST / “Grass” / “C “

1800

1&2

T C Cheng

B Taylor

1/2

1.48.10

01

21/04/1985

ST / “Grass” / “A “

2000

1

T C Cheng

E Hide

SH

2.05.00

01

22/10/1986

ST / “Grass” / “A “

2000

2&3

S T Wong

G Allendorf

1

2.03.00

01

28/10/1987

HV / “Sand”

2000

3&4

B Hutchison

G Allendorf

1-1/2

2.12.60

01

02/12/1987

HV / “Grass” / “A “

2230

3&4

B Hutchison

G Allendorf

1

2.23.00

09

21/12/1988

HV / “Turf” / “A “

2230

3&4

B Hutchison

G Allendorf

6-1/4

2.25.70

 

 

SUMMARY

 

FOOTBALL was the first Horse of the Year to land the Derby and Gold Cup in the same year.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS:
1981-1982 HORSE OF THE YEAR

 

1982-01-16 Hong Kong Derby

 

1982-02-27 The Hong Kong Gold Cup

 

1987-12-02 The Craigengower Cricket Club Challenge Cup

 

 

REFERENCE

 

Successively it defeated GILGIT and SILVER LINING, the two best shots in the George Moore Stable.

 

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