Allan, W Ivan (1941-01-16 – 2009-11-04)


International Champion Trainer and Horse Racing Guru


One of the most skillful, successful and professional trainers in the history of Hong Kong racing.


Allan was champion trainer on seven occasions in the Malayan Racing Association circuit.


He was a great horse lover.







  • 1989-01-29 won the Hong Kong Invitation Cup with COLONIAL CHIEF.
  • 1992, moved to Hong Kong seeking fresh challenges.
  • 1993/94, 95/96 and 96/97 champion trainer with winners of 544 races.
  • 1998-04-19 took the QEII Cup with ORIENTAL EXPRESS.
  • 1998-12-13 took the Hong Kong International Vase with INDIGENOUS.
  • 2000-06-04, won the Yasuda Kinen with FAIRY KING PRAWN which became the first Hong Kong horse to win overseas Gr.1.
  • 2002-12-15 captured the Hong Kong Mile with OLYMPIC EXPRESS.
  • 2003/04 he handed in his licence at the end of the season.
  • 2009-11-04 aged 64,passed away in Singapore due to kidney illness.





    Ivan Allan had 12 glory-laden seasons training in Hong Kong, during which he saddled 6 Horse of the Year winners.


    He won the Hong Kong Derby on three occasions, including ORIENTAL EXPRESS, HOLY GRAIL and OLYMPIC EXPRESS, in 1997, 1999 and 2002 respectively.


    Ivan also gained considerable success as an owner, winning the English St Leger in 1984 and Irish Champion Stakes the following year with COMMANCHE RUN.


    He was active in the horse breeding business and imported a few progeny of CITIDANCER – a sire that he owned – when he was a trainer in Hong Kong, and those horses performed brilliantly too.


    He was an outstanding horseman who made invaluable contributions to bringing Hong Kong racing to a world class level. He was a keen advocate of international racing and while based at Sha Tin, his reputation in the big races, particularly international races, was unmatched.





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