H Y Cheng to continue training in Malaysia
H Y Cheng will return to Malaysia next week to continue his training career.
He was an apprentice rider in Malaysia before arriving in New Zealand six years ago. Cheng worked briefly for trainers John and Karen Parsons (North Canterbury) and Sally McKay (Invercargill) before gaining employment in Stephen Blair-Edie's Birchwood stable four years ago.
Cheng and Blair-Edie formed a training partnership in the 2015-16 season. The pick of their nine wins was with Come Fly With Me in the $25,000 Winton Cup last year.
"I've learned a lot in New Zealand . . . I've enjoyed it," Cheng, 26, said.
However, for the past month, he has been recovering from a back injury suffered when bucked off a horse.
He will train for two or three owners at Penang racecourse, which is one of three tracks in Malaysia. Penang race on Saturdays and Sundays.
Cheng, who is also a bloodstock agent, plans to buy horses in New Zealand for Malaysian racing.
He and wife Cherelle have two sons, Carlson, 8, and Jayden, 5.
Meanwhile, seven-win galloper Saperavious has been retired
Waimatua owner Don Nicolson and Ascot Park trainer Anna Hewitson wanted to give Saperavious her final start at Wyndham on March 12.
The meeting was abandoned because of unsafe track conditions.
Saperavious is in foal to Zacinto. She couldn't campaign beyond March 12 because pregnant mares can only race for 120 days from the date they were served.
Nicolson said he was "gutted" to miss the Wyndham race.
"She's a lovely horse, but I'm disappointed at the [bad] luck she had in the last two years."
In other racing news, former Southlander Maria Ritchie will have a runner in the US$10 million (NZ $14million) Dubai World Cup on Saturday.
Ritchie, who was recently granted a trainer's licence in Dubai, will saddle Special Fighter for the Cup. She was a jockey in Southland during the 1980s-90s.