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  1. Sport - Hong Kong International Races

    Mizani out of Hong Kong Cup after bleeding

    Posted Nov 26th 2013, 01:35pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Misfortune-prone four-year-old Mizani bled after a barrier trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday morning and is out of the HK$22 million Longines Hong Kong Cup on Sunday week. The Richard Gibson-trained grey missed the Derby earlier this year with a race-eve stone bruise to his right front foot, almost missed the Ladies’ Purse recently after a nail prick ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1366111/mizani-out-hong-kong-cup-after-bleeding
  2. Sport - Racing

    Eight-meeting ban for jockey Jacky Tong

    Posted Nov 22nd 2013, 11:09pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Local freelance jockey Jacky Tong Chi-kit has been found guilty of failing to ride Calling With Love to the satisfaction of the stewards at Happy Valley in early November and will miss most of December through suspension. At Friday’s reconvened hearing on the November 6 race, trainer Caspar Fownes was present to give evidence both as trainer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1363235/eight-meeting-ban-jockey-jacky-tong
  3. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Keeping young jockeys on Hong Kong roster is proving a headache

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Keeping young jockeys is proving a headache Decisions by Richard Fourie and Tommy Berry not to return for the start of the new season will undoubtedly have Jockey Club folks a touch disappointed and rummaging under the bed for the thinking hat again ahead of licensing announcements. The two young riders, in different ways, have been serious hits ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1258636/keeping-young-jockeys-hong-kong-roster-proving-headache
  4. Sport - Hong Kong

    Much like the weather these days, dirt track is a lottery

    Posted May 15th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Much like the weather these days, dirt track is a lottery The good news is that we appear to have only 10 more AWT races left this season- all-weather track, awful weather track or all-wet track, call it what you will. Hopefully, the weather itself can be kind and allow some maintenance on the course during that time because something is broken ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1237735/much-weather-these-days-dirt-track-lottery
  5. Sport - Racing - DUBAI WORLD CUP

    Joy And Fun earns another bouquet for Derek Cruz

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Joy And Fun earns another bouquet for Derek Cruz No mention of Dubai and the World Cup meeting is complete with a huge bouquet for Derek Cruz and what he has done, over a long period of time, with Joy And Fun. Yes, we've surely put that in print before but horses of Joy And Fun's vintage, with the problems that he has been through, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1205646/joy-and-fun-earns-another-bouquet-derek-cruz
  6. Sport - Racing

    Turnover keeps going up- locally and simulcast

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Turnover keeps going up- locally and simulcast The trend of local turnover has far exceeded any expectations this season and so too has the trend of simulcast betting. Sunday's single race from Japan was up more than 21 per cent on the hold last year, admirable considering the race had zero Hong Kong participation. Of course, racing fans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1200413/turnover-keeps-going-locally-and-simulcast
  7. Sport - Racing

    International races right up there with other jurisdictions

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com International races right up there with other jurisdictions It seems Jockey Club's job of elevating the quality of its international races has been a task well done and there will be some pride around Happy Valley headquarters that Hong Kong had five races listed in the list of the world's top 50 Group Ones of 2012. All four races from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1194841/international-races-right-there-other-jurisdictions
  8. Sport - Racing

    Pioneer Lane to behonoured in Australia

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Pioneer Lane to behonoured in Australia Former Hong Kong jockey, trainer and steward, Geoff Lane, will be honoured at a ceremony in Melbourne tonight to induct him into Australia's Racing Hall Of Fame. Lane was a champion apprentice in Melbourne in the 1950s and associated with some of the best horses of that time including Lord ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1155005/pioneer-lane-behonoured-australia
  9. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Kabayan can work his way through the grades

    Posted Dec 27th 2013, 09:25pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Kabayan can work his way through the grades Last weekend already seems a long time ago but John Moore-trained Kabayan emerged from the meeting as a horse for punters to follow in the immediate future. Of course, Kabayan might find himself in the deep end shortly facing up to the best four-year-olds in town in the Classic Mile, Cup and Derby and his old ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1391218/kabayan-can-work-his-way-through-grades
  10. Sport - Racing

    Shadow on the swift road to success at the Valley

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 08:20pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Shadow on the swift road to success at the Valley John Size-trained Swift Shadow has been knocking at the door for his first local victory and gets an ideal chance to make the breakthrough in the Tung Wah Group Of Hospitals Challenge Cup (1,200m) at Happy Valley. Size has tried the former Sydney horse at different tracks and distances lately, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1384309/shadow-swift-road-success-valley

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