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  1. Pretty One still on a learning curve

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Even the dragon boats couldn't stop Pretty One making a winning return as the talented but flighty gelding dished out a lesson to a handy Class Two field. 'He's a five-year-old but he's a young five-year-old, he didn't start until late, and it shows in his behaviour,' said winning jockey Brett Prebble after swamping ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/979481/pretty-one-still-learning-curve
  2. Ponderosa's 'good luck turns into bad'

    Posted May 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Trainer David Hall's thrill at being able to get hulking four-year-old Ponderosa across the line first in the opening event soon turned sour when the gelding returned bleeding from his left nostril. A scope by the vets confirmed Ponderosa (Brett Prebble) had a full bleeding attack that will end his season after romping away with a race ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/968414/ponderosas-good-luck-turns-bad
  3. Eagle can soar to the top: Prebble

    Posted Jun 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Top jockey Brett Prebble went through the full spectrum of emotions with Eagle Regiment in the Members Cup yesterday- hopeful beforehand, worried at halfway, then full of praise and admiration at the finish. 'He's a tired horse with a lot of heart and courage and he's going to come back next season as a proper horse after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/971852/eagle-can-soar-top-prebble
  4. Dr Super can run rivals ragged again

    Posted Mar 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Dr Super surprised a few with the agility he showed from a wide draw to lead all the way on his first run at Happy Valley, but he is the horse to beat again in the Phoenix TV Cup (1,200m) tonight with a repeat performance. The lightly raced three-year-old from the John Size yard is as big as any horse in Hong Kong, tipping the scales at 1,316 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/996854/dr-super-can-run-rivals-ragged-again
  5. Prebble out of action for weeks after serious fall

    Posted Feb 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Hong Kong showed it was far from immune to race falls yesterday when spectacular tumbles in the first and last races at Sha Tin left top jockey Brett Prebble and leading apprentice Vincent Ho Chak-yiu sprawled on the turf with upper body and arm fractures. Serious falls have been mercifully absent from Hong Kong racing in recent seasons ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/992431/prebble-out-action-weeks-after-serious-fall
  6. Nice draw gives Sixty-Six the edge

    Posted Sep 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Alan.aitken@scmp.com Champion trainer John Moore might not have been expecting a great deal from the early season, but tricky draws for some of his major rivals in the Big Wave Bay Handicap (1,200m) tonight give Elite Sixty-Six a chance to open up with a win. Moore scored with Smart Giant on the weekend, then reiterated that his yard wouldn't have many runners ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/978951/nice-draw-gives-sixty-six-edge
  7. Glorious day for Dream Team

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The Dream Team of Douglas Whyte and John Size is taking all spectator interest out of the championships as early as possible, with the Durban Demon grabbing a four-timer yesterday and Size bookending the card with the type of horses that make title wins. Whyte was aboard for Size on Classic Jewellery in the first and Glorious Days in the last, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/986166/glorious-day-dream-team
  8. Riding ban spoils Prebble's double

    Posted Sep 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Top jockey Brett Prebble is out of the National Day Cup reckoning after stewards went on a careless-riding blitz at Happy Valley last night and the Australian was caught up in it. Prebble will be back in time to ride Lucky Nine in the Sprinters Stakes in Japan on October 2 but will be disappointed to miss the first local Group races ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/979767/riding-ban-spoils-prebbles-double
  9. Regiment heading higher

    Posted Jun 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Three-year-old Eagle Regiment promises to lift himself well beyond Class Three next season and the gelding should cap off a fine first preparation by winning the Members Cup (1,000m) at Sha Tin today. By the sire of Silent Witness, El Moxie, Eagle Regiment (Brett Prebble) looks a top grader in the making next season. The Manfred Man ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/971724/regiment-heading-higher
  10. Supreme Winner 'just like Dragon'

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Go back just over 12 months and Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained Ambitious Dragon looked a big, raw talent with a future in just four three-year-old starts and top jockey Brett Prebble believes there are parallels with yesterday's Class Four victor, Supreme Winner. Ambitious Dragon didn't manage to win at three for Lui, but finished ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/971107/supreme-winner-just-dragon

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