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  1. Dominant can live up to his name

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com In the circumstances of a crazy-run Derby, the John Moore-trained Dominant was not able to live up to his billing for the classic but he has done enough to suggest he will be a force to reckon with in the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Cup (2,200m) tonight. It will be the first appearance at Happy Valley for both Dominant (Jeff Lloyd) and his ...

  2. Learning curve for Gibson pair

    Posted Feb 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Freshman trainer Richard Gibson has made a fabulous fist of rehabilitating lesser lights, but tomorrow takes him into a different arena as he turns towards feature racing and two four-year-olds he has imported for their classic season. Beauty Lead (Centenary Vase) and Helene Fun Star (Crocus Handicap) have made one appearance locally when not a great ...

  3. Specialist has 'more up his sleeves'

    Posted Jul 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The irony of Real Specialist's somewhat controversial inclusion in the Derby is that it probably paved the way to the four-year-old's impressive Hong Kong Reunification Cup win yesterday (1,400m) and the gelding's stellar season may not yet be over. The John Size-trained gelding dropped back sharply from winning at 1,800m in May ...

  4. Fay Fay can repeat his Derby triumph

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Alan.aitken@scmp.com The likelihood of a soft tempo and a replay of the way the Hong Kong Derby was run gives the John Size-trained Fay Fay his chance this afternoon to repel the foreign challenge in the Group One Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2,000m). Everything about this year's QE II Cup says that tempo and position are going to hold all the keys ...

  5. We need a little sunshine, say Treasure Beach's team

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Alex Cole spent part of yesterday nervously looking out of his hotel window for the weather prospects after an outside draw had been the first blow to Treasure Beach's chance of carrying off a rare head-to-head between the classic form of Europe and Hong Kong in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup. The 2011 Irish Derby winner, ...

  6. Derby draw points to thriller

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com If the barrier draw for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby had been intended to open the contest up, then what emerged randomly at Sha Tin yesterday could not have been designed any better. When connections of the 14 runners gathered in the parade ring for the draw ceremony, a quick poll might have listed Sweet Orange, Dominant and Fay Fay ...

  7. Battle of patience against experience as trainers aim to make history in Derby

    Posted Mar 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com John Moore and Richard Gibson have gone specifically for importing patience, while John Size is flying in a wealth of experience. But the three trainers will have something in common when the gates open for Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby- they'll be looking to make history. While it has become fashionable in the past decade ...

  8. 'The best I have ever ridden'

    Posted Oct 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Douglas Whyte said the best he has ever ridden, Tony Cruz described it as special, but just about everyone else was left speechless as Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon roared into the new season with an effortless demolition of the National Day Cup field that left unanswered only the question of how good the five-year-old might be. Under 133 ...

  9. Ferraris has no doubt Sweet Orange can deliver

    Posted Mar 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com When Vengeance Of Rain was preparing for the 2005 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby by stringing together a series of wins, his jockey Anthony Delpech handed out a free tip for anyone who would listen. 'I've ridden a lot for David Ferraris in South Africa and I'll tell you this: he is an outstanding trainer of these good horses ...



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