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  1. 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 ...

  2. Liberator flies high and proud

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com It had the ingredients of a classic two-horse war when Ambitious Dragon and Dominant clashed in yesterday's Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup at Sha Tin, with a Group One, Horse Of The Year honours and the small matter of HK$3 million in Triple Crown bonus on the line. But, in the grand racecourse tradition of such things, David ...

  3. Only five rivals stand in Dragon's way

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Ambitious Dragon will have just five rivals to beat for the HK$4 million first prize and a HK$5 million bonus in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup on Sunday week. The Jockey Club's call for additional entries yesterday morning fell on deaf ears and the final set of nominations for the final Group One race of the season ...

  4. Whyte won't ride Dragon in Triple Crown bid

    Posted May 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Champion jockey Douglas Whyte will not be aboard reigning Horse Of The Year Ambitious Dragon, even if connections decide on a tilt at the Triple Crown in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup in two weeks. Trainer Tony Millard was highly critical of Whyte's performance when the horse was unplaced in the Champions Mile last start, which ...

  5. Beadman's return still uncertain

    Posted Feb 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Darren Beadman will not ride at the Hong Kong Gold Cup meeting on Sunday and the date of his return is uncertain after the leading jockey checked himself back into hospital. Beadman was knocked unconscious for some time and fractured a cheekbone last Friday when his barrier trial mount snapped a joint and hurled him to the ground. Beadman ...

  6. Heart attack kills HK super horse Vengeance Of Rain

    Posted Oct 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Former Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Dubai Sheema Classic winner, Vengeance Of Rain, died in New Zealand at the relatively young age of 11. The son of stallion great Zabeel was returned to Cambridge Stud, where he was born, when he retired from racing in 2008 and died there on Monday night after apparently suffering a heart attack in his sleep. ...

  7. Ambitious Dragon's date with destiny

    Posted May 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com He may have passed his peak for this season, but Ambitious Dragon can still make history by winning the Triple Crown in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup today at Sha Tin. The Stewards' Cup and Gold Cup winner, Ambitious Dragon (Umberto Rispoli) will be the first to complete the Triple Crown in 18 years, only the second ...

  8. QE ii Cup still clear as mud after draw

    Posted Apr 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The tactical Rubik's Cube of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday remains unsolved after the barrier draw left the possible speed runners drawn widest and dealt confusion to some of the best local hopes. Classy Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old Treasure Beach looked the only logical leader and that was still the case ...

  9. Moore's worth his eight in Gold

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The HK$8 million Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup has been one of the flagship events of John Moore's long and successful training career. But even getting his wish list at the barrier draw yesterday has not emboldened him to declare for an eighth win in the race. Moore has seven gold Cup trophies, stretching back to Wing Ho in 1987. ...

  10. Go baby go is a major player

    Posted Feb 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Champion jockey Douglas Whyte made a clean sweep of the straight course races yesterday, sealing the pair with exciting young sprinter Go Baby Go in the Yan Oi Tong Cup. The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Go Baby Go had won with some comfort in his Class Four debut and then again with a light handicap in Class Three, but he was presented ...




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