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  1. Apprentice Ng still unfit to ride

    Posted Dec 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Leading apprentice rider Alvin Ng Ka-chun will be missing again when racing resumes at Sha Tin on Tuesday. The 10-pound claimer had to stand down on Wednesday night from Happy Valley after being reported with the flu, but youngster appears to have been harder hit by the virus than expected. After Ng had been declared for four rides yesterday ...

  2. Cruz and Chadwick continue their good run

    Posted Jan 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Trainer Tony Cruz continues to stay in touch with league leader John Size in the chase for training honours this season, with a double trimming the margin back to six as he landed two progressive young horses in successive races. Matthew Chadwick was aboard as Happy Index improved with one run under the belt, and at his first attempt on the dirt, ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Happy Index can strike back on dirt

    Posted Mar 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Twice a season, racing fans are forced to endure these all-weather cards and the surface becomes an added variable since, every now and then, the night meetings feature a track where getting away from the rail is preferred, or at least not the poison it frequently can be. The most recent, on October 19, was just such a track, so the early races ...

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    Country Charm makes mockery of 90-1 odds

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Country Charm makes mockery of 90-1 odds David Hall-trained Country Charm hasn't exactly been the pin-up horse for punters but his ability hasn't been in question, and a change of race pattern brought the best from him as he led throughout in the fifth and surprised his jockey. Matthew Chadwick got a shock when Hall asked him to lead ...

  7. Charles The Great in a class of his own

    Posted May 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Champion jockey Douglas Whyte has a difficult barrier draw to navigate, but an abundance of speed in the France Galop Cup (1,000m) tonight at Happy Valley should assist him to get Charles The Great home first. The John Moore-trained three-year-old looks the horse with the most upside and his career so far has been encouraging in that he has won ...

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    Chadwick helps Cruz to top of trainers' ladder

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Chadwick helps Cruz to top of trainers' ladder Tony Cruz was on a Christmas spree at Sha Tin, coming off a winning double midweek to land a Sha Tin treble that saw him join reigning champion John Size at the top of the trainers' premiership ladder. Cruz produced unraced colt Lucky Omens to win the opening race under Matthew Chadwick ...

  9. Tactical speed brings Knight into play

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Top trainers John Size and John Moore face off with half the field in today's Chan Trophy (1,600m) at Sha Tin and lightly weighted Supreme Knight has the draw and tactical speed to claim the day for Moore. Moore holds the strength in the race, with Military Attack (Douglas Whyte) and Supreme Knight (Tim Clark), but his most serious dangers look ...

  10. Fresh is best for Good Words

    Posted Sep 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The Tony Cruz-trained Good Words put the writing on the wall for a big season at the trials and he can carry that through for an upset win in the season's opening feature, the HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup (1,200m) at Sha Tin today. If one thing has characterised the Chief Executive's Cup in the past, it has been ...




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