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  1. Mighty High's Cup flop mystifies Moore and fans

    Posted Oct 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The biggest bubbles of expectation popped noisily in yesterday's A$2.5 million Caulfield Cup in Melbourne and John Moore-trained Mighty High was right amongst them with a dismal second last. Mighty High's performance was in contrast to the confidence behind him both from Moore and punters, with the gelding the best-backed to beat December ...

  2. Ideal draw gives Xtension a chance

    Posted Dec 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Local horses have taken the past five runnings of the HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile and a favourable draw for the John Moore-trained Xtension might prove the difference between the trophy staying at home again or going abroad. Xtension (Darren Beadman) was able to convert a similar draw into a narrow Champions Mile victory in April ...

  3. Solid tempo to benefit Kyara

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com If ever a horse was knocking on the door to win one, it is the John Moore-trained Kyara and he gets his chance in an open St Andrew's Challenge Quaich (1650m) at Happy Valley tonight. With a wide gate on the 'C' course, Kyara (Darren Beadman) may not get all the favours, but he should get a good tempo to make up for it. After charging ...

  4. Jacobee to take Valley by storm

    Posted Jan 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The elevation of the January Cup (1,800m) to Group Three status this season has been the signal for the usual pattern-race suspects to turn up and the John Moore-trained Jacobee gets another feature race to suit. Ten years after the last event was run with a Group tag at Happy Valley, the January Cup- always a decent race anyway- has been upgraded ...

  5. Sport - Racing - RACING

    We tip our hats to brilliant Beadman

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com We tip our hats to Beadman- one of the best we've seen Many a wizened sporting hack thrives on the ubiquitous question of who was "the best you've seen", though it isn't one we like much. Jockeys, for example. Even average jockeys are capable of a great ride and the many good jockeys reach a level of skill that brings them ...

  6. Time After Time can make light work of weight rise

    Posted Jun 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The John Moore-trained three-year-old Time After Time has plenty of weight to carry in the Bravo Handicap (1,000m) tonight at Happy Valley, but the promising young sprinter can overcome that and a couple of other handy rivals. Without a feature or even a Class Two on the card as the season winds down, it is low-key racing at the Valley, ...

  7. Sport - Racing - AUSTRALIA

    Beadman bows to the warnings of doctors

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Beadman bows to the warningsof doctors The curtain has come down on Darren Beadman's fantastic career after the jockey announced his retirement on Australian television last night, the end result of brain trauma he suffered in a fall at Sha Tin in February. Around the same time that racing in Hong Kong was winding up yesterday, so too ...

  8. Beadman making progress

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Darren Beadman has had some qualified good news after an all-important MRI scan last Thursday of the head injuries that have kept him sidelined since mid-February, and he hopes to return home to Australia soon to continue his rehabilitation. Beadman emerged from his February 17 barrier trial fall with a fracture to his right cheekbone but, more ...

  9. Beadman suffers serious relapse

    Posted Mar 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Top jockey Darren Beadman said yesterday he was back to square one as he approaches the end of his first month of rehabilitation from head and face injuries suffered in a barrier trial fall at Sha Tin. Beadman, 46, fractured his right cheek bone on February 17 when his mount broke down in the early stages of the trial and he was flung ...

  10. Beadman forced to miss the HK Derby

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Darren Beadman has been forced into an unaccustomed spectator role for the Derby season after being told he will not be able to ride again until mid-April at the earliest. Beadman, 46, suffered a broken right cheekbone and head trauma in a fall in a February 17 barrier trial and cannot ride again 'until a minimum six to eight weeks after ...




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