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  1. 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 ...

  2. Thumbs Up can claim first international Group trophy

    Posted Jun 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken in Tokyo alan.aitken@scmp.com A combination of factors that has eluded Thumbs Up this season in Hong Kong can pave the way to the Caspar Fownes-trained six-year-old claiming the prestigious Group One Yasuda Kinen today. Fownes already has an overseas Group One on his resume, with Green Birdie's win in Singapore last year, and that same horse was unlucky in feature ...

  3. Sport - Racing

    Lord Kanaloa certainly capable of rare double

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Lord Kanaloa certainly capable of rare double Meanwhile, away with the established top-liners, kudos to Japan's Lord Kanaloa. It is a rare beast able to win Group One races at 1,200m and also at a 1,600m level as high as the Yasuda Kinen and it's certainly an outstanding early prospect for the Longines December internationals that we may ...

  4. Sport - Racing - Hong Kong International Races

    Japanese pair poses biggest danger to Hong Kong stranglehold in Mile

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Japanese pair poses biggest danger to HK stranglehold Hong Kong has not been beaten in its flagship 1,600m event, the Hong Kong Mile, since Japanese galloper Hat Trick took it out seven years ago and it is the Japanese who present the greatest challenge this year to a home-town win. Hat Trick won the Kyoto Mile Championship on his way to Sha ...

  5. Sport - Hong Kong - RACING

    80 Group One winners nominate for HK International Races

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Early nominations, including Cirrus des Aigles, only a clue to the final field for International Races 80 Group One winners eye spot in 2012 finale The Jockey Club has announced early nominations for the HK$72 million on offer in the Longines Hong Kong International Races on December 9, with 80 Group One winners among the names. "We ...

  6. Officials upset over MJC's handling of Ba Ba

    Posted Dec 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com As the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races recede into history for another 12 months, the Jockey Club is set to make its feelings known with the Macau Jockey Club regarding the resurrection of a CXHKIR hero on Taipa. Rejected by racing officials in Singapore and Dubai, three-time Hong Kong Mile champion Good Ba Ba is set to recommence ...

  7. Eishin Apollon throws down the gauntlet

    Posted Nov 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com While the Hong Kong stars were battling it out on Sunday at Sha Tin for a place in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races next month, Eishin Apollon was proving the best of the Japanese Group One milers in the Kyoto Mile Championship. Run right-handed and one of only two Group One miles for the year in Japan, the Mile Championship has ...

  8. HK Mile to regain title as world's richest race

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile will regain its place as the world's richest mile on turf in December after the Jockey Club boosted prize money to HK$20 million. Currency market fluctuations have pushed Japan's Yasuda Kinen and Kyoto Mile Championship and even Sydney's Doncaster Mile past the HK$16 million previously on offer ...

  9. Curtain comes down on Good Ba Ba's career

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Alan.aitken@scmp.com The soap-opera career of former world champion miler and 2008 Horse Of The Year, Good Ba Ba, may finally be over after his retirement was announced yesterday. The nine-year-old gelding ran 46 times for 16 wins- the last seven of them Group Ones- and amassed HK$59,026,500 in stakes, making history when he scored in three successive runnings ...

  10. Longines boosts big day by HK$4m

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Hong Kong racing's 'turf world championships' showpiece on December 9 will see an increase in stake money with the transition to its new sponsor, Longines. The Swiss watchmaker takes over from Cathay Pacific, the event partner for the past eight years, and the 2012 Hong Kong International Races will carry an additional HK$4 million ...




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