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  1. Disgraced Chui thrown a lifeline Down Under

    Posted Sep 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Disgraced Hong Kong jockey Marco Chui Kwan-lai (pictured) will resume his broken career as early as next week after being thrown a lifeline by the West Australian Turf Club in Perth. The former champion apprentice rider in 2007-08 when attached to the leading Tony Cruz yard, has been in limbo since struggling in his debut year among the seniors ...

  2. Angland to take flight in Japan on Green Birdie

    Posted Aug 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Australian jockey Tye Angland will get his first taste of Japanese racing next month after getting the nod to partner the Caspar Fownes-trained Green Birdie in the Centaur Stakes at Hanshin. Angland knows well that a chance on the international stage can lead to bigger things, after he rode Australian sprinting mare Alverta at Group One level ...

  3. Sweet Sanette shows class at Ascot

    Posted Jun 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Hong Kong-trained Sweet Sanette was beaten at Royal Ascot last night but stamped herself as one of the world's premier 1,000m sprinters in the Group One King's Stand Stakes. The South African-bred mare will have boosted her value immeasurably as a broodmare in finishing third to English horse Prohibit and the Australian dual Group One ...

  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. Supreme Winner 'just like Dragon'

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Go back just over 12 months and Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained Ambitious Dragon looked a big, raw talent with a future in just four three-year-old starts and top jockey Brett Prebble believes there are parallels with yesterday's Class Four victor, Supreme Winner. Ambitious Dragon didn't manage to win at three for Lui, but finished ...

  6. It's all Joy And Fun for Derek Cruz and owners

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Joy And Fun will get one last chance at international glory and perhaps a swansong at the scene of his greatest triumph after shrugging off a career-threatening injury for the second time in his life and making a one-act affair of the HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup on opening day. Yesterday's hot favourite, Little Bridge (Zac Purton) ...

  7. Purton keeps focus on main events

    Posted Aug 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Australian jockey Zac Purton accepts there are roadblocks to progressing any higher than third or fourth in the jockeys' championship, but with rising star Little Bridge and ageing legend Sacred Kingdom he is hoping to open up a different avenue to success. Third to Douglas Whyte and Brett Prebble in the two terms prior, Purton was pipped ...

  8. Good Words can defy rating rise

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Smart sprinter Good Words will be out to defy a steep rating rise in the Japan Racing Association Trophy (1,200m) at Happy Valley tonight, but the Tony Cruz-trained gelding can win again. The feature race assembles a sharp-looking field of sprinters and it won't be a pushover for any runner. However, Good Words (Matthew Chadwick) has in his ...

  9. Orange ends it sweetly for struggling Ferraris

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com It was a promising end to the term for David Ferraris as Sweet Orange clinched the last race, the Hong Kong Racechorse Owners Association Trophy (1,400m) and gave a farewell win to popular South African jockey Weichong Marwing. Sweet Orange had run well but without luck at two starts here, but Marwing (pictured) gave a textbook display from a good ...

  10. Fifth jockey falls foul of riding rule

    Posted Jun 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Chief steward Kim Kelly has denied he has led any extraordinary 'crackdown' in judicial affairs, despite an abrupt end to Mark du Plessis' stint yesterday after he became the fifth jockey punished under the 'reasonable and permissible measures' rule. For his ride on Fun Heroes in the final race at Sha Tin last Sunday, Du ...




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