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  1. Sport - Racing

    Eight-meeting ban for jockey Jacky Tong

    Posted Nov 22nd 2013, 11:09pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Local freelance jockey Jacky Tong Chi-kit has been found guilty of failing to ride Calling With Love to the satisfaction of the stewards at Happy Valley in early November and will miss most of December through suspension. At Friday’s reconvened hearing on the November 6 race, trainer Caspar Fownes was present to give evidence both as trainer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1363235/eight-meeting-ban-jockey-jacky-tong
  2. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Keeping young jockeys on Hong Kong roster is proving a headache

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

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Keeping young jockeys is proving a headache Decisions by Richard Fourie and Tommy Berry not to return for the start of the new season will undoubtedly have Jockey Club folks a touch disappointed and rummaging under the bed for the thinking hat again ahead of licensing announcements. The two young riders, in different ways, have been serious hits ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1258636/keeping-young-jockeys-hong-kong-roster-proving-headache
  3. Sport - Hong Kong

    Much like the weather these days, dirt track is a lottery

    Posted May 15th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Much like the weather these days, dirt track is a lottery The good news is that we appear to have only 10 more AWT races left this season- all-weather track, awful weather track or all-wet track, call it what you will. Hopefully, the weather itself can be kind and allow some maintenance on the course during that time because something is broken ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1237735/much-weather-these-days-dirt-track-lottery
  4. Sport - Racing - DUBAI WORLD CUP

    Joy And Fun earns another bouquet for Derek Cruz

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Joy And Fun earns another bouquet for Derek Cruz No mention of Dubai and the World Cup meeting is complete with a huge bouquet for Derek Cruz and what he has done, over a long period of time, with Joy And Fun. Yes, we've surely put that in print before but horses of Joy And Fun's vintage, with the problems that he has been through, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1205646/joy-and-fun-earns-another-bouquet-derek-cruz
  5. Sport - Racing

    Turnover keeps going up- locally and simulcast

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Turnover keeps going up- locally and simulcast The trend of local turnover has far exceeded any expectations this season and so too has the trend of simulcast betting. Sunday's single race from Japan was up more than 21 per cent on the hold last year, admirable considering the race had zero Hong Kong participation. Of course, racing fans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1200413/turnover-keeps-going-locally-and-simulcast
  6. Sport - Racing

    International races right up there with other jurisdictions

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com International races right up there with other jurisdictions It seems Jockey Club's job of elevating the quality of its international races has been a task well done and there will be some pride around Happy Valley headquarters that Hong Kong had five races listed in the list of the world's top 50 Group Ones of 2012. All four races from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1194841/international-races-right-there-other-jurisdictions
  7. Sport - Racing

    Pioneer Lane to behonoured in Australia

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Pioneer Lane to behonoured in Australia Former Hong Kong jockey, trainer and steward, Geoff Lane, will be honoured at a ceremony in Melbourne tonight to induct him into Australia's Racing Hall Of Fame. Lane was a champion apprentice in Melbourne in the 1950s and associated with some of the best horses of that time including Lord ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1155005/pioneer-lane-behonoured-australia
  8. Excelebration ruled out of HK Mile

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The highest-rated horse ever invited for the Cathay Pacific Mile, Excelebration, has been ruled out of next month's Sha Tin showpiece. The runner-up to champion three-year-old Frankel at Ascot on Champions Day in October will not make the trip after scoping 'dirty' following a trackwork session. Excelebration was purchased by Coolmore ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/986150/excelebration-ruled-out-hk-mile
  9. Sport - Racing

    Gun Pit to go bang for title-chasing Fownes

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 08:41pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Gun Pit to go bang for title-chasing Fownes At this stage, they are all key meetings but Wednesday night's all-weather card looks a significant moment in the trainers' championship and Caspar Fownes looks set to get the best of it in the final race with Gun Pit in the Venus Handicap (1,650m). A rare night without a race above Class Three or a trophy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1539742/gun-pit-go-bang-title-chasing-fownes
  10. Sport - Racing

    Durban Demon can celebrate 10,000 Hong Kong rides with a win on Master Kochanwong

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 08:09pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Master a fitting milestone for the Durban Demon Douglas Whyte will have his 10,000th ride in Hong Kong on Master Kochanwong tonight and the Durban Demon's timing is excellent as the David Hall-trained gelding can mark the occasion by winning the Chun Shek Handicap (1,200m) at Sha Tin. Trainer David Hall had been having a very quiet term ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1534918/durban-demon-can-notch-10000-hong-kong-rides-win-master-kochanwong

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