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  1. Brilliant Coetzee shows the way with Sanbenito

    Posted Feb 06th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Brilliant South African rider Felix Coetzee proved that an ounce of ability is worth pounds in weight when he stormed home to win the last on Sanbenito. The C-Team had a quiet day overall but trainer Tony Cruz and stable rider Coetzee [picture ...

  2. There's more to come from King Encosta

    Posted Jun 18th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The leading stables may have all but ground to a halt for the current season but Tony Cruz gave punters a pointer to a winner next term when King Encosta built on his nice debut run to score with authority yesterday. First time out, King Encos ...

  3. Sport - Racing

    Crackerjack comes good for new trainer Tony Millard

    Posted Oct 13th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... a decent animal and if we handle him right I think we can get him back to where he was and have something to build on," said Millard. "And what's pleasing is that this isn't his ...

  4. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Gun Pit stamps himself as a next-season horse

    Posted May 29th 2014, 08:21pm by Alan Aitken

    ... youth we had previously seen and he spent much of his race doing things right this time. It seemed a formality turning for home that he would win the race but the run down the stretch ... Pit certainly performed better than he had before, giving five pounds to the five-year-old winner, this pair running right away from their rivals and that margin spread was backed up by solid ...

  5. Promising Brilliant Chapter can rise to the challenge

    Posted Jan 01st 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... and Pocket Money, and Brilliant Chapter (Douglas Whyte) certainly has the right profile. He never looked settled during last season with Paul O'Sullivan, and Size acknowledges he probably did get the horse at the right time as a new four-year-old. Yet it is inescapable the Commands gelding has calmed right down under the Size treatment after always looking too keen for his own good ...

  6. Sport - Racing

    Luger a shot at redemption for Whyte, Size

    Posted Dec 28th 2013, 08:43pm by Alan Aitken

    ... rival, Caspar Fownes' Domineer (Umberto Rispoli), is a superior animal to Fabulous November as well. The pair met once as griffins at the end of last season, also at the Sha Tin 1,400m ... That looks the most likely thought process again, and Luger will find himself nearer last than first in the running to the home turn. All he needs is a few breaks at the right time though and he can ...

  7. Rain to throw down the gauntlet at his pet course

    Posted Nov 13th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... a completely different animal. More focused in his past two at Happy Valley, Art Trader has produced powerful finishing surges to leave no doubt that Moore was on the right track when he went looking ...

  8. Throw of the dice works just as well as 'superior judgment'

    Posted Jan 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... to be their superior judgment to bear and try harder to get the right horse for syndicates that would bear their names. The International Sale has had its ups and downs but, credit where credit is due, some ... animals over and over, is the chance to improve the mechanisms available for acquiring horses through the club or its trainers and try to put a few more percentage points in the favour of Hong ...

  9. On the Rails

    Posted Oct 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Elite convinces Fownes in the Cup Trial next month that he is ready for 2,400m in that sort of company and if Thumbs Up and possibly even Packing Winner can be presented in the right order ... time, Young Elite's preparation overall will look a reasonable grounding for a top-grade 2,400m race and the programme won't allow for much more than that. If Fownes is right ...

  10. Focused Special Days 'a real professional'

    Posted Mar 29th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... triple figures, but the five-year-old has become a reformed animal lately and neither Whyte nor Size appeared to fear the grade rise. 'In the past, he has always wasted a lot of energy ... into midfield with some cover from the poor draw, then produce the son of Keeper in the final stages. 'Quietly is probably the way to ride the horse now that he is doing everything right and he ...




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