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  1. Wind Winner sparks early Derby talk

    Posted Oct 10th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Lightly raced Wind Winner may have been mentioned in the same breath as the Hong Kong Derby after he won yesterday at Sha Tin but trainer Tony Cruz was quick to qualify. 'He's a four-year-old so naturally you have the Derby in the back of your mind with any horse of that age that might have some promise,' said the reigning Derby-winning trainer of Lucky ...

  2. The ready to win stable

    Posted Oct 09th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Derby winner Universal Prince, Victoria Derby winner Blevic, classic winners Shame and Episode and a genuine weight-for-age galloper in Lord Essex. The full READY TO WIN stable: Floral Dynamite, ... the fourth winner for the Ready To Win stable at Sha Tin last weekend, we had the best of all worlds- entertainment, excitement and profit! Add The Fun never looked a loser as trainer Francis Lui ...

  3. Tough criteria will ensure trainer turnover continues

    Posted May 11th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... of the scale, it was no surprise that Eddie Lo Kwok-chow, who trained one winner this season, withdrew his application for a licence, opening the way for Almond Lee to join the ranks. New Zealander Paul ... not meet the eligibility criteria. Alex Wong Siu-tan will be in the same boat next season if he fails to meet those standards. The criteria- 13 winners, $8 million in prizemoney and a 5% strike ...

  4. Derby contingent showing signs of wear and tear

    Posted Apr 27th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison If there was anything to be learned from the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup meeting it was that the 2004 Derby form is not as strong as we thought, or, at the very least, it is extremely difficult to back up from the Classic against a world-class field a month later. Derby winner and favourite Lucky Owners ($22) failed to justify the public support and finished a mediocre ...

  5. Unassuming Elliott enjoys the ride of his life

    Posted May 09th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... The winning rider of the Kentucky Derby tells Murray Bell how his first racing memories stem from the six years of his childhood spent in Hong Kong Stewart Elliott, the winning rider of last Saturday's Kentucky Derby hero Smarty Jones, has his earliest memories of horse racing in Hong Kong, where his father Dennis was one of the first expatriate jockeys ...

  6. Hong Kong buyers to fore at record-setting Easter Sale

    Posted Apr 16th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... agent Willie Leung, who signed for seven lots totaling A$1,945,000. Leung's top-priced purchase yesterday was a colt by first-season sire Fusaichi Pegasus, winner of the 2000 Kentucky Derby, for A$500,000. The Jockey Club bought two lots, which will both be prepared for the International Sale in December. The first was a colt by Fusaichi Pegasus from Impulsive Rhythm, secured ...

  7. Win For All gives Hall a head start in rookies' race

    Posted Oct 10th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Australian rookie trainer David Hall made it to the winner's circle for the second time in Hong Kong yesterday with the horse he had expected to provide his first success. ... I was finding out about the horses I had to train, I thought Win For All had the look of a horse that might be able to win one early and be my first winner,' Hall said. 'But Euphoric Kid came ...

  8. Beadman takes legal action over 'offensive' ad campaign

    Posted May 04th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... race-fixing to Australia?' The Kentucky Derby was almost a red-letter day for another former Hong Kong racing star, French trainer Patrick Biancone. While 140,054 fans were on their feet cheering during the stretch run of the 130th Kentucky Derby, Biancone admitted he was all too calm as he watched his colt, Lion Heart, being reeled in by Smarty Jones on a rain-soaked May afternoon. Lion ...

  9. Brilliant Russian Pearl shapes up as a future Cruz star

    Posted Jun 01st 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... in the Tokyo Yushun (Japan Derby). The winner of the NHK Mile Cup at his previous start, King Kamehameha found the step up in trip no barrier as he defeated a pair of Sunday Silence colts- Heart's Cry and Higher Game. Kingmambo, a French classic winner by the fabled American sprinter Mr Prospector, stands at Lane's End Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Paul O'Sullivan's hope ...

  10. Ratings gurus have no doubts- Smarty's the best

    Posted May 25th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... can a horse win the [Kentucky] Derby, then come back two weeks later and take the Preakness, without having to dig deep at least for a few strides? The answer is as simple as it is unique; ...




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