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  1. Derby aspirants Beauty Flash and Algarve live up to their top billing

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

    ... Alan Aitken The day wasn't always pretty for some of the most promising young horses, but at least two of the major Hong Kong Derby aspirants managed to live up to their billing ... to train, Beauty Flash, and I think he gave us the sign today that he really is a potential Group One horse by beating Armada, who is a Group One winner.' Matthew Chadwick had won on Gem ...

  2. Pataca falters, but rival trainers happy with their charges

    Posted Nov 16th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... and said the multiple Group One winner had not closed the race off in his usual fashion. 'Everywhere I went early, someone was pushing up inside me and I had to keep going back to avoid being ... behind us and ran past Viva at the finish.' The first four placegetters from last season's Hong Kong Derby filled the first four placings, perhaps highlighting a changing of the guard ...

  3. Sense of deja vu about Derby day for O'Sullivan

    Posted Mar 19th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... as Legend Of Colour (ex-Avancer) and Thumbs Up, in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby. 'It just shows, you never know what you'll bump into in a maiden race,' said Legend Of Colour's trainer, Paul O'Sullivan, as he hopes to land another Derby trophy to put beside the one he earned with Vital King in 2007. 'I'd say there wouldn't be a lot between ...

  4. Mile looks certain to be a real Classic

    Posted Jan 07th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... all-weather horse Sunny Golf, More Bountiful (winner of his last five starts) and the super impressive last-start winner Legend Of Colour, trained by Paul O'Sullivan. Sean Woods' quality galloper and last-start winner Romping deserves his chance, now off a 90 rating, while private purchases Brom Brom, Vigor Delight and Deferential all have the capacity to do better ...

  5. Forget the superstars, here are 10 horses with plenty of upside and winning potential

    Posted Sep 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 1 PRIME CHAMPION Trainer: Tony Cruz Starts the season on a rating of 90 and Cruz will be the beneficiary of a stable move after this colt showed plenty for David Hall in a brief first campaign. He may ultimately be better for gelding but he should be bett ...

  6. Danzulu has the class to overcome wide alley

    Posted Feb 13th 2009, 12:00am by John Bell

    ... John Bell Danzulu turned in an outstanding effort last start when third to Young Elite and can return to his best in the final leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin. With the TT failing to go off last weekend, the main prize is expected to swell to ...

  7. Special Dragon threatens to upstage Derby heavyweights

    Posted Apr 13th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... the subsequent Derby winner, firming into a tick under 4-1 in a race not unlike today's, where he was expected to roll forward with a light weight. Unfortunately for his backers, things turned out ... with Galaxy Treasure (Jeff Lloyd). While all eyes were on the winner circling the field in the Derby, it was Galaxy Treasure that did the bullocking for him, pulling his way around the field ...

  8. O'Sullivan's newest star Legend makes colourful mark

    Posted Jan 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Lightning struck a second time for trainer Paul O'Sullivan yesterday as Legend Of Colour threw down his claims to the four-year-old features coming up with a hollow maiden victory in the Ma On Shan handicap (1,600m). On the same day in 20 ...

  9. Derby winner fails to impress

    Posted Oct 07th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Stable jockey Darren Beadman may abandon Collection when last season's Derby winner resumes in the Sha Tin Trophy (1,600 metres) on Sunday week after a barrier trial yesterday that trainer John Moore conceded was 'lacklustre'. Though Collection beat home multiple Group One winning stablemate Viva Pataca by some two lengths in finishing fifth ...

  10. Dream Team adds spice to Derby

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... in the world behind its Japanese equivalent, the Tokyo Yushun,' Nader said. 'That puts it ahead of some of the world's major classics, including the Kentucky Derby, Epsom Derby, UAE ... Murray Bell A likely playmaker in the shape of Tony Cruz's Dream Team was a surprise acceptor for the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby yesterday- ensuring the race will be truly run. ...




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