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  1. 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 ...

  2. Packing Winner ready to take on the big boys in Cup Trial

    Posted Nov 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Packing Winner did everything expected of him in yesterday's lone barrier trial over 1,200 metres and is fully prepared for his moment of truth next Saturday when he steps out against the big boys in the Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial (2,000m). Packing Winner, a five-year-old son of the champion sire and classic influence Zabeel, has racked up ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Helene Mascot can drive Cruz to Derby delight

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken No runner in the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby has staged a better trial for the race than Helene Mascot and he looks the horse to erase Tony Cruz's Derby disappointment of 12 months ago and take the classic today at Sha Tin. Cruz was pipped on the post in the 2007 Derby with Floral Pegasus, something that grates on Cruz's memory for both ...

  5. On the Rails

    Posted Mar 17th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... a dozen horses might emerge as the Derby winner but all of them are capable of emerging as rival stars at the top end of things over the next couple of seasons. In terms of performance ratings, ... with Alan Aitken With the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby behind us for another season, the postscript to the race is the new breed of stars that racing has been seeking has to all ...

  6. City slicker Whyte rules Valley

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... for his money for ride of the night. Dunn's winner came aboard the Caspar Fownes-trained Excellent Boy in the fourth, as he showed great presence of mind from gate nine to drive across behind ... a double, winning with 2007 Derby contender Sikander in the Broom Handicap (2,200m). 'It's his owner, Ricky Samtani's birthday tomorrow so I've given him the best present I think ...

  7. Some classic runners not so Brilliant

    Posted Mar 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken As positive as we try to be about it, the 2006 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby has been a victory for quantity, whether or not the quality rises to the surface over time. Club officials were quick to argue at last week's field selection function that the Derby this year does not have the star quality of some recent Derbys only because the participants are mostly ...

  8. Willie to atone for Derby effort

    Posted Apr 23rd 2006, 12:00am by John Bell

    ... John Bell With the Hong Kong Derby dream left in tatters from an interrupted preparation and a wide run in transit, striking Zabeel stallion Willie Detroy can rescue his once lofty ... and New Zealand, while placing at Group One level behind Jymcarew and Eremein in the Canterbury Guineas. He looked every part a Derby aspirant when stepped out at his local debut to score a strong ...

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    California Chrome owner lashes out at rivals

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 10:43pm by AFP

    ... champion he and Perry Martin bred for about US$10,000, had set US racing alight with victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. But the final jewel in the triple crown escaped him, as he ... Tonalist owner Robert Evans wouldn't rise to those remarks, saying only: "I have no comment on that". In fact, Tonalist missed the Wood Memorial and then the May 3 Kentucky Derby ...

  10. Hall eyes classic for victorious Bay

    Posted Feb 20th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken It may have been by the side door, but Australian trainer David Hall entered the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby fray at Sha Tin yesterday as his English import Hawkes Bay cruised away with the Police Cup, 1,600m, at his third local start. With the Derby just over a month away, Hawkes Bay will have to take a major step up to winning the Derby Trial in a fortnight ...




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