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  1. Classic Mile field a bit of a misnomer as it lacks the strength and depth of last year's race

    Posted Jan 09th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Ernesto. However, the Classic Mile looks a poor imitation of last year's race, when Floral Pegasus (120) was the top-rated entry and ultimate winner, ahead of Down Town (115), All's Well ...

  2. Now Adaikali must convert trial form to race success

    Posted Oct 31st 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... 1,000m when resuming from a spell. Unfortunately, trial form did not translate to race form for this six-year-old, who did his early racing in England under the tutelage of Sir Michael Stoute on behalf of his breeder, the Aga Khan. While Sacred Kingdom won the Sha Tin Sprint Trophy in the excellent time of 55.9 seconds, Adaikali finished 13th in the same race, beaten 111/4 lengths. ...

  3. Survey's race a great Derby pointer

    Posted Jan 09th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... race 12 months ago. The programming in 2006 was slightly different, with the Class Two race over 1,400 metres having been decided on New Year's Day rather than the first weekend in the new ... Survey Survey, a son of deceased Mr Prospector stallion Chester House, is looking very much a Derby candidate after a sparkling entree to Hong Kong racing, where he is unbeaten in two starts ...

  4. Wild Cat stakes griffin race claim

    Posted Feb 15th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell With the first of the griffin races scheduled for decision at Sha Tin on Sunday, last week's 800m trial for the unraced youngsters, won by the Tony Millard-trained Wild ... to the line. Griffin races are all about precocity, speed, education and racing manners, so the way these youngsters behaved under barrier trials is a very important guide. Of the top four ...


    Posted Dec 10th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... A newcomer's guide to finding the winners- and the money- on Hong Kong's greatest racing day of the year, writes Murray Bell The modern era has been very kind to the horse player. Computer and video technology have demystified racing, and shown the horses themselves to be extremely consistent and amazingly predictable athletes. Ratings- what are they? ...

  6. Putting the squeeze on griffin races erodes hong kong traditions

    Posted Jan 26th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The drive to maintain betting turnover, against the seven-year outgoing tide, seems to be claiming a silent victim. Griffin racing, so much a traditional part of the Hong Kong scene, is getting squeezed out, albeit stealthily. This season, the first Griffin race is programmed for decision on February 21. That's three weeks later than its counterpart in 2004, ...

  7. Dream Team comes to rescue- by a nose

    Posted Feb 09th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... hard work of that one, too. Dream Team, one of the day's shorter-priced commodities at $2.15, scrambled a nose win from Romping in the 10th race after Soumillon's following of eminently sensible instructions almost brought the good thing undone. At his previous start, Dream Team had controlled the race from outside the leader and swept to an effortless win, ...

  8. Club to refund Challenge bets on Beadman

    Posted Jan 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The Jockey Club engaged in a positive public relations exercise late yesterday when it ruled that in-play Jockey Challenge bets on Darren Beadman, placed after the fifth race at Sha Tin on Thursday, will be refunded. Beadman was stood down from riding by club doctors and the announcement was made soon after the sixth race. The Australian champion said he was unable ...

  9. Japanese give a glimpse into unorthodox methods

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in Japan, where the speed horses do significantly more work than their Hong Kong counterparts. The other major Japanese chance is Vase (2,400m) contender Trailblazer, who only raced in the Japan Cup 11 days ago and therefore has race fitness on his side. Yesterday, Trailblazer was restricted to two laps of cantering on the all-weather track. Singapore's Rocket Man caught many ...

  10. Unsung heroes keep Sha Tin's reputation intact

    Posted Apr 26th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the tracks team some extra delivery power when required. 'For example, after the last race meeting on the C+3 rail placement, we have only two weeks before the QEII meeting,' he said. ... with racing industry pros and punters alike tuning in from all over the world. And while the racing is invariably world class, Ip knows the importance of providing a surface that meets everyone's ...




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