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  1. Cruz runners out to ruin Pataca's day

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Champion Viva Pataca will be a huge favourite but weight of numbers in Sunday's HK$8 million City Hong Kong Gold Cup rest with Tony Cruz, who will saddle up four of the seven opponents to Stanley Ho Hung-sun's colour bearer. It' ...

  2. Exciting Native can be Dream runner for Hayes

    Posted Feb 28th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison In-form trainer David Hayes has a top chance to land the $1.6 million Tseung Kwan O Handicap with Australian import Native Dream, following a highly impressive debut from the private purchase. The son of champion sire Zabeel won five times ...

  3. Only five rivals stand in Dragon's way

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... numbered just six- Ambitious Dragon, Dominant, Irian, Liberator, Mr Medici and Super Pistachio- while other potential runners for the 2,400-metre feature like Thumbs Up, California Memory ... historically get field size,' said executive director of racing Bill Nader. 'Look at the last three- we had seven runners in 2010 and eight last year and 2009 and only one of the last five ...

  4. HK stars flop badly in soggy conditions

    Posted Apr 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox in Macau michael.cox@scmp.com Hong Kong horses drew a blank in the return leg of the interport trophy on a soft surface that heavily favoured front runners, but the visitors ... to an all-the-way win under former Hong Kong-based jockey Stanley Chin Kin-ming as locals filled the first five places, with the visiting runners, unaccustomed to the boggy conditions, floundering back ...

  5. QE ii Cup still clear as mud after draw

    Posted Apr 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... runners drawn widest and dealt confusion to some of the best local hopes. Classy Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old Treasure Beach looked the only logical leader and that was still the case after the Irish visitor drew the outside of the 13 runners. How the horse's connections respond to the widest alley, at a start that virtually begins on a turn, will now hold the key to any ...

  6. Derby horses can't be judged only on the race itself

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in private to a low-grade, four-runner Queensland provincial race, only too happy to accept whatever odds were on offer. When his horse came in fourth, or last as some would have it, he was out ... was enough to get him the No1 saddlecloth, the bottom rated runner was off 75 and only six runners had ratings in triple figures. Punters had it nailed as uncompetitive, with only Viva Pataca ...

  7. Dragon has got the fire, whether it's fast or slow

    Posted Jan 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... more recently, the National Day Cup in October, when a fresh Ambitious Dragon under 133 pounds thrashed a quality field that included many of the runners that he meets now at level terms. ... from his decent draw. Able One, Sight Winner and Flying Blue, in a new yard, are the only regular forward runners in the race and trainer John Moore has already hinted Able One is more likely ...

  8. Specialist earns crack at HK Derby

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... seeks a fourth Derby win to equal Brian Kan Ping-chee's record. Moore may have the numbers but David Ferraris-trained Sweet Orange, the joint top-rated runner, remained the name on most ... subsequently won international Group One events.' The 2012 edition of Hong Kong's favourite race will feature both the lowest top-rated runners and the lowest bottom-rated horse since ...

  9. Liberator flies high and proud

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... runner he owns outright, Irian, finishing fourth of the six starters. The day ended badly for Italian jockey Umberto Rispoli, flown in especially to replace Douglas Whyte on Ambitious Dragon, ...

  10. Cruz sees positives despite loss as Memory eyes Gold Cup defence

    Posted Jan 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... them up so much start and he's run fantastic. He just wants further.' John Moore lined up five of the opposition runners against Ambitious Dragon in the Stewards' Cup and had to settle for second with Xtension, but he was happy with the efforts of most of his runners. 'I thought Xtension did well. He had a slight setback after his trial so finishing second ...




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