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  1. QE II Cup is the biggest win of my career, says Rispoli

    Posted Apr 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... II Cup win on Rulership yesterday. Rispoli had won his only ride on the Katsuhiko Sumii-trained stayer during a contract in Japan and was six weeks into his Hong Kong contract last month ... on his wish list of subsequent targets. Trainer Caspar Fownes will head to the Singapore International Airlines Cup with second-placed Thumbs Up (Brett Prebble), who simply had no answer ...

  2. How to restore QE II Cup's lustre?

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... made both the QE II and Champions Mile that much more unattractive, and the spring internationals have gone the way of the Japan Cup and just look too hard to win. Going back to the December ... and Kranji has been mentioned as a target for the World Cup winner, Monterosso. Perhaps it's for the extra time to get over the strains of Dubai or perhaps with the knowledge that, ...

  3. Green Zone tailor-made for cup win

    Posted Oct 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Hong Kong's best-known tailor, Manu Melwani, has not appeared in a winner's photo since 1995, but with Caspar Fownes-trained Green Zone, the Lions Club International President Cup (1,200m) looks made to measure tonight at Happy Valley. Sam of Sam's Tailor last shared in the ownership of a winner with Indian Chetak at Sha Tin ...

  4. Draw muddies the QEII Cup waters

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken If the waters were clouded before the barriers came out for Sunday's HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup, they became downright muddy yesterday ... and against you other times, but barrier two should mean a nice run behind the speed.' Statistics in the QEII Cup favour middle draws and John Moore was very comfortable with Irian drawing eight ...

  5. Darjina 'in same class' as Cup winner Pride

    Posted Dec 06th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer believes filly's versatility will make her a threat no matter how she is drawn Any similarities between last year's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup winner Pride and her stablemate in this year's Mile, Darjina, end with two factors- both are trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and both ranked the world's outstanding female racehorse- and perhaps ...

  6. Cruz's well-beaten veteran will head home after pulling up well

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... with a fractured leg, Joy And Fun was fine at the end of last Tuesday's race. But Cruz has pulled the plug on his original plan to run in the July Cup at Newmarket next month. 'He was on the wrong side of the track at Ascot and he wasn't happy in the soft ground,' Cruz said yesterday. 'I took him out of the July Cup, he'll come home now and the plan is to keep ...

  7. Japan Cup proves depth of good neighbourliness

    Posted Dec 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Changes? What changes? In a way it is comforting to note that, if nothing else, the Japan Cup has proved goodwill behind the Good Neighbour Policy runs no more than smile-deep. ... signed on to man the barricades, too. Of course, that all went out the window when the chance was there for Japan to lift its Cup by moving the date to secure more participation from ...

  8. Cup already looks like being success

    Posted Nov 12th 2003, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... a start on sorting itself out- on and off the track. The Hong Kong Cup looks like a self-fulfilling proposition now that major owners and trainers have become properly aware of its existence. ... but will have a second prep race this weekend. The word is that Australia's Fields Of Omagh, already a winner of one World Series leg in the Cox Plate, may be switched to the Cup rather than ...

  9. Changes for QE II Cup day can work

    Posted Apr 26th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Not since 1997 had the QE II Cup had to stand alone as the sole feature race on its day, so Sunday's crowd of over 35,000 has to be regarded as a positive result after easily bettering 2003 and 2004. From 1998 to 2001, QE II Cup day also featured the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup and from 2001 to 2004, the Chairman's Sprint Prize, while the Champions ...

  10. Cirrus returns better than ever

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup next month will feature both the world's highest-rated middle distance runner and the first Dubai World Cup winner to grace the Sha Tin turf. French galloper Cirrus des Aigles returns for a third time lucky tilt at the Cup, over 2,000m, with the honour of being the joint highest-rated horse yet ...




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