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  1. On the Rails

    Posted Sep 15th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... the unsold seats at next month's Bledisloe Cup match at Hong Kong Stadium. But there is nothing like the reality of actual racing and betting in a high-profile event to put that potential ... Kong's participation, the hold was a relatively disappointing HK$12.76 million. Compare it with HK$20.2 million for the last Japan Cup as a one-off simulcast during a race day and without a Hong ...

  2. Witness struts his stuff for Melbourne Cup fans

    Posted Nov 04th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Hong Kong's former champion sprinter Silent Witness was one of the supporting stars of yesterday's Melbourne Cup parade of champions. The parade has become an increasingly popular attraction to Melbourne Cup week, and the arrival of the three-handled Gold Cup itself is treated with the same sort of respect as the Olympic torch. Coincidentally, the Cup trophy ...

  3. Domination has a downside so QEII Cup result is a blessing in disguise

    Posted May 07th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Oughton) in the Cup. But it was a mere mortal called Cape Of Good Hope who really galvanised everyone's sense of self belief. The Cape Crusader, as he fondly became known, had lived ... in the Japan Cup, Hong Kong's high level of success has become a real disincentive to connections of the top overseas horses. That's why it's great to see the Mike de Kock-trained ...

  4. HKIR shrugged off potential negatives

    Posted Dec 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... One and California Memory, none could be described as eye-popping or especially notable, other than for winning a rich prize-money race. The Cup was farcically run, with the participation ... in particular, since he was closest to the front. No horse in the race ran remotely close to his best but that is to be expected when the tempo ensured the second-slowest Cup in its history, despite ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Sambuca replaces Pellegrino in QEII Cup

    Posted Apr 13th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... into the field for the $14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday week. Sambuca replaces American contender Pellegrino, who reportedly experienced a rise in body temperature over ... of international racing, Gary Tanaka, who will still have a formidable QEII representation with reigning World Series champion Epalo and last year's Hong Kong Cup third placegetter, Touch Of Land. ...

  7. Derek Cruz upstages sibling rival in SCMP Cup

    Posted Feb 28th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... for the family on South China Morning Post Cup day. Silent Witness was the standout horse of the day in the Centenary Sprint Cup, but half an hour later the second running of the South China Morning Post Cup held all the betting interest. And, just like the first running of the cup at Happy Valley last season, the outstanding field lived up to all expectations, with Derek Cruz's My Choice ...

  8. Pearl shaping up well for QE II Cup

    Posted Apr 05th 2005, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison The local contingent, and in particular Vengeance Of Rain, took a major boost ahead of this month's Group One Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (2,000 metres) with the dominant performance of Russian Pearl on Sunday. The Tony Cruz-trained galloper landed the HSBC Premier Cup (race 506) over 1,800 metres in sheer ease by beating high quality opposition. ...

  9. History tells us to hedge our bets

    Posted Oct 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... (HKIR) in December, but history has its own views on how important their performances might prove. As Ambitious Dragon's eye-popping National Day Cup win took the prize-money tally for Douglas Whyte's Hong Kong career past the HK$1 billion mark, the five-year-old had a look of invincibility that defies the history of the race. While the Cup has been a kick-off point ...

  10. Kingdom remains a key player

    Posted Jan 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Fading champion Sacred Kingdom heads into Sunday's Group One Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin in search of a record 18th win, ... victories and will be attempting to win his third consecutive Centenary Sprint Cup this weekend. But he put in a career-worst performance in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint last start as further ...




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