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  1. Depth of entries points to best-ever Derby

    Posted Jan 30th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The last two editions of the Hong Kong Derby have been absolutely franked on International Day at the end of that year, which makes this year's opening round of high-quality Derby entries more interesting than ever. When first-stage entries closed this week, the 2004 Derby looked the most exciting and strongly contested classic yet. Indeed, a new benchmark ...

  2. Hayes juggles potent strikeforce

    Posted Feb 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer David Hayes has a problem of a most desirable kind as he seeks to keep the paths to the Hong Kong Derby separate for what is emerging as a powerful team in numbers as well as quality. The 2003 Derby winner, Hayes could have as many as five runners in this year's race if he can get them all qualified and Magic Mail (Gerald Mosse) helped his cause ...

  3. Beethoven strikes right note

    Posted Apr 26th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Magnificent gelding Beethoven may only have scrambled home yesterday but trainer David Hayes was relieved to see him perform better than the rest of the Hong Kong Derby ... Dream (Brett Prebble) and giving heart palpitations to the punters who took prohibitive odds. 'I'm pleased he won- the 2004 Derby form so far has been a little bit of a query,' ...

  4. Jockey fails Derby day breath test

    Posted Mar 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Jockey Henry Tsang Kam-chuen has been suspended after failing a breathalyser test before racing on Hong Kong Derby day at Sha Tin yesterday. Tsang recorded an alcohol reading ... of the $14 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, was suspended until May 1. The penalty includes nine race days. He is the second jockey to be suspended for an alcohol offence in Hong Kong. German ...

  5. Classy Beethoven in tune for Derby

    Posted Mar 10th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison Australian trainer David Hayes put Derby prospect Beethoven through his paces at Sha Tin yesterday, where the classy gelding won the first of two dirt barrier trials. ... eyes recently have been on several of the Derby prospects including Lucky Owners, who put in a scintillating piece of work on the all-weather on Monday when working over 800 metres. The classy ...

  6. HK Derby brakes with tradition

    Posted Feb 05th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The Hong Kong Derby will have a sponsor for the first time in its 131-year history. The Jockey Club yesterday announced the signing of a three-year deal with Mercedes-Benz China Limited. The deal also gives the German car maker naming rights to the Group One Classic Mile- formerly known as the Derby Trial- to be decided at Sha Tin on Sunday week. The Derby ...

  7. All set for Derby dynamite

    Posted Mar 21st 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken This is Rocky, including all the sequels, and Raging Bull. It's no two-horse race for the heavyweight title The three-dimensional Derby. It has height, it has length. Most of all, today's Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin has depth. The depth of international experience. The depth of international success. A depth the great race has never had before. Forget the Tony ...

  8. Derby contingent showing signs of wear and tear

    Posted Apr 27th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison If there was anything to be learned from the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup meeting it was that the 2004 Derby form is not as strong as we thought, or, at the very least, it is extremely difficult to back up from the Classic against a world-class field a month later. Derby winner and favourite Lucky Owners ($22) failed to justify the public support and finished a mediocre ...

  9. Derby hope's triumph poignant for Li clan

    Posted Feb 29th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... colours to victory and his Derby dream a step closer to posthumous reality. Saturn had taken Li's eye in August last year during a visit to France when saw the horse finish second in a Group Two race at Deauville. He bought him almost immediately after with the expressed aim of winning the Hong Kong Derby which had eluded him but Li passed away suddenly on December 30, never ...

  10. How to double the derby fun

    Posted Feb 04th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The Hong Kong Derby picture is becoming more exciting by the day, with the $14 million classic next month looking certain to provide unparalleled depth at the top of the order. With any feature race, one of the most critical aspects involves the suitability of lead-up races and clearly, the major one for the classiest Derby contenders is the Group One Classic Mile ...




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