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  1. ... Star in the making

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It may not be a stellar Hong Kong Derby field this year, but the Tony Cruz-trained Helene Mascot will come out all guns blazing to prove he is a... ...

  2. Danesis deserves to be in Derby, insists Cruz

    Posted Mar 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Tony Cruz last night challenged the Derby selection committee to recognise the 'classic potential' of Danesis and reward the colt with a place in the elite final 14 ... should have seen his rating soar to a level close to the Derby cut off - an estimated rating of 92 points. 'It would be a crying shame if this colt is at home in his box when the Derby ...

  3. Derby trio prove classic had great pedigree

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

    ... Murray Bell If the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby was to truly be worthy of the sobriquet 'Derby of the Decade', then the form had to stand up, and the evidence from ... after clawing 3/4 lengths off him in the final 200 metres. Dao Dao appeared to not fully stay the 2,000m of the Derby and weakened to finish seventh, beaten the significant margin of six ...

  4. HK Derby has grown in stature as a stepping stone to international glory

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The evolution of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby over the past decade has been remarkable, with the race now lining up as a legitimate springboard to international-class ... the previous December. But most of the other Derbies since the dawn of the new millennium have proved to be a tantalising entree to the bigger world of international competition. The Derby of 2002 ...

  5. No Joy And Fun for Cruz in Derby

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... And Fun, included in the Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby field was overruled last night as two lower-rated horses gained a classic start ahead of him. However, the case put forward by his ... the race and something could easily go wrong with one of the other 14 in that time.' The other horse elevated above Joy And Fun in the Derby ranking was Viva Hong Kong, owned by Macau casino ...

  6. Size, Whyte seek Derby redemption with Dao Dao

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby may have eluded the dream team of John Size and Douglas Whyte thus far, but both believe they have what it takes to correct that omission ... to run into Lucky Owners. 'That's the style of the Derby - it's very difficult to get on the 'big horse' unless you were on it from the start. Riding here is so ...

  7. Dazzling Dao Dao spices up Derby field

    Posted Feb 25th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Hong Kong Derby next month. Dao Dao was a $15 favourite to take the Class One Co-Tack Handicap (1,600m) and take his record to three wins and two seconds in five starts, but punters taking ... know that small fields are famous for upset results for that reason, but he did what we wanted from a future viewpoint going to the Derby and he also won the race. He picked up strongly for me ...

  8. Munce could ride at Victoria Derby

    Posted Oct 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... be free to ride at next weekend's high-profile Victoria Derby meeting in Melbourne. After Munce's arrest by the ICAC in July 2006, Jockey Club stipendiary stewards opened ... be eligible to ride at the prestigious Victoria Derby meeting at Flemington on November 1. 'That would not be a matter for us here. Chris Munce was cleared to ride in Australia before he returned ...

  9. Derby favourites get luck of draw

    Posted Mar 14th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Helene Mascot and Dao Dao emerge with plum gates to set up mouth-watering clash Sunday's HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby was further distilled into a match ... with likely leader Luckyme, while Great Guy (10) was his only wide barrier. 'Helene Mascot is well over the foot problem that affected him before the Derby Trial, he's working well ...

  10. Helene Mascot can drive Cruz to Derby delight

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken No runner in the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby has staged a better trial for the race than Helene Mascot and he looks the horse to erase Tony Cruz's Derby disappointment of 12 months ago and take the classic today at Sha Tin. Cruz was pipped on the post in the 2007 Derby with Floral Pegasus, something that grates on Cruz's memory for both ...




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