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  1. Beadman recounts his triumph

    Posted Mar 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... As told to Alan Aitken 'There's such a big build up to a race like this- even before you get to the Derby, there's so much water that goes under the bridge and you're ... than last time he ran, but that was because the Derby starts in front of the stands. When we jumped, I wasn't over-anxious to put him anywhere, just wherever he landed was fine and we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674278/beadman-recounts-his-triumph
  2. Derby aspirants Beauty Flash and Algarve live up to their top billing

    Posted Dec 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The day wasn't always pretty for some of the most promising young horses, but at least two of the major Hong Kong Derby aspirants managed to live up to their billing ... event as the son of Encosta de Lago took one more step towards the Derby, too. He coasted around despite a 133-pound handicap to win his fourth on end and heal some of the disappointment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701259/derby-aspirants-beauty-flash-and-algarve-live-their-top-billing
  3. Pataca falters, but rival trainers happy with their charges

    Posted Nov 16th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... behind us and ran past Viva at the finish.' The first four placegetters from last season's Hong Kong Derby filled the first four placings, perhaps highlighting a changing of the guard at the top end of racing, and John Size was thrilled with the performance of Unique Jewellery in running second. 'When he won the Derby Trial, he looked like he could go on and be a nice horse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/698488/pataca-falters-rival-trainers-happy-their-charges
  4. Collection has pedigree to follow in Mascot's footsteps

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... to the hype in today's HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby. Collection will start at a short quote, but if you're inclined towards favourites, the Derby is the race in which to play them, with 12 having arrived from the past 18 runnings of the classic. You don't have to look far back in history to find a perfect parallel to Collection. In fact, the most recent Derby ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/674216/collection-has-pedigree-follow-mascots-footsteps
  5. Dream Team adds spice to Derby

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell A likely playmaker in the shape of Tony Cruz's Dream Team was a surprise acceptor for the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby yesterday- ensuring the race will be truly run. While the emergence of the John Moore-trained Collection has dampened the enthusiasm of many Derby hopefuls, Cruz and owner Lawrence Ma Ting-hung have decided to press ahead with Dream Team, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672865/dream-team-adds-spice-derby
  6. Great innovation, but Derby pointer needs a fixed position

    Posted Feb 18th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial (1,800m) has been a great innovation from Ciaran Kennelly's time as head handicapper and race planner, and Sunday's fourth edition was one of real significance as a pointer towards our richest domestic race. The only problem with it is now one of timing. For reasons that remain slightly obscure, the Derby Trial has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/670316/great-innovation-derby-pointer-needs-fixed-position
  7. Collection's Derby runaway points to exciting times for Sha Tin racegoers

    Posted Apr 24th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell When British private purchase Collection raced away to throttle his rivals in the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 22, even the racing layman had ... a Group One winner of the Classic Mile in late January. The second-best barometer of the quality of this year's Derby was the big margin between second and third, with Irish import Mr Medici ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/677918/collections-derby-runaway-points-exciting-times-sha-tin-racegoers
  8. Special Dragon threatens to upstage Derby heavyweights

    Posted Apr 13th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Punters are sure to rally to the Hong Kong Derby form of Mr Medici (Eric Saint-Martin) and Roma Pegasus (Brett Prebble) after Derby fourth and fifth, More Bountiful and Unique Jewellery, did well in the Chairman's Trophy last week. But, unlike those horses, the Derby third and sixth this time return to handicap class, with the result that they will be giving plenty of weight away to some useful ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/676633/special-dragon-threatens-upstage-derby-heavyweights
  9. Moore backs Collection to reap Derby dividends

    Posted Feb 16th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... thoughts. 'Provided I get him there fit and well, I think Collection will be the horse to beat in the Derby and deserves to be favourite,' said Moore after his Irish-bred import failed ... at the 200m but that fitness edge saw him wear down the four-year-old again at the end of the 1,400m, but Moore's mind was firmly on the tasks ahead for his leading Hong Kong Derby contender, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/670099/moore-backs-collection-reap-derby-dividends
  10. Sense of deja vu about Derby day for O'Sullivan

    Posted Mar 19th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... as Legend Of Colour (ex-Avancer) and Thumbs Up, in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby. 'It just shows, you never know what you'll bump into in a maiden race,' said Legend Of Colour's trainer, Paul O'Sullivan, as he hopes to land another Derby trophy to put beside the one he earned with Vital King in 2007. 'I'd say there wouldn't be a lot between ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673787/sense-deja-vu-about-derby-day-osullivan

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