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  1. HK Derby looks to be best ever

    Posted Dec 24th 2003, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell With the stunning success of international day a mere 10 days behind us, next year's $14 million Hong Kong Derby is shaping as potentially the best ever. In what is clearly a ringing support for both the Jockey Club's replacement permit policy and its broad support for upgrading the quality of horses, the early Derby picture looks about as competitive ...

  2. Cruz blames official for injury

    Posted Feb 21st 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... for the Hong Kong Derby Trial, one might have put it down to bad luck. But trainer Tony Cruz didn't think so. The former champion jockey turned leading trainer blamed a nearby Jockey Club official ... understudy to Derby favourite Floral Pegasus and was aghast at the freakish accident which leaves those Derby plans in disarray. Although stewards charged him with misconduct (he pleaded guilty) ...

  3. Saturn's gallops out of this world

    Posted Mar 19th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison Saturn, Ivan Allan's sole entry for the $14 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, sent an unmistakable message across the galaxy that he is bang on target ... Kwan O Handicap- the new-look Derby Trial for Class One and Two horses- on February 28. Judging by his recent work he has improved further since that win and looks in fantastic order. Allan, ...

  4. Date with Macau awaits revitalised Come See You

    Posted Mar 18th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... because the track is often soft over there and he loves that sort of ground.' Brilliant rider Gerald Mosse exploded back from suspension ahead of Sunday's Hong Kong Derby with a double ...

  5. Tough criteria will ensure trainer turnover continues

    Posted May 11th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison It has been a highly eventful month in the training ranks with several changes for next season already announced and the possibility of more to come. High-profile trainer Ivan Allan has announced his retirement, a major loss for local raci ...

  6. Hall eyes classic for victorious Bay

    Posted Feb 20th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken It may have been by the side door, but Australian trainer David Hall entered the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby fray at Sha Tin yesterday as his English import Hawkes Bay cruised away with the Police Cup, 1,600m, at his third local start. With the Derby just over a month away, Hawkes Bay will have to take a major step up to winning the Derby Trial in a fortnight ...

  7. Hong Kong buyers to fore at record-setting Easter Sale

    Posted Apr 16th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Derby, for A$500,000. The Jockey Club bought two lots, which will both be prepared for the International Sale in December. The first was a colt by Fusaichi Pegasus from Impulsive Rhythm, secured ...

  8. Champion lame, while Power has back problem

    Posted Feb 19th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... free again, I'll trial him and we'll go from there.' Meanwhile, star four-year-old Helene Mascot came through his second in the Mercedes-Benz Derby Trial without a problem, prompting trainer Tony Cruz to declare 'full steam ahead' for the HK$16 million Derby on March 16. 'He has come through the race extremely well, I couldn't be happier,' said ...

  9. Amazing Ambitious Dragon takes Whyte to new heights

    Posted May 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Derby winner Ambitious Dragon transported champion jockey Douglas Whyte back to the earliest days of his Hong Kong career yesterday in giving him a third Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II ... it, winning his third Group One race in succession and emulated Vengeance Of Rain as the only Derby winner to do the double and win the QE II. The race for Horse Of The Year honours now looks ...

  10. Elegance Lucky continues the success of O'Reilly line

    Posted Feb 14th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the pace and kept on nicely for third, as did Dr Candy (Felix Coetzee), who followed the leader throughout and never came off the bridle to finish fourth. Derby-bound Growl, now a member of the Almond Lee Yee-tat yard, worked home well for sixth after coming from last under gentle guidance of Danny Nikolic. Growl is an entry for next week's HK$3 million Mercedes-Benz Derby Trial ...




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