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  1. 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 ...

  2. Survey's race a great Derby pointer

    Posted Jan 09th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The performance of Derby-bound Survey Survey to win the final event at Sha Tin on Sunday takes on a new significance when one compares it with the result of the corresponding ... late for third. Hello Pretty went on to land the Derby Trial over 1,800m, while Viva Pataca emerged as the best young stayer with a sparkling victory in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby ...

  3. Tough job puzzling out Derby hopefuls

    Posted Jan 10th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The Derby puzzle was dumped on the playing table on Monday, with jigsaw material everywhere at the initial entry stage. Now the process begins of putting the relevant pieces ... it has to be said he possesses a Derby pedigree, being by Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus from a daughter of the great Mill Reef, Floral Pegasus is a compact, muscular chestnut and has ...

  4. Smart money on great start for Pegasus

    Posted Oct 09th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... million price tag by winning the Kentucky Derby in 2000. Cruz, as he usually does, has left no stone unturned in his bid to make a debut winner out of this racy chestnut, whose dam Crown Crest ...

  5. Tamari takes gap left by All's Well

    Posted Mar 08th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Danny Shum Chap-shing has lost his battle to get All's Well to the post for the Derby, with the gelding dropping out prior to yesterday's announcement of invitations and paving the way for a late call-up for the connections of in-form Flying Tamari. All's Well missed a lead-up race when Shum was forced to scratch him from the Group Two Mercedes-Benz Derby ...

  6. Judge it on form, not on ratings

    Posted Feb 28th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... of 14 for the HK$14 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 18. Theoretically, the 14 top-rated horses for the Derby would be the 14 colts or geldings to make up the final field. But the conditions of the race provide for some discretion from the selection committee, and the two factors that demand their attention are the strength of form and a capacity to manage the Derby distance ...

  7. Viva Pataca had lots of unspent petrol left in tank

    Posted Mar 29th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Notwithstanding the undoubted promise of Viva Pataca, this year's Derby ultimately measured as one would have expected- the lowest in recent years. Viva Pataca's ... Firstly, Viva Pataca has only done what he had to do to win the Derby. Even the most conservative analyst would agree there was plenty of unspent petrol left in the tank at the end of the race. ...

  8. Sharki set to rumble

    Posted Sep 29th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the Jockey Club showed in him by winning the Hong Kong Derby in his first season with Keen Winner. This season, Millard has brought in Dunn on a short-term retainer, and the duo have been an instant ...

  9. Bear Macho sends fresh warning to rivals

    Posted Dec 12th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... was trapped three wide without cover before surging to the front in the straight. Amazing Fortune is a son of the former Hong Kong Derby winner Johan Cruyff, who in turn is a son of the great Danehill. Johan Cruyff was fourth in the Irish Derby for Dermot Weld before being sold to Hong Kong and was trained to his Derby triumph by Patrick Biancone. Amazing Fortune has raced three times, ...

  10. Classic Mile field a bit of a misnomer as it lacks the strength and depth of last year's race

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

    ... Look Back on January 1- what else is around? The four-year-old ranks look rather thin, and while there can always be something new and classy turn up before the Derby is run on March 16, ... as owners eyeing a possible Derby prize lick their wounds and contemplate some compensatory results further down the track. ...




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