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  1. Specialist has 'more up his sleeves'

    Posted Jul 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The irony of Real Specialist's somewhat controversial inclusion in the Derby is that it probably paved the way to the four-year-old's impressive ... 83 at the time, Real Specialist was elevated to the Derby field in March ahead of one or two higher-rated runners, and the gelding's win record and Size's stated opinion of him had ...

  2. Blinkered Masquerader ready to steal show

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Phillip Woo phillip.woo@scmp.com Owner Leung Kai-fei won the 2004 Hong Kong Derby with Lucky Owners and couldn't relive the dream in this season's classic with Masquerader, ... against time to get into the Derby and was rushed into action on Hong Kong Gold Cup day in a Class Two over 1,400m on February 26 after only landing in early December. He was given a dream run ...

  3. Moore and Prebble prove they are a Supreme pair

    Posted Apr 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox John Moore deflected all the praise to Brett Prebble, with whom he shared a double, for his strong-arm ride on his first winner and lamented a Mercedes-Benz Derby that came too ... to make it to what was meant to be his 2,000m grand final last month. 'It is probably a shame he didn't make the Derby but now the plan is just to work him up the ratings and he looks ...

  4. Fay Fay can repeat his Derby triumph

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Alan.aitken@scmp.com The likelihood of a soft tempo and a replay of the way the Hong Kong Derby was run gives the John Size-trained Fay Fay his chance this afternoon to repel ... to the winner, and that is a space where Fay Fay (Douglas Whyte) and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Treasure Beach (Jamie Spencer) have the right stuff. Hong Kong Derby winners don't have ...

  5. We need a little sunshine, say Treasure Beach's team

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to Treasure Beach's chance of carrying off a rare head-to-head between the classic form of Europe and Hong Kong in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup. The 2011 Irish Derby winner, Treasure Beach was just a head off being the first Epsom Derby winner to appear at Sha Tin and European classic horses are more normally part of the pedigree than the opposition for Group Ones ...

  6. HK stars flop badly in soggy conditions

    Posted Apr 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... at least salvaged something from the day as Olivier Doleuze surged to an emotional and dominant Macau Derby victory. After the hosts dominated the first leg at Sha Tin, the roles were reversed ... of ground.' Doleuze took full advantage of the on-pace trend and bounced Elderly Paradise to the front from gate two in the HK$2.6 million Derby, before bursting away to a stunning 12-length margin ...

  7. Dominant can live up to his name

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com In the circumstances of a crazy-run Derby, the John Moore-trained Dominant was not able to live up to his billing for the classic but he has done enough ... it was run under a different title. Completing the set for the Derby horses is the David Ferraris-trained Liberator (Tim Clark), who we can probably expect him to be right on the lead under his 117 ...

  8. Same World has all the right credentials

    Posted Apr 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Dropping from Group One to Class One, Same World can follow up his barnstorming performance in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby and stands out as a banker in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley, which is expected to reach HK$6 million. One of five John Moore-trained runners in last month's Derby, Same World ...

  9. Glorious trial puts rivals on notice

    Posted Mar 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... time of the morning (1.10.3). Runner-up Real Supreme trialled well; he was over-looked for the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, the 89-rated colt losing his spot to three lower-ranked horses after unconvincing lead-up form over 1,400m. He ended up reserve for the Derby, and as you would expect, Peter Ng Bik-kuen has him looking fit and well. Brett Prebble has ridden the solid ...

  10. Julian Cheung dreaming of Derby glory

    Posted Mar 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Vivian Chen Expecting to have a horse of his own by the end of the year, singer-actor Julian Cheung Chi-lam must have been looking to learn a thing or two at the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on Sunday in Sha Tin, where he was 'derby ambassador'. His friend, Canto-pop star Aaron Kwok Fu-shing, whose horse arrived recently, shares the excitement. 'I'll ...




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