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  1. Derby horses can't be judged only on the race itself

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the other three. Derbies can often be a little like maiden races- their worth is not always obvious at the time and becomes apparent as horses go on to compete with a wider general horse population. That is the case in other jurisdictions where Derby events are for three-year-olds only, and it isn't necessarily any more obvious here despite the fact classic horses are four and we should therefore ...

  2. Super six are all in with a Derby chance, says Moore

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken John Moore has a record six of the 14 runners in Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby- but it could have been even more. 'If Packing Whiz hadn't got ... hand for the Derby tops David Hayes' five runners in 2000- when his best placing was third to Keen Winner- or Brian Kan Ping-chee's five-handed assault in 1991, when fourth was his ...

  3. Bullish Champion will inject decent tempo into the Derby

    Posted Feb 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby next month. Helene Mascot's Derby was a feast of tempo when Lu Yue and Luckyme held their own private race for last out in front of the field for most of the way, but the Derby has been more often a sit and sprint affair. Collection's win was more a triumph in 2009 for Darren Beadman's tactical ride, likewise for Super Satin and Douglas Whyte two years ...

  4. Whyte: how I won my second Derby

    Posted Mar 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... them. A great effort and, with hindsight, drawing 14 was not too shabby- not just because it's now two Derbies in a row for that outside gate, but because it was perfect for this kind ...

  5. Rail ruling takes gloss off importance of derby day meeting

    Posted Mar 21st 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken In the final analysis, the B+2 rail placement may not have influenced the result of the Hong Kong Derby or Chairman's Trophy, but it was certainly a topic of conversation that the rail was out for such an important day. Jockey Club head of racing operations John Ridley said he could not remember the Derby meeting being on the B+2 in his time and that takes in the past 13 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Ellerton hopes former charge can achieve greatness

    Posted Mar 25th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... from winning a Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby. 'Tell me about it. Wish he was still here,' grimaced Ellerton, who will be at Sha Tin tomorrow to see Hello Pretty's run for the $14 ... but the normal sort of price they pay for Hong Kong and that's pretty good. And good luck to them, I'd love him to win. 'I still own the mother, Blazing Aura and her daughters, so a Derby ...

  8. A Classic conundrum in the Year of the Dragon

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... was unmistakable. What it meant for the Derby remains to be seen. The Stewards' Cup, too, was not run at a dashing speed but it was respectable enough to take the result as read, as Ambitious Dragon ...

  9. Double will be tough task for Green Birdie

    Posted Feb 20th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Three runnings, three sit and sprints, and the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial is starting to look like one of those classic lead-ups that might struggle to justify ... the AJC Derby, (2,400m) in Sydney. For decades, the Canterbury Guineas at 1,900m and Rosehill Guineas at 2,000m were contested by the same horses as the Derby but the main event was rarely won ...

  10. Moore calling for a change to lead-ups

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Mercedes Benz Hong Kong Derby but believes the time is right for changes to the programming of lead-ups to the classic race. Although Art Trader was able to win the lead-up 1,800-metre event, ... to qualify for the Derby. In the future, people are going to have to get their European purchases done a month earlier and get them here earlier, or possibly the Derby should be put back a week ...




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