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  1. Sport - Racing

    Size claims Derby and lets young guns do the talking

    Posted Jul 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a long sought-after Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby to punctuate a seventh title in 11 seasons. After the final day drama of the 2010-11 season, when John Moore toppled Tony Cruz, this season ... Improved Horse of the Year award. Fay Fay's Derby, giving the trainer his first win in the race, was particularly sweet for Size, but perhaps his greatest individual feat was unleashing ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Specialist earns crack at HK Derby

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 18, but it was still David Ferraris who was oozing confidence after the final field was announced yesterday. Most expectations were met, ... seeks a fourth Derby win to equal Brian Kan Ping-chee's record. Moore may have the numbers but David Ferraris-trained Sweet Orange, the joint top-rated runner, remained the name on most ...

  4. Cruz: Bullish Champion cannot be ignored in Derby

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Six-time Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby winner Tony Cruz admits the chances of brilliant sprinter Bullish Champion running a strong 2,000m in Sunday's ... for four-year-olds, Bullish Champion and Packing Tycoon. Packing Tycoon is a typical European Derby-bound import, with form at 10 furlongs and beyond, but Bullish Champion has never raced over further than ...

  5. Staying power is key to Whyte bid for Derby double

    Posted Mar 17th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Patrick Allen Douglas Whyte, last year's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby-winning jockey, has elected to stick with dour stayer Treasure Lands for trainer Tony Millard in this year's four-year-old classic, despite test-driving star sprinter and fellow Derby hopeful Little Bridge in a recent barrier trial. Whyte's success aboard the Caspar Fownes-trained Super ...

  6. Little Bridge left on top as Derby field takes shape

    Posted Mar 10th 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on Sunday week will be missing its top-rated entry, Lucky Nine, but there were no serious surprises as the final field ... in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup, after which jockey Brett Prebble indicated the four-year-old was not himself. The rest of the line-up for the world's second richest Derby event- ranked in stake ...

  7. Handsome Zulu and So stake Derby claim

    Posted Mar 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken It was greyhound racing at its finest at Happy Valley last night but that wasn't bothering trainer Peter Ho Leung, who put the Hong Kong Derby preparation of Handsome Zulu ... that the handicapper doesn't treat his winner too gently. Already placed third in the New Zealand Derby last season, Handsome Zulu will stay the trip strongly in the Derby now that he has overcome ...

  8. Woods' warning for Derby rivals

    Posted Mar 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Patrick Allen Sean Woods could land the biggest win of his training career in Sunday's Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby but while the Englishman is confident, he is not getting ahead of himself. Woods has Derby Trial winner King Dancer hitting his straps at the right time and is confident he can improve again over the 2,000 metres of the Derby, but he will also saddle ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Redragtoabull becomes latest Derby casualty after freak accident

    Posted Mar 17th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The pace of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on Sunday threatens to descend into farce after the race lost both of its speed horses in the space of a day when Redragtoabull ... Christophe Soumillon as the horse's partner. That left Redragtoabull the most likely to take the field along in the Derby after a dashing frontrunning exhibition that almost stole the Derby ...




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