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  1. Roma Pegasus shows Derby credentials

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell It's a long way to go to the HK$16 million Hong Kong Derby but when we look back in March, it may have been a barrier trial at Sha Tin on December 2 that provided ... as a potential Derby candidate will quickly be vindicated. The Australian private purchase (PP) is trained by Almond Lee Yee-tat and had a nice preparation of eight gallops leading up to this trial, ...

  2. Zaidan 'has same feel as Octagonal'

    Posted Apr 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken It is a rare horse that commands comparisons from Darren Beadman with his former champion Octagonal, but the Australian jockey was talking up Zaidan and talking Derby after ... will already put him in the field for the 2012 Derby, even a year out. But back to Beadman and the Octagonal line, no small matter for one of Beadman's favourite horses in a star-studded career ...

  3. Inelegant ending at Moonee Valley

    Posted Oct 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Elegant Fashion was the talk of the track prior to the Cox Plate but when it came to the real thing she was nowhere to be seen. The 2003 Hong Kong Derby heroine's daring journey to Cox Plate glory and international fame ended most inelegantly at Moonee Valley yesterday, with Hong Kong's star mare almost being put over the fence through interference ...

  4. Luckless Horace's Choice ready to put his name in lights again

    Posted Dec 20th 2008, 12:00am by John Bell

    ... but Helene Mascot in the Group One Classic Mile in January. He failed at his next outing in the Derby Trial when his jockey reported he may have held his breath, then didn't see out the 2,000m of the Hong Kong Derby, before ending the season with another disappointing effort. While Horace's Choice has failed to register a place in four starts this term, his performances suggest ...

  5. Wayward Straight Gold tested on turn

    Posted Feb 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com The athletic ability of John Moore's talented Straight Gold isn't in question, but the muscular gelding will need to learn to take a turn if he is to fulfil his promise and his remedial work began in a Sha Tin tr ...

  6. Military Move perseveres to finally win on the dirt, but Moore not celebrating

    Posted Oct 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... victory. John Moore turned to the all-weather with the former New Zealand Derby winner 'to see if we could give him some options' after the five-year-old's nine winless starts ... season as a Derby hopeful by prominent owner Steve Lo Kit-sing, Military Move had run some worthwhile races in good company- he just hadn't looked all that keen on winning and nor did he ...

  7. Ambitious General to finally earn his stripes at the Valley

    Posted Nov 11th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Guineas and AJC Derby, it was hard not to imagine Ambitious General a likely player in the classics when he arrived in 2007. But, beaten as favourite on debut on International day that year, ... he is effective, but his efforts in the top grade of the Derby Trial and Derby last season were not bad when he was clearly out of his depth class-wise. Number of starts Ambitious General has ...

  8. There's only one place Silver Sun can shine- Happy Valley

    Posted Oct 28th 2007, 12:00am by John Bell

    ... John Bell Silver Sun may have just fallen short of the top-level horses but there are not many around that can match him at Happy Valley, which he should again prove in today's New York Handicap. The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained gelding has been a gr ...

  9. Hall has another Champion in waiting

    Posted May 02nd 2006, 12:00am by John Bell

    ... John Bell David Hall has already turned around the fortunes of horses such as Beethoven, Jubiloso and Bodacious this season and his next success story looks certain to be Absolute Champion, who made an impressive return to racing at Sha Tin on Sunday. The ...

  10. Supreme Knight ready to live up to his genes

    Posted Jan 25th 2011, 12:00am by Phillip Woo

    ... sire Starcraft, a multiple Group One winner of five races, including the Australian Derby (2,400m), Newmarket Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1,600m) and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1,600m) ... by the Irish Derby, English Derby and double Breeders' Cup Turf winner High Chaparral. Clement Spirit- who is a subscription griffin- had to do things a lot harder. He made his run at second from ...




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