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  1. Ho poised to scoop fist full of patacas

    Posted Mar 26th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Group One racing but where are the Group One horses? They say it's a weak Derby. That's what they say. Where are the stars? Where are the horses with the Mercedes-Benz engines? But Derbies have a habit of asserting themselves after the fact. Proven Group One horses? We have the Group One horses of the future instead. Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho ...

  2. Beadman's return still uncertain

    Posted Feb 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... has the nominal Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby favourite in his barn. Sweet Orange was strung up at the top of the straight and unable to set out after the leaders until winner Zaidan had ... Weichong Marwing will stay aboard for the Derby on March 18. 'He had to go back and it was the right thing- my other horse Liberator was wide from gate four so, from gate 13, Sweet Orange ...

  3. Future is bright for Ho's Viva Pataca

    Posted Mar 27th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... racehorse after Stanley Ho Hung-sun's Viva Pataca turned the 126th running of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby into a one-horse race. Soumillon had ridden with all the daring and flair ... for the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at 1,400 metres next month. But Derby day is all about the classic four-year-olds and Hong Kong Derby winners rarely disappoint. Three years ago, it was the grand lady ...

  4. Figures keeps the win tally ticking for grateful Oughton

    Posted Feb 08th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... like clashing in the Group One Hong Kong Gold Cup on February 22. Precision, Bowman's Crossing and Derby hopeful Roosevelt will give Oughton a three-stringed bow as he attempts to make ... which suits each of them best,' Oughton explained. 'After that, Precision will head toward the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Roosevelt will run in the Derby.' Wayne Smith was one ...

  5. Beadman picks up-and-comer in Classic Cup

    Posted Feb 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... as 'fat and underdone'. Sunday's race is a stepping stone to the Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby four weeks later, and Beadman is taking the long-term view by riding Dan Excel ... first-up run was very good and there was a lot of improvement left in him. Plus, he needs to qualify for the Derby. He is borderline with the rating he has, but the higher up he can be, ...

  6. Lucky Nine ready for his next Group assignment

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... against some classy rivals. Finishing runner-up was Fownes' Let Me Handle It, who was third in last year's Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby and before that, the Classic Cup. ...

  7. Viva class above the rest

    Posted Mar 26th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin today. Right from the start of his career in England, Viva Pataca was considered a horse of the future. When he was sold to Hong Kong last year after six runs and four wins, his new connections were looking ahead to the Derby and when he finished a great second to Hello Pretty in his Hong Kong debut, the future looked rosy for Viva Pataca. Well ...

  8. Pataca or Collection? It's Beadman's call

    Posted May 26th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the champion Australian jockey. 'I can't split them- the decision will be in his hands,' Moore repeated. Accordingly, Beadman will ride the 2006 Derby winner and his 2009 counterpart ... of his Derby triumph, and followed up to land it again in 2007. But last year, when gunning for a hat-trick in the domestic Group One, he found Packing Winner (Douglas Whyte) too strong ...

  9. Sport - Racing

    Size is a realist over Fay Fay's chances

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Kong Derby winner. Added to Glorious Days' Stewards' Cup victory in January, he gave the trainer a third Group One in the last 12 months following a three-year absence from that elite ... and Beauty Flash, but unable to win. And now Size is a realist where Fay Fay is concerned. "I thought he was, at best, an average Derby winner last year, winning off a 110 rating and nothing ...

  10. Beadman fractures cheek in fall

    Posted Feb 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... from the Moore camp in the main lead-up race to the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby next month. Beadman was thrown face first into the all-weather track when Danny Shum ... in last year's Derby and provided the Australian with a winning ride on Leading City on the same card. Oliver was also called on as a late replacement by South African Herman Brown for Gitano ...




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