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  1. Derby draw points to thriller

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com If the barrier draw for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby had been intended to open the contest up, then what emerged randomly at Sha Tin yesterday ... the wrong way,' said David Ferraris, after his nominal Derby favourite, Sweet Orange (Weichong Marwing), emerged with a double-figure gate and the stable outsider got the five draw. 'I ...

  2. Sport - Racing

    Racing Digest- February 16, 2014

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 10:31pm

    ... Derby contender puts campaign in doubt again with track antics Expensive four-year-old Vanilla broke away riderless pre-race for the second time in a fortnight and set trainer Caspar Fownes a puzzle to get him to the Derby. The gelding's rating probably gets him into the Derby, but he is now on the stewards' watch list. Yesterday, he was collected and took his place ...

  3. Irian is right on target for the Derby- Moore

    Posted Jan 25th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby hopeful Irian. The handsome German-bred colt was all the buzz on his first appearance and started a $28 favourite before having to settle for fifth to stablemate Sunny King ... have expected him to be totally hard fit first-up like that. He was fit enough to win if the race broke for him, but the Derby is his mission and there's plenty of improvement left,' ...

  4. Moore backs Collection to reap Derby dividends

    Posted Feb 16th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... thoughts. 'Provided I get him there fit and well, I think Collection will be the horse to beat in the Derby and deserves to be favourite,' said Moore after his Irish-bred import failed ... at the 200m but that fitness edge saw him wear down the four-year-old again at the end of the 1,400m, but Moore's mind was firmly on the tasks ahead for his leading Hong Kong Derby contender, ...

  5. Exciting Collection's Derby build-up in handicapper's hands

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

    ... Alan Aitken Prospects for John Moore's leading Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby hopeful, Collection, lie in the hands of handicapper Nigel Gray after yesterday's revised rating list ... race to have him right for his Derby assignment on March 22- a race for which Moore believes he should be a clear favourite. The trainer had originally pencilled in the Class Two over 1,800m ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Moment of truth for Size's Fay Fay

    Posted Mar 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken The John Size-trained Fay Fay has let his supporters down twice lately at short odds in his lead-ups to the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, but he is capable ... of his game but, with a stronger speed, the Fay Fay that strolled home in January over Semos- a Hong Kong maiden but classy enough to finish fifth in the Derby last year- would be good enough ...

  8. Tough field makes this year's race impossible to call

    Posted Apr 24th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... and Mike de Kock. Well, his arsenal is no secret from Anthony Delpech, who said he was the best he ever sat on, until he sat on Vengeance Of Rain. History says no to the Hong Kong Derby winner. ... Coetzee? His trainer, Tony Cruz- three-handed and almost unstoppable for 18 months but is Felix on the right one? Russian Pearl saw plenty of Vengeance Of Rain in the Derby but how much has he ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Sport - Racing

    Moore over the moon with his charges

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... of BMW Hong Kong Derby hope Poetic Justice in the seventh race. The former Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old settled near the tail of the field from the outside draw and the slow pace ... and I thought he had a lot of scope for improvement but he's run a race like that," Moore said, and compared him with Akeed Mofeed, the horse generally touted as the one to beat on Derby day. ...




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