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  1. Art Trader sold out by diluted rating

    Posted Mar 09th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell There is something intrinsically wrong with a system that allows emerging four-year-old Art Trader to miss a start in Sunday's $14 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby. At Jockey Club headquarters, there seems to be an air of resignation about the situation that will see this quality galloper, specifically purchased with the Derby in mind, at home in his stall. ...

  2. Derby aspirants Beauty Flash and Algarve live up to their top billing

    Posted Dec 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The day wasn't always pretty for some of the most promising young horses, but at least two of the major Hong Kong Derby aspirants managed to live up to their billing ... event as the son of Encosta de Lago took one more step towards the Derby, too. He coasted around despite a 133-pound handicap to win his fourth on end and heal some of the disappointment ...

  3. Pataca falters, but rival trainers happy with their charges

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

    ... behind us and ran past Viva at the finish.' The first four placegetters from last season's Hong Kong Derby filled the first four placings, perhaps highlighting a changing of the guard at the top end of racing, and John Size was thrilled with the performance of Unique Jewellery in running second. 'When he won the Derby Trial, he looked like he could go on and be a nice horse ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Military Attack can spoil his stablemates' Derby assault

    Posted Mar 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Military Attack is one of four runners John Moore has safely qualified for the Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, but the boom import could cost another two of his stablemates a place in the classic with a win in the Lion City Handicap (1,800m), a race the trainer knows all too well. In 2009, Moore planned to start eventual Derby winner ...

  7. Derby-bound Specialist 'will only get better'

    Posted Mar 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby-bound Real Specialist topped a treble for the John Size-Douglas Whyte Dream Team, but a miserable tempo and dropping back in distance did him ... will certainly back up the decision by club officials to include him in the Derby field off a low mark, even if opinions might have been divided on the merits of the head-margin victory. Whyte ...

  8. 'Include Specialist in Derby'

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby field when it is announced on Wednesday. The gelding took his record to five starts for three wins and two seconds with a gritty Singapore Turf Club Trophy win at 1,800m under 130 pounds, and Size plans to back him up again next weekend and again in the Derby the following week if he makes the cut. With a rating that will only be in the mid-80s, even after ...

  9. Finezza has dash to whip past Derby candidates

    Posted Feb 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby-bound hopefuls. Paul O'Sullivan has taken the 'if it's not broke, don't fix it' approach with his horse as he chases three straight wins over ... Express ran an impressive second after seeming gone at the 400m. Another horse pushing forward could be Cheers Joy (Douglas Whyte), one of the three Derby-nominated runners who are having ...

  10. Brown-lamped Berio gets the money as Derby aspirants have mixed day

    Posted Feb 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... hung on by a short head at the end of 1,600m to the fast-finishing and unlucky Finezza, but it was the horse's nominated for the Group One Mercedes-Benz Derby (March 18) where attention ...




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