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  1. Derby attack comes from all angles

    Posted Feb 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... When the Classic Cup, or rather its previous incarnation, the Derby Trial, was introduced, there was a fear the race would impact on the mystery of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby ... 2,000 metres. Derby horses came through events like the Centenary Vase or the Class One and Two handicap events, and different paths took horses to Derby glory. That ensured there was still some ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Collection has pedigree to follow in Mascot's footsteps

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... to the hype in today's HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby. Collection will start at a short quote, but if you're inclined towards favourites, the Derby is the race in which to play them, with 12 having arrived from the past 18 runnings of the classic. You don't have to look far back in history to find a perfect parallel to Collection. In fact, the most recent Derby ...

  4. Derby winner fails to impress

    Posted Oct 07th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Stable jockey Darren Beadman may abandon Collection when last season's Derby winner resumes in the Sha Tin Trophy (1,600 metres) on Sunday week after a barrier trial yesterday that trainer John Moore conceded was 'lacklustre'. Though Collection beat home multiple Group One winning stablemate Viva Pataca by some two lengths in finishing fifth ...

  5. Moore's prized Collection a good thing for the Derby and beyond

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

    ... Alan Aitken When Collection dusted off a pretty decent field last Saturday, he not only took all the mystery out of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby picture, but set himself up ... an extended Class Two- had Collection done what he did to a Class One field with 132 pounds he'd be a 1.1 chance in the Derby- but those kinds of hollow wins with big weights do not fall ...

  6. HK Derby has grown in stature as a stepping stone to international glory

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The evolution of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby over the past decade has been remarkable, with the race now lining up as a legitimate springboard to international-class ... the previous December. But most of the other Derbies since the dawn of the new millennium have proved to be a tantalising entree to the bigger world of international competition. The Derby of 2002 ...

  7. No Joy And Fun for Cruz in Derby

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... And Fun, included in the Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby field was overruled last night as two lower-rated horses gained a classic start ahead of him. However, the case put forward by his ... the race and something could easily go wrong with one of the other 14 in that time.' The other horse elevated above Joy And Fun in the Derby ranking was Viva Hong Kong, owned by Macau casino ...

  8. Derby lead-ups have let cat out of the bag

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Derby, so how ironic that it should have stolen so much thunder from the event. For a fraction of the prize money, the HK$3 million Derby Trial at 1,800 metres has basically resolved the Derby ... having twice faced each other at level weights in the Classic Mile and Derby Trial with almost identical results. In other words, the lead-up programme is so suitable that it's had ...

  9. Survey's race a great Derby pointer

    Posted Jan 09th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The performance of Derby-bound Survey Survey to win the final event at Sha Tin on Sunday takes on a new significance when one compares it with the result of the corresponding ... late for third. Hello Pretty went on to land the Derby Trial over 1,800m, while Viva Pataca emerged as the best young stayer with a sparkling victory in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby ...

  10. Supreme Gains to take Pataca route to Derby success

    Posted Jan 24th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Kong Derby on March 18. But rather than throw him in at the deep end on Sunday against a galaxy of talent, trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung is taking the same approach John Moore used last year with Viva Pataca. That successful Derby campaign culminated with Viva Pataca (Christophe Soumillon) belting the established horses in the classic after sidestepping them in the lead-ups, and Man ...




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