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  1. Lo has high expectations for Derby

    Posted Mar 16th 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken South China football boss Steven Lo Kit-sing is out to make history in Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, but says a win would be only the first stage of the racetrack success he is seeking. Since his first Derby runner just three years ago, Lo has pursued Hong Kong's favourite race as doggedly as he pursues Premier League players to boost his ...

  2. Unbeaten Brave Kid proves he's ready to do battle over 2,000m

    Posted Feb 17th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken John Size's Brave Kid continues to stalk the Derby by the route less travelled, but the four-year-old's fifth win from as many runs ensured that he is about to slip ... and a place in the Derby field is now assured. 'I'll see how he pulls up from this but, if he's fine, he can run again over 1,800m on Gold Cup day, then into the Derby,' said Size. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Happy Guys shocks a few Derby hopefuls

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Six-year-old Happy Guys came out of left field to dent some big Derby-bound reputations in the final race, giving trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai surprise bookend winners for the day. Part of another double for Zac Purton, Happy Guys brought his Happy Valley form to Sha Tin, and was able to outgun John Moore's Derby hopefuls Dan Excel (Jeff Lloyd), Military Attack ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Bullish Champion will inject decent tempo into the Derby

    Posted Feb 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby next month. Helene Mascot's Derby was a feast of tempo when Lu Yue and Luckyme held their own private race for last out in front of the field for most of the way, but the Derby has been more often a sit and sprint affair. Collection's win was more a triumph in 2009 for Darren Beadman's tactical ride, likewise for Super Satin and Douglas Whyte two years ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Derby Day

    Posted Jun 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... James Kidd Derby Day by D.J. Taylor Vintage Digital (e-book) Set in the 1860s, Derby Day is a murder mystery of the sort they used to write. As the title suggests, it concerns a horse race: one thinks inevitably of William Frith's Derby Day painting and Conan Doyle's story Silver Blaze about a champion thoroughbred and the dog that didn't bark. Here the winning ...

  10. Scarlett Camellia's upset victory allows Shum to dream of Derby bid

    Posted Mar 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... way to go to emulate the feats of stable star Little Bridge, the camp still has high hopes for the three-year-old. Next year's Derby is already on the cards for the son of Irish stallion ... here confident today, because he felt more like a miler in his gallops. It's only early but Danny is already looking towards next year's Derby with the horse, so the only worry today ...




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