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  1. Dubai mission is not a no-brainer

    Posted Feb 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the gelding's connections have every right to be careful with their choices. To anyone else, it looks a no-brainer to make the trip to Dubai in the aftermath of his stroll to win the Gold Cup on Sunday. ... lot of prize money. But owners Johnson Lam Pui-hung and Anderson Lam Hin-yue are not keen to make the trip to Meydan, and the past record of horses returning from Dubai backs their thinking. ...

  2. Beadman healthy for Dubai, but loses ride on King Dancer

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken A scan yesterday cleared Darren Beadman of serious injury after the incident involving Ming Hoi Glory on Sunday at Sha Tin and the jockey will go to Dubai this week, but he has ... left leg after a trackwork incident. 'I've been in the wars a bit, but I'll get the physio onto it and I'll be all right for Dubai,' Beadman said. The Australian ...

  3. Ba Ba eyes Dubai trip while Collection waits

    Posted Feb 27th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken A trip to the Dubai World Cup meeting for Collection will depend on his performance in tomorrow's Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup, but trainer Derek Cruz has already booked a spot to the Middle East for Good Ba Ba. The Dubai Duty Free, to be run on the March 27 World Cup night programme, was discussed publicly after Good Ba Ba's historic third straight Hong ...

  4. Gold Cup success crucial for Pataca's assault on Dubai

    Posted Feb 24th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... big-name races to have escaped the six-year-old. Vengeance Of Rain used that as the springboard to his career peak in the Dubai Sheema Classic, and Moore will be hoping for a similar outcome. Viva ... that, particularly now he is getting older, he just doesn't have the speed for 1,600m. The step to 2,000m should bring a better performance from Viva Pataca on his way to 2,400m in Dubai ...

  5. Moore doubtful over Pataca's Dubai trip

    Posted Feb 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The juries were still out on the merits of the win and whether Viva Pataca should head to Dubai again, but the John Moore-trained star did what he had to do in taking a sixth ... and that's what counts. 'Now the decision is up to his owner Dr Stanley Ho [Hung-sun] to make a decision on Dubai because the departure date- March 16- is not that far away.' Viva Pataca ...

  6. Pataca to focus on QE II as Ho vetoes Dubai bid

    Posted Feb 26th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun has vetoed a tilt at the Dubai Sheema Classic (2,400m) next month with his outstanding stayer Viva Pataca. The responsibility as Hong Kong's lone representative at the Dubai World Cup programme will now fall to sprinter Lucky Quality in the Golden Shaheen (1,200m) on the Nad Al Sheba dirt surface after Ho yesterday turned down ...

  7. Ba Ba to reject Dubai temptations

    Posted Jan 21st 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Schutz to keep brilliant miler at home, but still eyes Breeders' Cup Andreas Schutz will forego the immediate temptation to trawl for bigger fish with Good Ba Ba in Dubai ... million Dubai Duty Free (1,777m) as a precaution in case the six-year-old was forced to miss the Stewards' Cup, but said that option was now defunct. 'I didn't really want to run ...

  8. HK's finest target Dubai millions

    Posted Feb 08th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Armada and Viva Pataca in the frame to join Vengeance Of Rain Three of Hong Kong's best horses are targeting the Dubai World Cup, with Armada and Viva Pataca potentially ... Hung-sun, to enter the 2006 Hong Kong Derby winner for the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic (2,400 metres). And trainer John Size has entered Armada, a brilliant last-start winner of the Group One ...

  9. Pataca ready for Dubai tilt

    Posted Feb 25th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Vengeance Of Rain may be retired but there will be no respite for his intended Dubai Sheema Classic opposition, with Viva Pataca's dominating victory in yesterday's ... Of Rain's final Hong Kong start last year before jetting to Dubai and felling some of the world's best 2,400-metre horses in the Sheema Classic, the world's equal-richest race on turf. ...

  10. Vengeance back on track for Dubai campaign

    Posted Mar 07th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The overseas campaign of Hong Kong Gold Cup victor Vengeance Of Rain has been rescued, but hopes of runner-up Viva Pataca joining him in the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic on March 31 are fading. Hong Kong horses had not previously been forced to undergo quarantine before going to Dubai, but the recent viral outbreak at Sha Tin changed everything. Trainer David ...




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