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  1. Sport - Racing

    Dubai disappointment might be just the tonic for Igugu

    Posted Apr 26th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Dubai disappointment might be just the tonic for Igugu Mike de Kock has already trained two winners of the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup and the South African's travelling assistant Steven Jell is hoping an established pattern can repeat on Sunday. Irridescence had more to offer when she arrived for the 2006 QE II Cup after being a late scratching minutes before the Duty Free on Dubai ...

  2. Kudos to pioneer De Kock for brilliant Dubai outing as South Africa make their mark on big night

    Posted Apr 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The Dubai debrief wouldn't be complete without giving due credit to Mike de Kock for a tremendous result on the world's richest horse-racing card. The outstanding South African horseman, a good friend and contemporary of our own David Ferraris, won two races on the big night, as well as second in the Dubai World Cup with Asiatic Boy and an unlucky third ...

  3. Memory faces a huge task, warns cautious Cruz

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... performs like that then he is going to run a really big race, but he has had complications since Dubai,' Cruz warned. When California Memory was third in the Gold Cup in February, before Dubai, jockey Matthew Chadwick raised the alarm about the horse's well-being, saying he 'didn't finish off like he usually does' and the reasons surfaced a day later with back ...

  4. Even champions get travel weary

    Posted Apr 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... One wag commented that Hong Kong's Dubai team left town as the 'A Team' and will come back looking more like 'F Troop' - yes, you are forgiven if you don't ... the field to make up the ground during the early and middle stages. The Dubai timing system shows Joy And Fun running 0.21 seconds faster for the first 400m than the winner, Ortensia, even though he ...

  5. Dragon to launch desert assault

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com The three Gold Cup principals will form Hong Kong's most powerful assault on a major overseas race in the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free in four weeks, following the decision by Ambitious Dragon's connections to tackle the race. Although Dubai authorities have yet to announce invitations for the prestigious World Cup meeting, the trio ...

  6. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    At least quality trumps quantity

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... is looking to those few with something left to give after the Dubai or Sydney racing carnivals, or a Japanese runner both suitably timed and unsuitable to the main older spring feature there, the two mile Spring Tenno Sho. In Japanese Group One winner Eishin Flash, Dubai Duty Free winner Sajjhaa and the unfulfilled star South African Igugu, it could be said a blow has been struck ...

  7. Sport - Racing

    Top mares to continue rivalry in QE II Cup

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... of this month. The Jockey Club yesterday unveiled the invited runners for the QE II, with just four foreign visitors to make the trip - Godolphin's Dubai Duty Free winner Sajjhaa, Japanese Group One ... to Dubai with her and the arduous quarantine regime required of South African horses may have taken a toll. She ran three times, disappointing with a third, sixth and then fifth in the Duty Free ...

  8. Sport - Racing

    Vaccine shortage hits Aussie horses for Champions Mile and QE II Cup

    Posted Mar 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... De Kock stable and even the US star, Animal Kingdom, all of them engaged in Dubai and Nader said no firm decisions were expected until early April. "We usually get a few horses, which come to the Champions Mile and QE II Cup through the Dubai World Cup meeting, but obviously none of their connections will commit to Hong Kong until they've had their race in Dubai ...

  9. Cape Blanco pulled out of QE II by trainer

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup has taken a body blow with the withdrawal of top-rated Irish galloper Cape Blanco. The Dubai World Cup fourth placegetter and dual Group One winner has made way for the John Moore-trained Destined For Glory after trainer Aidan O'Brien decided not to make the trip from Dubai. 'He was due to arrive on Wednesday and I think ...

  10. There's no place like home for Pataca

    Posted May 28th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... The primary reason is one of temperament, with what goes on between his ears being a fair way short of ideal. It was the primary reason for his defeat in Dubai in the Sheema Classic, rather than the wide barrier, because he was in total meltdown in the mounting yard before the race. The magnificent opening ceremony for Dubai World Cup night, complete with dazzling fireworks, would have ...




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