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  1. Long journey not in vain for Australian duo

    Posted Mar 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... and Brett Prebble rode in Australia on Saturday before making the 10-hour flight into Hong Kong yesterday morning and heading to Derby day. Prebble, who had won two major races in Melbourne on Saturday, made his trip worthwhile by picking up third place in the Derby on Ain't Here, but Oliver and Payne also took out support races. In Payne's case, it was a matter of shoring up ...

  2. Wind Winner sparks early Derby talk

    Posted Oct 10th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Lightly raced Wind Winner may have been mentioned in the same breath as the Hong Kong Derby after he won yesterday at Sha Tin but trainer Tony Cruz was quick to qualify. 'He's a four-year-old so naturally you have the Derby in the back of your mind with any horse of that age that might have some promise,' said the reigning Derby-winning trainer of Lucky ...

  3. Fownes quietly confident despite fielding long-shots

    Posted Mar 18th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Deep into a rookie season which is already outrunning all reasonable expectations, Caspar Fownes' presence as trainer of two runners in the Derby this weekend is not being questioned. But there are those who might question the participation of his runners, the (so-far) sprint-inclined Perfect Partner and The Duke. 'You know the Derby is a one-off situation,' ...

  4. Derby hope's triumph poignant for Li clan

    Posted Feb 29th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... colours to victory and his Derby dream a step closer to posthumous reality. Saturn had taken Li's eye in August last year during a visit to France when saw the horse finish second in a Group Two race at Deauville. He bought him almost immediately after with the expressed aim of winning the Hong Kong Derby which had eluded him but Li passed away suddenly on December 30, never ...

  5. Documentary makes great viewing in Derby romp

    Posted Apr 20th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... lengths. The best price you can get about the Sadler's Wells colt in the Derby at Epsom is now 5-1, but a number of the big operators have him as short as 7-2. Derby winners Sinndar, Galileo ... Murray Bell Michael Kent added to his growing reputation as a big-occasion trainer with the facile victory of unbeaten Documentary in Sunday's Group One Macau Derby at Taipa. Kent, ...

  6. Duke puts Fownes 'over the moon'

    Posted Sep 06th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... to experiment with him at longer trips because you only get one chance at the Derby. It wasn't his thing, but we tried. This season, he'll be kept to sprint races and we are going to see him ...

  7. Triple Crown or not, Smarty's a winner in the ratings

    Posted Jun 08th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... for a clash with Epsom Derby victor North Light, but Pease looks like taking the long-term view and setting him for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October. Best quote from Derby weekend at Epsom came from young Aussie jockey Kerrin McEvoy who finished second in the Derby on Godolphin's Rule Of Law. 'Halfway down the straight when I got to the outside of Johnny ...

  8. Duke primed to give Fownes tally a boost

    Posted Jun 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... in a good piece of work on the turf on Monday. His overseas form was very good, having been beaten 11/2 lengths by Ballydoyle's Moscow Ballet, who may be headed for the Derby at Epsom ... Derby, where his stamina was tested beyond its limits at 2,000 metres. Fownes has freshened The Duke since that event and the Danehill gelding has come back working as well as ever. Patrick Payne ...

  9. Clash of the titans

    Posted Mar 21st 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... clocked the same final quarter (22.8) as Lucky Owners in the run to the line. A son of 1990 Epsom Derby winner Quest For Fame, Perfect Partner is bred to handle 2,000 metres, although he ... Clint Hutchison Hong Kong Mile hero Lucky Owners can see off arch-rival Tiber and field of stars in Derby showdown for the ages Lucky Owners can cement his reputation as Hong Kong's ...

  10. Cutting a dash

    Posted Apr 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Cynthia Yeung

    ... occasionally, prizes are even awarded to the best-dressed lady. The Epsom Derby in Britain is such a momentous occasion that even the Queen deigns to make an appearance. This makes me wonder why ... and a tie.' 'So what exactly is this for?' I asked, in all innocence. 'The Kentucky Derby,' he replied, a hint of pride in his voice. To my knowledge, a derby was simply the proper ...




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