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  1. Soumillon a winner all around

    Posted Apr 19th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken If Christophe Soumillon picks up a golf club or a tennis racquet, Tiger Woods or Roger Federer might have to start looking over their shoulder, as there doesn't seem a lot the Belgian whiz cannot do. In between winning a Group One at Sha Tin on Saturday and steering the Aga Khan's unbeaten Visindar to fresh favouritism for the Epsom Derby on Monday at Longchamp, ...

  2. 11 years: Well worth the wait for Moore

    Posted Mar 27th 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken John Moore had waited 11 years to find his second Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby winner as Viva Pataca added another rich layer to an already golden season for the trainer yesterday- and it could all have been turned upside down in a split second at the top of the straight. After Viva Pataca had scored comfortably to join Makarpura Star (1995) as Moore's Derby ...

  3. Pataca stamps his authority for classic

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Viva Pataca consolidated his position as favourite for next Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby with a brilliant trial win at Sha Tin yesterday morning. With Eric ... 200m. Trainer John Moore would have undoubtedly been delighted with the gelding's progress, as well as the quality of this performance, and it seems he'll be spot on for the Derby ...

  4. Low five 'can turn into high five'

    Posted May 05th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... to go right back on Art Trader after drawing 'out on the river' in 13. 'My horse is a very genuine horse and this is perfect distance after being trained for the Derby,' said ...

  5. Selvaratnam wants more glory

    Posted May 06th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... dunes, then turned to me and said: 'This is our land, and on it I want you to build me a racetrack that's the equivalent of Epsom, the home of the Derby'.' Surprise is too ... for Sheikh Ahmed's horses and, like Epsom, it is a very undulating track,' the trainer said proudly. Selvaratnam is now in his 16th year as the Sheikh's trainer in Dubai. When Seihali ...

  6. Ouija Board relaxed and ready to take Queen Elizabeth II Cup

    Posted Apr 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell When Ed Dunlop fixed that intense horseman's gaze on Lord Derby's million-dollar baby Ouija Board at Sha Tin yesterday morning, he instinctively knew today's $14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup was within reach. Dunlop and owner Teddy Stanley, the 19th Earl of Derby, are scarcely strangers to victory at racing's highest level. ...

  7. Former Hong Kong club jockeys rule Down Under

    Posted Nov 05th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Waterhouse, the toast of the town was young Queenslander Michael Rodd, who brilliantly captured the Victoria Derby on favourite Efficient. Craig Williams completed the 'Hong Kong set', ... into the gap and quickly ate up the margin before switching around the heels of the three leaders inside the 200-metre mark. Once Efficient saw daylight, his brilliant acceleration put the Derby away ...

  8. Champions Gallery puts on a dazzling display in trials

    Posted Dec 13th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... time this year as the sire of upset Arc de Triomphe winner Rail Link. The colt gets plenty of strength from the female side of his pedigree, too, as dam Pure is a sister to the 1992 Epsom Oaks ...

  9. Riding high, wide and handsome

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... occurred over the Sha Tin 1,400 metres circuit. The son of 1990 Epsom Derby hero Quest For Fame seems to prefer having the sting out of the ground. Yesterday's track was officially ...


    Posted Dec 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... to give it a go.' In the stricter circumstances of invitation these days, Oughton would likely never be asked at the same stage, but the influence of Epsom Derby-winning trainer Gordon Smyth ... who was unlucky in the Derby but won the Champions & Chater.' Oughton immediately became one of the consistent performers on the scene, a trainer with a happy knack of having a top ...




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