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  1. 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 ...

  2. Whyte's mastery will be the key to Fellowship's success

    Posted Feb 24th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... finished seventh in last year's Epsom Derby, only one placing behind current Hong Kong Derby favourite Helene Mascot. ...

  3. Youngster Barzalona ready to ride with the big boys

    Posted Dec 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... I want to prove my own form and talent here.' Barzalona announced his arrival not only as a star, but as a natural showman, in this year's Epsom Derby aboard Pour Moi. ...

  4. The punters' prince

    Posted Jan 06th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the horses in the mornings, always looking for the next good horse, maybe the next Derby winner. 'In Europe, I have an agent to do all that for me. But here, I must do it myself and I really ... unbeaten,' Soumillon declared. 'The one day I was beaten on him was in the Irish Derby, we were there as the champion colt from France and Aidan O'Brien had five horses in the race. ...

  5. Cruz hopes Dettori will saddle up for new Hong Kong Derby attempt

    Posted Mar 08th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer Tony Cruz has sent out an SOS to charismatic jockey Frankie Dettori after the mount on Beauty Flash in next Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby was thrown open at the weekend. Christophe Soumillon, who was to have ridden Beauty Flash after piloting the chestnut in his Classic Mile win and Derby Trial placing, was suspended for breaching whip rules in Dubai ...

  6. Slow Classic Mile pace offers few clues to Derby puzzle

    Posted Jan 21st 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Thumbs Up did all that could be asked of him in landing Sunday's HK$8 million Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile but the race did not shed much light on this year's Derby conundrum. In fact, rather than give vital clues, this year's Classic Mile may have further confused the Derby issue, thanks to the pedestrian pace that made it a dawdle up front and a 500-metre ...

  7. Dream Team's owner pulls plug on Derby with Soumillon unavailable

    Posted Mar 16th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Last Tuesday, Dream Team was a declared starter in the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby this Sunday. Yesterday, he was a brilliant winner in Class Two at 1,400 metres and a Derby scratching. Trainer Tony Cruz conveyed the news of the change of heart of owner Lawrence Ma Ting-hung after the stable had tipped over the second 'good thing' ...

  8. Whyte switches to 'no-fuss' Bountiful for Derby Trial

    Posted Feb 10th 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Douglas Whyte will switch from Unique Jewellery to More Bountiful as his mount in Sunday's second leg of the four-year-old Triple Crown, the Group Two Mercedes-Benz Derby ... been happy to remain with More Bountiful, of course, but this horse [Unique Jewellery] has a strong chance, too.' Doleuze won last year's Derby Trial on Green Birdie, getting up ...

  9. Supreme Gains to take Pataca route to Derby success

    Posted Jan 24th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Kong Derby on March 18. But rather than throw him in at the deep end on Sunday against a galaxy of talent, trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung is taking the same approach John Moore used last year with Viva Pataca. That successful Derby campaign culminated with Viva Pataca (Christophe Soumillon) belting the established horses in the classic after sidestepping them in the lead-ups, and Man ...

  10. Derby Jackpot game adds excitement to the classic

    Posted Mar 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The Derby Jackpot, a quiz game specially designed for racing fans, will start tomorrow as part of the promotion for the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial meeting. The game will continue on March 12 and 19 and will conclude on Derby Day on March 26. Total prizemoney for the game is $400,000. 'This is an initiative that we feel will generate terrific on-course ...




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