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  1. Exciting Xtension has his day in the sun

    Posted Apr 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Even sitting at home in his box yesterday, the Derby winner Ambitious Dragon was an awesome presence as John Moore and Darren Beadman claimed the BMW Champions Mile ... to 1,600m after the Derby was some kind of gamble but he freshened up well and he's done the job. Now we can look to the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, which he has already been entered for, ...

  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. Pegasus could fly into contention, says Lai

    Posted Mar 19th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Patrick Allen Jockey Alex Lai Hoi-wing is eagerly anticipating his first chance at winning the Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin tomorrow, and if his record for trainer ... major. Perhaps it is a sign from the great bookmaker in the sky that Outdoor Pegasus has also been posted a 30-1 chance in early overseas markets on the Derby. 'I feel a bit like I did ...

  4. Staying power is key to Whyte bid for Derby double

    Posted Mar 17th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Patrick Allen Douglas Whyte, last year's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby-winning jockey, has elected to stick with dour stayer Treasure Lands for trainer Tony Millard in this year's four-year-old classic, despite test-driving star sprinter and fellow Derby hopeful Little Bridge in a recent barrier trial. Whyte's success aboard the Caspar Fownes-trained Super ...

  5. 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,' ...

  6. Clark is Emperor for the night

    Posted Mar 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... first ride in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on Sunday. The Australian partners the John Moore-trained Smart Giant in the Group One, who the lightweight hoop believes is a chance of causing an upset on his best form. 'I think I'm on a live chance in the Derby and it's great to get some confidence heading into the big race,' Clark said. Clark started with his first ...

  7. 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 ...

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    Dan Excel's Aussie campaign thrown in disarray by fever

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 10:08pm by Alan Aitken

    ... been fielding a number of big-race offers but confirmed he would ride He's Your Man, the ruling ante-post favourite for the Group One Epsom Handicap on October 4, and Our Voodoo Prince ... in the Victorian Derby, but these are the types of rides that could provide me with opportunities later." Moreira is no stranger to racing in Australia, having ridden at some feature meetings and he ...

  9. Cruz: Bullish Champion cannot be ignored in Derby

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Six-time Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby winner Tony Cruz admits the chances of brilliant sprinter Bullish Champion running a strong 2,000m in Sunday's ... for four-year-olds, Bullish Champion and Packing Tycoon. Packing Tycoon is a typical European Derby-bound import, with form at 10 furlongs and beyond, but Bullish Champion has never raced over further than ...

  10. My stayer deserves to be in classic field: Cruz

    Posted Feb 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Trainer Derek Cruz will plead his case to handicapper Nigel Gray this morning to see how improving four-year-old stayer Wrath Of Fire can find his way into the Derby after ... a run in the Group One race to prove that this horse will perform against the Derby horses- he is a real stayer and, as we are seeing now, there are some horses with bigger ratings who ...




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