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  1. Sport - Racing - RACING

    'Golden harvest' of records for the opener of 2014-15 season

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 11:30pm by Alan Aitken

    ... joined the positive mood in looking past the blue sky and all the way to the stars. "We've got to get his rating up," Millard said. "There's a race for him in six weeks, ...

  2. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Rome has designs on top 10 rating

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 09:54pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com QE II Cup win sees gelding graded higher than Ambitious Dragon and Vengeance Of Rain at the same stage of their careers Rome has designs on top 10 rating Designs On Rome's Audemars Piguet QE II Cup-winning performance has him rated higher than Ambitious Dragon and Vengeance Of Rain at the same stage of their careers and will likely see him ...

  3. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Injection of cash a boost for owners in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 11:51pm by Michael Cox

    ... there trying to buy horses for the Cups." Nader said the changes were weighted towards higher quality races to address a weakness in the number of horses rated above 80- with a Class One handicap ... of the six international races here- but we see an overall weakness in horses rated 80 and above." Meanwhile, jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin will miss the rest of the season with a hand injury. ...

  4. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Study finds big spikes in jockeys' heart rates on race day

    Posted Feb 15th 2014, 10:35pm by Michael Cox

    ... collected from a typical jockey's heart rate during an average raceday. For the first time ever, a heart-rate monitor was attached to jockeys during a race as part of a Chinese University ... an aerobic standpoint- and that's not to mention the ever-present danger of race falls and associated demands on the nervous system. "Nobody had ever seen jockeys' heart rates ...

  5. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Hong Kong's lack of Group One features actually a positive on the world stage

    Posted May 15th 2014, 08:44pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... And with the spread of distances taken into account, there are very few races to pick and choose from for highly rated gallopers. It’s one of the quirks – read benefits – of the Hong Kong system ... but is rated 124 (Lucky Nine) or 123 (Sterling City), you are limited in the races you can target. Indeed, after the Chairman’s Sprint Prize in mid-February, which Lucky Nine won this year ...

  6. Sport - Racing - RACING

    South Africa's Variety Club aims to buck trend in Champions Mile

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 11:16pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Highly rated South African star looms as a big threat to Hong Kong dominance Variety Club out to buck trend in Champions Mile Variety Club's winning record says it all- not a lot bothers the chestnut whose international career was held up for so long by his owner's devotion to racing in South Africa and by the quarantine issues ...

  7. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Able Friend can follow in Designs On Rome's footsteps, says John Moore

    Posted Apr 30th 2014, 10:28pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... One (2007, 2010), Xtension (2011, 2012) and Dan Excel (2013). Although he rates Able Friend as his main hope, he was not dismissing the chances of the somewhat forgotten Dan Excel. "The ...

  8. Sport - Racing - RACING

    John Moore remains confident in Designs On Rome for Hong Kong Derby, despite draw

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 01:40am by Alan Aitken

    ... with the stamina issue," he said. "But he will be vulnerable to the traffic problems when a few of the lesser-rated runners begin to struggle and Joao [Moreira, jockey] will have to have a little ...

  9. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Osteoporosis, dehydration, kidney stones, starvation: how Hong Kong's jockeys are punishing their bodies to make the weight

    Posted Feb 15th 2014, 10:26pm by Michael Cox

    ... of jockeys and their side effects. He was given unprecedented access to riders, attaching heart rate monitors and sweat patches on volunteers to provide real time data and later carrying out ...

  10. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Caspar Fownes hopes Packing Whiz can fulfil promise in Stewards' Cup

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 10:40pm by AA

    ... Britain and Japan, with Military Attack and Ambitious Dragon both on a rating of 124 and only rated six points inferior to the world's two leading performers of 2013, the brilliant females, ...




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