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  1. Sport - Racing

    Derby far from certain for improving Wayfoong Express

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 10:24pm by Alan Aitken

    ... after his well-earned Class Three victory. "He's won today off a 79 rating and obviously there is a process for selecting the Derby field and whether he will have the rating ... with the John Size-trained gelding rated four points lower than the winner before Sunday's defeat and needing a comfortable victory to put him anywhere in the picture. ...

  2. Sport - Racing

    Dundonnell stays with Yiu after finding form

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 10:36pm by Michael Cox

    ... with Yiu Ricky Yiu Poon-fai breathed a sigh of relief when Dundonnell broke through for a maiden local victory which ensured the highly-rated import stayed in his yard, but has no plans to push ... arrived in Yiu's yard with high expectations and a 93 rating. But after three unplaced runs, including a flop in the Group One Hong Kong Classic Mile, Yiu sensed rival trainers circling, ...

  3. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Hammer far from Lucky as he nears win

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 09:09pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Hammer's sixth outing since the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained gelding arrived, and he has shed eight rating points in that time and is verging on making an impact after his past two outings. His run ... Choice finding the line strongly to wind up just behind the placegetters and that looks the signal that the bay, who has dropped 20 points in the ratings from his start point, might have turned ...

  4. Sport - Racing

    To run or not to run: that is Ho's Derby question for Flame Hero

    Posted Mar 02nd 2014, 12:51am by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... was going to hold on, but Whyte was able to guide his mount home in the last few strides to record a head victory. Ho said he had a lot to discuss with the owners, but pointed out his rating- 85 ... in the ratings very quickly, which is a negative, but he is still progressive and a big positive, if they decide to go to the Derby, is that he will get the trip." It wasn't all positive news ...

  5. Sport - Racing

    Dubai riches await Chang's Tapestry after smart dirt trial

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 08:19pm by Michael Cox

    ... to Dubai later this week, spacing rivals by a big margin and running an impressive time to boot. The Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained six-year-old did have 20 ratings points to spare over the next highest-rated runner, but his work at Sha Tin was impressive nonetheless. Rich Tapestry is a Group Two winner on the turf at Sha Tin, but Chang and regular jockey Olivier Doleuze – who partnered ...

  6. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Khaya just finds a way to keep on winning

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 09:20pm by Alan Aitken

    ... and that could mean running every week between now and the Derby- Khaya won't get his rating high enough for the four-year-old classic in a month's time, but it may not be a bad thing as his presence there will only be to make up the numbers. Instead, he may be able to pick his way up the classes- to the same kind of rating he needs to run in the Derby but more steadily- in time ...

  7. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Judge Gideon on his terrific second performance

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 08:18pm by Alan Aitken

    ... in England as Van Der Neer. A winner on polytrack and turf and well performed to 2,000m, he looks versatile and talented and will surprise if he doesn't have at least another 15 ratings points ...

  8. Comment - Blogs

    Woods or Wire: who copped the worst slap?

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 08:11pm by Michael Cox

    ... in the deep end last season. Autumn Gold looked a promising import, rated 90 after an impressive runner-up performance on debut in a Class Two handicap. Woods entered the 2013 Derby-eligible gelding in the 2012 Jockey Club Cup at his second local start where a 1-3/4 length fifth to the 126-rated California Memory forced handicappers to raise the horse’s rating 10 points to 100. Since then Autumn ...

  9. Sport - Racing

    Divine Ten proves he is no one-trick pony with a trial around a turn

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 07:31pm by Michael Cox

    ... manifested in unruly racing manners- and his trial on Tuesday showed he will be a force to be reckoned with over 1,200m. The son of Holy Roman Emperor has risen to a rating of 87 and another solid ...

  10. Sport - Racing

    Size extends his championship lead after scoring a treble

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 10:22pm by Alan Aitken

    ... in order so we've lost that time to get his rating up," Size said. "He'll only be in the 70s now so I'll have to give it some thought and see what we can do. We might have to take a gamble- the Derby distance won't be an issue but his rating certainly is." Whyte said yesterday's victory shouldn't be underrated and said the enforced break had been ...




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