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  1. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Dan Excel's build-up in Australia not ideal, says trainer John Moore

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 10:03pm by Alan Aitken

    ... short of fitness, despite an "encouraging" trial at Sydney's Rosehill racecourse on Tuesday. With Tommy Berry on board, Dan Excel finished a close third over 1,030 metres ... that it wasn't ideal to miss that first trial. Mother Nature went against us there and as a result he's going to be a shade short on fitness going into the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes." The Group ...

  2. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Clock ticking for Ambitious Dragon as he faces late fitness test for Mile

    Posted Dec 09th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Trainer Millard 'quite hopeful' Hong Kong superstar will be fit for the Mile, but Vase favourite Sea Moon joins the list of withdrawals Clock ticking for 'lame' Dragon Hong Kong's dual Horse of the Year, Ambitious Dragon, was in a race against time last night to determine if he would become the third marquee name ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - RACING

    Youngsters hope to win place in Jockey Club's trainee programme

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 03:42am by VICTORIA DUTHIE

    ... to their work duties- which start at 3.30am and include stable work, riding lessons and academic classes- trainees are expected to maintain a high level of personal fitness. "They [applicants] ...

  4. Sport - Racing - RACING

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

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

    ... such a professional." He ran three times in Dubai, we haven't backed off him since and he arrived very fit Trevor Brown No one could doubt that, with 16 wins from 22 starts, and Variety Club looks ... needed," Brown said. "He ran three times in Dubai, we haven't backed off him since and he arrived very fit. There isn't much for him coming up in the next month or two so ...

  5. Sport - RACING

    Dan Excel plan to be blueprint for future Australian forays

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 10:38pm by Alan Aitken

    ... there are virtually no races to get the peak fitness required for a major event like a Cox Plate in October. With Gary having stables in Sydney, and he'll be able to get a satellite operation ...

  6. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Delight for John Moore … and the taxman

    Posted May 04th 2014, 01:05am by Alan Aitken

    ... as I am," Moore said on Saturday. "My level of confidence for Sunday is very high- I have two very fit horses. Able Friend put on some weight since the Derby, but that's a good thing. ...

  7. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Caspar Fownes hopes for Lucky double after rocky road

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 08:50pm

    ... the way through," Fownes said. "He had a quarter crack, on and off, but at this stage everything is good with him on that front. We are only just starting to get him fit. "He is nowhere near fully fit for this race, but we at least got one 1,800m race into him at the Valley and another trial last week. I am doing as much as I can under the circumstances- and looking ...

  8. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Trainer John Moore: Hong Kong will make its mark in Dubai World Cup

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 10:36pm by Alan Aitken

    ... reportedly, cost Qatar's Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani around €20 million (HK$212 million) in recent days- but both trainers oozed confidence with race fitness the factor cited ...

  9. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Double delight for John Moore as Designs On Rome leads home Able Friend in Derby 1-2

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 09:29pm by Alan Aitken

    ... is a bonus. We never deviated from the plan and it has paid off," said Moore, who was circumspect when asked where Designs On Rome fits among his other Derby winners- Makarpura Star, Viva Pataca ...

  10. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Lucky Nine trainer hopeful of rising temperatures

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 11:12pm by Michael Cox

    ... is like," Fownes said. "His fitness is pretty good- he ran some time the other day, but he pulled up well and since then he had a workout with Brett [Prebble], where he didn't do much. He woke up all right and scoped well after that." Even though Fownes admits Lucky Nine will not be at his best fitness-wise for the 1,200m second leg of the Speed Series, he is counting ...




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