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  1. O'Sullivan gives homeward-bound Winks a Spectacular leaving gift

    Posted Dec 20th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Paul O'Sullivan may well have given jockey James Winks his going away present yesterday as debutant Spectacular Award kicked off an early double for the New Zealand trainer. Winks was released from his club jockey contract on Friday after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701804/osullivan-gives-homeward-bound-winks-spectacular-leaving-gift
  2. Golden gifts fail to stop punters betting less as Jockey Club welcomes new year

    Posted Jan 29th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Murray Bell

    ... Agnes Lam and Murray Bell The Hong Kong Jockey Club offered more than HK$1.4 million worth of prizes- including 88 gold horseshoes- to entice punters keen to try their luck at the first race meeting in the Year of the Ox. But these prizes and a giveaway o ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668227/golden-gifts-fail-stop-punters-betting-less-jockey-club-welcomes-new-year
  3. Best Gift still needs to prove his Derby worth

    Posted Jan 25th 2005, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... on Sunday. The Ireland Trophy (race 343) was won by Best Gift on the bob-of-the-heads when defeating fellow Derby contender Green Treasure by a nose over 2,000 metres. Victory for the runner-up would ... connections who feel aggrieved. And that may be the case for Best Gift, who basically will have to win again to gain entry, which is remarkable given he does look an exciting prospect. He was caught ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/486924/best-gift-still-needs-prove-his-derby-worth
  4. Best Gift's a reformed character

    Posted Apr 25th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... to what will tally up as a very solid first season in Hong Kong and then paid credit where it was due for John Moore's handling of his difficult stayer Best Gift. Best Gift may have been ... with the big weight today like that says something about his potential.' Not so long ago, Best Gift's troublesome antics at the start of his races, particularly coming out 100 metres behind ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/498061/best-gifts-reformed-character
  5. Best Gift seeks new route to the Derby

    Posted Feb 12th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Best Gift's trainer John Moore was less interested in the whys and wherefores of the four-year-old's shocking start to yesterday's Classic Mile than in where he goes next to qualify for the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby next month. Best Gift, heavily-supported in the betting from $130 to $75, reared as the start was effected and lost 100 metres and any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/488771/best-gift-seeks-new-route-derby
  6. Highly-strung Best Gift delivers the goods for Moore

    Posted Jan 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken 'I don't want him as a house pet,' was how trainer John Moore summed up his impressive New Zealand import Best Gift after he spreadeagled the Class Three field ... on the chilly Sha Tin card as Soumillon got full marks from the trainer as he steered Best Gift to a hollow win. 'This horse is really not an easy ride so Christophe gets 101 out of 100 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/483992/highly-strung-best-gift-delivers-goods-moore
  7. Comment - Blogs

    Who has dominated the first half of the racing season?

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 09:18pm by Michael Cox

    ... 195 rides, striking at 23 per cent, in Hong Kong – there has to be some cracking rides among them. But this was a breakout performance of sorts from the gifted rider – whose usual M.O. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1422217/who-has-dominated-first-half-racing-season
  8. Sport - Racing

    Stealth tactics keep Chadwick hot on heels of leaders

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Michael Cox

    ... 2 last year at Happy Valley. Really The Best had dropped to a mark of 20 through 10 unplaced runs, but when he was gifted barrier one and a soft lead, the one-paced four-year-old was able to hang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1137403/stealth-tactics-keep-chadwick-hot-heels-leaders
  9. Kennelly denies handicap allowance is too kind to Macau contingent

    Posted Feb 16th 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Gift, put up two pounds overweight.' Weight students might argue that the two pounds overweight was the theoretical equivalent of the beaten margin in yesterday's race, but the style of the race also suited front-running Crown's Gift. 'Crown's Gift was identified as the improving horse of the Macau runners,' Kennelly said. 'And his performance has improved ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/444644/kennelly-denies-handicap-allowance-too-kind-macau-contingent
  10. Warrior looks good catch for next season

    Posted Jun 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... winner Gift Is Gift. Lucky Warrior showed ability in three outings- a win (1,600m) and a second (1,200m)- in New Zealand as Xerxes for trainer Ashley Meadows. The three-year-old is a son ... of the town by climbing up the ladder in no time. Almond Lee's brightest star this season has clearly been Gift Is Gift, who remained unbeaten, but the stable's Celestial World put ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/972072/warrior-looks-good-catch-next-season

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