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  1. Horse racing a healthy outlet for gambling

    Posted Nov 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the mainland's first commercial horse races in decades, staged in Wuhan , Hubei province , yesterday. As with many aspects of China's reforms, officials are taking tentative and cautious steps as they move towards legalising horse races. Mainland officials have traditionally considered gambling a source of immorality and social instability. Understandably, any policy U-turn needs ...

  2. Commercial horse racing revives memories of Wuhan's past glories

    Posted Nov 30th 2008, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Wuhan Today, Hong Kong is known as the country's capital of horse races, but that title once belonged to Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei. First introduced by British merchants in 1902, horse racing quickly took root in Wuhan. In 1906, Chinese merchants built their own racecourse to rival the British one. By 1924, Wuhan boasted three racecourses said ...

  3. Race to restore betting on horses clears first hurdle in Wuhan

    Posted Nov 30th 2008, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai in Wuhan The mainland's first commercial horse races were held yesterday- a milestone on the road to legalised gambling on racing. About 6,800 people turned up for the invitation-only event in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. But it was a far cry from the racing set-up in Hong Kong. They were not allowed to place bets, but were invited to pick their favourite horses ...

  4. Reports on betting at Wuhan horse races pulled from websites

    Posted Jan 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joey Liu Authorities are trying to play down reports about the introduction of betting on horse races in Wuhan in the near future, fearing it will contradict the Communist Party's long-standing ban on gambling. Thursday's Changjiang Times quoted Wuhan party secretary Miao Wei as saying the State Sports General Administration had given approval for a 'horse-racing ...

  5. Prebble and Whyte in two-horse race for Challenge title

    Posted Sep 21st 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... tightened up to HK$16. Eric Saint-Martin won the opening Challenge last week after bookending the programme with horses at double-figure odds- Supreme Dragon in the first and Island Super in the last. Prebble's treble in the first three races at the city venue on Wednesday night put the series out of touch for his rivals very quickly, although Beadman ultimately made a late rush ...

  6. Whyte and Prebble in two-horse race

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Whyte takes into this feature meeting. Champion jockey Whyte has mounts in each of the 11 races and the number of winning chances he's been given is only limited by your opinion of the form. His book is extraordinary, and even the most pessimistic prognosticator would concede him to have winning chances in seven or eight races. Jockey Club odds makers threw up HK$1.50 about ...

  7. It's a two-horse race for gold, insiders predict

    Posted Aug 13th 2008, 12:00am by Melanie Ho

    ... pioneered new territory in the sport but [have] also managed to look after their horses so they've managed to enjoy enormous longevity.' All three German riders in the competition ... Schellekens-Bartels had no hesitation: 'Germany,' she said. 'Well the Americans are going to be really strong, they have three riders and three horses that can score more than 71 per cent, so ...

  8. One-horse race

    Posted Jun 27th 2008, 12:00am by Susan Postlewaite

    ... With a month to go before elections, Hun Sen looks poised to win again, writes Susan Postlewaite Cambodia's 'strongman' Hun Sen proved his mettle in guerilla warfare when he forged an alliance with the Vietnamese to push the Khmer Rouge int ...

  9. With American horse Kip Deville joining the fray, Mile contest promises to be a highlight

    Posted Nov 27th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The Cathay Pacific International races will break new ground this year with a strong American presence, highlighted by the 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile hero Kip Deville, who ... And this year, having former New York racing boss Bill Nader as the Jockey Club's executive director of racing has clearly opened the right doors. To make the clash of Good Ba Ba and Kip Deville ...

  10. How Coetzee was transformed by the horse whisperer

    Posted Sep 07th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... and races, but we don't have constant involvement with them,' Coetzee says. He is quick to recognise some might argue there are different issues for jockeys handling horses under ... this course has given me a greater empathy with the horse, a better connection for confidence and trust in both directions and that has a role to play in race riding,' said Coetzee, who finished ...




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