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  1. Art Trader sold out by diluted rating

    Posted Mar 09th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell There is something intrinsically wrong with a system that allows emerging four-year-old Art Trader to miss a start in Sunday's $14 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby. At Jockey Club headquarters, there seems to be an air of resignation about the situation that will see this quality galloper, specifically purchased with the Derby in mind, at home in his stall. ...

  2. Derby day is Glory day for David Hayes

    Posted Mar 13th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell It's Derby day at Sha Tin, the second anniversary of Elegant Fashion's unique piece of racing history but for once, noted big-occasion trainer David Hayes will not be a part of the group one action. But if overnight markets mean anything, he'll still be a player on the Derby undercard with improving three-year-old Glory Years. The Flying Spur ...

  3. Very Fit flies the family flag

    Posted Apr 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... second behind Dr Well. This will be his third run back this preparation and there is more scope for improvement for the course and distance winner. The recent form of David Oughton's Leilati ... Stablemate Dashing Winner has a tough task from gate 13 and based on recent form should find more than a few too good. Happy Valley Million Challenge winner Fruity Fruity is probably on his mark ...

  4. Vengeance confirms Derby promise

    Posted Jan 17th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Champion South African trainer David Ferraris labelled Vengeance Of Rain a Derby horse eight months ago and it was a satisfied man who strode to the winner's circle after the gelding had steamrolled nominal Derby favourite Grand Zulu in yesterday's Fairy King Prawn Handicap (1,600 metres). Ferraris completed a stellar week, having landed a double at Happy Valley ...

  5. Yellow Diamond weighs in with another dividend

    Posted Feb 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... trainer, Danny Shum): The Shum yard is a regular supplier of winners so it's nice to eventually have a member of his team in the Ready To Win stable. Universal Komissar ran a huge race ... greatest prizemoney winner, Dr Grace. Today's runners: UNIVERSAL KOMISSAR (race one, No 3), GOLD STRIKER (race nine, No 7), HAIL THE STORM (race 10, No 8). ...

  6. Lee works magic on Being Famous

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Rookie trainer Almond Lee Yee-tat did the impossible, again, with Being Famous last night at Sha Tin as the gelding notched an amazing sixth win from his past seven starts. 'Don't even ask me if he can win a seventh race this season, ...

  7. Fair Win one to watch, says Hayes

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... $63 to $37. A trend is starting to develop on Derby day which punters might do well to follow- omens in the first race. Last year on the same card, Olivier Doleuze won the opener aboard Triumphant Unicorn, a horse bought for a friend by Lucky Owners' owner, Leung Kai-fai, who retains a strong connection to the horse. Of course, Lucky Owners won the Derby later in the afternoon. ...

  8. Smart money on great start for Pegasus

    Posted Oct 09th 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... million price tag by winning the Kentucky Derby in 2000. Cruz, as he usually does, has left no stone unturned in his bid to make a debut winner out of this racy chestnut, whose dam Crown Crest ...

  9. Drug-fuelled fear and loathing on the insanity of America

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Alister McMillan

    ... of the Kentucky Derby to cameo roles. Plenty of writers- including Norman Mailer, Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe- used reporting techniques in literature before Thompson. His mark was made when he accidentally took what Wolfe tagged new journalism to the extreme, 'gonzo' journalism. The term emerged after his 1970 magazine piece The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved. Suffering ...

  10. Floral Pegasus rescues the day for Cruz stable

    Posted Nov 21st 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. 'Yes, he's a very nice young horse and that was a strong win today,' Cruz said. 'He's still a colt and can be a bit ... lengths. 'That was the sort of performance I expected of him first time out,' Coetzee said. 'I know the winner of that race was Thistle King, and he's now three from three so ...




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