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  1. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Ishvara shows promise with next season in mind

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 09:21pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Ishvara shows promise with next season in mind This late in the season, we need black bookers with some scope to win races going into next term and Sha Tin winner Ishvara certainly fits that bill. Not a great deal went right for Ishvara when he made his debut up the straight on June 1, with the three-year-old slowly away and then forced to race ...

  2. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Unlucky Grand Plus can atone in quick back-up

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 08:45pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Three-year-old has three placings from eight starts and is overdue for a victory following a near-miss in Tuesday's race Unlucky Grand Plus can atone ... been a slow learner and switching to the dirt, and more evenly paced races, seems to have helped with his early overracing habits Room was tight as the winner rolled out slightly with Hurry ...

  3. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    No sign of winners drying up for Yung

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 09:39pm by Alan Aitken

    ... that wrecked his chances in the race won by Victory General but interference at the start of the race. With on pace very much a positive in Sunday's racing at Sha Tin, that was a significant disadvantage, but the son of Fastnet Rock closed out the race very well in the final 150m to catch the eye. Sensation has shown he can handle the straight course although it would surprise if his best ...

  4. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Pablosky among the improvers for Moore

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 08:16pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Pablosky among the improvers for Moore Time is fast running out for black bookers to justify their inclusion by winning a race this season, so ... not taken to Hong Kong instantly, but his runs in the past two weeks have been a pointer to a better 2014-15 season for Pablosky. The grey did little in his first three races, and there were ...

  5. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Fownes can unleash Mighty K again this season

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 08:43pm by Alan Aitken

    ... night. His times were much stronger, both overall and sectionally, than the other Class Four winner Holy Mac a few races later, and the clear cut manner of the win left few excuses for his ... future could be trending towards more racing on that surface. From a more traditional black book point of view, well-named first-starter Up And Coming looked one to follow out of the second race ...

  6. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Three-year-olds on track for a big future

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 08:12pm by Alan Aitken

    ... to pay his way with an eye-catching fourth to Berlinski in the final race, a Class Two. The Italian imports have been a mixed bunch, perhaps less to do with talent than their ability to acclimatise, but an early effort like that from Arpinati suggests he has adapted quickly and the three-year-old will be all the better for a race or two now then a rest. In Italy, he showed a ton ...

  7. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Gutsy run suggests three-year-old may be Unbeatable next start

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:43pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Young International Sale horse ran handy races at his first two appearances at Happy Valley, but looks better suited to the big track at Sha Tin Gutsy run suggests he may be Unbeatable next start Peter Ho Leung has hardly had a season to remember but he does look to have at least one more victory in the locker if he can get another race ...

  8. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Shum's Dynamic on a Voyage to another win

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 08:45pm by Alan Aitken

    ... but even less so on the weekend. Rain early on Sunday left the track in a state that was assisting on-pace runners, so they dominated most race finishes even when there was pressure on the lead end during the race. Closing out from the rear was no easy task, but Dynamic Voyage finished powerfully to take the runner-up spot close to home and did it well away from the preferred outside rail ...

  9. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Archer's Bow aims for a late-season victory

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 09:06pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Archer's Bow aims for a late-season victory In the opening race on Sunday, Hugh Bowman produced the ride of the afternoon without getting the prize ... Archer's Bow turned for home two lengths behind Elegant Frames, then looked the winner coming off his back in the last 200m, but just ran out of puff and finished third to two race-fit rivals, ...

  10. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Addiction to strike Gold on the dirt by the end of the season

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 10:19pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Addiction to strike Gold on dirt by season end Blackbookers from Thursday night are a little trickier than usual, since there will be no more racing ... before the term is out. Joao Moreira has been brilliant for most of his time in Hong Kong but might have erred and lost Thursday's race in the early stages when he was fairly quiet on Golden ...




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