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  1. Sport - Racing

    'Magic Man' Moreira plays down the hype

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 06:27pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com I'm not here to dethrone Whyte, says Moreira Brilliant jockey Joao Moreira romanced the local racing media, saying that he may not be as good ... director of racing Bill Nader said he considered the jockey a great “match” for Hong Kong racing. “We expect Joao to be here for quite some time and make a big impression,” Nader said. “I’m sure ...

  2. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Ikee vows to fulfil Japan’s Arc dream with Orfevre

    Posted Oct 04th 2013, 10:59am by Agence France-Presse in Paris

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Yasutoshi Ikee came agonisingly close last year to achieving Japan’s dream of winning Europe’s most prestigious race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, ... said he had disappointed the Japanese people last year when Orfevre’s contrary temperament cost him the race at Longchamp. Orfevre, who captured the Japanese Triple Crown (2000 Guineas, Derby ...

  3. Comment - Blogs

    Game of charades for local press pack at Sha Tin

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 04:08pm by Michael Cox

    ... team at the track (soon to be three with the addition of Andrew Hawkins - @AndrewNJHawkins - already our leading tipster) - is the only English-language media covering Hong Kong racing on a full-time basis. The western contingent is in the vast minority and the SCMP Racing Post is outnumbered by Chinese media, including a voracious local press pack of beat reporters chasing a scoop. ...

  4. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Dettori breaks ankle after fall

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 03:59pm by Agencies in London and Paris

    ... Dettori, who had been due to ride in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, was unseated from his horse Eland Ally on the way to the start of a race in Nottingham. “Sunday is out- ... Dettori said he had a great chance of winning Europe’s most prestigious race the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, a possibility he admitted was a longshot just a few months ago. ...

  5. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Zeroing in on the unfortunate few

    Posted Sep 26th 2013, 07:27pm by Michael Cox

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com The fortunes of jockeys and trainers live and die on results and most pundits and punters judge the form and ability of racing’s human competitors ... and chant mantras like “it’s about the journey, not the destination”, but this is racing and you can bet Gibson and the three other trainers to post their first winners on Wednesday night slept ...

  6. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Banished for re-education in a (corn) field of dreams

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 01:06pm by Michael Cox

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com Racing in mainland China is the sport’s El Dorado – a dream sold to the desperate, and one that has already lured many to ruin. So perhaps it was appropriate that Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, with its eerie half-built and abandoned developments scattered across the countryside, was the site chosen for the so-called “renaissance of racing in mainland ...

  7. Sport - Racing

    Golden Harvest's hat-trick quest can lead TT fans to HK$40m jackpot

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by Michael Cox

    ... , it looks a skinny race containing some talented but out-of-sort types with little upside. Zac Purton rode the horse in the maiden win and gets back on board after Tommy Berry took the reins last time round. He has drawn gate seven, not great on the C course, but better than the terrible draw (11) he overcame last start. Golden Harvest has raced just worse than midfield in both of his ...

  8. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Dual Happy hits his straps

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... General away quickly and registering strong times. That takes him back into Class Three but, over more suitable trips, he should be able to win at least one in that grade. And the gelding races ...

  9. Sport - Racing

    Colourful bow for sport of kings in China Race Club's first race day

    Posted Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Michael Cox

    ... sky set off the ceremonial silk garb and elaborate hats of the local hostesses, which made for a brilliant contrast with the contemporary fashion that rolled into Hohhot for the China Race Club's inaugural race day. It was hardly world-class racing - the horses in the four feature races were 39 previously tried animals that had been unloaded from northern and southern hemisphere ...

  10. Sport - Racing

    Taken for granted – the 'supermen' risking life and limb

    Posted Jun 20th 2013, 04:08pm by Michael Cox

    ... and brutal sport horse racing is. Week after week horses hurtle around the coliseum-like Happy Valley circuit, a stadium made to seem even more claustrophobic by the towering skyscrapers ... things for granted and think of racing as a numbers game. How many of the punters consider the dangers to horses and their riders? Certainly not the few who cheered wildly when China Angel won ...




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