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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - ON THE RAILS

    Live webcast of top Hong Kong races is just a matter of will

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 11:46pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The Jockey Club has the technology to showcase our international races to the world, if only they would click the button Live webcast of top Hong Kong races is just a matter of will We recall being loaned a friend's videotape- yes, a videotape and probably Beta format- of the television coverage of the Breeders' Cup meeting almost 20 years ago. Great racing ...

  2. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    A global racing rulebook seems no closer

    Posted Sep 25th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com German stewards join Japanese and French colleagues in making nonsensical decision over a protest in Group One race A global rulebook seems no closer In Australian racing, you just know it's carnival time when the stewards join in and try to wrest the spotlight from less deserving participants with a wacky high-profile penalty, or controversial ...

  3. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    All-conquering Hong Kong needs to flex muscles in new frontiers

    Posted May 20th 2014, 09:31pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Time to spread wings and chase ambitious new targets after unprecedented success in Group One races abroad and at home HK heroes need to flex their muscles ... at that time anyway- but the vast majority have been at the elite level. And a quick look over the races won shows they have been mostly the same races or the same meetings: four KrisFlyer Sprints from ...

  4. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Fantasy racing on mainland China

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com It's hard to know what Dubai is thinking, but backing a meeting in Chengdu is bizarre, to say the least Fantasy racing on the mainland For those of us who have never witnessed a mirage in the desert, the announcement that Meydan Group will be part of the commencement of international racing in Chengdu later this year will do until one comes ...

  5. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Race calendar not offering much help to Derby hopefuls

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Few options for trainers to prepare expensive Private Purchase horses for the main event Race calendar not offering much help to Derby hopefuls Trainers ... If horses have arrived only in the season of their Derby for the most part they have begun to race by December, or early January at the latest. No doubt there are arguments for and against early ...

  6. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    The good, the bad and the ugly of World Cup night in Dubai

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 09:18pm by Alan Aitken

    ... in Dubai Ah, Dubai. All great race meetings have something to distinguish them, often subtlely, from other great race meetings. In Dubai, the lack of betting is one. Of course, there is betting on Dubai races but it isn't on display, it doesn't take up any of the previews on racing television and it somehow leaves the whole thing feeling weird. We can only conclude that, as much ...

  7. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Ridding the world of steroid menace is a complex issue

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... of last week in England involving trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni and anabolic steroids is clearly something that will be occupying racing's top administrators for some time. Harmonisation ... drug free on race day. There have long been mutterings from European trainers about what goes on in Dubai, with certain horses that have emerged from there and not been able to take elsewhere ...

  8. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Non-issues lead news in controlled world of Hong Kong racing

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... With a small number of jockeys, trainers, races and horses, Hong Kong has fewer opportunities than other racing jurisdictions for the kind of meat-on-the-bone stories that happen elsewhere. In Australia on the weekend, we had a newspaper accusing champion jockey Damien Oliver of placing a winning bet on a favourite when he had ridden the second favourite in the same race. We have ...

  9. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Stats don't support punters' moans

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Some are calling racing too competitive this season, but while it has been slightly harder for favourite backers, it will likely balance out Stats ... at the competitiveness of the racing scene. And their concern is not that racing has become uncompetitive, which would be a worry, but rather than it is now too competitive and backing a winner has become too ...

  10. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Joao Moreira just magic for favourite backers

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 10:26pm by Alan Aitken

    ... and 30 per cent had only been breached one other time. Post-Moreira the conclusion looks to be that it is Whyte's share of the public first choice in races that the Brazilian has chewed up ... wonder how much the Magic Man had contributed to the exceptional run for favourites and just how it lines up with his main rivals, Zac Purton and Douglas Whyte. In the 90 races before ...




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