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  1. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Everything's coming up roses for Floral Man

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 09:46pm by Alan Aitken

    ... at Class Five on Sunday suggested his next win is within sight. Most of Sunday's race were moderately run affairs but the Class Five swung the other way, with the unusual sight of top jockeys ... was competitively run. With that pace in mind, there was real merit to Floral Man holding on for third as he was the nearest runner to the leaders for the tough part of the race. With just two wins from 29 ...

  2. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Soul Achiever set to go higher after impressive return

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 10:06pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Soul Achiever set to go higher after impressive return There are no prizes for nominating lightly raced Soul Achiever as a horse to follow after his ... was probably some advantage in a race where the lead was busy enough. Back in the field, Soul Achiever got a lovely clear run, but showed himself to be quite green in his racing manners before ...

  3. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Fellow as Incredible as Yung's sensational winner

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 10:03pm by Alan Aitken

    ... 150m and will be fitter, but he is quite one-paced, too, and will be better suited over further than 1,200m- his wins will come when he can find the lead and control a race. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Numero Uno number one but the race looks a good future pointer

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 08:35pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Numero Uno number one but race a pointer Numero Uno was finally numero uno when the blinkers went on in Sunday's Class Four sprint and is clearly a horse that everyone will continue to follow, but the race probably turned up one or two more blackbookers. One of them didn't even run, first starter Ribot Legacy who was sensationally ...

  6. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Lightly-raced three-year-olds have the best ahead of them

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 10:08pm by Alan Aitken

    ... six-year-old with two victories, but further back there were two younger horses with fewer convictions who will be winning their share of races soon. Three-year-olds Gun Pit and Soul Achiever ... awkwardly and settled back in the second half of the field for Zac Purton before the race was taken by the scruff of the neck by winning jockey Derek Leung Ka-chun, who took off on Fay Deep ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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