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  1. Sport - Racing

    From the horse's mouth: SCMP Racing Post on Twitter

    Posted Sep 07th 2012, 01:04pm

    ... Follow scmpRacingPost on Twitter at Sha Tin today as Alan Aitken and Michael Cox bring you all their thoughts and reports from the track to steer you towards a winner with the most up-to-date information- parade yard assessments, market moves and the tips and track trends live on Twitter with scmpRacingPost. Tweets by @SCMPRacingPost       ...

  2. Smiles all around as lightly raced gelding finally delivers the goods

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for Weichong Marwing, Smiling Watch had only raced six times before swooping from the back half of the field to win, but it does seem longer than 10 months since he made his debut as a well-backed third to Wah May Star in July last year. Along the way, he took part in the December three-year-old race won by Fionn's Dragon that has proved a good form reference, with Smiling Watch ...

  3. Derby horses can't be judged only on the race itself

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken There is a famous story in Australian racing, going back to the 1970s, when a Sydney-based trainer renowned for betting well took a lightly-raced horse he rated very highly in private to a low-grade, four-runner Queensland provincial race, only too happy to accept whatever odds were on offer. When his horse came in fourth, or last as some would have it, he was out ...

  4. Old warrior doesn't know how to run a bad race with Lai aboard

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Veteran sprinter Lucky Red got exactly what he needed and added one more win to jockey Eddy Lai Wai-ming's great record on him in the opening event. The Gary Ng Ting-keung-trained eight-year-old has now won seven of his 49 starts, all of ...

  5. Two-horse race as trainers set for battle of four-year-olds

    Posted Dec 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... rising strongly through the grades, never looked to have what Glorious Days has got. He may be untested beyond 1,400m, and won't be until the Classic Mile, but if the race was run tomorrow ... championship wins- and this season's title already has the look of number seven for the Australian trainer- Size has endured a drought at the top end of racing in recent years. Sight Winner's ...

  6. Ferraris' decision to switch to all-weather races paying dividends

    Posted May 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Revelation would be far too strong an expression to describe Darpana's season, but at least the rising six-year-old has been able to justify himself since turning to the dirt surface. He came here as a Class Three horse but, after 18 outi ...

  7. Race form is fine, but Purton's ceremony style needs polishing

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Zac Purton hardly knew the protocol of the trophy ceremony after winning his first cup race at Sha Tin yesterday, but the Australian was happy to take instruction and learn ... in the post-race formalities as he initially missed the run with the bouquet of flowers for Mrs Hans Michael Jebsen, wife of the race sponsor. However, Purton quickly righted himself, delivered the flowers ...

  8. French pair throw in the towel before race

    Posted Apr 19th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... of the race and decided it was too strong for them to be taking on so early in the season,' said Jockey Club international racing manager Mark Player. 'It would have been nice to have ...

  9. Club unlikely to extend time between races

    Posted Dec 31st 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Jockey Club officials are unlikely to extend the time between more races at Sha Tin despite a pleasing result to last Sunday's extended periods, according to a top official. On Boxing Day, the usual 30-minute breaks between races were extended to 35 minutes leading into races six and eight- in addition to the 35-minute gap prior to the last race at all ...

  10. Numbers game is key in race for training honours

    Posted Jan 12th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken While the jockeys' championship is going to be difficult to prise from Douglas Whyte's iron grip again, barring something unforeseen, the break Tony Cruz has put between himself and John Size makes for a serious tussle in the trainer ...




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