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  1. Sport - Racing

    International races right up there with other jurisdictions

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com International races right up there with other jurisdictions It seems Jockey Club's job of elevating the quality of its international races has been a task well done and there will be some pride around Happy Valley headquarters that Hong Kong had five races listed in the list of the world's top 50 Group Ones of 2012. All four races from ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Sport - Racing - RACING DIGEST

    Racing Digest, January 28, 2013

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... "It's hard for any horse to win four in a row. He's been a bit keen in his races, but you see today he's even starting to relax and settle. I'm looking forward to getting him to 1,400m because the way he raced today that's what he's looking for." Alan Aitken   Turnover is up and it's thesecond highest for season Two thirds of the way through ...

  4. Sport - Hong Kong - RACING

    80 Group One winners nominate for HK International Races

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Early nominations, including Cirrus des Aigles, only a clue to the final field for International Races 80 Group One winners eye spot in 2012 finale The Jockey Club has announced early nominations for the HK$72 million on offer in the Longines Hong Kong International Races on December 9, with 80 Group One winners among the names. "We ...

  5. Sport - Racing

    More should be done to get stayers ready for big races

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

    ... Alan Aitken More should be done to get stayers ready for big races When David Ferraris pleaded for more staying races to get Liberator, or his ilk, ready for the Longines Hong Kong Vase ... tracks and pitted against stayers from elsewhere with full preparations behind them. At the end of the day, though, everything to do with 2,400m racing here is bizarre- how do you have your only ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Sport - Racing

    Feature races pay the price as trainers keep their stars waiting in the wings

    Posted Oct 03rd 2012, 01:13am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com More meetings have led to an increase in turnover but the negative is smaller turnouts as trainers keep stars in wings Waiting game hits feature-race ... if extra meetings which add turnover have a counterproductive part in smaller fields that bring lower turnover, we have betting's answer to swings and roundabouts. But the feature races ...

  8. Sport - Racing

    Jockey Club chief explains Melbourne Derby Day simulcast decision

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 03:06pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Bill Nader says key races had to be dropped because of four-hour time limit The Jockey Club executive director of racing, Bill Nader, said yesterday that the decision had been forced on the club to vary Saturday's simulcast of Victoria Derby Day from Melbourne to include two minor races from the corresponding Sydney race meeting. Nader said one of the conditions ...

  9. Jockey Club pushes data to attract racing fans

    Posted Sep 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kong Jockey Club marketing boss Richard Cheung Che-kit's plan for the new racing season. Last season, Cheung's team worked at attracting new racing fans with promotions such as Happy ... bias information was not an opinion, but rather raw data punters could use in deciding their bets as a race meeting progressed. A screen will display where previous winners at the meeting were ...

  10. Sport - Racing

    We had to play it safe, says Jockey Club on 'erratic track'

    Posted Feb 08th 2014, 10:49pm by Alan Aitken

    ... days later in the season on very wet tracks, not on good tracks in February, but John Ridley, the club's director of racing operations, said that the extra watering had been necessary to protect riders. "Safety is paramount," Ridley said. "We always water before a meeting, but where I would normally put 2 1/2 millimetres of water on the track on race morning, today ...




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