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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/995379/derby-horses-cant-be-judged-only-race-itself
  2. Stars do battle in race of the year Majestic cast stars in race of the year

    Posted Apr 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... races on turf in 2007 and put them together over 2,000 metres at Sha Tin while they're in peak form and what have you got, if not the race of the year? Take the winners of the last three ... those sets of circumstances in the one race would be unthinkable. Or at least it would have been until the selections for next Sunday's HK$14million Audemars Piguet Queen ElizabethII Cup ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/589949/stars-do-battle-race-year-majestic-cast-stars-race-year
  3. Title race far from over, admits Whyte

    Posted Jul 05th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... now he could win a another race or two.' Moonwalk justified the decision to switch him to the dirt surface yesterday, scrambling in with the day's feature, the Riding For The Disabled Association Cup (1,650m). 'Moonwalk works well on the surface in the mornings, has speed to put himself in a position and has always shown a turn of foot in his turf racing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/718883/title-race-far-over-admits-whyte
  4. Ace Mosse proves he's the big-race specialist

    Posted May 31st 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... but the Frenchman remedied that with a lucky pick-up ride as trainer Peter Ho Leung again provided the upset. Two years ago, the Ho-trained Packing Winner upset Viva Pataca in the race, and this time ... earlier in the season, had heard in Europe that he was being sought for Mr Medici by the horse's owner. 'There was no racing in Paris this weekend, so I rang the owner and told him ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/715786/ace-mosse-proves-hes-big-race-specialist
  5. Sport - Racing

    Size claims Derby and lets young guns do the talking

    Posted Jul 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Improved Horse of the Year award. Fay Fay's Derby, giving the trainer his first win in the race, was particularly sweet for Size, but perhaps his greatest individual feat was unleashing ... but the big-race trainer was again the leading stake earner. His runners passed the HK$100 million mark, helped by 10 successes in Group races. With his 35 wins, Richard Gibson arrived from France and had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1007070/size-claims-derby-and-lets-young-guns-do-talking
  6. Chadwick banned after 'perfect race', says Cruz

    Posted Nov 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... I think Matthew rode a perfect race- he had too much horse under him and had to take that gap,' he said. 'If he doesn't take a run like that, the horse would not have won ... Kwan-lai, with a comeback winner on outsider Chief Witness in race two. Chui returned to riding only last Wednesday following a six-month ban over a positive drug test for ketamine and was elated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699156/chadwick-banned-after-perfect-race-says-cruz
  7. Ambitious Dragon's date with destiny

    Posted May 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... And the question is not whether he will stay 2,400m- his style suggests he will in this racing environment where true tests of stamina are rare once the races get beyond 1,600m. Everything centres ... and Liberator (Weichong Marwing). Dominant has quite a bit to make up on Ambitious Dragon. He goes from a race where he was the horse overwhelmingly favoured by the handicaps to a race where his main ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1002096/ambitious-dragons-date-destiny
  8. Liberator flies high and proud

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ferraris-trained Liberator- named for a second world war aircraft that helped secure victory in Europe- was there to drop a bomb on all the expectations and take the race for himself. South African jockey, ... in the final major for the season. 'I told David before the race how I would like to ride Liberator- just to make one move on him, but make it a long move because he stays and if you hold him up, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1002238/liberator-flies-high-and-proud
  9. Mighty Dragon 'is the one we all have to beat'

    Posted May 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... but the champion jockey shrugs off any notion that gives him a head start to causing an upset. Whyte is looking for his third Champions & Chater on John Moore-trained Dominant, having won the race ... to be one of our top horses next season, that's a step up he needs to make.' Two of the past six runnings of the race have been on soft ground and the Durban Demon said he would be more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1001900/mighty-dragon-one-we-all-have-beat
  10. Flashy colt finally shows who is Dominant

    Posted May 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... furlong to blitz rivals at the end of a muddling-run race. Dominant, who raced under the same name in England, was one of Moore's high-priced purchases aimed at the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1000308/flashy-colt-finally-shows-who-dominant

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