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  1. Sport - Racing

    Racing Digest, October 7, 2012

    Posted Oct 07th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... time and expertise from top jockey Brett Prebble turned that around in the opening race. The Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained five-year-old arrived on a rating of 66 but has never looked like ... done a lot of work in the mornings with him this season, the horse has needed time to acclimatise and when you look at how he raced today, there should be more improvement," Lui said after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1055530/racing-digest-october-7-2012
  2. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Eight horses pulled out of Sha Tin meeting over banned drug

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Runners withdrawn from Sha Tin race meeting after contaminated feed is suspected for positive test results indicating a banned drug Eight horses are pulled ... Champion - were named as having tested positive for a prohibited substance after racing at Sha Tin and Happy Valley in the previous eight days. The Jockey Club should take more responsibility ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1257971/ricky-yiu-drugs-shock-four-his-runners-including-two-winners-test
  3. Extended bands will kill off competitive races

    Posted Feb 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... be no thought for what extended-band races are doing to a very good general handicapping framework that is, with wide weight spreads and the competitive racing they encourage, a great foundation for good betting races. For the second time in recent weeks, an extended-band race has altered the landscape to its detriment at tonight's Happy Valley meeting, with race six seeing the spread ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993960/extended-bands-will-kill-competitive-races
  4. Racing needs to move with the times

    Posted Oct 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Two conferences early last week in Paris and London tried to address racing's decreasing share of the wagering world last week, with one resorting to older, failed solutions and another looking more towards the future. The keynote speaker at the inaugural Leaders in Racing conference in London, Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/981628/racing-needs-move-times
  5. Sport - Racing

    Club strengthens starting-gate procedures

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... week's "barrier fiasco", when two horses jumped from the wrong gates, is the last of its kind. Chief Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, executive director of racing Bill Nader and chief ... meeting, assigning them to one horse each race and part of their duties was to check that horses went into the right gate. The inquiry into the mix-up has recommended action against the handlers, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1061157/club-strengthens-starting-gate-procedures
  6. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS

    Jockey Club's change in quotas for new horses is a step backwards

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Increasing permits for private purchases- horses raced overseas- leads to an increase in uncompetitive runners Change in quotas for new horses is a step backwards In light of what were otherwise quite routine events at the Jockey Club last week, the seventh race on Sunday gave us pause to wonder about a particular direction that is being taken. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1258639/jockey-clubs-change-quotas-new-horses-step-backwards
  7. Popular app can give TV coverage a shot in the arm

    Posted Jun 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alan Aitken Are we watching a cultural revolution in Hong Kong racing- perhaps even world racing- with the Jockey Club's racing simulator app? Many will see that proposition and respond that, yes, it's something younger and cooler that puts racing more in touch with a generation which is more tech savvy and lives inside its smart phones and their technological ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1003778/popular-app-can-give-tv-coverage-shot-arm
  8. Racing lab leads anti-doping field

    Posted Apr 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patrick Allen He has been involved in uncovering some of the biggest racing scandals in Hong Kong for more than a decade, but Dr Terence Wan See-ming and his team at the Jockey Club Racing Laboratory are more proud of the fact that every sample is treated the same- and that every test is right. The chief racing chemist is the guardian of the laboratory's unbelievable record of 41 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/964617/racing-lab-leads-anti-doping-field
  9. Please show side-on angle at start of races

    Posted Jan 12th 2011, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... that people get a different angle and it does show you different things- that's why the racing stewards have a number of different camera angles to help them dissect events in a race. Can we please show the side-on angle for these starts when the race is live and let the head-on coverage be... head-on? Thanks. Again. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/735443/please-show-side-angle-start-races
  10. Firms race ahead with training plans

    Posted Sep 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to retain skilled employees. The Hong Kong Jockey Club's (HKJC) 'Racing Ahead- Powered by You' programme reflects this trend. The initiative aims to enhance the professional knowledge of the club's 26,000-strong workforce and further nurture their passion for horse racing. Kim Mak, executive director of corporate affairs at HKJC, says the programme's objective is to motivate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/725402/firms-race-ahead-training-plans

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