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  1. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Why numbers show Joao Moreira has a bitter fight on his hands to rein in Zac Purton

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 10:57pm by Alan Aitken

    ... and mounts. In the past seven years only two riders have even had 600 rides- Whyte with 601 and Brett Prebble with 600 in that epic finish to 2009-10. With only two days out suspended, Purton has had ...

  2. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Good news for Hong Kong apprentices

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 09:33pm by Alan Aitken

    ... featured a piece on the situation with Hong Kong’s apprentice jockeys, and the apparent lack of them, and we suggested things had turned worse since the young riders could no longer receive ... painstaking road of lobbying and presenting applications and explanations by the Jockey Club and its representatives to set out how these young riders are actually undergoing training, not just ...

  3. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Locals in danger of being squeezed out?

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 11:03pm by Alan Aitken

    ... It appears that three new expat jockeys are cutting into a niche that Chinese riders had made their own: lightweight rides Locals in danger of being squeezed out? Time will tell ... In 2006-07 as the local riders were on the comeback trail, expats won 122 of those lighter rides against 117 for their Chinese counterparts but in every year since, local jockeys have led ...

  4. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    A Derby thriller that raised the bar

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 10:18pm by Alan Aitken

    ... off as a major factor and the contest was down to the horses and riders. And the trainers- John Moore and a very honourable mention later in this column for Michael Chang Chun-wai. Moore ...

  5. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Is the appeals process just? Joao Moreira's problems highlight the system

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 09:26pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Intimidation forces riders to take it on the chin rather than fight a 'losing cause' Appeals system lacking consistency Reality must have got the better of Joao Moreira after Redwood Baby was involved, for the second time this season, in a careless riding inquiry that ended questionably last week at Happy Valley. The Redwood Baby connection may or may ...

  6. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    'Monkey follow monkey' is becoming a real problem

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 11:11pm by Alan Aitken

    ... more aware of that and ease out of the contest. And the stewards seem to have been speaking more often to riders who simply throw out the anchor once they find the front. Of course, the absence ...

  7. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Stewards off target with questionable decisions

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 09:41pm by Alan Aitken

    ... was frighteningly out of character Alan Aitken Locally licensed Colm O'Donoghue and visiting IJC rider Christophe Soumillon were penalised for their efforts in the fourth race, before the IJC began. ... have been the consequences of a faller or two in the first leg? If a rider is hurt and unable to continue, you can't exactly throw the colours into the jockeys' room and add ...

  8. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Don't be fooled by wide barrier draws

    Posted Jan 07th 2014, 09:12pm by Alan Aitken

    ... unhealthy situation. Some have even wondered aloud if the stewards might have to start looking into any rider content to race out in the centre of the track, as they often do with wide running ...

  9. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Another Japan Cup, another crazy call

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... decisions and careless riding charges arising from the same incident are only partially related, it will have rubbed salt in a few wounds to learn that Gentildonna's rider, Yasunari Iwata, ...

  10. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Politics key if The Pointer is to unseat Durban Demon

    Posted Jan 09th 2013, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... in 2001- the final margin of 26 wins doesn't reveal that it was still a race until March. There are those who say Whyte won't win now because he is not the rider he was, or he ...



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