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  1. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Business as usual for favoured few

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 11:04pm by Alan Aitken

    ... riders’ situation is simmering away We were quite prepared for the prospect of pistols at dawn or all-out mutiny over the situation with trackwork riders at Sha Tin, after a few snippets leaked ... is discussing it, now we’ve had a chance to get some views across the board. There was a view that a combination of insufficient numbers of work riders, narrowing track opening times and more stringent ...

  2. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Who is the world's best jockey? We're all about to find out

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 10:28pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Selected races heavily favour riders in Australia and the prize for being No 1- just the glory Who is the world's best jockey? We're all about to find out When the announcement ... Ascot at his first appearance in England, he returned with a better understanding of why UK-based riders he had seen here seemed unable to keep a straight line. They all ride like that there, he ...

  3. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Hong Kong punters bet big at home, but going cold on overseas races

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 09:27pm by Alan Aitken

    ... is in the hands of Hong Kong punters themselves and the figures have cooled.     Aussie riders fit the bill when the SOS goes out Some of our Chinese language counterparts have thrown out the question- why are the riders called on by the Jockey Club to help out all from Australasia? Australian-based Tim Clark and Christian Reith and, in a week or so, Mark du Plessis (Zimbabwean-born ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Hey Mongolia: get your own jockeys

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 10:49pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Plan to set up racing there came as little surprise- but if they are going to do it, they need to do it without borrowing Hong Kong riders Hey Mongolia: get your own jockeys The story ... Instead, he walked away with three days and one HK$60,000 fine, thus the feeling among riders that he was given a discount. We hear there was lively debate between stewards and Moreira over whether ...

  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

    Callan's case may open the door

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 10:54pm by Alan Aitken

    ... of improper riding rules- that elbow contact with another rider may now not constitute improper riding if unintentional or if there is a safety aspect to the incident. That all seems very reasonable, ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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