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  1. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Owner mates catch eye with barnstorming runs

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 11:10pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Owner mates catch eye with barnstorming runs The return to Happy Valley on Sunday was characterised by a surface that appeared to help horses on the front end, but how much of that was about tempo was the question that needed to be asked. Most races were not quickly run, although the one race that was fast-run showed there was some assistance ...

  2. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Winners to keep on grinning after Valley triumphs

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 10:51pm by Alan Aitken

    ... since moving to Francis Lui Kin-wai. Zac Purton has been part of the transformation too, as the champion jockey has ridden Happy Homing lately for the best two runs of the gelding's career. Both were from wide draws and Purton had no option but to take hold, let him rest then run on. That looks key and Happy Homing produced sensational finishing sections each time, with no fluke ...

  3. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Size can be Content with progressive types

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 09:01pm by Alan Aitken

    ... An hour later, Contentment was even more impressive putting away his Class Four opposition on debut. This race was not truly run, as evidenced by the fact that second, third, fourth and fifth home ...

  4. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Hall will have plenty of Fun with Kingdom

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 09:30pm by Alan Aitken

    ... 1,400m in his three starts in New Zealand. Even in winning his debut at 1,400m there, Fun Kingdom looked in need of further and he was stepped up in distance each run with the best of his three ... on the dirt, it seemed very difficult to make serious ground and so Fun Kingdom's finishing run into seventh was full of merit, taking almost three lengths off the winner Pablosky and runner-up ...

  5. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Cool will Power to victory shortly

    Posted Nov 13th 2014, 09:04pm by Alan Aitken

    ... of heart irregularities after racing. But there was not a lot wrong with his return this season running on behind Jolly Posh and he followed that up with an unlucky defeat behind Baltic Warrior. ...

  6. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Gutsy run suggests three-year-old may be Unbeatable next start

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:43pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Young International Sale horse ran handy races at his first two appearances at Happy Valley, but looks better suited to the big track at Sha Tin Gutsy run ... the Jockey Club's minimum performance criteria and the races are running out, but there may still be a couple left for him on the all-weather. Goldland Dancer again ran slick sectionals ...

  7. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Pins packs plenty, but don't forget those behind

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 08:03am by Alan Aitken

    ... down the straight course then didn't quite follow through as the campaign progressed. He had a tough run on Sunday when resuming in the blinkers, but he did surge up to the leader ...

  8. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Indigo close to finding his way after luckless run

    Posted May 08th 2014, 09:44pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Indigo close to finding his way after luckless run Six-year-olds with a strike rate of two in 34 are not normally the horses to follow but Indigo Way ... second off a rating of 77 in September. But The Prince has not been running as poorly as those figures might look and boxed on behind Speedygonzalez to be beaten just two and a half lengths ...

  9. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Mile the required Journey for Kiwi import Happy

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 09:33am by Alan Aitken

    ... the line strongly behind Domineer for fourth at just his second run in Hong Kong and his first for this season. Happy Journey has been lightly tried over sprint distances only here, but he had the look of a very useful miler in the making in New Zealand as a three year-old under the name Burnt Orange. At his final run in new Zealand, Happy Journey finished fifth in an age-specific Group ...

  10. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Avenue shows again that glory isn't too far away

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 09:54pm by Alan Aitken

    ... is Sight Believer. He has won on the dirt from a wide draw and now has run another very good second from a wide draw, but we know that he performs well at Happy Valley, too, and the return ...




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