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  1. Centenary Sprint heralds dawn of new era for reborn Witness

    Posted Feb 26th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... of below-par gallops, Cruz reluctantly pulled the plug on his bid to win an unprecedented third Hong Kong Sprint in December. This afternoon's $4.5 million Group One Centenary Sprint gives Silent Witness the chance to give history a truer perspective. While he was at home in his box, fighting off the effects of his illness, the Hong Kong Sprint was won by Natural Blitz, from Planet Ruler, ...

  2. Sacred Kingdom favoured in Good Ba Ba showdown

    Posted Mar 16th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... speed ratings, he has returned figures superior to the otherwise incomparable Silent Witness at sprint distances. Now that's not in any way to denigrate the immortal one, who lived life ... successive win, Silent Witness rated better than he had in any of his 17 sprint wins and would no doubt have fought it right out with Bullish Luck had the champion miler not claimed him right ...

  3. Write off Witness at your peril

    Posted May 07th 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Sprint king looks to be back to his best, and he can prove it in today's Champions Mile They said he should be retired. Connections were criticised for 'cruelty' ... race and 95 per cent of his gallops: 'He just couldn't go.' Eventually, an historic third tilt at the $10 million Hong Kong Sprint was forfeited as the efforts to build the champ ...

  4. Sport - Racing

    End of era as Kingdom is put out to pasture

    Posted Jul 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... failing in the Bauhinia Sprint, and headed for a green paddock in Australia. After the best part of a golden decade with Silent Witness, Bullish Luck, Absolute Champion, Vengeance Of Rain, Viva ... for owner Sin Kang-yuk, including a second Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint, a KrisFlyer in Singapore and four domestic Group Ones, sat atop the world classifications for three years and was Horse ...

  5. Tweaking Mile series important for the future

    Posted Jun 11th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... about the Global Sprint Challenge too, but Cape Of Good Hope and Takeover Target blew that out of the water. If you have the right horse and the right ambitions, then anything's possible. ...

  6. Prebble makes up for 'mistake'

    Posted May 26th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... when fourth to Sacred Kingdom in the Gome Sprint on May 1. The pie may have tasted sour at the time but the sweetness returned to his tastebuds yesterday when, given a second chance, Prebble ... and a second in the early part of the season, Sunny Power showed his class with a sound fifth to Sacred Kingdom in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint in December. 'I think the big result ...

  7. Strong challengers for International crown

    Posted Oct 24th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... of 1:07.6, shaving a tenth of a second off Medic Power's old mark. This is the race won by Absolute Champion last year, and the Marauding gelding made easy work of the Hong Kong Sprint at his ... of their own domestic Group races last year by initially denying Absolute Champion a place in the Hong Kong Sprint field, there should be little danger of the same thing happening to Royal Delight ...

  8. Kingdom flop 'shows there's only one Witness'

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... and he's been beaten again after his big performance in the Hong Kong Sprint,' said the colourful owner, who maintains a strong industry connection these days as chairman of The Racing Club. 'After Silent Witness won his Hong Kong Sprints in 2003 and 2004, he won the sprinters' triple crown both years and was untroubled in doing so. So today was a reality check- there is only ...

  9. Sacred Kingdom makes mockery of record

    Posted Apr 01st 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... or better. In the case of Fairy King Prawn- the benchmark horse Yiu uses to compare Sacred Kingdom- he had already won an international Group One (1999 Hong Kong Sprint) when the great Danehill ... will be having a talk to the owner [Sin Kang-yuk] but assuming he comes through those two races as I'd expect, we could start planning to run him in the [Group One] Hong Kong Sprint ...

  10. Qualifying disorder for Griffin Award

    Posted Jun 21st 2006, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... like last year, only those griffins which ran in 'griffin races'. This year, it's open slather- Juvenile Sprint winner Bear Macho is the only griffin race winner to get ... in that Sprinters' Stakes win. Natural Blitz took the Hong Kong Sprint in the Witness' absence and Scintillation and Billet Express have beaten him home since, but that race in Japan was the superior ...




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