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  1. Sprint hero Kingdom 'as good as new'

    Posted Dec 11th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... in the HK$12 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint. 'It was quite amazing, but the horse has not turned a hair,' Yiu said. 'In fact, you would not even know he'd been to the races. He looks like he could go around again tomorrow.' Sacred Kingdom showed superb acceleration to trounce last year's Sprint hero Absolute Champion in Sunday's feature, ...

  2. Back-to-back Sprint crowns? Absolute-ly

    Posted Dec 09th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Trainer David Hall can complete his finest training performance by winning back-to-back editions of the HK$12 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint with Absolute Champion, and thereby denying the highly-publicised match race between Miss Andretti and Sacred Kingdom. The Sprint, more than any of today's four international races, has captured the world's ...

  3. Classy Marchand d'Or to make big Sprint impression

    Posted Nov 27th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Not since Australia's Falvelon lifted the Hong Kong Sprint in 2001 has the trophy left its home city, but the awesome record of the home team has not dampened ... a Group One winner of the Computaform Sprint at Turffontein and is rated as one of the country's best sprinters. The last South African sprinter to target the Hong Kong Sprint was National ...

  4. Sprinting cupboard looks a touch bare as age takes toll

    Posted Sep 14th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... the gelding's participation in the Cathay Pacific International Races on December 14 must be in the balance. Our sprinting ranks have been ruthlessly thinned out since Sacred Kingdom led a first-five finish in 2007-08, with Hong Kong Sprint second and third, Absolute Champion and Royal Delight, both having lost their lives through catastrophic front leg injuries earlier this year. ...

  5. Witness ready for Sprint battle

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

    ... John Bell A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Silent Witness last raced in Hong Kong, including two trips to Japan and the onset of a mystery virus that saw his Hong Kong Sprint plans aborted. But today's $4.5 million Centenary Sprint Cup over 1,000 metres at Sha Tin should prove that in nine months, despite the setbacks, nothing has changed. The amazing ...

  6. Purse punters have one big reason to be Cheerful

    Posted Nov 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... Clint Hutchison Andy Leung's classy sprinter looks to have the edge on Grand Delight Exciting sprint find Cheerful Fortune, unbeaten over the Sha Tin 1,200 metres circuit, is poised ... are being aimed toward the Hong Kong Sprint (1,000 metres) on December 14. The swing in the weights is expected to be a critical factor for Cheerful Fortune this afternoon as the Kashani son ...

  7. Urgent action needed to revive sprint challenge

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken The greatest hope for the Global Sprint Challenge is that organisers can capitalise on a terrific first year with a great concept and plug holes in the series which could see ... This is not knocking the GSC- a very good concept and some overdue kudos for sprinting horses who get the short end of the recognition stick even in places like Australia and Hong Kong where ...

  8. 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, ...

  9. Awesome Scintillation plunders Sprint Trophy

    Posted Oct 10th 2004, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Danny Shum Chap-shing, to win the Group Three Sha Tin Sprint Trophy over 1,000 metres on the Danehill gelding in a replication of Silent Witness' victory in the same race last year. Silent ... filled the second placegetter's stall yesterday. But while Silent Witness went on from this race to take the International Sprint Trial and the Hong Kong Sprint at his next two appearances, ...

  10. Local sprint stars left out in the cold

    Posted Nov 06th 2003, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... since the amateur days little more than 30 years ago. The strongest section of the Hong Kong equine community is obviously the sprinters, so where are they? Sure, the Hong Kong Sprint ... the home team for the Sprint must comprise Silent Witness, Grand Delight and All Thrills Too. Then there is Firebolt, who hasn't won for a while but has never done anything to compromise his ...




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