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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

    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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Forever Accurate not far from hitting the mark

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 10:04pm by Alan Aitken

    ... with a good run, he was another put out of the race in the fracas on Sunday when he looked to have more to offer. ...

  5. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Beauty Only a Derby horse in the making

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 09:38pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Beauty Only a Derby horse in the making There were plenty of eye-catching runs on Sunday but few stood out as black bookers the way that final winner, ... to be sitting in midfield. And being closer did not dull the big finishing run from the trials and he gathered the leaders up quickly after straightening. It was a win of some authority under 133 ...

  6. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Ferraris' Tree to Rock on either surface soon

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 09:49pm by Alan Aitken

    ... excellent runs since returning this season. In fact, the Oratorio gelding had been finding some form at the end of last term, placing on the turf over 2,200m then racing without luck on turf and then the all-weather before the break. First-up last week, he got home well behind Verdane on the all-weather over 1,650m and put in an even better run on Wednesday night behind Hurry Hurry Up for fourth. ...

  7. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Everything's coming up roses for Floral Man

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 09:46pm by Alan Aitken

    ... at Class Five on Sunday suggested his next win is within sight. Most of Sunday's race were moderately run affairs but the Class Five swung the other way, with the unusual sight of top jockeys ... was competitively run. With that pace in mind, there was real merit to Floral Man holding on for third as he was the nearest runner to the leaders for the tough part of the race. With just two wins from 29 ...

  8. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Soul Achiever set to go higher after impressive return

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 10:06pm by Alan Aitken

    ... was probably some advantage in a race where the lead was busy enough. Back in the field, Soul Achiever got a lovely clear run, but showed himself to be quite green in his racing manners before ... Runner-up Longwah Amber also did enough to suggest another win is in the offing, after Columbus Line kept him bobbing in a competitive mid-race section that enabled the run-on horses to get ...

  9. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Fellow as Incredible as Yung's sensational winner

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 10:03pm by Alan Aitken

    ... of Sensation to snatch victory in the last breath, Incredible Fellow stamped himself just as much a horse to follow as the winner. There is no doubt the finishing runs of both Sensation and runner-up ... Fashion Maestro had a tough run before finishing only three lengths from Berlini over 1,400m and he had a similarly tough wide trip on Sunday. Fashion Maestro held on well enough until the final ...

  10. Sport - Racing - BLACK BOOK

    Pablosky among the improvers for Moore

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 08:16pm by Alan Aitken

    ... showed good natural speed out of the gates to trail the fast lead of Sight Believer and Domineer running to the home turn. With even luck in the stretch then, he would have run a very clear ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Pablosky among the improvers for Moore Time is fast running out for black bookers to justify their inclusion by winning a race this season, so ...




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