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  1. International Cup Trial should see Collection back at his best

    Posted Nov 15th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Cup Trial (2,000m) this afternoon at Sha Tin. And the four-year-old can stamp himself as Hong Kong's best chance of a hometown victory in the Hong Kong Cup next month. As a guide to the winner of the Hong Kong Cup, the Cup Trial has been anything but a good one but that has been circumstantial. In seven runnings, only Vengeance Of Rain (2005) managed to translate a Trial win ...

  2. Classy Armada warming up for Hong Kong Mile Trial assault

    Posted Nov 08th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Armada looking at Tuesday's barrier trials, the New Zealand-bred gelding will soon be back in business. Armada, handled by Douglas Whyte, ran second to Silent Dragon in a turf trial over ... Kong Mile Trial two weeks from tomorrow. Last Sunday, Japan's champion filly, Vodka, lifted the autumn weight-for-age championship, the Tenno Sho, and it was an appropriate reminder ...

  3. Fit-again Gallery puts on a grand trial performance

    Posted Feb 07th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... in a power-packed trial performance yesterday morning. Champions Gallery was the first horse to race under the new Trainer's Syndicate concept, and gave the programme a huge fillip with his debut win ... by Infinite Delight- on account of soreness to his feet. Yesterday, trainer Andreas Schutz stepped Champions Gallery out in a turf trial over 1,600m at Sha Tin, with Doleuze on top once again. ...

  4. The Duke overpowers Mile Trial rivals

    Posted Nov 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Grand racehorse The Duke tipped over the stars in the Cathay Pacific International Mile Trial with his superior dash of speed but the race left trainer Caspar Fownes smiling through the tears. 'What can you say about The Duke? He's been such a marvellous horse for his owners since we bought him at the Jockey Club sale [three years ago] and he's done ...

  5. Best Gift to make comeback in trial

    Posted Dec 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... a career-threatening injury and will have his troublesome front leg further tested in a barrier trial at Sha Tin next week. Best Gift has not raced since his brave second to Viva Pataca in the Group One ... when he was at his best. 'He had his OVE [official veterinary examination] the other day and [senior veterinary surgeon] Brian Stewart was very happy with him. So now he'll trial next ...

  6. Super Satin still short of best form, says Whyte

    Posted Oct 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... 'I think his trial before the National Day Cup indicated we wouldn't see him at his best form in that race,' Whyte said yesterday. 'And, with that in mind, he just ran to his ordinary trial with an ordinary race.' Whyte was aboard Super Satin last Saturday morning when Fownes gave him a serious test on the turf gallops and gave him a 'much improved' ...

  7. Lucky Magic's emotional win well worth the wait for Size and connections

    Posted Sep 19th 2010, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... above average ability at the trials but it was one injury then another that kept him sidelined. As with any horse who doesn't race for a full season, Size was asked for a please explain ... with,' Size said. 'It hasn't been one thing, it has been a number of different injuries and it has been unfortunate because he always showed plenty in his trials.' Whyte said he ...

  8. Size star looks a real Gem

    Posted Jan 24th 2004, 12:00am by Clint Hutchison

    ... the frame just three times from thirteen attempts. This is his seasonal reappearance, but his form in work and in a January 6 trial was good enough to suggest he can figure in the finish. His form ... had a light preparation for his local debut, but arrives with decent form having been placed in the Prix Quincey (G3), for which he earned an International Rating of 105. His trial on January ...

  9. Bumper effort from 'Skinny' Alex

    Posted Mar 06th 2005, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... looked a nice young horse in the making as he jumped and ran just as he had done in his recent trial down the straight and the similarities were all in his favour. 'When he trialled he ...

  10. Perfect Partner plunders opposition

    Posted Feb 21st 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... and I definitely preferred him to Bullish Luck that day,' Cruz said. 'But since he missed a race there, I gave him a barrier trial here at Sha Tin (1,000m, on February 1), which he won. He'd ...




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