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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. Viva Pataca seeks to continue Trial success

    Posted Nov 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken A rare full field for the Group Two Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial may be John Moore's ally as Viva Pataca chases his third successive victory in tomorrow's ... from Sunday's run, but, having said that, I am sure he'll run well and I even thought my third runner, Eyshal, is a place chance. He's peaking now.' The Cup Trial has ...

  3. Flamboyant Doleuze puts on a Quality display at trials

    Posted Oct 15th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Good Ba Ba may have been the highlight yesterday, but Olivier Doleuze won three other trials at Sha Tin, including both heats over 1,050 metres on the all-weather track with Lucia and Lucky Quality. The victory of Lucky Quality, in particular, could scarcely have been more impressive. The effortless first-up winner this term was returned to the trials by stewards ...

  4. At set-weights, Pataca looks a tough nut to crack in Cup Trial

    Posted Nov 07th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Viva Pataca is set to be a prohibitively short-priced favourite in the Group Two Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial at Sha Tin next weekend. When entries ... Trial is decided at set weights with allowances. Twelve months ago, Packing Winner was working his way into the higher grades, and as a non Group winner, received a five-pound allowance. ...

  5. Pataca can defy threat of 'bounce factor' in Cup Trial

    Posted Nov 16th 2008, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Surely only the great uncertainty of racing or the 'bounce factor' can beat the John Moore-trained Viva Pataca in the Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial (2,000m) ... Saint-Martin's handling of the horse. Next start in the Cup Trial, Viva Pataca was a well beaten third at odds-on in this race. That is the conundrum for punters wishing to take the short odds- a bounce ...

  6. Egyptian Ra surprise Cup Trial contender

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell Trainer David Hall has pulled the first surprise of the International Races build-up with his entry of honest Egyptian Ra for the Cup Trial on Sunday week. When entries closed ... previously. The other thing is the Mile Trial the following week is going to be super competitive, and the Cup Trial could turn out the easier option.' Hall's transformation of Egyptian Ra ...

  7. Derby winner fails to impress

    Posted Oct 07th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken Stable jockey Darren Beadman may abandon Collection when last season's Derby winner resumes in the Sha Tin Trophy (1,600 metres) on Sunday week after a barrier trial ... in the 1,000-metre trial up the straight, he looked to be under some pressure to hold his position in the run to the line while the older gelding did it with ease. Moore (pictured) has already tipped ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Prince looks back to his old self

    Posted Sep 19th 2008, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... at the barrier trials on September 5, with the five-year-old giving a very confident display over 1,200 metres on the all-weather track to score softly by 21/2 lengths. Cruz's allocated apprentice ... Prince scored a comfortable win in his barrier trial on September 5 by (lengths): 21/2 ...

  10. Collection has pedigree to follow in Mascot's footsteps

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... and he has formed a nice base with decent performances in the Classic Mile (unlucky) and Derby Trial. He will be switched off early and should come home powerfully late. Thumbs Up is a quality ... may have been short of his best for the Derby Trial, but the Derby itself has been the primary goal. On trackwork and trials, there is little doubt Shum has got it right because Thumbs Up has ...




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