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  1. Prisoner of Birth

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... of Birth is Archer's best novel for years. True, the story regularly beggars belief, the prose occasionally clanks like a broken engine and Archer patronises his working-class characters too ... James Kidd Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer Macmillan, HK$313 Jeffrey Archer's 14th novel, A Prisoner of Birth, begins with an unusually decent proposal: Danny Cartwright, ...

  2. Sport - Racing

    Callan to miss best of Sham

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:00am by Michael Cox

    ... on March 2, the meeting after Callan's current tenure ends, so the jockey will not reap the rewards of sticking with the three-year-old through two disappointing runs. Secret Sham overraced over 1,200m at his first start, and then did things wrong up the straight last time out, but a decision to hold the three-year-old up for a run paid off this time. "He is one ...

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    Moore adds Kabayan to his long list of Derby hopefuls

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 10:11pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... a sixth potential candidate for the four-year-old classic in Class Two winner Kabayan. Punters had a few anxious moments after Kabayan missed the start and then was caught behind horses early in the straight, but a masterful Joao Moreira ride saw the gelding burst through along the inside and then hold off the late surge of last year's Classic Cup runner-up President Lincoln, who placed ...

  4. Sport - Racing

    Third time lucky for Access Years and Moreira in Triple Trio

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 08:28pm by Michael Cox

    ... Third time lucky for Access Years and Moreira in TT Another low draw, another Class Three handicap with a big weight, and John Size-trained Access Years is likely to start favourite again too, but punters will be hoping for a change of luck for the sprinter in the middle leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin. After winning one from two last term, Access Years returned this season ...

  5. Sport - Racing

    Size extends his championship lead after scoring a treble

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 10:22pm by Alan Aitken

    ... from his winter doldrums with a winning treble. Size kept the championship lead despite just one win in January, but made it five this month after Access Years and Sichuan Exec scored for Joao ... in the race." Moreira landed three to cut Zac Purton's jockey championship lead back to six wins, and the win of Access Years came as a relief to favourite backers after the gelding was an unlucky ...

  6. Sport - Racing

    To run or not to run: that is Ho's Derby question for Flame Hero

    Posted Mar 02nd 2014, 12:51am by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... Hong Kong Derby (2,000m) after the four-year-old put himself into the picture with a determined victory on Saturday. Douglas Whyte took advantage of the inside draw on the last-start winner ... who both won the same 1,800m event before winning the four-year-old classic. A Derby start seemed out of the question earlier in the season because Flame Hero was overracing and refusing ...

  7. Sport - Racing

    Super Lifeline's path in the hands of owner: Millard

    Posted Feb 02nd 2014, 10:09pm by Alan Aitken

    ... Alan Aitken alan.aitken@scmp.com Super Lifeline's path in the hands of owner: Millard In the same moment that Super Lifeline took the Chinese New Year Cup, jumped the queue and qualified himself for the remaining four-year-old classics, trainer Tony Millard was quick to announce that wasn't the path he favours for the gelding. Bounced into a spot by Karis Teetan, ...

  8. Sport - Racing

    Akeed Mofeed inches closer to proving trainer Gibson right

    Posted Feb 02nd 2014, 10:01pm by Michael Cox

    ... class pecking order comes against reigning Horse of the Year Military Attack in the Group One Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup in just under three weeks, before a planned assault on the Dubai World ... will decide whether the five-year-old contests the world's richest race, the US$10 million Dubai World Cup on March 30, or the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free over 1,800m on the same evening. Gibson ...

  9. Comment - Blogs

    How Berry and Prebble put 'Magic Man' Moreira in his place

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 07:42pm by Michael Cox

    ... group, Designs On Rome and Able Friend have now finished one-two in each of the first two legs of the four-year-old series and will renew hostilities in March 16's Hong Kong Derby. Prebble ... unceremoniously dumped off Horse of the Year Military Attack in favour of Moreira by trainer John Moore. The pressure involved in riding a horse like Lucky Nine doesn’t just come mid-race, ...

  10. Sport - Racing

    Racing Digest- February 16, 2014

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 10:31pm

    ... Derby contender puts campaign in doubt again with track antics Expensive four-year-old Vanilla broke away riderless pre-race for the second time in a fortnight and set trainer Caspar ... of a headache to manage than your usual lower grade battler. "If this horse misses even half a day of work he ties up badly," Schutz said. A perfect ride from Zac Purton helped ...




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