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Aidan O'Brien

Firmer track to suit St Nicholas Abbey

Trainer Aidan O'Brien believes St Nicholas Abbey will find the sun-baked turf track at Santa Anita to his liking tomorrow when he defends his Breeders' Cup Turf title.

Friday, 2 November, 2012, 4:13am

Camelot may race in Arc but only if the right jockey can be found

Triple classic winner Camelot's chances of running in and winning Europe's most prestigious horse race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday, have increased with the seemingly inevitable withdrawal of last year's winner Danedream.

3 Oct 2012 - 1:41am

Make a date with So You Think

Someone in Hong Kong two weeks from now will have the chance to secure a rare service to champion Australian galloper So You Think when he retires to Coolmore Stud in the coming months.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

QE ii Cup still clear as mud after draw

The tactical Rubik's Cube of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday remains unsolved after the barrier draw left the possible speed runners drawn widest and dealt confusion to some of the best local hopes.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

QEII manages to attract just four internationals

The Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth Cup is barely hanging on to its international description after a disappointing roll call of foreign horses for the HK$14 million race in 16 days.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Excelebration ruled out of HK Mile

The highest-rated horse ever invited for the Cathay Pacific Mile, Excelebration, has been ruled out of next month's Sha Tin showpiece.

The runner-up to champion three-year-old Frankel at Ascot on Champions Day in October will not make the trip after scoping 'dirty' following a trackwork session.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sha Tin's nervous wait for Aussie quarantine verdict

We hope the optimism of Jockey Club officials isn't a case of 'going the early crow' after the visit two weeks ago to Sha Tin by an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) official.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Adoration has all the right connections

John Size left the track on Sunday at Sha Tin brimming with confidence after Adoration showed he was capable of great things in the Class Three William's Coach Handicap (1,200m).

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

On face value, perhaps, the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby story for 2011 narrowed to Ambitious Dragon winning it or being unlucky, but history shows there is still likely to be a twist in the tale.

23 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Cruz contender finally back on Straight and narrow

Trainer Tony Cruz revealed that Straight Forward has been anything but since his arrival last season, yet the five-year-old turned his form on its head at Happy Valley last night with a last-to-first win that heralded better things.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Marchand d'Or is back and even better, warns Head

Sunday will bring down the curtain on the most successful season of Freddie Head's training career, and the stable's Group One trophy cabinet will swell to 10 for the season if Marchand d'Or can make history in the HK$12 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint.

12 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Track is in perfect condition: Oliver

A commendation from champion jockey Damien Oliver and a powerful message of support for Flemington racecourse manager Mick Goodie from his chairman, Rod Fitzroy, represented a quick and painless end to the Irish campaign to douse the track overnight.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Royal Ascot win exposes weak rules

Last week's Royal Ascot was beamed around the globe and much of the racing world has been horrified at what went on under the cloak of legitimacy at Britain's annual celebration of racing excellence.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Internationals a winning formula sure to go from strength to strength

Hats off to the Jockey Club for presenting an outstanding Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races meeting on Sunday, despite the clear impact of equine influenza.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

What They Say

'We know just how good he is on his good days and he seems to be in fine form now, but he has had a long, hard season. I don't think any other horse but him would have got this far. You can never be too confident, but we are hopeful. He has a great will to win.'

Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Dylan Thomas

9 Dec 2007 - 12:00am