ALF

The Island Walkers

The Island Walkers

by John Bemrose

John Murray $124

Sunday, 24 April, 2005, 12:00am

Alison Moyet

Hometime

(Sanctuary Records)

What makes a great album? The list of criteria is seemingly endless, and undeniably subjective. In the case of Hometime, one word springs to mind: haunting.

23 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Make mine a Triple, says Sanchez

Club jockey Freddie Sanchez could have the perfect start to his new role with a win in the Happy Valley Trophy tonight on Triple Expresso.

A noted performer over the Valley longer sprint in the past, Triple Expresso ran an excellent race first-up this season for Sanchez when a close fourth behind Aggressive Dragon at Sha Tin over 1,200 metres.

13 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Storm brews for Hill

Exciting Bumper Storm has a vital edge in the weights which could swing things his way in a fascinating HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup at Sha Tin on the opening day of the new season at Sha Tin.

Trainer David Hill won the inaugural running of the race two years ago - the first under Chinese rule - and has clearly set Bumper Storm to snare the opening-day silverware.

5 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Be Bullish and flourish

The return of Bullish to Happy Valley tonight should prove successful for top trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu and Australian jockey, Steven King.

Yiu is lying four winners adrift of leader and reigning champion David Hayes and is unlikely to win the title but he has struck a formidable blow for the reputation of local trainers.

19 May 1999 - 12:00am

Alf can rise to Challenge

Costly purchase Alf could finally come good in Hong Kong by taking the featured Pearce Memorial Challenge Cup for in-form trainer John Moore and championship-chasing Robbie Fradd.

Big things were expected of the former Group One-winning Australasian sprinter but he failed to deliver in early efforts this season.

24 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Whyte booked for Piece of TT action

Take a Piece Of Cake in order to have a slice of the Triple Trio action at tomorrow afternoon's Sha Tin fixture, for which there is a tasty $20.2 million jackpot.

The Wylie Wong-trained galloper's most recent runs are best forgotten as they have been on the dirt and at Happy Valley and he is not suited by either.

23 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Double standards reflect badly on stipes

The stipendiary stewards of the Jockey Club have again diminished themselves in the eyes of the racing public by their lack of action at the most recent meeting on New Year's Day.

4 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Best can rise to Challenge

Hat-trick hunting Best Of The Best can start the New Year on a bright note for trainer Wong Tang-ping and confirm his status as one of the rising stars of local racing.

Best Of The Best was a quality griffin from last season but, in his first tough campaign in open company, has excelled and the sheer fluency of his past two wins suggests that he is destined for the heights.

1 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Bumper upset looms

Trainer David Hill's recent stable addition, Bumper Storm, can cause an upset by taking the Happy Valley Trophy, first leg of the annual Champion Sprint Series, at the city track tonight.

A total of 11 go to post for the exciting showdown with John Moore's classy Australian import, Alf, making his debut despite originally being only fifth reserve for the 1,200-metre event.

11 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Diane Butler

BUMPING into Diane Butler, who is soon to relocate to Malta with husband Alf, she launched excitedly into a travelogue about the delights of their new Mediterranean home. 'Do you know something?' she enthused, 'I will be just an hour-and-a-half from Rome.' Now there's a problem that Diane may not have envisaged.

25 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Tsars an education for Diane

THERE was no mistaking the woman lounging on a sofa at Wanderlust, the Hollywood Road bookshop for discriminating travellers.

She looked up from her browsing, as I approached, with an eager smile. ''I must tell you about Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great,'' said Diane Butler.

19 Apr 1993 - 12:00am