Blinders

Cultural City given tough workout to keep his mind on job

Richard Gibson's colt, Cultural City, certainly has some attitude and yesterday was given a thorough workout with blinkers on in a 1,050m dirt trial.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am

Treasure to be given a break after Shum finds something amiss

Danny Shum Chap-shing capped a double with Fionn's Treasure, but suspects all is not well with the talented three-year-old, the trainer set to spell the youngster and wait for next season.

After a forgiving track helped Iron Hawk break his local maiden early in the day, Fionn's Treasure showed tenacity to edge out the fast-finishing Rumba King by a nose.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Gibson's triallist a thing of Beauty

Richard Gibson's Beauty King is knocking on the door of his first win, and the talented three-year-old showed enough in a Sha Tin trial yesterday that it won't be far away.

Gibson is having a stellar first season, and while he has become known for his rehabilitation projects from rival yards, Private Purchase Griffin Beauty King is one he has had from his first local start.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Chang is in no rush to add any head gear to budding stayer

Michael Chang Chun-wai will hold off on moving to blinkers with budding stayer Loving Star, the trainer keen to see the four-year-old relax on raceday first before any changes are made. The New Zealand import scored at his third local start, but there still some signs that told Chang the nervous type was not ready for head gear, nor a step up in distance.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Blinkers help Wongchoy break maiden tag

Andreas Schutz had two horses break their local maidens, with Keen Wongchoy putting his wayward ways behind him and a gear change and positive tactics paying off with Eagle Spirit.

After Keen Wongchoy broke through at start number 14, upsetting odds-on favourite G-One Winning in the process, Schutz (pictured) rattled off the reasons Keen Wongchoy had been beaten previously.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Jewellery set to sparkle for fans

After a horror last-start run, all it will take is even luck for Classic Jewellery to return to the winner's stall and anchor selections as a banker in the final leg of Sunday's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

The John Size-trained three-year-old will head out for his third start as a likely short-priced top pick at his second try at a Class Three and first time over the mile.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Erratic Zezao on a steep learning curve for new handler

The re-education of problem child Zezao began yesterday with a quiet barrier trial up the Sha Tin straight, his first for new trainer Richard Gibson.

Athletic ability has never been in question for this erratic five-year-old with a litany of mental issues, who regularly produces forward efforts in his trials.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Moore puts his faith in blinkered Admiration

Hong Kong's leading big-event trainer, John Moore, hopes to pull out a master stroke by putting blinkers on rising young star Admiration in the HK$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint.

The four-year-old has built a record of six wins from 14 starts without the headgear, but Moore believes the addition of blinkers may be the tweak to make a difference on Sunday.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Captain Courageous is 'all heart'

A big heart and a special workout in blinkers last week were probably the difference between winning and losing the Panasonic Cup (1,400m) yesterday for Captain Sweet, whose climb to stardom is giving trainer John Moore a few headaches.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Green Zone's smart win is tailor-made for Sam

Never let it be said that Manu Melwani isn't a patient owner, but the addition of his 'lucky charm' put Sam The Tailor into a winning photo again after more than 16 years of waiting.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Blinkered City King and Gurus Dream claim minor silverware for the camp

Trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong was unrepresented in the Group Twos, but he came away with all the minor silverware, winning the Silver Lining Cup and the Yan Chai Trophy. City King (Tye Angland) took the Class Four Silver Lining Cup, hitting form with the blinkers going on for the first time here, though he had won easily in Brisbane wearing them.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Without the blinkers, gelding shows he is not just a dirt freak

Punters may have pigeon-holed Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Smart Kids too quickly as a dirt specialist and they paid for it when the gelding landed the Po Leung Kuk Centenary Cup (1,200m).

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Blinkers do the trick for O'Sullivan's new recruit Heartland

The addition of blinkers by trainer Paul O'Sullivan may have had the desired result on Heartland if his trial win at Sha Tin yesterday was any indication.

A winner of three from eight in New Zealand, the Private Purchase ran into stiff opposition at his first two Hong Kong starts last season when under the care of Sean Woods.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

'Well-behaved' Noble Alpha scores for Prebble

Brett Prebble managed a treble, but he reckoned his hardest ride of the day was getting to the starting gates and waiting to jump on a horse he termed a 'nutcase'.

Prebble guided highly strung German import Noble Alpha to victory in a Class Two Handicap (1,400m), a horse he was confident on so long as it stood quietly prior to jump.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Young Blue Caviar has appetite for more success

Raw sprinting talent Blue Caviar stepped out in style on debut and produced a potential-laden win which indicated there could be plenty more to come.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

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