Magic Chariot finally gets the luck of the draw

The Happy Valley wheel of fortune has finally turned the way of honest Magic Chariot, and the Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained gelding has his chance to get back into the winner's circle tonight in the Chinese General Chamber Of Commerce Cup (1,000m).

Wednesday, 3 December, 2008, 12:00am

The Olympics at the Oscars

Chariots of fire

When the winner for Best Movie of 1981 was announced, there were gasps of amazement from the Hollywood greats assembled at the Oscar Ceremony.

8 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Purton floors punters with 1,890-1 double

If confidence before the race meant anything, Australian rider Zac Purton did not expect to land either of his long-priced winners yesterday, but the score on the board was all that counted.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Warfare a driving force behind hi-tech advances

Military inventions have made a profound contribution to mankind's progress

Now in its fourth year, the Iraq conflict looks less and less like the hi-tech 'perfect war' originally advertised. Commentators on the region routinely use such terms as 'civil war', 'bloodbath' and 'quagmire'.

It's an old story. War is only 'smart' and clean in computer games.

4 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

War & pieces

FOR CENTURIES IN ancient China, the chariot was a key weapon, and those who rode in them were a military elite. Charioteers killed in battle were often buried with their chariots, weapons and even horses.

28 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

World-famous game invented in India

I refer to the advert for the Invesco Group which has been broadcast on Hong Kong's English-language TV channels.

I was surprised to see in the advert that it was claimed chess was invented by the Chinese.

In fact, India is the country which invented this world-famous strategy game.

30 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Punters can rely on Good Dividend

A Triple Trio jackpot of $7.6 million tomorrow night should act as a nice little soupcon to the main business on Sunday's final card of the season for which a whopping $38 million is already carried forward.

That figure could well be added to, because if tomorrow night's Triple Trio fails to go off then it, too, goes into Sunday's already sizeable pot of gold.

4 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

King's Glamour can go distance

GEOFF Lane and Darryll Holland are enjoying a useful first season together and the way their Irish import King's Glamour shaped in last night's feature Stock Exchange Challenge Cup behind Classabove, they have another winner waiting to happen. King's Glamour jumped from barrier nine and was wide all the way before making good ground in the straight.

29 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Speedy Fun on course for glory

SPEEDY Fun had looked a winner waiting to happen in his work prior to going into last night's opening event and that impression was emphatically underlined by his performance behind winning debutant Good Fortune.

Speedy Fun ran on determinedly to finish just behind the place-getters having suffered a fair bit of interference in the opening stages.

18 Jan 1996 - 12:00am