Specialist has 'more up his sleeves'

The irony of Real Specialist's somewhat controversial inclusion in the Derby is that it probably paved the way to the four-year-old's impressive Hong Kong Reunification Cup win yesterday (1,400m) and the gelding's stellar season may not yet be over.

Monday, 2 July, 2012, 12:00am

Blinkered Masquerader ready to steal show

Owner Leung Kai-fei won the 2004 Hong Kong Derby with Lucky Owners and couldn't relive the dream in this season's classic with Masquerader, but the Tony Millard-trained runner appears to be on the right path with an encouraging third in the Class One Venus Handicap (1,200m) at the all-dirt meeting on Wednesday night.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Moore and Prebble prove they are a Supreme pair

John Moore deflected all the praise to Brett Prebble, with whom he shared a double, for his strong-arm ride on his first winner and lamented a Mercedes-Benz Derby that came too soon for his other.

Moore said Prebble's use of the whip was key to Supreme Knight's victory, with the under-done four-year-old needing some extra motivation down the stretch.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

We need a little sunshine, say Treasure Beach's team

Alex Cole spent part of yesterday nervously looking out of his hotel window for the weather prospects after an outside draw had been the first blow to Treasure Beach's chance of carrying off a rare head-to-head between the classic form of Europe and Hong Kong in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet QEII Cup.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fay Fay can repeat his Derby triumph

The likelihood of a soft tempo and a replay of the way the Hong Kong Derby was run gives the John Size-trained Fay Fay his chance this afternoon to repel the foreign challenge in the Group One Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2,000m).

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HK stars flop badly in soggy conditions

Hong Kong horses drew a blank in the return leg of the interport trophy on a soft surface that heavily favoured front runners, but the visitors at least salvaged something from the day as Olivier Doleuze surged to an emotional and dominant Macau Derby victory.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Dominant can live up to his name

In the circumstances of a crazy-run Derby, the John Moore-trained Dominant was not able to live up to his billing for the classic but he has done enough to suggest he will be a force to reckon with in the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Cup (2,200m) tonight.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Same World has all the right credentials

Dropping from Group One to Class One, Same World can follow up his barnstorming performance in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby and stands out as a banker in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley, which is expected to reach HK$6 million.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Glorious trial puts rivals on notice

Glorious Days confirmed his Group One quality with a tough second to Lucky Nine in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup three weeks ago, and shot out an ominous warning to his next rivals by showing off his devastating turn of foot in a Sha Tin trial on Friday.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Julian Cheung dreaming of Derby glory

Expecting to have a horse of his own by the end of the year, singer-actor Julian Cheung Chi-lam must have been looking to learn a thing or two at the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on Sunday in Sha Tin, where he was 'derby ambassador'.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Whyte: how I won my second Derby

'We had limited options from barrier 14 with Fay Fay before the race, but John Size and I discussed it and basically I said I wanted galloping room. I didn't want to be stopping and starting like in the Classic Cup, he's not that sort of horse.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ferraris has no doubt Sweet Orange can deliver

When Vengeance Of Rain was preparing for the 2005 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby by stringing together a series of wins, his jockey Anthony Delpech handed out a free tip for anyone who would listen.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Moment of truth for Size's Fay Fay

The John Size-trained Fay Fay has let his supporters down twice lately at short odds in his lead-ups to the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby, but he is capable of overcoming an outside draw to put on a reversal to win today.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Derby draw points to thriller

If the barrier draw for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby had been intended to open the contest up, then what emerged randomly at Sha Tin yesterday could not have been designed any better.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Super six are all in with a Derby chance, says Moore

John Moore has a record six of the 14 runners in Sunday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby - but it could have been even more.

'If Packing Whiz hadn't got a temperature at the wrong time, he would have made the race too,' said the trainer (pictured).

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am