Derby Trial

Derby attack comes from all angles

When the Classic Cup, or rather its previous incarnation, the Derby Trial, was introduced, there was a fear the race would impact on the mystery of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby for fans.

Wednesday, 22 February, 2012, 12:00am

Fay Fay can power home at right time

With the exception of an added 200m, the John Size-trained Fay Fay is back where he was four weeks ago as the horse to beat in a Group One four-year-old event where sweating on the tempo is his greatest concern.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

On the Rails

The winning form of Happy Contender and to a much greater extent Sweet Sanette is going some way to debunking the popular view that females don't do well in Hong Kong racing. While they have long held their own in international events as highly rated visitors, the girls have been an infrequent part of racing on a full-time basis and even less frequently successful.

14 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Cruz's confidence grows as Dettori answers SOS

Derby-loving Tony Cruz was full of confidence in Beauty Flash for Sunday's Group One Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby after confirming yesterday that champion rider Frankie Dettori would be adding his brand of charisma to the day.

9 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Talented Beauty Flash has everything made to order

The question to be resolved in this afternoon's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial (1,800m) at Sha Tin looks less about whether Beauty Flash will be the winner than whether the distance will expose any chinks in his armour for the main event.

16 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

On the Rails

John Moore-trained Irian's quiet, inoffensive barrier trial at Sha Tin yesterday was a firm reminder of the proximity of crunch time for the four-year-olds as attention shifts to the classic group.

6 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Collection has pedigree to follow in Mascot's footsteps

Collection has taken an extraordinary journey, from a virtual unknown just weeks ago to favourite for our most valuable domestic race, and he should give some proper substance to the hype in today's HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby.

22 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Great innovation, but Derby pointer needs a fixed position

The Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial (1,800m) has been a great innovation from Ciaran Kennelly's time as head handicapper and race planner, and Sunday's fourth edition was one of real significance as a pointer towards our richest domestic race.

18 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Prebble and Doleuze can give top two run for their money

The favourites dominated as expected on Wednesday night, with honours going to Douglas Whyte, but today's Sha Tin Jockey Challenge has much more depth to it and the possibility of a winner at more attractive odds awaits.

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Mascot fitness worry opens door for fast-finishing Birdie

The fitness cloud surrounding Helene Mascot may provide a window of opportunity for his rivals in today's Group Two Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial, and one of the horses best placed to take up the advantage is the Caspar Fownes-trained Green Birdie.

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The Vase: An early-bird guide to the form

Dylan Thomas: The world's highest-rated active turf horse; Europe's Horse of the Year and Leading Older Horse of 2007; also the highest-rated horse ever to appear in Hong Kong; six Group 1 successes, including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October; last year's Irish Derby and a four-length cruise in the King George in July.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

All's Well with Shum's Derby candidate

'The corn was cut out and he is now back to normal'

Frontline Derby contender All's Well has recovered from the setback that forced his withdrawal from last week's Derby Trial and is still on target for the HK$14 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 18.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Flawless Pegasus gives nothing away

If rival jockeys wanted to find a flaw in the make-up of outstanding four-year-old Floral Pegasus in Tuesday's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial, they certainly wasted their opportunity.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Extra distance should benefit Hail The Storm

An extra 200m and his defeated run in the Classic Mile are the factors that can make Hail The Storm go one better and turn the tables on Sunny Sing in today's Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial.

4 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Fownes's yard showing promise

Caspar Fownes gave a strong insight into the stable's prospects in the coming weeks with a clean sweep of Friday's Sha Tin trials, including a tierce result from three runners in the opening heat.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

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