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Give non-runners credit they deserve - in the form guide

Ah, welcome home old mate. There's a touch of nostalgia involved in this item as it was a hobby horse long ago in a galaxy far far away called Australia, where we lobbied for a long time to have non-runners' ...well, runs ... included in the form guide.

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am

Millard's A-team on a mission to win

They say a good coach takes the blame when his athletes lose and gives credit to his team when they win.

If Ambitious Dragon is defeated today, trainer Tony Millard says he will take the criticism 'on the chin', but in victory he will defer praise to the horse and the dedicated team around him.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Military Attack 'can strike it really big next season'

The John Moore-trained Military Attack may have been bought as a Derby horse this term and missed out on that silverware, but a brilliant swoop to take the Chan Trophy yesterday left no doubt the confidence behind his purchase wasn't misplaced and the big stage still lies ahead.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Inside gate gives Impeccable the edge

Inside draws are gold at Happy Valley and that gives Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Impeccable a chance to bounce back into the winner's circle in tonight's St George's Challenge Cup (1,200m).

Since the Jockey Club gained permission to go to 83 meetings per season, the dreaded C+3 'greyhound' meetings at the city course have made a serious comeback to the season's programme.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rivals running scared as Go Baby Go stamps class

Go Baby Go arrived at Dennis Yip Chor-hung's stables 'scared of everything', but it will be opposition trainers fearing the progressive sprinter after another dominant victory yesterday at Sha Tin.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bring more Group races to city track

Last week's 'experiment' with the January Trophy being elevated to Group Three status could not have been seen as anything, but a victory and left a number of trainers wondering why there are not more good races at Happy Valley.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Angland, Dr Super give Size a 'huge' lift

It seems the 1,300-pound plus Dr Super and towering jockey Tye Angland, who is close to six foot tall, were a perfect combination.

'It was the biggest jockey and biggest horse in Hong Kong combined,' Angland joked after a front-running display on the John Size-trained gelding in a Class Four (1,400m).

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sprinters from Down Under worth their weight in gold

When our counterparts from Europe consider what the difference is between their sprinters and those from this part of the world - let's call them Australian-breds for the sake of the exercise - then they might consider the comments of British jockey Neil Callan after he won on Straight Gold last week.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

With a better alley, Super Plus is the one

Drawing single figures can help Super Plus break through for the first time in more than a year and aid punters trying to narrow calculations in a tough Triple Trio at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dregs of Class Five are still hanging around

We hope the handicapping department had a nice summer break because now it's back to business and that means plenty of questions about the smoke and mirrors of their dark arts during the months ahead. And we are starting with a change in Class Five policy, which seems to have slipped under the radar.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Captain Sweet and Admiration march towards future stardom

By his own admission, John Moore has had an atypically slow start to the new campaign but the leading yard 'flexed some muscle' at Sha Tin yesterday, with the trainer showing off two young horses of the future and stable jockey Darren Beadman snatching a treble.

27 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Fresh is best for Electronic Master

Manfred Man Ka-leung enjoyed his most successful season with 43 winners last term, but he is yet to get off the mark after five meetings and will be watching keenly as Electronic Master and Brett Prebble step out in the middle leg of Thursday's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.

21 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Kingdom making speedy recovery

Champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom has made a whirlwind recovery from a life-threatening colic attack and will attempt to win his third Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint at the end of the year.

20 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

'He will improve dramatically'

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai was pleasantly surprised to see Plentiful claim the Yue Yee Handicap (1,200m) from the outside barrier - and says the horse will only improve for the run and can show his best once he steps up to 1,400m. Plentiful downed the Paul O'Sullivan-trained debutant Pizzazz by a head, with a further ?length to Wasabisabi in third.

17 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

On the Rails

One of the regular irks for those in the business of selling horses to Hong Kong owners is the weird obsession of local owners with the size of horses. For some reason, it has become ingrained in their minds - or those of their ubiquitous adviser friends, whose input is not to be taken lightly - that big horses are better, no matter what the reality might be.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am