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Hong Kong Vase

Real Specialist ready for the big stage

Real Specialist wins for Douglas Whyte and John Size.

There was no second guessing or airs of regret from John Size or Douglas Whyte after Real Specialist carried the top weight in the 1,400m Class One contest to scrape home again and win his eighth race from 14 starts - only thoughts of the future.

Monday, 10 December, 2012, 2:44am

Red-letter day for brilliant tactician Mosse

Canto-pop star Aaron Kwok presents a watch to Ronald Arculli.

A key mid-race move was the pivotal moment of a vintage ride by Gerald Mosse - the Frenchman adding to his overflowing international day resume and helping Red Cadeaux shed his status as a big-race bridesmaid.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Different venue, usual suspects for Red Cadeaux

Red Cadeaux hits the line smoothly on the course proper yesterday. Trainer Ed Dunlop believes his battle-hardened star will give his best in the Vase. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Former Jockey Club chairman Ronald Arculli had two observations about the task that faces his talented stayer Red Cadeaux in Sunday's HK$15 million Longines Hong Kong Vase - it's the usual suspects, but they're a tough crowd.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:04am

'MIA' Meandre finally gets to test the waters

One racing wag says French master Andre Fabre invented the old idiom "loose lips sink ships", and a recent 24th title as the champion trainer of France suggests not many vessels have been sunk on his extended watch.

6 Dec 2012 - 2:18am

French trainer Royer-Dupre a master at travelling right horses

Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre at Sha Tin yesterday

The deeds of Americain may have brought leading French trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre to southern hemisphere attention but Hong Kong learned some time earlier he commands serious respect whenever he turns up at Sha Tin in December.

6 Dec 2012 - 2:18am

Craig Williams says Dunaden can defend Vase title

Craig Williams gets Dunaden reacquainted with the Sha Tin turf yesterday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Australian jockey Craig Williams has slowly invaded that exclusive space, occupied by only a few elite riders with a record of getting the job done when the pressure is on - a space where the phone calls come to fly around the world to ride in some of the world's best and richest races.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:16am

British pair deals a blow to Sha Tin showpiece

The 2011 Hong Kong Vase runner Red Cadeaux. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The HK$15 million Longines Hong Kong Vase has been hit with the withdrawal of two important British drawcards at next month's showpiece meeting.

27 Nov 2012 - 1:54am

French again hold the whip hand in Vase

Dunaden will return to defend his Vase crown. Photo: Kenneth Chan

The chances of the locals breaking their long drought in the Hong Kong Vase look slimmer than ever as just two seemingly over-matched Hong Kong horses face another French onslaught in the distance feature.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:28am

Dominant dreams dashed by injury

Star stayer Dominant seems certain to be withdrawn from today's Longines Jockey Club Cup after pulling up lame following a routine morning exercise, throwing John Moore's Hong Kong Vase dreams into disarray and putting any overseas plans for the expensive import on hold.

18 Nov 2012 - 1:50am

80 Group One winners nominate for HK International Races

Frankel races ahead of Olivier Peslier on Cirrus des Aigles, which has been nominated for the International Races. Photo: Reuters

The Jockey Club has announced early nominations for the HK$72 million on offer in the Longines Hong Kong International Races on December 9, with 80 Group One winners among the names.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:00am

Gibson eyes feature with Great Renown

Freshman trainer Richard Gibson has made a sound start to his local career and Great Renown gives him the chance to claim his first trophy race in the Chinese Manufacturers Association Of Hong Kong Cup (1,650m) at Happy Valley tonight.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Arculli has chance of a gift with Red Cadeaux

Ronald Arculli has a long list of achievements in both business and racing, but should his English-trained stayer Red Cadeaux win the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase, it will feature prominently on the influential business leader's already overflowing mantlepiece.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Red Cadeaux could be perfect present for Whyte

One door has closed but another opened for champion jockey Douglas Whyte, who has been asked to ride Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (2,400m) on December 11.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Gibson making the most of it

Richard Gibson's former horse Dunaden may have won the world's richest handicap during the week, but the English trainer is adamant he isn't looking back.

Gibson left behind a quality team of horses in France, including what turned out to be a future Melbourne Cup winner, but his fledgling career in Hong Kong continues to go from strength to strength.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Arculli's longest two minutes

Former Hong Kong Jockey Club chairman, Ronald Arculli is prepared to call Tuesday's Melbourne Cup 'third time lucky' despite his stayer, Red Cadeaux, being beaten by the smallest margin in the 150-year history of the race.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

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