Horse Anatomy

Zezao now has a happy spring to his step

The transformation of one-time head-case Zezao from highly strung handful to back-to-back winner is a credit to rookie trainer Richard Gibson, according to jockey Jeff Lloyd.

Monday, 6 February, 2012, 12:00am

Fair Trade ready to unleash his power first up

On sound legs Fair Trade would have been lining up in one of the middle distance features on Sunday, but the talented gelding will instead be racing in the Class One Dublin Handicap (1,400m) on Cathay Pacific International Day.

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Throat surgery still keeping Travel King from showing his best

Top trainer Tony Cruz is resigned to never seeing the real capabilities of Travel King, but the three-year-old managed to break through and at least put a score on the board in the Tolo Harbour Handicap (1,400m).

22 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Open your mouth

Long in the tooth

What do these 'tooth' phrases mean?

1 to have a sweet tooth

a. to have a toothache

b. to enjoy eating sweet things

2 to go through something with a fine-tooth comb

a. to go through something very thoroughly

b. to look at something very quickly

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Beadman struggles to find the post

The last month must feel like one of the longest in jockey Darren Beadman's celebrated career - after the champion Australian raised the bat for a half-century of outs yesterday.

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Cruz praises 'world class' veterinary team after Smart Currency's feat

Tony Cruz laid all credit for yesterday's win by Smart Currency with the Jockey Club's veterinary team, who helped the four-year-old overcome an extremely rare condition to regain his soundness and top form.

4 May 2009 - 12:00am

Sacred Kingdom ready to rule again, declares Yiu

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fie left the Sha Tin trials yesterday confident world champion Sacred Kingdom was ready to take back his mantle from the sprinters who have been keeping his throne warm this season.

Sacred Kingdom is due to return in the Group One Centenary Sprint Cup (1,000m) on Sunday week and those plans firmed up after his trial.

21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

'Mane' attraction

Equestrian-themed TV ads are to be screened, one of which will feature Tourism Board chairman James Tien and his racehorse. Will the ads have the desired effect and bring in more mainland visitors? Write to us

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Club should give notice of all relevant changes

The Jockey Club and its panel of stipendiary stewards have shown themselves to be well and truly on the side of the customer, punters, in the provision of accurate information from which investment decisions can be made.

3 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Times when tactics come into play

Once again the weekend's racing showed why the Jockey Club's 'policy' of passing on changes in tactics is a complete nonsense and should be abandoned.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Barrier trouble a scratchy issue

To scratch or not to scratch, that is the question. The thorny quandary of whether a horse should run after playing up in the starting stalls is again at issue after Multidandy was controversially allowed to run in Sunday's International Sprint Trial.

24 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Williams hopes rest will work wonders for injury

Australian jockey Craig Williams has been riding with a stress fracture in his left shoulder for two weeks and will stand down from Happy Valley tomorrow night to rest the injury.

26 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Tune-up for the body

We're all born with excellent posture. Young children instinctively walk, sit and bend with their backs straight and their large heads perfectly balanced.

But as we grow older, this natural poise is lost, and we cause ourselves pain and injury by hunching our backs and shoulders and slumping in chairs.

20 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Woods finds room to move with Agility

Sean Woods' Agility found the daylight far more to his liking yesterday as the gelding put his greater experience to work to upstage a two-horse war between Town Of Fionn and Better Boy and underline his own prospects.

23 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Expert ride proves Lo's no fall guy

There was no more appropriate winner yesterday than Good Heart for apprentice Paul Lo Pak-hin, who bounced back from a fall in the third race to steer home the smart four-year-old in the seventh event.

28 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

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