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Horse Health

Fownes pair given solid workouts

Caspar Fownes left no doubt as to what he wanted from Eternal Fame and Longwah Kid as both horses were given thorough hit-outs at Friday's Sha Tin trials.

Sunday, 15 April, 2012, 12:00am

Derby-bound Specialist 'will only get better'

Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby-bound Real Specialist topped a treble for the John Size-Douglas Whyte Dream Team, but a miserable tempo and dropping back in distance did him no favours in justifying his selection for next Sunday's Group One feature.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Two up-and-coming types the way to go

The judge couldn't separate Cosmic Boom and O'Halo for third last start at Sha Tin and the pair stands out as Triple Trio double bankers in their return bout at the same track on Sunday.

The middle pin marks the first time the two three-year-olds have stepped beyond 1,000m and around a bend, but both seem ready for their assignment - a weak Class Four (1,200m).

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Delighted owners to live life in Fast Lane

The Fast Lane showed he has acclimatised well with a stunning finish in the Lucky Star Handicap (1,200m) on Wednesday at Sha Tin.

The Peter Ho Leung-trained youngster has had three trials and went nicely in his final lead-up heat behind another promising one in Cosmo One 11 days ago up the Sha Tin straight and had shown good progress in his other exercises as well.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lee works his magic to correct 'terrible' behaviour

Almond Lee said Great Pegasus was so badly behaved when he arrived at his stables that he had struggled to saddle the gelding. The four-year-old subscription griffin finally broke through at his seventh start, helped in by barrier two and a box-seat ride under Keith Yeung Ming-lung.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Glorious Days shows his fighting spirit

The Chinese New Year Cup has already launched some successful Group One careers, but fans of the John Size-trained Glorious Days will have to hold on for another six weeks to see if he can take the same step up after keeping his unbeaten record intact by only centimetres.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Gelding comes good with an impressive win for Lee

This time last year Almond Lee took delivery of a sick-looking Solar Great after the horse had nearly lost a battle with colic in the quarantine facilities. Yesterday he watched as the gelding strode away for an impressive maiden win in a Class Four Handicap (1,200m). 'He was very sick,' Lee said.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Yeung makes no mistake this time as dirt freak seals another victory

Ole Ole claimed his third all-weather track win, with trainer Almond Lee believing his apprentice Keith Yeung Ming-lun learned the lesson of his defeat last time. 'Last time he drew an outside barrier and he was wide on the outside and the boy decided to change and go for an inside run,' Lee said. 'He should just have kept going.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Arrived Ahead's return shows he's all heart

His second local win was anticipated rather less enthusiastically than his first, but Arrived Ahead lived up to his name in returning from a heart irregularity and reasserted himself as a horse going places.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

'He's been racing consistently and was due for a win'

After 'knocking on the door' at his three previous runs this season, Prosperous finally broke through with a win in a Class Four Handicap (1,000m) yesterday. Trainer Derek Cruz said a suitable strong speed and a smart ride by Vincent Ho Chak-yiu, plus his five-pound claim, were factors in the win. 'He's been racing very consistently and was due for a win,' Cruz said.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Gelded Zaidan's mind back on job

A gelding operation seems to have had the desired effect on the John Moore-trained Zaidan, who produced a tidy 1,000m turf trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday.

Darren Beadman positioned the northern hemisphere bred Private Purchase near the tail of the field after a sluggish jump.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

There are more wins in store for the gelding, promises Hall

After breaking through for a long-awaited maiden win, trainer David Hall believes Master Key can now handle a step up in grade. Alvin Ng Ka-chun's generous 10-pound claim was telling as he partnered the gelding to victory in a Class Four handicap (1,400m). 'He's a bit flexible now and I think he can win in Class Three,' Hall said.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Fresh is best for Good Words

The Tony Cruz-trained Good Words put the writing on the wall for a big season at the trials and he can carry that through for an upset win in the season's opening feature, the HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup (1,200m) at Sha Tin today.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Dirt freak makes a fine return to track from bleeding attack

Trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung managed to nurture his promising dirt performer Five Clubs back from a bleeding attack on January 16 to claim a resuming win in the Omega Handicap (1,200m). Man and red-hot Derek Leung Ka-chun combined to grab a first victory with the Danbird gelding after a five-month absence from the race-track, no easy feat according to the trainer.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

'He will measure up in Class Three'

It was a day for high, wide and handsome in dismal conditions, with several horses winning after sitting off the course and none more so than the Almond Lee-trained Dragon Victory.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am