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Kentucky Derby

Orb trainer not worried by inside rail for Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Orb will start today's 138th Preakness from the usually unfancied rail, but trainer Shug McGaughey likes his colt's chances even with the inside starting spot.

Saturday, 18 May, 2013, 4:37am

Talking points

Malaysia votes in close-run poll

4 May 2013 - 4:04am

Rye recollections of a muddled mix

Mint julep, a classic summer cocktail made of mint, sugar or syrup and bourbon over crushed ice, is said to have originated in the southern United States in the 1700s. However, in the 17th century, it seems the English poet John Milton had already written about a similar libation in his Comus.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Mint condition

Mint is grown year round but its clean menthol flavour and aroma, cooling qualities and vivid colour are best appreciated in the summer. There are many varieties of mint but supermarkets usually only offer spearmint and peppermint. When buying the herb, look for bright green leaves with no dark spots.

24 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

the mixer

Sake has emerged as a contender to vodka as Hong Kong's favourite mixer base. There are probably more sake-based cocktails than gin drinks being shaken by bartenders here as new Japanese eateries and bars sprout up.

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Many Gains and Grand General to show what they're capable of

Debutant Many Gains could lay claim to being one of the best-bred horses at today's meeting and on the evidence of his trials to date, the gelding should have a bright future under the care of trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung.

26 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Cutting a dash

Horseracing has always been a rather rowdy affair, as far as I'm concerned. The Hong Kong Jockey Club, despite the prestige that membership brings, seems to me little more than a charity organisation funded by chronic gamblers.

2 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Derby night good run for the money

The second annual Camp Quality ball was held at the Regent Hotel this year with a horsey theme called 'The Run for the Roses', based on the Kentucky Derby. The ballroom was decorated to resemble the famed Churchill Downs racecourse with murals depicting scenes from the Kentucky Derby. The horse-racing fraternity turned up in full force.

7 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Odds shorten on Holland linking with Lane stable

BRILLIANT young English jockey Darryll Holland is favourite to sign as Geoff Lane's stable rider within the next 24 hours.

There are still a few contractual details to sort out but Holland yesterday briefed his retaining trainer in England, Mark Johnston, about a possible link-up with Lane.

30 May 1995 - 12:00am

Allan, Stevens set for assault on Kentucky's Run for Roses

CHAMPION trainer Ivan Allan and Gary Stevens, the jockey who has taken Hong Kong by storm, are all set to team up in one of the world's most important races, the Kentucky Derby.

23 Apr 1995 - 12:00am