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Murray Bell

Flying Zazou has speed to spare

The temperatures dropped a few degrees at Sha Tin yesterday morning but the rustling of the hedges at 9am had nothing to do with the cooler breezes from the north.

Saturday, 10 December, 2011, 12:00am

Japanese give a glimpse into unorthodox methods

The Japanese visitors gave an insight into their training strategies at Sha Tin yesterday when three of their international contenders went head and head in a sharp breeze on the all-weather track.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Betting steward is hot on the trail

Former SCMP racing editor Murray Bell will have had a quiet giggle to himself at comments by chief steward Kim Kelly following the Shahjee inquiry last week.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Fownes has last laugh with Horace's Choice

Caspar Fownes feared a John Moore whitewash yesterday so when the premiership pacesetter gained only a one-win advantage over him, Fownes was satisfied. Fownes took the final race with Horace's Choice (Jacky Tong Chi-kit) at odds of 27-1 and it was the only ray of light on an otherwise tough day at the office.

1 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Baazigar a triumph for new system

Chestnut five-year-old Baazigar's clear-cut win in the third event was part of a broader victory earlier in the season. After extensive research and consultation with local and international veterinarians, Jockey Club stipendiary stewards decided to prolong the life of horses that experience bleeding from the lungs, to the extent that blood appears in both nostrils.

27 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Hefty Home Treasure does it the hard way

The successful local trainer was grateful to land a winner on Audemars Piguet day with $34 favourite Home Treasure, but part of Lee was not entirely happy that the big gelding had led throughout. Home Treasure is the biggest horse in training at Sha Tin, hitting the scales yesterday at 1,329 pounds, and Lee wants to see him given a softer time in his races.

27 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Gallant Master the perfect pick-me-up

A stomach virus may have felled trainer Caspar Fownes, but the show went on in his absence with Gallant Master (Jacky Tong Chi-kit) breaking through for a well-deserved victory in the sixth event over the all-weather mile.

16 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Copybook display means reduced allowance

The 25-year-old had his five pounds allowance clipped to three after giving a copybook display to win the distance event for his former boss Tony Millard. It was a compensation race for Millard, who had saddled up the odds-on favourite in the griffin race only to see the 'good thing' Royal Flush (Olivier Doleuze) go under to California Moon.

16 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Sunrise shines in 330-1 double

Dennis Yip Chor-hong had a brilliant day at the office, not only landing a 330-1 double with Sunrise and Local Power but seeing a return to form of two of last season's more promising horses as well. Sunrise, 12-1 winner of the fifth event, was the first leg of Yip's double and the second of a two-timer for Brett Prebble.

9 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Dream Team comes to rescue - by a nose

Christophe Soumillon came to Sha Tin with a book of rides that bulged with winning chances, but at the end of the day the Belgian champion had to settle for a single and made hard work of that one, too.

9 Feb 2009 - 12:00am