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

Club to refund Challenge bets on Beadman

The Jockey Club engaged in a positive public relations exercise late yesterday when it ruled that in-play Jockey Challenge bets on Darren Beadman, placed after the fifth race at Sha Tin on Thursday, will be refunded. Beadman was stood down from riding by club doctors and the announcement was made soon after the sixth race.

3 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Jackpot Delight is touch and go

Caspar Fownes is engaged in races against nature and time to get Jackpot Delight fit to fulfil his engagement in the Hong Kong Vase. Yesterday, Jockey Club senior veterinarian Brian Stewart examined Jackpot Delight at Fownes' stables and found him to be sore in his right front foot due to bruising.

12 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Munce inquiry date set

The Jockey Club's next session of the Chris Munce 'tips for bets' inquiry will take place on December 1. Jockey Club chief stipendiary steward Jamie Stier yesterday said the inquiry will again be conducted via video link between the club's offices and those of Racing New South Wales in Sydney.

25 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Looking good

Medic Power ridden by Brett Prebble strides clear of Elegant Win to complete the latest stage in his comeback with a comfortable win in a barrier trial at Sha Tin yesterday. Prebble said: 'I'm not convinced he's back to his best yet, but it was a huge improvement on how he was going earlier in the year, so we have to be happy with that.'

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Warrior can pounce when he next returns to familiar territory

Brilliant Warrior may have lost the plot when surrounded by horses for the first time at Happy Valley last start, but the New Zealand-bred running machine showed he was back on track with an impressive win at Tuesday's barrier trials.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am