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Ambitious Dragon to redeem himself

Racing fans are presented with a classic form analysis conundrum in the HK$12 million BMW Champions Mile at Sha Tin, with a horse coming off a career high against the horse coming off a career low but Ambitious Dragon gets his chance to redeem himself.

Sunday, 6 May, 2012, 12:00am

Bin Suroor wants a happy ending for African Story

Godolphin's head trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, arrived in Hong Kong early to witness a sparkling track gallop by Champions Mile contender African Story yesterday and liked what he saw, adding that soft ground on Sunday would help the striking chestnut transfer his red-hot all-weather track form to the turf.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

QE ii Cup still clear as mud after draw

The tactical Rubik's Cube of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday remains unsolved after the barrier draw left the possible speed runners drawn widest and dealt confusion to some of the best local hopes.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Viscount Nelson out to emulate Archipenko

South African trainer Mike De Kock has won the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup twice and, if parallels with his 2008 winner Archipenko hold true, he could make it three with Viscount Nelson at Sha Tin on Sunday.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

World Cup stars to race in HK

Dominant Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape and the top three from the Godolphin Mile are among an expected influx in overseas raiders for the upcoming international Group Ones at Sha Tin.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stars depart for Dubai in grand order

Reigning Horse of the Year Ambitious Dragon joined sprinters Joy And Fun and Eagle Regiment yesterday as the first Hong Kong raiders to set out for Dubai.

Tomorrow, Lucky Nine, California Memory and Xtension will complete the six-horse team which promises to be the strongest group yet to campaign under the bauhinia flag at a major foreign meeting.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Moore sees Dubai World Cup as softer option

John Moore hopes the Dubai World Cup withdrawal of Animal Kingdom means Xtension can replace him in the US$10 million feature on March 31, as the trainer tries to avoid local nemesis Ambitious Dragon in the Dubai Duty Free on the same night.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Twenty HK runners eye desert clash

Free entries closed on Wednesday for events on Dubai World Cup night with 20 Hong Kong names listed and the desert showpiece has received a boost from the unexpected nomination of champion Australian sprinter, Black Caviar.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bin Suroor thinks he has unlocked secret to Vase

Twelve months after trainer Saeed bin Suroor discovered that it takes a bona fide Group One performer to win the Hong Kong Vase, he hopes in-form globetrotter Campanologist fits the bill and can capture this year's crown.

Godolphin's head trainer had been striving to win the staying feature since 1999 and finally broke through with Mastery last year on his sixth attempt.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Parade ring could be toughest part of QEII for River Jetez

South African mare River Jetez went quietly about her guided tour of the Sha Tin parade yard yesterday but her next appearance there is unlikely to be as gentle.

'She's a real bugger to put a saddle on,' said Mike de Kock's travelling assistant, Steven Jell. 'She's not just difficult, she's almost dangerous.'

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Cape Blanco pulled out of QE II by trainer

The Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup has taken a body blow with the withdrawal of top-rated Irish galloper Cape Blanco.

The Dubai World Cup fourth placegetter and dual Group One winner has made way for the John Moore-trained Destined For Glory after trainer Aidan O'Brien decided not to make the trip from Dubai.

16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

On the Rails

It was a glorious moment, captured by the Dubai telecast of Saturday night's World Cup finish but not, from what we can Google up, by the world's racing photographers assembled at Meydan.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Woods delighted as King Dancer gets a call-up for Sheema

The Sean Woods-trained King Dancer has been handed his chance to extend Hong Kong's fantastic record in the US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic on World Cup night (March 26).

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

All systems go for Dubai raid in a Flash

Beauty Flash threw down the gauntlet for the Dubai Duty Free and even Horse of the Year honours yesterday as he again defied the expectations of many to claim a third successive Group One - and this time he did it the tough way.

7 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Marwing takes over World Cup hopeful Gitano Hernando

Hong Kong-based Weichong Marwing has been snapped up for top Dubai World Cup contender Gitano Hernando two weeks out from the start of the international carnival at Meydan.

Marwing is to replace Kieren Fallon, the horse's regular rider in his last six outings, including his sixth to Gloria De Campeao in the World Cup of 2010.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

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