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Drop in distance 'a good' move

BE A Good Horse can benefit from the drop back to 1,500 metres and take this afternoon's Metro Cup in Macau.

Sunday, 8 June, 1997, 12:00am

Handsome Billy has the look

Handsome Billy can strengthen David Hayes' end-of-season assault on the trainers' championship by taking the second event on tonight's Happy Valley card.

The big problem is going to be solving the track bias in operation at the city circuit.

23 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Workout on grass pointer to future

MICK O'Brien, the astute Australian track man, used to come to Sha Tin every Saturday morning just to watch the grass-testing gallops.

O'Brien's contention was that they often throw up future winners and he was spot on as trainers have restricted access to the grass so when they can get on it, they usually make sure they gallop a couple of their horses ready to win.

20 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Follow Payne in the last

Danetop is strongly fancied to continue the tremendous burst of form of the accomplished Australian jockey Patrick Payne and take the final event on tonight's mixed grass and dirt meeting at Sha Tin.

16 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Majestic way to get started

Majestic Conqueror looks a cracking good bet to get punters off on a winning note in the opening event at tonight's Happy Valley meeting. Betting at the troubled city venue should almost certainly revolve around horses that finish strongly and late and can thus grab the running out wide at tonight's meeting.

9 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Take a shot at Fireball

Fireball can provide a spot of punting cheer on tonight's special Martell-sponsored Grand National meeting at Happy Valley. The world's most famous race is covered extensively by Britain's premier racing journalist, Jim McGrath, on page four.

5 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Strydom on golden streak

Rocketeer can continue top South African rider Piere Strydom's brilliant burst of form by taking tonight's second event at Happy Valley. Hardly a meeting passes these days without Strydom's name appearing on the scoresheet.

26 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Wind Chaser to strike blow

Wind Chaser can stamp himself as one of the territory's emerging sprint stars by taking this afternoon's fourth event on Hong Kong Classic Trial day at Sha Tin. There's a feast of racing in store which, hopefully, will bring the punters flocking to the New Territories venue.

25 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Stewards demand a second audience

Three trainers and their riders are set to front the race-meeting stewards for a second time following the adjournment of yesterday's high-profile inquiry into the Gold Capture case. Gold Capture ran an eye-catching sixth of 12 at Happy Valley a week last Saturday when tenderly ridden by 10-pound claimer Andy Ko who was riding for his former master Wylie Wong.

28 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Yiu has the Killer instinct

Professionalkiller looks betting material in the second race on a cracking day's sport at Sha Tin this afternoon. The Ricky Yiu-trained youngster is contesting a local riders' affair - the very type of event which has been brought dramatically into the headlines by the run of Gold Capture in a similar contest at Happy Valley last week.

27 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Corollary to extend Whyte's hot run

Demon Douglas Whyte can continue the prolific start to his Hong Kong riding stint by scoring on Corollary in tonight's final event at Happy Valley. Whyte, a former record-breaking champion apprentice in his native South Africa, has taken the territory by storm since the start of the season, banging in a fabulous 13 winners and 10 seconds from 77 rides.

16 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Mission is probable

Mission Sealed should take all the beating in the seventh event on tonight's special Sha Tin Trophy and Arc de Triomphe card at the New Territories venue. Racing starts at the unusual time of 5.45 in order to accommodate the French spectacular for which the drying ground should suit the topclass Pentire.

6 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Stylish Citiluck primed for Vase

The Sha Tin Vase beckons enticingly at the weekend and following good work from Winning Horse on Monday it was the turn of the rapidly improving Citiluck to sparkle at yesterday's trackwork session. Citiluck was not asked to run any scintillating time when out on the troubled sandmesh surface in company with Lucky Partners; it was just the style of his work which impressed.

22 May 1996 - 12:00am

Holland dazzles Valley crowd with double treat

Dashing English rider Darryll 'The Dazzler' Holland lit up Happy Valley once again last night when booting home a 36-1 double. Holland scored on Way Ahead for retaining trainer Geoff Lane in a classy fourth event which featured some of the best milers in training before completing his double on Top Performance for Wong Tang-ping in the sixth.

21 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Biancone in soup over feed foul-up

A SIMPLE stable mix-up has led to the Patrick Biancone-trained Lyphard's Lad testing positive to a prohibited substance following his second placing at Sha Tin last weekend.

Lyphard's Lad, whose feed is brand number M33, faces almost certain disqualification from the race after it was discovered that he received the feed for his stablemate Powernamic, brand number N33.

17 Mar 1996 - 12:00am