Real Specialist

Selection for Derby should be delayed to the 11th hour

Sunny Ying

If the mishmash which has been the BMW Derby field selection this year has suggested anything, it is that the Jockey Club might save a lot of pain and an equal amount of face with a later announcement of the runners.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 3:58am

Real Specialist ready for the big stage

Real Specialist wins for Douglas Whyte and John Size.

There was no second guessing or airs of regret from John Size or Douglas Whyte after Real Specialist carried the top weight in the 1,400m Class One contest to scrape home again and win his eighth race from 14 starts - only thoughts of the future.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:44am

Trainer Size tinkers with head gear to spark Glorious revenge

Glorious Days (green) will be out to turn the tables on favourite Ambitious Dragon this Sunday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Champion trainer John Size has ruled Real Specialist out of this weekend's Jockey Club Mile and will rely on a freshly blinkered Glorious Days as he attempts to turn the tables on Ambitious Dragon.

13 Nov 2012 - 4:29am

Size keeps options open with Specialist

Real Specialist (Douglas Whyte) shows great heart in the closing stages to make a sparkling return in the Panasonic Cup. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Champion trainer John Size has the unusual luxury of a rest day today to consider whether he should pursue an international start with Real Specialist or keep those ambitions for later on after the five-year-old returned in triumph yesterday.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Specialist has 'more up his sleeves'

The irony of Real Specialist's somewhat controversial inclusion in the Derby is that it probably paved the way to the four-year-old's impressive Hong Kong Reunification Cup win yesterday (1,400m) and the gelding's stellar season may not yet be over.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Five-star Whyte delivers riding masterclass

Douglas Whyte started yesterday a one-to-five favourite in Jockey Challenge betting, but soon made those odds look generous with a quintet of wins, all featuring superb judgment from a rider performing with unparalleled confidence.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Include Specialist in Derby'

Leading trainer John Size hopes Real Specialist's upward scope and obvious promise will be enough to sway the selection panel to include him in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby field when it is announced on Wednesday.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Four-year-old takes advantage of a good draw and light weight

Consistent four-year-old Shiny Day has no pretensions to being on the Derby trail, but was able to take advantage of a good draw and a light weight to upset Real Specialist, whose ambitions in that direction probably evaporated with defeat in the final event.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fifth jockey falls foul of riding rule

Chief steward Kim Kelly has denied he has led any extraordinary 'crackdown' in judicial affairs, despite an abrupt end to Mark du Plessis' stint yesterday after he became the fifth jockey punished under the 'reasonable and permissible measures' rule.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Size thrilled with Real Specialist and Mandarin

John Size took great satisfaction from seeing Mandarin return to his best with a dominant win in the Audemars Piguet Lady Royal Oak Handicap (1,200m), but the astute trainer was also quietly pleased with debutant Real Specialist, who won the opening event for visiting Australian jockey Damien Oliver.

2 May 2011 - 12:00am

Put money on Money

AT these Happy Valley meetings it is usually the best betting ploy just to settle for a couple of win bets and then to look for better odds and big-priced quinellas at Sha Tin.

That's why I reckon Happy Money (Nap) is the best bet of the night in this evening's inaugural running of the Happy Valley Trophy.

10 Nov 1993 - 12:00am