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Memory lands in Lion City in good shape

Tony Cruz reported California Memory was in top shape ahead of Sunday's Singapore Airlines International Cup, as the grey handled his second overseas trip in the space of six weeks like a seasoned professional.

Tuesday, 15 May, 2012, 12:00am

Fownes contender given Thumbs Up

Caspar Fownes doesn't especially care whether it rains or not before Sunday's $14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup but the trainer will be keenly checking the weather reports all the same.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Raid on Lion City 'perfect' for Thumbs Up

Caspar Fownes is eyeing the Singapore Airlines International Cup with Thumbs Up after the stayer's powerful display lumping top weight in the Group Three Premier Plate, and the trainer is keen to avoid the current crop of local middle-distance stars.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sapelli can keep Plate for another season

After yo-yoing in the ratings over the past 12 months, the John Size-trained stayer Sapelli bounces back into the Group Three Premier Plate allotted the same weight he carried to victory in the race last year and can win again, especially with a couple of major rivals drawn wide.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Thumbs Up can claim first international Group trophy

A combination of factors that has eluded Thumbs Up this season in Hong Kong can pave the way to the Caspar Fownes-trained six-year-old claiming the prestigious Group One Yasuda Kinen today.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Champions Mile is next for rising Flying Blue

Emerging star Flying Blue took his first step into the big time with ease yesterday as he saw off the established stars in the Group Two Chairman's Trophy and set himself for a tilt at the BMW Champions Mile.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Thumbs Up ready to show his best

The Caspar Fownes-trained Thumbs Up has been one of the forgotten horses of the season, but the six-year-old gets his chance to put that right in the Group Two Chairman's Trophy (1,600m) at Sha Tin today.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Prebble to prove too good again in Challenge

Derek Leung Ka-chun may make the pace but Brett Prebble will be the man charging home at the business end and the Australian may continue what has been a period of Jockey Challenge domination.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Collection's Derby runaway points to exciting times for Sha Tin racegoers

When British private purchase Collection raced away to throttle his rivals in the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 22, even the racing layman had to be impressed.

24 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Beadman on cloud nine after Collection draw

Collection's major rivals for the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby took some comfort from their good barrier draws yesterday, but their enthusiasm failed to match that of jockey Darren Beadman as he declared the raging hot favourite had everything in order for Sunday's classic.

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

More Bountiful has six appeal written all over him

Few horses win six races in a season, even fewer do it before the end of February but the John Size-trained More Bountiful can land the rare achievement and a Group Two prize at the same time in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial today.

15 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Whyte switches to 'no-fuss' Bountiful for Derby Trial

Douglas Whyte will switch from Unique Jewellery to More Bountiful as his mount in Sunday's second leg of the four-year-old Triple Crown, the Group Two Mercedes-Benz Derby Trial.

10 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

A big Thumbs Up for confident Shum

Danny Shum Chap-shing broke a few rules before getting Thumbs Up to the post in yesterday's HK$1.4 million Panasonic Cup, but ultimately it came down to having confidence in his horse.

Thumbs Up became a feature race winner just two weeks after his debut, and while that rate of ladder climbing is rare in Hong Kong, Shum says he had the right horse for the right occasion.

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

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US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, who arrived in Beijing from Seoul yesterday to discuss holding a new round of six party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme, said Washington had some fresh ideas on ways to break the deadlock.

21 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Body language says it all

All races have their own particular gestures, some subtle, some very demonstrative. Gestures are movements of the hands or face that are used to give non-verbal messages.

28 Oct 2002 - 12:00am