Tony Harbidge

Impressive galloper shows quality change of pace

Indigenous confirmed his class with an impressive victory over stablemate Oriental Express in the Gold Cup at Sha Tin on Saturday.

Thursday, 2 April, 1998, 12:00am

Universal Winner set to take rise in his stride

No prizes for spotting the most significant performance of the week, with newcomer Universal Winner absolutely trotting up in the Class Four Manawatu River Handicap at Sha Tin on Saturday.

26 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Griffins expose weakness in depth

Saturday's meeting at Sha Tin was definitely one to keep close tabs on, with quality performances throughout the afternoon.

The nine-race card kicked off with an exciting griffin performance in the 1,400 metre Arctic Ocean Plate won by Lord Of Warriors.

12 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Track rating assessment misleading

What a difference a month makes. Well at least it does when it comes to the state of the all-weather track at Sha Tin.

27 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Deteriorating Valley surface reduces punters to guesswork

The dominant feature of last Thursday's meeting at Happy Valley was once again the way the track went off as the nine-race card progressed, mirroring previous meetings and confirming the already chronic state of the sandmesh surface at the Valley.

9 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Kowloon Pride proves class act

The first meeting to be held under Chinese rule couldn't have started in better fashion.

The top-grade, HKSAR Chief Executive's Cup opened the eight-race card at Happy Valley on Saturday, and Kowloon Pride produced a winning performance to match the historic occasion, clocking a record time of one minute and 9.7 seconds for the 1,200-metre trip.

11 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Speed in for Triple Trio pointers

Even here in England there has been plenty of talk about the amazing Triple Trio jackpot of $198 million.

Amazing is the word because for the British punter this is a truly mind-boggling betting sum, almost out of our comprehension.

15 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Benji confirms his star quality

Benji was the star of the show last week, but even his convincing success in the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin was not as significant as it seemed at the time.

Make no mistake, the Patrick Biancone-trained youngster is a quality animal, but we already knew that.

24 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Cheung's charge a Snip at good odds

There is nothing like a bit of value to set the pulse racing and Snip Pour Roi should be at big odds in this afternoon's fifth event at Sha Tin. The Chris Cheung Ting-pong-trained galloper could well get under the general public's guard as, seemingly, his runs this season have been nothing special.

16 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Judgment reserved after bias creeps into performance times

Like it or not, track bias and the ability of a jockey to capitalise on conditions are major features of racing here.

Saturday's action at Sha Tin proved no exception, with the fast sandmesh surface contributing to an exaggerated bias favouring front-runners.

13 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Griffins event points to many future winners

Griffin races are often the most fruitful of betting mediums and last Saturday's opening Peel Plate promises to provide a clutch of future winners.

The first and most important pointer is the overall time. And by recording a winning time of one minute and 25 seconds there is no doubt Master Magic is one to look out for.

20 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Inconsistent surface makes rating tough at Sha Tin

By and large the turf track at Sha Tin has escaped the same damning criticism that has dogged Happy Valley this season, but Saturday's meeting is difficult to get a handle on.

30 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Shining example to follow

SHINING Winner is strongly fancied to bounce back to his best form by taking this evening's second event on an enthralling card at Sha Tin.

The Geoff Lane-trained Shining Winner can be an infuriating customer as he has mixed his form a bit and has been hard to catch right.

1 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Still plenty of vigour in veteran Allez Au Bon

AGEING Allez Au Bon ran an excellent race at his last start for champion jockey Tony Cruz and that gives plenty of encouragement for those who wish to side with the pair in the fourth event tonight.

15 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Sax appeals to break through

A BARE scrutiny of his form would reveal that Arman's Sax has been disappointing since arriving in Hong Kong. Arman's Sax had a useful career in Britain and Europe and was Group-placed in Germany which would generally be considered good enough to get away with a race in Hong Kong.

18 Oct 1995 - 12:00am