Tony Harbidge (Topspeed)

Man Of Honour erases any lingering doubts

Man Of Honour went a long way to restoring his reputation as one of the territory's potential stars for next season with a smooth victory in the Argonaut Plate at Sha Tin last Saturday.

Thursday, 4 June, 1998, 12:00am

Gallant Blossom promises to be the pick of field

It's difficult to get excited about last week's winning action. Midweek racing on the sand is always of limited value for the future, while Saturday's meeting on the turf at Sha Tin failed to throw up any noteworthy winning times and was dominated by a profound track bias.

28 May 1998 - 12:00am

Man Of Honour destined for a run to the top

One performance from last week stands out head and shoulders above the rest.

It came in the opening griffin race at Sha Tin on Sunday with Man Of Honour producing a scintillating display of natural speed to clock an excellent 57.60 seconds for the 1,000-metre trip.

7 May 1998 - 12:00am

Good Spirit's sprint a hint of things to come

Favourite-backers will have left Sha Tin on good terms with themselves on Saturday, but with Scrooge-like dividends throughout the afternoon there was precious little to excite the value-conscious punter.

And in the same vein, while there were plenty of solid efforts, the nine-race card lacked a truly outstanding performance to get the pulse racing with expectation.

30 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Cup triumph ends doubts over Express' stamina

Oriental Express put the record straight with a thrilling success in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Larry Yung's Horse Of The Year-elect gained deserved compensation for his loss in the International Cup in December and by keeping the $5.3 million prize at home dispelled the stamina worries widely touted after his Gold Cup loss to stable companion Indigenous.

23 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Made To Figure running at head of griffin class

Saturday's action at Sha Tin kicked off with an exciting griffin performance as Made To Figure made light work of 11 rivals in the 1,200-metre Tung Chung Plate.

16 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Local duo perfectly balanced for QE II clash

Billed as the best Hong Kong Derby for years, the 1998 Classic didn't disappoint with Johan Cruyff producing an exhilarating performance that simply oozed class.

5 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

City Patrol best of pedestrians

Nothing to get too excited about from last week's action.

With the Wednesday night card taking place on a rain-affected sand track, Saturday's nine races should have offered the most reliable pointers to future winners.

But, although there were some solid efforts, the simple truth is nothing really stood out on the clock.

26 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Indigenous shows off his superiority

No prizes for guessing who put up the best time performance from the two New Year meetings at Sha Tin and Happy Valley.

Under a perfect ride from champion Basil Marcus, Indigenous landed the odds in the Centenary Vase at Sha Tin on Friday and his winning time of two minutes and 15.9 seconds equates to another classy Topspeed rating of 89.

5 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Fine showing earns Keen Talent high rating

Keen Talent produced the top time performance of last week when lowering the Class Two 1,800-metre record in Division Two of the Chater Divided Handicap at Sha Tin on Saturday.

15 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Kudos for Ridley as Valley track stands up to pounding

Last Wednesday's night meeting at Happy Valley was notable for how well the much criticised sandmesh surface held up to a seven-race card.

The generally deplorable state of the city turf has been highlighted in this column on numerous occasions.

11 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Time best guide in the griffin minefield

A feature of last Saturday's nine-race card at Sha Tin was the number of newcomers on show.

The afternoon kicked off with the first griffin contest of the season and it's always a bit of a punting minefield until later in the campaign when a pattern to the merit of the form of these youngsters emerges.

20 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Special win nothing to get excited about

Overall, last Saturday's meeting at Sha Tin looked the best of the season so far. Naturally, the highest bare time performance came in the Class One, 1,400-metre National Panasonic Cup.

As impressive as Special's two-length victory over Indigenous was, a Topspeed rating of 69 ranked only joint-top for winners on the day.

13 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Track times betray true conditions on fast-degrading circuit

The surface for last week's Happy Valley card didn't appear to degrade as much as for previous meetings, although almost certainly that was because the sandmesh track started the evening riding slower than usual.

23 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Mediocre results reflect battered Valley surface

Nothing sent the pulse racing at either meeting in Happy Valley last week, simply more evidence that the surface is not up to the punishment of four meetings in 17 days.

16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am