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THE Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby on March 14 is the most prestigious race on the domestic calendar and some of the best four-year-olds are heading for this en route the first leg of the four-year-old series, the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile on Sunday.

Trainer Tony Cruz, looking for his record-breaking seventh Hong Kong Derby success, holds the aces in the first leg of the four-year-old series with three runners in the $HK8 million Hong Kong Group 1 event on Sunday.

FORMER Queensland apprentice Matthew Chadwick completed a meteoric rise to the senior jockey ranks in Hong Kong on Sunday – but there was a down-side when he copped a double suspension.

Alan Aitken reports in the South China Morning Post that the star young rider completed his fairytale apprenticeship in record time – taking one year and three weeks to boot home 70 winners, outride his claim and graduate as a senior jockey.


THE 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races proved a day of celebration for Hong Kong and France as we witnessed records broken, memorable moments aplenty and a billion dollars plus in betting turnover.

Good Ba Ba became the first horse to win three times at the Turf World Championships by taking the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile for the third year running.

GOOD Ba Ba created history at Sha Tin on Sunday when running out the dramatic winner of the HK$16 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile for an unprecedented third time in a row.

Given a super confident ride by Olivier Doleuze, Good Ba Ba produced his trademark finishing kick to run down Happy Zero, the young pretender to his crown, gaining a half length success with Fellowship back in third, and Egyptian Ra in fourth for a Hong Kong clean sweep.

SACRED upheld local dominance in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday by regaining the title he won so impressively two years ago.

The race widely recognised as the best international sprint line-up for many seasons given the presence of so many champions from all over the world ultimately boiled down a local shootout.

THE French drew first blood in the 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races when the filly Daryakana produced a big finishing burst to win the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase, from Spanish Moon, at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The filly, owned by His Highness the Aga Khan, provided trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre with his second CXHKIR success following his win in the 2006 CXHK Cup with the mare Pride.

RVL Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter is staying loyal to the Aussie gallopers and has selected All Silent to beat the world class field in Sunday’s $1.8 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.

Handicappers do not usually publicly announce their tips but the International Handicappers’ Conference held at Sha Tin today (Friday) is an exception.

THERE were mixed results for Australia’s three representatives in Sunday’s $1.8 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Sprint at today’s barrier draw at Sha Tin racecourse.

While the connections of Apache Cat (barrier 9) and Scenic Blast (3) were satisfied, Grahame Begg, trainer of the highly fancied All Silent, who drew the outside of the field of 14, said he would have preferred a “softer” draw.

THE barrier draw was completed at a special function today for the four Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International feature races to be run at Sha Tin on Sunday.

These are the fields for one of the most important race meetings on the world stage:


EUROPEAN jockeys dominated the Cathay Pacific International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley tonight with a clean-sweep of victories in the three-leg competition.

Top French rider Christophe Lemaire, John Murtagh and Ryan Moore, the Irish and British champions respectively, scored one victory each to share the HK$300,000 prizemoney equally.

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