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10:00 Sha Tin (HK) 26 Mar 2006

Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby (HK Group 1)

(4yo) 1m2f Yielding
1st £610,068 2nd £231,405 3rd £105,184 4th £49,437 5th £34,711 6th £21,037
Pos. (Draw)
Horse / SP
Trainer / Jockey
1 (10)  
4 90 118
bb g Marju (IRE) - Comic (IRE) (Be My Chief)
Bounced out with them, settled in rear on rails 5 lengths from leader, angled 2 wide at 5f, enjoyed easy run into turn, hampered when entering straight, pushed clear at 1 1/4f and came with powerful sprint to win easily
2 (14)
4 90 b 115
br g Metal Storm (FR) - Sound Willie (NZ) (Sound Reason)
Away with field, restrained from wide alley to settle 2nd from rear 8 lengths from pace, relaxed well and enjoyed easy run mid-race, had field in front on turn, strong run down outside in straight passing all but winner, good effort
3 (8) ½ [2¼]
3 90 114
b g Scenic (IRE) - Timeless Tenby (AUS) (Tenby)
Broke well, taken in behind to find cover early, settled just worse than midfield in wide position 6 lengths away, hampered wide making turn, clear at 1 3/4f and finished race off well to be closest at line
4 (1) ¾ [3]
4 90 t 113
b c Sri Pekan (USA) - Sagrada (GER) (Primo Dominie)
Quickly into stride, held inside running early before settling behind leader, had run of race throughout using nothing to turn, hampered when looking for clear running early in straight but lacked dash when clear
5 (2) 1 [4]
4 90 h 111
ch g Distorted Humor (USA) - Blazing Aura (AUS) (Blazing Sword)
Broke well, showed good early speed to roll forward and lead, over raced slightly in front at even clip, held 1 length advantage on turn, under pressure entering straight, still there until final furlong but weakened
6 (13) [6¼]
4 90 t 107
b g Towkay (AUS) - Make Up (NZ) (Take Your Partner)
Okto break, pressed forward to obtain prominent spot, caught wide 3 to 4 lengths away with cover in midfield, always under pressure into turn, in mix until 1 1/4f out, bumped and wide run took toll, weakened
7 (3) nk [6½]
4 90 v 106
b g Towkay (AUS) - Maretto (NZ) (Marceau)
Began only fairly, niggled along to be close on rails early, settled 3 back on fence 3 lengths away in middle stages, held up, on bit in bunched entering straight, left flat footed in home dash and held ground to line
8 (6) nk [6¾]
4 90 t 106
b g Lear Fan (USA) - Elle Meme (USA) (Zilzal)
Broke with field, awkward into stride not far away early but drifted back to just off midfield 5 to 6 lengths away, raced wide with cover in midfield, tracked 4 wide on turn, lacked class to be a factor final furlong
9 (7) [8¼]
4 90 t 103
bb g Woodman (USA) - Jade Tiara (AUS) (Bureaucracy)
Broke evenly, pushed on wide early, trapped 3 wide outside the leaders throughout without cover, always wandering and under pressure on turn, still there until 1 1/2f but early exertions took toll
10 (12) ½ [8¾]
4 90 t 102
b c Zabeel (NZ) - Better Succeed (AUS) (Success Express)
Evenly away, lacked early toe and unable to get close to rails from awkward position, raced 4 wide without cover for most of race, closed 5 wide to be 3 lengths away on turn but couldn't sustain effort, one pace to line
11 (11) ½ [9¼]
4 90 101
b g Danske (NZ) - Heaps (NZ) (Fiesta Star)
Broke with field, became unsettled when restrained early, held up 6 to 7 lengths away on rails, didn't settle with slow tempo and raced ungenerously throughout, made progress between runners in straight but one pace at finish when clear
11 (4) dht [9¼]
4 90 t 101
b g Danehill (USA) -
Fair to begin, pushed along to hold position wide in midfield to 5 lengths away, not asked in midfield and tracked nicely wide 3 lengths away into straight, found little when asked and one pace to line
13 (9) [11]
4 90 h 98
ch g Generous (IRE) - Karamea Lady (NZ) (Lord Ballina)
Average to begin, drifted back to last 10 lengths away on rails, not asked in midfield, wide run on turn, urged but unable to make up ground when widest in straight, unable to threaten
14 (5) [13¾]
4 90 t 93
b g Goldkeeper (USA) - Fancy Halo (SAF) (Rakeen)
Broke well, showed good toe to hold position outside leader, raced 1 length away pressured from outside throughout, under pressure on turn and faded in straight
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