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Horse racing is much more than an excuse for gambling. It is a love for the beauty, grace and speed of the horse. It can also be an intellectual battle of examining competing facts and trying to formulate the future from results of the past. In some ways it is an investigation, as performed by an eager detective. And in other ways it can be the thrill of a crossword puzzle, with multiple possible responses, but ultimately only one correct answer. It is a thing of beauty as much as it is a matter of commerce. I have been involved with horse racing in both practical and intellectual ways. From time spent as an apprentice jockey, to later the research of bloodlines in the multimillion dollar world of thoroughbred breeding and sales. And for the past seventeen years I have provided speedrating information to the racing industry and public through my company: Speedratings - Leonard Marlborough.
Hong Kong Dominance Continues in Singapore

(Words and photos by Neil Murray reporting from Singapore for RacingWrite and Speedratings, 18 May 2015)




For the third year in a row Hong Kong gallopers have taken both group 1 prizes at Singapore’s 2015 international race meeting on Sunday 17 May. Dan Excel, in a brilliant display of front running, led all the way in the $3,000,000 international group 1, SIA Cup over 2000m to win by half a length from fellow Hong Konger, Military Attack , with Singapore local Quechua in third.





Tommy Berry and trainer John Moore greet as Berry brings Dan Excel back after the SIA Cup win


Complete article with additional large format photos can be read at link below:

Hong Kong Dominance in Singapore


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Rodd’s First Group 1 in Singapore

(Words and photos by Neil Murray reporting from Singapore for RacingWrite and Speedratings, 16 May 2015)



Australian jockey Michael Rodd has been riding in Singapore since January this year. Last night at Singapore’s Kranji track Michael rode the 3yo, Laurie Laxon trained gelding, Affleck, to win the $500,000 Group 1 Singapore Guineas.

Affleck, the even money favourite, won by 1.8 lengths from Jimmy Rea (Manoel Nunes) and Spanish Bay (I Saifudin) third. This brought Affleck’s tally to seven wins and three seconds from ten starts. And it brought up Michael Rodd’s first Group 1 in Singapore.




Affleck almost two lengths clear at the post


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Trackwork Stars at Kranji

May 14th 2015 04:29
Neil Murray is on assignment in Singapore reporting for RacingWrite and Speedratings.

Trackwork Stars at Kranji

Photography & captions by Neil Murray.


Some of the entrants in next Sunday's SAI Cup and Kris Flyer working out this morning at Kranji:



Cooptado (SAI Cup)



Dan Excel (SAI Cup)



Lucky Nine (Kris Flyer)



Military Attack (SAI Cup)




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Plucky Purton

May 4th 2015 01:18
RacingWrite was 'down' for a few days - but is back again now.

A bit late with this 'topical' story from Neil Murray because of our time spent invisible


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Blazing Speed Wins

April 27th 2015 01:52
Blazing Speed Wins

words & photography by Neil Murray


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Moreira's Century

April 23rd 2015 01:28
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Dual Happy

April 19th 2015 23:03
Dual Happy

words by Leonard Marlborough


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The Mechanical Horse

April 13th 2015 01:05
The Mechanical Horse

words by Leonard Marlborough

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Bahamas

April 10th 2015 02:42
Bahamas
words by Leonard Marlborough
photography by Neil Murray

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Noble Protector

March 27th 2015 23:19
Noble Protector

words by Leonard Marlborough

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