Happy Valley stewards' report
20/04/2017 - Happy Valley
Going:Good (Race 1)
Good to Firm (Races 2 – 8)
Penetrometer Reading :2.7
Racing Stewards :
The Hon Martin Liao SBS JP Chairman
The Hon Mr Justice A T Barma
Mr K Kelly Chief Stipendiary Steward
Mr S Railton Stipendiary Steward
Mr G Bush Stipendiary Steward
Mr K C Y Kwok Stipendiary Steward
Mr H L Liu Stipendiary Steward
Race: 1 (581) ABERDEEN HANDICAP Class 5 2200 m
LOYAL CRAFTSMAN began only fairly and then shortly after the start was steadied away from the heels of MY FOLKS which was taken out by STORM KID which shifted out after being bumped by HOLY UNICORN.
From wide barriers, TELEPHATIA and ALWAYS WONGCHOY were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
For some distance approaching the 1800 Metres, MY FOLKS proved very difficult to settle and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of MEDIC SWORDSMAN. MY FOLKS then shifted out away from the heels of MEDIC SWORDSMAN and bumped CHARITY PLENTY.
Passing the 1700 Metres, CHEERFUL FRAME got its head up when being steadied to obtain cover.
Approaching the 1300 Metres, HOLY UNICORN and AUDACITY were taken wider by SWEET BEAN which shifted out away from the heels of STORM KID. MY FOLKS, which was following AUDACITY, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse in consequence.
Passing the 1100 Metres, AUDACITY raced tight inside the heels of HOLY UNICORN.
Rounding the Home Turn, AUDACITY was checked away from the heels of CHEERFUL FRAME after attempting to improve between that horse and HOLY UNICORN where there was insufficient room. AUDACITY then shifted out and brushed HOLY UNICORN when obtaining tight running between those horses a short distance later.
Also rounding the Home Turn, STORM KID got its head up when being checked away from the heels of LUCKY SEBRING. MEDIC SWORDSMAN and LOYAL CRAFTSMAN, which were following, were held up for clear running in consequence.
At the entrance to the Straight, TELEPHATIA became unbalanced after shifting out abruptly away from the heels of HOLY UNICORN.
Approaching the 250 Metres, SWEET BEAN was shifted out away from the heels of CHEERFUL FRAME which was giving ground.
LOYAL CRAFTSMAN was held up for clear running passing the 250 Metres.
For the majority of the race, HOLY UNICORN travelled wide and without cover.
AUDACITY and TELEPHATIA were sent for sampling.
Race: 2 (582) KOWLOON BAY HANDICAP Class 5 1650 m
DANEWIN EXPRESS began only fairly and shortly after the start bumped EASTERN PROWESS.
Shortly after the start, RED SUN shifted out and bumped AGIAAL. Then from the outside barriers, both RED SUN and AGIAAL were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
PRECISIONCRAFTSMAN was also steadied shortly after the start to obtain cover.
Approaching the 700 Metres, EASTERN PROWESS got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of DANEWIN EXPRESS and shifted out. EASTERN PROWESS consequently raced wide and without cover.
Passing the 300 Metres, MALAYAN PEARL was shifted in away from the heels of DASHING FORTUNE.
The performance of RED SUN, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, RED SUN will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of DOUBLE POINT immediately following the race found the horse to have blood present at the right nostril. An endoscopic examination conducted on DOUBLE POINT confirmed the horse to be a bleeder.
MY BLESSING, AGIAAL and EASTERN PROWESS were sent for sampling.
Race: 3 (583) KOWLOON TSAI HANDICAP Class 4 1200 m
RAINBOW FIGHTER began awkwardly.
SHOWING CHARACTER shifted in at the start and brushed RESPLENDENT GLORY.
HOT HOT PEPPER and NASHASHUK bumped on jumping.
From the outside barriers, GODSPEED, SHARPMIND, SEE ME NOW and PROUD SKY were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Making the turn near the 1050 Metres, RAINBOW FIGHTER raced tight between GREAT SKY and GODSPEED which got its head on the side and shifted in away from SHARPMIND.
N Callan (PACKING STARCRAFT) was fined $7,000 for weighing in 2 lbs overweight after the race.
A veterinary inspection of SHARPMIND immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
NASHASHUK, RESPLENDENT GLORY and SHOWING CHARACTER were sent for sampling.
Race: 4 (584) SIU SAI WAN HANDICAP Class 4 1000 m
SAKURA FIGHTER began awkwardly and lost ground.
FISH N’ CHIPS (Apprentice H T Mo) began awkwardly and then shortly after the start was crowded for room between ROCKET LET WIN and BEST STEP which shifted out. Apprentice Mo reported that in this incident his saddle shifted to the right, placing him at a significant disadvantage for the remainder of the race. FISH N’ CHIPS subsequently travelled wide and without cover throughout the race.
Passing the 500 Metres, JOYFUL FOREVER got its head on the side and lay out.
BEAUTY CONNECTION lost its right front plate after the race.
When questioned, M L Yeung stated that, from the outside barrier, he had been asked to ride LUNAR ZEPHYR in about a midfield position or just worse than midfield with cover if possible. He said the connections had been somewhat disappointed by the manner in which LUNAR ZEPHYR had been finishing off its races when ridden for speed since arriving in Hong Kong and as the horse was drawn the outside barrier tonight and the race appeared to have a number of horses engaged in it which had previously shown natural early speed, it was felt that riding LUNAR ZEPHYR forward may lead to the horse being left racing very wide and consequently not being able to finish off the race. He said in the early stages he attempted to obtain a position in midfield, however, passing the 800 Metres was left racing very wide and therefore he elected to steady LUNAR ZEPHYR and obtained a position closer to the rail which resulted in the horse racing well back in the field. He said ridden more quietly tonight, LUNAR ZEPHYR was able to steadily make ground rounding the Home Turn and in the Straight closed off the race fairly. He added, in his opinion, LUNAR ZEPHYR finished off the race better tonight than it did when he had ridden it in a prominent position on one previous occasion.
A veterinary inspection of BEAUTY CONNECTION immediately following the race found the horse to have sustained a small overreach wound to the left front heel.
BEAUTY CONNECTION, MR RIGHT and BEST STEP were sent for sampling.
Race: 5 (585) TIN SAU HANDICAP Class 4 1650 m
WINASWEWISH lost ground when crowded for room on jumping between AMAZING FEELING and GREAT TREASURE which shifted in when being steadied to obtain cover from a wide barrier.
Passing the winning post on the first occasion, GREAT TREASURE was awkwardly placed close to the heels of JOLLY AMBER.
Passing the 1400 Metres, GREAT JOY got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of SOUL ACHIEVER. Then for some distance after the 1300 Metres, GREAT JOY continued to be awkwardly placed close to the heels of SOUL ACHIEVER.
S Clipperton (HALL OF FAME) pleaded not guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 1300 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of GENTRY, resulting in that horse being checked when taken in onto the heels of GREAT JOY. After having considered further submissions put by S Clipperton in answer to the charge, the Stewards did not believe in the circumstances that it was appropriate for the charge to be sustained. In arriving at this decision, the Stewards found that HALL OF FAME, which had been racing ungenerously in the lead up to this incident, shifted in marginally and at the same time GREAT JOY, which was racing to the inside of GENTRY, was being steadied away from the heels of SOUL ACHIEVER. As there were a number of circumstances associated with this incident, the Stewards believed that S Clipperton should be given the benefit of the doubt, however, he was reprimanded and told to ensure that he makes every endeavour to leave comfortable racing room for runners to his inside in similar circumstances.
After the 1300 Metres, HALL OF FAME improved into tight running between GREAT JOY and NEVER BETTER.
After the race, H W Lai (GREAT TREASURE) reported that his mount did not feel comfortable in its action. A veterinary inspection of GREAT TREASURE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, GREAT TREASURE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of WINASWEWISH immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
GREAT JOY, AMAZING FEELING and MR KOOL were sent for sampling.
Race: 6 (586) KING'S PARK HANDICAP Class 3 1000 m
SWISS WARRIOR was withdrawn on 18.4.17 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore). Before being allowed to race again, SWISS WARRIOR will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
HAPPY COOPERATION began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped WAYFOONG VINNIE which was crowded for room outside CIRCUIT KING. Despite being aggressively ridden along in the early stages, CIRCUIT KING was slow to muster speed.
From the outside barrier, PEARL WARM WARM was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
HAPPY COOPERATION lost its left front plate near the 950 Metres.
Near the 650 Metres, TRIUMPHANT JEWEL was taken wider by HAPPY COOPERATION which shifted out and consequently travelled wide and without cover.
Close to the finishing line, HAPPY COOPERATION improved to be racing close to the heels of TRAVEL COMFORTS (Apprentice H T Mo) and blundered passing the winning post. Consequently HAPPY COOPERATION was not able to be ridden out all the way to the end of the race. As the Stewards were satisfied that at no stage had HAPPY COOPERATION improved to be racing outside the heels of TRAVEL COMFORTS, no further action was taken, however, Apprentice Mo was warned against the practice of allowing his mounts to shift ground under pressure.
TRIUMPHANT JEWEL lay out under pressure in the Straight and over the concluding stages raced tight between HAPPY COOPERATION and WAYFOONG VINNIE and consequently was not able to be properly tested.
After the race, B Prebble expressed concern about SMART DECLARATION’s action. A veterinary inspection of SMART DECLARATION immediately following the race found the horse to be lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, SMART DECLARATION will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on TRAVEL COMFORTS at the request of Trainer A T Millard. The Veterinary Surgeon said this examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, TRAVEL COMFORTS will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of SMART BOY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
WAYFOONG VINNIE, TRAVEL COMFORTS and CIRCUIT KING were sent for sampling.
Race: 7 (587) THE HONG KONG RUGBY UNION CUP (HANDICAP) Class 3 1200 m
GENEROUS HEART was withdrawn on 19.4.17 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by first Standby Declared Starter TIMELY ARRIVED (M L Yeung). SUPER SPRINTER was also withdrawn on 19.4.17 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore) and was replaced by second Standby Declared Starter NUMERO UNO (J Moreira). Before being allowed to race again, GENEROUS HEART and SUPER SPRINTER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
Just prior to the start being effected, NUMERO UNO turned its head to the left and consequently was slow to begin.
From a wide barrier, IRON BOY was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Making the turn near the 1000 Metres, SUNNY DRAGON got its head up and shifted out abruptly across the heels of EXPERTO CREDE, resulting in SUNNY DRAGON losing ground. NUMERO UNO, which was following SUNNY DRAGON, was inconvenienced in consequence.
MOMENT OF POWER raced wide and without cover until passing the 600 Metres.
A BEAUTIFUL had difficulty obtaining clear running approaching and passing the 200 Metres and again passing the 100 Metres.
Passing the 200 Metres, ALL GREAT FRIENDS and MULTIMAX raced tight. Then passing the 150 Metres, MULTIMAX was inconvenienced when crowded for room between DIAMOND MASTER and ALL GREAT FRIENDS, both of which shifted marginally.
Also passing the 200 Metres, S Clipperton (EXPERTO CREDE) dropped his whip.
Near the 100 Metres, NUMERO UNO, which was closing off the race fairly, was steadied when disappointed for running inside MOMENT OF POWER which was weakening.
Throughout the race, TIMELY ARRIVED travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground.
A veterinary inspection of TIMELY ARRIVED immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
DIAMOND MASTER, ARM RUNDA and ALL GREAT FRIENDS were sent for sampling.
Race: 8 (588) SO KON PO HANDICAP Class 3 1650 m
At declaration time, Z Purton was declared as the rider of both JADE FORTUNE and PHOTON WILLIE. It was established that Z Purton had a firm commitment to ride JADE FORTUNE. As such, the Stewards permitted K Teetan to be substituted as the rider of PHOTON WILLIE. For this declaration error, Trainer P O’Sullivan was fined $2,000.
FANTASTIC KAKA began only fairly and then lost ground when crowded for room between MY GIFT and YOUNG RANGER which shifted out.
From the outside barriers, PHOTON WILLIE and HERO LOOK were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
LITTERATEUR was also steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
Passing the 1400 Metres, FANTASTIC KAKA commenced to travel keenly and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of CHATER LEGEND.
YOUNG RANGER lost its right front plate approaching the winning position on the first occasion.
Near the 650 Metres, LAND GRANT was taken wider by WISKY which shifted to the outside of JADE FORTUNE. After this, LAND GRANT travelled wide and without cover.
YOUNG RANGER made the Home Turn awkwardly.
At the entrance to the Straight, CHATER LEGEND shifted out and brushed LAND GRANT.
Also at the entrance to the Straight, YOUNG RANGER was directed in away from the heels of WISKY.
Approaching the 100 Metres, PHOTON WILLIE was directed out away from the heels of YOUNG RANGER to continue improving.
In the Straight, LAND GRANT lay in under pressure and passing the 100 Metres was awkwardly placed outside the heels of CHATER LEGEND when proving difficult to ride.
When questioned, H W Lai stated that he had been asked to ride THUNDER STOMP in about a midfield position with cover. He said it was felt that there were a number of horses that would be ridden up on the speed and were he to ride THUNDER STOMP positively, that horse may be left racing wide. He said in accordance with his instructions he steadied THUNDER STOMP in the early stages as LAND GRANT, which was racing directly to the inside of THUNDER STOMP, was being ridden along to obtain a forward position. He said as he shifted across to race behind LAND GRANT, MY GIFT maintained its position one horse off the rail, resulting in THUNDER STOMP being left racing three wide. He said he then steadied THUNDER STOMP further with a view to shifting in behind MY GIFT as he felt that he may be able to manoeuvre LITTERATEUR closer to the rail to allow THUNDER STOMP to obtain cover one horse off the rail behind MY GIFT. He said however that LITTERATEUR maintained its position one horse off the rail and this resulted in THUNDER STOMP initially being very awkward on the heels of MY GIFT and then being left racing in a three wide position and much further back in the field that had been intended. Prior to concluding this matter, the Stewards will interview Mr Y S Tsui, the trainer of THUNDER STOMP, prior to the Sha Tin racemeeting to be conducted on Sunday, 23 April 2017. A veterinary inspection of THUNDER STOMP immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that PHOTON WILLIE was lame in its left front leg. Before being allowed to race again, PHOTON WILLIE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of FANTASTIC KAKA and AGREE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
JADE FORTUNE, CHATER LEGEND and WISKY were sent for sampling.
After the running of Race 2, the track classification was officially changed from “Good” to “Good to Firm”. This change in the opinion of the Stewards should be recorded as being retrospective. As a consequence of this, the official results will show Race 2 being run on a track rated “Good to Firm”.
2. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 17 April 2017
Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of CONFUCIUS WARRIOR, AMUSING CITY, LUCKY MASTER, REWARDING FLYER, AMAZING ALWAYS, YOURTHEWONFORME, GORGEOUS AGAIN, FANCY MUSIC, LONDON CITY, MULTIGOGO, HAPPY AND HEALTHY, CITY LEGEND, MYTHICAL EMPEROR, THOR THE GREATEST, WINSTON’S LAD, LUCKY GUY, PAKISTAN BABY, MAGIC LEGEND, STRATHMORE, PENANG HALL, RAZOR QUEST, ROYAL PERFORMER, WORLD RECORD, SUNNY WAY and LUCKY DOUBLE EIGHT revealed no apparent abnormality.
Racing Laboratory tests of JIMSON THE FAMOUS, GOLDIE FLANKER, GIDDY GIDDY, GLENEALY PRIZE, BEST REWARD, GOOD FIT, UNIQUE JOYOUS, TRAVEL AMBASSADOR, FIVE STARS AGENT, CONSISTENT, BOLSHOI BALLET, HAPPY JOURNEY, STARLOT, SUPER MAN, STAR OF YAN OI, GOLDEN SUN, D B PIN, BLOCKER DEE, SKY KING, LITTLE DRAGON, DIVINE BOY (5.4.17) and SIGHT LEADER, ENCORE BOY, BEAUTY LOVE, HOUSE OF LUCK, HIT A HOME RUN, KING WINSA, FORTUNE GIGGLES, SHAMAL, RIGHT CALL, PREMIERE, MOMENTUM LUCKY, BEAUTY MASTER, IMPERIAL SEAL, THE SHOW, POLYMER LUCK, LUCKY BUBBLES, MR STUNNING, PENIAPHOBIA, RAPPER DRAGON, BEAUTY ONLY, BEAUTY GENERATION, EAGLE WAY, DARING FIT, HAPPY AGILITY, BIG BANG BONG (9.4.17) proved negative.
Race 6: SWISS WARRIOR on 18.4.17 on veterinary advice.
Race 7: GENEROUS HEART and SUPER SPRINTER on 19.4.17 on veterinary advice.
Race 3: N Callan (PACKING STARCRAFT): $7,000 for weighing in 2 lbs overweight after the race.
Race 8: Trainer P O’Sullivan (PHOTON WILLIE): $2,000 for a declaration error.
Race 5: S Clipperton (HALL OF FAME) for shifting in approaching the 1300 Metres.
Race 6: Apprentice H T Mo (TRAVEL COMFORTS) for shifting out close to the finishing line.
Race 2: DOUBLE POINT
6. Barrier Trials
Race 2: RED SUN
7. Official Veterinary Examinations
Race 2: RED SUN
Race 5: GREAT TREASURE
Race 6: SWISS WARRIOR
Race 7: GENEROUS HEART
Race 8: PHOTON WILLIE