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Happy Valley stewards' report

11/09/2019 - Happy Valley

Going:

Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8:

Turf - Good

Penetrometer Reading: 2.70

Racing Stewards:

Mr Richard Tang Yat Sun SBS JPChairman

Mr. Herbert Tsoi Hak Kong BBS JP

Mr K KellyChief Stipendiary Steward

Mr S RailtonStipendiary Steward

Mr G BushStipendiary Steward

Mr K C Y KwokStipendiary Steward

Mr H L LiuStipendiary Steward

Race:1 (21) SHEK O HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

C P POWER shifted out at the start and bumped FAITHFUL TRINITY, causing both horses to become unbalanced and C P POWER to lose ground.
SPEEDY WALLY and ROYAL RACER bumped at the start.
From the outside barriers, NITRO EXPRESS and ENJOY LIFE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1300 Metres, ROYAL RACER got its head up on a number of occasions when travelling keenly and awkwardly placed behind FAITHFUL TRINITY.
A veterinary inspection of ENJOY LIFE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
ROYAL RACER, GREEN DISPATCH and SPEEDY WALLY were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (22) SOUTH BAY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1000 m

TOUCHDOWN STRIKER was withdrawn from the race when that horse, which was fractious in the Parade Ring, refused to proceed to the Start. Before being permitted to race again, TOUCHDOWN STRIKER will be required to pass a satisfactory parade test and proceed to the Start in a timely manner.
AFTER ME began awkwardly.
STARLOT began awkwardly and lost ground and then lost further ground when crowded for room a short distance after the start between SHOW MISSION and LEISURED FEET which was taken out by RAICHU.
In the early stages, WHISTLE UP took some time to muster speed.
After the 600 Metres, EXPONENTS was left racing wide and without cover.
After the 500 Metres, PEACE ON EARTH was awkwardly placed behind LEISURED FEET.
After the 200 Metres, LEISURED FEET and EXPONENTS raced tight.
Passing the 100 Metres, BLADE RACER raced tight inside WHISTLE UP which was steadied away from the heels of PRAWN YEAH YEAH (C Schofield) which shifted in under pressure. C Schofield was severely reprimanded and advised to ensure that he makes every effort to prevent his mounts from shifting ground.
Over the concluding stages, LEISURED FEET raced tight inside EXPONENTS (B Shinn) which shifted in under pressure. B Shinn was advised to exercise more care.
Also over the concluding stages, STARLOT had difficulty obtaining clear running and consequently was not able to be fully tested in the run to the finishing line.
Close to the finishing line, SHOW MISSION was awkwardly placed behind RAICHU and consequently was not ridden out all the way to the end of the race.
A veterinary inspection of BLADE RACER and WHISTLE UP immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
LEISURED FEET, PRAWN YEAH YEAH and EXPONENTS were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (23) STANLEY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1650 m

On arrival at the track, it was noted that MEGATRON had lost its left hind plate in transit and had sustained minor wounds to both hind legs. MEGATRON was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
ROMANTIC JOURNEY began awkwardly and lost ground.
LITTLE ISLAND was crowded for room on jumping between COME ON WONGCHOY and DRAGON WARRIOR, both of which shifted ground.
GOLD VELVET shifted in at the start and bumped WONDERFUL TIGER. Then from a wide barrier, WONDERFUL TIGER was steadied and shifted across behind runners.
Also from wide barriers, GOLDEN KID and LUCKY SHINY DAY were shifted across behind runners to obtain cover in the early stages.
GOLD VELVET travelled wide and without cover until passing the 900 Metres at which time LUCKY SHINY DAY was left racing wide and without cover.
SUNNY MAJOR lost its left front plate after the 800 Metres.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, SUNNY MAJOR shifted out away from the heels of GOLD VELVET, resulting in SKY GEM being bumped and taken wider.
Also making the turn after the 600 Metres, DRAGON WARRIOR got its head on the side and lay out towards the heels of GOLD VELVET.
At the entrance to the Straight, COME ON WONGCHOY momentarily raced tight inside CURLING LUXURY.
Passing the 300 Metres, GOLD VELVET was shifted in away from the heels of LUCKY SHINY DAY to obtain clear running.
Near the 50 Metres, LUCKY SHINY DAY was awkwardly placed inside SKY GEM.
Close to the finishing line, CURLING LUXURY raced tight inside GOLD VELVET.
When questioned, A Domeyer stated that he was not given any specific instructions on how GOLD VELVET should be ridden from the wide barrier, however, it was anticipated that the horse may settle in the second half of the field. He said GOLD VELVET began well and he did not ride his mount along in the early stages, however, when the horse began better than he expected, he decided to ride it forward and obtain a position closer to the lead as he did not feel that the race would be run at a particularly fast tempo and felt that steadying the horse towards the rear of the field would not be to GOLD VELVET’s advantage.
A veterinary inspection of DRAGON WARRIOR and LITTLE ISLAND immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SKY GEM, MEGATRON and GOLD VELVET were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (24) BIG WAVE BAY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1650 m

On arrival at the track, it was noted that RIGHT CHOICE had sustained a minor cut to the right hip in transit. RIGHT CHOICE was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
On arrival at the Start, it was noted that HARMONY HERO had lost its left front plate. After this plate was refitted, HARMONY HERO was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
MISSION TYCOON shifted in at the start and bumped HARMONY HERO.
HELENE CHARISMA began only fairly.
Shortly after the start, RIGHT CHOICE (U Rispoli), which was being ridden along, shifted in and bumped GREEN LUCK. After this, GREEN LUCK was shifted across behind runners. RIGHT CHOICE was then ridden along for a considerable distance, however, failed to muster speed. U Rispoli reported that despite being hard ridden for the majority of the race, RIGHT CHOICE did not show any speed and in the middle stages became somewhat detached from the field. He said when GREEN LUCK commenced to improve passing the 700 Metres, he rode RIGHT CHOICE aggressively in an attempt to follow that horse forward, however, RIGHT CHOICE would not respond and it was not until the concluding stages that the horse commenced to make any ground. He added after its barrier trial in the lead up to tonight’s race, he had suggested to connections that RIGHT CHOICE may be better suited in races of longer than the distance of tonight’s race and based on the manner in which RIGHT CHOICE performed tonight, in his opinion, this confirmed that RIGHT CHOICE would appreciate a step up in distance.
LITTERATEUR travelled keenly approaching and passing the winning post on the first occasion.
After entering the Straight, DOCTOR GEOFF got its head on the side and hung in and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of CIRCUIT GLORY passing the 300 Metres.
When questioned, A Domeyer stated that he was instructed to obtain a forward position on MISSION TYCOON and lead the race outright if possible. He said after beginning well on MISSION TYCOON, he allowed his mount to improve its position passing the 1300 Metres where both DOCTOR GEOFF and CIRCUIT GLORY improved to the outside of MISSION TYCOON. He said he was aware that CIRCUIT GLORY would be ridden forward to cross DOCTOR GEOFF and therefore he allowed MISSION TYCOON more rein so as to ensure that CIRCUIT GLORY did not race on terms with his mount. He said he commenced to steady MISSION TYCOON after the 1000 Metres, however, CIRCUIT GLORY commenced to improve closer to MISSION TYCOON near the 900 Metres which resulted in his mount wanting to travel keener than he had anticipated. He said he attempted to steady the tempo on MISSION TYCOON without allowing CIRCUIT GLORY to improve its position around his mount, however, MISSION TYCOON continued to travel strongly and this resulted in the middle section of the race being run at a faster tempo than hoped. He said because of this MISSION TYCOON was then not able to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of MISSION TYCOON immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of DOCTOR GEOFF immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
GREEN LUCK and HELENE CHARISMA were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (25) MIDDLE BAY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1000 m

BEST SMILE stumbled at the start.
ZERO HEDGE began only fairly, shifted out and bumped WINNING WAYS, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced.
I’M THE CONQUIST was checked on jumping when crowded for room between NICE FANDANGO and LOOK ERAS which shifted out.
From the outside barriers, COBY WIN and HARDLY SWEARS were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Throughout the race, ALLIED AGILITY lay out and after the 900 Metres was left racing wide and without cover. Then making the turn after the 600 Metres, when continuing to lay out, ALLIED AGILITY got its head on the side and shifted out further. After this, ALLIED AGILITY continued to lay out and then rounding the Home Turn was taken wider by SAM’S LOVE which was hampered and taken out by EVERBRAVE (A Domeyer) which shifted out. A Domeyer was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
Near the 150 Metres, NICE FANDANGO was shifted out away from the heels of WINNING WAYS (K Teetan) which shifted out. K Teetan was advised to exercise more care.
A veterinary inspection of ALLIED AGILITY and LOOK ERAS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, both horses were unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
HARDLY SWEARS and BEST SMILE were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (26) REPULSE BAY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

JOYFUL HEART began only fairly.
FLYING MONKEY and THE CREATETH bumped at the start. THE CREATETH was then steadied to obtain cover.
From a wide barrier, HAPPY WIN WIN was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1100 Metres, THE CREATETH was awkwardly placed outside the heels of SHINING ON when being steadied to obtain cover behind that horse.
Near the 1050 Metres, THE CREATETH commenced to travel keenly and shifted out away from the heels of BULLISH BROTHER and in doing so bumped FLYING TIGER HERO and took that horse wider. Then passing the 900 Metres, FLYING TIGER HERO shifted in and bumped the hindquarters of THE CREATETH which became unbalanced.
In the middle stages, FLYING MONKEY got its head on the side and lay out and near the 450 Metres shifted out and bumped STRATHALLAN.
In the Straight, FLYING TIGER HERO lay in under pressure.
When questioned, J Moreira stated that it was intended to either lead on BULLISH BROTHER or sit outside VERY SWEET ORANGE which was also anticipated to be ridden in a forward position. He said just prior to the start being effected BULLISH BROTHER got its head down and then as the start was effected began awkwardly and stumbled. He said by the time he was able to balance up BULLISH BROTHER, he believed it was no longer available to him to ride his mount in a forward position as instructed and therefore he elected to obtain a position with cover further back in the field than had been intended. He said due to being ridden further back in the field than is usual, BULLISH BROTHER finished off the race fairly. A veterinary inspection of BULLISH BROTHER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SHINING ON, VERY SWEET ORANGE and CONFUCIUS DAY were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (27) DEEP WATER BAY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1650 m

AMAZING SATCHMO began only fairly.
From wide barriers, SPLENDOUR AND GOLD, HAR HAR HEART, MERRYGOWIN and CHEFANO were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1500 Metres, SPLENDOUR AND GOLD commenced to travel keenly and got its head up when awkwardly placed behind HAR HAR HEART and tight inside MERRYGOWIN.
Passing the winning post on the first occasion, STIMULATION was left racing wide and without cover until near the 800 Metres at which time SPLENDOUR AND GOLD was left racing wide and without cover.
When the pace slackened after the 1100 Metres, CHARITY GO commenced to prove very difficult to settle and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of LET’S TAKE IT EASY. HAR HAR HEART, which was following, was inconvenienced in consequence. CHARITY GO continued to race ungenerously and after the 1000 Metres was checked away from the heels of LET’S TAKE IT EASY. When racing ungenerously, CHARITY GO shifted out near the 1000 Metres and bumped ALL YOU KNOW.
Approaching the 500 Metres, ARCADA momentarily raced in restricted room between LET’S TAKE IT EASY and PERFECT TO PLAY which got its head on the side and lay in. ALL YOU KNOW, which was following ARCADA, was checked away from the heels of that horse in consequence. AMAZING SATCHMO, which was following ALL YOU KNOW, was also hampered.
MERRYGOWIN lost its right front plate after the race.
A veterinary inspection of LET’S TAKE IT EASY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
PERFECT TO PLAY, LAST KINGDOM and CHEFANO were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (28) CHUNG HOM KOK HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

MEGA RED began awkwardly and lost ground.
DREAM COME TRUE shifted in at the start and inconvenienced FRUSTRATED.
From the outside barriers, JADE THEATRE and NORDIC WARRIOR were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
From a wide barrier, MR PICCASO was also steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
BALLISTIC KING lost its left hind plate in the early stages.
Making the turn approaching the 1000 Metres, JADE THEATRE momentarily raced in restricted room inside MR PICASSO.
After the race, B Shinn stated that he was not able to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of FRUSTRATED. He said after being able to obtain a trailing position behind the leader DREAM COME TRUE, FRUSTRATED obtained clear running to the inside of that horse at the entrance to the Straight, however, did not finish off the race after being placed under pressure. A veterinary inspection of FRUSTRATED immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that FORZA ANGEL had sustained a minor wound to the right hind pastern.
SMART LEADER and AMBITIOUS HEART were sent for sampling.

General

1. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 8 September 2019

The Veterinary Surgeon reported that CRUISING had a left front tendon injury day after racing. Before being allowed to race again, CRUISING will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of FORTUNE HAPPINESS, EXPONENTS, CALIFORNIA LEGEND, SUCH A HAPPINESS, BIG BULLY, LOTUS BREEZE, CAPTAIN BOSS, BIG FORTUNE, AURORA PEGASUS, TOUCH OF LUCK, DOLLAR REWARD, GUNNAR, DESTIN, CITY LEGEND, INVINCIBLE MISSILE, BIG TIME BABY, ELUSIVE STATE, WINNER SUPREME, SILVER FIG, UTOPIA LIFE, CRAIG’S STAR, COOL TEAM and LOBO’S LEGEND revealed no apparent abnormality.

2.

Racing Laboratory tests of GOOD RUNNERS WAY, REGENCY GEM, LEISURED FEET, ADONIS, KWAN CHUNG ELITE, REGENCY LEGEND, SEASONS BLOOM, FALCON TURBO, CALIFORNIA GUNGHO, LUCKY GUY, MR MAGELLAN, SUNSHINE WARRIOR, CASIMIRO, KA YING MASTER, DANCING FIGHTER, GOLDEN SIXTY, MR CROISSANT, EASY GO EASY WIN, GOLD CHEST, FAST MOST FURIOUS, WINNING METHOD, MULTIMILLION, SUPER JUNIOR, CORDYCEPS and WORLD FAMOUS (1.9.19) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawal

Race 2: TOUCHDOWN STRIKER in the Parade Ring by order of the Stewards.

2. Severe Reprimand

Race 2: C Schofield (PRAWN YEAH YEAH) for shifting in passing the 100 Metres.

3. Warnings

Race 2: B Shinn (EXPONENTS) for shifting in over the concluding stages.

Race 5: A Domeyer (EVERBRAVE) for shifting out rounding the Home Turn.

K Teetan (WINNING WAYS) for shifting out near the 150 Metres.

4. Parade Test

Race 2: TOUCHDOWN STRIKER

5. Official Veterinary Examinations

General: CRUISING

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