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Sha Tin stewards' report

21/01/2018  -  Sha Tin
Going:Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10: TURF (GOOD)Penetrometer Reading :2.71

Racing Stewards : Dr Eric Li Ka Cheung GBS OBE JP Chairman Mr Michael J Caddy   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 (355) NAM KOK HANDICAP Class 4 1000 m
VERY SWEET ORANGE was slow to begin.WISH COME TRUE and VICTORY MARCH bumped after both horses began awkwardly.LUCKY COIN was crowded for room on jumping between BEAUT BEAUT and KINGSTON ONE, both of which shifted ground.PLEASANT GUY shifted in at the start and bumped NOBLE DELIGHT.Shortly after the start, RESPECT shifted out and bumped TRIUMPHAL TRUMPET.After travelling a short distance, VICTORY MARCH bumped the hindquarters of SKYRAIDER, causing both horses to become unbalanced. VICTORY MARCH was then steadied near the 950 Metres when crowded for room between WISH COME TRUE which was racing tight outside TRIUMPHAL TRUMPET and SKYRAIDER which shifted in when unbalanced.Passing the 800 Metres, THOU SHALL SING was awkwardly placed close to the heels of HOT HOT PEPPER.After the 800 Metres, VERY SWEET ORANGE commenced to prove very difficult to settle and was checked away from the heels of THOU SHALL SING near the 650 Metres. After this, VERY SWEET ORANGE continued to travel keenly until after the 500 Metres.Passing the 500 Metres, LUCKY VOLATILITY got its head on the side and lay out.Approaching the 300 Metres, BEAUT BEAUT was steadied when crowded for room between LUCKY VOLATILITY which shifted out when continuing to lay out and THOU SHALL SING (N Rawiller) which shifted in to improve into tight running between BEAUT BEAUT and HOT HOT PEPPER. N Rawiller was reprimanded and advised that whilst there was some contribution to this incident from LUCKY VOLATILITY, nonetheless his movement to the inside of HOT HOT PEPPER had placed the initial pressure on BEAUT BEAUT. N Rawiller was advised to exercise due care when attempting runs in similar circumstances.Near the 250 Metres, THOU SHALL SING raced in restricted room between LUCKY VOLATILITY and HOT HOT PEPPER which shifted in marginally. When HOT HOT PEPPER was directed out to relieve the tightening to THOU SHALL SING, PLEASANT GUY, which was following, became awkwardly placed outside the heels of that horse for some distance. Then near the 200 Metres, NOBLE DELIGHT, which was commencing to give ground, momentarily raced tight outside PLEASANT GUY as that horse improved to the outside of HOT HOT PEPPER.When questioned regarding the performance of LUCKY COIN, Z Purton stated that it had been anticipated that the horse would show speed in today’s race as it had done so in a recent barrier trial since its last run. He said after being crowded for room on jumping LUCKY COIN did not show as much early speed as he anticipated, therefore he elected to obtain cover on the horse in the hope of having it travel better. He said, despite his efforts, LUCKY COIN did not travel on the bridle at any stage of the race and he had to ride the horse along after the 800 Metres in an attempt to have it maintain its position. He said, despite being vigorously ridden, LUCKY COIN commenced to give ground and as he had concerns regarding the horse’s welfare, given the manner in which it was losing ground, he did not ride it out over the last 300 Metres. He added at this time LUCKY COIN was already well beaten. A veterinary inspection of LUCKY COIN immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, LUCKY COIN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.A veterinary inspection of NOBLE DELIGHT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.LUCKY VOLATILITY and THOU SHALL SING were sent for sampling.


Race: 2 (356) NGA TSIN WAI HANDICAP Class 5 2000 m
LIGHTNING AND GOLD began awkwardly.When being ridden along in the early stages, SUPERNATURAL was steadied away from the heels of FAIR COMMENT after travelling a short distance when that horse shifted out. After this, from wide barriers, SUPERNATURAL, LOYAL CRAFTSMAN and TELEPHATIA were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.Near the 1800 Metres, FAIR COMMENT was momentarily steadied away from the heels of AUDACITY (N Rawiller) which shifted in when not properly clear. N Rawiller was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he is properly clear when shifting ground.Also near the 1800 Metres, PEARL FURU was steadied away from the heels of FORTUNE GIGGLES (B Prebble) which shifted in when not properly clear. LIGHTNING AND GOLD, which was following PEARL FURU, was hampered in consequence. B Prebble was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he is properly clear when shifting ground.After being crossed by AMRITSARIA near the 1600 Metres, CELESTIAL ARROW commenced to prove very difficult to settle and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of that horse. Then approaching the 1400 Metres, CELESTIAL ARROW shifted out away from the heels of AMRITSARIA, resulting in GENTLEMEN being taken wider. CELESTIAL ARROW was then allowed to improve into the lead.Near the 650 Metres, LOYAL CRAFTSMAN was bumped on the hindquarters by TELEPHATIA which, when travelling keenly, shifted out away from the heels of LIGHTNING AND GOLD after being awkwardly placed behind that horse.SWEET BEAN was held up for clear running from on straightening until near the 300 Metres.Over the final 200 Metres, ROCK THE TREE lay in under pressure. For the major part of the race, FAIR COMMENT travelled wide and without cover. A veterinary inspection of FORTUNE GIGGLES immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.AMRITSARIA, AUDACITY and ROCK THE TREE were sent for sampling.


Race: 3 (357) SOUTH WALL HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 3 1400 m
BEAUTY TRUST began only fairly.THE SYLPH began very awkwardly, shifted out and made heavy contact with the hindquarters of SUPER LEADER which became unbalanced. Then from a wide barrier, THE SYLPH was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.GO PUBLIC began awkwardly and then shortly after the start was crowded for room inside THE CREATETH which was taken in by INTREPIC.DIAMOND DRAGON got its head on the side and shifted in at the start, resulting in ULTIMATE DREAM and BIZ POWER being hampered. After this, ULTIMATE DREAM and DIAMOND DRAGON were steadied and shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.HEALTHY JOYFUL stumbled at the start.After the 1000 Metres, SUPER LEADER was left racing wide and without cover.Approaching the 900 Metres, THE CREATETH got its head up when travelling keenly and awkwardly placed close to the heels of INTREPIC.DIAMOND DRAGON got its head up and made the turn near the 850 Metres awkwardly.Near the 650 Metres, SUPER LEADER was taken wider when racing tight outside HEALTHY JOYFUL which shifted out away from the heels of THE CREATETH.Passing the 300 Metres, BIZ POWER was shifted in away from the heels of SUPER LEADER.After the 200 Metres, HEALTHY JOYFUL raced with its head on the side and was reluctant to shift fully to the outside of THE CREATETH. Then approaching the 50 Metres, HEALTHY JOYFUL and THE CREATETH raced tight. Over the concluding stages, HEALTHY JOYFUL again got its head on the side and lay in.Approaching the 150 Metres, Apprentice M F Poon (INTREPIC) dropped his whip.At the 50 Metres, BIZ POWER raced tight between SUPER LEADER and ULTIMATE DREAM which shifted out.A veterinary inspection of BIZ POWER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that VOLITATION was distressed. Before being allowed to race again, VOLITATION will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.HEALTHY JOYFUL, VOLITATION and ENERGETIC CLASS were sent for sampling.


Race: 4 (358) TAK KU LING HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1400 m
WUSHU CHAMPION, which was fractious in the barriers, began awkwardly and then together with HINYUEN SWIFTNESS was crowded for room shortly after the start between LUCKY WIN WIN which shifted in marginally and TRAVEL EMPEROR which shifted out.DESTIN shifted out at the start and bumped FLAME LILY. FLAME LILY then raced tight between DESTIN and ROYAL CHOCOLATE. In this incident, ROYAL CHOCOLATE became unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarters by FLAME LILY.RED ELYSEES shifted out at the start and bumped VITAL SPRINGFrom a wide barrier, MARQULA, after beginning awkwardly, was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.Also from the outside barrier, HAPPY JOURNEY was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.Passing the 1200 Metres, DESTIN was bumped by ROYAL CHOCOLATE which, after being ridden along, was momentarily awkwardly placed inside the heels of TRAVEL EMPEROR which shifted in before being directed out to relieve the tightening.After the 1100 Metres, HINYUEN SWIFTNESS was left racing wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground.Passing the 400 Metres, FLAME LILY was brushed by RED ELYSEES which shifted out to obtain clear running. HINYUEN SWIFTNESS, which was racing outside FLAME LILY, shifted out away from that horse, resulting in LUCKY TIME being inconvenienced.Approaching the 200 Metres, MARQULA was awkwardly placed close to the heels of MEGA TREASURE due to both horses shifting ground.Passing the 200 Metres, VITAL SPRING was momentarily crowded for room between TRAVEL EMPEROR and DESTIN (T Berry) which shifted in abruptly. As the Stewards were satisfied that T Berry had reacted promptly to DESTIN’s shift by straightening his mount as quickly as could be expected, no further action was taken.When questioned, C Schofield stated that after being fractious in the barriers and then being hampered at the start, WUSHU CHAMPION raced further back in the field than had been expected. He said it was hoped that the horse may be able to obtain a midfield position, similar to the run that it was afforded from a more favourable barrier last start when successful. He said even though WUSHU CHAMPION raced further back in the field than had been intended, the horse was disappointing as it only gave him a limited response in the early part of the Straight and then over the concluding stages was particularly disappointing in its failure to finish off the race. He added because of the manner in which WUSHU CHAMPION raced in the Straight, he did not believe that the horse being required to race back of the field presented a reasonable excuse for its disappointing run. He said, when giving ground, WUSHU CHAMPION’s action shortened, however, it did not feel sore. A veterinary inspection of WUSHU CHAMPION immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.A veterinary inspection of HINYUEN SWIFTNESS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.LUCKY TIME, DESTIN and RED ELYSEES were sent for sampling.


Race: 5 (359) TAK KU LING HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1400 m
SINCERE HORSE shifted out at the start and bumped SUN TOUCH.BRILLIANT DREAM and GREAT SON bumped at the start.When being steadied to obtain cover in the early stages, ADONIS got its head up on a number of occasions and proved difficult to restrain.For some distance after the 1200 Metres, WONDERFUL TIGER travelled keenly.After the 1100 Metres, SUN TOUCH got its head up when travelling keenly and awkwardly placed close to the heels of GREAT SON.Approaching the 700 Metres, BRILLIANT DREAM commenced to travel keenly and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of EMPIRE STAR.Rounding the Home Turn, BRILLIANT DREAM was awkwardly placed close to the heels of EMPIRE STAR.SUN TOUCH was held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight.EMPIRE STAR was badly held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight and at the 300 Metres was checked away from the heels of E MASTER.Near the 350 Metres, WONDERFUL TIGER, which was commencing to give ground, was momentarily awkwardly placed outside the heels of SUN TOUCH.Approaching the 100 Metres, AVELLINO got its head on the side and shifted out towards the heels of BRILLIANT DREAM. Because of this, AVELLINO was not able to be properly tested over the latter stages of the race.Over the concluding stages, EMPIRE STAR was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SUN TOUCH and consequently was not able to be ridden out all the way to the end of the race.Throughout the race, WONDERFUL TIGER and E MASTER travelled wide and without cover.When questioned, K Teetan stated that he was asked to obtain cover on NOBLE DE LOVE as the horse had travelled keenly in some of its races and it was felt that obtaining cover would provide the horse with the best opportunity to settle. He said, from a wide barrier, he was asked that if he could obtain a forward position without having to ride his mount along too aggressively, then he should do so, however, it was stressed to him the need to ensure that NOBLE DE LOVE did not over-race. He said after beginning well he noted that runners to his inside were being ridden along in the early stages and he felt that to obtain a forward position would have required him to make significant use of NOBLE DE LOVE which may have resulted in the horse over-racing. He said he therefore elected to obtain cover behind E MASTER albeit further back in the field than had been hoped. He said NOBLE DE LOVE travelled strongly in the middle stages and after being shifted to the outside of E MASTER at the entrance to the Straight the horse initially quickened nicely. He added whilst NOBLE DE LOVE stayed on well over the concluding stages, he believes that the horse is better suited by a more consistent, genuine speed in the race which would allow it the opportunity to finish off the race. He said he had ridden NOBLE DE LOVE in two barrier trials since it last start and at its most recent trial the horse was ridden from about a midfield position and then, when asked in the Straight, NOBLE DE LOVE finished off the trial strongly. Mr F C Lor, the trainer of NOBLE DE LOVE, confirmed the instructions given to K Teetan and he also had stressed to Jockey Teetan the need to have the horse relaxed in the race. He said because of these factors, he was satisfied with the manner in which Jockey Teetan rode NOBLE DE LOVE today.SUN TOUCH and UNIQUE JOYFUL were sent for sampling.


Race: 6 (360) THE LOK SIN TONG CUP (HANDICAP) Class 3 1200 m
CALIFORNIA ARCHER was withdrawn on 20.1.18 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (inflamed left fore suspensory) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter TRAVEL DATUK (K C Ng). Before being allowed to race again, CALIFORNIA ARCHER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.STAR SHINE was crowded for room on jumping between TRAVEL DATUK which got its head on the side and shifted in and TECHNICIAN which, after shifting out marginally, then shifted out further after becoming unbalanced when bumped by STAR SHINE.HARRIER JET and SUPER FUN bumped at the start.Shortly after the start, GOD OF DRAGON got its head up and became unbalanced when being steadied to obtain cover.After being ridden along in the early stages to obtain a forward position, VICTORY MARVEL was steadied after the 1100 Metres in an attempt to obtain cover behind MOST BEAUTIFUL which was also being hard ridden. However, VICTORY MARVEL was unable to obtain cover and raced wide throughout the race.VICTORY MARVEL lost its left front plate at the 900 Metres.C Schofield (WISHFUL THINKER) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that at the 900 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of GOD OF DRAGON, causing that horse to be checked away from the heels of WISHFUL THINKER and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. C Schofield was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 and to expire on Monday, 5 February 2018 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In addition, C Schofield was fined $10,000. In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into consideration the racing manners of GOD OF DRAGON which got its head up and proved difficult to settle in the middle stages.INFINITY ENDEAVOUR was left racing wide and without cover after the 800 Metres.Approaching the 300 Metres, INFINITY ENDEAVOUR and HARD PROMISE raced tight.At the 50 Metres, CALIFORNIA FORTUNE shifted out abruptly. After viewing the video, it was established that CALIFORNIA FORTUNE most likely shied away from a photographer who was positioned on the Large All Weather Track. Appropriate steps were taken to avert a reoccurrence.HARRIER JET lay in under pressure in the Straight.A veterinary inspection of HARRIER JET, HARD PROMISE and SUPER HOPPY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.INFINITY ENDEAVOUR, CALIFORNIA FORTUNE and MOST BEAUTIFUL were sent for sampling.


Race: 7 (361) CARPENTER HANDICAP Class 2 1200 m
From wide barriers, KEY WITNESS, GREEN CARD and DANCES WITH DRAGON were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.Also MR GENUINE was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.Passing the 1000 Metres, TEAM FORTUNE got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of WONDERFUL JOURNEY after being shifted in across behind that horse.Throughout the race, DRAGON GENERAL travelled wide and without cover.A veterinary inspection of DANCES WITH DRAGON and LUCKY WAN FENG immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.DANCES WITH DRAGON, VERBINSKY and KEY WITNESS were sent for sampling.


Race: 8 (362) LUNG KONG HANDICAP Class 2 1400 m
PENANG HALL was withdrawn on 18.1.18 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore). Before being allowed to race again, PENANG HALL will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.RACING SUPERNOVA began only fairly and then shortly after the start was awkwardly placed outside MAGIC LEGEND which shifted out on jumping.Shortly after the start, SPICY SURE and EASTERN EXPRESS raced tight.Approaching and passing the 1100 Metres, HAPPY AGILITY and BABA MAMA travelled keenly.Passing the 1100 Metres, SPICY SURE got its head up when being steadied to allow PINGWU SPARK to cross. For some distance after this, SPICY SURE was awkwardly placed behind PINGWU SPARK.In the early stages, BORN IN CHINA was left racing wide and passing the 1100 Metres was allowed to improve its position to race outside the lead after the 900 Metres.After the 900 Metres, EASTERN EXPRESS was left racing wide and without cover.Approaching the 500 Metres, BABA MAMA and PINGWU SPARK raced tight as BABA MAMA improved around PINGWU SPARK.Approaching the 350 Metres, SPICY SURE was awkwardly placed behind EASTERN EXPRESS. Then near the 350 Metres, EASTERN EXPRESS became unbalanced. A veterinary inspection of EASTERN EXPRESS immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained a superficial wound over the back of the left hind tendon region.Approaching the 200 Metres, EASY GO EASY WIN was held up for clear running.RACING SUPERNOVA was unable to obtain clear running at any stage in the Straight and consequently was not able to be tested.PINGWU SPARK and WAH MAY FRIEND were sent for sampling.


Race: 9 (363) THE HONG KONG CLASSIC MILE 4 Year Olds 1600 m
GOOD STANDING was withdrawn on 20.1.18 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left hind foot). Before being allowed to race again, GOOD STANDING will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.Whilst in the saddling stalls, RIVET had its right hind plate refitted. RIVET was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.LOCKHEED and EXULTANT bumped heavily at the start. Then a short distance after the start, LOCKHEED was crowded for room between EXULTANT and MORETHANLUCKY (K Teetan). K Teetan, who was riding his mount along in this incident, was advised to ensure that he makes every effort to keep his mount on a straight course. In this incident, EXULTANT and DRAGON LIPS, which was racing to the outside of LOCKHEED, were also hampered.RIVET was slow to begin.From the outside barrier, PATRIOT HERO was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.C Williams (LOCKHEED) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 950 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of NOTHINGILIKEMORE, resulting in that horse being unnecessarily hampered and having to be steadied away from the heels of LOCKHEED. EXULTANT, which was following, was also steadied. C Williams was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 28 January 2018 and to expire on Thursday, 1 February 2018 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays).Approaching the 900 Metres, PATRIOT HERO got its head up when being checked away from the heels of TIME TO CELEBRATE.For some distance after the 700 Metres, GRAND CHANCELLOR was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SINGAPORE SLING. GRAND CHANCELLOR then got its head on the side and lay out rounding the Home Turn.Rounding the Home Turn, LOCKHEED shifted out and bumped EXULTANT. After this, EXULTANT and LOCKHEED raced tight.Approaching the 300 Metres, PATRIOT HERO raced tight between LOCKHEED and DRAGON LIPS and then near the 300 Metres PATRIOT HERO was crowded for room between LOCKHEED and DRAGON LIPS which, when giving ground, was momentarily steadied away from the heels of RIVET which shifted out.After the race, B Prebble was not able to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of TIME TO CELEBRATE. A veterinary inspection of TIME TO CELEBRATE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, TIME TO CELEBRATE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.Also after the race, C Williams (LOCKHEED) reported that his mount was worked up prior to the start. He said LOCKHEED travelled only fairly in the middle stages and then when placed under pressure in the Straight did not respond to his riding. A veterinary inspection of LOCKHEED immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.NOTHINGILIKEMORE and SINGAPORE SLING were sent for sampling.


Race: 10 (364) SOUTH WALL HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1400 m
SUPER LUCKY began awkwardly and lost ground.ULTIMATE GLORY began only fairly.From wide barriers, MARVEL JOY, BEAUTY MILES and ROMANTIC JOURNEY were all steadied and shifted across behind runners in the early stages.When being steadied to obtain cover in the early stages, SHARP HUNTER proved very difficult to settle and got its head up on a number of occasions.After the 1100 Metres, MARVEL JOY got its head up when being checked away from the heels of HARD BALL GET.Rounding the Home Turn, CHIMBORAA and DYNAMIC EAGLE, which was laying out, raced tight as CHIMBORAA shifted out.Passing the 300 Metres, DYNAMIC EAGLE was steadied away from the heels of CHIMBORAA (Apprentice H T Mo) which shifted out under pressure. Apprentice Mo was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.Throughout the race, A BEAUTIFUL and BEAUTY MILES travelled wide and without cover.A veterinary inspection of DYNAMIC EAGLE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.CONTE and ROUNDABOUT were sent for sampling.


General
Additional Veterinary Reports from Happy Valley Racemeeting on 17 January 2018
Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of ZERO HEDGE, SHOWING CHARACTER, WINNING CONTROLLER, AMAZING ALWAYS, HAPPY FRIENDSHIP, PEACE ON EARTH, ALL BEST FRIENDS, BINGO, SUNSHINE UNIVERSE, DON'T MISS, THE JUDGE, HIGH VOLATILITY, SANGRIA, MASTER BERNINI, JADE THEATRE, BREEDERS’ STAR, PRETTY BAUHINIA, PLAY WISE, CHEERFULJET, FLYING TOURBILLON and SMART BOY revealed no apparent abnormality.

Summary
1. Withdrawals
Race 6: CALIFORNIA ARCHER on 20.1.18 on veterinary advice.Race 8: PENANG HALL on 18.1.18 on veterinary advice.Race 9: GOOD STANDING on 20.1.18 on veterinary advice.
2. Fine
Race 6: C Schofield (WISHFUL THINKER): $10,000 for careless riding at the 900 Metres.
3. Reprimands
Race 1: N Rawiller (THOU SHALL SING) for shifting in approaching the 300 Metres.Race 2: N Rawiller (AUDACITY) for shifting in near the 1800 Metres.B Prebble (FORTUNE GIGGLES) for shifting in near the 1800 Metres.
4. Warnings
Race 9: K Teetan (MORETHANLUCKY) for shifting out a short distance after the start.Race 10: Apprentice H T Mo (CHIMBORAA) for shifting out passing the 300 Metres.
5. Suspensions
Race 6: C Schofield (WISHFUL THINKER) for careless riding at the 900 Metres (from 31 January 2018 until 5 February 2018 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).Race 9: C Williams (LOCKHEED) for careless riding near the 950 Metres (from 28 January 2018 until 1 February 2018 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).
6. Official Veterinary Examinations
Race 1: LUCKY COINRace 3: VOLITATIONRace 6: CALIFORNIA ARCHERRace 8: PENANG HALLRace 9: GOOD STANDINGTIME TO CELEBRATE

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