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Sha Tin stewards' report

17/02/2019 - Sha Tin

Going:

Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10: TURF

(GOOD)

Penetrometer Reading: 2.72

Racing Stewards:

Dr Eric Li Ka Cheung GBS OBE JPChairman

Mr. Ricky C C Fung SBS 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 (424) CITI PRIORITY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 2000 m

FULL OF CHANCES was crowded for room on jumping between ISHVARA and SWOT WINDICATOR, both of which shifted ground. After making contact with FULL OF CHANCES, ISHVARA shifted in and bumped BRING IT ON.
From the outside barriers, LE PANACHE and HAPPY ROCKY were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the winning post on the first occasion, FULL OF CHANCES was steadied away from the heels of CLEMENT LEGEND (K Teetan) which shifted in. K Teetan was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
Near the 1500 Metres, BRING IT ON got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of SWOT WINDICATOR.
Near the 550 Metres, CHATER THUNDER and SWOT WINDICATOR raced tight.
Near the 50 Metres, AMAZING AGILITY was shifted out from behind CLEMENT LEGEND which shifted out under pressure.
When questioned regarding his riding of AMAZING AGILITY after the 1200 Metres, H N Wong stated that he was asked to shift the horse away from the rail at some stage of the race to ensure that it was able to be brought to the outside of runners to make its finishing run. He said in the lead up to the 1200 Metres he had been racing on the rail inside FULL OF CHANCES which was following CLEMENT LEGEND. He said after the 1200 Metres it appeared as though FULL OF CHANCES was not travelling well as the horse drifted out marginally and he felt that there was an opportunity for AMAZING AGILITY to shift away from the rail and take FULL OF CHANCES wider which would allow AMAZING AGILITY the opportunity to take a trailing position behind CLEMENT LEGEND, a horse which he considered to be a strong chance in the race. He said although he was marginally behind FULL OF CHANCES at this time, he felt that he was in a position to be able to take that horse wider without having to place it under undue pressure. He said therefore after the 1200 Metres he commenced to shift away from the rail and raced tight inside FULL OF CHANCES approaching and passing the 1100 Metres. He said this resulted in AMAZING AGILITY and FULL OF CHANCES bumping near the 1000 Metres and also afforded LE PANACHE the opportunity to improve its position on the rail inside AMAZING AGILITY. He added when FULL OF CHANCES continued to maintain its position behind CLEMENT LEGEND, this resulted in AMAZING AGILITY losing ground near the 900 Metres when unable to maintain its position between LE PANACHE and FULL OF CHANCES. H N Wong further stated that, in retrospect, he had been premature in shifting away from the rail given his instructions and this had resulted in him losing his position and allowing LE PANACHE the opportunity to improve inside AMAZING AGILITY and gain an advantage over that horse. H N Wong was told that whilst the Stewards accepted that he had endeavoured to comply with his instructions by shifting AMAZING AGILITY out at this time, given that it occurred so far from the Home Turn and that the field was relatively spread out at that stage, his decision to shift AMAZING AGILITY away from the rail had been too premature. He was told to ensure that he rides his mounts such that they are given every opportunity to finish off their races without encountering unnecessary interference whilst always complying with his instructions if circumstances permit.
ISHVARA lost its left front plate after the race.
A veterinary inspection of HAPPY ROCKY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
CLEMENT LEGEND, GARLIC YEAH and LE PANACHE were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (425) CITIGOLD HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1000 m

On leaving the Parade Ring, KING’S TROOPER became fractious and made heavy contact with a rail, resulting in N Callan being dislodged without incident. After being remounted, KING’S TROOPER then proceeded to the Start without further incident. On arrival at the Start, KING’S TROOPER was examined by the Veterinary Officer and after the necessary consultations found that horse to be suitable to race.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (S de Sousa), which was fractious in the barriers, lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected, began awkwardly and made contact with the outside gate, resulting in the horse losing ground. S de Sousa stated that when CAPTAIN FANTASTIC bumped the outside gate, his left leg was caught between the horse and the gate, causing him to be inconvenienced throughout the race. S de Sousa was subsequently examined by the Chief Medical Officer and passed fit to fulfil his remaining race riding engagements.
TRUST ME began awkwardly and shifted in, resulting in TRUST ME losing ground when checked away from the heels of BULLISH BROTHER which was bumped and taken out by TAKINGUFURTHER.
Approaching the 300 Metres, SUNSHINE UNIVERSE was steadied and shifted to the inside of LET’S COME BACK after being disappointed for running between that horse and HAPPY COOPERATION.
Approaching and passing the 300 Metres, TRUST ME was shifted in a number of horses in an attempt to obtain clear running. TRUST ME was held up for clear running approaching and passing the 200 Metres and then when being directed to the outside of MY CHANCE passing the 200 Metres, MY CHANCE shifted out, resulting in TRUST ME racing tight outside MY CHANCE, shifting out and inconveniencing ARRIBA ARRIBA.
Passing the 200 Metres, LET’S COME BACK was awkwardly placed inside the heels of SHINING ACE which shifted in. SHINING ACE, which was racing greenly, then shifted out a number of horses passing the 150 Metres, inconveniencing HAPPY COOPERATION.
When questioned regarding the performance of KING’S TROOPER, N Callan stated that whilst the horse was fractious leaving the Parade Ring, he did not believe he could use this as an excuse for the horse’s performance as KING’S TROOPER proceeded to the Start well. He said unlike the most recent time when KING’S TROOPER was due to race, the horse was well behaved in the barriers and travelled well in the early stages in a forward position. He said the manner in which KING’S TROOPER travelled today replicated the manner in which the horse barrier trialed, particularly its most recent trial when it had performed very well. He said however KING’S TROOPER went from travelling well to coming off the bridle near the 500 Metres and subsequently failed to finish off the race. He added whilst KING’S TROOPER is immature at this early stage of its racing career, nonetheless it was very disappointing in the manner in which it gave ground over the latter stages of the race. A veterinary inspection of KING’S TROOPER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of KING’S TROOPER was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, KING’S TROOPER will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on ARRIBA ARRIVA at the request of Trainer W Y So. The Veterinary Surgeon reported that this examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, ARRIBA ARRIBA will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of CAPTAIN FANTASTIC immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
A veterinary inspection of TAKINGUFURTHER immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained a minor cut to the inside of the right hind fetlock.
KING’S TROOPER, SUNSHINE UNIVERSE and TRUST ME were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (426) CITIGOLD PRIVATE CLIENT HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1400 m

DELIGHT EXPRESS was slow to begin and was then crowded for room between COMPASSION STAR and ROYAL RACER which shifted out.
GREEN CARD began only fairly and then after the 900 Metres was left racing wide and without cover.
SAM’S LOVE began awkwardly.
ENJOY LIFE began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of GOLDEN FOUR, causing both horses to become unbalanced.
From the outside barrier, HIGH REV was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
After the 500 Metres, SAM’S LOVE and VITAL SPRING raced tight as VITAL SPRING shifted out to obtain clear running.
Near the 350 Metres, ROYAL RACER raced tight between TRIUMPHANT LORD and COMPASSION STAR which shifted in marginally when giving ground.
After the race, M L Yeung reported that COMPASSION STAR came under pressure to maintain its position passing the 600 Metres and then weakened noticeably in the Home Straight despite being tested. A veterinary inspection of COMPASSION STAR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of COMPASSION STAR, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, COMPASSION STAR will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
SAM’S LOVE, GREEN CARD and GOLDEN FOUR were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (427) CITI ULTIMA CARD HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

KEY WITNESS was withdrawn on 15.2.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter WONDERFUL JOURNEY (M F Poon). Before being allowed to race again, KEY WITNESS will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
As the start was effected, MASTER ALBERT lifted its front feet off the ground and consequently was slow to begin.
FIRST RESPONDER began only fairly.
THE ABRAXAS was hampered on jumping by AMAZING CHOCOLATE which shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of THE ABRAXAS which was also crowded for room inside AEROHAPPINESS (J Moreira) which began awkwardly and shifted in. AEROHAPPINESS lost its left front plate a short distance after the start. A veterinary inspection of AEROHAPPINESS immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained an overreach wound to the inside of the left front heel. After the race, J Moreira stated that, in his opinion, the disappointing performance of AEROHAPPINESS could be attributed to this incident at the start. He said he expected AEROHAPPINESS to take up a forward position easily in the early stages, however, he had to ride his mount along for some distance to be able to clear runners to its inside to obtain a position one horse off the rail after the 900 Metres. He said, in his opinion, the injury sustained by AEROHAPPINESS at the start accounted for the horse’s lack of speed in the early stages and then not being able to finish off the race. He added whilst AEROHAPPINESS was not obviously lame after the race, he believed that the injury sustained by the horse was sufficient to explain its failure to close off. After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that THE ABRAXAS had sustained an overreach wound to the inside of the left front heel.
From a wide barrier, VILLA FIONN was steadied and shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 700 Metres, HARD PROMISE was awkwardly placed close to the heels of THE ABRAXAS.
LUCKY HERO travelled wide and without cover until near the 600 Metres.
Passing the 150 Metres, AMAZING CHOCOLATE raced in restricted room when improving into tight running between FIRST RESPONDER and AEROHAPPINESS which shifted out marginally under pressure. 
Near the 100 Metres, WONDERFUL JOURNEY was hampered when racing tight outside the heels of LUCKY HERO (Z Purton) which shifted out under pressure. Z Purton was severely reprimanded and advised in similar circumstances he would be expected to stop riding and straighten his mounts.
In the Straight, MANNA FROM HEAVEN lay in and was reluctant to shift away from the rail to improve outside THE ABRAXAS.
After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on LUCKY HERO at the request of Trainer C S Shum. The Veterinary Surgeon reported that this examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, LUCKY HERO will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
HARD PROMISE and LUCKY HERO were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (428) CITI WEALTH MANAGEMENT SERVICES HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1400 m

MY DARLING was withdrawn on 15.2.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore). Before being allowed to race again, MY DARLING will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
At declaration time, A Badel was declared as the rider of both SICHUAN DAR and JADE FORTUNE. It was established that A Badel had a firm commitment to ride SICHUAN DAR. As such, the Stewards permitted U Rispoli to be substituted as the rider of JADE FORTUNE. For this declaration error, Trainer K L Man was fined $2,000.
PRECIOUSSHIP shifted out at the start and bumped JADE FORTUNE.
From wide barriers, SICHUAN DAR and KINGS SHIELD were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After initially being ridden along for a short distance, STAR SHINE was steadied shortly after the start and shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
After the 1000 Metres, KINGS SHIELD got its head up when racing close to the heels of STAR SHINE and tight outside SICHUAN DAR.
Passing the 400 Metres, GOOD STANDING lost its right front plate.
Throughout the race, WAIKUKU travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on PRECIOUSSHIP at the request of Trainer P F Yiu. The Veterinary Surgeon reported that this examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse's trachea.
WAIKUKU and GOOD STANDING were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (429) THE QUEEN'S SILVER JUBILEE CUP (Sec1) Group One 1400 m

BEAUTY ONLY stood flat-footed as the start was effected and consequently lost a considerable amount of ground. Before being allowed to race again, BEAUTY ONLY will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test.
WINNER’S WAY was slow to begin.
From the outside barriers, FIFTY FIFTY and LITTLE GIANT were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
PINGWU SPARK lost its left front plate in the early stages.
Passing the 150 Metres, RATTAN was shifted to the inside of BEAT THE CLOCK.
At the 100 Metres, CONTE was shifted out away from the heels of BEAT THE CLOCK which shifted out under pressure.
A veterinary inspection of LITTLE GIANT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
BEAUTY GENERATION and BEAT THE CLOCK were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (430) THE CITI HONG KONG GOLD CUP (Sec1) Group One 2000 m

NORTHERN SUPERSTAR shifted out on jumping and bumped SOUTHERN LEGEND which in turn shifted out and made contact with GLORIOUS FOREVER.
SINGAPORE SLING and EAGLE WAY were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
From the outside barrier, PAKISTAN STAR was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners to obtain a position closer to the rail, however, was left racing wide and without cover passing the winning post on the first occasion and then passing the 1300 Metres was allowed to improve its position.
Passing the 1400 Metres, GLORIOUS FOREVER raced close to the heels of TIME WARP.
Near the 1350 Metres, EXULTANT got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of SOUTHERN LEGEND. After this, EXULTANT continued to prove difficult to settle and got its head up for some distance when continuing to race close to the heels of SOUTHERN LEGEND. Then passing the 1100 Metres, EXULTANT, which was continuing to travel keenly, shifted out away from the heels of SOUTHERN LEGEND. EXULTANT was then allowed to improve its position to race in the lead after the 800 Metres. When EXULTANT shifted out, EAGLE WAY improved its position with EXULTANT, however, was left racing wide and without cover after the 900 Metres.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, SINGAPORE SLING momentarily raced in restricted room between EAGLE WAY which shifted in and DINOZZO which shifted out away from the heels of GOLD MOUNT.
Passing the 700 Metres, PAKISTAN STAR and NORTHERN SUPERSTAR (K Teetan) raced tight as NORTHERN SUPERSTAR attempted to improve into tight running between PAKISTAN STAR and SIMPLY BRILLIANT. In this incident, PAKISTAN STAR became unbalanced when bumped by NORTHERN SUPERSTAR. Then approaching the 600 Metres, NORTHERN SUPERSTAR was steadied when unable to improve between PAKISTAN STAR and SIMPLY BRILLIANT. When NORTHERN SUPERSTAR was steadied, SOUTHERN LEGEND shifted out away from the heels of that horse, resulting in SINGAPORE SLING being taken wider. K Teetan was severely reprimanded for attempting to force a run where there was insufficient room.
Near the 350 Metres, DINOZZO was directed to the inside of SIMPLY BRILLIANT which shifted out to obtain clear running. DINOZZO then had some difficulty obtaining clear running approaching and passing the 200 Metres and after obtaining a run between EAGLE WAY and GLORIOUS FOREVER momentarily raced in restricted room between those horses as GLORIOUS FOREVER shifted out marginally.
Passing the 200 Metres, SIMPLY BRILLIANT was shifted to the outside of PAKISTAN STAR after being disappointed for running inside that horse.
A veterinary inspection of PAKISTAN STAR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
EXULTANT and SOUTHERN LEGEND were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (431) CITI INSURANCE SERVICES HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1400 m

DRAGON COMMANDER began awkwardly.
EARTH TRILOGY shifted out at the start and bumped CAMERA FACE. CAMERA FACE then raced in restricted room between HAPPY WIN WIN and EARTH TRILOGY a short distance after the start.
COMFORT LIFE shifted out at the start and bumped SMART CHARADE which in turn shifted out and made contact with CASIMIRO which became unbalanced.
SUPER ELEGANCE and STARSHIP bumped at the start. After this, SUPER ELEGANCE and STARSHIP, from wide barriers, were shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
Also from a wide barrier, NOBLE STEED was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Passing the 550 Metres, DRAGON COMMANDER was awkwardly placed behind CAMERA FACE which commenced to give ground abruptly. HAPPY WIN WIN, which was following DRAGON COMMANDER, was inconvenienced in consequence.
Passing the 400 Metres, NOBLE STEED was shifted to the inside of CASIMIRO to improve and then was briefly held up for clear running passing the 300 Metres.
CAMERA FACE collapsed after the 200 Metres.
Over the final 150 Metres, NOBLE STEED shifted in under pressure.
Throughout the race, MIGHTY MAVERICK travelled wide and without cover.
W M Lai was fined the sum of $5,000 for unnecessarily using the whip on CASIMIRO when that horse was out of contention.
M L Yeung, the rider of the winner, HAPPY FORCE, was spoken to regarding his riding of that horse over the concluding stages. He was reminded of the requirement to ensure that he rides his mounts out all the way to the end of the race. He was also informed of the significant penalties which are imposed on a rider who is found not to have ridden his horses out all the way to the end of the race to the satisfaction of the Stewards. 
A veterinary inspection of DRAGON COMMANDER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of DRAGON COMMANDER, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, DRAGON COMMANDER will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
HAPPY FORCE and NOBLE STEED were sent for sampling. Samples were also taken from CAMERA FACE.

Race:9 (432) THE HONG KONG CLASSIC CUP (Sec1) 4 Year Olds 1800 m

SUNNY SPEED, which was having its first race start in Hong Kong, stood flat-footed as the start was effected and lost a considerable amount of ground. Before being allowed to race again, SUNNY SPEED will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test.
EASY GO EASY WIN and GREEN LUCK began awkwardly.
FURORE was crowded for room on jumping inside SOLAR PATCH which shifted in abruptly. After this, from wide barriers, FURORE and SOLAR PATCH were shifted across behind runners.
Also from a wide barrier, HARMONY VICTORY was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
DARK DREAM lost its left hind plate near the 1600 Metres.
Passing the 1400 Metres, MR SO AND SO commenced to prove difficult to settle and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of HELENE LEADINGSTAR. HO HO KHAN, which was following, was hampered in consequence. When HO HO KHAN was checked away from the heels of MR SO AND SO, that horse shifted in, resulting in FURORE being crowded for room. SUNNY SPEED, which was following FURORE and proving difficult to settle, got its head up when being checked away from the heels of that horse. SUNNY SPEED then continued to over-race for some distance and proved very difficult to settle.
Passing the 300 Metres, MR SO AND SO was shifted to the inside of KA YING STAR to obtain clear running.
Approaching the 100 Metres, RED WARRIOR was awkwardly placed outside HELENE LEADINGSTAR which shifted out away from KA YING STAR.
Near the 50 Metres, HELENE LEADINGSTAR raced tight outside the hindquarters of KA YING STAR due to both horses shifting ground. 
Throughout the race, RED WARRIOR travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned, C Y Ho stated that he was asked to obtain a forward position on KA YING STAR which was consistent with the instructions he was provided when riding the horse at its previous two race starts in Hong Kong. He said in the early stages he rode KA YING STAR along to clear runners to his inside with the intention of leading. He said however that MISSION TYCOON, which was drawn wider than KA YING STAR, showed more early speed than his mount and after shifting in to race close to the rail after the 1400 Metres he believed he would have had to make considerable use of KA YING STAR to maintain the position inside MISSION TYCOON which was travelling much stronger than KA YING STAR. He added as the race was being run at a steady tempo in the early stages, he allowed MISSION TYCOON to cross KA YING STAR and obtained a trailing position behind that horse near the 1300 Metres.
A veterinary inspection of SOLAR PATCH immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
MISSION TYCOON and DARK DREAM were sent for sampling.

Race:10 (433) CITI MORTGAGE SERVICES HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 3 1400 m

DEFINING MOMENT shifted in at the start and bumped the hindquarters of KA YING LEGEND, causing KA YING LEGEND to become unbalanced and DEFINING MOMENT to lose ground.
MONSTER KAKA shifted in at the start and made contact with RELENTLESS ME.
FLYING THUNDER began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped STARLIT KNIGHT, causing both horses to become unbalanced.
From wide barriers, RACING FIGHTER, XIANG YIN and GOOD BEAUTY were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
M Chadwick (GRADE ONE) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 1200 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of RELENTLESS ME, causing that horse to be taken in abruptly off its line and to be unnecessarily hampered. FLYING THUNDER, which was following RELENTLESS ME, was inconvenienced in consequence. FLYING THUNDER then commenced to prove difficult to settle and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of RELENTLESS ME for some distance after the 1100 Metres when racing tight inside SMART LEADER which was awkwardly placed inside the heels of PICKEN. M Chadwick was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 and to expire on Sunday, 3 March 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey Chadwick’s good race riding record.
Near the 850 Metres, FLYING THUNDER was steadied when racing tight inside SMART LEADER which was awkwardly placed inside KA YING LEGEND which throughout the race travelled wide and without cover. RACING FIGHTER, which was following FLYING THUNDER, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse in consequence.
GOOD BEAUTY lost its right front plate near the 600 Metres.
At the entrance to the Straight, GRADE ONE raced in restricted room between KINGSFIELD and PICKEN when attempting to improve into tight running between those horses.
For some distance after the 400 Metres, STARLIT KNIGHT was awkwardly placed inside the heels of ALCARI when attempting to obtain running inside that horse. STARLIT KNIGHT was then shifted to the outside of ALCARI near the 250 Metres to obtain clear running.
In the early part of the Straight, GOOD BEAUTY got its head on the side and lay in under pressure.
Passing the 200 Metres, C Murray, the rider of DEFINING MOMENT, momentarily stopped riding his mount when racing between GOOD BEAUTY which continued to lay in under pressure and STARLIT KNIGHT which was shifted to the outside of ALCARI.
When questioned, T Berry stated that he commenced to pressure XIANG YIN, which was having its first race start in Hong Kong, rounding the Home Turn and the horse immediately commenced to lay in. He said he attempted to improve inside GOOD BEAUTY in the early part of the Straight whilst XIANG YIN continued to lay in and then when that horse shifted ground passing the 300 Metres he directed XIANG YIN to the inside of that horse. He said he was reluctant to use the whip on the horse as it continued to lay in. He said at the 200 Metres he directed XIANG YIN to the inside of KA YING LEGEND and then near the 150 Metres to the inside of RELENTLESS ME, however, he was unable to ride his mount out over the final 100 Metres due to it being awkwardly placed close to the heels of PICKEN. 
A veterinary inspection of KA YING LEGEND immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
A veterinary inspection of PICKEN immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, PICKEN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
PICKEN, KINGSFIELD and RACING FIGHTER were sent for sampling.

General

1. Additional Veterinary Reports from Happy Valley Racemeeting on 13 February 2019

Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of E MASTER, LOOK ERAS, SHOWING CHARACTER, WAH MAY PRINCESS, GRACIOUS RYDER, HAPPY WARRIOR, CHARITY GRAND, HAPPY DRAGON, BRAVE LEGEND, GUNNISON, WISHFUL THINKER, CALIFORNIA FORTUNE, RISE HIGH, CIRCUIT GLORY, LITTERATEUR, NICCONI EXPRESS, ENCOURAGING, MAGNIFICENT, MUSIC ADDITION and HANDSOME BO BO revealed no apparent abnormality.

2.

Racing Laboratory tests of RED ELYSEES, HEROIC GURU, MANAGEMENT STAR, SAVVY SEVEN, NATURAL FLARE, SMART ROCKET, NEVER BETTER, BRAVE BABY, HAPPY ALUMNI, SOLAR WAI WAI, LUNAR ZEPHYR, SPLENDOUR AND GOLD, WIN WIN, FULL OF BEAUTY, HONEST WAY, WHAT ELSE BUT YOU, SOLAR PATCH, KEY WITNESS, PRANCE DRAGON, PICKEN, BEAUTY SPIRIT, VINCY, CORDYCEPS and NOT USUAL TALENT (7.2.19) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawals

Race 4: KEY WITNESS on 15.2.19 on veterinary advice.

Race 5: MY DARLING on 15.2.19 on veterinary advice.

2. Fines

Race 5: Trainer K L Man (JADE FORTUNE): $2,000 for a declaration error.

Race 8: W M Lai (CASIMIRO): $5,000 for unnecessarily using the whip on the horse when it was out of contention.

3. Severe Reprimands

Race 4: Z Purton (LUCKY HERO) for shifting out near the 100 Metres.

Race 7: K Teetan (NORTHERN SUPERSTAR) for attempting to force a run where there was insufficient room passing the 700 Metres.

4. Warnings

Race 1: K Teetan (CLEMENT LEGEND) for shifting in passing the winning post on the first occasion.

H N Wong (AMAZING AGILITY) re his riding after the 1200 Metres.

Race 8: M L Yeung (HAPPY FORCE) re the manner in which he rode his mount out over the concluding stages.

5. Suspension

Race 10: M Chadwick (GRADE ONE) for careless riding approaching the 1200 Metres (from 27 February 2019 until 3 March 2019 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

6. Stalls Tests

Race 6: BEAUTY ONLY

Race 9: SUNNY SPEED

7. Barrier Trials

Race 2: KING’S TROOPER

Race 3: COMPASSION STAR

Race 8: DRAGON COMMANDER

8. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 2: KING’S TROOPER

ARRIBA ARRIBA

Race 3: COMPASSION STAR

Race 4: KEY WITNESS

LUCKY HERO

Race 5: MY DARLING

Race 8: DRAGON COMMANDER

Race 10: PICKEN

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