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Sha Tin stewards' report
02 Nov 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

01/11/2017 - Sha Tin
Going: Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8: ALL WEATHER TRACK  (FAST)
(Clegg Hammer Reading: 9.81)

Penetrometer Reading :
Racing Stewards :
Mr Lester Kwok Chi Hang JP Chairman
Dr. George Mok Yuen Chee
Mr K Kelly Chief Stipendiary Steward
Mr G Bush Stipendiary Steward
Mr K C Y Kwok Stipendiary Steward
Mr H L Liu Stipendiary Steward

Race: 1 (155) TSIM MEI FUNG HANDICAP Class 5 1200 m
A FAST ONE began awkwardly, resulting in its rider, D Whyte, becoming unbalanced.
VICTOR EMPEROR stumbled at the start.
FOXBAT began only fairly and shortly after the start was steadied away from the heels of HAPPY SOUND which shifted in.
From a wide barrier, TRENDIFUL was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
After being ridden along in the early stages, SNOWHOOVES failed to muster speed and was shifted across behind runners.
After the 900 Metres, RAINBOW GOLD was left racing wide and without cover.
Shortly after entering the Straight, A FAST ONE raced tight inside ORIENTAL FANTASIA which improved into tight running inside DOUBLE MASTER. A FAST ONE continued to race tight inside ORIENTAL FANTASIA for some distance after this due to DOUBLE MASTER, which was commencing to give ground, shifting in near the 300 Metres, resulting in both A FAST ONE and ORIENTAL FANTASIA being hampered.
In the early part of the Straight, VICTOR EMPEROR was held up for clear running and passing the 300 Metres was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SMILING GLORY when attempting to improve between that horse which shifted out and RAINBOW GOLD.
Approaching the 200 Metres, DYNAMIC LIONS was held up for clear running.
Approaching the 50 Metres, A FAST ONE was shifted out away from the heels of HAPPY SOUND when that horse shifted out under pressure.
A veterinary inspection of VICTOR EMPEROR and SMILING GLORY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
FOXBAT and A FAST ONE were sent for sampling.

Race: 2 (156) TIN HA SHAN HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m
GOLDEN KID was slow to begin.
CHARITY WINGS began only fairly.
Shortly after the start, ROCHFORD shifted out and bumped JUNGLE KING which was then awkwardly placed inside DEJA VU. In this incident, both JUNGLE KING and ROCHFORD became unbalanced. After this, ROCHFORD was ridden along, however, failed to muster speed.
After travelling about 50 Metres, JUNGLE KING was steadied away from the heels of DEJA VU (K C Leung) which, after being bumped by STARTLING POWER, shifted in further when being ridden along. K C Leung was advised to exercise more care in future.
From the outside barriers, FANTASTIC FABIO and AMAZING RACE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Near the 250 Metres, JUNGLE KING went amiss in its right hind leg and was eased down.
Throughout the race, STARTLING POWER travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of STARTLING POWER immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, STARTLING POWER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of ROCHFORD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
STARTLING POWER, GIDDY GIDDY and DEJA VU were sent for sampling. Samples were also taken from JUNGLE KING.

Race: 3 (157) WA MEI SHAN HANDICAP Class 5 1650 m
Whilst in the saddling stalls, HAPPY BEAUTY had its left front plate refitted. HAPPY BEAUTY was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
HAPPY FRIENDSHIP began awkwardly and lost ground.
DIGITAL PIONEER shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of GENTLEMEN which became unbalanced.
NOTED PERFORMER and HOLY UNICORN bumped at the start.
From wide barriers, DIGITAL PIONEER, OWNERS’ DELIGHT and EQUITY DOCTRINE were shifted across behind runners to obtain cover in the early stages.
Despite being vigorously ridden along in the early stages, JIMSON THE FAMOUS failed to muster speed.
Passing the winning post on the first occasion, EXPONENTS shifted out marginally, resulting in HAPPY BEAUTY being taken out onto HOLY UNICORN, causing those horses to bump and become unbalanced.
O Doleuze (EQUITY DOCTRINE) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 1400 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of DIGITAL PIONEER, causing that horse to be checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. O Doleuze was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 and to expire on Sunday, 12 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays).
Approaching the 500 Metres, DIAMOND FRIENDS (J Moreira) and SOCCER BRAVE raced tight as SOCCER BRAVE shifted out into tight running between GREAT TOPLIGHT and DIAMOND FRIENDS. SOCCER BRAVE and DIAMOND FRIENDS then continued to race tight for some distance and near the 450 Metres DIAMOND FRIENDS became unbalanced and lay in, resulting in SOCCER BRAVE being crowded for room outside GREAT TOPLIGHT. As the Stewards were of the opinion that there was no carelessness exhibited by either rider in this incident, no further action was taken, however, J Moreira was advised to do his utmost to ensure that his mounts do not shift ground and cause crowding to other runners.
Passing the 100 Metres, EQUITY DOCTRINE was steadied when momentarily disappointed for running between HOLY UNICORN and SOCCER BRAVE which shifted out.
Over the concluding stages, HAPPY FRIENDSHIP lay in under pressure.
Close to the finishing line, WINNINGLI and DIAMOND FRIENDS raced tight.
Also close to the finishing line, EXPONENTS raced tight inside GREAT TOPLIGHT which was corrected by its rider.
After the race, Z Purton reported that HAPPY BEAUTY hung out throughout the race.
DIAMOND FRIENDS and WINNINGLI were sent for sampling.

Race: 4 (158) TIN HA SHAN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m
NICE FANDANGO shifted in at the start and bumped MEGA TREASURE, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced.
DIAMOND LEGEND was crowded for room on jumping between BEEKELY and RESPECT, both of which shifted ground. After this, DIAMOND LEGEND was shifted across behind runners.
From a wide barriers, ENDEARING was shifted across behind the field in the early stages to obtain cover.
Z Purton (PICK NUMBER ONE) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 1000 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of VIVA COUNCIL, causing that horse to be checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. Z Purton was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 and to expire on Sunday, 12 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey Purton’s good race riding record.
Near the 800 Metres, BOND ELEGANCE was awkwardly placed close to the heels of VIVA COUNCIL.
At the entrance to the Straight, BOND ELEGANCE was taken outwards after being bumped by CONFUCIUS SPIRIT (U Rispoli) which shifted out in an attempt to obtain clear running. U Rispoli was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in similar circumstances.
Over the final 100 Metres, ENDEARING got its head on the side and lay out under pressure.
In the Straight, VIVA COUNCIL lay out under pressure.
When questioned regarding the performance of BEEKELY, Apprentice M F Poon stated that, in his opinion, the tempo of the race in the early stages was quicker than it was at its last start when the horse was able to travel more comfortably. He said BEEKELY did not travel as strongly in tonight’s race as it did last start and came under pressure prior to the Home Turn. He said after racing outside the eventual winner PICK NUMBER ONE throughout the race, that horse quickened at the entrance to the Straight whereas BEEKELY came under heavy pressure and then, despite being ridden out, was disappointing in the manner in which it gave ground. He added at its last start BEEKELY performed well on a track which appeared to be suiting horses which were ridden up on the speed. A veterinary inspection of BEEKELY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of CONFUCIUS SPIRIT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
PICK NUMBER ONE and ENDEARING were sent for sampling.

Race: 5 (159) TIU YUE YUNG HANDICAP Class 4 1650 m
NAMJONG INVINCIBLE began awkwardly and lost ground.
FIVE STARS AGENT shifted out at the start and inconvenienced THE JOY OF GIVING.
SURE PEACE and ARGENTUM bumped on jumping.
From a wide barrier, IMPERIAL CONCORDE was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Making the first turn after passing the winning post on the first occasion, THE JOY OF GIVING was momentarily eased away from the heels of SMART BABY.
T Berry (SPICY KAKA) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 1000 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of NAMJONG INVINCIBLE, causing that horse to be checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. T Berry was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on 8 November 2017 and to expire on Sunday, 12 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey Berry’s good race riding record.
Rounding the Home Turn, BEST EFFORT became unbalanced when racing tight between GRAN MASTER and SPARKLING SWORD which shifted out.
At the entrance to the Straight, SURE PEACE was shifted out away from the heels of THE JOY OF GIVING.
Approaching the 100 Metres, the whip of M L Yeung (BEST EFFORT) was knocked from his grasp by the whip of Apprentice H N Wong (FIVE STARS AGENT).
For the majority of the race, GOAL FOR GOLD and ARGENTUM travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, Apprentice H T Mo (SPARKLING SWORD) reported that his mount was inclined to lay out throughout the race.
BEST EFFORT, IMPERIAL CONCORDE and FIVE STARS AGENT were sent for sampling.

Race: 6 (160) PYRAMID HILL HANDICAP Class 3 1200 m
MOST BEAUTIFUL began only fairly and then shortly after the start raced tight between BIG TIME BABY and NUCLEAR POWER which was taken out by LUCKY GUY which shifted out on jumping.
HIT THE BID began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped BOMBAY BLITZ which was crowded for room inside MYTHICAL EMPEROR which began awkwardly. After this, HIT THE BID was vigorously ridden along, however, was slow to muster speed.
Shortly after the start, FANTASTIC FEELING was momentarily crowded for room inside HIGH FIVE which shifted in. After this, from the outside barriers, FANTASTIC FEELING and HIGH FIVE were shifted across behind runners.
After the 900 Metres, BORNTOACHIEVE shifted out into tight running between BIG TIME BABY and NUCLEAR POWER. BORNTOACHIEVE then raced tight between those horses and approaching the 800 Metres was momentarily steadied when NUCLEAR POWER shifted in.
Passing the 800 Metres, HIT THE BID was awkwardly placed outside BORNTOACHIEVE which shifted out.
Near the 250 Metres, BOMBAY BLITZ was momentarily eased when disappointed for running between HIGH FIVE and HIT THE BID which shifted out.
Over the concluding stages, PAKISTAN BABY was awkwardly placed outside the heels of NUCLEAR POWER which lay out under pressure.
When questioned, M Chadwick (PAKISTAN BABY) stated that he was given identical instructions tonight as he was given at the horse’s most recent start when he rode PAKISTAN BABY. He said on both occasions he was instructed to have the horse race in about a midfield position if possible. He said last start he rode his mount vigorously for a considerable distance in the early stages, however, PAKISTAN BABY did not show sufficient speed and raced further back in the field than had been hoped. He said in tonight’s race, from a wide barrier, he again rode his mount along in the early stages and PAKISTAN BABY showed more speed than it did at its last start. He said he looked to his inside passing the 1000 Metres and it appeared to him that it would be difficult for PAKISTAN BABY to obtain a position in about midfield given the makeup of the field at that time. He said rather than unnecessarily restrain PAKISTAN BABY or cover unnecessary ground by racing wide, he felt it was best to continue to ride PAKISTAN BABY forward to obtain a position closer to the rail. He said however that he was not able to obtain cover and was obliged to race in a more forward position than had been intended, however, he believed that the circumstances of the race led to PAKISTAN BABY being ridden in this manner.
A veterinary inspection of HIT THE BID and MOST BEAUTIFUL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of LUCKY GUY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
MOST BEAUTIFUL, MYTHICAL EMPEROR and BIG TIME BABY were sent for sampling.

Race: 7 (161) SHEK UK SHAN HANDICAP Class 3 1650 m
T Berry (EXPERTO CREDE) was fined $7,000 for weighing in 2 lbs overweight after the race.
BULLISH SMART shifted out at the start and inconvenienced LITTLE ISLAND.
STAR SUPERIOR was bumped by OUTLAWED on jumping.
GIOVANNI BATTISTA and TURIN PEARL bumped at the start.
From wide barriers, WILLIE WAY, MAMBO ROCK, GIANT TURTLE and EXPERTO CREDE were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1200 Metres, OUTLAWED was awkwardly placed close to the heels of RED MARVEL.
Making the turn after the 700 Metres, RED MARVEL was crowded for room between KHAKI which got its head on the side and lay out and TRAVEL DATUK (C Y Ho) which lay in. C Y Ho stated that after becoming unbalanced in this incident, TRAVEL DATUK became further unbalanced when bumped by RED MARVEL approaching the 600 Metres and because TRAVEL DATUK was commencing to come under pressure, he rode his mount along in an attempt to prevent RED MARVEL from shifting out, however, that horse was travelling better than TRAVEL DATUK and was able to shift to the outside of TURIN PEARL at this time, resulting in TRAVEL DATUK being taken wider.
Rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight, STAR SUPERIOR was held up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of OUTLAWED.
At the entrance to the Straight, GIANT TURTLE was shifted in away from the heels of TRAVEL FIRST to obtain clear running.
Shortly after entering the Straight, GIOVANNI BATTISTA, which was commencing to give ground, was momentarily steadied away from the heels of STAR SUPERIOR which shifted to the outside of OUTLAWED to obtain clear running.
Near the 150 Metres, TRAVEL DATUK was steadied after being awkwardly placed inside the heels of EXPERTO CREDE (T Berry) which shifted in under pressure. T Berry was reprimanded and advised that in similar circumstances he must make every endeavour to keep his mounts on a straight course.
Throughout the race, TRAVEL DATUK travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of MAMBO ROCK, KHAKI and TRAVEL FIRST immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
RED MARVEL and WILLIE WAY were sent for sampling.

Race: 8 (162) HEBE HILL HANDICAP Class 2 1650 m
VICTORY MARVEL lost its right front plate shortly after the start.
Shortly after the start, ANDOYAS was eased away from the heels of VICTORY MARVEL which shifted in after being bumped by PEOPLE’S KNIGHT.
Also shortly after the start, EASTERN EXPRESS (Z Purton) stumbled badly. Z Purton stated that he was unable to establish what occurred at this time, however, it was likely that EASTERN EXPRESS overreached which resulted in the horse becoming badly unbalanced. He said after this EASTERN EXPRESS travelled well and then finished off the race strongly and accordingly the incident at the start did not appear to adversely affect the horse. A veterinary inspection of EASTERN EXPRESS immediately following the race had sustained a small overreach wound to the left front leg.
From wide barriers, FRIENDS OF KA YING and STAR OF YAN OI were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, K C Leung (SALTO OLIMPICO) adjusted his right foot in the stirrup iron.
Passing the 1100 Metres, VICTORY MARVEL, which was travelling keenly, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of PEOPLE’S KNIGHT.
Close to the finishing line, BABA MAMA was shifted in away from the heels of KING GENKI to continue improving.
Throughout the race, PACKING DRAGON travelled wide and without cover.
The performances of SALTO OLIMPICO, STAR OF YAN OI and LIONROCKSPIRIT, which finished tailed out, were considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, SALTO OLIMPICO, STAR OF YAN OI and LIONROCKSPIRIT will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
CLASSIC EMPEROR and DIVINE BOY were sent for sampling.

General
1. Additional Veterinary Reports from Happy Valley Racemeeting on 29 October 2017
Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of TELEPHATIA, LE PANACHE, LOVE CHUNGHWA, SACRED IBIS, ROYAL CHOCOLATE, VICTORY DUKE, SMART SALUTE, SHARPMIND, MERRYGOWIN, MR KOOL, GENTRY, FORTUNE BOOTH, HEALTHY LUCK, MEGA HEART, E-SUPER, THUNDER STOMP, FULL GLAMOUR, THE GOLDEN AGE, SICHUAN DAR, SOUTHERN LEGEND and MR GENUINE revealed no apparent abnormality.
2.
Racing Laboratory tests of LUCKY TIME, TOURBILLON KING, MORETHANLUCKY, AMBITIOUS PINS, YOURTHEWONFORME, ACTUARIAT, BEAUTY WAY, RAZOR QUEST, LET’S TAKE IT EASY, NOBLE DE LOVE, DINOZZO, GOLD MOUNT, DOYENI, MR STUNNING, LUCKY BUBBLES, BEAUTY ONLY, BEAUTY GENERATION, BOOMING DELIGHT, TOP BEAUTIFUL, SUPER FLUKE, LUCKY DOLLAR, NOTHINGILIKEMORE and JOLLY JOLLY (22.10.17) proved negative.
Summary
1. Fine
Race 7: T Berry (EXPERTO CREDE): $7,000 for weighing in 2 lbs overweight after the race.
2. Reprimand
Race 7: T Berry (EXPERTO CREDE) for shifting in near the 150 Metres.
3. Warnings
Race 2: K C Leung (DEJA VU) for shifting in at the 1150 Metres.

Race 3: J Moreira (DIAMOND FRIENDS) for shifting in near the 450 Metres.

Race 4: U Rispoli (CONFUCIUS SPIRIT) for shifting out at the entrance to the Straight.
4. Suspensions
Race 3: O Doleuze (EQUITY DOCTRINE) for careless riding approaching the 1400 Metres (from 8 November 2017 until 12 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

Race 4: Z Purton (PICK NUMBER ONE) for careless riding approaching the 1000 Metres (from 8 November 2017 until 12 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

Race 5: T Berry (SPICY KAKA) for careless riding approaching the 1000 Metres (from 8 November 2017 until 12 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).
5. Barrier Trials
Race 8: SALTO OLIMPICO

STAR OF YAN OI

LIONROCKSPIRIT
6. Official Veterinary Examinations
Race 2: STARTLING POWER

Race 8: SALTO OLIMPICO

STAR OF YAN OI

LIONROCKSPIRIT
 
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