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Happy Valley stewards' report
13 Jul 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

 

12/07/2017 - Happy Valley
Going:Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8: TURF  (GOOD TO FIRM)

Penetrometer Reading :2.68
Racing Stewards :
Mr Anthony W K Chow 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 (789) BULLDOZER HANDICAP Class 4 1000 m
A STAR LUSTER began awkwardly and lost ground and then raced greenly throughout the event.
DR RACE was slow to begin and then was hampered by TRENDIFUL which was taken out by YOU KNOW WHO which, after beginning awkwardly, got its head on the side and shifted out further despite the efforts of its rider.
RUGBY DIAMOND shifted out on jumping and hampered TRIUMPHAL TRUMPET.
From the outside barrier, SNOW HAWK was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
In the early and middle stages, TRIUMPHAL TRUMPET raced greenly.
C Murray (DOUBLE MASTER) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 850 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of ACCESSION YEARS, causing that horse to be hampered and taken in and ultimately to be steadied away from the heels of DOUBLE MASTER. C Murray was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Monday, 17 July 2017 and to expire on Thursday, 27 July 2017 on which day he may resume race riding.
Approaching the 800 Metres, TRENDIFUL was momentarily awkwardly placed close to the heels of DOUBLE MASTER.
Passing the 800 Metres, SILVER SPUN was steadied away from the heels of RUGBY DIAMOND (C Schofield) which shifted in when not properly clear. C Schofield was severely reprimanded and advised to ensure that he is properly clear when shifting ground in similar circumstances.
After the 800 Metres, ACCESSION YEARS was left racing wide and without cover and making the turn near the 550 Metres got its head on the side, lay in and brushed TRENDIFUL which became unbalanced. TRENDIFUL then hung out, resulting in ACCESSION YEARS being taken wider and both horses then racing wide and without cover.
Also making the turn near the 550 Metres, SILVER SPUN became unbalanced after being bumped by OCEAN ROAR which made the turn awkwardly.
Near the 450 Metres, CALIFORNIA ASPAR was awkwardly placed close to the heels of OCEAN ROAR when racing tight inside DOUBLE MASTER.
Passing the 200 Metres, DR RACE drifted out under pressure.
A veterinary inspection of OCEAN ROAR immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea.
DR RACE, SILVER SPUN and CALIFORNIA ASPAR were sent for sampling.

Race: 2 (790) STREET CAT HANDICAP Class 5 1650 m
FRIENDS FOREVER shifted in at the start and bumped GOLD TALENT.
PLANET GIANT shifted in at the start and bumped DUTCH WINDMILL.
From wide barriers, LUCKY FRIENDS, SPEEDY WALLY and DUTCH WINDMILL were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
In the middle stages, FRIENDS FOREVER proved difficult to settle in the lead and travelled keenly.
Passing the 1200 Metres, LUCKY FRIENDS got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of ATOMIC BLAST.
After the 800 Metres, SPEEDY WALLY was awkwardly placed close to the heels of EASTERN PROWESS.
Shortly after entering the Straight, ATOMIC BLAST was shifted to the outside of EASTERN PROWESS to obtain clear running and passing the 300 Metres bumped SPEEDY WALLY which became unbalanced.
Approaching the 250 Metres, NOVEL START and PLANET GIANT raced tight due to both horses shifting ground.
Over the concluding stages, ATOMIC BLAST was hampered when awkwardly placed inside SPEEDY WALLY (Z Purton) which shifted in under pressure. Z Purton was severely reprimanded and advised that in similar circumstances he would be expected to stop riding and straighten his mount.
Also over the concluding stages, LUCKY FRIENDS raced tight between KIM GLORY and NOVEL START which shifted in.
The performance of FRIENDS FOREVER, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, FRIENDS FOREVER 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 DUTCH WINDMILL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
GOLD TALENT, EASTERN PROWESS and SPEEDY WALLY were sent for sampling.

Race: 3 (791) THE KING HANDICAP Class 4 1650 m
IMPERIAL SEAL began awkwardly and shifted out, inconveniencing GREAT JOY.
SPINNING DANCER and AMBITIOUS HEART bumped shortly after the start.
From the outside barriers, GIANT STARS and AMAZING GOLD were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, PEARL WARM WARM was awkwardly placed outside the heels of GOOD METHOD.
Approaching the 1300 Metres, THE JAZZ got its head up when being steadied to allow GOOD METHOD to cross.
In the early part of the Straight, SPINNING DANCER was held up behind WORKS OF ART which was giving ground.
GREAT JOY was held up for a run in the early part of the Straight and was shifted to the outside of IMPERIAL SEAL to obtain clear running passing the 250 Metres.
Approaching the 250 Metres, AMBITIOUS HEART was bumped by WAH MAY BABY which shifted in marginally.
Over the final 150 Metres, AMBITIOUS HEART lay out under pressure.
Throughout the race, WAH MAY BABY travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned, Apprentice H N Wong (GIANT STARS) stated that he had been instructed to attempt to give the horse clear galloping room in the Home Straight. He said as tonight’s race was being conducted on the A course, he felt that he may have difficulty securing uninterrupted running were he to continue to make a run on the inside of horses at the entrance to the Straight and as GREAT JOY, which he expected to be a strong chance, was being shifted to the outside of runners to make its finishing run, he elected to shift out with that horse so that GIANT STARS would be able to make its run towards the outside of the field. He said this resulted in GIANT STARS only momentarily having difficulty obtaining clear running shortly after the 300 Metres.
After the race, B Prebble stated that WORKS OF ART became unbalanced in its action shortly after entering the Straight when giving ground abruptly. He said for this reason he eased the horse down over the latter stages of the race. A veterinary inspection of WORKS OF ART immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, WORKS OF ART will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
AMBITIOUS HEART, IMPERIAL SEAL and GREAT JOY were sent for sampling.

Race: 4 (792) MAVERICK STAR HANDICAP Class 4 1200 m
WONDERFUL TIGER was slow to begin.
MANFUL STAR stumbled at the start and then a short distance later was crowded for room inside FOX SUNTER which was taken in by GOOD COMPANION.
HAPPY SOUND shifted in at the start, resulting in FUNNY BUDDIES being hampered.
From wide barriers, STARLIGHT and EMPIRE STAR were steadied and shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After being ridden along to obtain the lead, HAPPY SOUND travelled keenly and proved difficult to settle for some distance in the early and middle stages.
Rounding the Home Turn, FUNNY BUDDIES was bumped by GOOD COMPANION which raced tight outside TRAVEL SUCCESSOR which was taken out by HAPPY SOUND (M L Yeung) which got its head on the side and lay out. M L Yeung was advised to ensure that he makes every endeavour to prevent his mount from shifting ground wherever possible.
Approaching the 100 Metres, HAPPY SOUND shifted out and was awkwardly placed inside the heels of TRAVEL SUCCESSOR.
Close to the finishing line, FUNNY BUDDIES was shifted out away from the heels of GOOD COMPANION which raced tight outside FOX SUNTER.
Throughout the race, FUNNY BUDDIES travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned regarding his riding of EMPIRE STAR over the concluding stages, C Y Ho stated that he had been required to ride his mount continuously throughout the race to ensure that it was able to be as competitive as it could. He said in the early part of the Straight he shifted EMPIRE STAR to the outside of runners and immediately commenced to place the horse under pressure including using the whip on the horse whilst at times riding it along vigorously hands and heels. He said EMPIRE STAR worked home satisfactorily in the Straight and as the horse was giving its all, he did not believe that it was necessary to use the whip vigorously over the concluding stages. C Y Ho was advised that his explanation would be reported, however, he must ensure that he rides his mounts out with sufficient vigour all the way to the end of the race.
A veterinary inspection of REGENCY HONEY immediately following the race found that horse to have a small amount of blood at the right nostril. An endoscopic examination of REGENCY HONEY deemed that horse not to have bled.
STARLIGHT and FOX SUNTER were sent for sampling.

Race: 5 (793) LET ME FIGHT HANDICAP Class 3 1000 m
TRAVEL COMFORTS was withdrawn on 10.7.17 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left hind) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter ALL MY GAIN. Before being allowed to race again, TRAVEL COMFORTS will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
RACING MATE and BIG TIME BABY began only fairly and shortly after the start were crowded for room outside SWEETIE BARLEY which shifted out.
TRIUMPHANT JEWEL and MOST BEAUTIFUL bumped at the start.
From a wide barrier, ALL MY GAIN was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 950 Metres, BEAUTY MASTER shifted out abruptly.
Approaching the 900 Metres, MONEY BOY shifted in and bumped the hindquarters of WHO ELSE BUT YOU.
BIG TIME BABY lost its left front plate passing the 800 Metres.
Making the turn near the 550 Metres, BEAUTY MASTER got its head on the side and lay out.
When questioned, K Teetan (ACE KING) stated that he was instructed to attempt to lead if ACE KING began well having regard to the horse’s prior history of being fractious in the barriers. He said he was also told that if ACE KING did not show sufficient early speed to lead, it was acceptable for him to take a position with cover behind the leaders. He said, as is often the case, ACE KING was fractious in the barriers and reared and then as the start was effected began only fairly. He said as there were a number of horses, which were drawn better than ACE KING, being vigorously ridden to obtain forward positions, he did not believe that ACE KING would have sufficient early speed to be able to lead, therefore he elected to shift the horse across and obtain cover albeit further back in the field than had been intended.
TRIUMPHANT JEWEL and MONEY BOY were sent for sampling.

Race: 6 (794) KINGS FALCON HANDICAP Class 3 1200 m
DOLLAR REWARD began only fairly and shortly after the start was crowded for room between FLYING QUEST and JOLLY CONVERGENCE which was taken out by GENERAL IRON which began awkwardly.
From wide barriers, HERO LOOK and LANG TAI SING were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Approaching the 1100 Metres, I’M A WITNESS got its head on the side and shifted out.
Passing the 900 Metres, GENERAL IRON got its head up when travelling keenly and awkwardly placed close to the heels of GRACE HEART.
Also passing the 900 Metres, I’M A WITNESS and DIAMOND MASTER bumped.
At the entrance to the Straight, JOLLY CONVERGENCE was bumped by I’M A WITNESS which was momentarily steadied away from the heels of FLYING QUEST which shifted out to obtain clear running.
Passing the 200 Metres, DOLLAR REWARD got its head on the side and shifted out and was momentarily awkwardly placed inside the heels of GRACE HEART.
Near the 75 Metres, DOLLAR REWARD raced tight inside GRACE HEART.
Passing the winning post, DIAMOND MASTER became badly unbalanced and shifted out across the heels of EXTREMELY FUN.
Throughout the race, I’M A WITNESS travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of JOLLY CONVERGENCE, N Callan stated that after beginning well, his mount did not show as much early speed as he anticipated despite being hard ridden. He said JOLLY CONVERGENCE was left racing in a three wide position with cover after being unable to cross GENERAL IRON to its inside and the horse travelled only fairly in the middle stages. He added rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight JOLLY CONVERGENCE did not quicken as it had when ridden by him in the past and then did not finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of JOLLY CONVERGENCE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of BOND ELEGANCE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
JOLLY CONVERGENCE, FLYING QUEST and GREEN CARD were sent for sampling.

Race: 7 (795) SILVER GRECIAN HANDICAP Class 3 1800 m
M L Yeung dismounted HAPPY LIFE after that horse became fractious in the Parade Ring.
GOOD CHOICE was crowded for room on jumping between LOTUS STRIKES BACK and TEN FLAMES, both of which shifted ground. After this, both GOOD CHOICE and TEN FLAMES were shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
Shortly after the start, KIRAM was awkwardly placed outside THUNDER STOMP which shifted out when being ridden along.
Passing the winning post on the first occasion, MCQUEEN jumped a shadow, became badly unbalanced and shifted out when racing with its head up.
Also passing the winning post on the first occasion, LITTLE ISLAND was awkwardly placed close to the heels of EASY HEDGE.
Passing the 1300 Metres, EASY HEDGE was steadied away from the heels of MCQUEEN. When awkwardly placed behind MCQUEEN, EASY HEDGE shifted in and bumped KIRAM approaching the 1200 Metres.
Passing the 1200 Metres, TEN FLAMES was checked away from the heels of LOTUS STRIKES BACK which was awkwardly placed behind HAPPY CONTENDER.
A veterinary inspection of EASY HEDGE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
DR LISTENING and MCQUEEN were sent for sampling.

Race: 8 (796) SWEET ORANGE HANDICAP Class 2 1200 m
DRAGON GENERAL was slow to begin.
From a wide barrier, SUPER TURBO was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Near the 1150 Metres, COUNTRY MELODY and VERBINSKY were crowded for room inside HIGH FIVE (C Murray) which shifted in before being directed back out to relieve the tightening to runners on its inside. C Murray was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground.
Throughout the race, FLYING TOURBILLON travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of RACING SUPERNOVA, HOUSE OF FUN and DRAGON GENERAL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SOUTHERN LEGEND and SUPER TURBO were sent for sampling.

General
1. 9 July 2017 Sha Tin Racemeeting – Race 9 (787)
The Stewards tonight questioned S Clipperton regarding his riding of PRAWN BABA, particularly approaching and passing the 600 Metres. S Clipperton stated that it had been explained to him that PRAWN BABA is one-paced and benefits from a truly run race. He also stated that he was instructed to ride PRAWN BABA positively in the early stages to take up a prominent position and to ensure that the horse was provided with clear and unimpeded running from straightening. He said the middle stages of the race were run at a good tempo, however, the pace of the race slackened after the 1200 Metres. He said passing the 800 Metres when racing behind GREEN DISPATCH and inside BASIC TRILOGY, PRAWN BABA appeared to come off the bridle and he had to ride it along from the 800 Metres to ensure that PRAWN BABA maintained its position behind GREEN DISPATCH. He said as PRAWN BABA is one-paced, he did not wish to be left racing behind GREEN DISPATCH and BASIC TRILOGY after the 600 Metres as he felt that the horse would have its best chance if he were to make the race into a staying test as he did not believe he could outsprint ROCKETETEER if PRAWN BABA was not able to establish a margin over that horse. He said for these reasons he commenced to ride PRAWN BABA aggressively from the 600 Metres to ensure that the principal chances in the race would have to make ground on PRAWN BABA whilst also ensuring the race did not become a sit and sprint race. He added whilst this resulted in PRAWN BABA having to be ridden along earlier in the race than would normally be the case, he believed that riding the horse in this manner would give it the best opportunity to finish in front of the principal chances in the race. Mr J Size, the trainer of PRAWN BABA, confirmed the instructions given to Jockey Clipperton and stated that, after reviewing the race and all the circumstances of the race, he was satisfied with Jockey Clipperton’s riding of PRAWN BABA.
2. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 9 July 2017
Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of FANTASTIC SHOW, GALLANT RETURN, YOURTHEWONFORME, UNIQUE JOYFUL, HAPPY CENTURY, GREAT TREASURE, EXPERTO CREDE, GIDDY GIDDY, STAR SUPERIOR, ENCORE BOY, HOT HOT PEPPER, SUNNY WIN, WAYFOONG VINNIE, INFINITY ENDEAVOUR, SUCH A HAPPINESS, ELECTRIC LIGHTNING, HAPPY COOPERATION, HARBOUR ALERT, ARIZONA BLIZZARD, GENERAL SHERMAN, ROCKETEER, REGENCY BO BO, COBY BOY and LUCKY GUY revealed no apparent abnormality.
3.
Racing Laboratory tests of LEISURED FEET, NONE OTHER, GOLDEN CANNON, SUPER EURO STAR, A FAST ONE, GENTLEMEN, HAPPY BEAUTY, RHODE ASSASSIN, BEST REWARD, JOLLY GENE, GORGEOUS AGAIN, MULTIGOGO, ALL YOU NEED, REGENCY DARLING, GRAN MASTER, CROWN AVENUE, FIVE STARS AGENT, MY DARLING, HANG’S DECISION, CIRCUIT HASSLER, TURIN PEARL, WHITE MAGIC, SAM’S LOVE, HARD BALL GET, AMAZING, MASTER ALBERT, FANTASTIC EIGHT and FIONESAY (1.7.17) proved negative.
Summary
1. Withdrawal
Race 5: TRAVEL COMFORTS on 10.7.17 on veterinary advice.
2. Severe Reprimands
Race 1: C Schofield (RUGBY DIAMOND) for shifting in passing the 800 Metres.

Race 2: Z Purton (SPEEDY WALLY) for shifting in over the concluding stages.
3. Warnings
Race 4: M L Yeung (HAPPY SOUND) for shifting out rounding the Home Turn.

C Y Ho (EMPIRE STAR) re the manner in which he rode his mount out over the concluding stages.

Race 8: C Murray (HIGH FIVE) for shifting in near the 1150 Metres.
4. Suspension
Race 1: C Murray (DOUBLE MASTER) for careless riding near the 850 Metres (from 17 July 2017 until 27 July 2017 on which day he may resume race riding).
5. Barrier Trials
Race 2: FRIENDS FOREVER

Race 3: WORKS OF ART
6. Official Veterinary Examinations
Race 2: FRIENDS FOREVER

Race 3: WORKS OF ART

Race 5: TRAVEL COMFORTS

 
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