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Happy Valley stewards' report
12 Oct 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 


11/10/2017  -  Happy Valley
Going:Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8: TURF (GOOD)

Penetrometer Reading :2.7
Racing Stewards :
Mrs Margaret Leung SBS JP Chairman
Mr Nick Etches  
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 (101) TOUR AND HOTEL SERVICE HANDICAP Class 5 1000 m
On arrival at the Start, it was noted that SHOW MISSION had shifted its right front plate and SEVEN LUCK had lost its left front plate. Both horses were replated and examined by the Veterinary Officer and found to be suitable to race.
KING’S STEED had its tongue tie replaced behind the barriers.
SAKURA FIGHTER was slow to begin and then shifted out at the start, making heavy contact with the hindquarters of SHOW MISSION, causing both horses to become unbalanced.
RUGBY DIAMOND began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped KING’S STEED.
Shortly after the start, GLORY HORSIE raced in restricted room inside DOUBLE MASTER which got its head on the side and shifted in away from HIGHLAND DRAGON.
KING’S STEED lost its right front plate shortly after the start.
From a wide barrier, FORTUNE BROTHERS was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 300 Metres, SEVEN LUCK and FORTUNE BROTHERS made contact.
Passing the 250 Metres, GLORY HORSIE was inconvenienced when disappointed for running between HIGHLAND DRAGON and SHOW MISSION which shifted in.
Throughout the race, KING’S STEED travelled wide and without cover.
K C Leung, the rider of FORTUNE BROTHERS, which finished at the rear of the field, was fined the sum of $5,000 for unnecessary use of the whip on a horse clearly out of contention.
When questioned, K Teetan stated that due to the makeup of the field in respect of the number of horses which had shown good early speed in their previous races, it was felt that SEVEN LUCK may be able to obtain a position in about midfield. He said, despite being ridden along, SEVEN LUCK did not show sufficient speed to be able to cross SPARKLING TALENT to its inside and therefore near the 800 Metres he shifted in to race behind that horse after being bumped by FORTUNE BROTHERS which resulted in SEVEN LUCK racing slightly further back in the field than had been anticipated.
When questioned, Apprentice M F Poon stated that rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight he placed KING’S STEED under full pressure. He said he felt that the horse was doing its best and for this reason he was reluctant to use the whip, rather he continued to ride the horse out hands and heels before using the whip on the horse in the left hand passing the 250 Metres. He added as the horse continued to be at its top speed all the way to the line, he did not believe it was necessary for him to use the whip any further. Apprentice Poon was advised that his explanation would be reported, however, it was stressed to him the importance of demonstrating to the public that the horse has been placed under proper pressure.
A veterinary inspection of FOREVER FUN immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SEVEN LUCK, SPARKLING TALENT and SHOW MISSION were sent for sampling.

Race: 2 (102) KWOON CHUNG BIPENGGOU TOURISM SERVICE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m
HAPPY OUT THERE was slow to begin.
SNOW HAWK shifted out and bumped SANGRIA at the start. After this, SANGRIA was steadied to obtain a position closer to the rail.
Shortly after the start, HAPPY FIERY DRAGON shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of SNOW HAWK which became unbalanced.
Also shortly after the start, SECRET AGENT shifted out and bumped ROCHFORD.
From the outside barrier, MERRYGOWIN was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After travelling about 30 Metres, HAPPY FIERY DRAGON was crowded for room between SNOW HAWK and ROCHFORD which shifted out.
Approaching the 1100 Metres, after being initially taken out by HAPPY FIERY DRAGON, SNOW HAWK was momentarily steadied away from the heels of BOND ELEGANCE which shifted in marginally.
When being steadied approaching and passing the 1000 Metres to obtain cover, BOND ELEGANCE, after initially being ridden along, proved very difficult to settle and got its head up for some distance.
Passing the 200 Metres, SANGRIA shifted out and bumped MERRYGOWIN, causing both horses to become unbalanced.
Also passing the 200 Metres, HAPPY FIERY DRAGON was shifted in away from the heels of RICHCITY FORTUNE.
Throughout the race, NICE FANDANGO travelled wide and without cover. NICE FANDANGO also raced greenly under pressure in the Straight and lay in over the concluding stages. A veterinary inspection of NICE FANDANGO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
HAPPY FIERY DRAGON and MERRYGOWIN were sent for sampling.

Race: 3 (103) STUDENT SERVICE HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m
On jumping, TRENDIFUL bounded in the air and lost ground.
PEARL FURU was slow to begin.
ROMAN IMPERO shifted out at the start and hampered CAPE THE FAITH. After this, from the outside barriers, both ROMAN IMPERO and CAPE THE FAITH were shifted across behind runners.
N Rawiller (LOVE CHUNGHWA) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 1000 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of TRENDIFUL, causing that horse to be checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. N Rawiller was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and to expire on Monday, 6 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In addition, N Rawiller was fined $15,000.
A veterinary inspection of GREAT TOPLIGHT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
LOVE CHUNGHWA and VERY RICH MAN were sent for sampling.

Race: 4 (104) EMPLOYEES' SERVICE HANDICAP Class 3 1800 m
Shortly after the start, RULE THEE got its head on the side and shifted in, resulting in SHARP SAILOR being crowded for room and taken in onto LOTUS STRIKES BACK which became unbalanced.
HO HO FEEL and HEROIC GURU were steadied in the early stages to obtain a position closer to the rail.
Despite being vigorously ridden along in the early stages, JOLLY GENE failed to muster early speed. C Y Ho reported after the race that it had been intended for JOLLY GENE to lead, however, the horse showed insufficient pace to do so.
Passing the winning post on the first occasion, RULE THEE got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of BANK ON RED.
In the early stages, KING OF MONGOLIA raced wide and without cover and then after the 1300 Metres was allowed to stride forward to obtain a position closer to the rail.
Making the turn after passing the 600 Metres, RULE THEE shifted in towards the running rail of its own accord and became badly unbalanced.
After the 200 Metres, JOLLY GENE was directed to the inside of TAI SMART when held up for clear running. JOLLY GENE was then unable to obtain clear running for the remainder of the race and consequently was not able to be tested.
N Callan (KING OF MONGOLIA) was found guilty of a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that passing the 250 Metres he permitted his mount to shift out when not clear of JOLLY GENE, causing that horse to be checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. N Callan was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 29 October 2017 and to expire on Thursday, 2 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey Callan’s good race riding record.
When questioned, N Rawiller (SHARP SAILOR) stated that after proceeding down to the barriers satisfactorily, SHARP SAILOR became stirred up behind the barriers and was somewhat reluctant to load into the barriers. He said after riding his mount along in the early stages to take up a good position from an inside barrier, SHARP SAILOR appeared to become momentarily unbalanced in its action after the 1600 Metres and got its head up which prompted him to look down at the horse on a number of occasions to ensure that it had not gone amiss. He said approaching the winning post on the first occasion the horse’s action improved and he was therefore content to continue on. He said the pace passing the winning post on the first occasion was particularly slow and after the winning post on the first occasion he looked to his outside to establish whether he could take HEROIC GURU out in order to make a forward move given that SHARP SAILOR would not be suited by having to be ridden back in the field if the race continued to be slowly run. He said it was not until after the 1300 Metres that he was able to shift away from the rail and approaching the 1200 Metres he commenced to ride his mount along vigorously to improve its position around runners into a forward position. He said as he committed to the outside of JOLLY GENE to go forward, TAI SMART and KING OF MONGOLIA, which were racing near the lead, also pressed forward which increased the tempo of the race, however, at this time he already committed to going forward. He added whilst SHARP SAILOR was able to obtain a position outside the lead after the 900 Metres and then eventually obtain the outright lead passing the 800 Metres, he had to make more use of SHARP SAILOR than he hoped. He said in the middle stages SHARP SAILOR travelled only fairly and after placing his mount under pressure in the early part of the Straight the horse finished off the race one-paced. N Rawiller stated that he did feel as though SHARP SAILOR had 4th placing secured given that there was a significant margin back from the 3rd horse, however, HEROIC GURU commenced to make ground on SHARP SAILOR over the concluding stages and after initially easing down on SHARP SAILOR, he then recommenced riding his mount to the line. N Rawiller was advised that had SHARP SAILOR not have retained 4th placing, then he would have faced a charge of not riding his mount out to the end of the race, however, as SHARP SAILOR had retained 4th placing and given the significant margin behind the 3rd horse KING OF MONGOLIA, the Stewards did not take any further action other than to issue him with a severe reprimand and remind him of his obligation to ride his mounts out all the way to the end of the race. A veterinary inspection of SHARP SAILOR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of HEROIC GURU immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the Veterinary Officer reported that a full endoscopic examination of HEROIC GURU was not able to be performed due to that horse being fractious.
HEROIC GURU, HO HO FEEL and LOTUS STRIKES BACK were sent for sampling.

Race: 5 (105) INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICE HANDICAP Class 4 1650 m
THE JAZZ, which was fractious in the barriers, shifted in at the start and bumped DARING HEART.
Shortly after the start, SAVANNAH WIND shifted out and bumped CURLING LUXURY.
From wide barriers, EXCELLENCE and GLENEALY PRIZE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After passing the winning post on the first occasion, DARING HEART was awkwardly placed close to the heels of TORNEY which shifted in after racing tight inside WORKS OF ART which shifted in away from SAVANNAH WIND.
Passing the 1050 Metres, SAVANNAH WIND got its head up when proving difficult to settle and awkwardly placed close to the heels of CURLING LUXURY (Apprentice H N Wong) which at this time steadied the tempo. TORNEY, which was following SAVANNAH WIN, got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse in consequence. DARING HEART, which was following and proving difficult to settle, was checked away from the heels of TORNEY as was THE JAZZ which shifted out away from the heels of DARING HEART and bumped EXCELLENCE. Apprentice Wong was warned against the practice of steadying the tempo in races too abruptly. For a considerable distance after this, DARING HEART continued to prove very difficult to settle and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of TORNEY.
At the entrance to the Straight, CASA MASTER shifted out and was awkwardly placed inside the heels of SPEEDY WALLY.
After the 300 Metres, DARING HEART was shifted out across the heels of THE JAZZ to obtain clear running.
Close to the finishing line, SPEEDY WALLY got its head on the side and lay in.
When easing down after the race, STAR OF HONG KONG dipped, resulting in O Doleuze being dislodged and the bridle fitted to STAR OF HONG KONG being dislodged.
A veterinary inspection of CURLING LUXURY 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, CURLING LUXURY will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
GENTRY and SPEEDY WALLY were sent for sampling.

Race: 6 (106) RESIDENTS' SERVICE HANDICAP Class 3 1650 m
After being loaded into the barriers, SIR REDALOT became fractious and lunged, making heavy contact with the front gates and forcing them to open. Despite the efforts of the starting gate handler attending to SIR REDALOT and M L Yeung, SIR REDALOT then got its head down, resulting in Jockey Yeung being dislodged and the starting gate handler also being dragged out of the barrier stalls. In this incident, M L Yeung was stood on by SIR REDALOT. SIR REDALOT then broke free from the starting gate handler before galloping away from the Start. Acting on medical advice that Jockey Yeung was not fit to ride SIR REDALOT, that horse was withdrawn. Before being allowed to race again, SIR REDALOT will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial.
As the start was effected, CHEERFUL BOY, which was fractious in the barriers, bounded in the air, resulting in the horse losing a considerable amount of ground. Before being allowed to race again, CHEERFUL BOY will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test.
ISTANBUL BEY shifted out at the start and bumped GOLD LAND.
DR WIN WIN shifted out abruptly at the start, resulting in CHUNG WAH SPIRIT being taken out onto the hindquarters of HAPPY JOURNEY which became unbalanced.
From the outside barrier, MAGNETISM was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Approaching the 1200 Metres, FLYING QUEST got its head up when proving difficult to settle.
Over the final 100 Metres, MAGNETISM lay in under pressure and proved difficult to ride.
Throughout the race, HAPPY JOURNEY travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned, Z Purton (CHUNG WAH SPIRIT) stated that he was asked to ride the horse in about 4th or 5th position behind the leaders if possible. He said after becoming unbalanced at the start when crowded for room, he immediately looked to obtain a trailing position behind DR WIN WIN, however, that horse was steadied by its rider and as CHUNG WAH SPIRIT was too far in advance of DR WIN WIN, he believed it would be unreasonable to restrain his mount in order to attempt to obtain a position behind that horse and therefore, in his opinion, he was obliged to continue forward into the lead when no other horse contested for the lead in the early stages. He said although CHUNG WAH SPIRIT was obliged to lead the race, the horse travelled comfortably when uncontested in the lead. He said CHUNG WAH SPIRIT continued to travel well in the middle stages until rounding the Home Turn at which time the horse came under pressure and then, despite being ridden out in the Straight, did not finish off the race. Z Purton stated that, in his opinion, CHUNG WAH SPIRIT may not have seen out the distance of tonight’s race at its first time of asking whilst also racing at Happy Valley for the first time in the unfamiliar role of leader. A veterinary inspection of CHUNG WAH SPIRIT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
When questioned, Apprentice M F Poon (FLYING QUEST) stated that at the entrance to the Straight he shifted FLYING QUEST out to improve into running which was available between ISTANBUL BEY and JADE FORTUNE in advance of FLYING QUEST. He said as he positioned FLYING QUEST to improve into that run, JADE FORTUNE shifted in, however, by this time he was already committed to improving between JADE FORTUNE and ISTANBUL BEY. He said this resulted in FLYING QUEST being checked when disappointed for running and obliging him to shift FLYING QUEST back to the inside of ISTANBUL BEY after the 250 Metres to obtain clear running. After viewing the videos, the Stewards accepted Apprentice Poon’s explanation. A veterinary inspection of FLYING QUEST immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, FLYING QUEST will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
CHUNG WAH SPIRIT, GOLD LAND and DR WIN WIN were sent for sampling.

Race: 7 (107) THE KWOON CHUNG BUS CUP (HANDICAP) Class 2 1000 m
When in the holding stables, BORN IN CHINA was found to have sustained a wound to the outside of the right hock. BORN IN CHINA was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
PREMIERE and BORN IN CHINA bumped at the start.
From the outside barrier, ARCHIPPUS was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Rounding the Home Turn, HIGH FIVE was checked away from the heels of ADVENTURER. BULLISH SMART, which was following, was hampered in consequence.
Passing the 100 Metres, FLYING TOURBILLON was shifted in away from the heels of HIGH FIVE.
Throughout the race, COUNTRY MELODY travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, T Berry (SEA JADE) stated that his mount became unbalanced in its action over the concluding stages. A veterinary inspection of SEA JADE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of ADVENTURER immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, ADVENTURER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
PREMIERE and BORN IN CHINA were sent for sampling.

Race: 8 (108) NEW LANTAO BUS (1973) SERVICE HANDICAP Class 3 1200 m
WONDERFUL FIGHTER began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped GRACE HEART.
From wide barriers, SUNNY DRAGON, DOLLAR REWARD and FAIRY TWINS were all steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
After the 1100 Metres, SUNNY DRAGON got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of HARBOUR ALERT.
After the 900 Metres, SUNNY DRAGON got its head up when travelling keenly.
At the 700 Metres, BIG TIME BABY shifted out away from the heels of HAPPY BAO BEI and bumped DOUBLE VALENTINE. After this, DOUBLE VALENTINE was left racing wide and without cover.
HARBOUR ALERT travelled keenly in the middle stages.
Passing the 250 Metres and again approaching the 100 Metres, BIG TIME BAY and DOUBLE VALENTINE brushed.
Close to the finishing line, FAIRY TWINS, which was finishing off the race strongly, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of GOOD COMPANION when racing tight inside GRACE HEART. Because of this, FAIRY TWINS was not able to be ridden out all the way to the end of the race.
A veterinary inspection of WONDERFUL FIGHTER immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its left front leg. Before being allowed to race again, WONDERFUL FIGHTER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
WONDERFUL FIGHTER, GOOD COMPANION and HARBOUR ALERT were sent for sampling.

General
1.
Races 7 and 8 were each put back 5 minutes.
2.
Trainer M J Freedman was fined the sum of $2,000 for entering AASHIQUI in the stalls test tomorrow when such horse was unbranded.
3. Omission from Racing Incidents Report of 8 October 2017 Sha Tin Racemeeting – Race 10 (100)
Despite being ridden along in the early stages, CALIFORNIA JOY failed to muster speed.
4. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 8 October 2017
Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of AMAZING STAR, ALCARI, LUCKY LUCKY, AMRITSARIA, LE PANACHE, MULTIGOGO, E MASTER, AMBITIOUS HEART, REAL DEAL, WINNER ST PAUL’S, GOLDEN CANNON, RED HORSE, ENDEARING, RATTAN, WINWIN RUBY, GRAN MASTER, SPICY KAKA, IMPERIAL CONCORDE, MYTHICAL EMPEROR, FANTASTIC EIGHT, DIVINE BOY, RED MARVEL, FIFTY FIFTY and RACING SUPERNOVA revealed no apparent abnormality.
5.
Racing Laboratory tests of GRADE ONE, FLYING NOBLE, GORGEOUS AGAIN, GORGEOUS KING, HO HO FEEL, BOSSIEE, STAR OF PATCH, A BEAUTIFUL, VICTORY MASTER, WIN FOR CHARITY, MORETHANLUCKY, JING JING WIN, BRAVO WATCHMAN, D B PIN, DASHING FELLOW, NOT LISTENIN’TOME, BEAUTY GENERATION, SEASONS BLOOM, RELENTLESS ME, APOLLO’S CHOICE, INVINCIBLE FRESH, PINGWU SPARK and SOUTHERN LEGEND (1.10.17) proved negative.
Summary
1. Withdrawal
Race 6: SIR REDALOT at barriers due to its rider not being fit to ride.
2. Riding Change
After being dislodged from SIR REDALOT in Race 6, M L Yeung was stood down by the Club’s Racing Medical Officer. As such, permission was given for Z Purton to be substituted as the rider of DOLLAR REWARD in Race 8.
3. Fines
Race 1: K C Leung (FORTUNE BROTHERS): $5,000 for unnecessary use of the whip on a horse clearly out of contention.

Race 3: N Rawiller (LOVE CHUNGHWA): $15,000 for careless riding near the 1000 Metres.

General: Trainer M J Freedman (AASHIQUI): $2,000 for entering the horse in the stalls test when it was unbranded.
4. Severe Reprimand
Race 4: N Rawiller (SHARP SAILOR) re the manner in which he rode his mount out over the concluding stages.
5. Warning
Race 5: Apprentice H N Wong (CURLING LUXURY) for steadying the tempo too abruptly passing the 1050 Metres.
6. Suspensions
Race 3: N Rawiller (LOVE CHUNGHWA) for careless riding near the 1000 Metres (from 1 November 2017 until 6 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

Race 4: N Callan (KING OF MONGOLIA) for careless riding passing the 250 Metres (from 29 October 2017 until 2 November 2017 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).
7. Stalls Test
Race 6: CHEERFUL BOY
8. Barrier Trial
Race 6: SIR REDALOT
9. Official Veterinary Examinations
Race 5: CURLING LUXURY 

Race 6: FLYING QUEST

Race 7: ADVENTURER

Race 8: WONDERFUL FIGHTER