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Happy Valley stewards' report

15/05/2019 - Happy Valley

Going:

Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8:

Turf - Good

Penetrometer Reading: 2.70

Racing Stewards:

Mr Lester Kwok Chi Hang JPChairman

Dr Lawrence Li Kwok Chang 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 (658) DEAUVILLE AUGUST YEARLING SALES HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1000 m

COBY WIN was withdrawn on raceday morning by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (injuries to head and both hind legs during transport to Happy Valley). Before being allowed to race again, COBY WIN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
PRAWN YEAH YEAH began only fairly.
HONG KONG WIN lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected and consequently began only fairly.
CASIMIRO shifted out at the start and bumped AIOLOS which in turn shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of DRAGON DANCE. After this, AIOLOS was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
From a wide barrier, REGENCY GEM was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Near the 900 Metres, HAINAN STAR shifted out and brushed MY CHANCE.
Approaching the 800 Metres, AIOLOS was awkwardly placed inside the heels of CASIMIRO.
For some distance approaching and passing the 200 Metres, K C Ng (REGENCY GEM) lost the use of his right rein.
Throughout the race, DRAGON DANCE travelled wide and without cover and then in the Straight gave ground.
When questioned regarding his riding of BANDY, G van Niekerk stated that, from the outside barrier, he was asked to shift the horse across behind runners and obtain cover. He said in accordance with his instructions he initially commenced to shift over with REGENCY GEM and approaching the 800 Metres had to steady BANDY further back than he had hoped to improve inside that horse. He said passing the 700 Metres it appeared as though REGENCY GEM was going to shift across to race on the rail and therefore he positioned his horse to be able to improve to that horse’s outside. He said BANDY raced greenly in the middle stages and he rode his mount along after the 600 Metres in order to improve his position as he was aware that BANDY was out of its ground. He said as BANDY was racing greenly, he was reluctant to use the whip on the horse rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight. He said he felt that it would be more advantageous to balance up the horse and ride it out hands and heels given that it was a considerable distance from the leaders. He added at all stages after the 600 Metres he continually urged his mount along to improve his position, however, it was not until over the concluding stages of the race that BANDY commenced to finish off the race well. G van Niekerk was advised that his explanation would be reported and told to ensure that horses ridden by him do not get too far out of their ground and are ridden with sufficient vigour so that his riding does not come under question.
When questioned, C Y Ho (MY CHANCE) stated that it was intended for the horse to be ridden behind the speed if possible. He said MY CHANCE began very well and obtained the position outside HAINAN STAR in the early stages without having to be ridden along. He said after the 800 Metres MY CHANCE commenced to travel keenly in the lead and he attempted to steady the horse in order to sit off HAINAN STAR rather than racing on terms with that horse. He said however MY CHANCE continued to race very keenly and he believed that he would have had to heavily restrain the horse in order to sit off HAINAN STAR. He said he felt that had he have done this MY CHANCE would have travelled keener still and fought against him and therefore he elected to race outside HAINAN STAR as he believed that this would give his horse the best opportunity to finish off the race.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of HAINAN STAR, Z Purton stated that his mount became stirred up prior to the start, however, travelled down to the Start satisfactorily. He said after having MY CHANCE race to his outside in the early and middle stages, HAINAN STAR then came under pressure rounding the Home Turn and weakened noticeably in the Straight. He said at this stage of its career HAINAN STAR is immature and he believed that the horse did not cope with having MY CHANCE race to its outside throughout the race. The performance of HAINAN STAR, favourite for tonight’s race and which finished at the rear of the field, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, HAINAN STAR 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 HAINAN STAR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of DRAGON DANCE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
HAINAN STAR, EVERBRAVE and HONG KONG WIN were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (659) FRENCH RACING & BREEDING COMMITTEE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

SUPER RED DRAGON, Standby Declared Starter, was withdrawn on 14.5.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore). Before being allowed to race again, SUPER RED DRAGON will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
COMPASSION STAR and ORIENTAL ELITE bumped at the start.
FORMULA GALORE and LORIZ bumped at the start. FORMULA GALORE was then awkwardly placed outside LORIZ which got its head on the side and shifted out after initially being taken out by BULLISH BROTHER.
Shortly after the start, OUR GREEN was steadied away from the heels of GOOD COMPANION which shifted out.
From the outside barriers, CHEEKY BEE and HERO TIME were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Making the first turn near the 1000 Metres, LORIZ got its head on the side and lay out.
After the 700 Metres, COMPASSION STAR, which was travelling keenly, was awkwardly placed behind GOOD COMPANION.
Approaching the 150 Metres, LONDON MASTER raced in restricted room inside FORMULA GALORE.
Throughout the race, MISCHIEVOUS SUNDAE travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned, M F Poon (GOOD COMPANION) stated that after riding his mount along for some distance in the early stages, the horse did not show as much early speed as anticipated. He said approaching the 800 Metres THIS IS CLASS shifted away from the rail to be racing almost behind LORIZ which at this time was racing outside the lead. He said he felt that if he improved his position outside THIS IS CLASS, this may have resulted in GOOD COMPANION racing three wide and without cover if THIS IS CLASS continued to hold its position behind LORIZ. He said he therefore elected to sit off THIS IS CLASS rather than racing unnecessarily wide. He added near the 700 Metres ORIENTAL ELITE improved its position forward of GOOD COMPANION and was then able to shift in front of GOOD COMPANION after the 600 Metres when THIS IS CLASS shifted in to be racing closer to the rail. He said this resulted in GOOD COMPANION racing one position further back in the field as a result of not improving outside THIS IS CLASS, but he reiterated that he felt GOOD COMPANION may be required to race wide and without cover if he continued to pursue the position outside THIS IS CLASS.
A veterinary inspection of LORIZ immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of MISCHIEVOUS SUNDAE immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained a small wound to the left hind foot.
THIS IS CLASS and BULLISH BROTHER were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (660) PARISLONGCHAMP RACECOURSE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1650 m

ROCKETEER was withdrawn on 14.5.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore and right hind). Before being allowed to race again, ROCKETEER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
On arrival at the Start, PRETTY BAUHINIA had its right front plate refitted. PRETTY BAUHINIA was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
GOOD FIT began only fairly.
GOD OF DRAGON was crowded for room on jumping between LUCKY GIRL and WITNESS HUNTER which shifted out. A short distance after the start, GOD OF DRAGON was then steadied and shifted across behind runners.
Also from the outside barrier, LET’S TAKE IT EASY was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
After the 1500 Metres, WITNESS HUNTER lost its left front plate.
Approaching the 1300 Metres, FEARLESS FIRE (Z Purton) commenced to prove very difficult to settle and was checked away from the heels of STAR MAJESTIC which was being steadied to allow runners to its outside to cross. This resulted in FEARLESS FIRE shifting to the outside of STAR MAJESTIC. FEARLESS FIRE was consequently left racing wide when XIANG BAI QI and GOD OF DRAGON improved their position inside FEARLESS FIRE at the 1250 Metres. After then being left racing wide and without cover near the 1100 Metres, FEARLESS FIRE was allowed to improve its position to race outside the lead after the 900 Metres. After the race, Z Purton stated that the circumstances of the race meant that FEARLESS FIRE was not able to finish off the race particularly at the distance. A veterinary inspection of FEARLESS FIRE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
On straightening, XIANG BAI QI got its head on the side and shifted in towards the heels of WITNESS HUNTER which also shifted out.
At the 300 Metres, LET’S TAKE IT EASY was shifted in away from the heels of STAR MAJESTIC.
Approaching the 250 Metres, FEARLESS FIRE was bumped by LADY FIRST which shifted out and improved into tight running between FEARLESS FIRE and LUCKY GIRL.
Passing the 250 Metres, after initially attempting to shift to the outside of FEARLESS FIRE, R Bayliss, the rider of UNICORNBABY, stopped riding and directed his mount back in to prevent causing interference to GOD OF DRAGON which was racing to its outside. Then over the concluding stages, UNICORNBABY raced close to the heels of LADY FIRST and consequently was not able to be ridden out all the way to the end of the race.
After the race, A Domeyer stated that when racing very wide passing the winning post on the first occasion he had to make considerable use of WITNESS HUNTER to improve its positon and shift in to race one horse off the rail after the 1100 Metres. He said WITNESS HUNTER then travelled satisfactorily in the middle stages, however, came under pressure prior to the 400 Metres and subsequently did not finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of WITNESS HUNTER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of STAR MAJESTIC immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
FEARLESS FIRE, LUCKY GIRL and XIANG BAI QI were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (661) EQUIDIA RACING CHANNEL HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE was withdrawn on 14.5.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter VICTORIOUS SEEKER (M Chadwick). Before being allowed to race again, CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
On arrival at the Start, HAPPY ROCKY had its right front plate refitted. HAPPY ROCKY was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
SHINEALOT was slow to begin.
NITRO EXPRESS shifted out at the start and bumped CHARITY WINGS.
From wide barriers, SHINING ON, HAPPY ROCKY and VICTORIOUS SEEKER were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Despite being hard ridden for some distance in the early stages, POLYMER LUCK was slow to muster speed and passing the winning post on the first occasion raced tight outside CHARITY WINGS.
After passing the winning post on the first occasion, RELENTLESS ME was left racing wide and without cover and from the 1100 Metres was allowed to improve its position to race outside the lead after the 900 Metres.
After the 900 Metres, NITRO EXPRESS was left racing wide and without cover and after the 800 Metres was steadied to obtain a trailing position behind SHINING ON.
At the entrance to the Straight, THE FULL BLOOM raced tight outside ENJOY LIFE which shifted out to obtain clear running.
Passing the 200 Metres, POLYMER LUCK got its head on the side and shifted in.
K Teetan (SHAMPORT) was warned against the practice of raising his whip arm above the height of his shoulder.
A Domeyer (RIGHTEOUS MATE) was fined $5,000 for improper use of the whip in that he raised weal marks over the horse’s right hindquarter.
A veterinary inspection of NITRO EXPRESS immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported.
A veterinary inspection of RELENTLESS ME immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of THE FULL BLOOM immediately following the race found that horse to be suffering from heat stress. Before being allowed to race again, THE FULL BLOOM will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
ENJOY LIFE and RIGHTEOUS MATE were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (662) LE FRENCH MAY TROPHY (HANDICAP) (Sec1) Class 3 1000 m

ARDENODE began only fairly.
FRUSTRATED was crowded for room on jumping between HONG KONG BET and MAGIC LEGEND, both of which shifted ground.
KEEP MOVING shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of STRATHALLAN.
From wide barriers, BREEDERS’ SKY and IRON BOY were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Near the 650 Metres, MAGIC LEGEND was awkwardly placed inside the heels of NOBLE DELIGHT.
BEAR AGAIN, when racing wide, made the turn near the 550 Metres awkwardly and shifted out.
After the 500 Metres, HONG KONG BET raced with its head on the side and lay out.
At the entrance to the Straight, STRATHALLAN was awkwardly placed behind NOBLE DELIGHT.
Very close to the finishing line, Apprentice C Wong (FRUSTRATED) desisted in riding his mount out as HONG KONG BET shifted out under pressure. However, Apprentice Wong’s action did not affect the placing of FRUSTRATED.
Throughout the race, HEALTHY LUCK travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of KEEP MOVING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of NOBLE DELIGHT immediately following the race found that horse to have bled from both nostrils.
MAGIC LEGEND, HONG KONG BET and FRUSTRATED were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (663) FRANCE GALOP MEMBERS' DEPARTMENT HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1650 m

TRUE GRIT began awkwardly and made heavy contact with UNIVERSAL GO GO which then became unbalanced and shifted out, resulting in TRUE GRIT losing ground when badly crowded for room between UNIVERSAL GO GO and THE JOY OF GIVING which shifted in marginally. In this incident, THE JOY OF GIVING became unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarters by TRUE GRIT.
ELECTRIC LIGHTNING was crowded for room on jumping between LE PANACHE and HAPPY HOUR, both of which shifted ground.
From a wide barrier, GOLD VELVET was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Passing the winning post on the first occasion, MEDIC DRAGON was steadied away from the heels of HAPPY HOUR.
Near the 1300 Metres, HAPPY HOUR commenced to travel keenly and raced tight inside MY FAMILY.
At the 1200 Metres, MEDIC DRAGON was left racing wide and without cover.
Approaching the 1100 Metres, ELECTRIC LIGHTNING was awkwardly placed close to the heels of GOLD VELVET.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, HAPPY HOUR, which continued to travel keenly, shifted out away from the heels of MY FAMILY and then after being shifted back in behind that horse had to be checked away from the heels of MY FAMILY passing the 900 Metres. When HAPPY HOUR was checked away from the heels of MY FAMILY, THE JOY OF GIVING, which was following, was steadied away from the heels of that horse. GOLD VELVET, which was following THE JOY OF GIVING, shifted out away from the heels of that horse in consequence, resulting in ELECTRIC LIGHTNING being taken wider. After this, ELECTRIC LIGHTNING, when racing very wide, was allowed to improve its position to race outside the lead near the 600 Metres.
Approaching the 850 Metres, TRUE GRIT was awkwardly placed close to the heels of PERFECT TO PLAY.
Passing the 800 Metres, HAPPY HOUR, which continued to prove difficult to settle, shifted in abruptly away from the heels of MY FAMILY and inconvenienced TRUE GRIT.
At the 600 Metres, THE JOY OF GIVING became unbalanced when racing tight between HAPPY HOUR and GOLD VELVET.
Near the 450 Metres, GOLD VELVET shifted out when being checked away from the heels of MEDIC DRAGON.
At the 250 Metres, MR DARTHVEGAR jumped a mark on the track.
Near the 150 Metres, HAPPY HOUR was momentarily eased away from the heels of TRUE GRIT which shifted out to obtain clear running.
A veterinary inspection of HAPPY HOUR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
TRUE GRIT and UNIVERSAL GO GO were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (664) THE FRANCE GALOP CUP (HANDICAP) (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

MEGA HEART was slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners.
Also from wide barriers, BETTER CHOICE and SUPREME PATROL were shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover.
Despite being ridden along in the early stages, JING JING WIN (J Moreira) failed to muster speed and shortly after the start was shifted across behind runners. After the race, J Moreira was not able to offer any explanation for the horse’s disappointing performance. A veterinary inspection of JING JING WIN immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
After travelling a short distance, PRIVATE ROCKET was awkwardly placed outside the heels of HARRIER JET which shifted out.
SPEEDY LUCK travelled wide and without cover until passing the 700 Metres.
After the 500 Metres, SPLIT OF A SECOND was taken wider by HARRIER JET which improved into tight running between SPLIT OF A SECOND and GINTOKI. After this, SPLIT OF A SECOND and HARRIER JET raced tight.
Passing the 100 Metres, E MASTER raced tight outside PRIVATE ROCKET which shifted out marginally.
BETTER CHOICE lost its left front plate after the race.
After the race, C Schofield stated that after being able to obtain a good position in midfield on E MASTER, the horse did not travel as well as he anticipated it would and then in the Straight finished off the race only fairly. A veterinary inspection of E MASTER 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, E MASTER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
HARRIER JET, RACING FIGHTER and BUOYANT BOY were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (665) ARC DE TRIOMPHE CHAMPIONS HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1800 m

On arrival at the Start, M Chadwick reported to the Veterinary Officer that CINQUANTE CINQ may have been kicked by another runner when proceeding to the Start. The Veterinary Officer reported that there were no obvious signs of CINQUANTE CINQ having been kicked by another runner and that the horse was sound. After making the necessary consultations, CINQUANTE CINQ was found to be suitable to race.
BEAR SLAM began awkwardly.
VIGOR FAME was slow to begin.
Shortly after the start, RIGHT HONOURABLE was steadied away from the heels of MARZOUQ which shifted out. After this, RIGHT HONOURABLE was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
From wide barriers, I DO, DEFINING MOMENT and BRAVE LEGEND were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1600 Metres, RULE THEE, which was travelling keenly, improved to be racing in tight room between VIGOR FAME and CINQUANTE CINQ which shifted in when being steadied to obtain cover behind GIANT TURTLE.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, MARZOUQ was left racing wide and without cover.
At the 200 Metres, I DO was shifted to the inside of VIGOR FAME to continue improving.
BRAVE LEGEND (K Teetan) shifted out under pressure over the final 200 Metres and close to the finishing line K Teetan dropped his left rein.
After the 200 Metres, BEAR SLAM was steadied away from the heels of VIGOR FAME which shifted out marginally and CINQUANTE CINQ (M Chadwick) which shifted in under pressure. M Chadwick was severely reprimanded and told that in similar circumstances he must stop riding and straighten his mounts.
Near the 150 Metres, VIGOR FAME shifted in away from CINQUANTE CINQ and was awkwardly placed outside the heels of TRAVEL FIRST.
A veterinary inspection of MARZOUQ and BEAR SLAM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
BRAVE LEGEND and CINQUANTE CINQ were sent for sampling.

General

1. 11 May 2019 Sha Tin Racemeeting – Race 7 (654)

Following the race, A Domeyer reported that although obliged to race three wide in the early stages, WORLD RECORD had cover. He said however that near the 700 Metres when DUKE DA VEGA shifted out to his inside, this forced WORLD RECORD into a four wide position without cover which left the horse exposed some distance from the finish. He said WORLD RECORD consequently did not close off the race as expected and was disappointing.

2. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 11 May 2019

Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of FORTUNE PATROL, GORGEOUS AGAIN, NEVER BETTER, SUREWIN, INTREPIC, CARE FREE PRINCE, GLENEALY GENERALS, LITTLE WISE MAN, ULTIMATE GLORY, NICE KICK, BEAUTY APPLAUSE, SPEEDY DRAGON, GOOD STANDING, MISSION TYCOON, FIRST RESPONDER, TEAM SPIRIT, CHARIZARD, SPEEDY KING, REFINED TREASURE, GUY DRAGON and BAND OF BROTHERS revealed no apparent abnormality.

3.

Racing Laboratory tests of WINNING METHOD, JUDY’S STAR, DOCTORS DELIGHT, MONEY MARSHAL, SUNNY BOY, AMBITIOUS HEART, WHAT A LEGEND, ALLIED AGILITY, SUPER JUNIOR, YOUNG LEGEND, BEAUTY DAY, TOUCH OF LUCK, BELLAGIO, DESTIN, HO HO KHAN, SAVVY SIX, HAPPY TIME, MULTIMILLION, DIAMOND KING, EZRA, SMART ROCKET, SHANGHAI DRAGON, DEFINING MOMENT, GRAND CHANCELLOR, NOT USUAL TALENT, PRINCE OF GEMS, SILVER FIG and YICHUN BLITZ (5.5.19) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawals

Race 1: COBY WIN on raceday morning on veterinary advice.

Race 2: SUPER RED DRAGON (standby runner) on 14.5.19 on veterinary advice.

Race 3: ROCKETEER on 14.5.19 on veterinary advice.
Race 4: CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE on 14.5.19 on veterinary advice.

2. Fine

Race 4: A Domeyer (RIGHTEOUS MATE): $5,000 for improper use of the whip.

3. Severe Reprimand

Race 8: M Chadwick (CINQUANTE CINQ) for shifting in after the 200 Metres.

4. Warnings

Race 1: G van Niekerk (BANDY) re his riding.

Race 4: K Teetan (SHAMPORT) re raising his whip arm above the height of his shoulder.

5. Bleeder

Race 5: NOBLE DELIGHT

6. Barrier Trials

Race 1: HAINAN STAR

7. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 1: COBY WIN

HAINAN STAR

Race 2: SUPER RED DRAGON

Race 3: ROCKETEER

Race 4: CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE

THE FULL BLOOM

Race 7: E MASTER

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