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Happy Valley stewards' report

06/11/2019 - Happy Valley

Going:

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

Turf - Good

Penetrometer Reading: 2.71

Racing Stewards:

Mr Lester Kwok Chi Hang JPChairman

The Hon Mr Justice Joseph Fok

Mr K KellyChief Stipendiary Steward

Mr G BushStipendiary Steward

Mr K C Y KwokStipendiary Steward

Mr H L LiuStipendiary Steward

Race:1 (151) HARBOUR HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m

As the start was effected, APOLLOS BOW lifted its front feet off the ground and consequently began awkwardly and in doing so shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of IRON BOY which became unbalanced.
HERO TIME and WINWIN THIRTYTHREE bumped at the start.
From wide barriers, HERO TIME, WINWIN THIRTYTHREE and VEGA RHYTHM were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
When being steadied to obtain cover approaching the 1100 Metres, SUPER LUCKY got its head up when travelling keenly.
Making the turn near the 1050 Metres, BRILLIANT PROFIT got its head up when travelling keenly. At the same time, APOLLOS BOW was steadied away from the heels of NICE KICK.
Passing the 800 Metres, WINWIN THIRTYTHREE was crowded for room inside APOLLOS BOW (N Callan) which got its head on the side and lay in. Then near the 750 Metres, WINWIN THIRTYTHREE was checked when APOLLOS BOW again shifted in before being directed back out. Having regards to the racing manners of APOLLOS BOW near the 450 Metres and again in the Home Straight, N Callan was advised that he was given the benefit of the doubt in that the racing manners of APOLLOS BOW did play a significant rule in this incident. Nonetheless he was told to ensure that he makes every endeavour to prevent his mounts from shifting ground in similar circumstances.
G van Niekerk (IRON BOY) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 550 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of HERO TIME, resulting in that horse being taken in onto WINWIN THIRTYTHREE, causing WINWIN THIRTYTHREE to be severely checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. G van Niekerk was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 and to expire on Monday, 2 December 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In addition, G Van Niekerk was fined $30,000.
After being shifted to the outside of BRILLIANT PROFIT at the 450 Metres, APOLLOS BOW hung back in across the heels of that horse, resulting in APOLLOS BOW being awkwardly placed close to the heels of BRILLIANT PROFIT.
Passing the 200 Metres, APOLLOS BOW shifted in abruptly when being ridden out and was checked away from the heels of BRILLIANT PROFIT. APOLLOS BOW was then shifted out away from the heels of BRILLIANT PROFIT, resulting in WINWIN THIRTYTHREE, which was following, being checked out away from the heels of APOLLOS BOW in consequence.
For the majority of the race, SUPER LUCKY travelled wide and without cover.
The Stewards deferred the declaration of weighed-in whilst they considered if METHANE had been afforded a fair start. Evidence was taken from L Hewitson, the rider of METHANE, and Mr A Speechley, Starter. After taking evidence from both parties and after viewing the videos, it was established that some time prior to the start being effected METHANE put its head down and accordingly was not standing correctly. The Stewards accepted that when this happened L Hewitson called out to the starting gate team in an attempt to delay the start of the race to provide METHANE with the opportunity to stand correctly. They also found that as this occurred, L Hewitson reached out with his right arm and held onto the barrier partition. Mr Speechley stated that he had not heard a call from Jockey Hewitson but accepted that Jockey Hewitson had attempted to notify staff of the issue. He added as he was of the opinion that all horses were standing correctly and was unaware of METHANE’s issue given that it was in barrier number 11, he effected the start. As the Stewards were of the opinion that METHANE had not been afforded a fair start due to the horse’s head remaining down and Jockey Hewitson’s right arm remaining on the barrier partition, that horse was declared a non-runner. As METHANE had put its head down some time prior to the start being effected, that horse will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test prior to being permitted to race again.
After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that BRILLIANT PROFIT had sustained a small wound to the right hind pastern.
A veterinary inspection of HERO TIME 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 APOLLOS BOW and WINWIN THIRTYTHREE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
WHAT A LEGEND and NICE KICK were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (152) FLEMING HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1650 m

FORTUNE BUDDY was slow to begin.
TIGERLAD was crowded for room on jumping between DOCTORS DELIGHT which shifted out marginally after being bumped on the hindquarters by MEDIC DRAGON which began awkwardly and STRAPPING BAUHINIA which shifted in.
From the outside barriers, GOLD VELVET and WONDERFUL TIGER were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
GOLDEN CANNON was also steadied shortly after the start to obtain cover.
Near the 550 Metres, DOCTORS DELIGHT got its head up when momentarily awkwardly placed behind MEDIC DRAGON.
Passing the 200 Metres, GOLDEN CANNON and MEDIC DRAGON raced tight.
At the 100 Metres, GOLDEN CANNON was shifted out away from the heels of CALLING THE SHOTS after being awkwardly placed behind that horse when held up for clear running.
In the Straight, WONDERFUL TIGER hung in.
CALLING THE SHOTS, WONDERFUL TIGER and DOCTORS DELIGHT were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (153) HARBOUR HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

NAVAS was withdrawn on 5.11.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter WILLFUL (M L Yeung). Before being allowed to race again, NAVAS will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
Acting on a veterinary report that BRILLIANT was not suitable to race after having sustained lacerations to the lip when being transported to the course, the horse was withdrawn by order of the Stewards. Before being allowed to race again, BRILLIANT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
WILLFUL was slow to begin.
GINTOKI shifted in at the start and bumped E GENERATION.
From a wide barrier, SIMPLY FLUKE was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Apprentice K H Chan (E GENERATION) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 900 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of GOLDEN GLORY, resulting in that horse being very awkwardly placed close to the heels of E GENERATION, unnecessarily hampered and losing the running to which it was rightfully entitled. Apprentice Chan was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 and to expire on Monday, 2 December 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In addition, Apprentice Chan was fined $12,500.
GINTOKI travelled wide and without cover until near the 650 Metres at which time FLYING EMPEROR was left racing without cover.
Passing the 900 Metres, BABY STORM momentarily raced in restricted room between SIMPLY FLUKE and FLYING EMPEROR which shifted in before being directed back out to relieve the tightening to BABY STORM. BABY STORM was then awkwardly placed close to the heels of FLYING EMPEROR approaching the 800 Metres when SIMPLY FLUKE got its head on the side and shifted out.
After the 700 Metres, SIMPLY FLUKE got its head up on a number of occasions when awkwardly placed behind the heels of MASTER ALBERT.
Near the 650 Metres, BABY STORM was shifted in away from the heels of SIMPLY FLUKE and passing the 600 Metres was awkwardly placed behind LIGHTNING STEED.
K Teetan (MASTER ALBERT) dropped his right rein near the 100 Metres.
When questioned, A Sanna stated that the connections of LIGHTNING STEED had been disappointed with the horse’s failure to finish off its races of late and therefore when he rode it in a barrier trial in the lead up to tonight’s race, it was decided to ride the horse quietly in that trial to establish whether LIGHTNING STEED would finish off better. He said in the barrier trial he shifted LIGHTNING STEED to the rear of the field and the horse then finished off its trial satisfactorily. He said when LIGHTNING STEED drew wide in tonight’s race, it was decided to ride the horse in a similar manner as it was felt that if a lot of use were to be made of the horse to go forward, LIGHTNING STEED would again not finish off the race strongly. He added LIGHTNING STEED travelled well in the race when ridden towards the rear of the field and he expected it to close off well, however, after being placed under pressure rounding the Home Turn LIGHTNING STEED initially showed a good turn of foot, however, over the final stages finished off the race only fairly.
MR PICASSO and MASTER ALBERT were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (154) THE LAWASIA CUP (HANDICAP) (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

MANAGEMENT STAR began only fairly.
As the start was effected, SHANGHAI RUSKY lifted its front feet off the ground and consequently began awkwardly.
PRESIDENT STAR shifted out at the start and bumped STARSHIP.
C P POWER shifted in at the start and bumped DOR DOR.
From wide barriers, DOR DOR, C P POWER and ZHAN JIANG ROCKS were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching the 1300 Metres, KIRAM was steadied away from the heels of PRESIDENT STAR (M Chadwick) which shifted in when not fully clear. M Chadwick was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he provides sufficient clearance when shifting ground in similar circumstances.
FAITHFUL TRINITY travelled wide and without cover until after the 800 Metres at which time it shifted in to race outside the lead. When FAITHFUL TRINITY shifted in, DIAMOND LEGEND was left racing without cover.
Approaching the Home Turn, ZHAN JIANG ROCKS momentarily raced in restricted room between C P POWER and DOR DOR which shifted in marginally before being directed to the outside of WON WON TOO.
Making the Home Turn, DIAMOND LEGEND lay out.
At the entrance to the Straight, as THUNDER STOMP attempted to shift to the outside of FAITHFUL TRINITY, THUNDER STOMP and DIAMOND LEGEND bumped as DIAMOND LEGEND shifted in slightly. This resulted in both horses becoming unbalanced. MANAGEMENT STAR, which was following THUNDER STOMP, was shifted out away from the heels of that horse passing the 300 Metres in consequence. MANAGEMENT STAR was then shifted out further to the outside of DIAMOND LEGEND to obtain clear running. Then passing the 200 Metres, MANAGEMENT STAR raced tight inside WON WON TOO which shifted in marginally, resulting in MANAGEMENT STAR being momentarily awkwardly placed behind DIAMOND LEGEND.
After the 300 Metres, ZHAN JIANG ROCKS was shifted out a number of horses to obtain clear running.
After the race, J Moreira was not able to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of THUNDER STOMP. He said after travelling in a forward position, THUNDER STOMP came under pressure after making contact with DIAMOND LEGEND at the entrance to the Straight and then did not finish off the race as anticipated. A veterinary inspection of THUNDER STOMP immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of SHANGHAI RUSKY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
KIRAM and ZHAN JIANG ROCKS were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (155) GLOUCESTER HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1800 m

CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE and GREAT SMART bumped on jumping due to both horses shifting ground. CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE then lost ground when crowded for room between GREAT SMART and DIONYSUS COLLIN. In this incident, DIONYSUS COLLIN became unbalanced after being bumped on the hindquarters by CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE. After this, GREAT SMART was steadied to obtain cover whilst CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE was ridden for a considerable distance to obtain a forward position.
BULLISH GLORY began only fairly.
From wide barriers, SANGRIA, GARLIC YEAH and CHEERFUL STAR were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
When being shifted across behind GREAT SMART near the 1650 Metres, GARLIC YEAH was momentarily awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse.
Passing the 600 Metres, CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE, which was laying in, was awkwardly placed outside the heels of DIONYSUS COLLIN which was shifting to the outside of STARLIT KNIGHT. After this, CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE gave ground and consequently finished tailed out. The performance of CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE 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 CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
Passing the 75 Metres, K Teetan (GOOD DAYS) dropped his right rein. K Teetan was advised that this was the second occasion tonight that he had dropped his rein. As the Stewards had spoken to him regarding this matter last season, he was told that he must make every endeavour to ensure that he retains his reins so that adequate control over horses can be maintained. He was further advised that should he come to notice again regarding this matter, further action may be taken.
Passing the 50 Metres, GOOD DAYS raced tight inside STARLIT KNIGHT.
In the Straight, HEAVENLY THOUGHT lay in and near the 150 Metres was awkwardly placed close to the heels of ROYAL RACER.
When questioned regarding his riding of STARLIT KNIGHT in the early and middle stages, H N Wong stated it was felt that CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE may lead and it was hoped that STARLIT KNIGHT would be able to obtain a position to that horse’s outside. He said he was told that if CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE was not able to lead, then it was acceptable for him to lead the race. He said STARLIT KNIGHT began only fairly and he had to ride his mount along in the early stages. He said he was aware that CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE had struck interference at the start and was being hard ridden in the early stages and as he believed that that horse would likely not be able to lead and when he observed that DIONYSUS COLLIN had begun well and had taken up a forward position, he shifted STARLIT KNIGHT across with that horse in the hope that STARLIT KNIGHT would be able to obtain a position outside that horse. He said he attempted to remain racing to the outside of DIONYSUS COLLIN as STARLIT KNIGHT was attempting 1800 Metres at Happy Valley for the first time and he believed that racing outside another runner would allow STARLIT KNIGHT the opportunity to relax. He said however that DIONYSUS COLLIN was steadied by its rider approaching the winning post on the first occasion and as STARLIT KNIGHT was travelling keenly, he had no alternative but to allow STARLIT KNIGHT to cross DIONYSUS COLLIN after the 1400 Metres and obtain the lead. He added he immediately attempted to steady the horse, however, STARLIT KNIGHT would not relax. He said he made a number of attempts to shorten the reins on STARLIT KNIGHT in an effort to steady the tempo and in particular approaching the 1100 Metres took a second hold of the horse to try and steady the tempo in the lead. He said, despite his endeavours, STARLIT KNIGHT would not relax and he felt that applying any further pressure to the horse would result in it getting its head up and becoming unmanageable. He said he was aware that the race was being run at a quick tempo, however, this was due to the fact that STARLIT KNIGHT would not relax in the lead. H N Wong was advised that whilst the Stewards accepted that STARLIT KNIGHT was proving difficult to settle and that he had made a number of attempts to steady the tempo on his mount, nonetheless, given the very fast tempo of the race in the middle stages, he must ensure that he makes every endeavour to set a pace which allows his mounts to finish off their races a best as they are able.
When questioned, M Chadwick stated that as DIONYSUS COLLIN had been slow to begin at the majority of its starts, it was anticipated that the horse would again not begin well and therefore it was hoped that it would be able to take up a position in about midfield at best. He said DIONYSUS COLLIN began very well tonight and jumped better than HEAVENLY THOUGHT which was drawn immediately to his inside. He said as he anticipated that HEAVENLY THOUGHT would take up a forward position and given that DIONYSUS COLLIN was carrying a light weight, he elected to allow the horse to obtain a forward position as he believed that he would have had to unnecessarily restrain DIONYSUS COLLIN to shift it across behind HEAVENLY THOUGHT which may also have resulted in DIONYSUS COLLIN having to race wide. He said he did not have to ride DIONYSUS COLLIN along to obtain a forward position and he was able to cross runners to his inside prior to passing the winning post on the first occasion. He said he then steadied his mount approaching and passing the winning post on the first occasion to allow STARLIT KNIGHT to cross DIONYSUS COLLIN as he anticipated that this would help his mount to relax. He said however that when CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE improved to the outside of DIONYSUS COLLIN near the 1300 Metres, his mount would then not relax and he was awkwardly placed behind STARLIT KNIGHT after the 1200 Metres. He said he attempted to have the horse relax better as he was aware that the race was being run at a good tempo after the 1100 Metres, however, with CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE racing to the outside of DIONYSUS COLLIN and slightly in advance of his mount, DIONYSUS COLLIN continued to travel keenly and he was not able to bring the horse back any further. He added he was aware that a gap had opened up between DIONYSUS COLLIN and the trailing horses, however, due to DIONYSUS COLLIN not relaxing, he was not able to take advantage of this gap and have the horse relax better and not be up on the pace in what was a quickly run race.
BULLISH GLORY and DIONYSUS COLLIN were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (156) HARBOUR HANDICAP (Sec3) Class 4 1200 m

SPEEDY DRAGON was slow to begin.
COMPASSION STAR began only fairly.
SUPER WINNER shifted out at the start and bumped THE SHOW. After this, from a wide barrier, THE SHOW was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
From the outside barrier, SHOUSON was also steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Near the 1050 Metres, KHAKI got its head on the side and lay in towards the heels of REFINEMENT.
Passing the 900 Metres, LADY FIRST was bumped and taken in by FOCUS (G van Niekerk). This resulted in LADY FIRST getting its head up when racing close to the heels of PLAY TO WIN. COMPASSION STAR, which was following LADY FIRST, was shifted out away from the heels of that horse in consequence. G van Niekerk was reprimanded and told to ensure that he does not place undue pressure on horses when shifting ground in similar circumstances.
Passing the 450 Metres, REFINEMENT raced tight outside COMPASSION STAR which improved to the outside of LADY FIRST.
THE ONE made the Home Turn awkwardly.
In the early part of the Straight, SUPER WINNER lay in under pressure.
At the 300 Metres, FOCUS was shifted out away from the heels of SUPER WINNER.
When questioned regarding the improved performance of PLAY TO WIN, Trainer T P Yung stated that tonight was only the second start of PLAY TO WIN for his stable. He said he had anticipated that PLAY TO WIN would perform satisfactorily at its last start last season which was its first run for his stable, however, on that occasion the horse was found to have a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea and, in his opinion, this accounted for that disappointing performance. He said following that race he transferred PLAY TO WIN to Conghua and the horse had done particularly well as PLAY TO WIN was more relaxed than it was when it was stabled at Sha Tin. He said the horse’s track work had subsequently improved when trained out of Conghua and its two barrier trials in the lead up to tonight’s race and in particular its final barrier trial were pleasing. He said based on the manner in which the horse had relaxed, improvement in its track work and in its barrier trials, he anticipated a forward showing in tonight’s race.
A veterinary inspection of SPEEDY DRAGON and COMPASSION STAR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
PLAY TO WIN and LADY FIRST were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (157) JAFFE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1650 m

HIGH REV shifted out at the start and bumped CHUNG WAH SPIRIT.
FARSHAD and FEARLESS FIRE bumped at the start.
From wide barriers, CHARIZARD and STIMULATION were shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover.
When being steadied to obtain cover passing the winning post on the first occasion, HAPPY FAMILY got its head on the side, lay in and bumped the hindquarters of CHUNG WAH SPIRIT.
After the 1300 Metres, CHUNG WAH SPIRIT, which was racing fiercely, shifted out after being awkwardly placed close to the heels of FARSHAD. HAPPY FAMILY, which was following, was inconvenienced in consequence.
After the 100 Metres, FARSHAD shifted out under pressure.
A veterinary inspection of HAR HAR HEART 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, HAR HAR HEART will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of STIMULATION immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
HIGH REV and CHARIZARD were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (158) LOCKHART HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1000 m

WINNING FEELING shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of FRUSTRATED which became unbalanced and shifted out and raced tight outside GENTLE BREEZE.
KING’S EMINENCE began awkwardly and shifted out shortly after the start, resulting in BEAUTY CHARISMA being bumped and taken out onto SKYEY SUPREME which then got its head on the side and shifted out towards the heels of BALTIC WHISPER, resulting in SKYEY SUPREME being steadied away from the heels of that horse. Then near the 950 Metres, KING’S EMINENCE and BEAUTY CHARISMA bumped.
From the outside barrier, E MASTER was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Passing the 900 Metres, MOMENTUM GALAXY raced tight inside SPECIAL STARS.
Passing the 800 Metres, KING’S EMINENCE commenced to travel keenly and was shifted out away from the heels of FRUSTRATED after the 800 Metres. After this, KING’S EMINENCE continued to travel keenly and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of GENTLE BREEZE approaching the 700 Metres. Then after the 650 Metres, KING’S EMINENCE was left racing wide and without cover.
After obtaining a forward position, BALTIC WHISPER was left racing wide and after the 800 Metres was steadied to obtain cover.
Near the 250 Metres, BEAUTY CHARISMA was shifted in after being disappointed for running between WINNING FEELING and BALTIC WHISPER which shifted in. When BEAUTY CHARISMA was unable to continue shifting in due to SKYEY SUPREME improving to its inside, BEAUTY CHARISMA was then shifted out away from the heels of WINNING FEELING to obtain clear running.
Approaching the 100 Metres, SKYEY SUPREME was held up for clear running behind HARD PROMISE and passing the 100 Metres was shifted to the outside of that horse. SKYEY SUPREME then got its head on the side and lay in towards the heels of HARD PROMISE, resulting in SKYEY SUPREME being awkwardly placed outside the heels of that horse over the concluding stages. For this reason, SKYEY SUPREME was not able to be ridden out all the way to the end of the race.
When questioned, Apprentice K H Chan stated that he was asked to obtain cover on BEAUTY CHARISMA. He said he was also asked not to ride his mount aggressively in the early stages to take up a forward position, however, it was anticipated that BEAUTY CHARISMA would be able to obtain a relatively forward position of its own accord in the early stages. He said after being bumped on a number of occasions by KING’S EMINENCE on jumping, he believed that he would have had to make a lot of use of BEAUTY CHARISMA if he were to attempt to obtain a more forward position and BEAUTY CHARISMA would be left racing wide, therefore he elected to steady his mount to obtain cover and this resulted in BEAUTY CHARISMA racing further back in the field than had been anticipated. A veterinary inspection of BEAUTY CHARISMA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of FRUSTRATED and SPECIAL STARS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of HARD PROMISE immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea.
FRUSTRATED, GENTLE BREEZE and MOMENTUM GALAXY were sent for sampling.

Race:9 (159) O'BRIEN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

FIRST RESPONDER began only fairly and then a short distance after the start raced tight between NAMJONG SINGS and SHANGHAI MASTER.
DANCING FIGHTER shifted out at the start and bumped NORDIC WARRIOR.
From wide barriers, BEST ALLIANCE and FANTASTIC FEELING were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After travelling a short distance, NORDIC WARRIOR was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
Making the turn near the 1050 Metres, BUOYANT BOY was bumped by FIRST RESPONDER which in turn was bumped by SHANGHAI MASTER which got its head on the side and shifted in away from DANCING FIGHTER despite the efforts of its rider.
Near the 600 Metres, BUOYANT BOY raced tight inside FIRST RESPONDER which got its head on the side and lay in when awkwardly placed close to the heels of BALLISTIC KING.
Passing the 75 Metres, BUOYANT BOY was shifted in away from the heels of YOO YOO KING (K Teetan) which shifted in. K Teetan was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in similar circumstances.
Passing the 50 Metres, NAMJONG SINGS shifted in and bumped MY DARLING. Then close to the finishing line, MY DARLING and NAMJONG SINGS raced tight.
For the majority of the race, DANCING FIGHTER travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of FIRST RESPONDER, N Callan stated that at its most recent start FIRST RESPONDER was able to take up a forward position without having to make any use of the horse in the early stages. He said FIRST RESPONDER began only fairly tonight and then after being crowded for room shortly after the start was then able to take up a forward position. He said FIRST RESPONDER became unbalanced when bumped by SHANGHAI MASTER near the 1050 Metres, however, after this FIRST RESPONDER travelled satisfactorily. He said he was able to shift FIRST RESPONDER to the outside of DANCING FIGHTER, the eventual winner, rounding the Home Turn, however, after being placed under pressure FIRST RESPONDER was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to close off the race. A veterinary inspection of FIRST RESPONDER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
DANCING FIGHTER and YOO YOO KING were sent for sampling.

General

1. 3 November 2019 Sha Tin Racemeeting

a. Race 3 (143)

The Stewards tonight questioned J Moreira, the rider of MAJESTIC CONQUEROR, regarding the disappointing performance of that horse. J Moreira stated that he had to make some use of the horse in the early stages to clear runners to his inside and it was not until approaching the 700 Metres that he was able to shift MAJESTIC CONQUEROR across to race on the rail in the lead. He said during this time MAJESTIC CONQUEROR made a number of abnormal breathing noises. He said after reaching the lead he attempted to steady the tempo on MAJESTIC CONQUEROR given that he had had to do some work in the early stages. He added MAJESTIC CONQUEROR continued to make a number of abnormal breathing noises and then came under pressure after the 400 Metres. He said FRESH POWER was able to improve forward of MAJESTIC CONQUEROR passing the 300 Metres after which MAJESTIC CONQUEROR came under heavy pressure and, despite being ridden out, gave ground noticeably over the concluding stages. The performance of MAJESTIC CONQUEROR, favourite for this race, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, MAJESTIC CONQUEROR will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

b. Race 6 (146)

Approaching the 900 Metres, THANKS FOREVER was steadied away from the heels of MR LUMIERES (M F Poon) which shifted in when not properly clear. M F Poon was reprimanded and told to ensure that he is properly clear when shifting ground in similar circumstances.

2. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 3 November 2019

Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of LEISURED FEET, KING MORTAR, DUKE WAI, LUCKY MORE, FRESH POWER, BREEZE OF SPRING, BEAUTY APPLAUSE, ENDEARING, RELENTLESS ME, DESTIN, FAT TURTLE, THANKS FOREVER, CALIFORNIA WHIP, EXULTANT, SOUTHERN LEGEND, TIME WARP, PICKEN, FLYING VICTORY, REGENCY BO BO, BELLAGIO, CORDYCEPS, BEAUTY DAY, MORE THAN THIS and NICCONI EXPRESS revealed no apparent abnormality.

3.

Racing Laboratory tests of LUCKY SHINY DAY, WONDERFUL TIGER, CALLING THE SHOTS, AFTER ME, LA BOMBA, MISCHIEVOUS SUNDAE, RIGHT HONOURABLE, ENJOY LIFE, NOT USUAL TALENT, PLAYA DEL PUENTE, HAPPY DRAGON, ALL WONGCHOY, VERY RICH MAN, IRON BOY, HAPPY TIME, SHOUSON, RELIABLE TEAM, JOLLY HONOUR, SURREALISM, LE TERROIR, FIRST RESPONDER, YEE CHEONG BABY, SPEEDY KING, SUPER TURBO (23.10.19) and I’M THE CONQUIST, ROCHFORD, RUN MOOCHI, ABOVE, CURLING LUXURY, MISTER MONTE, REGENCY GEM, CHATER THUNDER, WINNING CIRCLE, ELUSIVE STATE, BUDDIES, PROMISE KEPT, STAR SUPERIOR, ZERO HEDGE, FORTUNE HAPPINESS, WAYFOONG CHARMER, MR WEALTH, AQUILA, BEAR SLAM, VOLPINO, SEVEN HEAVENS, UTOPIA LIFE (27.10.19) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawals

Race 3: NAVAS on 5.11.19 on veterinary advice.

BRILLIANT prior to Race 1 on veterinary advice.

2. Fines

Race 1: G van Niekerk (IRON BOY): $30,000 for careless riding approaching the 550 Metres.

Race 3: Apprentice K H Chan (E GENERATION): $12,500 for careless riding near the 900 Metres.

3. Reprimands

Race 4: M Chadwick (PRESIDENT STAR) for shifting in approaching the 1300 Metres.

Race 6: G van Niekerk (FOCUS) for shifting in passing the 900 Metres.

General: M F Poon (MR LUMIERES) for shifting in approaching the 900 Metres.

4. Warnings

Race 1: N Callan (APOLLOS BOW) for shifting in near the 750 Metres.

Race 5: K Teetan (GOOD DAYS) re dropping his rein in races.

H N Wong (STARLIT KNIGHT) re his riding in the early and middle stages.

Race 9: K Teetan (YOO YOO KING) for shifting in passing the 75 Metres.

5. Suspensions

Race 1: G van Niekerk (IRON BOY) for careless riding approaching the 550 Metres (from 27 November 2019 until 2 December 2019 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

Race 3: Apprentice K H Chan (E GENERATION) for careless riding near the 900 Metres (from 27 November 2019 until 2 December 2019 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

6. Stewards’ Inquiry

Race 1

7. Non-runner

Race 1: METHANE

8. Stalls Test

Race 1: METHANE

9. Barrier Trials

Race 5: CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE

General: MAJESTIC CONQUEROR

10. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 3: NAVAS

BRILLIANT

Race 5: CIRCUIT NUMBER ONE

Race 7: HAR HAR HEART

General: MAJESTIC CONQUEROR

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