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Sha Tin stewards' report

07/10/2018 - Sha Tin

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Races 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,10: TURF

(GOOD)

Races 2,9: ALL WEATHER TRACK

(GOOD)

(Clegg Hammer Reading: 9.13)

Penetrometer Reading: 2.71

Racing Stewards:

Mr Lester Kwok Chi Hang JPChairman

Dr Edmund Woo Kin Wai

Mr S RailtonActing Chief Stipendiary Steward

Mr G BushStipendiary Steward

Mr K C Y KwokStipendiary Steward

Mr H L LiuStipendiary Steward

The Hon Martin Liao SBS JP acted for Mr Lester C H Kwok JP as Chairman for Race 1.

Race:1 (73) BIRCH HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1800 m

From wide barriers, ROCK THE TREE and TOP ACE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Despite being ridden along in the early stages, WONDERFUL CHASER failed to muster speed. After the 1000 Metres, WONDERFUL CHASER was then left racing wide and without cover. After the race, C Y Ho stated that although obliged to race wide and without cover throughout the event, he was unable to offer any other explanation for the disappointing performance of WONDERFUL CHASER. A veterinary inspection of WONDERFUL CHASER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
Approaching the 800 Metres, PROUD SKY was awkwardly placed close to the heels of ROCKET GO which was steadied away from the heels of DAZZLE WINNER.
Passing the 400 Metres, CLEMENT LEGEND was brushed by HORSE BULLET which lay out when placed under pressure.
THE INVINCIBLE lost its right front plate after the race.
After the race, M L Yeung stated that PROUD SKY travelled satisfactorily during the early and middle stages, however, failed to respond to his riding in the Straight and was disappointing. A veterinary inspection of PROUD SKY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
CHIU CHOW KID, TOP ACE and CLEMENT LEGEND were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (74) CHERRY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

GREAT JOY was slow to begin.
Soon after the start, the saddle on CHATER THUNDER slipped back which resulted in CHATER THUNDER bucking and dislodging its rider, N Callan. Before being allowed to race again, CHATER THUNDER will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial. N Callan was subsequently examined by the Club’s Racing Medical Officer and cleared to fulfil his remaining race riding engagements.
From the outside barrier, ENJOY LIFE was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1400 Metres, QUICK RETURN commenced to prove difficult to settle and was checked away from the heels of DIAMOND FRIENDS.
Approaching and passing the 1000 Metres, GOOD FIT was awkwardly placed inside the heels of QUICK RETURN which was racing tight inside LET US WIN which shifted in to obtain a trailing position behind DIAMOND FRIENDS.
Near the 100 Metres, GREAT JOY shifted in and made contact with the hindquarters of THE FULL BLOOM, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced.
The Stewards deferred the declaration of weighed-in as they were of the prima facie view that an incident occurred over the final 100 Metres which cast sufficient doubt on whether LET US WIN (A Sanna) should be declared the winner of the race. Subsequently U Rispoli, the rider of DIAMOND FRIENDS, 2nd placegetter, lodged a protest/objection against LET US WIN being declared the winner alleging interference to his mount over the final 100 Metres. After taking evidence from all parties concerned and after viewing the videos, the Stewards found that approaching the 100 Metres LET US WIN shifted in and made contact with DIAMOND FRIENDS. Then over the final 100 Metres, LET US WIN continued to shift ground under pressure, making further contact with DIAMOND FRIENDS and forcing that horse inwards a number of horses. Having in mind the nose margin between the horses at the end of the race and the sustained distance over which LET US WIN had shifted in and hampered DIAMOND FRIENDS, the Stewards were comfortably satisfied that had the interference which clearly took place not occurred DIAMOND FRIENDS would have finished in front of LET US WIN. Accordingly, the protest/objection was sustained and the placings amended to read No. 10, DIAMOND FRIENDS, 1st; No. 5, LET US WIN, 2nd; No. 4, GREAT JOY, 3rd; and No. 8, THE FULL BLOOM, 4th. Subsequently A Sanna was severely reprimanded for failing to stop riding and straighten LET US WIN in this incident.
A veterinary inspection of QUICK RETURN immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
QUICK RETURN, DIAMOND FRIENDS and LET US WIN were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (75) CHINESE BANYAN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1000 m

After making contact at the start, TURF SPRINT and WONDERFUL JOURNEY, from the inside barriers, were shifted out across behind runners to obtain cover soon after the start.
Approaching the 400 Metres, STYLING CITY shifted out and brushed TRIUMPHANT JEWEL.
Approaching the 200 Metres, CAO CAO was awkwardly placed outside the heels of MONEY BOY (S Clipperton) which shifted out under pressure. S Clipperton was advised to ensure that he makes more effort to keep his mounts straight.
A veterinary inspection of MONEY BOY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
STYLING CITY, MY BEGINNER’S LUCK and TRIUMPHANT JEWEL were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (76) CYPRESS HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1400 m

CASH COURIER, Standby Declared Starter, was withdrawn on 4.10.18 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (fever). Before being allowed to race again, CASH COURIER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
SPORTS MASTER began awkwardly and lost ground at the start.
FAIR COMMENT shifted out at the start and bumped SINCERE HORSE which in turn shifted out and made contact with the hindquarters of GOLDEN CANNON.
SURE SUPREME lost its left hind plate shortly after the start.
At the 1100 Metres, LUCKY STORM, which had a tendency to over-race, was inconvenienced by VICTOR EMPEROR which shifted in marginally.
At the 700 Metres, DUTCH WINDMILL was steadied away from the heels of SUNNY ORIENT which came under pressure. VICTOR EMPEROR, which was following, was checked away from the heels of DUTCH WINDMILL. GOLDEN CANNON shifted out away from the heels of VICTOR EMPEROR in consequence and bumped LUCKY STORM on a number of occasions, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced and LUCKY STORM being forced wider.
At the entrance to the Straight, VICTOR EMPEROR was checked away from the heels of SUNNY ORIENT which was giving ground.
Over the concluding stages, SUPERIOR BOY and EXPONENTS raced tight due to EXPONENTS shifting in under pressure before being corrected just prior to the finishing line.
Throughout the race, SUNNY ORIENT travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground. After the race, C Murray expressed concern over the action of SUNNY ORIENT. A veterinary inspection of SUNNY ORIENT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
When questioned, Apprentice H T Mo (LUCKY STORM) stated that, from barrier 10, he was instructed to endeavour to find a midfield position with cover if the horse began well. He said however that LUCKY STORM began awkwardly and made contact with SURE SUPREME and as a consequence the horse was obliged to settle at the rear of the field.
A veterinary inspection of LAUGH OUT LOUD, DUTCH WINDMILL and FAIR COMMENT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
CHAPARRAL STAR and SPORTS MASTER were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (77) FLAME TREE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1400 m

BEST GIFT lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected and lost ground. Then from wide barriers, BEST GIFT and MAJESTIC ENDEAVOUR were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
AFTER ME and VITAL SPRING bumped at the start.
When questioned regarding his riding of RED HORSE in the early stages and how it was that his mount was obliged to race wide and without cover, Apprentice C Wong stated that his instructions were to take up a prominent position, hopefully in the first four. He said in accordance with his instructions he rode his mount urgently for the first 100 Metres where he noted that SUPER FUN, which was marginally behind and inside his horse, was also being hard ridden to assume the lead and he noticed that other runners nearer to the rail had taken up a forward position. He said passing the 1200 Metres when GOLDEN EFFORT was being ridden positively to his outside to contest the lead, he elected to steady RED HORSE in an attempt to obtain cover rather than continue to ride his mount along to remain racing outside of SUPER FUN. He said however that after being crossed by GOLDEN EFFORT, he was left in a three wide position without cover for the remainder of the race from the 1000 Metres. Apprentice Wong was severely reprimanded for what the Stewards considered to be a lack of judgement on his behalf in that as his instructions did not preclude him from racing outside the ultimate leader SUPER FUN and that with the pace in the early stages not being fast, he had the clear option of riding his mount with more purpose approaching and passing the 1200 Metres to follow SUPER FUN across and sit outside that horse when it assumed the lead on the rail. He was told that whilst the Stewards appreciated that he is relatively inexperienced, on this occasion his riding fell well short of the standard expected of a rider in Hong Kong.
A veterinary inspection of SHANGHAI DRAGON immediately following the race found that there was blood present at its left nostril. A subsequent endoscopic examination of SHANGHAI DRAGON confirmed the horse to be a bleeder.
A veterinary inspection of MAJESTIC ENDEAVOUR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SHANGHAI DRAGON, WITNESS HUNTER and SUPER FUN were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (78) THE CHINESE RECREATION CLUB CHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP) (Sec1) Class 4 1600 m

After being slow to begin, GORGEOUS AGAIN was ridden along in the early stages but failed to muster speed and settled back at the field.
From wide barriers, BRING IT ON and HAY RUN, which began awkwardly, were shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover.
When questioned, Apprentice M F Poon stated that he was instructed to ride RIGHTEOUS MATE in a forward position, however, the horse threw its head up as the start was effected, lost some ground and then did not muster speed in the early stages. He said as a consequence he was obliged to ride the horse conservatively at the rear of the field, however, RIGHTEOUS MATE closed off strongly in the Straight when ridden in this manner.
A veterinary inspection of WINWIN RUBY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
PAKISTAN FRIEND and HAY RUN were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (79) LARCH HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

HIGH FIVE jumped in at the start, resulting in GOLDEN DASH being inconvenienced. Then a short distance later, GOLDEN DASH was checked when crowded for room between HIGH FIVE which continued to lay in despite the efforts of its rider and VOYAGE KING which was taken out marginally by MYTHICAL EMPEROR. In this incident, GOLDEN DASH made contact with the hindquarters of VOYAGE KING which became unbalanced.
As MIGHTY MAVERICK was taking a tight run between EXPERTO CREDE and MYTHICAL EMPEROR at the 100 Metres, MYTHICAL EMPEROR shifted out slightly under pressure, resulting in MIGHTY MAVERICK being inconvenienced.
The Stewards deferred the declaration of weighed-in as they were of the prima facie view that an incident occurred after the 75 Metres which cast sufficient doubt on whether ENDEARING (K C Leung) should be declared the winner of the race. Subsequently K Teetan, the rider of HIGH FIVE, 2nd placegetter, lodged a protest/objection against ENDEARING being declared the winner alleging interference to his mount over the latter stages of the race. After taking evidence from all parties concerned and after viewing the videos, the Stewards found that as HIGH FIVE improved to the outside of ENDEARING approaching the 75 Metres, ENDEARING was directed out by its rider, K C Leung which resulted in both horses making contact and HIGH FIVE being hampered and carried out for a number of strides. Having in mind the short head margin between the horses at the end of the race and the degree to which HIGH FIVE was hampered when ENDEARING shifted out, the Stewards were comfortably satisfied that had the interference which clearly took place not occurred HIGH FIVE would have finished in front of ENDEARING. Accordingly, the protest/objection was sustained and the placings amended to read No. 1, HIGH FIVE, 1st; No. 7, ENDEARING, 2nd; No. 4, MIGHTY MAVERICK, 3rd; and No. 5, GOLDEN DASH, 4th. At a subsequent inquiry, K C Leung was found guilty of a charge of improper riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 75 Metres when HIGH FIVE improved to be racing to his outside, he deliberately directed his mount outwards into HIGH FIVE which resulted in contact being made with that horse and HIGH FIVE being hampered and taken outwards. K C Leung was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Monday, 22 October 2018 and to expire on Sunday, 11 November 2018 on which day he may resume race riding (6 Hong Kong racedays).
After the race, C Murray (GOLDEN DASH) stated that upon straightening he shifted out from behind MYTHICAL EMPEROR as he anticipated that a run may develop between that horse and EXPERTO CREDE. He said GOLDEN DASH was inclined to lay in marginally and as the run did not fully develop for him to improve between the aforementioned runners, he elected to switch back to the inside of MYTHICAL EMPEROR to obtain clear running near the 250 Metres.
After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on GOLDEN DASH at the request of Trainer C S Shum. The Veterinary Surgeon reported that this examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, GOLDEN DASH will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of GOKO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
VOYAGE KING, HIGH FIVE and ENDEARING were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (80) PALM HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

WINNING CIRCLE began only fairly.
ALCAZAR and SUPER STAR bumped on jumping.
HONG KONG FOLKS shifted out abruptly on jumping and lost ground. Then from wide barriers, HONG KONG FOLKS and ALPHA HEDGE were shifted across behind runners to obtain cover in the early stages.
BORNTOACHIEVE shifted in soon after the start, resulting in BLACK TECH, which was a little slow to begin, being inconvenienced.
Despite being hard ridden in the early stages, INTREPIC failed to muster speed.
GOUTEN OF GARO was unable to obtain clear running from on straightening until after passing the 300 Metres.
INTREPIC also had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight.
Passing the 200 Metres, WINNING CIRCLE shifted out away from INTREPIC.
Throughout the race, FLYING NOBLE travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned, A Sanna stated that he had flexible instructions and was asked to endeavour to take up a forward position if LOOKING GOOD began particularly well or alternatively to find a position with cover if that was not the case. He said after beginning fairly he rode LOOKING GOOD hard in the early stages, however, the horse did not show any early pace, therefore he steadied LOOKING GOOD to obtain cover. He said in order to find cover, LOOKING GOOD was required to settle at the rear of the field. He further stated that LOOKING GOOD did not travel comfortably at any stage of the race and, despite being fully tested in the Straight, did not respond and was most disappointing. A veterinary inspection of LOOKING GOOD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
After the race, U Rispoli was unable to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of FLYING LOVER. He said after racing behind the leaders, FLYING LOVER was brought to the outside upon straightening and after responding for a short distance did not close off the race. A veterinary inspection of FLYING LOVER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
INTREPIC, SUPER STAR and GOUTEN OF GARO were sent for sampling.

Race:9 (81) POPLAR HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1650 m

PENANG HALL was withdrawn on 6.10.18 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore). Before being allowed to race again, PENANG HALL will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
HANG’S DECISION jumped out at the start and bumped KING GENKI.
GOOD FOR YOU began awkwardly and then shifted out on jumping, bumping heavily with WHAMPOA STAR which was hampered and taken out onto CHIMBORAA which was also inconvenienced.
CHIMBORAA, ZILONG and BIZ POWER were all steadied and shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching and passing the 200 Metres, BIZ POWER was awkwardly placed outside the heels of ZILONG which shifted out away from IMPERIAL CONCORDE.
Throughout the race, MCMUNIGAL travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of CHIMBORAA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of CHIMBORAA, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, CHIMBORAA will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
KING GENKI and TANG FLEMING were sent for sampling.

Race:10 (82) YEW HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1400 m

TIME TO CELEBRATE bounded in the air as the start was effected and began awkwardly.
WINNING FAITH was slow to begin.
From wide barriers, SUPER TURBO and WARM THE VOICE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1200 Metres, SEVEN HEAVENS was checked when tightened for room between CITRON SPIRIT and TIME TO CELEBRATE which shifted out away from HARMONY HERO.
CITRON SPIRIT travelled wide and without cover until after passing the 800 Metres.
Throughout the race, BOLD STITCH travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground. A veterinary inspection of BOLD STITCH immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea.
When questioned, Z Purton (EASY GO EASY WIN) stated that, from barrier 11, he was asked to ride the horse conservatively and endeavour to find cover and it was hoped that this would be somewhere near midfield. He said however that with the slow early tempo and the field being bunched, he was unable to obtain cover and was obliged to come further back and settle at the tail of the field in order to race with cover as instructed. He said for some distance after the 1200 Metres EASY GO EASY WIN commenced to prove difficult to settle and got its head up before eventually travelling more comfortably. He added rounding the Home Turn he felt the best option was to endeavour to obtain running through the field as he would have had to shift extremely wide were he come to the outside. He said however EASY GO EASY WIN was unable to obtain clear running until passing the 200 Metres at which stage the horse then closed off the race satisfactorily.
When questioned, C Schofield stated that in accordance with his instructions he did not push HARMONY HERO along in the early stages as it was hoped that he could take up a handy or midfield position but wherever the horse was travelling comfortably. He said due to the slow tempo throughout the early and middle stages, HARMONY HERO was not suited when the race developed into a sprint home and could only finish off the race one-paced in the Straight. He said however he felt HARMONY HERO was somewhat disappointing in its failure to close off better than it did. A veterinary inspection of HARMONY HERO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
EASY GO EASY WIN, MORETHANLUCKY and COBY BOY were sent for sampling.

General

1.

Races 3 – 7 were each put back 5 minutes and Races 8 – 10 were each put back 10 minutes.

2. Additional Veterinary Reports from Happy Valley Racemeeting on 3 October 2018

Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of LE PEGASE, MANAGEMENT STAR, NAMJONG PLUS, DYNAMIC EAGLE, IMPECCABLE FELLOW, CAPTAIN BOSS, POWERMAX, MR PICASSO, THE CREATETH, SHANGHAI MASTER, STAR OF JOY, INSAYSHABLE, SUPER CHIC, FANTASTIC FEELING and GAMECHANGERS revealed no apparent abnormality.

3.

Racing Laboratory tests of TRENDIFUL, MULTIMAX, SHOW MISSION, TOP ACE, AMAZING GOLD, CHIU CHOW KID, ALL GREAT FRIENDS, E MASTER, NAVAS, COUNTRY STAR, LOVE CHUNGHWA, RED WARRIOR, AMAZING SATCHMO, GOLD VELVET, SPARKLING SWORD, CHARITY WINGS, MOST BEAUTIFUL, SMART BOY, ALCARI, SPARKLING DRAGON and DOUBLE VALENTINE (26.9.18) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawals

Race 4: CASH COURIER (standby runner) on 4.10.18 on veterinary advice.

Race 9: PENANG HALL on 6.10.18 on veterinary advice.

2. Severe Reprimands

Race 2: A Sanna (LET US WIN) for shifting in over the final 100 Metres.

Race 5: Apprentice C Wong (RED HORSE) re his riding in the early stages.

3. Warning

Race 3: S Clipperton (MONEY BOY) for shifting out approaching the 200 Metres.

4. Suspension

Race 7: K C Leung (ENDEARING) for improper riding near the 75 Metres (from 22 October 2018 until 11 November 2018 on which day he may resume race riding – 6 Hong Kong racedays).

5. Stewards’ Inquiries & Protests/Objections

Races 2 & 7

6. Bleeder

Race 5: SHANGHAI DRAGON

7. Barrier Trials

Race 2: CHATER THUNDER

Race 9: CHIMBORAA

8. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 4: CASH COURIER

Race 7: GOLDEN DASH

Race 9: PENANG HALL

CHIMBORAA

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