25/06/2017  -  Sha Tin
Going:
Races 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,10: TURF

(GOOD TO FIRM)

(Clegg Hammer Reading: 9.17)



Races 5,9: ALL WEATHER TRACK

(GOOD)




Penetrometer Reading :2.72
Racing Stewards :
Mr Lester Kwok Chi Hang JP Chairman
Mr. Daniel L Zigal  
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
Dr George Mok Yuen Chee acted for Mr Daniel L Zigal as Racing Steward for Race 2.

Race: 1 (751)TOPAZ HANDICAP Class 5 1400 m
KING OF SMARTS began awkwardly and shortly after the start was awkwardly placed outside the heels of VICTORY DUKE which shifted out.
LE PEGASE and WINNINGLI bumped at the start.
Shortly after the start, LE PEGASE was steadied away from the heels of INVISIBLE which shifted out.
From a wide barrier, ACTUARIAT was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Making the turn passing the 900 Metres, WINNINGLI shifted in and bumped YOURTHEWONFORME. KWAICHUNG BROTHERS, which was following, was eased away from the heels of YOURTHEWONFORME in consequence. A short distance later, YOURTHEWONFORME was steadied away from the heels of TELECOM BOOM which was steadied away from the heels of FRIENDS FOREVER (C Murray) which shifted in when not quite clear. C Murray was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
VICTORY DUKE got its head on the side and lay out making the Home Turn.
ACTUARIAT, WINNINGLI and THE FULL BLOOM had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight.
Passing the 250 Metres, ACTUARIAT shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of HALL OF FAME which became unbalanced.
Throughout the race, GREAT SPEED travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground. The performance of GREAT SPEED, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, GREAT SPEED will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
When questioned regarding the performance of LUCKY PLACE, J Moreira stated that after being fractious in the preliminary, LUCKY PLACE, which was wearing blinkers for the first time today, travelled keenly in the early and middle stages. He said when the tempo of the race increased, LUCKY PLACE was unable to sprint with the field and then was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of LUCKY PLACE 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, LUCKY PLACE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of VICTORY DUKE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of VICTORY DUKE, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, VICTORY DUKE will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
LUCKY PLACE, THE FULL BLOOM and YOURTHEWONFORMRE were sent for sampling.
<26/6/2017 Additional Veterinary Report>LUCKY PLACE, which performed poorly, was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said at that time an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse’s trachea. LUCKY PLACE was again examined by the Veterinary Officer at the stables of Trainer C W Chang this morning. He said at this time he noted the horse to be lame in its left front leg. As previously advised, LUCKY PLACE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination before being allowed to race again.

Race: 2 (752)LAPIS LAZULI HANDICAP Class 4 1000 m
WINNING CONTROLLER and SACRED IBIS were slow to begin.
SNOW HAWK began awkwardly.
SAKURA FIGHTER shifted in at the start and bumped GOLDINGTON HORN.
BEAUT BEAUT began awkwardly and shortly after the start dipped when awkwardly placed close to the heels of BEEKELY.
Passing the 200 Metres, BEEKELY raced tight outside WINFULL PATROL which got its head on the side and lay out.
Near the 75 Metres, BEEKELY was awkwardly placed outside WINFULL PATROL which was taken out by TRAVEL EMPEROR which shifted out when racing greenly.
The performance of SUPREME STORM, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, SUPREME STORM 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 BEAUT BEAUT and SACRED IBIS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
TRAVEL EMPEROR and WINFULL PATROL were sent for sampling.

Race: 3 (753)THE PREMIER PLATE (HANDICAP) Group Three 1800 m
ANTICIPATION was withdrawn on 24.6.17 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore). Before being allowed to race again, ANTICIPATION will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
ROMANTIC TOUCH lay out rounding the Home Turn.
D Whyte (ROMANTIC TOUCH) dropped his whip approaching the 200 Metres.
The Stewards deferred the declaration of weighed-in to establish the circumstances for PAKISTAN STAR failing to take any active part in the race from near the 1600 Metres. After viewing the videos, it was established that no circumstances existed which would result in PAKISTAN STAR being removed from the field and accordingly weighed-in was declared on the numbers as semaphored by the Judge. J Moreira stated that after assuming a position at the rear of the small field he had to ride his mount along in the early stages to ensure that it did not become detached from the field. He said approaching the 1700 Metres he was required to commence riding the horse along vigorously as PAKISTAN STAR would not stretch out and appeared to him as though the horse was going to pull up. He said when he commenced to ride the horse along, PAKISTAN STAR continued to give ground and he slapped the horse down the shoulder with the whip at about the 1650 Metres on a number of occasions. He said, despite riding the horse vigorously, PAKISTAN STAR became unbalanced in its action and refused to race. He said, despite this, he continued to ride PAKISTAN STAR aggressively passing the 1600 Metres, however, the more he rode the horse, the more it refused to race and passing the 1600 Metres was many lengths detached from the main body of the field. He added near the 1550 Metres PAKISTAN STAR, despite him continuing to ride the horse along, pulled up of its own accord. He said in an attempt to ensure that PAKISTAN STAR did not perform in the same manner in the future, he attempted to have the horse recommence galloping as he felt that this would be in the horse’s best interests in respect of its future racing. He said it took a considerable amount of time and urging for PAKISTAN STAR to recommence galloping and even then was inclined to pull up on a number of occasions before stretching out properly. The Stewards ruled that PAKISTAN STAR must barrier trial satisfactorily in a series of consecutive barrier trials and be subjected to an official veterinary examination before being allowed to race again. The Stewards also ruled that at least one of these trials must be over 1600 Metres on the turf at Sha Tin. A veterinary inspection of PAKISTAN STAR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings other that the horse was noted to have weal marks at its right flank and quarters. In the circumstances, J Moreira was fined the sum of $10,000 for improper use of the whip.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of EASTERN EXPRESS, C Schofield stated that he was able to obtain a good run in the race outside the leader ROMANTIC TOUCH and the tempo of the race was such that EASTERN EXPRESS was given the opportunity to finish off the race strongly. He said however when HARBOUR MASTER improved around EASTERN EXPRESS after the 600 Metres, EASTERN EXPRESS initially responded to his riding, however, then came under pressure in the early part of the Straight and in the Straight raced like a "tired” horse
PAKISTAN STAR, HORSE OF FORTUNE and ROMANTIC TOUCH were sent for sampling.

Race: 4 (754)AMETHYST HANDICAP Class 3 1200 m
On arrival at the barriers, PRESIDENTPARAMOUNT, which kicked a rail on the way to the Start, was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
When parading behind the barriers, GIOVANNI BATTISTA became fractious and whipped around, resulting in its rider, H W Lai, being dislodged. GIOVANNI BATTISTA then galloped to the end of the 1800 Metre chute and took some time to be recaptured. Acting on veterinary advice that GIOVANNI BATTISTA was not suitable to race, the horse was withdrawn by order of the Stewards. Before being allowed to race again, GIOVANNI BATTISTA will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. When GIOVANNI BATTISTA proceeded to the end of the 1800 Metre chute and as there was likely to be a considerable delay to the start of the race, the majority of the field, which had been loaded into the barriers, were unloaded. H W Lai was subsequently transported to hospital and as such was unable to fulfil his remaining race riding engagements.
IVICTORY was crowded for room on jumping between TRIUMPHANT JEWEL and INTREPIC which shifted in after beginning awkwardly.
MEGA TREASURE began only fairly and then shifted out and was steadied away from the heels of EASY TOUCH which shifted in after being bumped by WINSTON’S LAD.
From the outside barrier, SUPER LUCKY was shifted across behind runners in the early stages and subsequently raced greenly.
In the early stages, PRESIDENTPARAMOUNT was steadied to obtain cover and passing the 1000 Metres got its head up for a considerable distance when proving very difficult to settle and being checked away from the heels of ALCAZAR.
Near the 1050 Metres, INTREPIC shifted in and bumped the hindquarters of IVICTORY, resulting in that horse becoming unbalanced and shifting out which caused INTREPIC to be awkwardly placed outside the heels of IVICTORY for a short distance.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, ALCAZAR got its head up when travelling keenly and awkwardly placed outside the heels of INTREPIC.
Also approaching the 1000 Metres, PRIMERO was awkwardly placed close to the heels of IVICTORY.
Passing the 800 Metres, SUPER LUCKY, which was continuing to race greenly, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of PRESIDENTPARAMOUNT.
Rounding the Home Turn, BEAUTY MASTER got its head on the side and lay out.
Also rounding the Home Turn, PRESIDENTPARAMOUNT got its head up when being shifted out across the heels of ALCAZAR to obtain clear running.
Over the concluding stages, PRIMERO was awkwardly placed close to the heels of WINSTON’S LAD.
Throughout the race, EASY TOUCH travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned, U Rispoli (IVICTORY) stated that as Trainer J Size was not present at today’s racemeeting, he spoke with Mr Size yesterday regarding how the horse should be ridden in the race. He said it was felt that the race contained good early speed and it was also believed that a number of horses which would likely form part of that speed may not finish off their races strongly and therefore he was asked to ensure that IVICTORY remained racing in a one-off position so that the horse was able to obtain clear running at the earliest opportunity in the Straight. He said IVICTORY became unsettled after having to be removed from the barriers as a result of the race being delayed and consequently travelled keenly in the early stages. He said after being bumped by INTREPIC near the 1050 Metres, IVICTORY commenced to travel more keenly and for a considerable distance approaching and passing the 900 Metres got its head up when being checked away from the heels of SO FAST. He said after this IVICTORY raced more tractably and he was able to obtain clear running to the outside of SO FAST in the early part of the Straight. He added IVICTORY did not quicken as he expected it would in the early part of the Straight and after this finished off the race one-paced. He said whilst IVICTORY may have appeared disappointing, he felt that the horse, which was only having its third race start, was still immature and the circumstances of the race resulted in the horse not showing the same turn of foot that it had at its previous starts. A veterinary inspection of IVICTORY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
IVICTORY, INTREPIC and CHARITY GLORY were sent for sampling.

Race: 5 (755)RUBY HANDICAP Class 4 1200 m
MASSIVE MILLENNIUM began awkwardly.
STRATHCLYDE shifted in at the start and bumped the hindquarters of SMILING GLORY.
From a wide barrier, CREME BRULEE was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 600 Metres, HAPPY SEA DRAGON was checked away from the heels of SMILING GLORY which was awkwardly placed close to the heels of BUMBLE BABY.
ROCHFORD was inclined to lay out making the turn after the 700 Metres.
Throughout the race, STAR SUPERIOR travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned regarding the performance of GOLDIE FLANKER, S Clipperton stated that in the middle stages GOLDIE FLANKER did not travel as strongly as it did for him at its last start when successful. He said the pace of the race in the early stages appeared quicker than last start and carrying top weight in today’s race, GOLDIE FLANKER was struggling with the tempo of the race. He said it had been intended for the horse to be shifted to the outside of runners if at all possible, however, GOLDIE FLANKER was not making up ground sufficiently approaching and rounding the Home Turn for him to be in a position to come to the outside of runners as he had CREME BRULEE racing directly to his outside. He added at the entrance to the Straight there were a considerable number of runners in the line ahead of GOLDIE FLANKER and he would have had to shift that horse out a considerable number of horses in order to be in a position to get to the outside. He said as there was clear and uninterrupted running ahead of GOLDIE FLANKER, he elected to continue riding the horse along so that it could make up ground and finish off the race as best as it was able. He said in the Straight GOLDIE FLANKER finished off the race satisfactorily. A veterinary inspection of GOLDIE FLANKER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
After the race, N Callan stated that ROCHFORD, which was wearing a visor for the first time today, did not feel comfortable at any stage of the race and was most disappointing in the manner in which it weakened in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of ROCHFORD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of KIROV immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
GOLDIE FLANKER, STRATHCLYDE and STAR SUPERIOR were sent for sampling.

Race: 6 (756)SAPPHIRE HANDICAP Class 4 1400 m
BOSSIEE was very slow to begin. Having regard to BOSSIEE’s previous record in respect of being slow to begin, the Stewards ruled that the horse must barrier trial satisfactorily prior to its next race start.
FULL GLORY began awkwardly and lost ground.
HIGH ENERGY was crowded for room on jumping between RELENTLESS ME and AMBITIOUS HEART which began awkwardly and shifted out.
From the outside barriers, ENDEARING and REAL DEAL were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
After being crossed by JOLLY BOUNTIFUL after the 1200 Metres, SWEET HOME commenced to travel keenly and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse passing the 1000 Metres.
Passing the 800 Metres, AUTOPAY got its head up for some distance when awkwardly placed behind RELENTLESS ME. LAUGH OUT LOUD, which was following, was steadied away from the heels of AUTOPAY in consequence.
Passing the 700 Metres, GOOD FOR YOU (C Y Ho) commenced to prove very difficult to settle and shifted out after being checked away from the heels of AMBITIOUS HEART. ENDEARING, which was following, improved quickly into tight running between GOOD FOR YOU which was attempting to be shifted back in to resume its position and DIAMOND MYSTERIOUS which shifted out. When GOOD FOR YOU, which was continuing to prove difficult to settle, was shifted back in near the 650 Metres, ENDEARING was checked and lost ground. Having regard to the racing manners of GOOD FOR YOU, the fact that ENDEARING improved quickly to be racing to its inside and the shift outwards from DIAMOND MYSTERIOUS, the Stewards believed that in the circumstances C Y Ho should be reprimanded and advised to exercise more care in similar circumstance when attempting to resume previously held positions.
FULL GLORY had some difficulty obtaining clear running passing the 150 Metres and then for some distance after this was unable to secure clear running between REWARDING FLYER and AMBITIOUS HEART. Then close to the finishing line, FULL GLORY was crowded for room between AMBITIOUS HEART and REWARDING FLYER which shifted out marginally.
Passing the 50 Metres, DIAMOND MYSTERIOUS raced tight inside GOOD FOR YOU.
The Stewards considered a protest/objection lodged by K C Leung, the rider of the second placed, AUTOPAY, against RELENTLESS ME (J Moreira) being declared the winner alleging interference passing the 400 Metres. After taking evidence from all parties concerned and after viewing the videos, it was established that passing the 400 Metres AUTOPAY was inconvenienced when disappointed for running inside RELENTLESS ME which shifted in after making the Home Turn awkwardly. Having regard to the relatively minor nature of this incident and where it occurred together with the margin between the horses at the end of the race, the Stewards overruled the protest/objection and declared weighed-in on the numbers semaphored by the Judge. At a subsequent inquiry, K C Leung was fined the sum of $5,000 for lodging what was deemed to be a frivolous protest/objection.
When questioned, C Murray stated that he had been asked to attempt to lead on REWARDING FLYER and for this reason he rode his mount vigorously in the early stages. He said he continued to ride REWARDING FLYER along until after passing the 1300 Metres and as JOLLY BOUNTIFUL, SWEET HOME and AUTOPAY were all maintaining their positions to the inside of REWARDING FLYER and RELENTLESS ME was showing superior speed to the outside of his mount, he elected to shift in and obtain a trailing position approaching the 1200 Metres rather than continue to make use of his mount in an attempt to cross runners to his inside. He said he was concerned that if REWARDING FLYER was unable to show sufficient pace to cross runners to its inside, the horse would be left racing wide and without cover and he felt that it was in the best interests of REWARDING FLYER to obtain a position closer to the rail albeit further back in the field than had been intended.
A veterinary inspection of LAUGH OUT LOUD and HIGH ENERGY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
JOLLY BOUNTIFUL, RELENTLESS ME and AUTOPAY were sent for sampling.

Race: 7 (757)THE PREMIER CUP (HANDICAP) Group Three 1400 m
MAGIC LEGEND began only fairly.
NEW ASIA SUNRISE shifted out at the start and bumped WINNER’S WAY.
After the 1000 Metres, NEW ASIA SUNRISE was left racing wide and without cover.
From passing the 900 Metres until after the 800 Metres, WINNER’S WAY proved very difficult to settle and got its head up on a number of occasions when awkwardly placed close to the heels of DASHING FELLOW.
Passing the 800 Metres, MAGIC LEGEND was awkwardly placed close to the heels of WINNER’S WAY.
After the 500 Metres, WINNER’S WAY and NEW ASIA SUNRISE raced tight as WINNER’S WAY shifted out to obtain clear running.
JOLLY BANNER was held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight and passing the 200 Metres was shifted out away from the heels of WINNER’S WAY to obtain clear running. Then passing the 150 Metres, JOLLY BANNER raced tight with SUN JEWELLERY.
THEWIZARDOFOZ and WINNER’S WAY were sent for sampling.

Race: 8 (758)JASPER HANDICAP Class 3 1600 m
As the start was effected, CITRON SPIRIT, which was fractious in the barriers, lunged at the front gates, began very awkwardly and shifted out abruptly, resulting in the horse losing a considerable amount of ground. Before being allowed to race again, CITRON SPIRIT will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial.
QUICK RETURN began awkwardly, shifted out at the start and bumped BANK ON RED.
From a wide barrier, FRIENDS OF NANJING was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching the 50 Metres, GO BEAUTY GO shifted out and bumped SMILING CHARM which became unbalanced.
When questioned, W M Lai (ENERGETIC CLASS) stated that it had been intended for the horse to be ridden at the rear of the field from the outside barrier. He said ENERGETIC CLASS began very awkwardly and he immediately took hold of his mount with a view to steadying the horse across behind runners. He said however that ENERGETIC CLASS proved very difficult to settle and would not respond to his attempts to steady the horse which resulted in it racing in a forward position wide and without cover in the early stages. He said he continued to restrain the horse in order to obtain a trailing position behind A BEAUTIFUL, however it was not possible for him to shift in at this time and ENERGETIC CLASS continued to over-race. He said rather than race wide, he allowed his mount to improve forward of A BEAUTIFUL passing the 1000 Metres and had intended racing outside the leader GO BEAUTY GO. He said however that ENERGETIC CLASS continued to prove very difficult to settle and for this reason he allowed it to continue on into the lead in the hope that this would have ENERGETIC CLASS settle better. Mr C W Chang, the trainer of ENERGETIC CLASS, confirmed the instructions given to Jockey Lai and that the intention was for the horse to be ridden at the rear of the field. He said after viewing the video he was satisfied that it was the racing manners of ENERGETIC CLASS which had resulted in the horse racing in a far more forward position than had been intended.
After the race, J Moreira stated that BANK ON RED did not close off the race in the Straight as he expected. A veterinary inspection of BANK ON RED immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of SMILING CHARM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
GO BEAUTY GO, WINWIN RUBY and CITRON SPIRIT were sent for sampling.

Race: 9 (759)AMBER HANDICAP Class 2 1200 m
On arrival at the Start, J Moreira expressed concern regarding the action of WHAT ELSE BUT YOU. WHAT ELSE BUT YOU was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said the horse was lame in the left front leg and accordingly was not suitable to race. Acting on this advice, WHAT ELSE BUT YOU was withdrawn by order of the Stewards. Before being allowed to race again, WHAT ELSE BUT YOU will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
TEAM FORTUNE shifted out at the start and bumped MEGA RED.
SOLAR HEI HEI began only fairly.
CHIMBORAA began awkwardly.
From wide barriers, STAR OF YAN OI and ARCHIPPUS were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Making the first turn near the 700 Metres, ARCHIPPUS got its head on the side and shifted out towards the heels of CHIMBORAA. A short distance later, ARCHIPPUS was momentarily crowded for room between CHIMBORAA and SOLAR HEI HEI which shifted out before being directed back in.
Also making the turn approaching the 700 Metres, TEAM FORTUNE shifted in of its own accord and brushed the running rail. A veterinary inspection of TEAM FORTUNE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
For some distance approaching and passing the 100 Metres, TEAM FORTUNE raced in restricted room inside JOYFUL MOMENTS when improving into tight running inside that horse.
Throughout the race, DRAGON MASTER travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of ARCHIPPUS and STAR OF YAN OI immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
TEAM FORTUNE, MEGA RED and PABLOSKY were sent for sampling.

Race: 10 (760)EMERALD HANDICAP Class 3 1400 m
GREEN CARD was withdrawn on 23.6.17 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (inappetence) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter STARLIT KNIGHT (C Y Ho). Before being allowed to race again, GREEN CARD will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
Whilst in the saddling stalls, SIR REDALOT had its right front plate refitted. SIR REDALOT was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
POWER OF PATCH began only fairly and then shortly after the start was checked when crowded for room between CHUNG WAH SPIRIT and DIAMOND DRAGON which shifted in.
TOP LAURELS began only fairly.
GENERAL DINO shifted in at the start and bumped PENANG HALL,
Passing the 1100 Metres, DIAMOND DRAGON got its head up when proving very difficult to settle and shifted out towards the heels of TOP LAURELS which shifted in when awkwardly placed close to the heels of HIGH AND MIGHTY. For some distance after this, DIAMOND DRAGON continued to prove very difficult to settle and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of TOP LAURELS.
Approaching and passing the 1000 Metres, SIR REDALOT got its head up when being steadied to allow BEAUTY KINGDOM (K C Leung) to shift in when that horse was not properly clear of SIR REDALOT. K C Leung was severely reprimanded and advised to ensure that he is properly clear when shifting ground in similar circumstances,.
Approaching the 900 Metres, TOP LAURELS proved very difficult to settle and shifted in when being checked away from the heels of HIGH AND MIGHTY.
POWER OF PATCH travelled keenly in the middle stages.
Close to the finishing line, SIR REDALOT was awkwardly placed inside the heels of CHUNG WAH SPIRIT.
When questioned, C Murray stated that it had been intended for WORLD RECORD to be ridden in about a midfield position if possible. He said he was asked not to make too much use of WORLD RECORD in the early stages to be in this position as the horse had on occasions been difficult to settle and got its head up. He said WORLD RECORD began awkwardly and as he was reluctant to ride his mount along to overcome the manner in which the horse began, he elected to shift across behind runners and hoped to improve inside horses on the rail to obtain a midfield position. He said when POWER OF PATCH, which was racing in advance of WORLD RECORD, did not improve its position, this resulted in the horse racing further back in the field than had been intended.
When questioned, Apprentice H N Wong stated that it was explained to him that HEALTHY JOYFUL had over-raced on occasions in its races and therefore he was not to ride the horse along too vigorously as this may result in it over-racing if he was required to steady the horse. He said nonetheless it was felt that from the horse’s inside barrier HEALTHY JOYFUL would be able to take up a forward position without having to be made use of. He said after shifting across to race outside CHUNG WAH SPIRIT in the early stages, HEALTHY JOYFUL came on and off the bridle and did not travel as strongly as he had hoped in the early stages. He said this allowed CHUNG WAH SPIRIT to obtain a margin in advance of HEALTHY JOYFUL. He said he had intended to allow HEALTHY JOYFUL to improve outside CHUNG WAH SPIRIT when MIGHTY MAVERICK improved its position after the 1000 Metres, however, he was unable to make up the required ground prior to CHUNG WAH SPIRIT shifting out which resulted in HEALTHY JOYFUL being taken in to a three wide position without cover. He added whilst the opportunity was there for him to steady HEALTHY JOYFUL and attempt to obtain a trailing position behind CHUNG WAH SPIRIT, he felt that to do this he would have had to restrain HEALTHY JOYFUL and he did not believe that this would be in the horse’s best interests. He said because of this HEALTHY JOYFUL was required to travel wide and without cover and was taken wider still passing the 600 Metres when CHUNG WAH SPIRIT shifted to the outside of MIGHTY MAVERICK. Apprentice Wong was advised that his explanation would be recorded, however, he must ensure that he rides his mounts in such a manner so as not to cover unnecessary ground.
SIR REDALOT, PENANG HALL and HEALTHY JOYFUL were sent for sampling.

General
1.
Races 7 to 10 were each put back 5 minutes.
2.
After the running of Race 1, the track classification was officially changed from "Good” to "Good to Firm”. This change in the opinion of the Stewards should be recorded as being retrospective. As a consequence of this, the official results will show Race 1 being run on a track rated "Good to Firm”.
3. Additional Veterinary Reports from Happy Valley Racemeeting on 21 June 2017
The Veterinary Surgeon reported that SHARP HUNTER had sustained a right front suspensory ligament injury after racing. Before being allowed to race again, SHARP HUNTER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of HAPPY GAINS, SPARKLING TALENT, RUGBY DIAMOND, LETSGOFREE, PLANET GIANT, NASHASHUK, FOX SUNTER, KING WINSA, PO CHING TREASURE, KING BOUNTIFUL, LUCKY WAN FENG, FANTASTIC FEELING, CONTRIBUTION, IMPERIAL GALLANTRY, GO GO WIN, POWERMAX, ALL GREAT FRIENDS, HARRIER JET, STAR MAJESTIC, KIRAM and BULLISH SMART revealed no apparent abnormality.
4.
Racing Laboratory tests of CLEVER SPIRIT, UNIQUE HAPPIEST, GREAT JOY, MY BLESSING, ACCLAIMED LIGHT, GENEROUS BOBO, MASTER VIKING, REGENCY HONEY, RACING MATE, PREMIERE, GRACE HEART, GRACIOUS RYDER, GOOD COMPANION, JADE FORTUNE, SUPER CHIC, PACKING DRAGON, TIME WARP, BIG BANG BONG, CHEER WIN, JADE THEATRE and EXTREMELY FUN (14.6.17) proved negative.

Summary
1. Withdrawals
Race 3: ANTICIPATION on 24.6.17 on veterinary advice.

Race 4: GIOVANNI BATTISTA at barriers on veterinary advice.

Race 9: WHAT ELSE BUT YOU at barriers on veterinary advice.

Race 10: GREEN CARD on 23.6.17 on veterinary advice.
2. Riding Changes
After being dislodged from GIOVANNI BATTISTA in Race 4, H W Lai was transported to hospital. As such, permission was given for the following riding substitutions:-

Race 5: K Teetan on MASSIVE MILLENNIUM
Race 6: K Teetan on REAL DEAL
Race 7: K Teetan on ADVENTURER
Race 9: U Rispoli on FIGHT HERO
3. Fines
Race 3: J Moreira (PAKISTAN STAR): $10,000 for improper use of the whip.

Race 6: K C Leung (AUTOPAY): $5,000 for lodging a frivolous protest/objection.
4. Severe Reprimand
Race 10: K C Leung (BEAUTY KINGDOM) for shifting in approaching and passing the 1000 Metres.
5. Reprimand
Race 6: C Y Ho (GOOD FOR YOU) for shifting in near the 650 Metres.
6. Warnings
Race 1: C Murray (FRIENDS FOREVER) for shifting in making the turn passing the 900 Metres.

Race 10: Apprentice H N Wong (HEALTHY JOYFUL) re his riding in the middle stages.
7. Stewards’ Inquiry
Race 3
8. Protest/Objection
Race 6
9. Barrier Trials
Race 1: GREAT SPEED

VICTORY DUKE

Race 2: SUPREME STORM

Race 3: PAKISTAN STAR

Race 4: GIOVANNI BATTISTA

Race 6: BOSSIEE

Race 8: CITRON SPIRIT
10. Official Veterinary Examinations
Race 1: GREAT SPEED

LUCKY PLACE

VICTORY DUKE

Race 2: SUPREME STORM

Race 3: ANTICIPATION

PAKISTAN STAR

Race 4: GIOVANNI BATTISTA

Race 9: WHAT ELSE BUT YOU

Race 10: GREEN CARD

General: SHARP HUNTER