22/02/2017  -  Happy Valley
Going:
Good (Race 1)
Good to Firm (Races 2 – 8)
Penetrometer Reading :2.7
Racing Stewards :
Dr Christopher Cheng Wai Chee GBS JP Chairman
Miss Peggy Kwoh So Chi  
Mr K Kelly Chief Stipendiary Steward
Mr S Railton Stipendiary Steward
Mr G Bush Stipendiary Steward
Mr K C Y Kwok Stipendiary Steward
Mr H L Liu Stipendiary Steward

Race: 1 (436)FANLING HANDICAP Class 5 1650 m
From the outside barrier, RISING POWER was steadied and shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
For some distance after passing the winning post on the first occasion, SPEEDY WALLY was awkwardly placed close to the heels of YOURTHEWONFORME.
Approaching the 1300 Metres, YOURTHEWONFORME momentarily raced in restricted room inside SUPERNATURAL which was awkwardly placed close to the heels of GREAT SPEED.
Passing the 1300 Metres, SUPERNATURAL got its head on the side and commenced to lay out and then travelled wide and without cover throughout the race.
Passing the 1100 Metres, SPEEDY WALLY commenced to prove very difficult to settle and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of AGIAAL.
Near the 450 Metres, ISLAND FLYER and YOURTHEWONFORME raced tight as YOURTHEWONFORME shifted out from behind SUPERNATURAL to obtain clear running.
In the early part of the Straight, SPEEDY WALLY got its head on the side and lay in and then over the concluding stages hung in and proved difficult to ride.
Near the 300 Metres, SUPERNATURAL shifted in away from YOURTHEWONFORME (B Prebble), resulting in SUPERNATURAL brushing SMART SALUTE. A short distance later, SUPERNATURAL, which was commencing to give ground, got its head up when checked due to crowding between SMART SALUTE which shifted out marginally and YOURTHEWONFORME which also shifted in. B Prebble was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
Over the final 50 Metres, AGIAAL was unable to obtain clear running and then over the concluding stages LUCKY FRIENDS raced tight inside AGIAAL which shifted in when being steadied away from the heels of YOURTHEWONFORME.
Passing the 50 Metres, ATOMIC BLAST shifted in under pressure, resulting in its rider having to straighten the horse.
A veterinary inspection of SUPERNATURAL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SMART SALUTE and ATOMIC BLAST were sent for sampling.

Race: 2 (437)FO TAN HANDICAP (Sec1)Class 4 1650 m
VICTORY MUSIC was slow to begin.
TRENDY WIN, which was being ridden along, was hampered shortly after the start when crowded for room between YOUNG DREAMER which shifted out and DARING HEART which was taken in by CATCHMEIFYOUCAN which was in turn racing tight inside CURLING LUXURY.
From a wide barrier, EXCELLENCE was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1400 Metres, YOUNG DREAMER was awkwardly placed close to the heels of CATCHMEIFYOUCAN.
YOU HAVE MY WORD lost its right front plate near the 1050 Metres.
Making the turn after the 1000 Metres, YOU HAVE MY WORD got its head on the side and lay out.
Rounding the Home Turn, YOUNG DREAMER was shifted out away from the heels of PEARL FURU which was giving ground.
Passing the 200 Metres, as EXCELLENCE was attempting to improve between HOUSE OF LUCK and FUN MANAGER, FUN MANAGER shifted in marginally before its rider, C Y Ho, stopped riding and straightened the horse. This resulted in EXCELLENCE being crowded for room between HOUSE OF LUCK and FUN MANAGER. A short distance later, EXCELLENCE, which was persevering for the run between HOUSE OF LUCK and FUN MANAGER, was steadied after again being tightened between those horses when FUN MANAGER was taken in further by CURLING LUXURY (Apprentice H N Wong) which shifted in under pressure. In this incident, FUN MANAGER, which was giving ground, was also hampered. Apprentice Wong was advised that whilst there were some circumstances to this incident, nonetheless he would be expected to make more of an effort to prevent his mounts from shifting ground than he did on this occasion.
For the majority of the race, PEARL FURU travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground.
After a lengthy delay to the placings being declared whilst the Judge determined the result of the race, T H So, the rider of the second placed, TRENDY WIN, requested to view the photo finish print. After being shown a copy of the photo finish image, T H So queried whether a margin existed between the horses at the end of the race. The Stewards consequently viewed the photo finish print and were satisfied that a margin existed in favour of SPINNING DANCER over TRENDY WIN and accordingly declared weighed-in on the numbers semaphored by the Judge.
SPINNING DANCER and TRENDY WIN were sent for sampling.

Race: 3 (438)KWAI CHUNG HANDICAP (Sec2)Class 4 1200 m
KWAICHUNG BROTHERS was slow to begin.
GOLDEN ACHIEVER shifted in at the start and bumped AH BO.
ROCKET LET WIN began only fairly and then shortly after the start was steadied when crowded for room inside VERY RICH MAN which shifted in.
G-ONE LOVER shifted in at the start and bumped GAME OF FUN.
From the outside barrier, BRIGHT STAR got its head up when being steadied to be shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
CONTRIBUTION lost its right hind plate after the 900 Metres.
Approaching and passing the 500 Metres, AH BO got its head on the side and lay out.
For the majority of the race, ROCKET LET WIN travelled wide and without cover.
The Stewards deferred the declaration of weighed-in as they were of the prima facie view that an incident had occurred approaching the 200 Metres which cast sufficient doubt on whether DR RACE (B Prebble) should be declared the 5th placegetter. When N Callan, the rider of the 6th placegetter, GOLDEN ACHIEVER, did not enter a formal protest/objection on behalf of the connections of GOLDEN ACHIEVER, the Stewards believed that it was appropriate for the matter to proceed to a formal/objection hearing. Whilst these placings did not affect betting, it was relevant that there was the issue of prizemoney in respect of the 5th placegetter. After taking evidence from B Prebble, Mr S K Sit, assistant trainer allocated to Mr D E Ferraris, the trainer of DR RACE, and N Callan, it was found that approaching the 200 Metres DR RACE was shifted to the outside of GAME OF FUN to obtain clear running which resulted in GOLDEN ACHIEVER being checked and losing its rightful running when crowded for room inside CONTRIBUTION. Having regard to the neck margin between both horses at the end of the race and the manner in which they were finishing off the race, the Stewards were satisfied that had the interference not occurred GOLDEN ACHIEVER would have finished in front of DR RACE. Accordingly, the protest/objection was sustained and the placings amended to read No. 3, GAME OF FUN, 1st; No. 11, CONTRIBUTION, 2nd; No. 1, VERY RICH MAN, 3rd; No. 9, G-ONE LOVER, 4th; No. 2, GOLDEN ACHIEVER, 5th; and No. 4, DR RACE, 6th. N Callan was advised that in similar circumstances he must be aware of the placings of horses and to ensure that he has the interests of connections in mind. At a subsequent inquiry, B Prebble pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] and was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 8 March 2017 and to expire on Monday, 13 March 2017 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey Prebble’s good race riding record.
G-ONE LOVER, GAME OF FUN and CONTRIBUTION were sent for sampling.

Race: 4 (439)FO TAN HANDICAP (Sec2)Class 4 1650 m
BEST TANGO was slow to begin.
Shortly after the start, SUPER CLAN and GOBI STORM bumped.
From a wide barrier, HAPPY JOURNEY was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
GOBI STORM lost its left hind plate passing the winning post on the first occasion.
After the 1100 Metres, UNIQUE JOYFUL was left racing wide and without cover and after the 900 Metres was allowed to improve its position to race outside the lead passing the 700 Metres at which time HAPPY JOURNEY was left racing wide and without cover.
As HASTA LA VISTA gave ground abruptly passing the 400 Metres, AMAZING ALWAYS and BEST TANGO, which were following, were badly hampered. BEST TANGO then shifted out abruptly away from the heels of LUCKY PROFIT.
Passing the 300 Metres, AMAZING ALWAYS was bumped by HASTA LA VISTA which, when continuing to give ground, momentarily raced tight inside BEST TANGO.
Near the 50 Metres, HAPPY JOURNEY shifted in under pressure onto the heels of GOBI STORM, resulting in its rider having to stop riding and direct that horse away from behind GOBI STORM.
After the 50 Metres, BEST TANGO was shifted in away from the heels of DUTCH WINDMILL to continue improving.
When questioned regarding the performance of IMPERIAL SEAL, J Moreira stated that he had to make considerable use of the horse in the early stages to obtain a forward position from its wide barrier and it was not until near the 1100 Metres that he was able to clear runners to his inside and cross into the lead. He said IMPERIAL SEAL then travelled comfortably, however, when UNIQUE JOYFUL improved to its outside after the 800 Metres, he had to niggle at the horse to ensure that UNIQUE JOYFUL did not cross. He said because of these factors IMPERIAL SEAL was then not able to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of IMPERIAL SEAL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of LUCKY PROFIT immediately following the race confirmed the horse to be a “roarer” which had previously been reported.
A veterinary inspection of HASTA LA VISTA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
IMPERIAL SEAL, SUPER CLAN and GO GO WIN were sent for sampling.

Race: 5 (440)SAI KUNG HANDICAP Class 2 1000 m
On arrival at the Start, it was noted that DIAMOND MASTER had lost its right front plate. After this plate was refitted, DIAMOND MASTER was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
JETWINGS was slow to begin.
CITY WINNER began only fairly.
Shortly after the start, D B PIN and CHARITY JOY bumped. D B PIN then shifted in and bumped BACK IN BLACK which became unbalanced.
From a wide barrier, IRON BOY was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching the 700 Metres, TRIUMPHANT JEWEL was steadied away from the heels of BACK IN BLACK (K Teetan) which shifted in when not properly clear. K Teetan was reprimanded.
For some distance approaching and passing the 600 Metres, DIAMOND MASTER got its head up when proving difficult to settle and awkwardly placed closes to the heels of D B PIN.
D B PIN made the Home Turn awkwardly.
Throughout the race, FLYING MOOCHI travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of TRIUMPHANT JEWEL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
D B PIN and CHARITY JOY were sent for sampling.

Race: 6 (441)THE ROTARY CENTENARY CHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP) (Sec1)Class 4 1200 m
BUDDY BUNDY shifted out on jumping and bumped PAKISTAN BABY. A short distance after the start, PAKISTAN BABY was again bumped by BUDDY BUNDY which became unbalanced and shifted out after also being bumped by GRACE HEART. After this incident, PAKISTAN BABY was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
From the outside barriers, SHOWING CHARACTER and GOOD MATE were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Passing the 1100 Metres, BUDDY BUNDY was awkwardly placed outside the heels of GRACE HEART.
Near the 1050 Metres, CHEER WIN got its head up and lay out towards the heels of BUMBLE BABY when proving very difficult to settle, resulting in CHEER WIN being checked and losing ground.
BUDDY BUNDY travelled wide and without cover in the early stages and after the 900 Metres was allowed to improve into the lead.
After the 800 Metres, PAKISTAN BABY was left racing wide and without cover.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, BUMBLE BABY got its head on the side and shifted out towards the heels of FOREVER FUN, resulting in BUMBLE BABY becoming unbalanced and losing ground.
Approaching the 400 Metres, CHEER WIN was awkwardly placed behind BUMBLE BABY which continued to race with its head on the side and lay out.
WINNING CONTROLLER was held up and unable to improve rounding the Home Turn.
Approaching the 200 Metres, CHEER WIN got its head on the side and lay in towards the heels of GRACE HEART, resulting in its rider, Z Purton, having to stop riding. CHEER WIN was then steadied when unable to maintain its position between GRACE HEART which shifted out marginally and NASHASHUK which was racing tight to the inside of NEVER BETTER. After this, CHEER WIN was held up for clear running and consequently was not able to be properly tested.
Passing the 200 Metres, NASHASHUK was steadied away from the heels of NEVER BETTER (S Clipperton) which shifted in. In this incident, FOREVER FUN, which was racing to the inside of NASHASHUK, also shifted out marginally. S Clipperton was advised to ensure that he makes every effort to prevent his mounts from shifting ground in similar circumstances. When NASHASHUK was steadied, WINNING CONTROLLER, which was following, was hampered in consequence.
For some distance after the 200 Metres, BUMBLE BABY was held up for clear running behind BUDDY BUNDY which was giving ground.
Near the 150 Metres, GRACE HEART was awkwardly placed inside the heels of FOREVER FUN which shifted in.
A veterinary inspection of CHEER WIN and BUMBLE BABY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
CHEER WIN, PAKISTAN BABY and NEVER BETTER were sent for sampling.

Race: 7 (442)TAI PO HANDICAP Class 3 1200 m
GIANT STARS began awkwardly and lost ground.
OTOUTO and BREEDERS’ STAR bumped heavily at the start, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced. After this, from wide barriers, both OTOUTO and BREEDERS’ STAR were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
From a wide barrier, NAVAS was taken across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching the 1100 Metres, DIAMOND KING momentarily raced in restricted room between SECRET COMMAND and HAPPY YEAH YEAH.
Approaching and passing the 900 Metres, CHARITY GLORY got its head on the side and lay in and then near the 600 Metres again lay in, made contact with the running rail and became unbalanced. NAVAS, which was following, shifted out and was momentarily awkwardly placed inside the heels of DIAMOND KING. CHARITY GLORY then lay in in the early part of the Straight, proved difficult to ride and near the 50 Metres was reluctant to shift out away from the heels of MOMENT OF POWER. Close to the finishing line, CHARITY GLORY and MONEY BOY bumped as CHARITY GLORY improved into tight running between that horse and MOMENT OF POWER. Because of this, CHARITY GLORY was not able to be ridden out.
VICTORY MARVEL was unable to obtain clear running from approaching the 200 Metres until near the 100 Metres.
Throughout the race, BLAZE STAMINA travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, it was reported that SECRET COMMAND was lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, SECRET COMMAND will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of DIAMOND KING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
MONEY BOY, BLAZE STAMINA and VICTORY MARVEL were sent for sampling.

Race: 8 (443)TSUEN WAN HANDICAP Class 3 1650 m
JADE FORTUNE and WAH MAY BABY bumped at the start.
NITRO EXPRESS got its head up shortly after the start when being steadied to obtain a position with cover.
After being ridden along in the early stages, SUPER FLUKE was steadied approaching the winning post on the first occasion when racing wide and shifted across behind runners.
Approaching the 1300 Metres, VARA PEARL raced in restricted room between JADE FORTUNE and SUNNY WAY, both of which shifted ground.
For some distance after the 500 Metres, NITRO EXPRESS and VARA PEARL raced tight as NITRO EXPRESS shifted out away from the heels of HIGH AND MIGHTY.
CHEERFUL BOY lost its left hind plate after the 400 Metres.
Rounding the Home Turn, THUNDER STOMP (H W Lai) clipped the heels of CHEERFUL BOY, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced. H W Lai was shown the video of this incident and told to ensure that he does not ride in such a manner so as to compromise the safety of riders and the welfare of horses.
Approaching the 50 Metres, VARA PEARL shifted in under pressure, resulting in its rider having to stop riding and straighten his mount.
For the major part of the race, WAH MAY BABY travelled wide and without cover.
K C Leung was spoken to regarding his use of the whip on ASSOCIATION FANS after passing the 800 Metres.
A veterinary inspection of RIGHT CALL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
THUNDER STOMP and CHEERFUL BOY were sent for sampling.

General
1.
Race 3 was put back 5 minutes and Races 4 – 8 were each put back 10 minutes.
2.
After the running of Race 2, 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 2 being run on a track rated “Good to Firm”.
3. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 19 February 2017
Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of A FAST ONE, JIMSON THE FAMOUS, HIGH FIVE, MOMENTUM LUCKY, SUPER TALENT, SILVERFIELD, PENNY LANE, ARIZONA BLIZZARD, MEGA RED, MOST BEAUTIFUL, RADIANT STEED, BEST EFFORT, ROCK THE TREE, BOOMING DELIGHT, HAPPILABABY, RAPPER DRAGON, PAKISTAN STAR, WHO DAT SINGA, LIMITLESS, KEEN VENTURE, NOTHINGILIKEMORE and REGENCY BO BO revealed no apparent abnormality.
4.
Racing Laboratory tests of ENREACHING, SURE PEACE, GORGEOUS AGAIN, TELEPHATIA, HAPPY HAPPY STAR, ART OF SUCCESS, VANILLA, RED MARVEL, SUPER WISE, MAGIC LEGEND, FORTUNE BO BO, GO BEAUTY GO, C P POWER, CALIFORNIA DISEGNO, CIRCUIT HASSLER, HOUSE OF FUN, LINE SEEKER, VOLITATION, MR POTENTIAL, DARING FIT and BEAT THE CLOCK (11.2.17) proved negative.

Summary
1. Reprimand
Race 5: K Teetan (BACK IN BLACK) for shifting in approaching the 700 Metres.
2. Warnings
Race 1: B Prebble (YOURTHEWONFORME) for shifting in at the 300 Metres.

Race 2: Apprentice H N Wong (CURLING LUXURY) for shifting in passing the 200 Metres.

Race 6: S Clipperton (NEVER BETTER) for shifting in passing the 200 Metres.

Race 8: H W Lai (THUNDER STOMP) re his riding rounding the Home Turn.

K C Leung (ASSOCIATION FANS) re his use of the whip after passing the 800 Metres.
3. Suspension
Race 3: B Prebble (DR RACE) for careless riding approaching the 200 Metres (from 8 March 2017 until 13 March 2017 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).
4. Protest/Objection & Stewards’ Inquiry
Race 3
5. Official Veterinary Examination
Race 7: SECRET COMMAND