22/03/2017  -  Happy Valley
Going:
Good
Penetrometer Reading :2.69
Racing Stewards :
Dr Eric Li Ka Cheung GBS OBE JP Chairman
Mr Herbert Tsoi Hak Kong BBS JP  
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 (509)FINANCE STREET HANDICAP Class 5 1650 m
DRAGON GLORY and STORM KID both began only fairly.
From the outside barrier, CHEERFUL FRAME was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Near the 1600 Metres, DOUBLE POINT shifted in and bumped FAITHFUL BOY.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, STORM KID and DRAGON GLORY raced tight.
Approaching the 1300 Metres, NOVEL START became unbalanced when racing tight inside DRAGON GLORY which was racing in restricted room inside DOUBLE POINT.
For a considerable distance approaching and passing the 1300 Metres, FAITHFUL BOY got its head up when proving difficult to settle and racing close to the heels of LETSGOFREE. Then approaching the 900 Metres, FAITHFUL BOY again raced close to the heels of LETSGOFREE and was consequently allowed to stride forward to settle outside the lead.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, NOVEL START was steadied when racing tight inside LETSGOFREE which got its head on the side and lay in when awkwardly placed behind WEALTHY FORTUNE.
Near the 650 Metres, DRAGON GLORY and THIS IS GLADIATOR raced tight.
After the 300 Metres, WEALTHY FORTUNE lay in and was awkwardly placed outside the heels of AGIAAL.
Passing the 200 Metres, LETSGOFREE (N Rawiller) and AGIAAL bumped due to both horses shifting ground. For some distance after this, AGIAAL raced tight outside LETSGOFREE due to that horse shifting out under pressure. N Rawiller was advised that in similar circumstances he would be expected to make every endeavour to prevent his mounts form shifting ground.
At various times throughout the race, DOUBLE POINT travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that DRAGON GLORY had sustained a minor wound to the right front pastern.
AGIAAL, KING WINSA and FIVE STARS AGENT were sent for sampling.

Race: 2 (510)LI YUEN HANDICAP Class 4 1000 m
VERY RICH MAN was withdrawn on 21.3.17 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter PREMIUM CHAMPION (Apprentice H T Mo). Before being allowed to race again, VERY RICH MAN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
PREMIUM CHAMPION shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of JUNZI.
RUGBY DIAMOND began awkwardly.
Shortly after the start, CIRCUIT KING shifted out and made contact with ROCKET LET WIN, resulting in that horse shifting out and bumping the hindquarters of SMART SALUTE, causing ROCKET LET WIN to be hampered and SMART SALUTE to become unbalanced.
Also shortly after the start, CROWN AVENUE was crowded for room between RAY OF GOLD and KWAICHUNG BROTHERS. After this, CROWN AVENUE was shifted across behind runners.
Approaching the 800 Metres, SMART SALUTE raced tight between ROCKET LET WIN and JUNZI. In this incident, SMART SALUTE brushed the hindquarters of ROCKET LET WIN which became unbalanced.
M Chadwick (KWAICHUNG BROTHERS) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 800 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of JUNZI, causing that horse to be taken in onto SMART SALUTE, resulting in SMART SALUTE being crowded for room, blundering and being checked. M Chadwick was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 5 April 2017 and to expire on Monday, 10 April 2017 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey Chadwick's good race riding record.
Making the turn after the 650 Metres, ROCKET LET WIN shifted out and bumped JUNZI. After this, ROCKET LET WIN and JUNZI raced tight due to ROCKET LET WIN shifting out. Then passing the 400 Metres, ROCKET LET WIN was checked when reluctant to maintain its position inside JUNZI. SMART SALUTE, which was following, was also checked.
Passing the 200 Metres, LUNAR ZEPHYR was bumped by CIRCUIT KING which shifted in abruptly after being struck with the whip. CIRCUIT KING was then shifted out to relieve the tightening to LUNAR ZEPHYR.
B Prebble (BEAR CHUM) was fined $5,000 for improper use of the whip in that he raised weal marks over the horse's right hindquarters.
CIRCUIT KING and BEAR CHUM were sent for sampling.

Race: 3 (511)MAN CHEUNG HANDICAP Class 4 1200 m
SMILING GLORY and SIGHT SEEING bumped heavily at the start.
WINNING CONTROLLER shifted out on jumping and bumped SEE ME NOW.
BRIGHT STAR began awkwardly and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners.
Also from a wide barrier, CONFUCIUS SPIRIT was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Near the 1050 Metres, when being shifted across behind runners to obtain cover, GRADE ONE was steadied away from the heels of GOLDEN CHOPSTICKS (H W Lai) which shifted in. H W Lai was advised to exercise more care in future.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, when being steadied to obtain cover, SIGHT SEEING was awkwardly placed outside the heels of SMILING GLORY which shifted out marginally.
Also approaching the 1000 Metres, BRIGHT STAR was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SIGHT SEEING.
After the 700 Metres, WINNING CONTROLLER was left racing wide and without cover.
Approaching the 600 Metres, SEE ME NOW was awkwardly placed behind BUMBLE BABY.
Near the 500 Metres, OTOUTO raced in restricted room inside CONFUCIUS SPIRIT which lay in marginally. OTOUTO then bumped the hindquarters of CONFUCIUS SPIRIT, causing that horse to be turned in across the running of OTOUTO which lost ground as a result.
For some distance after the 500 Metres, BRIGHT STAR was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SIGHT SEEING.
Approaching the 100 Metres, N Rawiller (FLYING GODSPELL) dropped his whip.
When questioned, K C Leung stated that he had been asked to ride GRADE ONE quietly from barrier 9. He said it was explained to him that GRADE ONE had not been finishing off its races as strongly as had been hoped when ridden to obtain a forward position, therefore in what was anticipated to be a race which would be run at a good tempo, he was asked to shift the horse across behind runners and obtain cover to assist it to finish off the race more strongly than it had been. He said in accordance with his instructions he shifted GRADE ONE across behind runners in the early stages and whilst the horse was inclined to race greenly, he was satisfied with the manner in which it travelled. He added rounding the Home Turn he shifted GRADE ONE to the outside of runners and when placed under pressure the horse finished off the race well. He said the manner in which GRADE ONE finished off the race indicated to him that it may appreciate being ridden off the speed in its races.
BUMBLE BABY, SEE ME NOW and GAME OF FUN were sent for sampling.

Race: 4 (512)MAN YIU HANDICAP Class 4 1800 m
As the start was effected, NEWSWIRE FREE lifted its front feet off the ground and consequently was slow to begin.
From the outside barrier, DUTCH WINDMILL was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, SUM WIN DRAGON was awkwardly placed inside the heels of EXPEDITE which shifted in before being directed back out to relieve the tightening.
EASTERN PROWESS was left racing wide and without cover passing the 1100 Metres.
For some distance after the 1000 Metres, SUM WIN DRAGON travelled keenly when racing close to the heels of GOBI STORM.
Passing the 900 Metres, SUPER FORM was awkwardly placed behind CASH COURIER.
Near the 450 Metres, SUPER FORM shifted out and brushed DUTCH WINDMILL.
Rounding the Home Turn, PO CHING TREASURE was shifted out away from the heels of EASTERN PROWESS.
Passing the 300 Metres, CASH COURIER was shifted to the inside of GOOD CHOICE after being disappointed for running between that horse and EXPEDITE.
When questioned, K C Leung (AUTUMN GOLD) stated that in the early part of the Straight AUTUMN GOLD commenced to finish off the race strongly and he felt that it was a chance of placing in the race. He said however that passing the 50 Metres AUTUMN GOLD appeared to get its head down and lose its action and as he felt that there may have been something amiss with the horse, he eased it down over the concluding stages. He added after the race whilst he could not detect any lameness issues with AUTUMN GOLD, the horse still felt uncomfortable in its action. A veterinary inspection of AUTUMN GOLD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, AUTUMN GOLD will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. In this incident, CASH COURIER was shifted out away from the heels of AUTUMN GOLD and raced tight between that horse and CASA MASTER close to the finishing line.
When questioned, J Moreira stated that it had been intended for PO CHING TREASURE to be ridden in the lead if possible. He said as the start was effected PO CHING TREASURE, which had been standing well in the barriers, did not begin well and because of this he felt that it would not be reasonable for him to attempt to obtain a forward position as he would have had to make too much use of PO CHING TREASURE. He said therefore he elected to shift the horse across behind runners in the early stages and obtain a position with cover. He said when the tempo of the race was not strong after the 700 Metres, he shifted PO CHING TREASURE out in an attempt to improve his position. He said after initially making some progress, the pace of the race quickened near the 600 Metres and PO CHING TREASURE was then not able to sustain a forward move. He added PO CHING TREASURE came under heavy pressure prior to the 400 Metres and despite being tested in the early part of the Straight weakened out of contention. A veterinary inspection of PO CHING TREASURE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of PO CHING TREASURE, a favourite for tonight's race, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, PO CHING TREASURE 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 DUTCH WINDMILL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
PO CHING TREASURE, GOOD CHOICE and SUM WIN DRAGON were sent for sampling.

Race: 5 (513)THE HONG KONG EXCHANGES CHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP) (Sec1)Class 3 1200 m
NOBLE DE BOY was slow to begin.
RAPHAEL and SICHUAN BOSS both began only fairly.
DIEGO KOSTA and OUR FOLKS bumped at the start.
From wide barriers, HAPPY LIFE and VICTORY MACHINE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 900 Metres, GENEROUS HEART momentarily raced tight inside the heels of POWERMAX. MR GENUINE, which was racing to the inside of GENEROUS HEART, was awkwardly placed as a consequence.
STARSHIP made the turn after the 600 Metres awkwardly.
Passing the 300 Metres, STARSHIP was shifted to the outside of WAH MAY BABY to obtain clear running.
Approaching the 250 Metres, MR GENUINE and GENEROUS HEART raced tight as MR GENUINE shifted to the outside of POWERMAX after being disappointed for running between that horse and DIEGO KOSTA.
Passing the 200 Metres, K C Ng (WAH MAY BABY) dropped his whip.
STARSHIP lost its right front plate after the race.
After the race, Apprentice K K Chiong (OUR FOLKS) reported that her saddle shifted back significantly approaching and rounding the Home Turn, placing her at a disadvantage for the remainder of the race. Because of this, Apprentice Chiong dismounted from OUR FOLKS shortly after passing the winning post.
Also after the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that an endoscopic examination conducted on DIEGO KOSTA showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea.
MR GENUINE and POWERMAX were sent for sampling.

Race: 6 (514)HARBOUR VIEW HANDICAP (Sec2)Class 3 1200 m
BRILLIANT DREAM was slow to begin.
NAVAS began awkwardly.
Shortly after the start, APACHE SPIRIT was steadied and shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
WILD BOY was crowded for room shortly after the start between LOTUS BREEZE and EXCEL ONESELF which shifted out.
From a wide barrier, AMAZING was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Making the turn near the 1000 Metres, BRILLIANT DREAM got its head up and shifted out abruptly across the heels of NAVAS (N Callan) after racing tight inside that horse. In this incident, BRILLIANT DREAM bumped the hindquarters of NAVAS, causing that horse to become unbalanced and then struck the heels of NAVAS and blundered. As the Stewards were satisfied that at the relevant time NAVAS was still racing in a position one horse off the rail and that BRILLIANT DREAM's racing manners had played a significant part in this incident, no further action was taken, however, N Callan was advised to ensure that leaves comfortable racing room for runners to his inside in similar circumstances. Near the 950 Metres, BRILLIANT DREAM, which was racing ungenerously, was awkwardly placed inside the heels of AMAZING. K Teetan stated that after this BRILLIANT DREAM continued to lay out and would not shift over to race close to the rail. He said as he felt that the bit may have pulled through the horse's mouth, he attempted to adjust the bit in an endeavour to have the horse race more tractably. He said when he was doing this, BRILLIANT DREAM became unbalanced in its action passing the 700 Metres.
Approaching the 500 Metres, CHARITY GLORY (N Rawiller) commenced to over-race and improved to be racing between EXCEL ONESELF and LOTUS BREEZE where there was insufficient room. CHARITY GLORY then took charge of its rider and continued to improve between those runners, resulting in CHARITY GLORY being severely checked and bumping the hindquarters of LOTUS BREEZE which became unbalanced. CHARITY GLORY then continued to attempt to shift out across the heels of LOTUS BREEZE, resulting in that horse having to be severely checked for some distance passing the 400 Metres. In this incident, NAVAS improved into tight running inside CHARITY GLORY and was severely checked passing the 400 Metres when badly crowded inside CHARITY GLORY which at this time was racing untractably despite the efforts of its rider. N Rawiller stated that he is well acquainted with CHARITY GLORY having ridden the horse previously and its racing manners at this time of the race were uncharacteristic as it had raced tractably when ridden by him previously. He said the manner in which CHARITY GLORY had reacted concerned him that something may have been amiss with the horse and for this reason he commenced to ease it down rounding the Home Turn, however, in the early part of the Straight it commenced to race more tractably and then finished off the race quite well. The racing manners of CHARITY GLORY were considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, CHARITY GLORY will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial around a bend and must be ridden in amongst horses. A veterinary inspection of CHARITY GLORY immediately following the race confirmed that horse to be a "roarer" which had previously been reported. In this incident, AMAZING, which was following CHARITY GLORY and NAVAS, was hampered and forced to shift out abruptly from behind those horses passing the 400 Metres.
A veterinary inspection of NAVAS and EXCEL ONESELF immediately following the race revealed that both horses were displaying an irregular heart rhythm. Before being allowed to race again, NAVAS and EXCEL ONESELF will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of BRILLIANT DREAM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
LOTUS BREEZE and BEAUTY KINGDOM were sent for sampling.

Race: 7 (515)THE HAPPY VALLEY VASE (HANDICAP) Class 1 1800 m
BASIC TRILOGY began only fairly.
SUPREME PROFIT and RENAISSANCE ART were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
After the 1300 Metres, when being steadied to allow HORSE OF FORTUNE to cross, PACKING DRAGON got its head up and proved difficult to settle.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, HELENE SUPER STAR was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SPEEDY LONGWAH.
Passing the 1000 Metres, DYNAMISM commenced to prove difficult to settle and was checked away from the heels of CIRCUIT LAND for some distance. MARVEL HERO, which was following DYNAMISM, shifted out away from the heels of that horse and was then allowed to improve its position. When MARVEL HERO went forward, SUPREME PROFIT, which was following that horse, also improved its position, however, was forced to travel wide and without cover. After the race, Z Purton (SUPREME PROFIT) stated that he placed the horse under heavy pressure after the 500 Metres, however, it did not respond and rounding the Home Turn commenced to give ground. He said for this reason he eased it down over the concluding stages. A veterinary inspection of SUPREME PROFIT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
Near the 600 Metres, ANTICIPATION lay in towards the hindquarters of SPEEDY LONGWAH.
A veterinary inspection of HORSE OF FORTUNE and BASIC TRILOGY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
MARVEL HERO and DYNAMISM were sent for sampling.

Race: 8 (516)PEDDER HANDICAP Class 3 1650 m
ENORMOUS HONOUR and NITRO EXPRESS bumped at the start. After this, ENORMOUS HONOUR was hard ridden, however, failed to muster speed.
UNICORN and ELECTRONIC PHOENIX were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Passing the 1200 Metres, FANTASTIC KAKA was awkwardly placed close to the heels of GRAND HARBOUR. WISKY, which was following, was awkwardly placed behind FANTASTIC KAKA in consequence.
After the 1000 Metres, LITTLE ISLAND was taken into a positon wide and without cover by ISTANBUL BEY which shifted out. LITTLE ISLAND then commenced to prove difficult to settle despite the efforts of its rider and was consequently allowed to improve its position.
C Y Ho (ISTANBUL BEY) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 800 Metres he directed his mount out away from the heels of MAGICAL BEAUTY and made heavy contact with UNICORN, causing that horse to become unbalanced and be severely hampered when taken wider. C Y Ho was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 5 April 2017 and to expire on Monday, 10 April 2017 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey Ho's good race riding record.
Passing the 700 Metres, UNICORN was taken wider by ISTANBUL BEY which shifted to the outside of LITTLE ISLAND. After this, UNICORN was steadied and shifted back in to regain cover.
Passing the 400 Metres, WISKY and FANTASTIC KAKA raced tight as WISKY improved into tight running between FANTASTIC KAKA and GRAND HARBOUR which was giving ground.
Rounding the Home Turn, UNICORN raced tight between MAGICAL BEAUTY and ISTANBUL BEY and at the entrance to the Straight was shifted to the outside of ISTANBUL BEY to obtain clear running.
Passing the 400 Metres, NITRO EXPRESS was awkwardly placed close to the heels of WISKY.
After passing the 50 Metres, ELECTRONIC PHOENIX was struck across the nose by the whip of N Rawiller (UNICORN).
S Clipperton (LAND GRANT) stated that prior to the Home Turn he improved to be racing to the outside of the eventual winner LITTLE DRAGON and he anticipated that LAND GRANT would close off the race strongly as it was travelling well at this time. He said however after straightening LAND GRANT commenced to race with its head on the side and hang in badly and at the same time was not finishing off the race as strongly as he thought it would. He said despite his efforts to have LAND GRANT remain racing to the outside of LITTLE DRAGON, LAND GRANT continued to hang in badly and he was unable to prevent the horse from shifting in from behind LITTLE DRAGON. He said he was also not able to continue to shift to the inside of that horse as WISKY had improved to be racing to the inside of LAND GRANT. He added as a result of him not being able to shift LAND GRANT to the outside of LITTLE DRAGON, LAND GRANT was awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse for the final 100 Metres of the race and as a consequence he was not able to test the horse properly and then over the concluding stages was not able to ride it out. After reviewing the videos, the Stewards accepted Jockey Clipperton's explanation.
UNICORN lost its left front plate after the race.
The Stewards will interview K C Leung regarding the disappointing performance of GRAND HARBOUR, a last start winner, prior to the Sha Tin racemeeting to be conducted on Sunday, 26 March 2017. A veterinary inspection of GRAND HARBOUR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
WISKY, LITTLE DRAGON and FANTASTIC KAKA were sent for sampling.

General
1. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 19 March 2017
Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of JUMBO LUCK, MR PICASSO, MR ORIOLE, HIT A HOME RUN, AMBITIOUS SPEEDY, FANTASTICLIFE, INVINCIBLE DRAGON, DASHING FELLOW, CONTENTMENT, ENCORE BOY, STRATHCLYDE, SUPER JUNIOR, RATTAN, COOL AND NEAT, G-ONE LOVER, CITY LEGEND, MAMBO ROCK, JOLLY GENE, RAPPER DRAGON, PAKISTAN STAR, RIGHT CALL, HANG'S DECISION, WESTERN EXPRESS and SUPER LIFELINE revealed no apparent abnormality.
2.
Racing Laboratory tests of SPEEDY WALLY, ATOMIC BLAST, FIVE STARS AGENT, SHAMAL, VITAL SPRING, MEISTERSTUECK, BOLD STITCH, LUCKY POWER, G-ONE LOVER, PENANG HALL, GORGEOUS AGAIN, GARLIC YEAH, STAR OF JOY, APACHE SPIRIT, ALWAYS WIN, BRAVO WATCHMAN, ACE KING, SKY KING, PEOPLE'S KNIGHT, FRIENDS OF KA YING, WHAT ELSE BUT YOU, GO BEAUTY GO, NOTHINGILIKEMORE and HAPPY AGILITY (12.3.17) proved negative.

Summary
1. Withdrawal
Race 2: VERY RICH MAN on 21.3.17 on veterinary advice.
2. Fine
Race 2: B Prebble (BEAR CHUM): $5,000 for improper use of the whip.
3. Warnings
Race 1: N Rawiller (LETSGOFREE) for shifting out after the 200 Metres.

Race 3: H W Lai (GOLDEN CHOPSTICKS) for shifting in near the 1050 Metres.

Race 6: N Callan (NAVAS) for shifting in making the first turn near the 1000 Metres.
4. Suspensions
Race 2: M Chadwick (KWAICHUNG BROTHERS) for careless riding near the 800 Metres (from 5 April 2017 until 10 April 2017 on which day he may resume race riding - 2 Hong Kong racedays).

Race 8: C Y Ho (ISTANBUL BEY) for careless riding near the 800 Metres (from 5 April 2017 until 10 April 2017 on which day he may resume race riding - 2 Hong Kong racedays).
5. Irregular Heart Rhythms
Race 6: NAVAS

EXCEL ONESELF (2nd time)
6. Barrier Trials
Race 4: PO CHING TREASURE

Race 6: CHARITY GLORY

NAVAS

EXCEL ONESELF
7. Official Veterinary Examinations
Race 2: VERY RICH MAN

Race 4: AUTUMN GOLD

PO CHING TREASURE

Race 6: NAVAS

EXCEL ONESELF