The Stewards have spoken with Trainer L Ho regarding his application to remove the Ring Bit and add a Lugging Bit to the gear carried by BABA MAMA, a declared starter in the Tianjin Handicap (Race 9, Class 3, 1400 Metres) to be conducted at the Sha Tin race meeting on Saturday, 1 October 2016. BABA MAMA was successful at its most recent race start over the course and distance on 3 September 2016 when racing with a Hood, Tongue Tie and a Ring Bit.
Mr Ho explained that in its most recent race start and, in particular, during the latter stages, BABA MAMA lay in under pressure. As such, he applied a Lugging Bit to the horse in its subsequent trackwork and he is satisfied that the addition of this piece of equipment will assist the horse in racing more tractably.
Having considered the merits of Mr Ho’s application, the Stewards have approved for BABA MAMA to race with Hood, Tongue Tie and a Lugging Bit in the stated race.