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Happy Valley stewards' report

06/07/2022 - Happy Valley


Going:

Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9:

Turf - Good

Penetrometer Reading: 2.72

Racing Stewards:

Mr Philip N L Chen GBS JPChairman

Dr Thomas So Shiu Tsung JP

Mr K KellyChief Stipendiary Steward

Mr T BaileyStipendiary Steward

Mr G BushStipendiary Steward

Mr K C Y KwokStipendiary Steward

Mr H L LiuStipendiary Steward

 

Race:1 (798) TIM MEI HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 5 1650 m

GOOD BEAUTY and U W BROTHER bumped on jumping.
Just prior to the start being effected, JOY MASTER turned its head to the left, resulting in the horse beginning only fairly.
DASHING GENIUS began awkwardly and passing the winning post on the first occasion got its head up when travelling keenly.
From the outside barrier, GARLIC HERO was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
A short distance after the start, CABLE SPEED shifted in and bumped DIAMOND STAR. After this, DIAMOND STAR was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
Despite being ridden along for a considerable distance in the early stages, MISTER MONTE was slow to muster speed and then after the 1200 Metres was taken wide and without cover by ZACIAN which shifted out from behind DASHING GENIUS.
For some distance after the 1300 Metres, SEA MONARCH over-raced and got its head up on a number of occasions.
TAILOR MADE was held up for clear running after the 400 Metres.
Passing the 300 Metres, JOY MASTER was shifted in away from the heels of ZACIAN to obtain clear running.
A veterinary inspection of DASHING GENIUS, MISTER MONTE and GARLIC HERO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
TAILOR MADE and THIS IS CHARISMA were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (799) TAMAR HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 2200 m

On arrival at the track, YEE CHEONG BRAVE, which sustained a minor abrasion to the left hock whilst being transported to Happy Valley, was examined by the Veterinary Officer and passed suitable to race.
LEGION OF MERIT began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of HYPERION TREE which became unbalanced. LEGION OF MERIT then became unbalanced a short distance after the start when crowded for room between HYPERION TREE and GO BALLISTIC which shifted out.
YEE CHEONG BRAVE lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected, shifted in and in doing so bumped WONDER YEARS which became unbalanced and lost ground.
From wide barriers, VINCY and KOWLOON GREAT were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Near the 2100 Metres, YEE CHEONG BRAVE momentarily raced tight inside PASSING FASHION which shifted in. After this, YEE CHEONG BRAVE proved difficult to settle and raced close to the heels of PASSING FASHION and near the 1700 Metres was shifted out away from the heels of PASSING FASHION to improve its position and race outside the lead.
Approaching the 700 Metres, PAKISTAN FRIEND was awkwardly placed outside the heels of SUN OF MAKFI which improved to the outside of PASSING FASHION.
Rounding the Home Turn, KOWLOON GREAT attempted to improve into running which was available between WONDER YEARS and YEE CHEONG BRAVE. When attempting to improve into that run, YEE CHEONG BRAVE (A Hamelin) shifted in, resulting in KOWLOON GREAT being steadied when disappointed for running. Whilst the Stewards were of the opinion that KOWLOON GREAT had not established its position to the inside of YEE CHEONG BRAVE prior to that horse shifting in, nonetheless A Hamelin was told to ensure that he makes every endeavour to prevent his mounts from shifting ground in similar circumstances. KOWLOON GREAT was then directed to the outside of YEE CHEONG BRAVE passing the 250 Metres and near the 150 Metres momentarily raced tight between YEE CHEONG BRAVE and PASSING FASHION.
After the 200 Metres, SUN OF MAKFI (L Currie) raced tight inside VINCY. After the race, L Currie reported that, in his opinion, SUN OF MAKFI did not see out the distance of tonight’s race at its first time of asking. A veterinary inspection of SUN OF MAKFI immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
PAKISTAN FRIEND travelled wide and without cover throughout the race and in the Straight gave ground. A veterinary inspection of PAKISTAN FRIEND immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported. The performance of PAKISTAN FRIEND, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, PAKISTAN FRIEND 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 GOLDEN SPECTRUM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
HYPERION TREE and WONDER YEARS were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (800) TIM MEI HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1650 m

On arrival at the track, BOYS PARTY, which sustained a mild abrasion to the right hock whilst being transported to Happy Valley, was examined by the Veterinary Officer and passed suitable to race.
Whilst parading behind the barriers, A Badel expressed concern regarding the action of NOBLE MAN. NOBLE MAN was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said that in his opinion the horse was lame in its right hind leg and accordingly was not suitable to race. Acting on this advice, NOBLE MAN was withdrawn by order of the Stewards. Before being allowed to race again, NOBLE MAN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
Just prior to the start being effected, BOYS PARTY (L Currie) became fractious and put its head down to the left, resulting in BOYS PARTY beginning very awkwardly and losing ground. After the race, L Currie stated that it was intended for BOYS PARTY to be ridden in a forward position in tonight’s race, however, due to the manner in which it began, BOYS PARTY was required to be ridden at the rear of the field.
NOBODY KNOWS shifted in at the start and bumped the hindquarters of FOXHUNTER WAY.
From a wide barrier, WONDERFUL TIGER was steadied on jumping and shifted across behind runners to obtain a position closer to the rail.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, ONE STEP AHEAD raced tight inside NOBODY KNOWS which got its head on the side and lay in away from the heels of MISTER ARM.
Approaching the 1200 Metres, ORIENTAL AMIGO was left racing wide and without cover and was then allowed to improve its position passing the 1100 Metres to race outside the lead.
Passing the 1200 Metres, BOYS PARTY travelled keenly and got its head up when awkwardly placed behind FLASH FAMOUS.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, FLASH FAMOUS and SURE WIN WIN raced tight as FLASH FAMOUS shifted out from behind NOBODY KNOWS which was giving ground. After this, NOBODY KNOWS continued to give ground and in the Straight finished tailed out. The performance of NOBODY KNOWS was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, NOBODY KNOWS will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
Passing the 500 Metres, BOYS PARTY was steadied away from the heels of GORGEOUS INHERITOR (M L Yeung) which was directed to the outside of NOBODY KNOWS. M L Yeung was told to exercise more care when shifting ground in similar circumstances.
FLASH FAMOUS, GO FOR TEA and MISTER ARM were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (801) GARDEN ROAD HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1000 m

SEE U AGAIN was withdrawn on 5.7.22 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore). Before being allowed to race again, SEE U AGAIN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
CALIFORNIA FOREST began awkwardly and lost ground.
FINGERS CROSSED and SUPER CLASS bumped at the start. FINGERS CROSSED was then crowded for room between SUPER CLASS and VIVA MAMA (M F Poon) which shifted out. This resulted in all three horses becoming unbalanced. Following the race, M F Poon stated that after this incident he had to ride VIVA MAMA along for some distance to maintain a forward position and then was not able to cross runners to his inside prior to the first turn which resulted in VIVA MAMA racing three wide and without cover throughout. He said VIVA MAMA then came under heavy pressure prior to the Home Turn and gave ground in the Straight which he attributed to the horse’s tough run tonight.
From the outside barrier, PRECIOUS CHOICE was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Near the 850 Metres, TIMESTORM and MOMENTUM GALAXY raced tight.
Passing the 600 Metres, PRECIOUS CHOICE shifted in and bumped FINGERS CROSSED.
After the 600 Metres, CALIFORNIA FOREST became unbalanced of its own accord and shifted in towards the running rail.
Passing the 50 Metres, MOMENTUM GALAXY shifted in and brushed SERGEANT PEPPER. Prior to the declaration of weighed-in, the Stewards viewed the video of this incident to establish if any grounds for a protest/objection existed on behalf of the connections of SERGEANT PEPPER. Having regard to the manner in which the two horses finished the race off in the Straight and the light contact between them close to the finishing line, no further action was taken.
A veterinary inspection of VIVA MAMA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
MOMENTUM GALAXY and SERGEANT PEPPER were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (802) HARCOURT HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m

Just prior to the start being effected, WIN WIN CHARITY turned its head to the right and consequently was slow to begin.
FAST PACE (L Ferraris) began awkwardly and lost ground. After the race, L Ferraris reported that FAST PACE was making an abnormal breathing noise on pulling up. A veterinary inspection of FAST PACE immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer”.
From the outside barrier, TRIPLE TRIPLE was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Despite being ridden along in the early stages, HARMONY N HOME failed to muster speed.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, LORIZ shifted in and was awkwardly placed outside the heels of ISLAND SURPRISE. NOIR RIDER, which was following LORIZ, lost ground when steadied away from the heels of that horse in consequence.
Passing the 150 Metres, GEM OF SOUTH CHINA shifted out under pressure.
LORIZ and NOIR RIDER travelled wide and without cover throughout.
After the race, A Badel stated that with the blinkers back on tonight, he was able to obtain a forward position on ISLAND SURPRISE without having to make too much use of his horse. He said ISLAND SURPRISE travelled strongly outside the lead in the middle stages and he anticipated that when placed under pressure, the horse would finish the race off well. He said after having to commence to ride his mount along prior to the 400 Metres, ISLAND SURPRISE was then very disappointing in the manner in which it failed to finish the race off in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of ISLAND SURPRISE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
Also after the race, J Moreira expressed concern regarding the action of FARSHAD. A veterinary inspection of FARSHAD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, FARSHAD will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on NOIR RIDER at the request of Trainer T P Yung. The Veterinary Surgeon said this examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in its trachea and also found the horse to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported.
LORIZ, WIND SPEEDER and HARMONY N HOME were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (803) HARCOURT HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

ROYAL PRIDE began only fairly.
COMPASSION SUPER shifted out at the start and bumped ENCORE.
From wide barriers, HAPPY HERO, SPICY GRILL and HARDLY SWEARS were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Near the 1150 Metres, OUR CLASS ACT was awkwardly placed outside the heels of YOUNG VICTORY when being steadied to obtain cover behind that horse.
After the 900 Metres, YOUNG VICTORY was crowded for room between DOUBLE SHOW which shifted out before being drifted back in and LESLIE which was taken in by ENCORE (A Badel) which, when being steadied to obtain a position behind COMPASSION SUPER, shifted in when not properly clear. A Badel was reprimanded and told to ensure that he exercises due care when shifting ground in similar circumstances.
After the 700 Metres, HARDLY SWEARS was left racing wide and without cover.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, LESLIE raced tight outside DOUBLE SHOW which got its head on the side and shifted out away from the heels of BRILLIANT EIGHT and towards the heels of ENCORE. LESLIE and DOUBLE SHOW then bumped after the 500 Metres.
Near the 400 Metres, YOUNG VICTORY was awkwardly placed close to the heels of DOUBLE SHOW. SPICY GRILL, which was following YOUNG VICTORY, was held up behind that horse in consequence.
After the 300 Metres, TRIUMPHANT RETURN got its head on the side and lay in when racing tight inside DOUBLE SHOW which shifted in.
After the 250 Metres, OUR CLASS ACT was crowded for room between BRILLIANT EIGHT and ENCORE which shifted in marginally when commencing to give ground. OUR CLASS ACT then continued to race in restricted room between ENCORE and BRILLIANT EIGHT until near the 150 Metres.
Passing the 200 Metres, SPICY GRILL was shifted in away from the heels of LESLIE to continue improving. SPICY GRILL then had some difficulty obtaining clear running over the latter stages.
Approaching the 100 Metres, M F Poon (YOUNG VICTORY) dropped his right rein.
Passing the 50 Metres, ROYAL PRIDE was shifted to the inside of TRIUMPHANT RETURN.
DOUBLE SHOW, COMPASSION SUPER and TRIUMPHANT RETURN were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (804) LUNG WUI HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

ANGELS HUNTER was withdrawn on 5.7.22 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter FREE FOAL (L Ferraris). Before being allowed to race again, ANGELS HUNTER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
ICE LEGEND shifted out at the start and bumped SUNNY DELIGHT which became unbalanced.
MY INTELLIGENT shifted out on jumping and hampered FREE FOAL. After this, despite being ridden along, FREE FOAL was slow to muster speed.
OUR CREED began only fairly and then lost ground when badly crowded for room between FEARLESS FIRE and VITRALITE, both of which shifted ground. Then from a wide barrier, OUR CREED was shifted across behind runners to obtain a position closer to the rail.
Also from wide barriers, FEARLESS FIRE and CHARIZARD were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, AMAZING NEWS was bumped by OUR CREED which was taken in by FREE FOAL.
For some distance after passing the winning post on the first occasion, BIG TWO proved difficult to settle and got its head up passing the 1300 Metres when being restrained to obtain cover behind MY INTELLIGENT. ICE LEGEND, which was following BIG TWO, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse in consequence.
FEARLESS FIRE also raced wide and without cover from the 800 Metres.
After the 800 Metres, FREE FOAL was left racing wide and without cover.
Near the 450 Metres, BIG TWO (L Hewitson) improved into tight running between MY INTELLIGENT and EVER FORCE which resulted in EVER FORCE being bumped on the hindquarters by BIG TWO and shifting out, causing SUNNY DELIGHT to be hampered near the 400 Metres. L Hewitson was reprimanded and told to exercise due care when improving into tight running and to ensure that he does not place undue pressure on other runners in order to improve his position.
Rounding the Home Turn, CHARIZARD raced tight outside AMAZING NEWS which shifted out to obtain clear running. Then passing the 300 Metres, AMAZING NEWS (M L Yeung) and CHARIZARD bumped and approaching the 150 Metres M L Yeung dropped his right rein.
At the entrance to the Straight, OUR CREED was shifted to the inside of BIG TWO after being awkwardly placed behind that horse.
ICE LEGEND had some difficulty obtaining clear running from near the 250 Metres until passing the 200 Metres. Then approaching the 50 Metres, ICE LEGEND got its head on the side and lay in towards the heels of MY INTELLIGENT, resulting in ICE LEGEND having to be corrected.
After the race, Z Purton stated that SUNNY DELIGHT, which was backing up after running at the Happy Valley racemeeting last week, came under pressure prior to the Home Turn and then did not finish the race off in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of SUNNY DELIGHT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of OUR CREED and VITRALITE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
BIG TWO and FREE FOAL were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (805) DRAKE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

EQUILIBRIUM TURBO began only fairly.
HIGH CLOUD shifted out at the start and bumped LYRICAL MOTION.
From a wide barrier, WIND N GRASS was steadied on jumping to obtain cover.
Despite being ridden along for some distance in the early stages, NAMJONG SINGS and DIAMOND BRILLIANT failed to muster speed.
Making the turn approaching the 1000 Metres, HIGH CLOUD raced tight inside LYRICAL MOTION which got its head on the side and lay in despite the efforts of its rider.
Passing the 500 Metres, DIAMOND BRILLIANT was awkwardly placed behind CLASSIC POSH.
THE RUNNER lay out rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight.
Passing the 300 Metres, EQUILIBRIUM TURBO was shifted out a number of runners to obtain clear running.
Throughout the race, ARMOUR EAGLE travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, J Moreira was not able to offer any explanation for RISING FROM ASHES’ failure to finish the race off tonight. He said after beginning awkwardly he shifted his mount across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover so as to avoid racing unnecessarily wide. He said after travelling satisfactorily in the middle stages, he placed RISING FROM ASHES under pressure near the 500 Metres to commence improving his position as he was still a considerable distance from the lead. He said RISING FROM ASHES did not quicken as well as he anticipated when placed under heavy pressure rounding the Home Turn and then in the Straight finished the race off only fairly. A veterinary inspection of RISING FROM ASHES immediately following the race found that horse to have an intermittent displacement of the soft palate.
Also after the race, L Currie reported that CLASSIC POSH came under pressure prior to the 500 Metres and then despite being ridden out did not finish the race off over the latter stages. A veterinary inspection of CLASSIC POSH immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of DIAMOND BRILLIANT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
RISING FROM ASHES, PING HAI GALAXY and BEAUTY GLORY were sent for sampling.

Race:9 (806) ALBERT HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1000 m

ROCK YA HEART and STOLTZ bumped at the start. STOLTZ and SPECIAL M then raced tight for a short distance after the start between EXPLOSIVE WITNESS and ROCK YA HEART which got its head on the side and shifted in when unbalanced. Then near the 950 Metres, ROCK YA HEART was crowded for room between SCORES OF FUN and STOLTZ which shifted out.
Passing the 950 Metres, WE THE SOUTH was shifted out away from the heels of CLASSIC UNICORN which shifted out when being ridden along.
Approaching the 900 Metres, STOLTZ became unbalanced when bumped by SPECIAL M which was taken out by MCLUCKY.
Near the 650 Metres, RUN RUN COOL was momentarily crowded for room between MCLUCKY and WE THE SOUTH, both of which shifted ground.
Near the 450 Metres, EXPLOSIVE WITNESS and SCORES OF FUN raced tight as EXPLOSIVE WITNESS shifted out when awkwardly placed close to the heels of ROCK YA HEART. This resulted in both EXPLOSIVE WITNESS and SCORES OF FUN becoming unbalanced.
Passing the 300 Metres, ROCK YA HEART shifted out a number of runners to obtain clear running. ROCK YA HEART and SPECIAL M then raced tight passing the 200 Metres.
Approaching the 250 Metres, WE THE SOUTH raced tight inside MCLUCKY which shifted in.
EXPLOSIVE WITNESS was held up for clear running over the final 100 Metres and approaching the winning post was checked away from the heels of CLASSIC UNICORN. Because of this, EXPLOSIVE WITNESS was not able to be properly tested.
Throughout the race, both MCLUCKY and METRO WARRIOR travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, Z Purton stated that, in his opinion, carrying top weight from barrier 8 resulted in STOLTZ not being able to finish the race off tonight, particularly given that the horse has not raced since towards the end of April. He said he had to ride his mount along in the early stages to get as forward a position as possible, however, was required to race in the second half of the field. He said STOLTZ travelled only fairly in the early and middle stages and after coming under heavy pressure rounding the Home Turn then did not finish the race off. A veterinary inspection of STOLTZ immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, STOLTZ will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
After the race, A Hamelin advised the Veterinary Officer that SCORES OF FUN coughed on a number of occasions on pulling up. A veterinary inspection of SCORES OF FUN 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, SCORES OF FUN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of LUCKY MORE immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported.
A veterinary inspection of RUN RUN COOL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
STOLTZ, CLASSIC UNICORN and ROCK YA HEART were sent for sampling.

General

1. The following horses were replated in the saddling stalls:-

Race 4: CALIFORNIA FOREST (left hind)
Race 6: YOUNG VICTORY (left hind)

2.

Racing Laboratory tests of IRON KING, GOLDEN MISSION, MOON PEAKS, BUNDLE OF CHARM, SCIENCE OF PATCH, BLOTTING PAPER, SUN OF MAKFI, RAINBOW LIGHT, NUNCHUKS, TYCOON JEWELLERY, RIGHT AS RAIN, CORDYCEPS TWO, SUPER HONG KONG, HAPPY DAILY, INDIGENOUS REALM, GOOD NEWS, SUPERBELLA, COPARTNER ELITES, AMAZING TEENS, SO WE JOY, APACHE PASS, BUZZINGA, THE GOLDEN SCENERY, BEAUTY FIT, READY TO WIN, VOYAGE BUBBLE and MALDIVES (25.6.22) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawals

Race 3: NOBLE MAN at barriers on veterinary advice.

Race 4: SEE U AGAIN on 5.7.22 on veterinary advice.

Race 7: ANGELS HUNTER on 5.7.22 on veterinary advice.

2. Reprimands

Race 6: A Badel (ENCORE) for shifting in after the 900 Metres.

Race 7: L Hewitson (BIG TWO) for improving into tight running near the 450 Metres.

3. Warnings

Race 2: A Hamelin (YEE CHEONG BRAVE) for shifting in rounding the Home Turn.

Race 3: M L Yeung (GORGEOUS INHERITOR) for shifting out passing the 500 Metres.

4. Barrier Trials

Race 2: PAKISTAN FRIEND

Race 3: NOBODY KNOWS

5. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 2: PAKISTAN FRIEND

Race 3: NOBLE MAN

NOBODY KNOWS

Race 4: SEE U AGAIN

Race 5: FARSHAD

Race 7: ANGELS HUNTER

Race 9: STOLTZ

SCORES OF FUN

6. Course and False Outside Rail Arrangement

Turf A Course

7. Rolling Arrangement

The track was rolled after race 5.

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