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Sha Tin stewards' report

01/04/2020 - Sha Tin

Going:

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

All Weather Track - Wet Slow

Clegg Hammer Reading: 9.27

Racing Stewards:

Dr Anthony W K Chow SBS JPChairman

Mr. L J D'Almada Remedios Jr

Mr K KellyChief Stipendiary Steward

Mr S RailtonStipendiary Steward

Mr G BushStipendiary Steward

Mr K C Y KwokStipendiary Steward

Mr H L LiuStipendiary Steward

Race:1 (537) SILVERMINE BAY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1200 m

On arrival at the Start, the tongue tie applied to FORTUNE WAY was replaced.
JUNZI began only fairly and then was bumped shortly after the start by FORTUNE WAY which shifted in.
ABSOLUCOOL, which was fractious in the barriers, began very awkwardly and shifted out towards the heels of GREAT SON, resulting in ABSOLUCOOL losing ground.
From the outside barriers, GENERAL TRUMP and FOX CHEUNGER were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Making the first turn near the 700 Metres, EXPONENTS (G van Niekerk) shifted out, resulting in CORRE RAPIDO racing tight inside GRAND HARBOUR. CORRE RAPIDO was then eased due to EXPONENTS shifting out further. G van Niekerk was advised to exercise more care.
Also making the turn near the 700 Metres, FAIRY FLOSS got its head on the side and lay out.
Passing the 600 Metres, EXPONENTS shifted out and made contact with GRAND HARBOUR. After this, EXPONENTS and GRAND HARBOUR raced tight.
At the entrance to the Straight, GENERAL TRUMP raced tight inside the hindquarters of AURORA STEED.
Passing the 250 Metres, FORTUNE WAY was directed out from behind GREAT SON to obtain clear running.
Passing the 100 Metres, ABSOLUCOOL raced tight between FORTUNE WAY and AURORA STEED, both of which shifted slight ground.
Close to the finishing line, AURORA STEED was awkwardly placed inside the heels of EXPONENTS.
Throughout the race, CHUNGHWA JINGSHEN and GRAND HARBOUR travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, the Veterinary Surgeon reported that ABSOLUCOOL was lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, ABSOLUCOOL will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
An initial veterinary inspection of AURORA STEED immediately following the race did not reveal any significant findings, however, a further examination of AURORA STEED after that horse was washed down found it to have a haematoma on the left shoulder. Before being allowed to race again, AURORA STEED will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of CORRE RAPIDO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
AURORA STEED, GENERAL TRUMP and FAIRY FLOSS were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (538) KIU TSUI HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m

GOLDEN MISSION and HAPPY WINNER bumped at the start.
SPLENDID TIMING and GOOD LUCK MONEY were badly crowded for room on jumping between NOBLE CONSORT which shifted out and LITTLE THUNDER which shifted in despite the efforts of its rider. This resulted in GOOD LUCK MONEY being hampered and SPLENDID TIMING losing ground when checked and for NOBLE CONSORT to become unbalanced due to contact on the hindquarters from SPLENDID TIMING.
After being hampered on jumping, GOOD LUCK MONEY was steadied a short distance after the start to obtain cover from a wide barrier.
Shortly after the start, KA FORTUNE and THOU SHALL SING bumped as a result of KA FORTUNE shifting out and THOU SHALL SING being taken in by GRACIOUS RYDER.
Near the 1100 Metres, KA FORTUNE was awkwardly placed close to the heels of THOU SHALL SING.
Throughout the race, NOBLE CONSORT travelled wide and without cover and consequently finished tailed out. A veterinary inspection of NOBLE CONSORT immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea. The performance of NOBLE CONSORT was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, NOBLE CONSORT will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
After the race, N Callan reported that after beginning awkwardly and bumping the outside of its barrier, he rode SHIMMER AND SHINE aggressively in an attempt to take up a forward position. He said after obtaining a position behind the leaders, he then had to continually ride SHIMMER AND SHINE along in an attempt to maintain its position. He said at no stage of the race, despite being ridden along, did SHIMMER AND SHINED travel strongly and after coming under heavy pressure rounding the Home Turn the horse gave ground in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of SHIMMER AND SHINE immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained a laceration to the outside of the right hind coronet. Before being allowed to race again, SHIMMER AND SHINE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
THOU SHALL SING and HANDSOME REBEL were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (539) TUNG WAN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1650 m

MASTER BERNINI was withdrawn on 31.3.20 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter SUN FOXHUNTER (V Borges).
GOOD FIT began only fairly.
KEEP WINNING and HAY RUN were crowded for room on jumping between SUN FOXHUNTER and CHARITYDREAM which shifted out.
BLINK OF A SECOND began very awkwardly and then lost further ground when checked away from the heels of CHAPARRAL STAR which got its head on the side and shifted out abruptly. After this, from wide barriers, both CHAPARRAL STAR and BLINK OF A SECOND were shifted across behind runners.
Also from a wide barrier, THE FULL BLOOM was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Approaching the 1200 Metres, HAY RUN was momentarily crowded for room inside HIDDEN SPIRIT which lay in before being directed out to relieve the tightening to HAY RUN.
Near the 700 Metres, WINNERS BROTHER and CURLING LUXURY raced tight.
Passing the 400 Metres, HAY RUN was awkwardly placed close to the heels of CURLING LUXURY and at the entrance to the Straight was shifted out away from behind that horse to obtain clear running.
Throughout the race, SUN FOXHUNTER travelled wide and without cover and consequently finished tailed out. A veterinary inspection of SUN FOXHUNTER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of SUN FOXHUNTER was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, SUN FOXHUNTER will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
The performance of BLINK OF A SECOND, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, BLINK OF A SECOND 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 BLINK OF A SECOND immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
After the race, Z Purton (CURLING LUXURY) stated that he rode his mount positively from a wide barrier in the early stages to take up a forward position. He said CURLING LUXURY did not show sufficient speed to be able to clear a number of runners to its inside and passing the 1400 Metres was left racing very wide. He said for this reason after the 1400 Metres he steadied CURLING LUXURY to obtain cover which resulted in the horse racing further back in the field than had been anticipated. He added whilst he was of the view that CURLING LUXURY not being able to take up a forward position was the principal reason for the horse’s failure to finish off the race, he believed that CURLING LUXURY did not handle the track conditions as it did not seem to travel comfortably throughout the race. A veterinary inspection of CURLING LUXURY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
HIDDEN SPIRIT and KA YING BRILLIANCE were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (540) KIU TSUI HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

VIVA COUNCIL lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected and then shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of EXCEL DELIGHT.
JOYFUL MOMENTS began awkwardly and then lost ground when crowded for room between BLADE RACER and AIOLOS, both of which shifted ground. This resulted in JOYFUL MOMENTS racing at the rear of the field.
From a wide barrier, LET’S GO PARTY was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Despite being aggressively ridden for a considerable distance in the early stages, STRATHCLYDE failed to muster speed.
When being steadied to obtain cover after the 800 Metres, AIOLOS travelled strongly.
Making the turn near the 700 Metres, DAILY BEAUTY shifted out and bumped STRATHCLYDE.
Approaching the 400 Metres, GOLDIE FLANKER was awkwardly placed close to the heels of AIOLOS when unable to improve between that horse and JOYFUL MOMENTS. In this incident, JOYFUL MOMENTS became unbalanced after being bumped on the hindquarters by GOLDIE FLANKER.
In the early part of the Straight, BLADE RACER got its head on the side and lay out when giving ground.
Passing the 300 Metres, SOLAR VICTORY, which was giving ground, was steadied away from the heels of SUPREME PATROL (M L Yeung) which got its head on the side and lay out. M L Yeung was reprimanded and advised that in similar circumstances he would be expected to make more of an effort to prevent his mounts from shifting ground than he did on this occasion. After this, SUPREME PATROL continued to lay out under pressure.
Approaching the 200 Metres, Apprentice C Wong (VIVA COUNCIL) dropped his whip.
After the 200 Metres, EXCEL DELIGHT lay out and shifted ground, requiring its rider to stop riding and straighten his mount. Then over the concluding stages, EXCEL DELIGHT continued to lay out under pressure.
Throughout the race, BLADE RACER travelled wide and without cover.
The performance of SOLAR VICTORY, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, SOLAR VICTORY 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 SOLAR VICTORY immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained a minor laceration to the right stifle.
A veterinary inspection of BLADE RACER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of SKY TREASURE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
GOLDIE FLANKER and EXCEL DELIGHT were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (541) PUI O HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

HAPPY HOUR began only fairly and then raced tight outside LASTING FRIENDSHIP which shifted out.
ALL FOR ST PAUL’S shifted out at the start and bumped THIS ONE’S FOR YOU.
RIGHTEOUS MATE began very awkwardly and lost ground.
SMART THINKER began only fairly.
From wide barriers, STAR MAJESTIC and JADE FORTUNE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After being ridden along for some distance in the early stages, LIGHTNING STEED travelled without cover and approaching the 1400 Metres, when racing very wide, was steadied to obtain cover.
Approaching the 1200 Metres, SMART THINKER lost ground when crowded for room between THIS ONE’S FOR YOU and STAR MAJESTIC (B Shinn) which shifted in before being directed back out. As the Stewards could not be satisfied to the requisite degree that the shift from STAR MAJESTIC was solely to blame for this incident given there was also contact between THIS ONE’S FOR YOU and SMART THINKER, nonetheless B Shinn was severely reprimanded and told that he must ensure that he leaves comfortable racing room for runners to his inside in similar circumstances.
Approaching the 700 Metres, LASTING FRIENDSHIP raced tight outside SUPER RED DRAGON which shifted to the outside of ALL FOR ST PAUL’S.
Passing the 600 Metres, JADE FORTUNE raced tight between STAR MAJESTIC and THIS ONE’S FOR YOU which attempted to shift out around the heels of CALIFORNIA LEGEND. JADE FORTUNE was then checked away from the heels of CALIFORNIA LEGEND which came under pressure near the 500 Metres.
At the entrance to the Straight, LIGHTNING STEED raced tight outside STARLIT KNIGHT.
Passing the 200 Metres, KING’S RACE got its head on the side and shifted out, requiring its rider to stop riding and straighten his mount.
Over the final 50 Metres, LASTING FRIENDSHIP was crowded for room between THIS ONE’S FOR YOU and SUPER RED DRAGON (K Teetan) which shifted out under pressure. K Teetan was severely reprimanded and told that in similar circumstances he would be expected to straighten his mounts to ensure that he does not cause interference to other runners. Because of this, LASTING FRIENDSHIP was not able to be ridden out over the concluding stages.
For the majority of the race, STAR MAJESTIC travelled wide and without cover.
The performance of HAPPY HOUR, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, HAPPY HOUR will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
After the race, M F Poon (KING’S RACE) reported that, in his opinion, the horse did not handle tonight’s track conditions at its first time of asking on the All Weather surface.
A veterinary inspection of CALIFORNIA LEGEND, LIGHTNING STEED and HAPPY HOUR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of SMART THINKER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
RIGHTEOUS MATE and SUPER RED DRAGON were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (542) CLEAR WATER BAY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

As the start was effected, FLYING GENIUS lifted its front feet off the ground and consequently was slow to begin. After the race, Z Purton reported that as a result of missing the start, he had to ride FLYING GENIUS along in the early stages to make up lost ground and, in his opinion, the manner in which the horse began was the principal reason for its subsequent failure to finish off the race.
PACKING JOY shifted out abruptly at the start, resulting in HIGHLAND FORTUNE being badly crowded for room inside UTOPIA LIFE which resulted in HIGHLAND FORTUNE losing ground and UTOPIA LIFE becoming unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarters by HIGHLAND FORTUNE.
From a wide barrier, KING’S HORN was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
WIND N GRASS was steadied from a wide barrier in an attempt to obtain cover, however, throughout the race travelled wide and without cover.
Making the turn after the 700 Metres, KING’S HORN got its head on the side and lay out.
Near the 450 Metres, WIND N GRASS was shifted out away from the heels of MEGA HEART which, when improving to the outside of NAMJONG SINGS, was taken out by that horse which shifted to the outside of LITTLE BIRD.
A veterinary inspection of WIND N GRASS and FLYING GENIUS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
FLYING GENIUS, UTOPIA LIFE and JUST NOT LISTENING were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (543) HAP MUN BAY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1800 m

Shortly after the start, OWNERS’ STAR raced tight outside FOLLOW ME which shifted out.
From wide barriers, UNITE SPIRIT, VOLPINO and RACING LUCK were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching the 700 Metres, RACING LUCK was awkwardly placed close to the heels of ENFOLDING.
Passing the 650 Metres, MONGOLIAN LEGEND was crowded for room between VOLPINO and ENFOLDING which shifted to the outside of MORE THAN A HORSE which came under pressure. After this, MONGOLIAN LEGEND gave ground abruptly and finished tailed out. A veterinary inspection of MONGOLIAN LEGEND immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of MONGOLIAN LEGEND was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, MONGOLIAN LEGEND will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
Rounding the Home Turn, VOLPINO was bumped by ENFOLDING which improved into tight running between that horse and TOTAL POWER which was then taken out by FOLLOW ME.
Over the concluding stages, ENFOLDING and VOLPINO raced tight and bumped close to the finishing line.
For the majority of the race, ACCLAIMED LIGHT travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of RED ELYSEES, Z Purton stated that after being ridden along in the early stages he was able to take up a forward position behind the speed. He said RED ELYSEES travelled fairly in the early stages, however, came under heavy pressure after the 900 Metres. He said he rode his mount along for a considerable distance after this, however, RED ELYSEES was only able to maintain its position and did not improve. He said RED ELYSEES commenced to give ground prior to the Home Turn and then in the early part of the Straight gave ground noticeably. He said due to the manner in which RED ELYSEES was giving ground, he did not persist in riding it out over the concluding stages. He added, based on the manner in which RED ELYSEES came under pressure so far from the finish and the manner in which it gave ground rounding the Home Turn, he was of the opinion that RED ELYSEES was not comfortable on tonight’s surface. A veterinary inspection of RED ELYSEES immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of RED ELYSEES, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, RED ELYSEES 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 TOTAL POWER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of MORE THAN A HORSE immediately following the race revealed that the horse was displaying an irregular heart rhythm. Before being allowed to race again, MORE THAN A HORSE will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
RIGHTEOUS DOCTRINE and OWNERS’ STAR were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (544) CHEUNG SHA HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1650 m

ELITE PATCH and EASY GO EASY WIN bumped at the start, causing both horses to become unbalanced and for EASY GO EASY WIN to be steadied away from the heels of KINGS SHIELD a short distance later.
From a wide barrier, RICKFIELD was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After the 1300 Metres, BEAR SLAM was awkwardly placed behind RED DESERT which was steadied to allow KINGS SHIELD to cross.
Making the turn near the 700 Metres, UNCLE STEVE brushed the running rail.
Near the 500 Metres, GLORIOUS ARTIST was shifted out away from the heels of BEAR SLAM (G van Niekerk) which shifted out when under heavy pressure. G van Niekerk was advised to ensure that he makes every endeavour to prevent his mounts from shifting ground in similar circumstances.
Approaching the 300 Metres, DANCES WITH DRAGON was shifted to the outside of RED DESERT after being disappointed for running between that horse and MONGOLIAN KING which shifted to the outside of BUDDIES.
A veterinary inspection of GLORIOUS ARTIST and ELITE PATCH immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, both horses were unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
A veterinary inspection of BEAR SLAM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
BUDDIES, MONGOLIAN KING and KINGS SHIELD were sent for sampling.

General

1.

Trainer R Gibson was fined $2,000 for having attended the stable compound on the afternoon of Tuesday, 31 March 2020 whilst not wearing a surgical mask, contrary to a formal directive of the Club.

2.

Trainer D J Whyte was fined $3,000 in that contrary to a direction issued on Monday, 30 March 2020, he worked four horses on the Large All Weather Track this morning when only three horses were permitted to use the track.

3. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 29 March 2020

Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of HURRICANE HUNTER, SOCCER MASTER, ABOVE, GOOD DAYS, FANTASY, HANDSOME BO BO, CARE FREE PRINCE, CITY LEGEND, GRADE ONE, TEAM POWER, JUNEAU PARK, TELECOM ROCKET, WAR OF COURAGE, VALIANT DREAM, SUPERICH, PICKEN, TOYCOON, BAND OF BROTHERS, RIGHT CHOICE, SHINING ACE and COMPUTER PATCH revealed no apparent abnormality.

4.

Racing Laboratory tests of BREEZE OF SPRING, EVAN ALMIGHTY, PARTY EVERYDAY, FULL POWER, FAMILY LEADER, GOOD LUCK FRIEND, YEE CHEONG PEGASUS, HEZA BEAUTY, TUNG WAH GLORY, TRIPLE TRIPLE, PING HAI BRAVO, HAPPY TIME, MORE THAN A HORSE, LONDON HALL, ENRICHMENT, WELLINGTON, LARSON, GOLDEN SIXTY, PLAYA DEL PUENTE, ALL IN MIND, JOYFUL HEART, SEATTLE CHOICE and BUDDIES (22.3.20) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawal

Race 3: MASTER BERNINI on 31.3.20 on veterinary advice.

2. Fines

General: Trainer R Gibson: $2,000 for disobeying a written directive of the Club.

Trainer D J Whyte: $3,000 for working one more horse on the Large All Weather Track contrary to a direction.

3. Severe Reprimands

Race 5: B Shinn (STAR MAJESTIC) for shifting in approaching the 1200 Metres.

K Teetan (SUPER RED DRAGON) for shifting out over the final 50 Metres.

4. Reprimand

Race 4: M L Yeung (SUPREME PATROL) for shifting out passing the 300 Metres.

5. Warnings

Race 1: G van Niekerk (EXPONENTS) for shifting out making the first turn near the 700 Metres.

Race 8: G van Niekerk (BEAR SLAM) for shifting out near the 500 Metres.

6. Irregular Heart Rhythm

Race 7: MORE THAN A HORSE

7. Barrier Trials

Race 2: NOBLE CONSORT

Race 3: SUN FOXHUNTER

BLINK OF A SECOND

Race 4: SOLAR VICTORY

Race 5: HAPPY HOUR

Race 7: MONGOLIAN LEGEND

RED ELYSEES

MORE THAN A HORSE

8. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 1: ABSOLUCOOL

` AURORA STEED

Race 2: NOBLE CONSORT

SHIMMER AND SHINE

Race 3: SUN FOXHUNTER

BLINK OF A SECOND

Race 4: SOLAR VICTORY

Race 5: HAPPY HOUR

Race 7: MONGOLIAN LEGEND

RED ELYSEES

MORE THAN A HORSE

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