Updated Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards' report on the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Race:5 (231) THE LONGINES HONG KONG SPRINT (Sec1) Group One 1200 m
LITTLE GIANT was withdrawn on 6.12.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore). IN HER TIME was withdrawn on raceday morning by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore). Before being allowed to race again, LITTLE GIANT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
FULL OF BEAUTY began awkwardly.
DANON SMASH and WISHFUL THINKER began only fairly.
From the outside barrier, SEASONS BLOOM was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1000 Metres, IVICTORY was steadied away from the heels of REGENCY LEGEND (S de Sousa) which shifted in when not quite clear. S de Sousa was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. After being crossed by REGENCY LEGEND, IVICTORY commenced to travel keenly and was checked away from the heels of REGENCY LEGEND approaching the 900 Metres.
FULL OF BEAUTY was held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight.
After the 200 Metres, D B PIN was awkwardly placed close to the heels of IVICTORY when being shifted out to improve into tight running between that horse and DANON SMASH. In this incident, DANON SMASH was bumped by D B PIN.
Throughout the race, REGENCY LEGEND travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of SEASONS BLOOM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
AETHERO, BEAT THE CLOCK and HOT KING PRAWN were sent for sampling.
<9/12/2019 Additional Veterinary Report>The Veterinary Surgeon reported that AETHERO was found to have a fever on the morning after racing. Before being allowed to race again, AETHERO will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
Aethero (AUS) at trackwork last week, picture Liesl King