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Happy Valley stewards' report

14/10/2020 - Happy Valley


Going:

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

Turf - Good

Penetrometer Reading: 2.71

Racing Stewards:

Dr Rosanna Wong Yick Ming DBE JPChairman

Mr Michael J Caddy

Mr K KellyChief Stipendiary Steward

Mr S RailtonStipendiary Steward

Mr G BushStipendiary Steward

Mr K C Y KwokStipendiary Steward

Mr H L LiuStipendiary Steward

Dr Edmund Woo Kin Wai acted for Mr Michael J Caddy as Racing Steward for Race 7.

Race:1 (103) WAN CHAI GAP HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1200 m

KWAI CHUNG ELITE got its head up on jumping and began awkwardly and shortly after the start was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover from a wide barrier.
WONDER BRAHMA began only fairly.
REGENCY GEM and RED ZOFFANY bumped at the start. REGENCY GEM then became unbalanced after being crowded for room between RED ZOFFANY and ROCHFORD which began awkwardly and shifted out.
TIGERLAD shifted out at the start and bumped FOX CHEUNGER.
From the outside barriers, GREEN ENVY and KA YING BRILLIANCE were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
Approaching the 1100 Metres, REGENCY GEM shifted out and made contact with RED ZOFFANY.
Apprentice C Wong (ROCHFORD) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that passing the 900 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of REGENCY GEM, causing that horse to be unnecessarily hampered and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. Apprentice Wong was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 1 November 2020 and to expire on Thursday, 5 November 2020 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays).
Apprentice K H Chan (RED ZOFFANY) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that passing the 900 Metres he directed his mount inwards when not clear of THE ONE, resulting in that horse being severely checked and being taken in across the rightful running of WONDER BRAHMA which was also severely checked. GREEN ENVY, which was following THE ONE, got its head up when being checked away from the heels of that horse and shifted out, resulting in KA YING BRILLIANCE being taken wider. KWAI CHUNG ELITE was also inconvenienced in consequence. Apprentice Chan was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 1 November 2020 and to expire on Thursday, 5 November 2020 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays).
After being ridden along, RED ZOFFANY got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of FOX CHEUNGER approaching the 700 Metres.
After the 700 Metres, GREEN ENVY travelled keenly when racing behind THE ONE.
Passing the 150 Metres, ROCHFORD momentarily raced in restricted room inside TARGET FINDER which shifted in before being corrected.
A Hamelin (GREEN ENVY) was reminded to ensure that he does not raise his whip arm above the height of his shoulder.
FOX CHEUNGER, FANTASTIC FABIO and TIGERLAD were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (104) VICTORIA GAP HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

THIS IS CHARISMA lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected and consequently was slow to begin.
From the outside barriers, VICTORIOUS LEADER, ROYAL RACER and HUMBLE STEED were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
PARTY GENIUS was bumped on jumping by VILLA FIONN which was taken out by WOOD ON FIRE. After this, PARTY GENIUS was steadied to obtain cover and approaching the winning post on the first occasion momentarily raced in restricted room between VILLA FIONN and VICTORIOUS LEADER which travelled ungenerously when being steadied to obtain cover.
Despite being hard ridden for some distance in the early stages, THUNDER STOMP took some time to muster speed and travelled wide and without cover until passing the 1200 Metres at which stage the horse shifted in to race outside the lead.
Passing the 1400 Metres, KING DRAGON got its head up when awkwardly placed behind SUMSTREETSUMWHERE which raced close to the heels of WOOD ON FIRE.
Near the 250 Metres, THUNDER STOMP raced in restricted room between DAILY CHARM and WOOD ON FIRE (K C Leung) which shifted in. K C Leung was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
Passing the 200 Metres, HUMBLE STEED was directed to the outside of THUNDER STOMP to obtain clear running. HUMBLE STEED was then shifted further to the outside of THIS IS CHARISMA passing the 150 Metres.
A veterinary inspection of PARTY GENIUS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SUMSTREETSUMWHERE and KING DRAGON were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (105) MOUNT KELLETT HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m

HAPPY TANGO and SUPREME PLUS bumped at the start. After this, from the outside barriers, HAPPY TANGO and SUPREME PLUS were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
HAPPILY FRIENDS shifted out at the start and bumped WHISKEY NEAT.
Near the 1100 Metres, FEARLESS FIRE was steadied away from the heels of BULLISH BROTHER (Apprentice C L Chau) which shifted in. Apprentice Chau was reprimanded.
Near the 900 Metres, GLENEALY GENERALS (Z Purton) shifted in and bumped AMBITIOUS HEART. GLENEALY GENERALS and AMBITIOUS HEART raced tight approaching and passing the 800 Metres. GLENEALY GENERALS then got its head up when travelling keenly and awkwardly placed close to the heels of CARRY THE DIAMOND passing the 800 Metres. Z Purton was advised to ensure that he avoids making undue contact with other runners.
After the 800 Metres, REGENCY POET was left racing wide and without cover.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, SHINING ON was momentarily eased away from the heels of AMBITIOUS HEART which raced tight inside CARRY THE DIAMOND.
Passing the 500 Metres, FEARLESS FIRE was awkwardly placed behind GLENEALY GENERALS.
Approaching the 400 Metres, AMBITIOUS HEART was steadied when unable to improve between BULLISH BROTHER which shifted out marginally and CARRY THE DIAMOND which, after attempting to shift to the outside of WHISKEY NEAT, shifted back in after being bumped by REGENCY POET.
At the entrance to the Straight, CARRY THE DIAMOND raced tight between REGENCY POET and BULLISH BROTHER.
Passing the 300 Metres, GLENEALY GENERALS was shifted out away from the heels of REGENCY POET.
Passing the 250 Metres, REGENCY POET and CARRY THE DIAMOND bumped.
Apprentice C L Chau was warned against the practice of using the whip on his mounts forward of the saddle.
A veterinary inspection of GLENEALY GENERALS immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its right hind leg. Before being allowed to race again, GLENEALY GENERALS will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of and FEARLESS FIRE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
BULLISH BROTHER and WHISKEY NEAT were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (106) MOUNT GOUGH HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1000 m

WINS ALL began awkwardly and then was bumped on jumping by FARM BUMPER which shifted in.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, MANAGEMENT SUPREME got its head on the side and lay in away from WILD WEST WING despite the efforts of its rider, resulting in VIVA MAMA becoming unbalanced when crowded for room inside MANAGEMENT SUPREME.
After the 600 Metres, MOMENTUM GALAXY was left racing wide and without cover.
Passing the 500 Metres, MOMENTUM GALAXY lay in towards the heels of FARM BUMPER, resulting in MOMENTUM GALAXY having to be directed out away from the heels of that horse.
Near the 450 Metres, VIVA MAMA shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of WINNER’S HEART, causing both horses to become unbalanced and VIVA MAMA to lose ground.
Passing the 250 Metres, DAY DAY RICH raced tight inside VIVA MAMA which lay in.
Passing the 150 Metres, WINS ALL was shifted in away from the heels of MANAGEMENT SUPREME to obtain clear running.
After the race, C Schofield (FARM BUMPER) stated that he rode his mount along in the early stages to obtain a midfield position. He said FARM BUMPER travelled only fairly and whilst the horse finished off the race satisfactorily, it did not quicken as it did last start when successful. A veterinary inspection of FARM BUMPER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of MOMENTUM GALAXY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
WINS ALL, WILD WEST WING and TRAVEL DATUK were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (107) MOUNT KELLETT HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

SMILING FACE began only fairly.
TELECOM ROCKET was crowded for room on jumping between NOBLE MAN and HERCULES which shifted in after being bumped by VIVA CHEF. VIVA CHEF and SUN SUN FA FA then made contact shortly after the start.
HERE COMES TED began awkwardly and bumped the outside of its stall on jumping.
When being steadied to obtain cover shortly after the start, WON BALL was hampered by ORIENTAL ELITE which shifted in.
After being left racing wide at the 900 Metres, GALLANT CROWN was steadied to obtain cover behind ORIENTAL ELITE approaching the 800 Metres. When being shifted across behind ORIENTAL ELITE, GALLANT CROWN was awkwardly placed outside the heels of that horse passing the 800 Metres.
Approaching the 600 Metres, WINNING WAYS was left racing wide and without cover.
Making the turn near the 600 Metres, NOBLE MAN raced in restricted room inside HERCULES which got its head on the side and lay in away from WINNING WAYS despite the efforts of its rider.
ORIENTAL ELITE made the Home Turn awkwardly.
Approaching the 100 Metres, HERE COMES TED shifted out and brushed SPRINT FORWARD.
When questioned, Z Purton stated that he had ridden HERCULES on a number of occasions in its track work since its last start success and that work had been good. He said based on the quality of the horse’s track work, he anticipated that HERCULES would race well tonight. He said after being able to obtain a forward position in the early stages without having to be pressured, HERCULES travelled satisfactorily in the middle stages. He said after briefly racing keenly approaching and passing the 600 Metres, he shifted HERCULES to the outside of SPRINT FORWARD rounding the Home Turn into clear running, however, HERCULES did not pick up as it did last start. He added, despite being ridden out in the Straight, HERCULES finished off the race only fairly, however, after the race was making an abnormal breathing noise which the horse had not done at its previous start or in its work. Mr C H Yip, the trainer of HERCULES, stated that given that HERCULES had worked well since its last start success, he also anticipated that it would perform well tonight. He confirmed that after the race HERCULES was making a significant abnormal breathing noise which, in his opinion, may have explained the horse’s failure to finish off the race as well as anticipated. He added also that the track had been firmer at its last start when successful which the horse may have appreciated given that it was run in faster time than tonight’s race. A veterinary inspection of HERCULES immediately following the race found that horse to have a continuous epiglottic entrapment. Mr Yip advised the Stewards that given the breathing noise that HERCULES was making after the race and the veterinary report, it is his intention to add a tongue tie to the horse in its track work with a view to considering whether to add this gear at its future starts.
A veterinary inspection of NOBLE MAN immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
HERCULES, HERE COMES TED and SPRINT FORWARD were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (108) LUNG FU SHAN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

EIGHT TRIGRAMS and HARMONY N HOME bumped at the start.
PRIME MINISTER shifted in and bumped THE RUNNER on jumping. A short distance after this, PRIME MINISTER was bumped by THE RUNNER which shifted out after making contact with HELLO BEAUTY.
STANLEY PARK shifted in at the start and inconvenienced GREEN REIGN.
From the outside barriers, CHATER PINS and XPONENTIAL were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Making the turn approaching the 1000 Metres, HARMONY N HOME and LE TERROIR raced tight.
Passing the 300 Metres, GREEN REIGN was directed to the inside of LOVING A BOOM to obtain clear running.
Throughout the race, HELLO BEAUTY and THE RUNNER travelled wide and without cover.
When questioned, K C Leung stated that he was instructed to ride FALCON TURBO in about midfield or slightly in advance of midfield if possible. He said after beginning well, HARMONY N HOME, which was drawn immediately inside FALCON TURBO, was hard ridden to obtain a forward position and therefore in the early stages he shifted his mount across behind that horse and obtained a trailing position behind LE TERROIR after the 1100 Metres. He said, despite being ridden along for some distance approaching and passing the 1000 Metres, LE TERROIR was not able to maintain its positon inside HARMONY N HOME which resulted in HARMONY N HOME being able to shift in front of LE TERROIR after the 800 Metres and which resulted in FALCON TURBO racing further back than had been intended. He added after shifting his mount in a number of horses in the early part of the Straight, FALCON TURBO finished off the race strongly over the concluding stages.
A veterinary inspection of HARMONY N HOME immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
LOVING A BOOM, LE TERROIR and FALCON TURBO were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (109) MOUNT DAVIS HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1800 m

TANGMERE was crowded for room on jumping between XANTHUS and TASHIDELEK, both of which shifted ground.
From wide barriers, ABOVE, TANGMERE and NAMJONG PLUS were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, TANGMERE was crowded for room between STIMULATION which shifted out away from the heels of FLASH FAMOUS and NAMJONG PLUS which got its head on the side and shifted in when awkwardly placed close to the heels of ABOVE. This resulted in TANGMERE being awkwardly placed behind STIMULATION and passing the winning post on the first occasion being shifted to the inside of that horse.
Despite being ridden along in the early stages, FLASH FAMOUS failed to muster speed and approaching the 1700 Metres was steadied to obtain cover.
Near the 1300 Metres, XANTHUS was left racing wide and without cover.
After the 1000 Metres, FLASH FAMOUS was awkwardly placed behind DELIGHTFUL LAOS.
Passing the 500 Metres, CLEMENT LEGEND became unbalanced when momentarily crowded between WEALTHY DELIGHT and XANTHUS.
Rounding the Home Turn, STIMULATION was awkwardly placed behind XANTHUS which was giving ground.
Close to the finishing line, CLEMENT LEGEND shifted in towards the heels of TASHIDELEK, requiring its rider to straighten his mount.
After the race, K Teetan (DELIGHTFUL LAOS) stated that after beginning only fairly, he rode his mount along in the early stages to obtain as forward a position as possible, however, DELIGHTFUL LAOS settled in a midfield position. He said after travelling only fairly in the middle stages, DELIGHTFUL LAOS was one-paced after the 600 Metres. He said although his mount momentarily raced tight inside WEALTHY DELIGHT passing the 200 Metres, DELIGHTFUL LAOS was finishing off the race only fairly at that time. He added whilst DELIGHTFUL LAOS had been successful at Happy Valley previously, he believed that the horse may be better suited on the bigger Sha Tin track and conveyed this advice to connections. A veterinary inspection of DELIGHTFUL LAOS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
Also after the race, M Chadwick stated that after being able to obtain a good position in the early stages trailing the leader, WEALTHY DELIGHT was not able to quicken when the pace of the race increased near the 500 Metres. He said WEALTHY DELIGHT came under heavy pressure and then was disappointing in its failure to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of WEALTHY DELIGHT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of TANGMERE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
NAMJONG PLUS, TASHIDELEK and RED ELYSEES were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (110) HIGH WEST HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1650 m

INSAYSHABLE shifted in at the start and bumped the hindquarters of ALPHA HEDGE, resulting in INSAYSHABLE becoming unbalanced and losing ground.
From wide barriers, AMAZING ONE PLUS and ENJOYING were shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover.
NOT USUAL TALENT was also steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, FLYING QUEST raced tight inside ENRICHMENT which was crowded for room inside GREEN LUCK (J Moreira) which shifted in. J Moreira was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. Then near the 1400 Metres, ENRICHMENT was steadied away from the heels of GREEN LUCK after being awkwardly placed behind that horse. ENRICHMENT continued to be awkwardly placed behind GREEN LUCK for some distance.
SOLAR WAI WAI travelled wide and without cover until the 900 Metres Metres at which stage the horse was ridden forward to obtain the lead approaching the 700 Metres.
Near the 450 Metres, BEAR AGAIN raced tight outside BUDDIES as that horse attempted to improve to the outside of SOLAR WAI WAI. This resulted in BEAR AGAIN becoming unbalanced. When BUDDIES was steadied approaching the 400 Metres when unable to improve between SOLAR WAI WAI and BEAR AGAIN where there was insufficient room, PRECIOUSSHIP, which was following, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse and shifted in marginally, resulting in FLYING QUEST (M F Poon), which was attempting to improve into very tight running inside PRECIOUSSHIP, being severely checked and losing a significant amount of ground. As the Stewards were satisfied that PRECIOUSSHIP did not shift out sufficiently for a horse to comfortably improve its position to its inside, no further action was taken, however, M F Poon was advised to be mindful of the amount of room that is available when improving into tight running. When FLYING QUEST was checked, ENJOYING was shifted out away from the heels of that horse, resulting in AMAZING ONE PLUS having to shift out abruptly away from ENJOYING.
Passing the 150 Metres, AMAZING ONE PLUS and GREEN LUCK bumped.
When questioned regarding the performance of NOT USUAL TALENT, C Schofield was of the opinion that the tempo of the race did not suit his mount. He said due to the modest tempo NOT USUAL TALENT commenced to over-race passing the 1000 Metres and got its head up on a number of occasions when awkwardly placed behind INSAYSHABLE. He said NOT USUAL TALENT was then left racing wide and without cover after the 700 Metres and when the pace of the race quickened shortly after this, NOT USUAL TALENT came off the bridle and then did not finish off the race. He added whilst NOT USUAL TALENT was disappointing in tonight’s race, he believed the circumstances of the race did not suit his mount. A veterinary inspection of NOT USUAL TALENT 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, NOT USUAL TALENT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of ALPHA HEDGE, C Y Ho stated that after obtaining a good position behind the speed in the early stages, ALPHA HEDGE was left flat-footed when the pace of the race increased near the 700 Metres. He said due to being flat-footed, ALPHA HEDGE was not able to maintain its position inside INSAYSHABLE and that horse was able to shift in to race in front of ALPHA HEDGE approaching the 600 Metres. He said ALPHA HEDGE came under heavy pressure passing the 500 Metres and then did not finish off the race. He said he was of the view that the class of tonight’s race compared to that against which it raced at its last start when successful was significantly stronger and this, in his opinion, accounted for the horse’s failure to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of ALPHA HEDGE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of FLYING QUEST immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea.
BUDDIES and SOLAR WAI WAI were sent for sampling.

General

1. Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 11 October 2020

Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of NOBLE DESIRE, DUBLIN STAR, HELAKU KNIGHT, BELUGA, SAM’S LOVE, MIGHTY VALOR, INNO LEGEND, GREAT HARVEST, NUNCHUKS, YES WE CAN, CASIMIRO, APEX TOP, GOLDEN FOUR, NATURAL STORM, BUNDLE OF ENERGY, SUNSET WATCH, KA YING MASTER, SMART LEADER, COMPASSION SPIRIT, HEALTHY HAPPY, PRIVATE ROCKET, STAR OF YUEN LONG, CRAIG’S STAR, CHANCHENG PRINCE, LUCKY EXPRESS, CALIFORNIA RAD and GOOD LUCK FRIEND revealed no apparent abnormality.

2.

Racing Laboratory tests of PEGASUS GLORY, GINTOKI, LONDON HALL, VINCY, NATURAL STORM, LIGHT MY DAY, JIMMU, EASY FIT, EVERYONE’S DELIGHT, HARD PROMISE, SKY FIELD, KEEP YOU WARM, TELECOM MISSILE, FOX CHEUNGER, FOR FUN’S SAKE, COMPUTER PATCH, JOLLY BANNER, SUMSTREETSUMWHERE, ANGEL OF MY EYES, MIGHTY POWER, CIRCUIT HASSLER, HEZA BEAUTY, MIGHTY GIANT, NOT USUAL TALENT (1.10.20), YOU HAVE MY WORD, GREAT SMART, DIAMOND PEGASUS, JADE PHOENIX, ALL FOR ST PAUL’S, SO AWESOME, GOLDEN MISSION, PLIKCLONE, BLAZING PARTNERS, SPARKLING DOLPHIN, UNITED WE STAND, HIGH REV, ENFOLDING, CLEAR CHOICE, CHUNG WAH SPIRIT, PARTY EVERYDAY, SONIC FIGHTER, LEAP OF FAITH, TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, TRUE LEGEND, CRUISING, PRINCE OF GEMS, EXCELLENT PROPOSAL, TIANCHI MONSTER (4.10.20) and LA BOMBA, GOUTEN OF GARO, APOLLOS BOW, DAILY BEAUTY, FAITHFUL TRINITY, ALL YOU KNOW, NABOO STAR, SACRED IBIS, JAZZ STEED, ARES, NAMJONG SINGS, REGENCY MASTER, PLAY WISE, KINDA COOL, STOCK LEGEND, HIN YUEN BIS, HARDLY SWEARS, MEHBOOB, WINNING ENDEAVOUR, HIGHLAND FORTUNE, CLASSIC UNICORN, GUNNISON (7.10.20) proved negative.

Summary

1. Reprimand

Race 3: Apprentice C L Chau (BULLISH BROTHER) for shifting in near the 1100 Metres.

2. Warnings

Race 1: A Hamelin (GREEN ENVY) for raising his whip arm above the height of his shoulder.

Race 2: K C Leung (WOOD ON FIRE) for shifting in near the 250 Metres.

Race 3: Z Purton (GLENEALY GENERALS) for shifting in near the 900 Metres.

Apprentice C L Chau (BULLISH BROTHER) for using the whip on the horse forward of the saddle.

Race 8: J Moreira (GREEN LUCK) for shifting in approaching the winning post on the first occasion.

M F Poon (FLYING QUEST) for improving into tight running approaching the 400 Metres.

3. Suspensions

Race 1: Apprentice C Wong (ROCHFORD) for careless riding passing the 900 Metres (from 1 November 2020 until 5 November 2020 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

Apprentice K H Chan (RED ZOFFANY) for careless riding passing the 900 Metres (from 1 November 2020 until 5 November 2020 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

4. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 3: GLENEALY GENERALS

Race 8: NOT USUAL TALENT

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