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Happy Valley stewards' report

15/09/2021 - Happy Valley


Going:

Races 1,2:

Turf - Good

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

Turf - Good To Firm

Penetrometer Reading: 2.71

Racing Stewards:

Dr Henry H L ChanChairman

The Hon Mr. Justice A T Barma JA

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 (29) HEUNG YIP HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1800 m

FORTUNE PATROL was slow to begin.
ANONYMA began awkwardly.
Shortly after the start, SPEED FORCE shifted in and brushed SKY GEM.
From the outside barriers, AMAZING LUCK and WEALTHY EMPLOYEE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, WEALTHY EMPLOYEE was left racing wide and without cover and was steadied to obtain a trailing position behind EXALTATION after the 1400 Metres.
Approaching the 1300 Metres, WEALTHY EMPLOYEE shifted in and bumped the hindquarters of AMAZING LUCK.
After attempting to improve into tight running inside CROWN AVENUE making the turn after the 600 Metres, SKY GEM was steadied away from the heels of that horse which was taken in marginally by EXALTATION. MAGNETISM, which was racing inside SKY GEM, raced tight for a short distance in consequence.
Near the 550 Metres, EXALTATION and SPEED FORCE bumped, resulting in SPEED FORCE becoming unbalanced.
At the entrance to the Straight, SPEED FORCE became unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarters by GO BALLISTIC (L Ferraris) which shifted out. L Ferraris was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in similar circumstances. When SPEED FORCE became unbalanced, it shifted in, resulting in GO BALLISTIC momentarily racing in restricted room between SPEED FORCE and ANONYMA.
Apprentice C L Chau (EXALTATION) dropped his whip at the top of the Straight. As this was the third occasion in recent times that Apprentice Chau had been reported to have dropped his whip, he was placed on notice that should he offend again in the near future, further action may be taken.
When endeavouring to improve into tight running between EXALTATION and SKY GEM approaching the 250 Metres, CROWN AVENUE was crowded for room between SKY GEM and EXALTATION which was taken out by SPEED FORCE. After this, CROWN AVENUE raced tight inside SKY GEM for a short distance.
A veterinary inspection of FORTUNE PATROL and WEALTHY EMPLOYEE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
CROWN AVENUE, GO BALLISTIC and SKY GEM were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (30) ISLAND HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

ROYAL RACER was withdrawn on 13.9.21 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (right front medial suspensory branch injury). Before being allowed to race again, ROYAL RACER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
LUCKY DIAMOND shifted out at the start and bumped JOLLY HONOUR which in turn shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of VICTORIOUS SEEKER, resulting in both JOLLY HONOUR and VICTORIOUS SEEKER becoming badly unbalanced.
FAITHFUL TRINITY and FLASH FAMOUS bumped at the start. FLASH FAMOUS was then shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover.
After travelling a short distance, VICTORIOUS SEEKER shifted out and bumped SEAWEED FORTUNE.
Near the 1550 Metres, VICTORIOUS SEEKER was crowded for room inside SEAWEED FORTUNE (C Y Ho) which, when being ridden along, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of RED IMPACT which itself shifted in. C Y Ho was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not placed on other horses.
Approaching and passing the 1100 Metres, FAST PACE travelled keenly outside the lead.
Near the 800 Metres, VICTORIOUS SEEKER was left racing wide and without cover.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, FAITHFUL TRINITY was momentarily eased away from the heels of V CHEVALIERS.
Passing the 50 Metres and again close to the finishing line, V CHEVALIERS raced tight inside FAST PACE.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of SEAWEED FORTUNE, C Y Ho stated that due to the pace of the race being moderate in the early stages, his mount raced somewhat keenly after the 1200 Metres. He said when the pace of the race increased along the Back Straight, SEAWEED FORTUNE was initially able to respond to the change in tempo satisfactorily, however, then came under heavy pressure near the 500 Metres. He said, despite being vigorously ridden prior to and rounding the Home Turn, SEAWEED FORTUNE did not respond to his riding and then was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to close off the race. He added that SEAWEED FORTUNE is well-known to have breathing issues and he felt that these issues may have resulted in the horse’s failure to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of SEAWEED FORTUNE immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported.
LUCKY DIAMOND and FAST PACE were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (31) NAM FUNG HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1200 m

ALLOY KING and VIVA MAMA bumped at the start.
WHO LOVES THE ACE shifted out on jumping and inconvenienced XIANG LAN QI.
PAKISTAN ZINDABAD and HAPPY JAI JAI were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
From the outside barrier, SUNNY SMILE was also steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
After travelling a short distance, SMILING FACE raced tight inside SUNNY AND GOLD which itself was racing tight inside ALLOY KING. This resulted in SMILING FACE shifting in and bumping SPICY GRILL.
After shifting to the inside of VIVA MAMA passing the 300 Metres, SUNNY AND GOLD raced tight inside that horse passing the 250 Metres.
Passing the 250 Metres, SUNNY SMILE momentarily raced tight inside MISTER ARM which got its head on the side and shifted in before being shifted out to relieve the tightening to SUNNY SMILE.
When questioned, H N Wong stated that it was intended for MISTER ARM to obtain a forward position and lead if possible. He said prior to the start being effected MISTER ARM was standing satisfactorily, however, when the gates opened the horse lifted its front feet off the ground, bumped the inside of its barrier and was then slow to begin. He said this resulted in MISTER ARM racing back in the field tonight. He said when required to race back in the field, MISTER ARM travelled reasonably in the early and middle stages and then finished off the race fairly in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of MISTER ARM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
The performance of TIGERLAD, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, TIGERLAD 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 TIGERLAD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
MISTER ARM, SPICY GRILL and VIVA MAMA were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (32) SHUM WAN HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m

LITTLE PLAYER began only fairly and then shifted out towards the heels of HAPPY TANGO which shifted in after bumping BALTIC WHISPER on jumping.
HAPPILY FRIENDS shifted out at the start and bumped HERO STAR.
RED BRICK GLORY, which began awkwardly, was bumped by UNIVERSAL GO GO on jumping. After this, from the outside barrier, UNIVERSAL GO GO was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
From wide barriers, NUNCHUKS and LEGION OF MERIT were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
RED BRICK GLORY made the first turn near the 1050 Metres awkwardly and got its head up on a number of occasions when being steadied to obtain cover behind HERO STAR.
Making the first turn near the 1050 Metres, LITTLE PLAYER got its head on the side, shifted out and bumped PARTY GENIUS which became unbalanced. After this, LITTLE PLAYER continued to race with its head on the side and lay out when travelling keenly and passing the 800 Metres commenced to prove very difficult to settle and was checked away from the heels of BALTIC WHISPER. LITTLE PLAYER continued to lay out for the remainder of the race and passing the 50 Metres was held up for clear running behind FIRE BALL and HERO STAR. Because of this, LITTLE PLAYER was not able to be tested over the concluding stages.
At the entrance to the Straight, NUNCHUKS was awkwardly placed close to the heels of LITTLE PLAYER before being shifted to the inside of that horse to obtain clear running.
Passing the 300 Metres, HERO STAR shifted in and brushed FIRE BALL.
Passing the 200 Metres, FIRE BALL got its head on the side and lay out away from HAPPY TANGO.
When questioned, K C Leung stated that he was asked to ride HERO STAR positively in the early stages and obtain a forward position. He said to ensure as far as possible that HERO STAR was able to begin well, he gave the horse a good warm up behind the barriers prior to being loaded. He said after beginning satisfactorily he rode HERO STAR along for some distance in the early stages including slapping the horse down the shoulder with the whip, however, HERO STAR was not able to show sufficient speed to cross runners to its inside and lead. He said making the first turn after the 1000 Metres HERO STAR was racing outside FIRE BALL and HAPPY TANGO and whilst he would have had to make too much use of his mount to cross those horses, it was not travelling well enough to be able to be put in a position to go forward of FIRE BALL and HAPPY TANGO. He said as a result HERO STAR was left racing wide and without cover.
After the race, Z Purton reported that FIRE BALL was able to obtain a forward position in the early stages and travelled well outside the lead. He said FIRE BALL came under pressure at the entrance to the Straight and after giving him a limited response in the early part of the Straight then weakened over the concluding stages. He said, in his opinion, FIRE BALL’s condition, when racing first up, gave out over the latter stages. A veterinary inspection of FIRE BALL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of PARTY GENIUS immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood and mucus in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, PARTY GENIUS will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
FIRE BALL, BALTIC WHISPER and HAPPY TANGO were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (33) SHUM WAN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

WITTY SCHOLAR and ROYAL AGILITY began only fairly.
On jumping, PLIKCLONE was awkwardly placed inside the heels of LORIZ which shifted in.
In the early stages, COURAGEOUS DRAGON was steadied to obtain cover.
After being steadied in the early stages from the outside barrier in an attempt to obtain cover, SPICY SO GOOD was then required to race wide and without cover throughout the race.
Passing the 800 Metres, LORIZ became unbalanced of its own accord when momentarily racing tight inside WHISKEY NEAT.
Near the 650 Metres, STORMTROUPER and PLIKCLONE raced tight and bumped on a number of occasions as STORMTROUPER improved to be racing behind MOONLUCK and K C L Leung, the rider of PLIKCLONE, which was initially racing behind and outside of STORMTROUPER, attempted to prevent STORMTROUPER from shifting out and taking PLIKCLONE wider. After this, PLIKCLONE travelled wide and without cover.
After the 550 Metres, HAPPY GATHERING (M Chadwick) was awkwardly placed behind WHAT A LEGEND. After the race, M Chadwick reported that when having to be steadied away from the heels of WHAT A LEGEND, his saddle shifted to the left, placing him at a disadvantage for the remainder of the race.
Rounding the Home Turn, HAPPY GATHERING was held up when very awkwardly placed close to the heels of WHAT A LEGEND.
STORMTROUPER raced close to the heels of MOONLUCK passing the 400 Metres and shifted in marginally away from the heels of that horse, resulting in COURAGEOUS DRAGON being inconvenienced.
After having difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight, STORMTROUPER was shifted to the inside of LORIZ after the 300 Metres and when improving into tight running between LORIZ and WHAT A LEGEND bumped WHAT A LEGEND.
Passing the 300 Metres, MOONLUCK was directed out away from the heels of SPICY SO GOOD to obtain clear running.
Passing the 200 Metres, HAPPY GATHERING raced tight inside WHAT A LEGEND which shifted in.
LORIZ lay out under pressure in the Straight.
A veterinary inspection of SPICY SO GOOD, LORIZ and MOONLUCK immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
GREAT HARVEST and STORMTROUPER were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (34) THE HONG KONG COUNTRY CLUB CHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP) (Sec1) Class 3 1650 m

At the time of declaration, L Ferraris notified a probable overweight of 2 lbs in respect of SURREALISM’s allocated weight of 116 lbs. L Ferraris then weighed in an additional 1 lb overweight, resulting in Jockey Ferraris weighing in 3 lbs over the horse’s allocated weight. Jockey Ferraris was fined the sum of $7,500.
SURREALISM began awkwardly and then bumped with INCANTO PREPARED on jumping.
UNITE SPIRIT began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped the hindquarters of SACRED IBIS which on jumping was also bumped by TASHIDELEK which shifted out. After this, TASHIDELEK, UNITE SPIRIT and SACRED IBIS were all shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
From the outside barrier, SMOOTHIES was also steadied to obtain cover shortly after the start.
Approaching the 1200 Metres, FEARLESS FIRE was left racing wide and without cover.
Near the 1050 Metres, SHINY ONE became unbalanced when racing close to the heels of FARSHAD.
In the early part of the Straight, UNITE SPIRIT was awkwardly placed outside the heels of STIMULATION.
After the race, A Badel dismounted from TASHIDELEK. A veterinary inspection of TASHIDELEK immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its left front leg. Before being allowed to race again, TASHIDELEK will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of MAGNIFICENT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
FA FA and SURREALISM were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (35) TAI SHUE WAN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

BRIGHT KID was slow to begin.
COLONEL shifted in abruptly at the start, resulting in STOICISM being bumped and taken in onto LINCOLN BRIGHT which was inconvenienced.
From wide barriers, SICOMORO and CLASSIC POSH were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
After being steadied in the early stages, A LA KING travelled wide and without cover throughout.
After being crossed by COLONEL approaching the 1000 Metres, STOICISM got its head up, shifted out and raced tight inside COMPASSION SPIRIT.
After the 1000 Metres, LINCOLN BRIGHT travelled keenly and proved difficult to settle.
At the entrance to the Straight, EXUBERANT became unbalanced when bumped by SIMPLY FLUKE (Apprentice C L Chau) which attempted to improve between EXUBERANT and A LA KING where there was insufficient room. Apprentice Chau was severely reprimanded and told that the Stewards considered whether the incident warranted a charge of careless riding. In electing not to proceed to a charge, he was told to ensure that he exercises due care when shifting ground so as not to make unnecessary contact with other runners. After this, when unable to improve between A LA KING and EXUBERANT, SIMPLY FLUKE was awkwardly placed close to the heels of A LA KING and near the 275 Metres was directed to the inside of that horse to obtain clear running.
After the 150 Metres, EXUBERANT got its head on the side and lay in, resulting in its rider having to correct his mount. After this, EXUBERANT continued to lay in over the concluding stages, resulting in A LA KING racing tight inside that horse close to the finishing line.
When questioned, M F Poon stated that he was instructed to obtain cover on TRIPLE TRIPLE and it was felt that, from barrier 9, this would result in the horse racing in about a midfield position or worse than midfield. He said on jumping TRIPLE TRIPLE threw its head up abruptly which resulted in him becoming unbalanced and causing TRIPLE TRIPLE to get its head up on a number of occasions as he attempted to regain balance on the horse. He said the manner in which TRIPLE TRIPLE began and due to him becoming badly unbalanced, this resulted in the horse losing ground. M F Poon was advised to ensure that he gives his mounts sufficient rein to be able to begin satisfactorily. Irrespective of this, the Stewards ruled that prior to being permitted to race again, TRIPLE TRIPLE will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a stalls test.
A veterinary inspection of MIG ENERGY immediately following the race found that horse to have bled from both nostrils and also to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported.
MIG ENERGY, CLASSIC POSH and COLONEL were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (36) WONG CHUK HANG HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1200 m

On arrival at the Start, the tongue tie applied to SCORES OF FUN was replaced.
DECRYPT was crowded for room on jumping between LOVING A BOOM and MAN STAR which shifted out. MAN STAR was then bumped a short distance after the start by IGNITING which shifted out. This resulted in DECRYPT losing ground.
SCORES OF FUN, which was fractious in the barriers, began only fairly.
From the outside barrier, AMAZING ONE PLUS was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
When being steadied to obtain cover near the 1150 Metres, DECRYPT was awkwardly placed outside the heels of IGNITING.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, SCORES OF FUN was eased when commencing to be crowded for room between IGNITING and GOLDEN DASH which shifted in.
Passing the 850 Metres, IGNITING was awkwardly placed inside the heels of GOLDEN DASH which shifted in marginally. Then passing the 800 Metres, IGNITING was steadied away from the heels of GOLDEN DASH (H Bentley) which shifted in when not quite clear. H Bentley was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
GRATEFUL HEART travelled wide and without cover until making the turn near the 600 Metres at which stage SIGHT SUCCESS was left racing wide and without cover.
After the race, Z Purton stated that he placed GRATEFUL HEART under heavy pressure rounding the Home Turn, however, the horse did not quicken and, despite being ridden out in the early part of the Straight, shortened in its action and commenced to give ground. He said based on the manner in which GRATEFUL HEART’s action deteriorated, he eased the horse down over the concluding stages. A veterinary inspection of GRATEFUL HEART immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, GRATEFUL HEART will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of DECRYPT and IGNITING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SIGHT SUCCESS, HARMONY AND RICH and HANDSOME BO BO were sent for sampling.

General

1.

1. After the running of Race 3, the track classification was officially changed from "Good” to "Good to Firm”. This change in the opinion of the Stewards should be recorded as being retrospective. As a consequence of this, the official results will show Race 3 being run on a track rated "Good to Firm”.

2.

2. Racing Laboratory tests of FORMULA EXCEL, VICTORIOUS LEADER, VIVA POPCORN, SUPER AXIOM, FIRST RESPONDER, ROCK YA HEART, PACKING VICTORY, AMIGOS GIGGLE, NABOO ATTACK, LUCKY PATCH, ZACIAN, LUCKY MARYKNOLL, SPEEDY DRAGON, NERVOUS WITNESS, CIRCUIT SEVEN, VIVA HUNTER, VOYAGE STAR, FAST PACE, EZRA, BEAUTY SPIRIT, STAR PERFORMANCE, LUCKY FUN, CALIFORNIADEEPSHOT, MISTER SNOWDON (5.9.21) and SHANGHAI POWER, CHUNGHWA JINGSHEN, MANAGEMENT SUPREME, WOOD ON FIRE, MELBOURNE HALL, ZHAN JIANG ROCKS, PIANO SOLO, MEANINGFUL STAR, FORTUNE CARRIER, XPONENTIAL, INFINITY WIN, JAZZ STEED, PARTY WARRIOR, TURIN REDSTAR, GALLANT CROWN, RESOLUTE, HEART CONQUERED, DECISIVE TWELVE, SMILING CITY (8.9.21) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawal

Race 2: ROYAL RACER on 13.9.21 on veterinary advice.

2. Fines

Race 6: L Ferraris (SURREALISM): $7,500 for weighing in 3 lbs overweight.

3. Severe Reprimand

Race 7: Apprentice C L Chau (SIMPLY FLUKE) for shifting out at the entrance to the Straight.

4. Warnings

Race 1: L Ferraris (GO BALLISTIC) for shifting out at the entrance to the Straight.

Apprentice C L Chau (EXALTATION) re dropping his whip in races.

Race 2: C Y Ho (SEAWEED FORTUNE) for shifting in near the 1550 Metres.

Race 7: M F Poon (TRIPLE TRIPLE) re giving his mounts sufficient rein on jumping.

Race 8: H Bentley (GOLDEN DASH) for shifting in passing the 800 Metres.

5. Bleeder

Race 7: MIG ENERGY

6. Stalls Test

Race 7: TRIPLE TRIPLE

7. Barrier Trial

Race 3: TIGERLAD

8. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 2: ROYAL RACER
Race 3: TIGERLAD

Race 4: PARTY GENIUS

Race 6: TASHIDELEK

Race 8: GRATEFUL HEART

9. Course and False Outside Rail Arrangement

Turf C Course

10. Rolling Arrangement

The track was rolled after race 4.

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