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Happy Valley stewards' report

28/06/2022 - Happy Valley


Going:

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

Turf - Good To Firm

Penetrometer Reading: 2.71

Racing Stewards:

Dr Eric Li Ka Cheung GBS OBE JPChairman

The Hon Mr Justice Joseph Fok

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 (780) WING LOK HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1800 m

On jumping, SMILING FACE was crowded for room between GRAND POWER which shifted in and ANONYMA which began awkwardly.
LAPUTA was slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Also from wide barriers, SMART COUSIN, DIAMOND STAR and GREAT TIMES were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Near the 1700 Metres, OWNERS’ STAR was steadied away from the heels of LOYAL AMBITION which shifted out.
After the 900 Metres, FORTUNE TRIPLE was shifted out and allowed to improve its position to race outside the lead, however, was then left racing wide and without cover for the remainder of the race.
After the 800 Metres, SMART COUSIN was checked away from the heels of GREAT TIMES.
Near the 700 Metres, LAPUTA was steadied away from the heels of OWNERS’ STAR which shifted to the outside of ANONYMA as that horse was awkwardly placed behind A A AGILITY. Then rounding the Home Turn, LAPUTA was awkwardly placed close to the heels of ANONYMA.
Passing the 300 Metres, OWNERS’ STAR was shifted out away from the heels of FORTUNE TRIPLE.
A veterinary inspection of FORTUNE TRIPLE, SMART COUSIN and ANONYMA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of WAH MAY LUCK immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported.
LOYAL AMBITION, OWNERS’ STAR and GRAND POWER were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (781) HOLLYWOOD HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

FARSHAD began awkwardly, shifted out and brushed the hindquarters of HAPPY LAND.
SWOT TROOPERS WIND began only fairly.
AMIGOS GIGGLE and SMOOTHIES brushed at the start. Then from wide barriers, AMIGOS GIGGLE and SMOOTHIES were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Also from the outside barriers, KUNGFUMASTER PANDA and RATTAN KINGDOM were steadied to obtain cover shortly after the start.
Passing the 1600 Metres, HAPPY LAND shifted in and bumped OUR CREED which became unbalanced. Then after the 1500 Metres, HAPPY LAND raced tight between JADE PHOENIX and OUR CREED which shifted out.
Near the 1500 Metres, OUR CLASS ACT was awkwardly placed outside the heels of CORDYCEPS ONE when being steadied to obtain cover behind that horse. After this, OUR CLASS ACT travelled keenly and raced close to the heels of CORDYCEPS ONE approaching and passing the winning post on the first occasion. OUR CLASS ACT then continued to prove difficult to settle and was restrained away from the heels of CORDYCEPS ONE for some distance as CORDYCEPS ONE was steadied behind HAPPY LAND. AMIGOS GIGGLE, which was following OUR CLASS ACT, shifted out abruptly away from the heels of that horse in consequence passing the 1300 Metres. OUR CLASS ACT then continued to travel keenly and remained awkwardly placed behind CORDYCEPS ONE for some distance in the middle stages.
Near the 450 Metres, SMOOTHIES was steadied away from the heels of SWOT TROOPERS WIND and lay in, resulting in KUNGFUMASTER PANDA momentarily racing in restricted room inside SMOOTHIES approaching the 400 Metres. KUNGFUMASTER PANDA again raced tight inside SMOOTHIES rounding the Home Turn.
Near the 75 Metres, SWOT TROOPERS WIND was directed out away from the heels of FARSHAD which shifted out marginally.
A veterinary inspection of SWOT TROOPERS WIND and KUNGFUMASTER PANDA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
OUR CREED, CORDYCEPS ONE and JADE PHOENIX were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (782) RUMSEY HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m

WIND SPEEDER lost its left front plate on jumping.
AEROVERSARY got its head up on a number of occasions shortly after the start when being steadied from a wide barrier to obtain cover.
Also from a wide barrier, HANG’S CHOICE was shifted across behind runners.
Shortly after the start, HERO STAR shifted out and inconvenienced FIRE BALL.
Passing the 900 Metres, HOLI MOLI got its head on the side and lay in towards the running rail.
After the 700 Metres, ISLAND SHINE was left racing wide and without cover.
At the entrance to the Straight, HAPPY GATHERING shifted out and bumped ISLAND SHINE. Then after the 200 Metres and again passing the 150 Metres, HAPPY GATHERING was awkwardly placed outside the heels of FIRE BALL.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of FINGERS CROSSED, J Moreira stated that his mount, which was having its first race start tonight, showed good early speed to be able to obtain a forward position. He said FINGERS CROSSED travelled well behind the speed and after being placed under pressure near the 400 Metres, he anticipated that FINGERS CROSSED would finish the race off well. He said at the 300 Metres his mount came under heavy pressure and then gave ground noticeably over the latter stages. He added that as FINGERS CROSSED appeared to pull up well after the race, he was at a loss to explain the manner in which the horse weakened in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of FINGERS CROSSED immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
KOKUSHI MUSOU and HERO STAR were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (783) RUMSEY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

INNO LEGEND was withdrawn on 27.6.22 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore) and was replaced by first Standby Declared Starter SPARKY STAR (J Moreira). OVERSUBSCRIBED was also withdrawn on 27.6.22 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by second Standby Declared Starter SMART LEADER (M Chadwick). Before being allowed to race again, INNO LEGEND and OVERSUBSCRIBED will both be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
HANDSOME VEGGIE was bumped on jumping by HAPPILY FRIENDS which shifted out away from SMART LEADER.
REGENCY STAR began awkwardly, shifted in and was steadied away from the heels of DRAGON KINGDOM.
From the outside barriers, SPARKY STAR and DURHAM STAR were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After being ridden along in the early stages, YOUTHFUL DEAL, which was having its first race start tonight, was steadied in an attempt to obtain cover. YOUTHFUL DEAL then made the turn passing the 1000 Metres awkwardly, got its head on the side and lay out. Then approaching and passing the 900 Metres, YOUTHFUL DEAL travelled keenly and near the 800 Metres was inconvenienced by REGENCY STAR which shifted out. YOUTHFUL DEAL was then left racing wide and without cover after the 700 Metres.
Near the 750 Metres, SURE JOYFUL was momentarily crowded for room inside HAPPILY FRIENDS which was taken in by HARRIER JET (C Wong). C Wong was reprimanded and told to ensure that he is properly clear of other runners when shifting ground.
SPARKY STAR made the turn after the 600 Metres awkwardly and shifted out towards the heels of TAILOR MADE.
In the early part of the Straight, HAPPILY FRIENDS and REGENCY STAR both lay in under pressure.
Approaching the 200 Metres, TAILOR MADE was steadied away from the heels of HARRIER JET when held up behind that horse. TAILOR MADE was then shifted to the inside of HARRIER JET passing the 200 Metres in an attempt to obtain clear running, however, after the 200 Metres was again steadied when unable to improve between HARRIER JET and HANDSOME VEGGIE which, after being held up behind SUPER CLASS, was shifted to the outside of that horse as SUPER CLASS commenced to give ground. TAILOR MADE was then held up for clear running for the remainder of the race and because of this was not able to be tested.
Passing the 100 Metres, HANDSOME VEGGIE raced in restricted room between HARRIER JET and SPARKY STAR which, after being held up close to the heels of HAPPILY FRIENDS, was shifted to the outside of that horse. HANDSOME VEGGIE was then steadied passing the 50 Metres when crowded for room between HARRIER JET and SPARKY STAR which, after improving to the outside of HAPPILY FRIENDS, was awkwardly placed outside the heels of that horse. Because of this, HANDSOME VEGGIE was not able to be ridden out over the concluding stages. Then close to the finishing line, HAPPILY FRIENDS shifted out and bumped SPARKY STAR.
DRAGON KINGDOM and DURHAM STAR were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (784) HOLLYWOOD HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1650 m

DRAGON PRIDE began awkwardly.
JOLLY HONOUR began only fairly.
HAPPY ANGEL shifted out at the start and bumped PERFECT TO GREAT. PERFECT TO GREAT then shifted in and inconvenienced HAPPY ANGEL a short distance later.
SUNNY DELIGHT shifted in on jumping and bumped UNIVERSAL GO GO. After this, UNIVERSAL GO GO was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
CITY LEGEND was also steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Passing the winning post on the first occasion, SUNNY DELIGHT was left racing wide and without cover and approaching and passing the 1300 Metres was allowed to improve its position to race outside the lead.
For some distance approaching and passing the 1300 Metres, BABY travelled keenly and was awkwardly placed behind E LEGEND. Then passing the 1000 Metres, BABY was steadied away from the heels of E LEGEND which shifted out away from behind MORE THAN ENOUGH when racing close to the heels of that horse.
CITY LEGEND had some difficulty obtaining clear running passing the 250 Metres.
Approaching the 50 Metres, KUNG FU TEA and DRAGON PRIDE raced tight.
A veterinary inspection of PERFECT TO GREAT and SUNNY DELIGHT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
SUNNY DELIGHT, BABY and E LEGEND were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (785) HILLIER HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

STORMTROUPER shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of WOOD ON FIRE.
TRADER shifted in on jumping and bumped LUCKY ARCHANGEL which in turn shifted in and hampered JAZZ CLUB which then shifted in when unbalanced and bumped SKY FOREVER. After this, SKY FOREVER and JAZZ CLUB were shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
Also from the outside barrier, NEVER TOO SOON was steadied on jumping to obtain a position closer to the rail.
MAGIC PHOENIX lost its right front plate in the early stages.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, WOOD ON FIRE got its head on the side and lay in despite the efforts of its rider, resulting in WOOD ON FIRE being checked away from the heels of SUPER DOBBIN. STORMTROUPER, which was racing to the inside of WOOD ON FIRE, was steadied and lost ground when crowded for room inside that horse.
At the entrance to the Straight, DROPS OF GOD became unbalanced when bumped by SUPER DOBBIN which improved into tight running between DROPS OF GOD and MAGIC PHOENIX. Then approaching the 100 Metres, DROPS OF GOD, which was racing tight outside SUPER DOBBIN, was momentarily steadied away from the heels of STORMTROUPER which shifted in marginally.
A veterinary inspection of DROPS OF GOD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
MAGIC PHOENIX, YOU’REMYEVERYTHING and STORMTROUPER were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (786) JERVOIS HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1650 m

READY PLAYER ONE was withdrawn on 27.6.22 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left hind and right fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter RED MAJESTY (M L Yeung). Before being allowed to race again, READY PLAYER ONE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
COPARTNER FIONN was slow to begin.
STORM LEGEND, which was leaning on the inside of its gate as the start was effected, began only fairly and then was crowded for room on jumping between RED MAJESTY and VICTORY SCHOLARS which shifted out.
NIMBLE NIMBUS shifted out at the start and brushed AMAZING ONE PLUS.
From the outside barrier, ESCAPE ROUTE was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1400 Metres, COPARTNER AMBITION was awkwardly placed behind ROMAN TURBO. Then approaching the 1300 Metres, VICTORY SCHOLARS and AMAZING ONE PLUS bumped as VICTORY SCHOLARS shifted in away from the heels of COPARTNER AMBITION.
Near the 1150 Metres, NIMBLE NIMBUS raced tight inside RED MAJESTY which got its head on the side and lay in away from the heels of THE ANOMALY.
Passing the 1000 Metres, STORM LEGEND raced tight inside the heels of COPARTNER AMBITION.
Passing the 600 Metres, VICTORY SCHOLARS and COPARTNER AMBITION raced tight.
Passing the 150 Metres, THE ANOMALY was momentarily awkwardly placed behind NIMBLE NIMBUS.
A veterinary inspection of COPARTNER AMBITION immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
NIMBLE NIMBUS, MY ECSTATIC and STORM LEGEND were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (787) CLEVERLY HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1000 m

RESOLUTE shifted in at the start and bumped SMOKEY BEAR. SMOKEY BEAR then shifted in, resulting in PARTY WARRIOR being crowded for room outside GORGEOUS VITALITY which became unbalanced after being bumped on the hindquarters by PARTY WARRIOR.
SUPER AXIOM began awkwardly.
From the outside barriers, PROUD DRAGON and MODEST GENTLEMAN were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After the 850 Metres, WINE AND WINE shifted in away from HARMONY N BLESSED and brushed the running rail. WINE AND WINE then raced tight inside HARMONY N BLESSED which got its head on the side and lay in away from SUPER AXIOM.
Approaching the 600 Metres, PARTY WARRIOR was bumped by SPECIAL M which shifted out away from the heels of WINE AND WINE.
Making the turn after the 600 Metres, RESOLUTE was awkwardly placed behind GORGEOUS VITALITY.
Near the 450 Metres, JOYFUL WIN raced tight outside WINE AND WINE which shifted to the outside of HARMONY N BLESSED. Then approaching the 250 Metres, JOYFUL WIN shifted in and inconvenienced WINE AND WINE.
When questioned, Z Purton (GORGEOUS VITALITY) stated that it was felt that JOYFUL WIN, which was drawn inside GORGEOUS VITALITY, would have more speed than his mount if that horse began well and therefore he should obtain a position behind JOYFUL WIN if possible. He said however that he was asked to be positive on GORGEOUS VITALITY out of the barriers in the event that JOYFUL WIN happened to miss the start as this would provide GORGEOUS VITALITY with the opportunity to possibly obtain a position in front of that horse. He said when JOYFUL WIN began well, he immediately commenced to steady GORGEOUS VITALITY to obtain a trailing positon behind that horse. He said as it took him some time to be able to position GORGEOUS VITALITY to shift across behind JOYFUL WIN, this allowed PARTY WARRIOR the opportunity to improve its position inside GORGEOUS VITALITY which resulted in his mount having to race outside that horse. He said rather than racing in a three wide position without cover, he elected to attempt to obtain a position with cover behind PARTY WARRIOR which resulted in GORGEOUS VITALITY racing further back in the field than had been intended. He added that after being shifted to the outside of PARTY WARRIOR in the early part of the Straight, GORGEOUS VITALITY then finished the race off strongly.
A veterinary inspection of WINE AND WINE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
GORGEOUS VITALITY, EQUALETTA BLITZ and SUPER AXIOM were sent for sampling.

General

1.

Racing Laboratory tests of AMAZING BOY, TURF BRILLIANT, HYPERION TREE, LUCKY EIGHT, CHICKEN DANCE, CALIFORNIA VANES, BEAUTY TYCOON, CHEVALIER PRINCE, LET’S DO IT, TOURBILLON DIAMOND, TURIN REDSUN, BRILLIANT WAY, EIGHT TRIGRAMS, JUMBO FORTUNE, BEAUTY JOY, LUCKY EXPRESS, TUCHEL, ROCKPAPERSCISSORS, ERIMO, SAUVESTRE, KA YING EXCELLENT, SECRET VISION and POWERFUL WINGS (19.6.22) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawals

Race 4: INNO LEGEND and OVERSUBSCRIBED on 27.6.22 on veterinary advice.

Race 7: READY PLAYER ONE on 27.6.22 on veterinary advice.

2. Reprimand

Race 4: C Wong (HARRIER JET) for shifting in near the 750 Metres.

3. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 4: INNO LEGEND
OVERSUBSCRIBED

Race 7: READY PLAYER ONE

4. Course and False Outside Rail Arrangement

Turf C Course

5. Rolling Arrangement

The track was rolled after race 4.

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