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Happy Valley stewards' report

Race Meeting: 15/05/2024 (Wed)
9 races - Meeting Start Time: 18:40

Going Information

Happy Valley - Turf C Course
Going:
GOOD(Race 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
Penetrometer Reading2.72(as of 08:00 am) 2.72(as of 05:40 pm)

Meeting Stewards

The Hon Bernard Charnwut Chan GBM GBS JP (Chairman)
The Hon Mr. Justice A T Barma JA
Mr M Van Gestel (Chief Stipendiary Steward)
Mr T Bailey (Stipendiary Steward)
Mr G Bush (Stipendiary Steward)
Mr K C Y Kwok (Stipendiary Steward)
Mr J C H Ho (Stipendiary Steward)

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Race:1 (666) DORDOGNE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1200 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
91CHEER FOR SOUTH (H178)E C W Wong (-7)After the race, Apprentice E C W Wong reported that the intention was to lead the event tonight. He said after CHEER FOR SOUTH jumped a little awkwardly, it failed to show sufficient pace to lead despite being ridden along in the early stages. He added that as a result CHEER FOR SOUTH settled further back than intended. He further stated that after racing wide and without cover for the majority of the event, CHEER FOR SOUTH finished the race off in a one-paced manner. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
102NOBLE ONE (G278)C Y HoFrom a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
113PODIUM (H173)K H Chan (-5)Jumped only fairly.
24SONIC BOOM (H144)K TeetanOn arrival at the Start, it was noted that SONIC BOOM had blood in its mouth. SONIC BOOM was examined by the Veterinary Officer and passed suitable to race. Jumped only fairly. Sent for sampling post-race.
45WIND SPEEDER (E281)L HewitsonFrom a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
66YEABOI (G372)M ChadwickJumped only fairly.
57VIVA A LA (G282)M F Poon (-2)Sent for sampling post-race.
18TIMESTORM (G109)H BowmanSent for sampling post-race.
39ISLAND SURPRISE (E429)A HamelinShifted out after the 150 Metres, resulting in A Hamelin having to stop riding and straighten.
810AUGUST MOON (D409)Z PurtonAfter the race, Z Purton reported that after leading the event AUGUST MOON did not respond to his riding in the Home Straight and could offer no explanation for its disappointing performance. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
711CIRCUIT SPLENDOR (E482)M L YeungAfter the 150 Metres was steadied when crowded between TIMESTORM and ISLAND SURPRISE (A Hamelin) which shifted out before being corrected by its rider. A Hamelin was advised to exercise more care.
1212EASY TWO (G423)Y L Chung (-3)From the outside barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.

Race:2 (667) CIRON HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1650 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
21I CAN (H381)A AtzeniAfter the race, A Atzeni reported that his mount jumped only fairly and as a result was slightly further back than he had anticipated. Sent for sampling post-race.
62SNOWALOT (E397)K TeetanAfter the race, K Teetan reported that his mount travelled satisfactorily throughout the event, but failed to respond in the Home Straight and, in his opinion, may appreciate a surface with more give. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Sent for sampling post-race.
73TRADITION (J111)M F Poon (-2)For a short distance near the 350 Metres was unable to improve when positioned behind FOREMOST TEDDY which was giving ground quickly,
14BIG RED (H299)E C W Wong (-7)Sent for sampling post-race.
55STRONGEST BOY (H027)Z PurtonBriefly held up on the Home Turn. For some distance approaching the 250 Metres lay in behind BIG RED and proved somewhat difficult to shift to that runner’s outside.
36SUPER BABY (G364)L FerrarisNo report.
97FORTUNE COOKIES (J032)B ThompsonJumped awkwardly and lost ground.
108FOREMOST TEDDY (J058)K De MeloAfter the race, K De Melo reported that his mount travelled well outside the lead, but from the 600 Metres came under pressure and when he felt there was something amiss with the horse, he eased it down in the Home Straight. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race revealed that the horse was displaying an irregular heart rhythm. Before being allowed to race again, FOREMOST TEDDY will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
49RUNNING BOY (J041)C Y HoHad its right front plate refitted at the holding stalls, examined by the Veterinary Officer and passed suitable to race.
810FRUITY WARRIOR (J035)L HewitsonFrom the outside barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. After the race, L Hewitson stated that after settling back in the field, when the pace increased from the 500 Metres, FRUITY WARRIOR was unable to improve from that point and did not run on in the Home Straight. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race which included an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse’s trachea. Before being allowed to race again, FRUITY WARRIOR will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

Race:3 (668) LOIRE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1800 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
21WINNING DRAGON (E461)B AvdullaSent for sampling post-race.
92GALLANT WAKING (G165)C Y HoAfter the race, C Y Ho reported that in the early stages he looked to obtain a trailing position behind NOBLE PURSUIT. He said when that runner shifted to a one-off position near the 1400 Metres, GALLANT WAKING was left racing wide and without cover thereafter. He added that GALLANT WAKING raced keenly in this position and was left without a finishing effort in the Home Straight. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
63NOBLE PURSUIT (H324)H BowmanAfter the race, H Bowman stated that after obtaining a handy position one-off near the 1400 Metres, his mount travelled satisfactorily in the early stages. He said throughout the middle stages NOBLE PURSUIT was disadvantaged when it did not appreciate racing tight to the inside of GALLANT WAKING and when placed under pressure from the 500 Metres responded only fairly to his riding. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race which included an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse’s trachea. Before being allowed to race again, NOBLE PURSUIT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. Sent for sampling post-race.
84BRAVEHEARTS (H389)A BadelSlow to begin.
35AWESOME FLUKE (J050)A AtzeniIn the early stages raced keenly and near the 1500 Metres was eased to avoid WINNING DRAGON when that runner shifted in. Making the Home Turn was held up for clear running.
46QUANTUM PATCH (H166)K TeetanNo report.
17FLAMINGO TRILLION (H192)K C LeungMade contact with the left side of its barrier on jumping. Sent for sampling post-race.
78DEVILDOM (H445)L HewitsonAfter the race, L Hewitson reported that from a wide barrier he was instructed to ride his mount conservatively in the early stages and if circumstances permitted to make a mid-race move. He said when DEVILDOM jumped well and runners to his inside did not show the intention to hold a forward position, he allowed DEVILDOM to shift in to race outside the leader FLAMINGO TRILLION without having to make use of his mount to do so.
59INTREPID WINNER (G144)K De MeloNo report.

Race:4 (669) RHONE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1650 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
31KEEN UNITY (G298)L FerrarisNo report.
42RELIABLE PROFIT (G462)L HewitsonNo report.
13TO INFINITY (G277)Z PurtonShifted out at the start and was bumped. Sent for sampling post-race.
74MASTER OF LUCK (G276)B AvdullaMaking the Home Turn was held up for clear running. Near the 250 Metres was shifted to the inside of RELIABLE PROFIT to obtain clear running. Near the 200 Metres became held up between RELIABLE PROFIT and HAPPY HUNK which shifted out and as a result MASTER OF LUCK was unable to obtain clear running until near the 100 Metres.
65YEE CHEONG WARRIOR (E025)H BentleyNo report.
86DRAGON DELIGHT (G395)E C W Wong (-7)After the race, Apprentice E C W Wong stated that after being crossed by EAGLE RUN approaching the 1000 Metres, DRAGON DELIGHT travelled only fairly thereafter. He added that, in his opinion, DRAGON DELIGHT may be better suited if it is able to race in the lead. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
127BIG TWO (E310)H BowmanBumped at the start by TO INFINITY which shifted out. After the race, H Bowman reported that his mount travelled well during the running of the event. He said after shifting out to a three wide position near the 600 Metres, he started to improve into the event, but making the Home Turn was bumped by EAGLE RUN when that runner shifted out to improve. He added that once balanced in the Home Straight BIG TWO failed to respond to his riding and raced in a disappointing manner. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race found that horse to have bled from both nostrils. Before being allowed to race again, BIG TWO will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. Sent for sampling post-race.
98HAPPY HUNK (H101)K C LeungNo report.
29HAPPIHOOD (H261)M L YeungJumped only fairly. Raced wide and without cover throughout the early stages and was allowed to stride forward from the 800 Metres where it obtained a position outside the lead near the 550 Metres. Sent for sampling post-race.
1110EAGLE RUN (G415)Y L Chung (-3)No report.
511HANG'S CHOICE (E311)B ThompsonNo report.
1012MISTER ARM (D491)H T Mo (-2)Jumped awkwardly and then raced tight soon after the start.

Race:5 (670) THE SAUTERNES CUP (HANDICAP) (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
91SUNNY DARLING (J171)C Y HoRaced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.
52SIGHT HERO (D487)L HewitsonShortly after the start bumped with WINNING HEART.
43CURRAHEE (J204)L FerrarisLeaving the 1100 Metres was bumped by COSMO NAVIGATOR which shifted in and away from SUPER AXIOM despite the efforts of A Hamelin, rider of COSMO NAVIGATOR.
74GLORY CLOUD (H320)H BowmanWhen questioned, H Bowman stated that his mount was standing awkwardly in the barriers and received some assistance from the starting gate handlers. He said as the start was effected GLORY CLOUD hesitated and as a result lost ground and settled further back than what had been anticipated. He added GLORY CLOUD travelled well at the tail of the field and his preference would have been to save ground making the Home Turn by improving to the inside, but was unable to do so and as a result he elected to shift out approaching the 450 Metres to start to improve into the event. He further stated that in the early part of the Home Straight GLORY CLOUD responded well to his riding, however, near the 100 Metres the horse’s run peaked and finished the race off fairly from that point. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race which included an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse’s trachea. Before being allowed to race again, GLORY CLOUD will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. Sent for sampling post-race.
85WINNING HEART (H065)H BentleyBumped shortly after the start. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
26COSMO NAVIGATOR (H156)A HamelinSent for sampling post-race.
37GIMME FIVE (J099)K TeetanApproaching the 1000 Metres, when racing keenly, was steadied to avoid SWEET DIAMOND (A Badel) which shifted in when not quite clear. A Badel was advised to exercise more care.
68SUPER AXIOM (E105)Y L Chung (-3)No report.
119BRAVO WARRIOR (J088)M L YeungJumped awkwardly and lost ground and shortly after the start was steadied when crowded by CURRAHEE which shifted in and away from SWEET DIAMOND.
1010MANYTHANKS FOREVER (J065)B ThompsonFrom the outside barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
111SWEET DIAMOND (G063)A BadelSent for sampling post-race.
 12 MIRACLES (G083)M ChadwickWas a late withdrawal acting on veterinary advice after sustaining an injury to the right front leg after becoming fractious whilst being transported to the racecourse. Before being allowed to race again, MIRACLES will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

Race:6 (671) RHINE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1000 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
71ONE FOR ALL (G012)L HewitsonRaced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.
42FORTUNE WARRIOR (H229)Z PurtonNo report.
23MA COMET (H391)B AvdullaApproaching the 150 Metres raced tight to the inside of HAPPY HORSE which shifted in and as a result made contact with HAPPY HORSE on a number of occasions approaching the 100 Metres. Sent for sampling post-race.
114SUPER COMMANDER (D350)E C W Wong (-7)After the race, Apprentice E C W Wong stated that after being crowded at the start SUPER COMMANDER then raced tight to the inside of ONE FOR ALL for some distance thereafter. He said as a consequence he was not able to lead the event as instructed. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
55SERGEANT PEPPER (E432)H BowmanApproaching the 500 Metres was steadied when crowded between ONE FOR ALL and PHILOS which shifted out slightly. For a short distance near the 100 Metres raced in restricted room between FORTUNE WARRIOR and CAMINO.
86SIGHT HAPPY (J261)K TeetanShortly after the start was bumped by SUPER COMMANDER and became unbalanced. After the race, K Teetan reported that his mount, which was having its first race start, raced greenly throughout the event and hung out making the turns. Approaching the winning post raced tight between ONE FOR ALL and CIRCUIT SEVEN which shifted in slightly. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Sent for sampling post-race.
67CIRCUIT SEVEN (D474)M F Poon (-2)Shortly after the start was crowded between SERGEANT PEPPER and SIGHT HAPPY.
18CAMINO (H231)C Y HoSent for sampling post-race.
39HAPPY HORSE (H061)M ChadwickKicked a rail in the Parade Ring, was examined by the Veterinary Officer on arrival at the Start who said the horse had blood in its mouth but was passed suitable to race.
1210GORGEOUS VITALITY (G051)A HamelinJumped only fairly. After the race, A Hamelin reported that despite riding his mount along in the early stages GORGEOUS VITALITY failed to show any early pace and became detached from the field and took no competitive part in the event. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of GORGEOUS VITALITY, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, GORGEOUS VITALITY will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination which must include additional diagnostic assessments.
911JOY IN JOY (H054)A AtzeniApproaching the 400 Metres was briefly crowded by SIGHT HAPPY which shifted in when racing greenly.
1012PHILOS (H371)Y L Chung (-3)No report.

Race:7 (672) CIRON HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1650 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
81AFFORDABLE (J242)L HewitsonFrom the outside barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
92GALLANT HERO (E480)B AvdullaJumped awkwardly and from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. From the 200 Metres had difficulty obtaining clear running and was shifted to the outside of TURIN WARRIOR. Then lay in when being shifted to the outside of HOLY POWER and as a result was held up for some distance near the 100 Metres. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
53TURIN WARRIOR (G150)K TeetanSent for sampling post-race.
24DRAGON STAR (H128)Z PurtonSent for sampling post-race.
75HOLY POWER (H039)A BadelApprentice E C W Wong (GALLANT CROWN) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that after the 1500 Metres he allowed his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of HOLY POWER, resulting in HOLY POWER being checked to avoid the heels of GALLANT CROWN. Apprentice Wong was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 29 May 204 and to expire on Thursday, 6 June 2024 on which day he may resume race riding (3 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards determined the carelessness grade 2 and the consequences grade 2 and also considered his poor race riding record. Over the concluding stages raced tight to the inside of MR ALADDIN and could not be fully ridden out to the finish.
36GALLANT CROWN (D359)E C W Wong (-7)Apprentice E C W Wong pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge for causing interference after the 1500 Metres (see HOLY POWER).
17SETANTA (G095)L FerrarisSent for sampling post-race.
108FAMILY FORTUNE (H447)K H Chan (-5)In the middle stages raced keenly and near the 900 Metres was steadied away from MR ALADDIN and as a result was obliged to shift three wide where it made contact with RUNNING AHEAD. Then raced wide and without cover thereafter. Lay out making the Home Turn.
49MR ALADDIN (H386)A AtzeniNo report.
1110RUNNING AHEAD (G313)A HamelinJumped only fairly. Near the 900 Metres was bumped and taken wider by FAMILY FORTUNE and as a result raced keenly for some distance thereafter.
611NICE BIRDIE (G470)Y L Chung (-3)No report.

Race:8 (673) GARONNE HANDICAP (Sec2) Class 4 1200 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
111E UNIVERSE (H151)L HewitsonAfter the race, L Hewitson reported that his mount travelled well in the lead, however, came under pressure on entering the Home Straight and gave ground from that point. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of E UNIVERSE, a last start winner, was considered to be disappointing as compared to its previous race start. Before being allowed to race again, E UNIVERSE will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
122DOUBLE BINGO (J309)L FerrarisAfter the race, L Ferraris reported that his instructions were to take up a handy position. He said he was caught wide in the early stages when SUPER EAGLE held its position to his inside and as a result was obliged to make some use of his mount to cross that runner where it raced outside the lead in the early stages. He added that DOUBLE BINGO raced greenly during the event and after being crossed by PRIME MORTAR near the 600 Metres came under pressure before weakening in the Home Straight. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
93SIGHT SUPREME (J258)Z PurtonAfter the race, Z Purton reported that his mount travelled well during the early and middle stages of the event and would derive benefit from tonight’s race experience and potentially being stepped up in distance. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
14PRIME MORTAR (G328)Y L Chung (-3)Sent for sampling post-race.
85MISTER FOX (J059)K De MeloFrom a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
56FAIRY HORSE (J144)A AtzeniFrom a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
67HERCULES (C476)C L Chau (-2)In the early stages when being eased to obtain cover raced tight between SUPER EAGLE and DOUBLE BINGO. Making the first turn lay in, resulting in its rider C L Chau having to correct his mount.
38LAPRAS (H374)K TeetanJumped awkwardly. Lay in when under pressure in the Home Straight.
29SPICY GOLD (H440)A BadelBumped a rail on a number of occasions when entering the track, was examined by the Veterinary Officer on arrival at the Start and passed suitable to race. Sent for sampling post-race.
410SUPER EAGLE (G408)M ChadwickNo report.
1011HAPPY FEELING (H443)B ThompsonNear the 100 Metres was inconvenienced when crowded between HERCULES and FAIRY HORSE which shifted out.
712HARMONY N HOME (C531)M F Poon (-2)Leaving the 600 Metres was steadied when momentarily crowded by SPICY GOLD (A Badel) which shifted in and away from SIGHT SUPREME when racing tight to the inside of that runner. A Badel was advised to exercise more care.

Race:9 (674) SEINE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

Pla.Horse
No
ColourHorseJockeyIncident
81WINNING ICEY (G246)E C W Wong (-7)Jumped awkwardly. After the race, Apprentice E C W Wong reported that his mount failed to travel throughout the event and raced in a disappointing manner. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
12COPARTNER PRANCE (H408)Z PurtonSent for sampling post-race.
73A AMERIC TE SPECSO (H037)B AvdullaJumped only fairly and from the outside barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
124SUPER WINNER (C341)Y L Chung (-3)No report.
55HEALTHY HEALTHY (H203)A BadelBumped on jumping. After the race, A Badel reported that his mount jumped only fairly and then as a result settled further back than intended. He added that HEALTHY HEALTHY responded fairly to his riding in the Home Straight and may be looking to be stepped up in distance for its next race start.
96NEVER TOO SOON (E434)K De MeloJumped only fairly and was then bumped shortly after the start. For some distance approaching the 200 Metres was held up for clear running between MAGIC PHOENIX and SUPER WINNER which was giving ground. After the race, K De Melo reported that whilst his mount had some difficulty obtaining clear running near the 200 Metres, it raced "flat” tonight. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
37SOLAR PARTNER (E364)H BentleyNo report.
108ARMOUR EAGLE (G093)L HewitsonShifted in at the start and was bumped and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
29CALIFORNIA TOUCH (J051)M ChadwickSent for sampling post-race.
410OUR LUCKY GLORY (G292)A AtzeniNo report.
611HAPPY TRIO (G244)B ThompsonNo report.
1112MAGIC PHOENIX (E440)M L YeungLay out making the Home Turn.

General

1.

Racing Laboratory tests of LA FORZA, RUN YES RUN, JOYFUL CHAMPION, GOLDEN FAIRY, HINOKAMI KAGURA, REGENT GLORY, HAPPY TANGO, HOLY LAKE, SUNSTRIDER, ORIENTAL SMOKE, MULTISUPER, BOTTOMUPTOGETHER, AESTHETICISM, MISTER DAPPER, JOY OF SPRING, BEAUTY GLORY, STORMING DRAGON, FIVE G PATCH, LA CITY BLANCHE, VICTORY MOMENTS, SUPER WIN DRAGON, HONG KONG HALL, PACKING TREADMILL, KA YING RISING, SUPERB KID and TOURBILLON PRINCE (5.5.24) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawal

Race 5
MIRACLES prior to Race 1 on veterinary advice

2. Warnings

Race 1
A Hamelin (ISLAND SURPRISE) for shifting out after the 150 Metres

Race 5
A Badel (SWEET DIAMOND) for shifting in approaching the 1000 Metres

Race 8
A Badel (SPICY GOLD) for shifting in leaving the 600 Metres

3. Suspension

Race 7
Apprentice E C W Wong (GALLANT CROWN) for careless riding after the 1500 Metres (from Wednesday, 29 May 2024 until Thursday, 6 June 2024 on which day he may resume race riding – 3 Hong Kong racedays)

4. Bleeder

Race 4
BIG TWO

5. Irregular Heart Rhythm

Race 2
FOREMOST TEDDY

6. Barrier Trials

Race 2
FOREMOST TEDDY (heart irregularity)

Race 4
BIG TWO (bleeder)

Race 6
GORGEOUS VITALITY (unacceptable performance)

Race 8
E UNIVERSE (disappointing performance)

7. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 2
FOREMOST TEDDY
FRUITY WARRIOR

Race 3
NOBLE PURSUIT

Race 4
BIG TWO

Race 5
GLORY CLOUD
MIRACLES

Race 6
GORGEOUS VITALITY

Race 8
E UNIVERSE

8. Rolling Arrangement

The track was rolled after Race 5.

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