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Sha Tin stewards' report

24/03/2019 - Sha Tin

Going:

Races 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,10:

Turf - Good

Races 4,9:

All Weather Track - Good

Penetrometer Reading: 2.72

Clegg Hammer Reading: 10.10

Racing Stewards:

Dr Rosanna Wong Yick Ming DBE JPChairman

Mr. Herbert Tsoi Hak Kong BBS JP

Mr K KellyChief Stipendiary Steward

Mr S RailtonStipendiary Steward

Mr G BushStipendiary Steward

Mr K C Y KwokStipendiary Steward

Mr H L LiuStipendiary Steward

Race:1 (520) TAK SHING HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1400 m

WONDERFUL TIGER began only fairly.
From wide barriers, BIG BULLY and SUREWIN were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
When being steadied in the early stages to obtain cover, GOBI STORM got its head up on a number of occasions.
When being steadied to obtain cover near the 1100 Metres, TRIUMPHANT LIGHT got its head up and travelled keenly, resulting in the horse being unable to obtain a trailing position behind RUN MOOCHI passing the 1100 Metres. When TRIUMPHANT LIGHT proved difficult to settle, WINNING CIRCLE (N Callan), which was racing outside that horse, was checked away from the heels of TRIUMPHANT LIGHT when also attempting to obtain cover behind that horse. ADONIS, which was following WINNING CIRCLE, was hampered in consequence. In this incident, WINNING CIRCLE shifted out, resulting in BEST EFFORT getting its head on the side and shifting out away from that horse. After the race, N Callan reported that in this incident he felt as though WINNING CIRCLE had been galloped on as the horse lay out for the remainder of the race and did not stretch out comfortably. A veterinary inspection of WINNING CIRCLE immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained a cut to the inside of the left hind heel.
Passing the 400 Metres, TRIUMPHANT LIGHT was momentarily shifted out away from the heels of FLYING NOBLE which shifted out.
Near the 50 Metres, ROYAL PREROGATIVE was steadied away from the heels of RUN MOOCHI which shifted in away from FLYING NOBLE.
A Sanna (AMBITIOUS SPEEDY) was fined the sum of $5,000 for using the whip in the forehand manner down the horse’s shoulder on a number of occasions rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight. In arriving at this decision, the Stewards took into consideration that they had previously spoken to Jockey Sanna for using his whip in this manner. 
When questioned, Trainer T P Yung stated that as GOBI STORM had not been finishing off its races when ridden in a forward position, it was decided, from a wide barrier today, to ride the horse more conservatively to see if GOBI STORM would find the line when ridden in this manner. He said as he was satisfied with the manner in which GOBI STORM finished off the race, it would be his intention, where circumstances permit, to ride the horse with cover behind the speed in its future races.
When questioned regarding the performance of TRIUMPHANT LIGHT, Z Purton stated that after travelling wide and without cover throughout the race, TRIUMPHANT LIGHT came under pressure prior to the 600 Metres. He said despite being ridden along rounding the Home Turn, TRIUMPHANT LIGHT commenced to give ground in the early part of the Straight and shifted ground on a number of occasions. He said as the horse was well beaten, he did not persist in riding it out all the way to the end of the race. Whilst the Stewards accepted that TRIUMPHANT LIGHT was giving ground in the early part of the Straight, Z Purton was reminded of his obligation to continue to ride his mount along in at least a hands and heels fashion to the end of the race in the appropriate circumstances. A veterinary inspection of TRIUMPHANT LIGHT immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained a cut to the lip. The performance of TRIUMPHANT LIGHT, favourite for today’s race, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, TRIUMPHANT LIGHT 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 ROYAL PREROGATIVE and BEST EFFORT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
TRIUMPHANT LIGHT, RUMINARE and FLYING NOBLE were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (521) PINE TREE HILL HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1000 m

TRAVEL EMPEROR was withdrawn on 23.3.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (right fore suspensory injury). STAR SUPERIOR was also withdrawn on 23.3.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore). Before being allowed to race again, TRAVEL EMPEROR and STAR SUPERIOR will both be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
GAINFULJET began awkwardly, shifted out abruptly and bumped SUNSHINE UNIVERSE. GAINFULJET then continued to shift out, resulting in SUNSHINE UNIVERSE and BELLA BABY being hampered and taken out onto HAPPY WINNER which was steadied when crowded for room.
GREAT FIT began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped WINNING WARRIOR.
WHAT A LEGEND had some difficulty obtaining clear running approaching and passing the 400 Metres.
After racing tight outside WINNING WARRIOR approaching the 100 Metres, TELECOM ROCKET got its head up when being steadied near the 50 Metres as a result of being bumped by WINNING WARRIOR which was taken out by BELLA BABY which shifted out under pressure.
For the majority of the race, TELECOM ROCKET raced its head on the side and lay out.
After the race, A Sanna expressed concern regarding the action of HAPPY WINNER. The Veterinary Officer subsequently reported that an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, HAPPY WINNER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of BELLA BABY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of GAINFULJET immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
VOYAGE WARRIOR and WHAT A LEGEND were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (522) PILKEM HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 5 1200 m

HAPPY OUT THERE was withdrawn on 23.3.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (suspected head trauma) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter STARLOT (K C Leung). Before being allowed to race again, HAPPY OUT THERE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
On arrival at the Start, C Y Ho expressed concern regarding the action of REAL GIANT. An examination of REAL GIANT by the Veterinary Officer found that horse to be lame in its right front leg and accordingly was not suitable to race. Acting on this advice, REAL GIANT was withdrawn by order of the Stewards. Before being allowed to race again, REAL GIANT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
OTOUTO began awkwardly and then shortly after the start stumbled. OTOUTO then shifted out, resulting in M REBORN being inconvenienced.
MASSIVE MOVE shifted out at the start and bumped PERFECT CHOICE. MASSIVE MOVE and PERFECT CHOICE were then taken out shortly after the start by RICHCITY FORTUNE which shifted out marginally. When PERFECT CHOICE was taken out, HK TOURBILLON, which was being steadied to obtain cover, clipped the heels of that horse and stumbled. Then, despite being hard ridden for some distance in the early stages, MASSIVE MOVE failed to muster speed.
When being steadied from a wide barrier to obtain cover, STARLOT was bumped a short distance after the start by THE HAPPY BUNCH which shifted out.
RAICHU had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight.
NATURAL FLARE was badly held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight and then approaching the 300 Metres shifted out and bumped THE HAPPY BUNCH. NATURAL FLARE continued to be held up for clear running until approaching the 200 Metres.
Near the 150 Metres, RAICHU was steadied when crowded for room between M REBORN and OTOUTO, both of which shifted a minimal amount of ground.
Throughout the race, NASHASHUK travelled wide and without cover and after the 600 Metres commenced to lay out. NASHASHUK then made the Home Turn awkwardly and after this gave ground.
A veterinary inspection of MASSIVE MOVE, HK TOURBILLON and NASHASHUK immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
NATURAL FLARE and OTOUTO were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (523) PARKES HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1200 m

HAPPY PROJECT began awkwardly, resulting in its rider becoming unbalanced.
LEVANTE was slow to begin.
TOM’S DRAGON shifted out at the start and bumped HEARTS KEEPER which then shifted out and bumped FLYING LOVER which became unbalanced.
Passing the 1000 Metres, J Moreira (TOM’S DRAGON) dropped his whip.
Passing the 900 Metres, HAPPY PROJECT became unbalanced of its own accord and lost ground.
Making the turn near the 700 Metres, FORTUNE HAPPINESS was momentarily eased away from the heels of TOM’S DRAGON which was awkwardly placed inside STAR LUCK.
Passing the 300 Metres, HEARTS KEEPER and FORTUNE HAPPINESS raced tight. FORTUNE HAPPINESS was then awkwardly placed inside the heels of FLYING LOVER for a short distance passing the 250 Metres.
K C Ng (HAPPY PROJECT) was fined the sum of $5,000 for using the whip on the horse on three occasions in the Home Straight when it was well out of contention.
A veterinary inspection of HAPPY PROJECT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of HAPPY PROJECT, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, HAPPY PROJECT will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
When questioned regarding the performance of STAR LUCK, which was having its first race start today, K Teetan stated that he was asked to ride the horse positively. He said in accordance with his instructions he rode his mount along in the early stages from the outside barrier and anticipated that LUNAR ZEPHYR may cross to the lead which would provide him with the opportunity to race to that horse’s outside. He said after the 800 Metres it became apparent to him that a number of runners were maintaining their position to the inside of LUNAR ZEPHYR and he therefore had to make more use of the horse in the early stages to cross those runners to race outside LUNAR ZEPHYR. He said after shifting in to race outside that horse near the 700 Metres, he then steadied STAR LUCK given that he had had to make quite some use of the horse in the early stages to obtain a forward position. He added STAR LUCK came under pressure entering the Home Straight and then became unbalanced of its own accord passing the 300 Metres. He said after this STAR LUCK gave ground and did not finish off its race. He said given the amount of use he had had to make of STAR LUCK to share the lead and having regard to the fact that STAR LUCK was having its first race start today, he was of the opinion that this accounted for the horse’s failure to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of STAR LUCK immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
A veterinary inspection of ALL YOU NEED immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
A veterinary inspection of TOM’S DRAGON immediately following the race revealed that the horse was displaying an irregular heart rhythm and had bled from both nostrils. Before being allowed to race again, TOM’S DRAGON will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
FLYING LOVER and PRINCE OF GEMS were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (524) JORDAN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1400 m

GOLDEN MISSION was withdrawn on 23.3.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter LITTLE GENERAL (G van Niekerk). Before being allowed to race again, GOLDEN MISSION will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
CAPTAIN BOSS shifted out at the start and bumped LITTLE GENERAL.
SUPER HIPPOGRIFF was slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages and consequently finished tailed out. A veterinary inspection of SUPER HIPPOGRIFF immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported. The performance of SUPER HIPPOGRIFF, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, SUPER HIPPOGRIFF will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
Also from wide barriers, BLAZING PARTNERS and BAND OF BROTHERS were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Near the 950 Metres, DOR DOR got its head up when awkwardly placed behind LITTLE GENERAL.
After the 900 Metres, IRON BRAVO was left racing wide and without cover.
Near the 850 Metres, LITTLE GENERAL momentarily raced tight inside WIN WIN which got its head on the side and lay in momentarily.
Passing the 400 Metres, GALLANT SPIRIT was shifted to the outside of MONICA which, after having difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight, was shifted to the inside of CAPTAIN BOSS in an attempt to obtain clear running inside that horse. After racing tight for a considerable distance approaching the 300 Metres, MONICA was then directed to the outside of CAPTAIN BOSS near the 250 Metres after being disappointed for running inside that horse. After the race, S de Sousa (MONICA) stated that his mount had been travelling well at this point, however, after being disappointed for running MONICA did not run on over the concluding stages. A veterinary inspection of MONICA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
Also passing the 400 Metres, RED HORSE and VITAL SPRING bumped.
M F Poon (DIAMOND LEGEND) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 100 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in under pressure when not clear of BLAZING PARTNERS, causing that horse to be checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. M F Poon was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 14 April 2019 and to expire on Thursday, 18 April 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In addition, M F Poon was fined $40,000.
Close to the finishing line, DIAMOND LEGEND was awkwardly placed behind BAND OF BROTHERS and consequently was not ridden out all the way to the end of the race.
G van Niekerk, the rider of 4th placegetter, LITTLE GENERAL, pleaded guilty to a charge of having failed to ride his mount out all the way to the end of the race to the satisfaction of the Stewards [Rule 100(2)]. G van Niekerk was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 31 March 2019 and to expire on Thursday, 11 April 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (4 Hong Kong racedays).
When questioned, C Y Ho stated that he was asked to ride INTREPIC positively and obtain a position with cover behind the leaders if possible. He said he was told that if the race was run at a faster tempo than had been anticipated, he should ride INTREPID in about midfield. He said in accordance with his instructions he rode INTREPIC positively in the early stages to clear MONICA to his inside. He said when MONICA, GALLANT SPIRIT and CAPTAIN BOSS all maintained their positions to the inside of INTREPIC, he was required to ride his mount along to clear MONICA as he did not believe that, having regard to the positive manner in which he had ridden the horse in the early stages, it was then available for him to steady INTREPIC. He said this resulted in him having to make more use of INTREPIC in the early stages and being required to race outside the lead after the 1000 Metres. A veterinary inspection of INTREPIC immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of RED HORSE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that BLAZING PARTNERS had bled from both nostrils.
MONICA, BAND OF BROTHERS and WIN WIN were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (525) HILLWOOD HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1000 m

CAO CAO began only fairly.
LASTING FRIENDSHIP shifted out at the start and bumped SEVEN HEAVENS.
C Y Ho, the rider of VERY LUCKY, reported that his saddle shifted back shortly after the start, causing him some inconvenience for the remainder of the race.
Near the 450 Metres, CAO CAO was shifted to the inside of SEVEN HEAVENS.
Also near the 450 Metres, GOKO and UTOPIA LIFE brushed. Then approaching the 300 Metres, UTOPIA LIFE and GOKO bumped as a result of both horses shifting ground.
MULTIMILLION got its head on the side and lay out after the 200 Metres.
Passing the 100 Metres, UTOPIA LIFE and MULTIMILLION raced tight.
The Stewards deferred the declaration of weighed-in as they were of the view that an incident had occurred near the 150 Metres which cast doubt on whether UTOPIA LIFE (S de Sousa) should be declared the winner of the race. Subsequently M Harley, the rider of SEVEN HEAVENS, 4th placegetter, lodged a protest/objection against UTOPIA LIFE being declared the winner alleging interference to his mount near the 150 Metres. After taking evidence from all the parties concerned and after viewing the videos, it was found that passing the 200 Metres SEVEN HEAVENS was shifted to the inside of MULTIMILLION to improve into running which was available between that horse and UTOPIA LIFE. It was also found that near the 175 Metres SEVEN HEAVENS improved quickly to be racing inside the heels of UTOPIA LIFE and approaching the 150 Metres had established running between that horse and MULTIMILLION which was laying out. It was further established that near the 150 Metres UTOPIA LIFE shifted out under pressure when not clear of SEVEN HEAVENS, resulting in that horse being denied the opportunity to continue to improve into the run between UTOPIA LIFE and MULTIMILLION which resulted in SEVEN HEAVENS being checked after the 150 Metres when forced onto the heels of MULTIMILLION. The Stewards found that after being checked SEVEN HEAVENS then finished off the race strongly over the concluding stages. As the Stewards were satisfied that SEVEN HEAVENS had established running between UTOPIA LIFE and MULTIMILLION and that SEVEN HEAVENS lost the running to which it was rightfully entitled as a result of UTOPIA LIFE shifting out; and also having regard to the manner in which the two horses were finishing off their races, they were satisfied that if not for UTOPIA LIFE shifting out and causing interference to SEVEN HEAVENS, SEVEN HEAVENS would have finished in front of UTOPIA LIFE. Accordingly, the protest/objection was sustained and the placings amended to read No. 9, MULTIMILLION, 1st; No. 12, GOKO, 2nd; No. 1, SEVEN HEAVENS, 3rd; and No. 5, UTOPIA LIFE, 4th. At a subsequent inquiry, S de Sousa was found guilty of a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 150 Metres he permitted his mount to shift out when not clear of SEVEN HEAVENS, resulting in that horse being taken out onto the heels of MULTIMILLION and causing SEVEN HEAVENS to be checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. S de Sousa was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 and to expire on Monday, 8 April 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey de Sousa’s good race riding record.
After the race, Z Purton stated that after travelling well in the early and middle stages BEST SENSE came under heavy pressure at the 300 Metres. He said BEST SENSE gave ground abruptly from the 200 Metres and became badly unbalanced in its action. He said he immediately had concerns regarding the welfare of the horse and therefore eased it down from the 150 Metres at which stage BEST SENSE was well beaten. A veterinary inspection of BEST SENSE immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. In the circumstances, the Stewards ruled that BEST SENSE must perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination before being allowed to race again.
Also after the race, J Moreira stated that HAPPY VICTORY was disappointing as the horse did not travel well throughout the event and then did not finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of HAPPY VICTORY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
UTOPIA LIFE, MULTIMILLION and GOKO were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (526) THE KOWLOON CRICKET CLUB CENTENARY CUP (HANDICAP) (Sec1) Class 2 1600 m

DANCES WITH DRAGON and SACRED IBIS were slow to begin.
From the outside barrier, WINNING FAITH was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
EASY GO EASY WIN got its head up on a number of occasions approaching and passing the 1300 Metres when being steadied to obtain cover.
After the 1300 Metres, EPIC was left racing wide and without cover.
Approaching the 100 Metres, DANCES WITH DRAGON was steadied and shifted to the inside of TIME TO CELEBRATE when unable to improve to the outside of that horse as a result of JADE FORTUNE racing outside DANCES WITH DRAGON. After being shifted to the inside of TIME TO CELEBRATE, DANCES WITH DRAGON was then checked near the 50 Metres when disappointed for running between TIME TO CELEBRATE and RIGHT CHOICE where there was insufficient room. DANCES WITH DRAGON then remained held up for clear running and consequently was not able to be properly tested.
Near the 100 Metres, EASY GO EASY WIN, which was hanging out, was checked when crowded for room between JADE FORTUNE which shifted out and SICHUAN DAR which became unbalanced after being bumped by WINNING FAITH (G van Niekerk) which shifted in under pressure. Whilst the Stewards found that there were a number of circumstances associated with this incident, in particular the racing manners of EASY GO EASY WIN, nonetheless G van Niekerk was reprimanded for allowing his mount to shift in and make contact with SICHUAN DAR which resulted in that horse becoming unbalanced.
Close to the finishing line, SICHUAN DAR and WINNING FAITH raced tight.
After the race, Z Purton (EASY GO EASY WIN) stated that his mount hung out from the 500 Metres and proved difficult to ride in the Straight as it continued to lay out. A veterinary inspection of EASY GO EASY WIN immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
Also after the race, the Veterinary Surgeon reported that WINNING FAITH was mildly lame in its right front leg.
A veterinary inspection of SACRED IBIS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
RIGHT CHOICE and TIME TO CELEBRATE were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (527) GASCOIGNE HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

LONE EAGLE was withdrawn on 23.3.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore). Before being allowed to race again, LONE EAGLE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
THE ABRAXAS and EPTIMUM bumped at the start. THE ABRAXAS then became unbalanced a short distance after the start when bumped by SMART LEADER which shifted out.
Approaching the turn near the 900 Metres, HONEST WAY was bumped by FLYING THUNDER which shifted out after being brushed by BEST ALLIANCE. After this, HONEST WAY raced tight outside FLYING THUNDER and after the 900 Metres was eased to obtain cover behind EPTIMUM which after the 800 Metres was left racing wide and without cover.
DALRADIAN was held up for a run in the early part of the Straight and passing the 300 Metres was shifted to the outside of HONEST WAY to obtain clear running.
Over the final 150 Metres, FLYING THUNDER got its head on the side and lay in under pressure away from HONEST WAY which was also laying in.
A veterinary inspection of THE ABRAXAS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
HONEST WAY and FLYING THUNDER were sent for sampling.

Race:9 (528) COX'S HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1650 m

RICKFIELD was slow to begin and then was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
OWNERS’ STAR began only fairly and then was crowded for room between DRAGON COMMANDER and SUPER GIANT, both of which shifted ground.
From the outside barrier, GREAT TREASURE was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners.
Shortly after the start, SUPER GIANT raced in restricted room between DRAGON COMMANDER and ULTIMATE GLORY which shifted out. After this, DRAGON COMMANDER and SUPER GIANT raced tight. DRAGON COMMANDER then got its head up on a number of occasions passing the winning post on the first occasion when being steadied to obtain cover. DRAGON COMMANDER was subsequently left racing without cover after the 1500 Metres and was allowed to improve passing the 1400 Metres to obtain a position closer to the rail.
Passing the 1400 Metres, RICKFIELD got its head up on a number of occasions when proving difficult to settle.
After the 1300 Metres, VOLPINO commenced to prove very difficult to settle and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of IMPERIAL CONCORDE. RICKFIELD, which was following VOLPINO, was hampered in consequence.
After the 1300 Metres, HANG’S DECISION was left racing wide and without cover.
Making the turn near the 700 Metres, RICKFIELD got its head up and shifted out, resulting in RICKFIELD being awkwardly placed inside the heels of SUPER GIANT.
A veterinary inspection of HANG’S DECISION immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of SUPER GIANT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious.
CHUNG WAH SPIRIT and GAMEPLAYER EMPEROR were sent for sampling.

Race:10 (529) AUSTIN HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1400 m

FARSHAD shifted in at the start and bumped HIGH VOLATILITY.
FIRST RESPONDER began awkwardly and stumbled and in doing so shifted out and bumped MR WEALTH. A short distance after this, FIRST RESPONDER was eased when crowded for room between FARSHAD and MR WEALTH.
From wide barriers, ROUNDABOUT and CONFUCIUS DAY were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
R Bayliss (UNICORNBABY) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that at the 1300 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of MR WEALTH, causing that horse to be checked away from the heels of UNICORNBABY and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. R Bayliss was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 31 March 2019 and to expire on Thursday, 4 April 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays).
Near the 1150 Metres, FIRST RESPONDER commenced to prove very difficult to settle and shifted in when being checked away from the heels of FARSHAD which got its head up when being checked away from the heels of KINGS SHIELD. When FIRST RESPONDER shifted in, that horse bumped COOL TEAM which became unbalanced.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, UNICORNBABY was left racing wide and without cover.
At the entrance to the Straight, MR WEALTH was eased down by its rider and when being eased down shifted in across the heels of MCMUNIGAL approaching the 400 Metres. MR WEALTH was then retired out of the race. A veterinary inspection of MR WEALTH immediately following the race found that horse to have bled from both nostrils. When MR WEALTH was eased down at the entrance to the Straight, COOL TEAM was shifted out away from the heels of that horse.
AMAZING had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight and then after being placed under pressure passing the 300 Metres was steadied after the 200 Metres when unable to obtain clear running. AMAZING was then badly held up for clear running until over the concluding stages of the race and consequently was not able to be properly tested.
Approaching the 300 Metres, RACING FIGHTER shifted out and bumped BEAUTY SPIRIT.
Passing the 250 Metres, COOL TEAM was shifted out away from the heels of FIRST RESPONDER which shifted out under pressure. Then after being steadied and directed to the inside of FIRST RESPONDER near the 200 Metres, COOL TEAM was again awkwardly placed behind that horse which shifted in.
Passing the 100 Metres, COOL TEAM was crowded for room between FARSHAD which shifted out slightly and FIRST RESPONDER which shifted in before being directed out to relieve the tightening to COOL TEAM.
A veterinary inspection of COOL TEAM immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, COOL TEAM will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of FIRST RESPONDER immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea.
A veterinary inspection of MCMUNIGAL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of MCMUNIGAL, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, MCMUNIGAL will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
RACING FIGHTER, BEAUTY SPIRIT and HIGH VOLATILITY were sent for sampling.

General

1.

Races 7 – 10 were each put back 5 minutes.

2. Adjourned Inquiry – 17 March 2019 Sha Tin Racemeeting – Race 4 (500)

The Steward today concluded their inquiry into the reason for Apprentice C Wong being dislodged from DELIGHT EXPRESS approaching the 900 Metres. Evidence was today taken from Apprentice Wong and the videos of the incident were reviewed. Apprentice Wong agreed that he had failed to take sufficient measures to prevent DELIGHT EXPRESS racing close to the heels of MARQULA which resulted in DELIGHT EXPRESS clipping the heels of that horse approaching the 900 Metres. He said at this time MARQULA lost some ground which resulted in him being awkwardly placed behind that horse. He added however that he should have steadied his mount sufficiently in the lead up to this incident to ensure that he was not placed too close to the heels of the horse in front. Apprentice Wong was advised that he must leave adequate distance between his mount and the horses in front in similar circumstances to ensure that there is room to adapt to the changing circumstances of a race.

3. Additional Veterinary Reports from Conghua Exhibition Raceday on 23 March 2019

Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of NORDIC WARRIOR, SMART CHARADE, DRAGON WARRIOR, WEALTHY FORTUNE, LUCKY HERO, GREEN CARD, THE CREATETH, CLEMENT LEGEND, HAPPY ROCKY and THE JOY OF GIVING revealed no apparent abnormality.

Summary

1. Withdrawals

Race 2: TRAVEL EMPEROR and STAR SUPERIOR on 23.3.19 on veterinary advice.

Race 3: HAPPY OUT THERE on 23.3.19 on veterinary advice.

REAL GIANT at barriers on veterinary advice.

Race 5: GOLDEN MISSION on 23.3.19 on veterinary advice.

Race 8: LONE EAGLE on 23.3.19 on veterinary advice.

2. Fines

Race 1: A Sanna (AMBITIOUS SPEEDY): $5,000 for using the whip in the forehand manner down the horse’s shoulder. 

Race 4: K C Ng (HAPPY PROJECT): $5,000 for using the whip on the horse when it was out of contention.

Race 5: M F Poon (DIAMOND LEGEND): $40,000 for careless riding near the 100 Metres.

3. Reprimand

Race 7: G van Niekerk (WINNING FAITH) for shifting in near the 100 Metres.

4. Warnings

Race 1: Z Purton (TRIUMPHANT LIGHT) re the manner in which he rode his mount out over the concluding stages.

General: Apprentice C Wong (DELIGHT EXPRESS) re leaving adequate distance between his mount and the horses in front.

5. Suspensions

Race 5: M F Poon (DIAMOND LEGEND) for careless riding near the 100 Metres (from 14 April 2019 until 18 April 2019 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

G van Niekerk (LITTLE GENERAL) for a breach of Rule 100(2) (from 31 March 2019 until 11 April 2019 on which day he may resume race riding – 4 Hong Kong racedays).

Race 6: S de Sousa (UTOPIA LIFE) for careless riding near the 150 Metres (from 3 April 2019 until 8 April 2019 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

Race 10: R Bayliss (UNICORNBABY) for careless riding at the 1300 Metres (from 31 March 2019 until 4 April 2019 on which day he may resume race riding – 2 Hong Kong racedays).

6. Stewards’ Inquiry & Protest/Objection

Race 6

7. Irregular Heart Rhythm

Race 4: TOM’S DRAGON

8. Bleeders

Race 4: TOM’S DRAGON

Race 5: BLAZING PARTNERS 

Race 10: MR WEALTH

9. Barrier Trials

Race 1: TRIUMPHANT LIGHT

Race 4: HAPPY PROJECT

TOM’S DRAGON

Race 5: SUPER HIPPOGRIFF

Race 6: BEST SENSE

Race 10: MCMUNIGAL

10. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 1: TRIUMPHANT LIGHT

Race 2: TRAVEL EMPEROR

STAR SUPERIOR

HAPPY WINNER

Race 3: HAPPY OUT THERE

REAL GIANT

Race 4: HAPPY PROJECT

TOM’S DRAGON

Race 5: GOLDEN MISSION

SUPER HIPPOGRIFF

Race 6: BEST SENSE

Race 8: LONE EAGLE

Race 10: COOL TEAM

MCMUNIGAL

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