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Sha Tin stewards' report

08/12/2019 - Sha Tin

Going:

Races 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10:

Turf - Good

Penetrometer Reading: 2.70

Racing Stewards:

Mr Michael T H Lee JPChairman

Dr Edmund Woo Kin Wai

Mr K KellyChief Stipendiary Steward

Mr S RailtonStipendiary Steward

Mr G BushStipendiary Steward

Mr K C Y KwokStipendiary Steward

Mr H L LiuStipendiary Steward

The Hon Martin Liao GBS SBS JP acted for Mr Michael T H Lee JP as Chairman for Race 5.

Race:1 (227) JIM AND TONIC HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 4 1400 m

FANTASTIC SHOW shifted out on jumping and bumped EMERALD SPUR. FANTASTIC SHOW then lost ground when crowded for room between SOLAR BILLION and EMERALD SPUR which was taken in by VICTORY MASTERY (U Rispoli) which shifted in. In this incident, EMERALD SPUR was steadied and SOLAR BILLION became unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarters by EMERALD SPUR. U Rispoli was severely reprimanded.
SUNSHINE UNIVERSE (Apprentice K H Chan) shifted in abruptly at the start, resulting in SHINEALOT being crowded onto VICTORY MASTERY which became unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarters by SHINEALOT. In this incident, Apprentice Chan lost the use of his left stirrup iron until after the 1300 Metres. This resulted in SUNSHINE UNIVERSE not mustering speed in the early stages.
From the outside barriers, GOD OF DRAGON and SMART CHARADE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Near the 1250 Metres, SUNSHINE UNIVERSE was bumped by EMERALD SPUR which shifted out away from the heels of SOLAR BILLION when travelling keenly. Then throughout the race, SUNSHINE UNIVERSE travelled wide and without cover.
After the 1200 Metres, FAIRY FLOSS travelled keenly when being steadied to obtain cover.
BRIGHT KID was held up for clear running from near the 350 Metres until passing the 250 Metres at which time the horse was shifted in away from the heels of ALL WONGCHOY.
Passing the 300 Metres, SHAMPORT was momentarily awkwardly placed outside the heels of TRIPLE TRIPLE.
A veterinary inspection of ALL WONGCHOY immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, ALL WONGCHOY will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of VICTORY MASTERY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
EMERALD SPUR, TRIPLE TRIPLE and FANTASTIC SHOW were sent for sampling.

Race:2 (228) FANTASTIC LIGHT HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1800 m

S de Sousa (JADE FORTUNE) was fined $2,000 for failing to present himself in the Parade Ring by the required time.
CHAMPION SUPREME was slow to begin.
WORLD FAMOUS and VINCY bumped at the start.
From wide barriers, LONDON HALL and GO BALLISTIC were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
After travelling a short distance, C Lemaire (MONGOLIAN KING) adjusted his left foot in the stirrup iron.
Near the 1500 Metres, RULE THEE was momentarily eased away from the heels of I DO which shifted in.
Near the 900 Metres, LONDON HALL was taken wider and without cover as MONGOLIAN KING shifted out from behind SPLENDOUR AND GOLD to follow GO BALLISTIC.
VINCY was held up for a run in the early part of the Straight and after being shifted in a number of horses passing the 300 Metres again had difficulty obtaining clear running for some distance after the 200 Metres.
Passing the 300 Metres, CHAMPION SUPREME brushed the hindquarters of SPLENDOUR AND GOLD when disappointed for running between that horse and HOME WIN. CHAMPION SUPREME was then held up for clear running behind HOME WIN for a short distance after this.
Throughout the race, HOME WIN travelled wide and without cover and near the 700 Metres was taken wider again by I DO which shifted to the outside of CINQUANTE CINQ.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of HAPPY SEBRING, L Dettori stated that, as usual, his mount settled at the rear of the field. He said he had noted that in its previous races HAPPY SEBRING had quickened very well when placed under pressure in the Straight, however, today the horse did not show any turn of foot despite being hard ridden. He added HAPPY SEBRING did not close off the race and finished at the rear of the field without ever improving its position. A veterinary inspection of HAPPY SEBRING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of HAPPY SEBRING, which finished last, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, HAPPY SEBRING 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 I DO, Z Purton stated that after being ridden along in the early stage to obtain a forward position, he was happy with the manner in which I DO travelled in the early and middle stages. He said I DO continued to travel well into the Straight, however, after being placed under pressure after the 400 Metres did not quicken as it had in the past and then commenced to give ground after the 200 Metres. He added over the concluding stages I DO finished off the race only one-paced and, in his opinion, I DO’s performance in today’s race could be attributed to the fact that it had not started since 1 October 2019 after being withdrawn from an intended race due to a blood abnormality. He said he expected I DO would improve for the run. A veterinary inspection of I DO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of CHAMPION SUPREME immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea.
CHAMPION SUPREME, EASY GO EASY WIN and WORLD FAMOUS were sent for sampling.

Race:3 (229) ABLE FRIEND HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1200 m

On arrival at the Start, it was noted that BEAUTY APPLAUSE had lost its left front plate. After this plate was refitted, BEAUTY APPLAUSE was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.
SUPER WEALTHY lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected and then was bumped by ARDENODE which shifted out.
MAGIC SUPREME began awkwardly.
In the early stages, SHINING GEM was steadied to obtain cover from a wide barrier.
After the 1100 Metres, SUPER WEALTHY travelled keenly and was awkwardly placed outside the heels of ARDENODE when being steadied to obtain cover behind that horse.
Approaching the 1000 Metres, MAGIC SUPREME was crowded for room between ELIGERE and BLOTTING PAPER which shifted in.
After the 1000 Metres, ARDENODE got its head up on a number of occasions and travelled keenly when being steadied to obtain cover behind BEAUTY APPLAUSE.
Approaching the 900 Metres, ARDENODE got its head on the side and lay in away from the heels of BEAUTY APPLAUSE, resulting in BE READY momentarily racing in restricted room.
When being steadied to obtain cover passing the 900 Metres, SHINING GEM was awkwardly placed outside the heels of SUPER WEALTHY which shifted out away from the heels of ELIGERE. As SHINING GEM was being shifted in, HIGH RISE SOLDIER improved quickly to be racing to the inside of that horse, resulting in HIGH RISE SOLDIER being momentarily tightened before SHINING GEM was directed back out to relieve the tightening to HIGH RISE SOLDIER.
Approaching the 250 Metres, MAGIC SUPREME, which was commencing to give ground, was steadied when crowded for room between BLOTTING PAPER and ARDENODE which got its head on the side and lay out away from BE READY.
Passing the 200 Metres, ARDENODE raced tight outside BE READY as that horse shifted out to obtain clear running.
Close to the finishing line, HIGH RISE SOLDIER was steadied away from the heels of SHINING GEM (G van Niekerk) which shifted in under pressure. G van Niekerk was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
Also close to the finishing line, BE READY raced tight outside DIAMOND BRILLIANT.
For the majority of the race, MAGIC SUPREME travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, U Rispoli expressed concern regarding the action of ANONYMA. A subsequent veterinary examination of that horse revealed no significant findings.
When questioned, G van Niekerk stated that after having a wide run throughout the race, he elected to balance up SHINING GEM at the top of the Straight in the hope that it would quicken well as it did at its last start when successful for him. He said SHINING GEM did not show the same turn of foot as that of last start and for this reason he was required to commence to ride the horse along more vigorously approaching the 350 Metres. He added SHINING GEM then finished off the race fairly.
A veterinary inspection of MAGIC SUPREME and HIGH RISE SOLDIER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
BEAUTY APPLAUSE and SUPER WEALTHY were sent for sampling.

Race:4 (230) THE LONGINES HONG KONG VASE (Sec1) Group One 2400 m

YOUNG RASCAL lost ground when crowded for room at the start between SOUTHERN LEGEND and ASPETAR which shifted in.
EAGLE WAY and CALLED TO THE BAR bumped at the start.
Near the 2200 Metres, DEIRDRE raced tight inside HO HO KHAN which shifted in.
Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, GLORY VASE raced close to the heels of PRINCE OF ARRAN.
Approaching the 1700 Metres, MOUNT EVEREST was left racing wide and without cover.
Near the 1000 Metres, MOUNT EVEREST was shifted out away from the heels of ASPETAR which shifted out marginally when awkwardly placed behind ANTHONY VAN DYCK.
Near the 950 Metres, YOUNG RASCAL was steadied away from the heels of GLORY VASE which was awkwardly placed inside the heels of ASPETAR. HO HO KHAN, which was following YOUNG RASCAL, shifted in away from the heels of that horse in consequence, resulting in EAGLE WAY being crowded for room.
Approaching the 600 Metres, YOUNG RASCAL stumbled after clipping the heels of LUCKY LILAC which, after improving inside the heels of MOUNT EVEREST, was taken in marginally by that horse which lay in when commencing to give ground. As the Stewards were satisfied that there was no carelessness involved in this incident, no further action was taken.
At the entrance to the Straight, TRUE SELF momentarily raced tight to the inside of GLORY VASE as that horse shifted in away from the heels of ANTHONY VAN DYCK which came under pressure.
HO HO KHAN was held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight and then passing the 300 Metres was steadied when disappointed for running between ASPETAR and CALLED TO THE BAR. HO HO KHAN was then shifted to the outside of CALLED TO THE BAR approaching the 250 Metres to obtain clear running.
At the 350 Metres, ASPETAR was awkwardly placed inside the heels of LUCKY LILAC (C Soumillon) which shifted in. C Soumillon was reprimanded and advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. In this incident, ANTHONY VAN DYCK was brushed by ASPETAR.
In the Straight, CALLED TO THE BAR lay in.
When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of ANTHONY VAN DYCK, R Moore stated that the horse, which was wearing blinkers for the first time today, was able to obtain a forward position without having too much use made of it. He said however ANTHONY VAN DYCK did not travel at any stage when ridden in a prominent position and came under heavy pressure prior to the Home Turn. He added the manner in which ANTHONY VAN DYCK weakened in the Straight indicated to him that the horse may have come to the end of its campaign. A veterinary inspection of ANTHONY VAN DYCK immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
EXULTANT, GLORY VASE and LUCKY LILAC were sent for sampling.

Race:5 (231) THE LONGINES HONG KONG SPRINT (Sec1) Group One 1200 m

LITTLE GIANT was withdrawn on 6.12.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore). IN HER TIME was withdrawn on raceday morning by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore). Before being allowed to race again, LITTLE GIANT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
FULL OF BEAUTY began awkwardly.
DANON SMASH and WISHFUL THINKER began only fairly.
From the outside barrier, SEASONS BLOOM was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1000 Metres, IVICTORY was steadied away from the heels of REGENCY LEGEND (S de Sousa) which shifted in when not quite clear. S de Sousa was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. After being crossed by REGENCY LEGEND, IVICTORY commenced to travel keenly and was checked away from the heels of REGENCY LEGEND approaching the 900 Metres.
FULL OF BEAUTY was held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight.
After the 200 Metres, D B PIN was awkwardly placed close to the heels of IVICTORY when being shifted out to improve into tight running between that horse and DANON SMASH. In this incident, DANON SMASH was bumped by D B PIN.
Throughout the race, REGENCY LEGEND travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of SEASONS BLOOM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
AETHERO, BEAT THE CLOCK and HOT KING PRAWN were sent for sampling.

Race:6 (232) HIGHLAND REEL HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 3 1400 m

After leaving the Parade Ring but prior to entering the track, RELENTLESS ME became very fractious, reared and momentarily got its right front leg over a rail. RELENTLESS ME then continued to be fractious and dislodged its rider, Apprentice K H Chan, without incident. A veterinary examination of RELENTLESS ME by the Veterinary Surgeon immediately after the incident cleared that horse to proceed to the Start at which time a further veterinary examination was conducted by the Veterinary Officer who said that although RELENTLESS ME had sustained small cuts to the inside of the right front cannon, the horse was suitable to race.
SUPER STAR shifted out at the start and bumped RELENTLESS ME which became unbalanced.
From wide barriers, LAKESHORE EAGLE and HERCULES were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
When racing wide and without cover, TAILOR MADE was steadied after the 900 Metres in order to obtain cover behind STAR OF YUEN LONG.
Passing the 700 Metres, TAILOR MADE and CLASSIC POSH bumped.
Near the 550 Metres, TAILOR MADE was brushed by CLASSIC POSH which improved to the outside of CRAIG’S STAR. ALCARI, which was following TAILOR MADE, was shifted out away from the heels of that horse in consequence, resulting in SKYEY SUPREME being awkwardly placed behind ALCARI. After this, TAILOR MADE gave ground and finished tailed out. A veterinary inspection of TAILOR MADE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of TAILOR MADE was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, TAILOR MADE will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
At the 400 Metres, CRAIG’S STAR and CLASSIC POSH brushed.
After the 150 Metres, LAKESHORE EAGLE, which was finishing off the race strongly, was held up for clear running behind MONICA and CRAIG’S STAR and consequently was not able to be properly tested over the concluding stages.
Close to the finishing line, HERCULES was steadied away from the heels of SKYEY SUPREME which was taken out by CLASSIC POSH which, after being shifted out away from the heels of BEAUTY LOYAL, then shifted out further away from that horse.
After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on SUPER STAR at the request of Trainer A T Millard. The Veterinary Surgeon reported that this examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, SUPER STAR will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
A veterinary inspection of SACRED IBIS and RELENTLESS ME immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of WINNING DELIGHT immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, WINNING DELIGHT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.
SUPER STAR, STAR OF YUEN LONG and MONICA were sent for sampling.

Race:7 (233) THE LONGINES HONG KONG MILE (Sec1) Group One 1600 m

PERSIAN KNIGHT was slow to begin.
ZAAKI and INDY CHAMP, which both began only fairly, bumped at the start.
From wide barriers, CITRON SPIRIT and WAIKUKU were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
When joining up with the course proper near the 1500 Metres, KA YING STAR got its head on the side and shifted out.
INDY CHAMP was badly held up for clear running from on straightening until approaching the 200 Metres at which stage the horse was shifted to the inside of ZAAKI.
PERSIAN KNIGHT had difficulty obtaining clear running from on straightening until approaching the 300 Metres.
Throughout the race, SIMPLY BRILLIANT travelled wide and without cover.
A veterinary inspection of KA YING STAR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
BEAUTY GENERATION, ADMIRE MARS and WAIKUKU were sent for sampling.

Race:8 (234) THE LONGINES HONG KONG CUP (Sec1) Group One 2000 m

Passing the winning post on the first occasion, RISE HIGH raced tight between FURORE and EDISA which shifted in when awkwardly placed close to the heels of GLORIOUS FOREVER.
M Matsuoka (WIN BRIGHT) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 1800 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of DARK DREAM, causing that horse to be checked and to lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. M Matsuoka was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 18 December 2019 and to expire on Monday, 30 December 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (4 Hong Kong racedays). M Matsuoka also pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that after the 150 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in under pressure when not clear of MAGIC WAND, resulting in that horse be taken in onto GLORIOUS FOREVER, causing that horse to be hampered and taken in across DARK DREAM which was also hampered and lost the running to which it was rightfully entitled. M Matsuoka was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 18 December 2019 and to expire on Monday, 30 December 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (4 Hong Kong racedays). The Stewards ruled that the terms of suspension be served concurrently.
Approaching the 1700 Metres, EDISA, which was racing in a three wide position, was steadied to obtain cover. DARK DREAM, which was following, was inconvenienced in consequence.
Approaching the 1200 Metres, WIN BRIGHT was taken wider by GLORIOUS FOREVER which shifted out from behind TIME WARP. WIN BRIGHT was then steadied to obtain cover behind GLORIOUS FOREVER.
At the entrance to the Straight, FURORE was awkwardly placed inside the heels of WIN BRIGHT.
Near the 300 Metres, FURORE was steadied when disappointed for running between WIN BRIGHT and MAGIC WAND (R Moore) which shifted out. R Moore was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he exercises due care when shifting ground in similar circumstances. After this MAGIC WAND was awkwardly placed outside the heels of GLORIOUS FOREVER which shifted out. FURORE was then shifted to the outside of WIN BRIGHT to obtain clear running.
Approaching the 250 Metres, the whip of C Y Ho (RISE HIGH) momentarily became caught behind the leg of M Matsuoka (WIN BRIGHT).
After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that WIN BRIGHT had sustained a laceration above the left hock.
FURORE, WIN BRIGHT and MAGIC WAND were sent for sampling.

Race:9 (235) LORD KANALOA HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1200 m

RAGING BLITZKRIEG began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped the hindquarters of GUNNISON, causing that horse to become unbalanced.
From the outside barriers RAGING STORM and PATCH BABY were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.
AEROHAPPINESS and FAT TURTLE were also steadied in the early stages to obtain cover.
Passing the 1000 Metres, WATER DIVINER commenced to travel keenly and was awkwardly placed behind the heels of GUNNISON.
Approaching the 800 Metres, LITTLE BIRD got its head up after being crossed by BEAUTY AMIGO and shifted out, resulting in MR LUMIERES being taken wider and to race without cover. GUNNISON, which was following LITTLE BIRD, was checked away from the heels of that horse passing the 750 Metres as GUNNISON commenced to travel keenly. Passing the 700 Metres, WATER DIVINER commenced to over-race and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of GUNNISON. In this incident, WATER DIVINER shifted out abruptly away from the heels of GUNNISON, resulting in MR CROISSANT being hampered when crowded for room inside THANKS FOREVER. RAGING STORM, which was following WATER DIVINER, was shifted out away from the heels of that horse in consequence whilst CALIFORNIA WHIP was shifted out away from the heels of MR CROISSANT. Whilst the Stewards found that M Chadwick, the rider of BEAUTY AMIGO, who slowed the tempo of the race once reaching the lead, was not the cause of these incidents, nonetheless he was severely reprimanded and warned against the practice of easing the tempo of the race too abruptly.
THANKS FOREVER travelled wide and without cover until approaching the 600 Metres.
In the early part of the Straight, AEROHAPPINESS was shifted to the outside of FAT TURTLE which shifted in marginally.
Passing the 200 Metres, RAGING STORM was shifted to the outside of WATER DIVINER after being disappointed for running between that horse and GUNNISON.
Throughout the race, MISSION TYCOON travelled wide and without cover.
After the race, H W Lai expressed concern regarding the action of PATCH BABY. A veterinary inspection of PATCH BABY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of PATCH BABY, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, PATCH BABY 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 riding of CALIFORNIA WHIP in the Straight, K Teetan stated that, as instructed, he shifted his mount directly to the outside of runners at the entrance to the Straight after positioning CALIFORNIA WHIP towards the rear of the field from a wide barrier. He said he placed CALIFORNIA WHIP under pressure passing the 400 Metres by using the whip in the backhand on several occasions. He said CALIFORNIA WHIP did not immediately respond to his riding and therefore he put the whip away and commenced to ride it out vigorously hands and heels. He said he again used the whip in the backhand motion passing the 200 Metres and then resumed riding the horse out hands and heels all the way to the end of the race. He added whilst CALIFORNIA WHIP was making up ground over the concluding stages, he felt that the horse was giving of its best in the Straight and he did not believe that riding it more vigorously would have resulted in CALIFORNIA WHIP finishing off the race any better than it did. K Teetan was advised that his riding of CALIFORNIA WHIP in the Straight had come under notice and he must place his mounts under appropriate pressure to ensure that they finish off the race as best as they are able.
A veterinary inspection of MR LUMIERES immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
A veterinary inspection of AEROHAPPINESS immediately following the race found that horse to have bled from both nostrils.
FAT TURTLE and THANKS FOREVER were sent for sampling.

Race:10 (236) EISHIN PRESTON HANDICAP (Sec1) Class 2 1600 m

MORETHANLUCKY began only fairly.
STAR PERFORMANCE began awkwardly.
SUPER OASIS shifted in abruptly at the start and bumped AMAZING BEATS, causing both horses to become unbalanced.
Shortly after the start, SUPER OASIS again became unbalanced after receiving contact on the hindquarters from PRECIOUSSHIP which was taken in by MORE THAN THIS. After this, MORE THAN THIS and PRECIOUSSHIP were steadied to obtain cover.
From the outside barriers, ENRICHMENT, NOT USUAL TALENT and JOYFUL TRINITY were all steadied and shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
Passing the 1100 Metres, PRECIOUSSHIP was bumped by AMAZING BEATS which shifted in.
After the 900 Metres, MORE THAN THIS was left racing without cover.
Near the 550 Metres, AMAZING BEATS raced in restricted room between NICCONI EXPRESS and JOYFUL TRINITY which shifted out.
At the entrance to the Straight, PRECIOUSSHIP was awkwardly placed behind ENJOYING when held up for clear running behind that horse. PRECIOUSSHIP was then shifted to the outside of ENJOYING and attempted to improve into tight running between ENJOYING and RACING FIGHTER, however, was steadied passing the 350 Metres when disappointed for running between those horses. PRECIOUSSHIP was then awkwardly placed close to the heels of ENJOYING passing the 300 Metres.
JOYFUL TRINITY had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight.
After being held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight, ENRICHMENT (G van Niekerk) was directed to the outside of SUPER OASIS passing the 250 Metres. When shifted out slightly, ENRICHMENT made contact with ENJOYING and due to the contact on its hindquarters shifted out further, causing ENJOYING to become unbalanced and shift out away from ENRICHMENT, resulting in PRECIOUSSHIP being taken out onto RACING FIGHTER which was steadied as that horse was giving ground. G van Niekerk was advised that whilst there were some circumstances to this incident, nonetheless he was severely reprimanded and told to ensure that he exercises due care when shifting ground in similar circumstances.
Passing the 400 Metres, AMAZING BEATS had difficulty obtaining clear running and passing the 350 Metres was shifted out away from the heels of RACING FIGHTER to obtain clear running.
Also passing the 400 Metres, NOT USUAL TALENT was shifted out in an attempt to improve into running between STAR PERFORMANCE and ENRICHMENT, both of which then shifted ground. This resulted in NOT USUAL TALENT being held up for clear running and then passing the 300 Metres being shifted to the inside of STAR PERFORMANCE when disappointed for running between that horse which again shifted out marginally and ENRICHMENT which shifted in when racing tight to the inside of ENJOYING. Approaching the 200 Metres, NOT USUAL TALENT was shifted to the outside of STAR PERFORMANCE to obtain clear running. NOT USUAL TALENT and JOYFUL TRINITY subsequently raced tight passing the 100 Metres.
Close to the finishing line, SUPER OASIS was shifted in away from the heels of NICCONI EXPRESS which was racing tight inside ENRICHMENT which shifted in under pressure and consequently was not able to be ridden out all the way to the end of the race. STAR PERFORMANCE, which was following SUPER OASIS, was also not ridden out all the way to the end of the race as a consequence.
A veterinary inspection of STAR PERFORMANCE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.
MORE THAN THIS and PRECIOUSSHIP were sent for sampling.

General

1.

1. Races 3 – 10 were each put back 5 minutes.

2.

The Stewards were advised that INVINCIBLE MISSILE (C037), trained by Mr W Y So, worked on the Small Weather Track this morning when carrying the incorrect saddle cloth. It was established that INVINCIBLE MISSILE incorrectly carried the saddle cloth assigned to ARDENODE (B145), also trained by Mr So. It was confirmed that ARDENODE worked later in the morning carrying its correct saddle cloth. Mr So was fined the sum of $5,000 for breaching the Track Work Regulations.

3. Additional Veterinary Reports from Happy Valley Racemeeting on 4 December 2019

Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of I’M THE CONQUIST, BLOOMING SPIRIT, LIVERBIRD STAR, SHOUSON, WINNING FEELING, MASTER ALBERT, G UNIT, FLYING GENIUS, HAPPY GOOD GUYS, RIGHTEOUS MATE, DREAM WARRIORS, MURRAY’S PARTNERS, ZHAN JIANG ROCKS, BLASTOISE, CHARIZARD, FLYING QUEST, MAGNIFICENT, HIGH REV, GLORIOUS DRAGON, THE HULK, JOYFUL UNION, DANCING FIGHTER and AMAZING KIWI revealed no apparent abnormality.

4.

Racing Laboratory tests of GOUTEN OF GARO, EXCEL DELIGHT, TOP SCORE, COMPASSION STAR, GOLDEN KID, ROMANTIC JOURNEY, ABOVE, DIONYSUS COLLIN, MEHBOOB, KING’S TROOPER, SPECIAL STARS, JUMBO PRIZE, GUNNAR, HAPPY ALUMNI, DEFINING MOMENT, STIMULATION, SUPER ELEGANCE, MERIDIAN GENIUS and HIGHLY PROACTIVE (27.11.19) proved negative.

Summary

1. Withdrawals

Race 5: LITTLE GIANT on 6.12.19 on veterinary advice.

IN HER TIME on raceday morning on veterinary advice.

2. Riding Change

After riding in Race 3, L Hewitson became indisposed and was stood down by the Club’s Chief Medical Officer. Accordingly, permission was given for H W Lai to be substituted as the rider of PATCH BABY in Race 9.

3. Fines

Race 2: S de Sousa (JADE FORTUNE): $2,000 for failing to present himself in the Parade Ring by the required time.

General: Trainer W Y So: $5,000 for breaching the Track Work Regulations.

4. Severe Reprimands

Race 1: U Rispoli (VICTORY MASTERY) for shifting in on jumping.

Race 9: M Chadwick (BEAUTY AMIGO) for slowing the tempo of the race in the middle stages.

Race 10: G van Niekerk (ENRICHMENT) for shifting out passing the 250 Metres.

5. Reprimands

Race 4: C Soumillon (LUCKY LILAC) for shifting in near the 350 Metres.

Race 8: R Moore (MAGIC WAND) for shifting out near the 300 Metres.

6. Warnings

Race 3: G van Niekerk (SHINING GEM) for shifting in close to the finishing line.

Race 5: S de Sousa (REGENCY LEGEND) for shifting in passing the 1000 Metres.

Race 9: K Teetan (CALIFORNIA WHIP) re his riding in the Straight.

7. Suspension

Race 8: M Matsuoka (WIN BRIGHT) for two counts of careless riding: a) near the 1800 Metres and b) after the 150 Metres (from 18 December 2019 until 30 December 2019 on which day he may resume race riding – 4 Hong Kong racedays – to be served concurrently).

8. Bleeder

Race 9: AEROHAPPINESS

9. Barrier Trials

Race 2: HAPPY SEBRING

Race 6: TAILOR MADE

Race 9: PATCH BABY

10. Official Veterinary Examinations

Race 1: ALL WONGCHOY

Race 2: HAPPY SEBRING

Race 5: LITTLE GIANT

Race 6: TAILOR MADE

SUPER STAR

WINNING DELIGHT

Race 9: PATCH BABY

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