Push comes to shove on the track
Horse trainers Bruce Hutchison and Alex Wong Yu-on have been summoned to an inquiry tomorrow after a trackwork scuffle.
The altercation took place in front of colleagues in the trainers' stand at the Sha Tin work track at 5am yesterday. Blows were not struck, but there were shouted exchanges and some pushing and shoving before other trainers and assistants intervened. Both men later shook hands.
The duty stipendiary steward, Christopher Lee, submitted an official report on the incident. Chief stipendiary steward Clinton P. Pitts Jnr confirmed both trainers had been told to appear at an inquiry at noon tomorrow before racing. 'There is not much more I can say at this stage,' Mr Pitts said. 'We require both trainers to appear to give evidence.' Australian trainer Hutchison, badly hurt in a car crash 18 months ago, has been a fixture on the racing scene for almost two decades.
Both men could be charged under Rule 190 (ii) which states: 'No person shall be guilty of any violent or improper conduct on any land or premises, owned, used, licensed or controlled by the Stewards or by the Stewards of the Jockey Club.' Wong declined to comment and Hutchison was not available yesterday.
Trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee said: 'I have been around racing here for almost 30 years and I haven't seen something like this. It was all a bit silly.'