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Wrong silks worn for Winner Supreme in race four at Happy Valley – @ChareneWoo
It would have taken an eagle-eyed observer (or someone reading the stewards’ report) to notice Wednesday night’s mix-up when Alexis Badel wore the silks of the fellow Choi Fong Hon-mei-owned Dashing Gainer instead of the slightly different ones of Winner Supreme.
They both have a yellow base with a red “V”, the main variation being a small purple “V” inside the red one on Winner Supreme and the yellow and purple chequered pattern on the sleeves continues all the way down the arm on Dashing Gainer instead of stopping at the elbow.
Stewards were notified of the mistake as the horses were preceding to the track, but given the similarity and the fact all the runners had left the parade ring, they allowed the rider to continue with what he was wearing.
Afterwards, Badel and the Jockey Club officials responsible for the provision and checking of racing colours “were spoken to in respect of this matter”.
The Me Tsui Yu-sak-trained Winner Supreme did not show a lot in his debut effort, always sitting towards the tail of the field and he failed to make any inroads in the straight, finishing seven-and-a-half lengths behind the winner Thou Shall Sing.
The following retirements are notified: Not Listenin’tome – Jockey Club
John Moore’s top sprinter of the past few seasons has run his last race.
It continues the changing of the guard at the stable with Not Listenin’tome joining the likes of Helene Paragon and Werther in retirement in the past couple of months.
It means three of the five highest-rated horses in Moore’s yard at the start of the term have now departed, but if you put it in real terms, only Werther looked a real chance of winning a race before injury intervened.
Not Listenin’tome, who was also runner-up twice at Group One level in Australia, finishes his Hong Kong career with five wins and nine placings from 39 starts, collecting a tick over HK$16.5 million in prize money.
His biggest win was his most recent one – the Group Two Jockey Club Sprint in November 2016 – while he also finished third at Group One level twice.
Moore had tried to find one more win with him, throwing the blinkers back on and even trying him on the all-weather track, but his best was long gone and when he pulled up lame in the left hind leg after racing last week, connections decided to pull the pin.
His retirement does signal a changing of the guard, but the good news for Moore is that he still has Hong Kong’s best horse in Beauty Generation.