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Race Results:

1 October 2011 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 3 - CHENGDU HANDICAP

Class 4 - 1200M - C
Course: ST Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:10.9
Sectional Time: 24.09 23.17 23.67

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
18MEGA CHAMPION (M149)D. WhyteA. S. Cruz451194.33.911:10.94-5-124.41 23.05 23.47
22SPEARHEAD (M083)D. BeadmanP. F. Yiu571318.71310N1:10.98-3-224.77 22.65 23.57
37ABLE MAGIC (L290)M. Du PlessisK. W. Lui451197.75.360.501:11.06-7-324.61 23.01 23.40
412EKRAAR EMPEROR (M081)H. W. LaiNg Bik-kuen421148.85.390.751:11.07-6-424.65 22.93 23.48
511NICHOLSON (M173)K. C. LeungD. Hall4411517121211:11.012-11-525.29 22.61 23.19
65HOT PEPPER (J236)K. C. NgC. H. Yip49113131642.251:11.31-2-624.09 23.21 24.00
79FORTUNE TOGETHER (L283)J. LloydY. S. Tsui441184.71072.501:11.310-10-724.89 22.89 23.56
81HIGH-LOFT (M082)B. DoyleC. W. Chang591336.4532.751:11.32-1-824.13 23.13 24.12
93GRAND ELITE (M393)C. Y. HoC. Fownes5212133611141:11.511-12-925.29 22.73 23.54
106VIVA DOLPHIN (M071)C. K. TongNg Ting-keung41112208084.251:11.59-8-1024.89 22.77 23.93
114GREAT PEGASUS (L359)T. ClarkA. Lee521264855551:11.73-4-1124.13 23.29 24.32
1210FIGHTING HEART (M333)Z. PurtonC. S. Shum521263556219.751:14.05-9-1224.45 23.25 26.37
Sire:Compton Place
Breed of the Winning Horse:MEGA CHAMPION
Dam:Noble View
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 8 39
place 8 18
2 32.5
7 17.5
quinella 2-8 257.5
quinella place 2-8 95
7-8 60
2-7 124.5
tierce 8-2-7 1849
trio 2-7-8 461
first 4 2-7-8-12 553

Recap by phillip woo

Favourite Mega Champion enjoyed the run of the race in fourth behind the leader Hot Pepper, eased one off the fence awaiting a run, split runners 180m out to grab Spearhead 50m out for the win. He had put the writing on the wall in his first start for his new trainer Tony Cruz with a Happy Valley third last month. He's capable of heading higher. Spearhead was never better than four deep ahead of midfield, worked to the lead 200m out and came up just short in a huge effort. Able Magic was rated behind midfield and on the rails, was badly held up upon straightening, barged his way into the clear four deep at the 200m and finished off nicely to make it tight for second. Ekraar Emperor travelled three deep worse than midfield, swung the final bend to the outside of Spearhead and was headed in the final 20m for a placing. Plunged late, Nicholson was taken back to last from a wide gate, pulled widest out at the 320m and finished off full of running to finish just outside the placings. He'll be hard to beat over a longer trip. Fortune Together settled behind and on the rails after being badly hampered at the gate, eased six wide into the clear at the 400m and never fired. High-Loft was coming back to the field over the final 100m.

Racing Incident Report

Race Three: (057) - CHENGDU HANDICAP - Class 4 - 1200 Meters PERPETUAL KINGDOM was withdrawn on 30.9.11 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (coughing) and was replaced by first Standby Declared Starter VIVA DOLPHIN (C K Tong).

KINGS DOMAIN was also withdrawn on 30.9.11 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right hind) and was replaced by second Standby Declared Starter FIGHTING HEART (Z Purton).

Before being allowed to race again, PERPETUAL KINGDOM and KINGS DOMAIN will both be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

After beginning awkwardly, HIGH-LOFT was bumped by HOT PEPPER which shifted in at the start.

VIVA DOLPHIN began awkwardly and shifted in at the start despite the efforts of its rider, causing FORTUNE TOGETHER to be hampered and ABLE MAGIC, which had been a bit slow to begin, to be checked.

A short distance later, FORTUNE TOGETHER bumped the hindquarters of GREAT PEGASUS which shifted out slightly, resulting in FORTUNE TOGETHER being checked, becoming unbalanced and also resulting in GREAT PEGASUS and VIVA DOLPHIN becoming badly unbalanced.

Approaching the first turn, FORTUNE TOGETHER, which was racing fiercely, was restrained away from the heels of EKRAAR EMPEROR which shifted in.

At the entrance to the Straight, MEGA CHAMPION was steadied when disappointed for a run between HIGH-LOFT and HOT PEPPER (Apprentice K C Ng) which, after shifting out on the Home Turn, shifted back in to race alongside the leader, HIGH-LOFT.

When steadied, MEGA CHAMPION shifted in, resulting in ABLE MAGIC being checked.

Whilst the Stewards were satisfied that he had not shifted out to a three wide position and allowed a full run for MEGA CHAMPION to his inside, he was nonetheless advised to be more alert to the placements of his mounts and aware of them shifting ground.

HIGH-LOFT raced greenly under pressure over the concluding stages.

GREAT PEGASUS and SPEARHEAD raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that ABLE MAGIC had lost its left front plate.

A veterinary inspection of HIGH-LOFT after the race including an endoscopic examination confirmed the horse to be a roarer.

A veterinary inspection of FIGHTING HEART after the race, which compounded badly in the Straight, did not show any significant findings.

MEGA CHAMPION and SPEARHEAD were sent for sampling.