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12 October 2011 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 4 - PLOVER COVE HANDICAP

Class 4 - 1200M - A
Course: HV Rainy
Going: g/y
Finish Time: 1:11.4
Sectional Time: 23.84 23.25 24.38

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
15SHIBALA (K230)O. DoleuzeK. L. Man5612910851:11.43-3-124.08 23.25 24.14
29BREEZE OF LUCK (L124)B. PrebbleD. Hall50123104.69H1:11.510-9-224.92 23.09 23.49
33PAR EXCELLENCE (K020)D. WhyteD. Ferraris591329.43380.501:11.54-4-324.24 23.33 24.00
41RIDE ON THE FIRE (M137)C. Y. HoC. Fownes601283.14.313.251:11.92-1-423.88 23.21 24.90
54RAINBOW SEEKER (K300)B. DoyleS. Woods57130152323.501:12.08-7-524.64 23.17 24.23
612ZEPHYRUS (H285)C. W. WongA. T. Millard42112293644.251:12.112-12-625.64 22.81 23.71
77GOOD LOOKING WATCH (L278)W. M. LaiC. W. Chang52123214134.251:12.16-8-724.52 23.29 24.35
810CHINA DRAGON (L104)H. W. LaiP. F. Yiu481191319104.501:12.111-11-825.00 23.21 23.96
911HOT PEPPER (J236)G. MosseC. H. Yip471208.77.974.501:12.19-10-924.80 23.25 24.12
106BENEFACTOR (L332)C. K. TongNg Bik-kuen531246.35.3115.251:12.31-2-1023.84 23.41 25.07
112SAMMY'S FALCON (K383)T. AnglandA. Schutz60133178.1125.501:12.37-6-1124.60 23.21 24.54
128LUCKY FAMILY (M221)M. L. YeungK. W. Lui52120204065.751:12.35-5-1224.32 23.29 24.77
Sire:Exceed And Excel
Breed of the Winning Horse:SHIBALA
Dam:Bare Elegance
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 5 80
place 5 27.5
9 23
3 68.5
quinella 5-9 283.5
quinella place 5-9 105.5
3-5 237
3-9 206
tierce 5-9-3 8630
trio 3-5-9 1478
first 4 1-3-5-9 1245

Recap by phillip woo

Drifting in the market, Shibala enjoyed the box-seat behind the leaders Ride On The Fire and Benefactor, eased into the clear one off the fence at the 200m, hit the lead 100m out and was all-out to hold the late surge of Breeze Of Luck for the win. Well-fancied late, Breeze Of Luck was taken back from an awkward gate to settle second from the rear, weaved way into the clear five wide at the 200m and let down strongly to run down Par Excellence 50m out to take second with the application of blinkers. Favourite Ride On The Fire went toe-to-toe for the front with Benefactor to his outside, opened up a length lead at the head of the straight and gave way inside the final 150m. He's possibly on his mark. Rainbow Seeker was settled behind midfield and on the rails, straightened three deep and made some ground late to just miss fourth prize. Zephyrus was again slow off the mark, made his run a distant last but was getting home nicely late near the inside over an unsuitable trip. Hot Pepper was never was a factor. Benefactor was struggling over the final 200m. Sammy's Falcon was always deep on the track from a wide gate worse than midfield, hit the straight with one wider out and never was a factor with money coming on late.

Racing Incident Report

Race Four: (087) - PLOVER COVE HANDICAP - Class 4 - 1200 Meters On arrival at the Start, it was noted that ZEPHYRUS had lost its left front plate.

This plate was refitted.

ZEPHYRUS was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.

As the start was effected, HOT PEPPER lifted its front feet off the ground and consequently was slow to begin.

RIDE ON THE FIRE shifted out at the start, resulting in RAINBOW SEEKER and GOOD LOOKING WATCH being hampered.

BREEZE OF LUCK was taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

Approaching the 1000 Metres, BENEFACTOR shifted in despite the efforts of its rider and made heavy contact with SHIBALA which as a result became unbalanced, shifted in and bumped RIDE ON THE FIRE.

After the 500 Metres, GOOD LOOKING WATCH was awkwardly placed close to the heels of LUCKY FAMILY.

Over the concluding stages, SAMMY'S FALCON raced in restricted room between HOT PEPPER and GOOD LOOKING WATCH.

Throughout the race, SAMMY!|S FALCON travelled wide and without cover.

When questioned regarding his riding of HOT PEPPER in the Home Straight, G Mosse stated that he placed the horse under pressure rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight after being ridden in a more rearward position than is usual.

He said HOT PEPPER did not show any turn of foot when placed under pressure, got its head on the side and lay in.

He said he continued to slap the horse down the shoulder with the whip in the right hand in the Straight, however, HOT PEPPER, in his opinion, did not respond to his riding.

He added that after the 100 Metres HOT PEPPER again got its head on the side, lay in towards SAMMY!|S FALCON and stayed on only one-paced in the run to the line.

G Mosse was advised that his riding of HOT PEPPER in the Home Straight had come under notice and that this was the second occasion during this racemeeting that he had been spoken to regarding the manner in which he had ridden out his horses.

G Mosse was severely reprimanded and advised that he was being placed on notice that he must at all times fulfil his obligation under the Rules to ride his mounts out in such a manner so as to leave no room for query.

When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of BENEFACTOR, C K Tong stated that at its most recent start when successful BENEFACTOR was able to find the lead without having to have too much use made of it in the early stages.

He said tonight with RIDE ON THE FIRE and SHIBALA being drawn inside BENEFACTOR, he had to make considerable use of the horse in the early stages to obtain a forward position.

He said after being made use of, BENEFACTOR was obliged to sit outside RIDE ON THE FIRE as he was not able to clear that horse to his inside.

He added that whilst BENEFACTOR had previously won on a track rated !Good to Yielding!L, in his opinion, the horse is better suited on tracks which are not rain affected.

He said however that the principal reason for tonight!|s performance, in his opinion, was the amount of use that he had to make of the horse in the early stages in contrast to last start.

A veterinary inspection of BENEFACTOR after the race did not show any significant findings.

After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that RIDE ON THE FIRE had lost its left front plate.

RIDE ON THE FIRE, SHIBALA and BREEZE OF LUCK were sent for sampling.