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Race Results:

26 October 2011 - Happy Valley


Class 4 - 1650M - C
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:40.8
Sectional Time: 28.11 24.59 24.75 23.43

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
15VIVA GUY (K318)T. H. SoL. Ho521234.84.521:40.83-4-3-153.02 24.79 23.07
21SPANDAU BALLET (L345)C. Y. HoC. Fownes57128101271.251:41.09-9-9-253.42 24.83 22.82
312ZEPHYRUS (H285)J. LloydA. T. Millard4211812931.751:41.18-8-6-353.26 24.75 23.16
42LEO'S PRIDE (K094)B. PrebbleK. W. Lui551315.97421:41.16-7-7-453.26 24.75 23.18
53BAITIWU (L205)D. BeadmanC. S. Shum54130128.612.251:41.21-1-1-552.70 24.75 23.80
68BRILLIANT CHARIOT (L242)W. M. LaiC. W. Chang451191413104.501:41.54-5-4-653.06 24.75 23.78
76BESPOKE MASTER (L227)D. WhyteC. H. Yip511274.74.9551:41.62-2-2-752.82 24.71 24.16
811SUISSE D'OR (L195)T. ClarkA. Schutz421184268126.251:41.812-12-12-853.82 24.79 23.28
94BULLISH POWER (M330)G. MosseA. S. Cruz521289.41387.251:42.011-11-11-953.58 24.83 23.61
109GREAT SHOW (K001)Y. T. ChengY. S. Tsui44118131368.251:42.17-6-8-1053.22 24.95 24.01
1110NICKU (K389)M. L. YeungA. Lee421134799118.501:42.210-10-10-1153.50 24.83 23.92
127CHINA DRAGON (L104)K. C. LeungP. F. Yiu4611912109111:42.65-3-5-1252.98 24.95 24.72
Breed of the Winning Horse:VIVA GUY
Dam:South Pacific
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 5 45.5
place 5 18.5
1 42
12 28.5
quinella 1-5 421
quinella place 1-5 131.5
5-12 88
1-12 253.5
tierce 5-1-12 5815
trio 1-5-12 1176
first 4 1-2-5-12 1325

Recap by phillip woo

Firming late, Viva Guy enjoyed the run of the race in fourth along the fence, slipped through along the inside to hit the front 250m out and kept up a strong gallop for an overdue win. Spandau Ballet was patiently ridden behind midfield and two deep, weaved an inside run at the 200m after straightening four deep and finished well to take second. He'll come on for this run and will be hard to be next time out. Well-punted late, Zephyrus was ridden to hold the fence worse than midfield, cornered three deep and plugged on gamely to wear down Leo's Pride for third. Leo's Pride settled to the outside of Zephyrus between horses, hit the straight five wide and loomed a winning chance passing the 200m, before peaking 100m out. Baitiwu went forward to set a weak opening 400m, picked things up at the 1,000m, straightened nearly a length on top and gave ground over the last 100m. Specked late, Brilliant Chariot slotted in one-out, one-back from a wide gate, rounded the final bend nearly five deep, steadied off the heels of a tiring Bespoke Master approaching the 100m and kept on evenly thereafter. Bespoke Master sat outside the leader, straightened three deep and found very little when push came to shove over the final 200m. Bullish Power made his run second from the rear and was plodding along in the straight run. Great Show was struggling 250m out.

Racing Incident Report

Race Two: (121) - PING KONG HANDICAP - Class 4 - 1650 Meters ZEPHYRUS became unbalanced at the start when bumped by VIVA GUY which shifted out.

SPANDAU BALLET and BULLISH POWER were checked on jumping when crowded for room between GREAT SHOW which got its head on the side and shifted out and CHINA DRAGON which shifted in after bumping with BRILLIANT CHARIOT.

From wide barriers, NICKU and SUISSE D'OR were taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, ZEPHYRUS raced tight inside SPANDAU BALLET which was awkwardly placed inside the heels of LEO'S PRIDE.

Approaching the 1200 Metres, NICKU was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SPANDAU BALLET which itself was steadied away from the heels of LEO'S PRIDE.

Near the 200 Metres, ZEPHYRUS was shifted in when disappointed for running between BAITIWU and BESPOKE MASTER.

Near the 150 Metres, BRILLIANT CHARIOT was steadied and shifted out when disappointed for running between LEO'S PRIDE and BESPOKE MASTER which, after initially getting its head on the side and shifting out and away from BAITIWU, was then taken out by that horse.

Inside the 100 Metres, ZEPHYRUS shifted out and bumped SPANDAU BALLET.

Close to the finishing line, BAITIWU and LEO'S PRIDE bumped and became unbalanced due to both horses shifting ground.

When questioned, K C Leung (CHINA DRAGON) stated that he was obliged to race wide until after the winning post on the first occasion at which time he was able to shift in to a three wide position behind BRILLIANT CHARIOT.

He said near the 1300 Metres BRILLIANT CHARIOT shifted in which resulted in CHINA DRAGON being left racing in a three wide position without cover.

He said although the tempo of the race steadied after the 1200 Metres, he did not feel that CHINA DRAGON was travelling well enough to continue forward in an attempt to obtain a position closer to the rail.

He added that he felt that had he have pushed forward on CHINA DRAGON at this stage of the race, he would have to make too much use of the horse and it would then not be able to finish off the race.

K C Leung was advised that, in the opinion of the Stewards, he had erred in that given the slow sectional of the race between the 1200 Metres and the 800 Metres, he should have made an attempt to clear BESPOKE MASTER to his inside and race in a position closer to the running rail.

K C Leung was further advised to ensure that, wherever possible, he should avoid covering unnecessary ground.

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

VIVA GUY and SPANDAU BALLET were sent for sampling.