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Race Results:

16 November 2011 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 1 - SUTHERLAND HANDICAP

Class 5 - 1650M - B
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:42.3
Sectional Time: 28.02 24.55 25.94 23.88

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
15SOHNA (G183)O. DoleuzeP. F. Yiu37130141831:42.36-6-6-153.17 25.78 23.44
21EAST OCEAN (K340)B. PrebbleA. Lee40133131242.501:42.89-8-8-253.37 25.70 23.73
312KUNG HEI FAT CHOI (L157)G. CheyneR. Gibson201136.48.372.751:42.83-5-4-352.97 25.82 24.05
46SPARKLING (K149)Z. PurtonK. L. Man3512816181231:42.812-11-11-453.69 25.62 23.55
54MACASSAR (L382)D. WhyteY. S. Tsui371308.86.613.251:42.97-7-7-553.29 25.74 23.88
67MEDIC FORTUNE (K057)M. ChadwickA. T. Millard341256.51293.501:42.95-1-1-652.57 25.94 24.45
710RAY'S FAVOURITE (L045)Y. T. ChengNg Bik-kuen311226.53.5113.501:42.911-12-12-753.77 25.74 23.45
89POLYGOLD (K309)B. DoyleT. W. Leung331266.38.5241:43.010-10-9-853.61 25.62 23.81
911SONOFTHEWEST (L063)M. Du PlessisA. Schutz261193442104.251:43.02-4-5-952.89 25.94 24.24
102BULB TREASURE (H048)M. L. YeungNg Ting-keung37125101284.501:43.11-3-3-1052.73 26.02 24.35
118FULL STAR (L031)N. CallanD. Cruz33126498355.501:43.28-9-10-1153.49 25.74 24.05
123FLYING KEEPER (M191)T. AnglandC. Fownes371308.36.466.501:43.44-2-2-1252.65 25.98 24.82
Sire:Canny Lad
Breed of the Winning Horse:SOHNA
Dam:Zinarush
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 5 183.5
place 5 49
1 48.5
12 26
quinella 1-5 1034.5
quinella place 1-5 292
5-12 240.5
1-12 256.5
tierce 5-1-12 22601
trio 1-5-12 3480
first 4 1-5-6-12 8839

Recap by phillip woo

Sohna travelled nicely ahead of midfield and two deep with cover, was shaken to pick up three wide at the 450m, hit the straight with one wider out and let down nicely to take control 200m out for the win. East Ocean bided his behind midfield and two deep, rounded the final bend with two wider out and finished well down the center of the track to take second. Kung Hei Fat Choi settled three back and along the rails in fifth after a good break, was short of room while angling six deep for a clear run at the 300m and stayed on nicely for a placing. Sparkling finished well to fill the frame in fourth. Macassar was given a no excuses ride in midfield and along the rails after jumping better than normal and kept on evenly without looking a threat. Medic Fortune kept up a one-paced gallop over the final 100m. Firming favourite Ray's Favourite dwelt at the start, was still at the rear while cornering in four deep and ran on reasonably well. Polygold got going late without menacing. Bulb Treasure pressed forward to lead early on before dropping anchor to settle second or third along the rails but came up flat over the final 100m. Flying Keeper was covering ground, poked his head narrowly in front one off the fence at the 1,000m before handing up to Medic Fortune at the 800m, cornered in six wide and was struggling 200m out with the step up to the mile with a return to blinkers.

Racing Incident Report

Race One: (167) - SUTHERLAND HANDICAP - Class 5 - 1650 Meters MEDIC FORTUNE began awkwardly.

POLYGOLD was slow to begin.

From the outside barrier, SPARKLING was taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

After passing the winning post on the first occasion, EAST OCEAN, which had failed to muster speed, became unbalanced and lost ground.

Passing the 1300 Metres, MACASSAR was steadied away from the heels of KUNG HEI FAT CHOI.

Also passing the 1300 Metres, SOHNA got its head up when proving difficult to settle.

In the early stages, FLYING KEEPER travelled wide and without cover and after the 1100 Metres was allowed to stride forward.

MEDIC FORTUNE also travelled wide in the early stages and passing the 1000 Metres was permitted to stride forward into a position closer to the rail.

Near the 900 Metres, EAST OCEAN became unbalanced when awkwardly placed outside the hindquarters of MACASSAR which shifted out slightly.

Passing the 600 Metres, RAY!|S FAVOURITE was awkwardly placed close to the heels of FULL STAR which itself was awkwardly placed close to the heels of MACASSAR.

Also passing the 600 Metres, POLYGOLD shifted out after being steadied away from the heels of EAST OCEAN.

Rounding the Home Turn, FULL STAR became unbalanced when being steadied away from the heels of MACASSAR.

At the entrance to the Straight, KUNG HEI FAT CHOI was checked when attempting to improve to the outside of FLYING KEEPER which was taken out by MEDIC FORTUNE.

In this incident, SONOFTHEWEST, which was racing to the outside of KUNG HEI FAT CHOI, was bumped and became unbalanced.

The Stewards deferred the declaration of weighed-in whilst they considered if RAY!|S FAVOURITE had been afforded a fair start.

Evidence was taken from Jockey Y T Cheng, the rider of RAY!|S FAVOURITE, and Mr T McGovern, Starter.

After viewing the official videos, it was ascertained that momentarily prior to the start being effected, RAY!|S FAVOURITE became fractious and lunged at the front gates.

In this incident, RAY!|S FAVOURITE made contact with the front gates which as a result opened just prior to the start being effected.

RAY!|S FAVOURITE, which was being assisted by a starting gate handler when fractious in the barriers, then was very slow to begin and lost a considerable amount of ground.

As the Stewards formed the opinion that RAY!|S FAVOURITE!|s barrier manners were the sole cause of this incident, that horse was deemed to be a runner.

After considering RAY!|S FAVOURITE!|s previous record in respect of barrier manners, the Stewards ruled that prior to being permitted to race again, RAY!|S FAVOURITE will be required to perform satisfactorily in an official barrier trial.

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

RAY'S FAVOURITE, SOHNA and EAST OCEAN were sent for sampling.