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17 December 2011 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 3 - MIDLAND IC & I PROFESSIONAL ELITES ANDICAP

Class 5 - 1600M - C
Course: ST Sunny
Going: g/f
Finish Time: 1:37.0
Sectional Time: 24.67 23.16 24.89 24.36

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
14NICKU (K389)M. L. YeungA. Lee38126142271:37.04-4-4-148.23 24.73 24.12
211BEAUTIFUL CHOICE (H130)D. BeadmanC. S. Shum261207.59.85SH1:37.11-1-1-247.83 24.89 24.38
39MISTER HORSE (L035)C. Y. HoK. L. Man32120291713N1:37.112-12-11-348.95 24.49 23.68
47MIGHTY FEELING (L025)T. ClarkD. Ferraris361299.67.921.251:37.25-5-5-448.31 24.81 24.15
43BROTHERS IN ARMS (J070)M. BarzalonaS. Woods38131121641.251:37.22-3-3-448.07 24.85 24.35
612FULL STAR (L031)M. ChadwickD. Cruz311229.93231.751:37.38-8-9-648.63 24.61 24.10
76FANTASTISCH (K017)O. DoleuzeR. Gibson36129157.2112.251:37.49-9-7-748.67 24.49 24.27
82PRINCE OF SUNSHINE (M017)N. CallanY. S. Tsui391323722143.251:37.510-10-10-848.79 24.57 24.23
914RACING SPORT (L344)J. LloydC. W. Chang231162726641:37.77-7-8-948.55 24.65 24.53
105TREASURE GLITTER (M031)K. C. NgC. H. Yip37120159.1105.251:37.93-2-2-1047.99 24.89 25.06
1110GRANDWAY FLYER (K302)Y. T. ChengT. W. Leung291208.2885.501:37.911-11-12-1148.91 24.57 24.49
1213POLYMER POWER (L417)M. GuyonP. F. Yiu251183.73.3961:38.06-6-6-1248.47 24.69 24.87
138WADASURPRISE (K272)B. DoyleNg Ting-keung341272231126.251:38.013-13-13-1349.15 24.57 24.35
WD1M'S MAGIC (M079)Z. PurtonP. O'Sullivan40133151-----
Sire:Colombia
Breed of the Winning Horse:NICKU
Dam:Florence Maria
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 4 220.5
place 4 58.5
11 30
9 49
quinella 4-11 1151
quinella place 4-11 334
4-9 631
9-11 199
tierce 4-11-9 35714
trio 4-9-11 4241
first 4 3-4-9-11 6250

Recap by phillip woo

Nicku tracked a moderate pace one-out, one-back, cornered in four deep and was grinding away to overhaul Beautiful Choice 40m out for a narrow win. Beautiful Choice worked to the front at the 1,400m, cornered a length on top, headed in the dying strides and just held a fast-finishing Mister Horse for second with a return to blinkers. Punted late, Mister Horse bided his time second from rear after fading back from a wide gate, hit the straight with one wider out and finished up willingly. It was a big effort in defeat in a race not run to suit backmarkers. Mighty Feeling held up for a clear run four deep until the 150m and kept on OK when clear to finish level with Brothers In Arms for fourth. The latter enjoyed the box-seat run, straightened one-off the fence and kept on evenly with every chance. Fantastisch travelled three deep behind midfield with cover, rounded the final bend with two deeper out and whacked away one-paced. Specked late, Treasure Glitter travelled without cover for the entire trip and was struggling. Favourite Polymer Power was posted three deep without cover and failed to let down in a disappointing performance.

Racing Incident Report

Race Three: (250) - MIDLAND IC&I PROFESSIONAL ELITES HANDICAP - Class 5 - 1600 Meters DIVINE KID was withdrawn on 16.12.11 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right hind) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter FULL STAR (M Chadwick).

Before being allowed to race again, DIVINE KID will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

On arrival at the barriers, the Veterinary Officer reported that MS MAGIC, which had been kicked by another runner when proceeding to the Start and sustained a cut on the inside of its right hind leg, was not suitable to race.

Acting on this advice, the Stewards ordered the withdrawal of MS MAGIC.

Before being allowed to race again, MS MAGIC will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

RACING SPORT was slow to begin.

POLYMER POWER and TREASURE GLITTER made heavy contact at the start, resulting in both horses becoming badly unbalanced and causing TREASURE GLITTER to be taken out onto FANTASTISCH which was hampered.

Shortly after the start, FULL STAR was crowded for room between MIGHTY FEELING and BROTHERS IN ARMS which shifted in.

From wide barriers, WADASURPRISE, PRINCE OF SUNSHINE and MISTER HORSE were taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

Near the 1500 Metres, FANTASTISCH got its head up when being shifted across behind TREASURE GLITTER to obtain cover.

Near the 1400 Metres, RACING SPORT was steadied away from the heels of NICKU which shifted in.

GRANDWAY FLYER, which was following, was checked away from the heels of RACING SPORT in consequence and lost ground.

Near the 850 Metres, RACING SPORT was momentarily crowded for room between MIGHTY FEELING and POLYMER POWER.

PRINCE OF SUNSHINE, which was following, lost ground when steadied away from the heels of RACING SPORT.

MIGHTY FEELING was held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight.

Passing the 200 Metres, the whip of M Barzalona (BROTHERS IN ARMS) was knocked from his grasp by the whip of Apprentice M L Yeung (NICKU).

FULL STAR was not able to obtain clear running over the final 100 Metres and consequently was not fully tested.

Near the 50 Metres, FANTASTISCH was inconvenienced by MISTER HORSE which shifted in under pressure.

When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of POLYMER POWER, M Guyon stated that after the 900 Metres POLYMER POWER was left racing in a three wide position without cover.

He said his mount travelled satisfactorily during the race, but came under pressure leaving the 600 Metres to maintain its position.

He said he rode POLYMER POWER vigorously rounding the Home Turn to have it improve its position, however, despite being ridden along POLYMER POWER was most disappointing in the manner in which it weakened out of the race in the Straight.

Trainer P F Yiu stated that although POLYMER POWER raced three wide and without cover in todays race, he was nonetheless disappointed with the horses performance in that it came under pressure passing the 600 Metres.

He did say that POLYMER POWER was racing over 1600 Metres for the first time today and given the manner in which it performed, he would find a suitable race to bring the horse back in distance as it had performed well at its most recent start over 1400 Metres.

Mr Yiu added that POLYMER POWER had pleased him in the lead up to todays race and a forward showing was anticipated.

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

When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of GRANDWAY FLYER, Y T Cheng stated that his mount was obliged to race further back in the field than had been intended after it lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected and was slow to begin.

He said after this GRANDWAY FLYER travelled only fairly during the race and when placed under pressure did not respond to his riding.

He added that he was not able to offer any explanation for the horses disappointing performance.

Y T Cheng was reminded of his obligation in respect of using the whip on horses which are out of contention.

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

POLYMER POWER, NICKU and BEAUTIFUL CHOICE were sent for sampling.