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Race Results:

18 January 2012 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 1 - YIU WA HANDICAP

Class 5 - 1650M - C
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:41.0
Sectional Time: 28.97 24.55 23.83 23.65

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
17RAY'S FAVOURITE (L045)B. PrebbleNg Bik-kuen3112421.711:41.03-3-3-153.72 23.91 23.37
212SONOFTHEWEST (L063)M. Du PlessisA. Schutz211142741711:41.11-1-1-253.52 23.83 23.81
34EPATANT (L349)N. CallanP. F. Yiu321251722122.751:41.44-4-4-353.80 23.83 23.81
45MACASSAR (L382)D. WhyteY. S. Tsui321259.79.933.751:41.56-7-7-454.04 23.87 23.67
511FORTUNE BUNNY (L310)T. ClarkP. O'Sullivan2411757991141:41.612-12-12-554.68 23.75 23.20
68CLASSA (K267)H. W. LaiL. Ho30121101054.251:41.67-8-6-654.16 23.75 23.76
72SPARKLING (K149)J. LloydK. L. Man34127111264.751:41.72-2-2-753.64 23.79 24.31
83TELECOM NEW STAR (M084)C. Y. HoD. Hall341223221961:41.910-10-10-854.44 23.95 23.56
910METREVELLI (M165)B. DoyleD. Ferraris301236299461:41.99-9-9-954.20 23.95 23.82
106BULB TREASURE (H048)W. M. LaiNg Ting-keung311227.21026.501:42.05-6-8-1053.96 24.07 24.00
111EAST OCEAN (K340)T. AnglandA. Lee401331010108.501:42.38-5-5-1153.80 23.87 24.70
129EVER KING (E147)M. GuyonD. Cruz301232338810.251:42.611-11-11-1254.52 23.91 24.23
Sire:Strategic Image
Breed of the Winning Horse:RAY'S FAVOURITE
Dam:Katie
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 7 17
place 7 10.1
12 81
4 51.5
quinella 7-12 329
quinella place 7-12 104.5
4-7 92.5
4-12 763
tierce 7-12-4 3555
trio 4-7-12 1570
first 4 4-5-7-12 2525

Recap by phillip woo

It was deemed a one-horse race on the betting board and short-priced favourite Ray's Favourite did eventually prevail in the end. He enjoyed the box-seat run after jumping best of all, circled the final bend one off the fence and wore down pacesetter Sonofthewest 120m out for the win. Sonofthewest pressed to the front soon after the break, established a near two-length margin upon straightening and went down fighting in an improved performance. Epatant slotted in effectively one-out, one-back in the run from gate 12, cornered in four wide and stayed on well to chalk up a placing. Macassar shifted five wide at the 300m and stayed on all right without ever threatening. Fortune Bunny made his run at the rear, peeled into the clear with one wider out at the 250m and made some ground late in a better effort. Classa settled worse than midfield and two deep, swung the final bend widest out and made some progress without menacing. Sparkling sat outside the leader in second, straightened three deep and whacked on one-paced over the final 150m. Metrevelli made his run fourth from the rear after copping a check soon after the break by Bulb Treasure, cornered four deep and was making no impression under a hustling ride. East Ocean hit the straight five off the fence and was coming back to the field over the final 250m.

Racing Incident Report

Race One: (324) - YIU WA HANDICAP - Class 5 - 1650 Meters MACASSAR and EVER KING were slow to begin.

Shortly after the start, METREVELLI was checked when crowded for room between CLASSA and BULB TREASURE which, after initially being taken out by RAYS FAVOURITE, became awkward and then shifted out further of its own accord.

From a wide barrier, FORTUNE BUNNY was taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

After passing the winning post on the first occasion, SPARKLING shifted out when awkwardly placed close to the heels of EPATANT which was inconvenienced when taken out by RAYS FAVOURITE which itself shifted out momentarily when awkwardly placed close to the heels of SONOFTHEWEST.

This resulted in SPARKLING shifting out to a position without cover.

SPARKLING was then allowed to improve into a more forward position after the 1300 Metres.

In the early stages, EAST OCEAN travelled wide and without cover and after the 1000 Metres was allowed to stride into a more forward position.

However, EAST OCEAN continued to race wide and without cover.

W M Lai explained that after passing the winning post on the first occasion the pace of the race slowed, resulting in BULB TREASURE getting its head up on a number of occasions and proving difficult to settle when awkwardly placed close to the heels of RAYS FAVOURITE.

He said that at this time RAYS FAVOURITE shifted in to a position one horse off the fence and he considered improving to the inside of that horse.

He said however he noticed SPARKLING improving around RAYS FAVOURITE at that time and felt that he would have had to ride BULB TREASURE along to obtain the position inside RAYS FAVOURITE before that horse shifted back in.

He added due to the manner in which BULB TREASURE was proving difficult to settle, he elected to remain racing behind RAYS FAVOURITE rather than attempt to obtain the position inside that horse.

B Prebble (RAYS FAVOURITE) was warned against the practice of hitting his mounts down the shoulder with the whip in the forehand manner.

After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that EAST OCEAN struck the point of the left hip on exiting the stable after undergoing the post-race veterinary inspection.

Before being allowed to race again, EAST OCEAN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

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

RAYS FAVOURITE and SONOFTHEWEST were sent for sampling.