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29 January 2012 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 8 - THE STEWARDS' CUP

Class G1 - 1600M - A+3
Course: ST Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:34.9
Sectional Time: 25.05 23.88 23.52 22.48

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
11AMBITIOUS DRAGON (K399)D. WhyteA. T. Millard1321262.52.471:34.99-7-6-149.49 23.28 22.16
25XTENSION (M097)J. LloydJ. Moore1251268.66.9121.251:35.04-2-1-249.01 23.44 22.64
32CALIFORNIA MEMORY (L135)M. ChadwickA. S. Cruz1281265.94.9221:35.213-13-14-349.93 23.44 21.84
46THUMBS UP (K005)B. PrebbleC. Fownes124126148.3132.251:35.214-14-11-449.93 23.20 22.15
59SICHUAN SUCCESS (L307)M. GuyonJohn Size120126148.892.751:35.32-3-4-549.13 23.60 22.63
612LET ME HANDLE IT (L287)O. DoleuzeC. Fownes1051263467841:35.511-12-12-649.77 23.40 22.41
710MIGHTY HIGH (L096)N. CallanJ. Moore119126277865.501:35.86-4-3-749.21 23.44 23.16
87FLYING BLUE (L389)T. AnglandD. Cruz122126355135.751:35.85-6-7-849.37 23.56 22.90
93ABLE ONE (G108)D. BeadmanJ. Moore1261269.211561:35.83-5-5-949.29 23.48 23.11
104IRIAN (L187)G. MosseJ. Moore1251261323146.251:35.912-10-8-1049.69 23.28 22.97
118DESTINED FOR GLORY (M207)T. ClarkJ. Moore121126193146.751:35.97-8-9-1149.53 23.44 23.02
1214OUTDOOR PEGASUS (L173)B. DoyleP. F. Yiu1021265899107.251:36.010-11-10-1249.69 23.32 23.07
1311SIGHT WINNER (J049)M. Du PlessisJohn Size1151263599119.501:36.41-1-2-1348.93 23.68 23.84
1413HANDSOME ZULU (M024)T. H. SoL. Ho1021266199110.501:36.68-9-13-1449.61 23.60 23.39
Sire:Pins
Breed of the Winning Horse:AMBITIOUS DRAGON
Dam:Golden Gamble
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 1 24.5
place 1 13
5 23.5
2 19
quinella 1-5 88
quinella place 1-5 39
1-2 31
2-5 63
tierce 1-5-2 397
trio 1-2-5 103
first 4 1-2-5-6 155

Recap by phillip woo

Favourite Ambitious Dragon settled three deep in midfield, rounded the final bend six deep, cruised to the lead 200m out and won easily under a hands-and-heels ride. Punted late, Xtension rushed forward to sit outside the leader Sight Winner at the 1,200m, hit the lead four deep at the top of the straight and kept on well for second. California Memory made his run second from the rear and along the rails early on, was back to last at the 600m, swung the final bend widest out at the 350m and out-dashed Thumbs Up for third. Thumbs Up settled at the rear early on, before inching closer at the 800m, straightened with one wider out and was headed in the final 50m for a placing with money coming on late. Sichuan Success enjoyed the box-seat run behind leader Sight Winner and kept on well. Let Me Handle It was staying on late near the inside in an improved performance. Mighty High came up one-paced over the final 200m. He can't sprint with them at a mile and will be better when stepping up over 1,800m or further. Flying Blue was shifting about in search of a run soon after straightening and made mild progress when clear at the 200m. Able One was giving way over the last 100m, while Irian was posted without cover and made no impression.

Racing Incident Report

Race Eight: (360) - THE STEWARDS' CUP - Hong Kong Group One - 1600 Meters LET ME HANDLE IT proved difficult to load.

Before being allowed to race again, LET ME HANDLE IT will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test.

CALIFORNIA MEMORY was crowded for room at the start between FLYING BLUE and HANDSOME ZULU which shifted out.

After this, HANDSOME ZULU was ridden along but failed to muster speed.

From a wide barrier, THUMBS UP was taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

Shortly after the start, AMBITIOUS DRAGON was steadied away from the heels of MIGHTY HIGH which shifted out.

After the 1400 Metres, AMBITIOUS DRAGON was steadied when crowded for room inside MIGHTY HIGH (N Callan) which shifted in.

N Callan was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground in future.

After being crossed by SICHUAN SUCCESS after the 1400 Metres, FLYING BLUE proved difficult to settle and for some distance got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of SICHUAN SUCCESS.

After being caught wide and without cover in the early stages, XTENSION was allowed to improve to race outside the leader, SIGHT WINNER approaching the 1200 Metres.

At the 600 Metres, SIGHT WINNER proved difficult to settle, got its head up and hung out, resulting in XTENSION and MIGHTY HIGH being inconvenienced.

FLYING BLUE was held up for clear running behind ABLE ONE and MIGHTY HIGH until near the 250 Metres.

Throughout the race, MIGHTY HIGH and IRIAN travelled wide and without cover.

When questioned, D Beadman stated that he had been instructed to obtain a forward position on ABLE ONE.

He said as the horse had raced well of late when ridden with cover, he was intent to allow ABLE ONE to sit off SICHUAN SUCCESS and SIGHT WINNER in the early stages.

He said when SIGHT WINNER shifted to the fence prior to the 1200 Metres, ABLE ONE was briefly left racing without cover, however, was able to obtain cover behind XTENSION when that horse improved its position shortly after this.

He said following this ABLE ONE travelled strongly, however, came under pressure at the top of the Straight and was disappointing in its failure to respond to his riding in the Straight.

After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on DESTINED FOR GLORY at the request of Trainer J Moore.

The Veterinary Surgeon said this examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea.

Before being allowed to race again, DESTINED FOR GLORY will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

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

AMBITIOUS DRAGON and XTENSION were sent for sampling.