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1 February 2012 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 3 - LEI YUE MUN HANDICAP

Class 3 - 1650M - A
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:42.0
Sectional Time: 28.59 25.53 25.05 22.84

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
15OTTIMO (K238)K. C. NgC. H. Yip731194.64.251:42.02-2-2-154.32 24.97 22.72
29FLORA DANICA (M064)M. Du PlessisJohn Size621187.87.460.751:42.11-1-1-254.12 25.05 22.99
36AMBITIOUS TREASURE (J173)G. MosseR. Gibson701267.86.932.751:42.44-4-3-354.60 24.89 22.99
41UPGRADING (K367)C. Y. HoA. Schutz77128101293.501:42.58-9-8-455.12 24.81 22.63
54NORDIC STAR (H302)D. WhyteD. Cruz731295.57.343.751:42.67-7-6-554.88 24.85 22.87
67RUN THE DISTANCE (M352)W. M. LaiC. W. Chang701242456761:42.99-8-9-655.04 24.97 22.97
78PRIVATE ROAD (K189)C. K. TongC. Fownes63117111886.751:43.05-5-5-754.76 24.93 23.40
82FLUKE (J061)H. W. LaiL. Ho75129101526.751:43.16-6-7-854.80 25.01 23.29
93MY MATE ADRIC (L004)Z. PurtonK. L. Man751314.12.91TO1:51.43-3-4-954.48 25.05 31.90
Sire:Cape Cross
Breed of the Winning Horse:OTTIMO
Dam:Foxette
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 5 42
place 5 16
9 25
6 21
quinella 5-9 143
quinella place 5-9 51
5-6 50.5
6-9 91
tierce 5-9-6 1547
trio 5-6-9 367
first 4 1-5-6-9 775

Recap by phillip woo

Ottimo settled nicely one off in second behind the uncontested lead of Floral Danica, quickened nicely to hit the lead three deep at the 100m and kept on well for the win off a nice break. Floral Danica was given an easy time on the lead, straightened a length on top and found one better on the day. Ambitious Treasure settled one-out, one-back, straightened four deep and ran on well before holding his ground over the final 100m for a placing. Upgrading settled second from the rear and two deep after going back from the widest gate, pushed widest out at the 300m and made steady ground late to fill the frame in fourth. Run The Distance was eventually taken back to last, shifted widest out at the 250m and made some ground late without threatening. Nordic Star travelled behind midfield and two deep, cornered in three deep and made only a mild bid late. Private Road was always racing without cover in midfield and never a threat in the straight drive. Fluke settled underneath Nordic Star in the run, cornered in one off the fence and never made an impact. Firming favourite My Mate Adric enjoyed the box-seat and was eased down 300m out.

Racing Incident Report

Race Three: (365) - LEI YUE MUN HANDICAP - Class 3 - 1650 Meters RUN THE DISTANCE was slow to begin.

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

Rounding the Home Turn, FLUKE was checked away from the heels of MY MATE ADRIC which was giving ground.

When questioned, C K Tong stated that he had been instructed to attempt to obtain a forward position on PRIVATE ROAD with cover if possible.

He said he rode his mount along in the early stages and approaching the winning post on the first occasion he attempted to shift in behind AMBITIOUS TREASURE to obtain a position one horse off the fence with cover behind that horse.

He said however that at this time NORDIC STAR was ridden along to maintain its position to his inside and for this reason PRIVATE ROAD was left racing three wide and without cover.

He added that although the tempo of the race, in his opinion, was only fair during the race, he felt that he would have had to make more use of PRIVATE ROAD to go forward and cross to a position closer to the fence.

He said however that, in hindsight, he should have made an effort to improve his position on PRIVATE ROAD rather than remain racing three wide.

Trainer C Fownes confirmed that he had asked for PRIVATE ROAD to be ridden in a forward position and he anticipated that PRIVATE ROAD would be able to obtain a position behind the likely leaders of the race, FLORA DANICA and MY MATE ADRIC.

He said that whilst he accepted that PRIVATE ROAD was not able to obtain cover in the early stages, he advised Jockey Tong of his dissatisfaction with the manner in which he had ridden PRIVATE ROAD after passing the winning post on the first occasion as he felt that the opportunity existed for PRIVATE ROAD to be ridden in a forward position given the tempo of the race.

C K Tong was advised that his riding of PRIVATE ROAD had come under notice and that his ride had bordered on placing him in breach of a significant Rule of Racing.

He was also advised that, in the opinion of the Stewards, he should have endeavoured to press forward on PRIVATE ROAD and improve his position after the 1200 Metres due to the sedate tempo of the race.

He was further advised that he must at all times ride his mounts competitively and avoid covering unnecessary ground.

A veterinary inspection of MY MATE ADRIC after the race revealed that the horse had bled from both nostrils.

MY MATE ADRIC, OTTIMO and FLORA DANICA were sent for sampling.