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5 February 2012 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 9 - CRYSTAL HANDICAP

Class 3 - 1600M - B+2
Course: ST Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:36.3
Sectional Time: 23.91 24.20 25.06 23.18

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
16FLYING UNICORN (M087)B. PrebbleA. T. Millard68124109.811:36.32-2-2-148.39 24.82 23.14
29LOVING STAR (M382)O. DoleuzeC. W. Chang661224.95.110H1:36.311-11-10-249.71 24.34 22.34
38PEPPERMINT (M192)M. Du PlessisC. Fownes671238.66.180.501:36.46-5-5-348.99 24.62 22.82
45YUE LU TREASURE (J184)C. W. WongD. Hall71125164420.751:36.44-4-3-448.75 24.66 23.06
57SHIFACHI TRADITION (L013)M. GuyonR. Gibson681247.91291.251:36.58-7-8-549.23 24.62 22.71
62JIMSON THE BEST (L016)K. C. NgC. H. Yip741203156111.251:36.53-3-4-648.71 24.74 23.12
73BLESSING (J337)T. AnglandA. Schutz711273.74.941.501:36.610-10-9-749.59 24.38 22.63
81NICE FOLKS (L421)W. M. LaiC. W. Chang751292227721:36.65-6-6-848.99 24.66 23.04
910BOSAMBO (N104)T. ClarkS. Woods63119529952.501:36.77-8-7-949.31 24.46 22.96
104TOM'S EIGHTH (L087)G. MosseK. W. Lui71127337963.751:36.912-12-12-1049.91 24.18 22.88
1112DR SUPER (N096)D. WhyteJohn Size621185.12.734.751:37.11-1-1-1148.11 25.06 23.94
1211EASTERN EMPIRE (L172)N. CallanC. S. Shum6312046991261:37.39-9-11-1249.43 24.62 23.27
Sire:Lucky Unicorn
Breed of the Winning Horse:FLYING UNICORN
Dam:Redzabetta
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 6 98.5
place 6 28
9 20.5
8 17.5
quinella 6-9 337.5
quinella place 6-9 119
6-8 81.5
8-9 67
tierce 6-9-8 3940
trio 6-8-9 590
first 4 5-6-8-9 3251

Recap by phillip woo

Flying Unicorn tracked the good clip of favourite Dr Super in second, ranged up on the leader rounding the final bend, went by at the 250m and narrowly held off the late surge of Loving Star for the win with a step up in trip to land a late-betting move. Loving Star bided his time second from the rear, cornered in widest out and was finishing up strongly to come up just short. He's made a nice impression in two starts and will be hard to beat next time out. Peppermint settled midfield and on the rails, stayed to the inside upon straightening and ran on well for a placing. Yue Lu Treasure rated just outside Jimson The Best in fourth, straightened three deep and kept on well to miss a placing. Shifachi Tradition settled behind midfield and two deep, cornered in with two wider out and got going late when the race was all over. Jimson The Best settled a distant third through the opening 800m, loomed a place chance at the 200m and came up flat inside the last 100m. Early favourite Blessing made his run third from the rear and on the rails, was short of room behind Nice Folks and Shifachi Tradition upon straightening and got going nicely when clear in the last 100m. Late-fancied favourite Dr Super was struggling 200m out with the step up in distance.

Racing Incident Report

Race Nine: (379) - CRYSTAL HANDICAP - Class 3 - 1600 Meters LOVING STAR was checked and SHIFACHI TRADITION crowded for room at the start between JIMSON THE BEST and PEPPERMINT which got its head on the side and shifted out.

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

Approaching the 200 Metres, BLESSING, which had been held up, was steadied when disappointed for running between NICE FOLKS and SHIFACHI TRADITION.

After this, BLESSING was not able to obtain clear running until near the 100 Metres.

After the 200 Metres, JIMSON THE BEST raced in restricted room between FLYING UNICORN and YUE LU TREASURE.

Over the concluding stages, JIMSON THE BEST was awkwardly placed close to the heels of FLYING UNICORN.

When questioned, D Whyte stated that he had been instructed to lead on DR SUPER as it was the opinion of the horses trainer that it races best when able to dictate terms.

He said he had to make some use of DR SUPER to cross the eventual winner, FLYING UNICORN after the 1200 Metres but after obtaining the lead he was able to steady the tempo and dictate the terms of the race thereafter.

He said when placed under pressure in the early part of the Straight DR SUPER initially responded well to his riding, however, came under pressure passing the 300 Metres.

He said after the 200 Metres he heard DR SUPER make an abnormal respiratory noise which worsened considerably passing the winning post.

He added when he had ridden DR SUPER in the past, the horse had not made a similar breathing noise.

A veterinary inspection of DR SUPER after the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea.

Before being allowed to race again, DR SUPER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

DR SUPER, FLYING UNICORN and LOVING STAR were sent for sampling.