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19 February 2012 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 8 - THE MERCEDES-BENZ HONG KONG CLASSIC CUP

Class G1 - 1800M - A
Course: ST Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:48.7
Sectional Time: 13.84 22.50 24.48 24.62 23.26

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
15ZAIDAN (M234)O. DoleuzeJ. Moore105126161631:48.77-8-7-161.38 24.38 22.94
23SWEET ORANGE (M289)W. C. MarwingD. Ferraris1101268.87.413Nose1:48.714-14-14-262.10 24.34 22.26
37DOMINANT (N169)N. CallanJ. Moore94126253861.501:48.912-12-12-361.82 24.18 22.93
42FAY FAY (L284)D. WhyteJohn Size1101264.22.5921:49.09-7-9-461.58 24.38 23.07
513LIBERATOR (L240)M. Du PlessisD. Ferraris821261061421:49.05-6-4-561.14 24.58 23.31
64SMART GIANT (L405)J. LloydJ. Moore1051266.56.5112.751:49.111-11-11-661.74 24.22 23.18
79DAN EXCEL (N195)D. OliverJ. Moore911265.24.8731:49.18-10-10-761.62 24.34 23.20
810BEAUTY TOUCH (N001)M. ChadwickA. S. Cruz87126235114.501:49.46-4-5-861.22 24.54 23.64
91CAPTAIN SWEET (L354)T. ClarkJ. Moore1161261616125.501:49.52-3-3-961.10 24.58 23.89
1014HORACE'S EMPIRE (N002)Z. PurtonS. Woods811261632145.751:49.613-13-13-1061.86 24.42 23.35
1112BANKSTERS BONUS (N113)Y. T. ChengY. S. Tsui841265499891:50.110-9-8-1161.50 24.38 24.25
128PACKING TYCOON (N010)G. MosseA. S. Cruz921261011109.501:50.23-1-1-1260.82 24.62 24.78
1311CHEF (N108)K. C. LeungR. Gibson87126739929.751:50.24-5-6-1361.30 24.58 24.38
146CHEERS JOY (N184)T. AnglandJohn Size951263599520.251:51.91-2-2-1461.02 24.62 26.30
Sire:Street Cry
Breed of the Winning Horse:ZAIDAN
Dam:Element Of Truth
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 5 161
place 5 38
3 23
7 85.5
quinella 3-5 559.5
quinella place 3-5 162.5
5-7 645
3-7 482.5
tierce 5-3-7 35221
trio 3-5-7 6210
first 4 2-3-5-7 3029

Recap by phillip woo

Zaidan settled worse than midfield and three deep with cover, cornered in six wide, hit the lead at the 250m, opening nearly two lengths at the 150m and just held on by a nostril for the win. Fancied late, Sweet Orange went back from a wide gate, was still at the tail upon straightening six deep, shifted widest out at the 300m and showed an electrifying turn of foot to miss out by a whisker. He'll be a leading chance in the Derby. Dominant settled third from the rear and two deep after breaking a bit slow, had to steady at the 500m, straightened short of room three deep, had to steady off a tiring Cheers Joy at the 300m and stayed on nicely for a placing. He looks a Group winner in waiting. Favourite Fay Fay was settled behind midfield and two deep, was back to fourth from the rear and three deep at the 600m, rounded the final bend six wide and got going late to grab fourth from Liberator in the shadows of the post. Liberator was caught three deep without cover ahead of midfield and just ahead of Zaidan, cornered in four wide and stayed on well. Smart Giant had trouble shifting into the clear off Liberator at the 300m and kept on OK when clear at the 200m. Dan Excel kept away one-paced, while specked late, Captain Sweet was coming back to the field over the final 200m.

Racing Incident Report

Race Eight: (414) - THE MERCEDES-BENZ HONG KONG CLASSIC CUP - Hong Kong Group One - 1800 Meters PACKING TYCOON began awkwardly.

BEAUTY TOUCH and CHEF bumped at the start.

DOMINANT was slow to begin and then shortly after the start was steadied away from the heels of CHEERS JOY which shifted out after being bumped by LIBERATOR.

From wide barriers, SWEET ORANGE and HORACES EMPIRE were taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

After the 1200 Metres, LIBERATOR was left racing wide and without cover and then approaching the 700 Metres was taken wider again by CAPTAIN SWEET which was taken out by CHEERS JOY which shifted to the outside of PACKING TYCOON.

Approaching the 800 Metres, FAY FAY proved very difficult to settle and was severely checked away from the heels of CHEF.

SMART GIANT and DOMINANT, which were following, were badly hampered in consequence.

After this, FAY FAY continued to prove difficult to settle and near the 750 Metres was checked away from the heels of ZAIDAN.

When FAY FAY was checked away from the heels of ZAIDAN, it shifted out, resulting in DAN EXCEL being taken wider.

DOMINANT, which was following, was again hampered in consequence.

DOMINANT had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight and near the 350 Metres became unbalanced when shifted out across the heels of CHEERS JOY which commenced to give ground.

Near the 400 Metres, FAY FAY and DAN EXCEL bumped.

In the Straight, SMART GIANT hung in.

After the race, J Lloyd reported that SMART GIANT coughed on a number of occasions on pulling up.

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

Before being allowed to race again, SMART GIANT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

The performance of CHEERS JOY, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable.

Before being allowed to race again, CHEERS JOY will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in an official barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

When questioned, W C Marwing stated that passing the 600 Metres he positioned SWEET ORANGE behind HORACES EMPIRE with a view to shifting to the outside of that horse at the entrance to the Straight.

He said however that near the 500 Metres SWEET ORANGE got its head on the side and lay in which positioned SWEET ORANGE to the inside of the heels of HORACES EMPIRE.

He said rounding the Home Turn he considered improving inside HORACES EMPIRE to take advantage of a run should it develop between FAY FAY and SMART GIANT which was some lengths ahead of him at that time.

He added however that after the 400 Metres SMART GIANT shifted out to race directly to the inside of FAY FAY and for this reason he immediately shifted SWEET ORANGE to the outside of HORACES EMPIRE to make its finishing run.

A veterinary inspection of CAPTAIN SWEET after the race did not show any significant findings.

FAY FAY, ZAIDAN and SWEET ORANGE were sent for sampling.