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22 February 2012 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 6 - TAI PO HANDICAP

Class 4 - 1650M - C+3
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:40.4
Sectional Time: 28.19 23.23 24.16 24.82

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
14MOCHI (M090)Z. PurtonL. Ho561323.2391:40.49-10-9-152.30 24.32 23.78
25HAPPY SCORE (M041)M. L. YeungA. Lee511246.98.37Nose1:40.410-8-8-252.26 24.24 23.91
39BRILLIANT CHARIOT (L242)W. M. LaiC. W. Chang46120187.551.251:40.57-7-5-352.10 24.12 24.37
48BILLION (H316)C. K. TongK. W. Lui481221015221:40.71-1-1-451.42 24.16 25.14
56JOHN DORY (M009)D. WhyteJohn Size511277.16.3621:40.72-2-3-551.62 24.28 24.83
610SOLAR WONDER (L034)T. ClarkP. F. Yiu441201929131:40.85-6-6-652.06 24.32 24.48
712MIRAGE R (M055)M. Du PlessisC. S. Shum411173635114.751:41.112-11-11-752.46 24.48 24.23
87MERACUS (M286)G. MosseC. Fownes491251630105.251:41.211-12-10-852.58 24.24 24.43
92HONEY FORTUNE (M243)T. AnglandD. Cruz57133118.835.751:41.34-4-2-951.82 23.88 25.61
103HIGH RETURN (K164)Y. T. ChengC. H. Yip561309.19.5481:41.63-3-4-1051.82 24.36 25.49
111COMMON GOAL (M167)H. W. LaiT. W. Leung571311016128.501:41.76-5-7-1152.02 24.44 25.32
1211GREAT SHOW (K001)T. H. SoY. S. Tsui411122132816.251:43.08-9-12-1252.26 24.76 25.99
Sire:Thorn Park
Breed of the Winning Horse:MOCHI
Dam:Eagle Feather
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 4 30
place 4 15.5
5 29
9 22.5
quinella 4-5 131.5
quinella place 4-5 42.5
4-9 60
5-9 88
tierce 4-5-9 785
trio 4-5-9 176
first 4 4-5-8-9 769

Recap by phillip woo

Mochi was settled third at the rear and along the inside after being squeezed out at the start, straightened two deep and four lengths off the leader Billion, swept to the lead 50m out and just held off Happy Score for an overdue win after five earlier top-four finishes. Happy Score was never on the track around midfield, swung the final bend widest out and ran on strongly to come up a whisker short. Fancied late, Brilliant Chariot settled between runners in midfield, cornered in six wide and stayed on well to overhaul Billion for a placing. Billion dictating the running, straightened three deep and two lengths on top and gave way in the final 100m. John Dory tracked the leader in second, before settling in the box-seat at the 600m, stayed to the inside upon straightening and kept on all right with every chance. Solar Wonder settled ahead of midfield and on the rails, rallied four wide upon straightening and kept on one-paced over the last 100m. He's one to keep safe next time out over the 1,800m or further. Honey Fortune was a prominent fourth, rolled forward to settle second and one off the fence at the 600m, cornered in four deep and found little over the final 200m. High Return was rated fourth and along the rails, straightened two deep and found nothing passing the 200m.

Racing Incident Report

Race Six: (422) - TAI PO HANDICAP - Class 4 - 1650 Meters On entering the track, JOHN DORY kicked a rail.

On arrival at the Start, JOHN DORY was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said it was suitable to race.

On arrival at the Start, M Du Plessis (MIRAGE R) expressed concern regarding the horses action.

A veterinary inspection of MIRAGE R did not reveal any significant findings and after consultation with the jockey was found to be suitable to race.

HIGH RETURN began awkwardly at the start and then made heavy contact with BRILLIANT CHARIOT which shifted in, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced.

MERACUS and MOCHI were crowded for room at the start between GREAT SHOW (Apprentice T H So) which shifted out after beginning awkwardly and MIRAGE R.

In this incident, MERACUS made contact with the hindquarters of MIRAGE R, causing that horse to become unbalanced.

Apprentice So was advised that whilst he had taken some corrective measures to assist the riders to his outside, he must make every endeavour to prevent his mount from shifting ground as quickly as possible.

After the 800 Metres, HAPPY SCORE and GREAT SHOW bumped.

At the entrance to the Straight, HONEY FORTUNE was momentarily awkwardly placed close to the heels of BILLION which shifted out.

Throughout the race, COMMON GOAL travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground.

When questioned regarding his riding of SOLAR WONDER in the Straight, T Clark stated that he had been advised by the trainer that SOLAR WONDER, which was resuming tonight after a let-up, responds well when ridden out hands and heels.

He said for this reason he only used the whip in the backhand manner on the horse in the Straight.

He said when ridden in this manner SOLAR WONDER finished off the race fairly.

After reviewing previous races of SOLAR WONDER, Trainer P F Yiu will be interviewed regarding the instructions he gave Jockey Clark tonight prior to the Sha Tin racemeeting to be conducted on Sunday, 26 February 2012.

T Clark was questioned regarding his looking around in the Straight when riding SOLAR WONDER.

T Clark was advised that this matter had come under notice and was warned against the practice of looking around unnecessarily in races.

When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of HIGH RETURN, Y T Cheng stated that he was able to obtain a position behind the leader, BILLION in the early stages.

He said making the turn near the 1000 Metres HIGH RETURN got its head on the side and was inclined to lay out when racing inside the heels of JOHN DORY.

He said after this HIGH RETURN travelled only fairly and after being placed under pressure did not respond to his riding and, in his opinion, was disappointing.

He added he did recommend to connections after the race that consideration be given to dropping HIGH RETURN back in distance in its future races.

A veterinary inspection of COMMON GOAL, HONEY FORTUNE and HIGH RETURN did not show any significant findings.

MOCHI and HAPPY SCORE were sent for sampling.