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Race Results:

4 March 2012 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 1 - KRETA AYER HANDICAP

Class 5 - 1400M - B+2
Course: ST Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:24.4
Sectional Time: 14.05 22.98 23.52 23.88

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
11SUPER PEPPER (K244)T. AnglandP. F. Yiu39133233031:24.43-3-3-137.27 23.32 23.84
214GLITTERING (J343)M. Du PlessisP. O'Sullivan22116108.32SH1:24.41-5-5-237.43 23.36 23.66
35GRANDFIELD (J250)D. WhyteD. Cruz371317.26.540.501:24.55-6-4-337.51 23.28 23.72
42ALP'S GLORY (L433)O. DoleuzeC. S. Shum381321616131.251:24.69-1-1-437.03 23.52 24.07
511TELECOM NEW STAR (M084)K. C. LeungD. Hall311221718121:24.74-8-6-537.71 23.36 23.67
610MISTER HORSE (L035)Z. PurtonK. L. Man321269.1111421:24.714-11-9-638.19 23.04 23.53
77CHEERFUL DOUBLE (K396)K. C. NgC. H. Yip36120401392.501:24.811-12-12-738.19 23.20 23.44
812SPEED RACER (K207)J. LloydC. W. Chang24118191383.251:24.913-13-13-838.27 23.32 23.35
913NEWSWIRE TOO (J040)U. RispoliS. Woods231176.210113.251:24.98-10-11-937.99 23.40 23.55
108MEGABUCKS (J301)H. W. LaiT. W. Leung35127212863.251:24.92-2-2-1037.15 23.44 24.37
114BIG WINNER AGAIN (J170)N. CallanA. T. Millard371311317104.251:25.07-7-8-1137.67 23.52 23.90
126LINKED WIN (L042)M. L. YeungA. Lee3712826511271:25.512-14-14-1238.51 23.08 23.94
133VIVA DOLPHIN (M071)W. M. LaiNg Ting-keung381304.43.4711.751:26.310-9-10-1337.75 23.56 25.02
149SUCCESSFUL ERA (K276)B. PrebbleK. W. Lui351291018515.751:26.96-4-7-1437.39 23.72 25.84
Sire:Grand Slam
Breed of the Winning Horse:SUPER PEPPER
Dam:Wealthy
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 1 301.5
place 1 81.5
14 30
5 18
quinella 1-14 997
quinella place 1-14 364.5
1-5 269
5-14 105.5
tierce 1-14-5 10770
trio 1-5-14 1703
first 4 1-2-5-14 7592

Recap by phillip woo

Super Pepper tracked a slow pace in third and one off the fence, cornered in three deep, moved to the front at the 350m and just held off Glittering for a third win this campaign. Glittering was restrained to settle ahead of midfield and on the rails after breaking well, shifted three deep upon straightening and got going nicely in the final 50m to make it tight at the finish with money coming on late. Grandfield settled fifth and one off, rallied four wide upon straightening and stayed on OK with every chance. Alp's Glory kept rolling forward four deep from gate 13 to eventually lead at the 900m, cornered a length on top and was headed 50m out for a placing. Telecom Top Star was handy, before copping a check and fading back to midfield at the 900m, shifted into the clear five wide at the 300m and was plugging away without threatening. Mister Horse was allowed to fade back to last after breaking widest out, drove forward along the inside to settle fourth from the rear at the 1,200m, straightened three-to-four deep and made some ground. Plunged late, Cheerful Double made no impression and is better over longer. Newswire Too copped a check approaching the 800m, was short of room and switching off heels at the 200m and stayed on evenly thereafter. He can be forgiven for this run.

Racing Incident Report

Race One: (443) - KRETA AYER HANDICAP - Class 5 - 1400 Meters NEWSWIRE TOO and SUCCESSFUL ERA began awkwardly.

Near the 1300 Metres, SPEED RACER got its head on the side and shifted in across the heels of VIVA DOLPHIN after racing tight inside CHEERFUL DOUBLE (Apprentice K C Ng) which shifted in after itself being awkwardly placed inside the heels of BIG WINNER AGAIN (N Callan) which was shifting in.

As there were some circumstances to this incident, no further action was taken, however, Apprentice Ng and N Callan were both advised to ensure that they leave comfortable racing room for runners to their inside in similar circumstances.

H W Lai (MEGABUCKS) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that passing the 1000 Metres he excessively slowed the tempo on MEGABUCKS which was leading the race, resulting in GLITTERING and TELECOM NEW STAR being severely checked.

In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into consideration that H W Lai had recently been severely reprimanded for similar riding and that there were a number of horses affected by his riding at this time of the race.

H W Lai was suspended from riding in races for a period to expire on Monday, 2 April 2012 on which day he may resume race riding (3 Hong Kong racedays).

The commencement of the suspension was deferred until after the Sha Tin racemeeting on Wednesday, 21 March 2012.

In addition, H W Lai was fined $20,000 in lieu of a suspension for a period incorporating one further raceday.

When TELECOM NEW STAR was checked, NEWSWIRE TOO checked off the heels of that horse and in doing so shifted out into tight running between TELECOM NEW STAR and VIVA DOLPHIN which itself was racing to the inside of BIG WINNER AGAIN.

A short distance later, NEWSWIRE TOO was severely checked when unable to maintain its position between TELECOM NEW STAR and VIVA DOLPHIN.

MISTER HORSE and SPEED RACER, which were following, were checked in consequence and CHEERFUL DOUBLE, which was racing to the outside of SPEED RACER, was taken wider by that horse.

After the 800 Metres, GLITTERING got its head on the side and hung out.

Approaching the 200 Metres, NEWSWIRE TOO was steadied and shifted in away from the heels of TELECOM NEW STAR.

For the majority of the race, SUCCESSFUL ERA travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground noticeably.

After the race, B Prebble reported that at no stage of todays race did SUCCESSFUL ERAs action feel comfortable and, in his opinion, its action deteriorated as the race progressed.

He added that, in his opinion, SUCCESSFUL ERA was sore after the race.

A veterinary inspection of SUCCESSFUL ERA after the race did not show any significant findings other than the horse had sustained a mild abrasion to the inside of the right front fetlock.

The performance of SUCCESSFUL ERA was considered unacceptable.

Before being allowed to race again, SUCCESSFUL ERA 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 regarding the disappointing performance of VIVA DOLPHIN, W M Lai stated that the horse became badly unbalanced in an incident after the 900 Metres when bumped heavily on the hindquarters by the runner to its inside.

He said after this VIVA DOLPHIN did not travel and then did not finish off the race.

He said he had ridden VIVA DOLPHIN in its work and in a barrier trial leading up to todays race and that work and the barrier trial, in his opinion, had been satisfactory.

Trainer T K Ng stated that, in his opinion, the performance of VIVA DOLPHIN could be attributed to it becoming unbalanced in the middle stages and he feels that VIVA DOLPHIN is not able to overcome difficulties in running.

He said he agreed with Jockey Lais opinion that the work of VIVA DOLPHIN and the barrier trial that the horse participated in on 17 February 2012 were satisfactory by this horses standard.

A veterinary inspection of VIVA DOLPHIN after the race did not show any significant findings.

The performance of VIVA DOLPHIN, a favourite for todays race and which weakened badly in the Straight, was considered unacceptable.

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

After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that LINKED WIN had lost its right front plate.

VIVA DOLPHIN, SUPER PEPPER and GLITTERING were sent for sampling.