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Race Results:

7 March 2012 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 3 - ALBATROSS HANDICAP

Class 3 - 1000M - B
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 0:57.2
Sectional Time: 12.66 21.25 23.30

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
18ELUSIVE PRINCE (M012)D. WhyteJohn Size651186.96.610:57.26-3-112.86 21.29 23.06
29SMART KIDS (L253)K. C. NgC. H. Yip651087.85.651.750:57.59-7-213.26 21.41 22.84
31HAWTHORNE (L136)G. MosseP. F. Yiu791326.16.8320:57.53-1-312.66 21.25 23.64
45JUN DAO (L110)C. W. WongD. Hall681195.67.422.750:57.68-5-413.02 21.37 23.26
57MERRY ANNIVERSARY (N085)J. LloydC. W. Chang681213.62.344.250:57.97-6-512.98 21.45 23.48
66LUCKY TURBO (M231)H. W. LaiC. S. Shum68119193364.750:57.95-2-612.78 21.17 24.03
73VINTAGE HUSSLER (L266)C. K. TongNg Ting-keung77128123297.250:58.32-9-712.66 22.29 23.43
84JACKTHELAD (N122)Z. PurtonP. O'Sullivan681218.61678.750:58.64-4-812.70 21.65 24.26
92PO CHING KING (M342)M. L. YeungA. S. Cruz791291321814.250:59.51-8-912.66 22.09 24.75
Sire:Elusive City
Breed of the Winning Horse:ELUSIVE PRINCE
Dam:Burnzees Magic
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 8 66
place 8 21.5
9 21
1 19.5
quinella 8-9 190.5
quinella place 8-9 63.5
1-8 60
1-9 69.5
tierce 8-9-1 2138
trio 1-8-9 357
first 4 1-5-8-9 440

Recap by phillip woo

Well-punted late, Elusive Prince enjoyed a dream run near the inside in third, stayed one off the fence upon straightening, hit the lead 250m out and drew clear for a cosy win. Smart Kids made his run at the rear, straightened three deep and finished up nicely to run down Hawthorne 50m out for second with a ton of money late. Hawthorne was pestered for the speed to his outside by Lucky Turbo, cornered a length on top and kept on gamely for a placing. Jun Dao made his run second from the rear, moved closer to around midfield approaching the final bend, straightened four deep and was closing the gap late without threatening. Favourite Merry Anniversary made his run third from the rear and two deep after blundering the start, was off balance when bumping with Jun Dao approaching the 600m, cornered in with two wider out and never did click. Lucky Turbo rushed up to press the speed, cornered in three deep and was stopping under the whip over the final 150m. Debutant Jackthelad was never better than three deep and without cover in a handy spot, cornered in widest out and was struggling 200m out. He'll need more time to acclimatise.

Racing Incident Report

Race Three: (455) - ALBATROSS HANDICAP - Class 3 - 1000 Meters Shortly after the start, SMART KIDS was checked when crowded for room between MERRY ANNIVERSARY and LUCKY TURBO (H W Lai) which, when being ridden along, shifted in after being brushed by JACKTHELAD.

H W Lai was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground in future.

Near the 750 Metres, LUCKY TURBO momentarily raced tight between HAWTHORNE and JACKTHELAD which shifted in slightly after being bumped on the hindquarters by LUCKY TURBO.

Throughout the race, JACKTHELAD travelled wide and without cover and then making the turn after the 600 Metres got its head on the side and shifted out.

C K Tong (VINTAGE HUSSLER) stated that he had been instructed to go forward in tonight's race and hopefully obtain a position outside HAWTHORNE, the anticipated leader of the race.

He said in the early stages he rode VINTAGE HUSSLER along to obtain a forward position, however, a considerable number of horses were also ridden forward to his inside.

He said because of the speed of the race and the manner in which horses were being ridden to his inside, he believed it was not available to him to continue forward off those horses.

He added passing the 800 Metres he commenced to steady his mount with a view to obtaining a position with cover closer to the rail.

He said near the 650 Metres as he was steadying his mount, it was bumped by PO CHING KING which shifted out.

He said as he was shifting VINTAGE HUSSLER behind PO CHING KING, that horse was also steadied to obtain cover.

He said this resulted in VINTAGE HUSSLER racing much further back in the field than had been intended.

When questioned, J Lloyd stated that after blundering badly at the start, he rode MERRY ANNIVERSARY along in the early stages to make up lost ground.

He said MERRY ANNIVERSARY then travelled only fairly and became badly unbalanced when heavily bumped by JUN DAO making the first turn after the 600 Metres.

He said after this MERRY ANNIVERSARY came off the bridle and did not travel comfortably over the remainder of the race.

He added after the race MERRY ANNIVERSARY made an audible respiratory noise which he said the horse often does in its track work.

A veterinary inspection of MERRY ANNIVERSARY after the race did not show any significant findings.

MERRY ANNIVERSARY, ELUSIVE PRINCE and SMART KIDS were sent for sampling.