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18 March 2012 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 8 - THE MERCEDES-BENZ HONG KONG DERBY 2012

Class G1 - 2000M - A
Course: ST Sunny
Going: g
Finish Time: 2:04.4
Sectional Time: 26.53 25.70 25.66 24.42 22.10

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
11FAY FAY (L284)D. WhyteJohn Size110126104.7142:04.43-3-4-178.29 24.10 22.02
214SAME WORLD (N098)B. PrebbleJ. Moore8712625174N2:04.48-8-8-278.61 24.02 21.83
32SWEET ORANGE (M289)W. C. MarwingD. Ferraris11012633.5100.502:04.49-9-11-378.85 23.98 21.66
43ZAIDAN (M234)O. DoleuzeJ. Moore110126151161.252:04.56-6-6-478.37 24.14 22.08
59DAN EXCEL (N195)J. LloydJ. Moore931261923131.502:04.613-13-14-579.29 23.46 21.89
67MILITARY ATTACK (N175)C. WilliamsJ. Moore97126131931.502:04.612-12-10-678.85 23.90 21.90
711PACKING TYCOON (N010)G. MosseA. S. Cruz921261017122:04.710-10-9-778.61 24.10 22.00
86DOMINANT (N169)N. CallanJ. Moore1041263.94.6832:04.911-11-12-879.09 23.90 21.92
912REAL SPECIALIST (M143)F. CoetzeeJohn Size89126161493.502:04.92-2-2-978.01 24.34 22.63
108BEAUTY LEAD (N209)K. FallonR. Gibson94126233623.752:05.07-7-5-1078.37 24.22 22.43
1113LIBERATOR (L240)T. AnglandD. Ferraris87126826754.502:05.14-4-3-1178.13 24.34 22.65
124BULLISH CHAMPION (M198)M. ChadwickA. S. Cruz10812624251252:05.21-1-1-1277.89 24.42 22.89
135SMART GIANT (L405)T. ClarkJ. Moore10512626241152:05.214-14-13-1379.13 24.06 22.02
1410MASQUERADER (N234)U. RispoliA. T. Millard92126709976.502:05.45-5-7-1478.49 24.06 22.89
Sire:Falkirk
Breed of the Winning Horse:FAY FAY
Dam:Glamaine
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 1 47
place 1 16.5
14 54.5
2 15.5
quinella 1-14 395
quinella place 1-14 139.5
1-2 37.5
2-14 120.5
tierce 1-14-2 2921
trio 1-2-14 474
first 4 1-2-3-14 1198

Recap by phillip woo

Money was spot on for Fay Fay, who pressed forward out deep from gate 14 to put himself into the mix one outside the leader Bullish Champion passing the 1,600m in a slowly run race, obtained cover one-out, one-back when stablemate Real Specialist rolled forward at the 1,200m, rallied four deep upon straightening, worked to a narrow lead at the 200m and kept on gamely to just prevail in a thriller. Same World settled midfield and two deep, rounded the final bend with three wider out and let down well to come up just short as the lowest rated runner in the field. He's got room for improvement. Favourite Sweet Orange was ridden with some cover three deep worse than midfield early on, was back to third from last at the 600m, straightened with two wider out, was twice impeded for a run and finished up nicely to be a luckless third. Zaidan was ridden three back and three deep, travelled without cover at the 600m, straightened outside Fay Fay, drew level at the 200m and was swamped in the final 50m. Dan Excel took off around the field at the 600m, swung the final bend with one wider out and ran on reasonably well. Military Attack bided his time behind midfield after blowing the start, was in tight behind runners at the 250m and was grinding away late. He was unlucky not to have gone close. Liberator was never tested in the straight drive.

Racing Incident Report

Race Eight: (486) - THE MERCEDES-BENZ HONG KONG DERBY 2012 - Hong Kong Group One - 2000 Meters On arrival at the Start, REAL SPECIALIST had its right front plate refitted.

REAL SPECIALIST was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race.

PACKING TYCOON blundered at the start.

MILITARY ATTACK was slow to begin.

SMART GIANT began awkwardly.

DOMINANT was crowded for room at the start between REAL SPECIALIST and MASQUERADER which was taken out by ZAIDAN.

Near the 1800 Metres, SMART GIANT got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of MILITARY ATTACK.

When the tempo slackened approaching the 1400 Metres, REAL SPECIALIST was awkwardly placed close to the heels of FAY FAY and shifted out away from the heels of that horse.

After this, REAL SPECIALIST was allowed to improve to race outside the lead.

After the 1000 Metres, ZAIDAN was left racing without cover.

Passing the 850 Metres, DOMINANT became unbalanced when checked away from the heels of SWEET ORANGE.

DAN EXCEL, which was following, was checked in consequence.

After the 500 Metres, DOMINANT was awkwardly placed close to the heels of DAN EXCEL.

Near the 200 Metres, PACKING TYCOON was shifted out away from the heels of REAL SPECIALIST.

MILITARY ATTACK had difficulty obtaining clear running until near the 200 Metres.

SWEET ORANGE had difficulty obtaining clear running until approaching the 100 Metres.

LIBERATOR was not able to obtain clear running until after the 100 Metres and because of this was not able to be tested.

Over the concluding stages, ZAIDAN was hampered when taken wider by FAY FAY (D Whyte) which shifted out.

D Whyte was advised to exercise care.

MILITARY ATTACK, which was racing outside of ZAIDAN, was steadied when awkwardly placed inside the heels of SAME WORLD.

Because of this, MILITARY ATTACK was not able to be properly tested in the run to the finishing line.

When questioned, W C Marwing stated that he had been under strict instructions not to be racing wide and without cover.

He said for this reason passing the 700 Metres he elected to remain racing on the back of SAME WORLD rather than shifting out at that time when he was aware that DAN EXCEL was improving quickly to his outside.

He said had he have shifted to the outside of SAME WORLD at this time, this would have resulted in SWEET ORANGE being left racing without cover and he felt that this would have been contrary to his instructions.

He added that in the Straight tight running was available to SWEET ORANGE at various stages, however, in his opinion, the horse was reluctant to proceed between SAME WORLD and DAN EXCEL.

He said it was not until after the 100 Metres that SWEET ORANGE was able to obtain comfortable racing room between SAME WORLD and DAN EXCEL.

After the race, it was reported that MILITARY ATTACK had sustained a minor wound to the right hind leg and had lost the right hind plate.

Also after the race, it was reported that SWEET ORANGE had sustained a cut above the right hock.

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

SWEET ORANGE, FAY FAY and SAME WORLD were sent for sampling.