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Race Results:

18 April 2012 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 1 - HYACINTH HANDICAP

Class 5 - 1200M - C
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:10.6
Sectional Time: 24.12 23.08 23.49

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
12NOVEL START (M255)B. PrebbleNg Ting-keung4013345.331:10.61-1-124.12 23.08 23.49
211ASMODAI (M101)M. Du PlessisNg Bik-kuen221159.761N1:10.74-3-224.36 23.12 23.27
35HOT PEPPER (J236)T. AnglandC. H. Yip351285.85.7231:11.17-6-324.64 23.08 23.46
49FASCINATING SMILE (K335)C. K. TongP. O'Sullivan2811913231131:11.19-8-424.92 23.04 23.23
512JUST GOOD (L133)Y. T. ChengY. S. Tsui21113168.7103.501:11.211-12-525.16 23.12 22.96
63GRANDFIELD (J250)T. ClarkD. Cruz38131181963.751:11.28-9-624.68 23.32 23.28
77MARVEL PLUS (L281)A. SuboricsA. T. Millard3412713201251:11.412-11-725.16 23.04 23.28
81DRAGON CHOICE (L338)J. LloydC. W. Chang40133109.255.501:11.53-5-824.24 23.36 23.96
94FLYING KEEPER (M191)Z. PurtonC. Fownes351284.94.286.501:11.710-10-924.96 23.20 23.58
108WORLD WAY (L202)K. C. LeungS. Woods32123263947.251:11.86-7-1024.44 23.36 24.07
1110HEY HA MASTER (L208)H. W. LaiK. L. Man261171824911.251:12.55-4-1124.40 23.16 24.94
126HEXAGON (L121)M. L. YeungA. Lee341242551712.751:12.72-2-1224.20 23.20 25.34
Sire:Ishiguru
Breed of the Winning Horse:NOVEL START
Dam:Jessika
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 2 53.5
place 2 21.5
11 21.5
5 21.5
quinella 2-11 154
quinella place 2-11 60
2-5 61.5
5-11 61
tierce 2-11-5 1808
trio 2-5-11 281
first 4 2-5-9-11 1245

Recap by phillip woo

Novel Smart held the fence on or sharing the lead with Hexagon on his outside, straightened clearly on top by nearly two lengths and kept finding to score a cozy win off a big weight with a return to Class Five. Fancied late, Asmodai travelled on the back of the speed in third along the rails, straightened three deep and stayed on well for a much-improved effort with the shadow roll. He had put the writing on the wall with a positive lead-up trial. Hot Pepper settled three back and on the rails, shifted into the clear four deep at the 200m and just out-finished Fascinating Smile for third. Fascinating Smile made his run four back and on the fence, straightened two deep and ran on reasonably well to just miss a placing. Plunged late, Just Good made his run second from the rear after breaking slowly, straightened on one off the paint and was getting going late to finish just outside the placings. Grandfield made his run one off the rails behind midfield, straightened four deep and made some ground late without threatening. Marvel Plus settled at the rear after breaking in the air from gate 12, cornered in widest out and was doing his best work late without menacing. Dragon Choice settled one-out, one-back, straightened four deep and offered little while tending to mildly drift out under pressure at the 200m. Favourite Flying Keeper was badly hampered between a tiring Hexagon and Hey Ha Master until the 150m.

Racing Incident Report

Race One: (546) - HYACINTH HANDICAP - Class 5 - 1200 Meters MARVEL PLUS began awkwardly and from the outside barrier was taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

JUST GOOD was slow to begin.

HOT PEPPER was crowded for room at the start between ASMODAI and NOVEL START which shifted in.

WORLD WAY and DRAGON CHOICE bumped at the start.

Making the first turn near the 1000 Metres, WORLD WAY got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of DRAGON CHOICE.

After the 700 Metres, HEY HA MASTER was left racing wide and without cover.

In the early part of the Straight, HOT PEPPER was shifted to the outside of ASMODAI to obtain clear running.

FASCINATING SMILE, which was following HOT PEPPER, was steadied away from the heels of that horse in consequence.

A short distance later, JUST GOOD was awkwardly placed close to the heels of FASCINATING SMILE.

Near the 200 Metres, HEY HA MASTER, which was giving ground, became unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarters by FLYING KEEPER.

When questioned, Mr P Osullivan, the trainer of FASCINATING SMILE, stated that when assessing the field for tonights race, he felt that, from barrier 11, FASCINATING SMILE may take some time to muster speed and therefore may be left racing wide in the early stages.

He said for this reason he instructed C K Tong to steady FASCINATING SMILE and take it across behind runners and obtain cover.

He said when ridden in this manner, he was satisfied with the way in which the horse finished off the race.

When questioned regarding the performance of FLYING KEEPER, Z Purton stated that after being slow to begin, he shifted the horse across behind GRANDFIELD in the early stages.

He said after doing this, he commenced to ride FLYING KEEPER along to maintain its position behind that horse, however, despite being ridden along, FLYING KEEPER failed to muster speed in the early stages and this resulted in FASCINATING SMILE being able to shift in in front of FLYING KEEPER making the first turn.

He said when FASCINATING SMILE shifted in, FLYING KEEPER got its head on the side and was inclined to lay in.

He added after the 500 Metres he rode FLYING KEEPER along to improve its position around GRANDFIELD, however, the horse did not pick up and this resulted in MARVEL PLUS being able to improve its position around FLYING KEEPER at this stage of the race.

He said after being held up for clear running in the early part of the Straight, he obtained a tight run between HEXAGON and HEY HA MASTER near the 200 Metres at which time FLYING KEEPER made contact with the hindquarters of both those horses.

He said prior to taking this run, he felt that whilst FLYING KEEPER was not going to win the race, the horse felt to him as though it was going to close off reasonably.

He said however that after racing tight between HEXAGON and HEY HA MASTER, FLYING KEEPER then did not finish off its race.

He added although FLYING KEEPER was disappointing on face value, he felt that there were some excuses to explain tonights performance.

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

FLYING KEEPER, NOVEL START and ASMODAI were sent for sampling.