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30 May 2012 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 7 - THE SPORTS CLUB DIAMOND JUBILEE CHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP)

Class 3 - 1200M - C
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:10.0
Sectional Time: 23.45 22.89 23.69

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
14IMPERIAL ROME (N012)W. C. MarwingD. Ferraris74127147.5111:10.011-11-124.65 22.65 22.73
21SEA THE PEARLS (M281)K. C. NgC. H. Yip801262.53.610.501:10.18-8-224.09 23.01 23.02
310SHIBALA (K230)H. W. LaiK. L. Man64115412780.751:10.17-7-324.05 22.85 23.25
45TURF MAGIC (K307)M. L. YeungC. S. Shum73123141531.751:10.310-10-424.41 22.89 23.00
53DR SUPER (N096)M. Du PlessisJohn Size781311311103.501:10.51-1-523.45 22.89 24.24
69RED LUCKY STAR (M074)D. WhyteA. Lee651185.54.324.751:10.76-5-624.01 22.81 23.95
78GOLD EDITION (N048)M. ZahraY. S. Tsui69122221395.501:10.92-3-723.69 22.93 24.30
82BOULD MOVER (M120)M. ChadwickA. S. Cruz781297.86.246.501:11.04-6-823.89 22.97 24.23
912MR AWARD (M065)T. H. SoL. Ho61111118.4681:11.33-2-923.77 22.85 24.68
106MY GOAL (J131)T. AnglandNg Bik-kuen7212529461213.751:12.25-4-1023.93 22.77 25.52
1111LOVING ALL (M181)W. M. LaiNg Ting-keung611123999713.751:12.29-9-1124.37 22.85 25.03
WD7GENE POWER (M124)T. ClarkJ. Moore7112412----
Sire:Holy Roman Emperor
Breed of the Winning Horse:IMPERIAL ROME
Dam:Ripalong
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 4 75
place 4 22
1 15
10 65.5
quinella 1-4 173.5
quinella place 1-4 53.5
4-10 351
1-10 183.5
tierce 4-1-10 7805
trio 1-4-10 1652
first 4 1-4-5-10 2373

Recap by phillip woo

Imperial Rome made his run second from the rear after a sluggish break, swung the final bend widest out and finished up willingly to take control 50m out for the win. He was suited by the good tempo up front. Late-fancied favourite Sea The Pearls made his run fourth or fifth from the rear along the rails, straightened four deep, hit the front 100m out and was no match for the winner while just holding Shibala by a neck for second. Shibala was posted three deep in midfield, rounded the final bend with two wider out and kept on nicely to be a clear third. Turf Magic made his run third from the rear and along the inside, cornered six deep, switched into the clear with one wider out at the 250m and was getting going late to fill the frame in fourth. Well-supported late Dr Super was given an uncontested lead, straightened nearly two lengths on top and was out of gas over the final 100m. Gene Power was declared a non-starter after the finish after being left in the gates, but still did make up plenty of ground late in a nice effort. Red Lucky Star was rated a handy fifth and one off the fence, failed to get to the outside while straightening five wide and only held his ground with clear running over the final 200m. Early favourite Bould Mover travelled three back and on the rails, stayed to the inside upon straightening and found little in the dash to the line.

Racing Incident Report

Race Seven: (654) - THE SPORTS CLUB DIAMOND JUBILEE CHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP) - Class 3 - 1200 Meters IMPERIAL ROME and TURF MAGIC were slow to begin.

SHIBALA and GOLD EDITION bumped at the start.

A short distance later, SHIBALA was crowded for room between GOLD EDITION and LOVING ALL, both of which shifted ground.

Near the 1100 Metres, BOULD MOVER and MR AWARD bumped, resulting in BOULD MOVER shifting in and causing RED LUCKY STAR to be steadied away from the heels of that horse.

After passing the 1100 Metres, DR SUPER got its head on the side and shifted in abruptly, making contact with GOLD EDITION, causing that horse to become unbalanced.

Near the 800 Metres, SHIBALA was steadied away from the heels of MY GOAL.

At the entrance to the Straight, RED LUCKY STAR was steadied and shifted to the inside of MR AWARD when disappointed for running between that horse and MY GOAL.

Throughout the race, MY GOAL travelled wide and without cover.

Prior to the declaration of weighed-in, the Stewards received a report from the Starter, Mr T McGovern, that at the time that he activated the warning lights positioned on the Starters rostrum to alert riders and barrier attendants that the start was soon to be effected, the start was effected simultaneously.

The Stewards considered the starts of all runners and, after receiving reports from all riders immediately following the race, ascertained that the only horse affected by the premature release of the starting gates was GENE POWER (T Clark) which at the time the gates were released still had a blindfold applied to it.

T Clark confirmed that when the gates were released, GENE POWER still had the blindfold applied and because of the delay in removing the blindfold, the horse lost a considerable amount of ground.

As the Stewards were of the opinion that GENE POWER had not been afforded a fair start, that horse was deemed to be a non-runner acting the powers of Rule of Racing 12(19).

The Stewards deemed that all other runners had been afforded a fair start.

Prior to the running of the final event, the starting mechanism was tested on a number of occasions.

When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of BOULD MOVER, M Chadwick stated that unlike at its most recent start when the horse was able to lead comfortably, the pace of tonights race was faster and for this reason BOULD MOVER would not have been able to lead tonights race without having considerable use made of it.

He said BOULD MOVER came under pressure rounding the Home Turn and then was disappointing in its failure to respond to his riding in the Straight.

He said the principal reason for the disappointing performance was the different circumstances between the horses most recent start and tonights race.

When questioned regarding the performance of MR AWARD, T H So stated that the horse was up in grade and was meeting much stronger opposition tonight than had been the case in its previous starts.

He said MR AWARD travelled satisfactorily until prior to the Home Turn, however, quickly came under pressure and weakened in the Straight.

He added that tonights race was run at a significantly faster tempo than those which the horse has previously been competing in.

A veterinary inspection of BOULD MOVER, GOLD EDITION and MR AWARD after the race did not show any significant findings.

IMPERIAL ROME and SEA THE PEARLS were sent for sampling.