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3 June 2012 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 8 - THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CENTENARYCHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP)

Class 3 - 1600M - B
Course: ST Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:35.8
Sectional Time: 24.73 23.24 24.09 23.76

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
113GIGGLES FOREVER (N069)W. C. MarwingC. W. Chang611174.33.491:35.813-13-13-148.85 23.93 23.04
26JOLLY FINE (M294)A. SuboricsP. F. Yiu691254.24.361.251:36.09-8-6-248.49 24.01 23.53
32KING'S PACT (N244)M. L. YeungC. S. Shum7512823201031:36.34-3-3-348.09 24.13 24.10
41JIMSON THE BEST (L016)K. C. NgC. H. Yip771261919134.751:36.57-9-8-448.53 23.97 24.07
512CRAIG'S PRIDE (M274)T. ClarkJ. Moore6211843.8251:36.65-5-4-548.25 24.09 24.28
64GOLDEN SCALPEL (N224)D. OliverK. L. Man721281920151:36.610-10-11-648.53 24.17 23.93
75ALWAYS SOMETHING (K288)M. ChadwickA. S. Cruz711258.61085.501:36.611-11-10-748.57 24.09 24.03
83FLYING SUPREME (K226)M. ZahraC. Fownes74130232835.751:36.76-4-5-848.21 24.13 24.41
98ABSOLUTE FANTASY (M284)W. M. LaiY. S. Tsui6411828411261:36.72-1-1-947.97 24.09 24.72
107GOLDEN OSMANTHUS (N245)C. K. TongY. S. Tsui661206899713.751:38.012-12-12-1048.73 23.97 25.32
1111SUPER FRESH (N194)H. W. LaiR. Gibson6711675994251:39.88-6-9-1148.29 24.25 27.30
129HAPPY SEVEN (K155)K. C. LeungK. L. Man6411836631129.251:40.41-2-2-1247.97 24.17 28.35
1310MEDALLIST (N024)M. Du PlessisD. Hall63119109.3535.251:41.43-7-7-1348.33 24.17 28.97
Sire:One Cool Cat
Breed of the Winning Horse:GIGGLES FOREVER
Dam:Heart Set
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 13 34.5
place 13 15.5
6 16
2 48.5
quinella 6-13 83
quinella place 6-13 32
2-13 112.5
2-6 122.5
tierce 13-6-2 1630
trio 2-6-13 473
first 4 1-2-6-13 1144

Recap by phillip woo

Favourite Giggles Forever was patiently ridden, swung the final bend widest out and let down willingly to take control 60m out for the win. Jolly Fine settled behind midfield and two deep, rounded the final bend five wide, swept to the lead 150m out and found one too good. King's Pact rushed forward between horses to settle three deep without cover in third behind Happy Seven at the 800m, worked to a narrow lead at the 200m and came up one-paced over the last 100m. He's improving with racing and won't be far off a win. Jimson The Best was never on the track and faded back to third last and four deep at the 600m, swung the final bend with one wider out and was finishing off well. Craig's Pride jumped alertly before settled along the rails in fifth, was short of room along the inside upon straightening and found little when clear over the final 200m. Golden Scalpel settled worse than midfield and on the rails, straightened near the inside, pushed into the clear four deep at the 250m and made some ground. Always Something was tight for room at the 350m. Medallist was eased down over the final 400m with equipment issues.

Racing Incident Report

Race Eight: (663) - THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CENTENARYCHALLENGE CUP (HANDICAP) - Class 3 - 1600 Meters GOLDEN OSMANTHUS was slow to begin.

FLYING SUPREME and SUPER FRESH bumped at the start.

Passing the 1400 Metres, SUPER FRESH proved difficult to settle when being steadied.

Approaching the 1200 Metres, GOLDEN SCALPEL got its head up and proved difficult to settle for a short distance.

After being crossed by ABSOLUTE FANTASY near the 1000 Metres, MEDALLIST proved difficult to settle and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse.

For some distance after the 1000 Metres, CRAIGS PRIDE and FLYING SUPREME raced tight inside ABSOLUTE FANTASY (W M Lai) which shifted in.

W M Lai was reprimanded.

ALWAYS SOMETHING had difficulty obtaining clear running rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight.

CRAIGS PRIDE was not able to obtain clear running until passing the 300 Metres.

Throughout the race, KINGS PACT travelled wide and without cover.

The performances of HAPPY SEVEN and SUPER FRESH, which both finished tailed out, were considered unacceptable.

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

Following the race, the Stewards interviewed M Du Plessis, the rider of MEDALLIST, Mr D J Hall, the trainer of the horse, and Mr T McGovern, the Starter.

M Du Plessis stated that when parading behind the barriers, the hood and the bridle applied to MEDALLIST slipped forward over the horses head which necessitated both pieces of equipment being refitted by the barrier attendants.

He said after the hood and the bridle were refitted, the equipment was examined by himself and he was satisfied that it was properly fitted.

He further explained that prior to the 600 Metres he rode his mount along to have it maintain its position and a short distance later the bridle and the hood again slipped forward over the horses head, resulting in MEDALLISTs vision being impaired for a distance.

He said that the equipment continued to slip forward and his only alternative was to keep a good hold of the head of MEDALLIST to stop the bit from being dislodged from the horses mouth, resulting in MEDALLIST having to be eased down in the Straight.

Mr Hall stated that he had applied a norton bit which the horse carried today and the hood to MEDALLIST in track work and that he had not experienced any issues with the use of this gear.

He said he had used both gear in combination previously on horses and in particular the norton bit and he had not experienced any issues similar to that which MEDALLIST experienced today.

He further stated that it is his intention to consider the use of an alternative bit on MEDALLIST and will also give strong consideration to removing the hood from the horse to prevent a reoccurrence of this incident.

The Stewards questioned Apprentice K C Ng, the rider of JIMSON THE BEST, in the presence of his allocated trainer, Mr C H Yip, who also trains the horse, regarding his riding of that horse.

He said he was instructed to take up a forward position, but not to make too much use of the horse in order to do so.

He said from the outside barrier he allowed JIMSON THE BEST to take up a forward position, however, HAPPY SEVEN and ABSOLUTE FANTASY maintained their positions to his inside and as felt that he would have had to ride JIMSON THE BEST along to cross either of those horses, he elected, near the 1400 Metres, to steady JIMSON THE BEST with a view to possibly obtaining cover.

He said when he did this, the tempo of the race slowed, however, he believed that he had already committed himself to obtaining cover and for this reason continued to steady JIMSON THE BEST in the hope that he might be able to obtain the necessary cover.

He added that approaching the first turn he was left wide to the outside of SUPER FRESH and for this reason he further steadied JIMSON THE BEST and near the 800 Metres was able to obtain cover behind that horse, however, much further back in the field than had been intended.

He said that rounding the Home Turn he shifted JIMSON THE BEST out and the horse then finished off the race quite well.

He said that, in retrospect, he had erred in not continuing forward on JIMSON THE BEST to overcome being wide rather than restraining the horse as he did.

Mr Yip stated that he advised Apprentice Ng immediately after the race that he had erred in not making more endeavour to obtain a forward position on JIMSON THE BEST as it was always anticipated that todays race would be run at a moderate tempo.

He said prior to the race he had anticipated HAPPY SEVEN to lead and he had hoped that JIMSON THE BET would be able to obtain a position outside that horse.

The Stewards advised Apprentice Ng that contrary to the manner in which he had ridden each of his three winners earlier in the programme, he had not ridden JIMSON THE BEST well in this race.

He was advised that it was apparent that he should have allowed JIMSON THE BEST to continue forward and cross runners to his inside due to the anticipated average tempo of the race which turned out to be the case.

He was further advised to ensure that, wherever possible, he rides his mounts in accordance with his instructions and ensures that they are ridden to advantage.

GIGGLES FOREVER and JOLLY FINE were sent for sampling.