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Race Results:

28 December 2012 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 8 - MERCURY HANDICAP

Class 2 - 1200M - C+3
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:09.9
Sectional Time: 23.64 23.09 23.17

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
12IMPERIAL ROME (N012)W. C. MarwingD. Ferraris871309.67.551:09.97-7-124.68 22.73 22.49
23SIMPLE (N021)Z. PurtonC. H. Yip861292.93.21H1:09.96-5-224.48 22.73 22.72
35GOOD WORDS (L371)M. ChadwickA. S. Cruz851266.68.381.501:10.11-1-323.64 23.09 23.42
411TOUCH GO (L254)C. K. TongK. W. Lui81122479942.251:10.22-2-423.84 23.13 23.31
56NEW GLORY (K304)O. DoleuzeC. W. Chang85128127.232.501:10.33-4-524.08 23.09 23.14
612CHINA POWER (M400)C. Y. LuiP. F. Yiu77110183773.751:10.54-3-624.08 22.93 23.50
78BEST WIN (L212)T. AnglandC. Fownes841271314103.751:10.511-11-725.00 22.73 22.79
87TURBO KING (L320)G. MosseK. L. Man85128119.3641:10.58-8-824.68 22.85 23.01
91STERLING CITY (N152)A. SuboricsJ. Moore901336.14.3951:10.710-9-924.92 22.73 23.07
1010HANDSOME HANDSOME (N009)N. CallanL. Ho821256699125.501:10.712-12-1025.08 22.81 22.87
114CHARITY SPIRIT (M095)H. W. LaiC. S. Shum8512626911161:10.89-10-1124.88 22.81 23.18
129DIAMOND ELEGANCE (N102)T. ClarkR. Gibson84127111629.251:11.35-6-1224.44 22.89 24.04
Sire:Holy Roman Emperor
Breed of the Winning Horse:IMPERIAL ROME
Dam:Ripalong
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 2 75
place 2 21
3 15
5 25
quinella 2-3 113
quinella place 2-3 39.5
2-5 82
3-5 50
tierce 2-3-5 1037
trio 2-3-5 193
first 4 2-3-5-11 4510
7th double (5-2) $230.0
7th double consulation (5-3) $15.0
treble (8/5/2) $549.0
treble consulation (8/5/3) $31.0
six up (7,9/3,4/8,10/8,11/5,12/2,3) $520.00
six up bonus (7/3/8/8/5/2) $42,622.00
jockey challenge winner 2[ZPurton]

Recap by phillip woo

Imperial Rome was patiently ridden behind midfield and on the rails, switched into the clear with two wider out soon after straightening and let down willingly to get up in the final few strides for a second straight success over this course. He's always a chance over this Valley track. Favourite Simple settled ahead of the eventual winner along the rails, rallied five deep upon straightening, worked to the lead 50m out and found one too good. He won't be far off a Valley win. Good Words was ridden along to comfortably lead at the 1,000m from gate eight, straightened two lengths and kept on gamely to come home a clear third. Touch Go sat on the back of the speed in second and just off the rails, straightened three deep and stayed on surprisingly well to inject value into the First-4. He'll be hard to beat over this course with a likely return to Class Three in the future. New Glory jumped best before settling in the box-seat, stayed to the inside upon straightening and kept on one-paced with every chance.

Racing Incident Report

Race Eight: (276)-MERCURY HANDICAP - Class 2 - 1200 Metres CHINA POWER began awkwardly and shortly after the start became unbalanced when crowded for room between TURBO KING and GOOD WORDS, both of which shifted ground.

From wide barriers, BEST WIN, CHARITY SPIRIT and HANDSOME HANDSOME were all taken across behind runners shortly after the start.

Passing the 1100 Metres, STERLING CITY raced tight inside CHARITY SPIRIT which was awkwardly placed close to the heels of IMPERIAL ROME.

Approaching the 600 Metres, CHARITY SPIRIT got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of TURBO KING.

Over about the final 100 Metres, NEW GLORY was not able to obtain clear running inside GOOD WORDS and over the concluding stages had to be checked away from the heels of that horse when unable to improve.

Because of this, NEW GLORY was not able to be tested.

When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of STERLING CITY, A Suborics stated that, from barrier 9, he had been asked to take STERLING CITY across behind runners in the early stages and obtain a position close to the rail.

He said after racing tight inside CHARITY SPIRIT near the 1100 Metres, STERLING CITY was then reluctant to hold its position inside that horse.

He said he had to ride STERLING CITY along in the middle stages to maintain its position inside CHARITY SPIRIT as the horse, which was having its first start at Happy Valley tonight, was reluctant to stretch out when racing inside that horse.

He added that STERLING CITY came under pressure after the 600 Metres and then when ridden out in the Straight did not respond to his riding and, in his opinion, was disappointing.

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

When questioned, T Clark stated that he had been asked to ride DIAMOND ELEGANCE in about a midfield position if possible as the horse had previously finished off its races strongly when ridden in about this position.

He said DIAMOND ELEGANCE travelled strongly in the early and middle stages and making the turn after the 600 Metres commenced to come under pressure.

He said at this time DIAMOND ELEGANCE got its head on the side and hung out and for this reason he was unable to prevent SIMPLE from shifting out to his inside.

He said DIAMOND ELEGANCE continued to hang out rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight.

He said DIAMOND ELEGANCE then weakened out of the race noticeably over the concluding stages.

He added that after the race he recommended to connections that they consider dropping the horse back in distance to 1000 Metres as it had performed best of late over that distance where the horse appears to be suited by the stronger tempo of races over this distance which then allows it the opportunity to close off the race.

A veterinary inspection of DIAMOND ELEGANCE after the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea.

Before being allowed to race again, DIAMOND ELEGANCE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that CHARITY SPIRIT had lost its left front plate.

IMPERIAL ROME and SIMPLE were sent for sampling.


GENERAL: 1.

Races 2 - 8 were each put back 5 minutes.

2.

Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 22 December 2012 Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of DEMON DEMON, LUCKY OMENS, STAR OF FAME, QUIET CONFIDENCE, GENERAL DANROAD, UWILLBEGLORIOUS, CHANCELLOR, JIMSON THE BEST, ALL BOUNTIFUL, TOWERING STORM, BULLISH POWER, COUNTRY CHARM, SUNNY PEARL, WINNING INSTINCT, FOLLOW THE WIND, HOLYANGELHOLY, HELENE FUN STAR, LOMBARDI, FLAGSHIP SHINE, ULTIMATE WINNERS, SAME WORLD, VICTOR DELIGHT, FLASH KNIGHT and GREEN EAGLE revealed no apparent abnormality.

3.

Racing Laboratory tests of SMART VOLATILITY, NOBODY BUT YOU, MEGA POSH, TELECOM TOP STAR, LUCKY ARMY, FABULOUS NOVEMBER, HAPPY ERA, JUN DAO, MI SAVVY, MUTUAL DELIGHT, REAL GENERAL, SWEET CORNER, PANTHER RUN, CAGA SPIRIT, PERFECT HEDGE, SAFARI MAGIC, SUPREME HONG KONG, MAROON PRINCE, FLYING CHINA, GOLD-FUN, JOLLY VICTOR, CULTURAL CITY, GREAT SKY, RUMBA KING, LORD SINCLAIR, HAPPY INDEX, COSMIC BOOM, GREEN MANNER and DEEP THINKER (16.12.12) proved negative.

SUMMARY: 1.

Withdrawals Race 2: ELEPHANT MAGIC on 27.12.12 on veterinary advice.

Race 5: LIFELINE ELITE on 27.12.12 on veterinary advice.

2.

Fine Race 5: N Callan (FOREVER JOYFUL): $3,000 for failing to weigh in as required following the race.

3.

Severe Reprimands Race 1: U Rispoli (EAST OCEAN) for shifting in near the 800 Metres.

Race 4: R Fourie (FLORA DANICA) for shifting out approaching the 200 Metres.

4.

Reprimand Race 2: M L Yeung (NOBODY BUT YOU) for shifting in over the concluding stages.

5.

Warnings Race 1: N Callan (FASTALOT) for shifting in approaching the winning post on the first occasion.

Race 4: T Queally (RAY'S FAVOURITE) for shifting in approaching the winning post on the first occasion.

Race 6: Z Purton (ZACHARY) for shifting in near the 1300 Metres.

Race 7: N Callan (OUTDOOR PEGASUS) re his riding in the middle stages.

6.

Suspension Race 2: Apprentice K C Ng (SURFER BOY) for careless riding passing the 600 Metres (10 - 17 January 2013 on which day he may resume race riding - 2 Hong Kong racedays).

7.

Stewards'Inquiry Race 1 8.

Official Barrier Trials Race 4: JACKPOT MASCOT Race 6: GOLDEN TREASURE 9.

Official Veterinary Examinations Race 1: GOOD LOOKING WATCH Race 2: ELEPHANT MAGIC; MR AWARD Race 4: JACKPOT MASCOT Race 5: LIFELINE ELITE Race 6: GOLDEN TREASURE Race 7: ELEGANCE KLAMMER Race 8: DIAMOND ELEGANCE