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25 September 2013 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 7 - TSZ LOK HANDICAP

Class 2 - 1000M - C
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g/f
Finish Time: 0:56.6
Sectional Time: 12.58 21.27 22.81

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
14LONDON CHINA TOWN (L236)O. DoleuzeC. W. Chang921286.35.220:56.64-3-112.86 21.19 22.61
21BEAUTY SPARKLE (N310)M. ChadwickA. S. Cruz951291.91.710.500:56.72-1-212.66 21.19 22.89
32BUNDLE OF LOVE (N324)C. Y. LuiJohn Size951246.86.651.250:56.85-5-313.06 21.23 22.58
45IMPERIAL CHAMPION (P416)Z. PurtonC. Fownes90126121681.500:56.97-7-413.30 21.39 22.23
58TOUCH GO (L254)A. SuboricsK. W. Lui851219.91231.750:56.93-4-512.74 21.39 22.82
69CELESTIAL CENTURY (P172)K. C. LeungR. Gibson82116214562.750:57.16-6-613.18 21.15 22.79
76CHARITY SPIRIT (M095)H. W. LaiC. S. Shum891231010470:57.71-2-712.58 21.35 23.86
83FLYING COLOURS (J111)C. Y. HoD. Cruz931261339720.500:59.98-8-813.78 22.75 23.43
WD7HORSE GALORE (L220)K. C. NgY. S. Tsui87118----
Sire:War Chant
Breed of the Winning Horse:LONDON CHINA TOWN
Dam:Green Minstrel
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 4 52
place 4 15.5
1 10.1
2 15.5
quinella 1-4 35.5
quinella place 1-4 18
2-4 38
1-2 20
tierce 4-1-2 394
trio 1-2-4 47
first 4 1-2-4-5 127
6th double (7-4) $462.0
6th double consulation (7-1) $39.5
2nd double trio (2,6,7/1,2,4) $5805.0

Recap by phillip woo

London China Town travelled a handy fourth along the rails, stayed to the inside upon straightening and wore down short-priced favourite Beauty Sparkle 50m out for the win. Beauty Sparkle was up vying for the lead with Charity Spirit, assumed the front 500m out, cornered a length on top and grudgingly gave way late. Bundle Of Love settled midfield and one off the rails, rounded the final bend widest out and finished off well to come out a clear third. Specked late, newcomer Imperial Champion made his run second from the rear, cornered in three deep, ducked to the rails at the 250m and wasn`t fully tested over the final 100m in an eye-catching debut performance. Touch Go settled one-out, one-back, swung the final bend with one wider out, loomed a place chance at the 200m and came up one-paced over the last 100m. He needs a return to Class Three. Charity Spirit led one off the rails, was headed 450m out and was stopping 200m out. Flying Colours made his run a distant last after getting squeezed out at the start and was never a factor.

Racing Incident Report

Race Seven: (043)-TSZ LOK HANDICAP - Class 2 - 1000Metres

HORSE GALORE was withdrawn on 24.9.13 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left fore).

Before being allowed to race again, HORSE GALORE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

On arrival at the Start, C Y Ho expressed concern regarding the action of FLYING COLOURS.

FLYING COLOURS was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said after the necessary consultations the horse was suitable to race.

Also on arrival at the Start, it was noted that CELESTIAL CENTURY had lost its right front plate.

This plate was refitted.

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

FLYING COLOURS was badly crowded for room at the start between CELESTIAL CENTURY which began awkwardly and shifted out and IMPERIAL CHAMPION which shifted in.

After this, IMPERIAL CHAMPION, from the outside barrier, was taken across behind runners.

FLYING COLOURS was then ridden along vigorously, however, became detached from the field in the early stages and finished tailed out.

A veterinary inspection of FLYING COLOURS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

The performance of FLYING COLOURS was considered unacceptable.

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

At the entrance to the Straight, IMPERIAL CHAMPION was shifted to the inside of CELESTIAL CENTURY to obtain clear running.

IMPERIAL CHAMPION then had difficulty obtaining clear running over the final 100 Metres and because of this was not able to be properly tested.

When questioned, H W Lai stated that he had been instructed by the horses trainer, Mr C S Shum, to ride his mount in a forward position and if possible cross BEAUTY SPARKLE, the favourite for the race and lead on the rail.

He said one of the owners of CHARITY SPIRIT was present when these instructions were given and also reiterated that, in his view, it would be best for CHARITY SPIRIT to race on the rail in front of BEAUTY SPARKLE rather than race outside that horse.

He said in accordance with his instructions he rode CHARITY SPIRIT along vigorously in the early stages, however, CHARITY SPIRIT did not show sufficient speed to cross BEAUTY SPARKLE.

He added after giving CHARITY SPIRIT every opportunity to cross BEAUTY SPARKLE, it became apparent to him that he would not be able to achieve this approaching the 700 Metres and he immediately relaxed on CHARITY SPIRIT with a view to having that horse sit outside BEAUTY SPARKLE.

He said as he had ridden CHARITY SPIRIT along aggressively in the early stages, he was reluctant to overly restrain his mount at this time but rather he allowed the horse to relax so that it did not continue to race outside and in advance of BEAUTY SPARKLE.

As Mr Shum had departed the racecourse immediately after the running of this race, the Stewards contacted him regarding the instructions he gave to Jockey Lai.

Mr Shum confirmed the instructions and stated that he gave these instructions as BEAUTY SPARKLE had won a race late last season when ridden behind the leader and he anticipated that BUNDLE OF LOVE may show sufficient speed in the early stages to cross BEAUTY SPARKLE which would prevent CHARITY SPIRIT from racing on the rail.

He said therefore he felt that it would be in the best interests of CHARITY SPIRIT for the horse to be ridden along early and cross BEAUTY SPARKLE if possible which would prevent BUNDLE OF LOVE, which was drawn outside CHARITY SPIRIT, from being able to cross to the rail.

A veterinary inspection of CHARITY SPIRIT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

The Stewards will interview Mr Shum prior to the Sha Tin racemeeting to be conducted on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 regarding the instructions given to Jockey Lai.

LONDON CHINA TOWN and BEAUTY SPARKLE were sent for sampling.