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16 February 2014 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 7 - THE CHAIRMAN'S SPRINT PRIZE

Class G1 - 1200M - A
Course: ST Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:09.3
Sectional Time: 24.09 22.83 22.45

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
11LUCKY NINE (L259)B. PrebbleC. Fownes12512675.951:09.37-5-124.53 22.63 22.21
23CHARLES THE GREAT (N171)D. WhyteJ. Moore1201267.15.21N1:09.44-4-224.37 22.75 22.32
32STERLING CITY (N152)J. MoreiraJ. Moore1231261.9230.501:09.43-6-324.33 22.87 22.25
44FREDERICK ENGELS (N187)T. BerryJ. Moore1191266.98.6100.501:09.410-10-425.01 22.51 21.95
510BULLISH FRIEND (N333)Z. PurtonA. S. Cruz100126191240.501:09.41-1-524.09 22.83 22.55
68STRAIGHT GOLD (N089)N. CallanJ. Moore105126162021.751:09.66-7-624.53 22.79 22.32
77EL ZONDA (K132)A. SuboricsA. S. Cruz105126349992.501:09.79-9-724.73 22.59 22.46
85CERISE CHERRY (L141)M. ChadwickD. Cruz117126211864.251:10.08-8-824.73 22.59 22.75
99BEST ELEVEN (N016)M. DemuroA. S. Cruz104126234884.501:10.05-3-924.41 22.67 23.00
106GO BABY GO (N033)O. DoleuzeC. H. Yip117126424274.501:10.02-2-1024.21 22.83 23.04
Sire:Dubawi
Breed of the Winning Horse:LUCKY NINE
Dam:Birjand
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 1 59.5
place 1 18.5
3 16
2 11
quinella 1-3 166.5
quinella place 1-3 51
1-2 32.5
2-3 22.5
tierce 1-3-2 668
trio 1-2-3 59
first 4 1-2-3-4 90
6th double (12-1) $162.0
6th double consulation (12-3) $35.5
2nd double trio (5,10,12/1,2,3) $610.0

Recap by phillip woo

Lucky Nine made his run in midfield and two off the rails after breaking awkwardly, swung the final bend with two wider out, narrowly hit the front 100m out and edged clear from Charles The Great in the final few metres for back-to-back wins in this race. Charles The Great enjoyed the gun run, stayed to the inside upon straightening, poked his head in front at the 150m and went down fighting in a blanket finish for second. Favourite Sterling City settled one-out, one-back, then was badly held up on the back of the leader Bullish Friend and finished willingly when getting clear 150m out. He should have won. Frederick Engels switched off at the tail from the widest gate, swung the final bend widest out and was hitting the line with purpose to just miss a placing. Plunged late, Bullish Friend wasn't hard pressed early on in the lead, cornered a length on top and grudgingly gave way in a nice run, despite giving 25 pounds to the winner. Straight Gold saved ground along the rails in midfield, stuck to the inside upon straightening and whacked away at the same pace over the final 200m. Cerise Cherry settled third from the rear with cover, swung the final bend with one wider out and made no impression in the drive. He's on his mark and needs rating relief.

Racing Incident Report

Race Seven: (405)-THE CHAIRMAN'S SPRINT PRIZE - Hong Kong Group One - 1200Metres

As the start was effected, LUCKY NINE lifted its front feet off the ground and lost ground.

From the outside barrier, FREDERICK ENGELS was taken across behind runners in the early stages.

Approaching the 700 Metres, STERLING CITY commenced to prove difficult to settle and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of GO BABY GO.

STRAIGHT GOLD had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight and for some distance after the 200 Metres was awkwardly placed close to the heels of CHARLES THE GREAT when unable to obtain clear running from behind that horse.

STERLING CITY was unable to obtain clear running until after the 200 Metres.

Throughout the race, BEST ELEVEN travelled wide and without cover.

When questioned, M Chadwick stated that after beginning awkwardly at its most recent start and racing further back in the field than had been intended, CERISE CHERY was able to finish off the race well.

He said due to the manner in which CERISE CHERRY finished off at its last start and the fact that it had been successful four starts ago when ridden by Z Purton from towards the rear of the field, it was felt that CERISE CHERRY's best opportunity in today's race would be to have it ridden more quietly than had been the case of late in the hope that it would be able to close off strongly.

He said in accordance with his instructions he shifted CERISE CHERRY across behind runners in the early stages after it began well.

He added however that CERISE CHERRY lay out making the turns and then was disappointing in its failure to respond to his riding in the Straight.

STERLING CITY, LUCKY NINE and CHARLES THE GREAT were sent for sampling.