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Race Results:

30 April 2014 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 3 - HEREFORD HANDICAP

Class 4 - 1200M - A
Course: HV Rainy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:10.1
Sectional Time: 24.00 23.08 23.10

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
12SEASONS STAR (P058)D. WhyteA. S. Cruz541297.78.2101:10.12-2-124.20 23.12 22.86
21MONTE CASTELLO (S053)Z. PurtonR. Gibson57132107.721.751:10.45-3-224.44 23.08 22.95
36FLASHING GUY (L158)C. Y. HoK. L. Man51124111332.751:10.61-1-324.00 23.08 23.54
412RAY OF GOLD (N443)J. MoreiraY. S. Tsui411164.42.4431:10.67-7-424.64 23.08 22.94
53BUNKER SHOT (S137)A. SuboricsC. Fownes531283.6615.501:11.03-5-524.32 23.20 23.53
67NOBODY BUT YOU (M202)T. H. SoNg Ting-keung51124142895.751:11.19-10-624.80 23.16 23.14
75CAPITAL K (M224)B. PrebbleT. P. Yung511269.91255.751:11.110-11-724.84 23.16 23.11
88BERNARD'S CHOICE (N156)M. ChadwickP. O'Sullivan441192945661:11.18-6-824.68 23.04 23.44
910SPURS ON (N428)K. TeetanD. Ferraris421172257116.251:11.111-9-924.84 23.12 23.21
1011FORTUNE BRAVO (N054)C. K. TongP. F. Yiu41114202976.501:11.24-4-1024.40 23.12 23.70
114WINNING NOVEL (S228)H. BowmanC. S. Shum521273157127.501:11.412-12-1125.16 23.04 23.20
129HELEN'S CHOICE (P185)N. CallanK. W. Lui44120149.6814.251:12.46-8-1224.56 23.16 24.74
Sire:Not A Single Doubt
Breed of the Winning Horse:SEASONS STAR
Dam:Annie's River
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 2 82.5
place 2 26
1 28.5
6 34
quinella 1-2 349
quinella place 1-2 102.5
2-6 124.5
1-6 148
tierce 2-1-6 5866
trio 1-2-6 1143
first 4 1-2-6-12 483
2nd double (11-2) $272.5
2nd double consulation (11-1) $76.5

Recap by phillip woo

Seasons Star was hard ridden from a wide gate to eventually settle second and one off the rails behind the leader Flashing Guy, rolled to the lead two deep at the 100m and kept on gamely for the win. Monte Castello settled fifth and one off the rails, rounded the final bend three deep and stayed on nicely to grab second 30m out with a move to blinkers, step back in distance and switch to the Valley. Flashing Guy pinged out of the gates to easily lead, cornered near two lengths on top and grudgingly gave way late to just hold favourite Ray Of Gold for a placing. Ray Of Gold settled worse than midfield and one off the rails, shifted out for clear running four deep at the 200m and ran on steadily with a step up in grade. Bunker Shot enjoyed the gun run on the back of the leader, straightened one off and only held his ground when popped the question. Nobody But You made his run fourth from the rear along the inside, straightened two-to-three deep and made only a mild bid in another unappealing effort. Capital K had only one behind him after copping a check 1,000m out, rounded the final bend four deep and made progress without threatening. Fortune Bravo swung the final bend five deep and came up one-paced. He'll be hard to beat with a drop in grade over a mile or 1,800m. Helen's Choice was stopping 200m out, despite a move to blinkers.

Racing Incident Report

Race Three: (586)-HEREFORD HANDICAP - Class 4 - 1200Metres

SPURS ON proved difficult to load.

Before being allowed to race again, SPURS ON will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test.

HELEN'S CHOICE bounded in the air as the start was effected and consequently lost ground.

Shortly after the start, RAY OF GOLD was steadied away from the heels of FLASHING GUY which shifted out.

From the outside barrier, WINNING NOVEL was taken across behind runners in the early stages.

Also from a wide barrier, NOBODY BUT YOU was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.

Passing the 1100 Metres, FORTUNE BRAVO got its head on the side and shifted in despite the efforts of its rider, C K Tong, resulting in BERNARD'S CHOICE being taken in towards CAPITAL K.

FORTUNE BRAVO, which at this time had SEASONS STAR improving to its outside, continued to lay in, resulting in BERNARD'S CHOICE being taken across the running of CAPITAL K, causing that horse to be checked and lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled near the 1000 Metres.

The Stewards, after considering all the circumstances of this incident, decided that it was appropriate for C K Tong to be severely reprimanded.

C K Tong was advised that whilst in this incident he had made an effort to relieve the tightening to BERNARD'S CHOICE and CAPITAL K when awkwardly placed inside SEASONS STAR, nonetheless in similar circumstances he would be expected to make every endeavour to prevent his mounts from shifting ground and causing interference to other runners.

After the 1000 Metres, FORTUNE BRAVO was left racing wide and without cover.

After the 900 Metres, CAPITAL K proved very difficult to settle and was checked away from the heels of RAY OF GOLD for some distance.

BERNARD'S CHOICE lost its left front plate near the 800 Metres.

At the entrance to the Straight, NOBODY BUT YOU was shifted out away from the heels of HELEN'S CHOICE.

Passing the 200 Metres, CAPITAL K shifted in and brushed NOBODY BUT YOU.

When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of HELEN'S CHOICE, N Callan stated that although his mount lost ground after bounding in the air as the start was effected, he was able to shift over to race on the rail in the early stages and throughout the early and middle stages the horse travelled strongly in about a midfield position.

He said the manner in which HELEN'S CHOICE travelled indicated to him that it would be able to close off the race well.

He said however that when the tempo of the race quickened prior to the Home Turn, HELEN'S CHOICE immediately came off the bridle and, despite being vigorously ridden along rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight, would not respond to his riding and commenced to give ground.

He added he had been riding HELEN'S CHOICE in track work leading up to tonight'S race and as that work was good, he expected it to race well.

A veterinary inspection of HELEN'S CHOICE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on CAPITAL K at the request of Trainer T P Yung.

The Veterinary Surgeon said this examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea.

Before being allowed to race again, CAPITAL K will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

RAY OF GOLD, SEASONS STAR and MONTE CASTELLO were sent for sampling.