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Race Results:

4 May 2014 - Sha Tin

Race 9 - THE CHAMPIONS MILE *Int'l Rating

Class G1 - 1600M - A+3
Course: ST Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:34.1
Sectional Time: 24.17 22.56 23.94 23.44

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
12VARIETY CLUB (S628)A. MarcusM F de Kock1201262112121:34.12-2-1-146.81 23.86 23.44
28ABLE FRIEND (P303)J. MoreiraJ. Moore11712621.71441:34.711-12-8-247.77 23.26 23.72
36DAN EXCEL (N195)T. BerryJ. Moore118126101175.251:34.97-8-4-347.45 23.42 24.08
41GLORIOUS DAYS (M353)K. TeetanJohn Size1211268.61185.251:34.910-10-11-447.61 23.54 23.81
54GOLD-FUN (P045)D. WhyteR. Gibson1191265.74.2261:35.06-7-7-547.37 23.66 24.02
65BLAZING SPEED (P192)N. CallanA. S. Cruz118126282717.501:35.34-3-2-647.05 23.74 24.52
77GORDON LORD BYRON (P606)Z. PurtonT Hogan1181262549138.501:35.412-13-13-747.81 23.54 24.10
810MSHAWISH (S629)U. RispoliM. Delzangles1171266699610.251:35.75-6-5-847.33 23.54 24.87
914FLAME HERO (P294)H. BowmanL. Ho10412649991110.751:35.89-9-10-947.57 23.54 24.71
1013MEINER LACRIMA (S630)D ShibataH. Uehara11112674995111:35.83-4-9-1047.13 23.98 24.77
113CALIFORNIA MEMORY (L135)M. ChadwickA. S. Cruz11912624531011.251:35.814-14-14-1147.97 23.50 24.42
1211REAL SPECIALIST (M143)O. DoleuzeJohn Size11612632633151:36.58-5-6-1247.33 23.62 25.57
139HELENE SPIRIT (M310)A. SuboricsC. Fownes11712614984171:36.81-1-3-1346.73 24.06 26.06
1412ZAIDAN (M234)B. PrebbleA. S. Cruz11212655999301:38.913-11-12-1447.73 23.42 27.78
Breed of the Winning Horse:VARIETY CLUB
Dam:La Massine
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 2 126
place 2 27
8 11
6 25
quinella 2-8 119
quinella place 2-8 49
2-6 137
6-8 34
tierce 2-8-6 2390
trio 2-6-8 258
first 4 1-2-6-8 442
8th double (1-2) $1813.5
8th double consulation (1-8) $100.0

Recap by phillip woo

Variety Club rolled forward from a wide gate to eventually settle second outside the leader Helene Spirit, took the final bend five deep, advanced to the front passing the 300m and drew clear for a convincing win. Raging favourite Able Friend settled third from the rear and two off the rails with cover, swung the final bend with one wider out and finished nicely to be a clear second in his initial run against top notch internationals. Dan Excel was up with the leaders early on before settling four deep without cover in midfield, rounded the final bend six deep and just out-finished Glorious Days for a placing. Glorious Days shifted out of traffic with three wider out at the 250m and was getting to the line reasonably well. Gold-Fun settled three back and one off the rails, ducked underneath Blazing Speed and came up flat over the final 100m.

Racing Incident Report

Race Nine: (600)-THE CHAMPIONS MILE - Group One - 1600Metres

REAL SPECIALIST was checked on jumping when crowded for room between HELENE SPIRIT and GOLD-FUN which shifted out after beginning awkwardly.

In this incident, REAL SPECIALIST made heavy contact with the hindquarters of HELENE SPIRIT, causing that horse to become badly unbalanced and to shift out, resulting in MEINER LACRIMA being crowded for room inside MSHAWISH.

HELENE SPIRIT lost its left front plate soon after the start.

From wide barriers, GORDON LORD BYRON and ABLE FRIEND were taken across behind runners in the early stages.

On a number of occasions between near the 1000 Metres and the 900 Metres, GORDON LORD BYRON and ABLE FRIEND bumped as a result of ABLE FRIEND (J Moreira) shifting in.

J Moreira was severely reprimanded and advised that his riding of ABLE FRIEND during this part of the race bordered on breaching a significant Rule of Racing.

He was advised that whilst the Stewards encourage competitive riding, he must ride his mounts in such a manner so as to ensure that undue pressure is not placed upon other runners.

After the 900 Metres, ZAIDAN became unbalanced after shifting in and making contact with the rail.

GOLD-FUN lost its right hind plate near the 650 Metres.

After the 600 Metres, GLORIOUS DAYS and FLAME HERO raced tight as GLORIOUS DAYS shifted out.

Then rounding the Home Turn, FLAME HERO became unbalanced after being bumped by GLORIOUS DAYS which shifted out to improve its position.

For the majority of the race, DAN EXCEL travelled wide and without cover.

The performance of ZAIDAN, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable.

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

VARIETY CLUB and ABLE FRIEND were sent for sampling.