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Race Results:

17 June 2015 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 1 - WANG TAK HANDICAP

Class 5 - 1000M - C
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g/f
Finish Time: 0:56.9
Sectional Time: 12.69 21.84 22.37

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
12SIR JOHN (P344)B. PrebbleW. Y. So361318.56.8100:56.91-1-112.69 21.84 22.37
24IDYLLIC WIND (N139)A. SuboricsNg Ting-keung321274.83.6330:57.34-4-212.85 21.88 22.63
35WINNING BOY (N186)M. L. YeungA. Schutz321256.78.724.750:57.610-7-313.13 21.80 22.69
411ORIENTAL FANTASIA (P269)H. N. WongY. S. Tsui231087.13.9750:57.62-2-412.81 21.80 23.07
510CHINA GOOD (L258)H. W. LaiD. Ferraris251201720150:57.69-8-513.05 21.92 22.72
69KING OF SMARTS (S176)J. MoreiraD. Cruz261218.9945.500:57.77-6-613.05 21.84 22.88
71DANEWIN TIGER (L282)M. ChadwickC. W. Chang381332859115.750:57.812-9-713.49 21.64 22.67
812GOOD SMILE (K360)T. H. SoL. Ho181113851880:58.13-3-812.85 21.84 23.47
98FOREVER GENKI (S222)K. C. NgA. S. Cruz261163872680:58.111-12-913.33 21.92 22.94
107NAMJONG SURPRISE (S287)G. MosseJ. Moore30125162898.750:58.28-11-1013.05 22.16 23.08
116ALWAYS WONDERFUL (P347)K. C. LeungP. O'Sullivan301232448129.500:58.46-5-1113.01 21.80 23.62
123NATURAL EIGHT (S243)Z. PurtonC. Fownes331284.16.5510.500:58.55-10-1213.01 22.16 23.42
Sire:Gonski
Breed of the Winning Horse:SIR JOHN
Dam:Abbe Cat
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 2 68
place 2 20
4 14.5
5 23
quinella 2-4 160.5
quinella place 2-4 61
2-5 87.5
4-5 51
tierce 2-4-5 1945
trio 2-4-5 375
first 4 2-4-5-11 334
quartet 2-4-5-11 9772

Recap by phillip woo

Well-punted late, Sir John was hard ridden to clear from a wide gate at the 750m for the lead, entered the straight two lengths on top and edged clear for a decisive first win at his 22nd start following the removal of the blinkers. Favourite Idyllic Wind had no excuses following a box-seat run and just found one too good on the day. Winning Boy ran on steadily following a one-off run in midfield to just edge Oriental Fantasia for a placing. Plunged late, Oriental Fantasia settled one off in second, rounded the final bend five deep and only held his ground over the final 100m. China Good settled worse than midfield along the rails, stayed to the inside upon straightening and made some ground to just miss a Quartet spot. King Of Smarts plugged on without menacing following a deep run with cover in midfield. Natural Eight never ran on two from the right after settling three deep with cover behind midfield following a sluggish break.

Racing Incident Report

Race One: (700)-WANG TAK HANDICAP - Class 5 - 1000Metres

NATURAL EIGHT shifted in at the start and bumped KING OF SMARTS which in turn was crowded for room outside IDYLLIC WIND.

GOOD SMILE shifted out abruptly at the start, resulting in NAMJONG SURPRISE being badly crowded for room out onto SIR JOHN which became unbalanced when bumped heavily by NAMJONG SURPRISE.

From an outside barrier, DANEWIN TIGER was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.

For some distance after the 900 Metres, WINNING BOY was awkwardly placed inside KING OF SMARTS which got its head on the side and lay in.

B Prebble (SIR JOHN) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 700 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of ORIENTAL FANTASIA, causing that horse to be unnecessarily hampered when having to be steadied away from the heels of SIR JOHN.

B Prebble was suspended from riding in races for a period to expire on Monday, 13 July 2015 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays).

The commencement of the suspension was deferred until after the Sha Tin racemeeting on Sunday, 5 July 2015.

In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into consideration Jockey Prebble's good race riding record during the most recent 2013/2014 and current racing seasons.

Making the first turn after the 600 Metres, IDYLLIC WIND got its head on the side and lay out towards the heels of ORIENTAL FANTASIA.

CHINA GOOD, which was following, shifted out away from the heels of that horse in consequence, resulting in WINNING BOY racing tight inside KING OF SMARTS.

Rounding the Home Turn, KING OF SMARTS was bumped on the hindquarters by WINNING BOY which shifted out.

Then at the entrance to the Straight, WINNING BOY was hampered when crowded by KING OF SMARTS which shifted in when unbalanced.

Near the 250 Metres, WINNING BOY raced tight inside KING OF SMARTS.

For the majority of the race, ALWAYS WONDERFUL and GOOD SMILE travelled wide and without cover.

After the race, Z Purton stated that despite being ridden along, NATURAL EIGHT did not have sufficient early speed over the 1000 Metres of tonight's race.

He said rather than racing unnecessarily wide, he steadied his mount after the 700 Metres to obtain a positon closer to the rail.

He said after shifting in to a three wide position behind KING OF SMARTS, he commenced to ride his mount along, however, NATURAL EIGHT responded only briefly and then gave ground in the Straight.

He added the manner in which NATURAL EIGHT raced tonight indicated to him that the horse is best suited by races further than the 1000 Metres of tonight's race.

A veterinary inspection of NATURAL EIGHT immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

A veterinary inspection of NAMJONG SURPRISE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

SIR JOHN and IDYLLIC WIND were sent for sampling.