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22 December 2016 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 8 - MERCURY HANDICAP

Class 2 - 1200M - C+3
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g/f
Finish Time: 1:09.5
Sectional Time: 23.65 22.25 23.61

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
12COUNTRY MELODY (T011)B. PrebbleJohn Size921265.85.211:09.57-4-124.01 22.17 23.33
212SUPER TURBO (V310)J. MoreiraD. Hall8211643.511N1:09.510-8-224.21 22.29 23.05
38VERBINSKY (V052)N. CallanA. S. Cruz871216.94.850.501:09.68-7-324.01 22.45 23.15
49BACK IN BLACK (T358)C. WilliamsP. O'Sullivan851191316811:09.611-10-424.25 22.41 23.01
53GOLDEN HARVEST (N236)O. MurphyA. T. Millard911252039101.751:09.712-12-524.33 22.53 22.92
64CHARITY JOY (P278)K. C. LeungC. S. Shum881201816421:09.81-2-623.65 22.37 23.83
71MOLLY'S JADE STAR (T216)C. Y. HoP. F. Yiu861187.86.9123.251:10.09-11-724.05 22.81 23.16
810FLYING TOURBILLON (T051)M. L. YeungP. F. Yiu851179.21263.501:10.05-9-823.81 22.85 23.43
96PERPETUAL TREASURE (S191)N. JuglallT. P. Yung87121458733.751:10.16-5-923.81 22.49 23.81
107TEAM FORTUNE (T306)S. De SousaW. Y. So87121161794.501:10.24-3-1023.81 22.33 24.07
115DRAGON GENERAL (T400)K. K. ChiongY. S. Tsui87116101675.251:10.33-6-1123.73 22.65 23.98
1211HAPPY METEOR (T171)S. ClippertonJ. Moore8311919322151:11.92-1-1223.69 22.21 26.00
Sire:Written Tycoon
Breed of the Winning Horse:COUNTRY MELODY
Dam:Chimerique
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 2 52
place 2 20.5
12 15.5
8 19
quinella 2-12 121.5
quinella place 2-12 47.5
2-8 65.5
8-12 37
3 pick 1 (Composite Win) A2 24
tierce 2-12-8 1424
trio 2-8-12 199
first 4 2-8-9-12 762
quartet 2-12-8-9 15645
7th double (5-2) $503.0
7th double consulation (5-12) $42.5
treble (7/5/2) $11123.0
treble consulation (7/5/12) $967.0
six up (4,5/2,8/1,9/1,7/5,7/2,12) $12,275.00
jockey challenge winner 2[NCallan]
six win bonus jackpot $2,414,718.00
(04 Jan 2017)

Recap by phillip woo

Country Melody just held off Super Turbo after hitting the front passing the 200m following rails run in midfield to notch a second win from four starts over this Valley trip. The draw was the key to the win and he might find it harder when next lining up. Super Turbo finished strongly after finding the fence beyond midfield following a tardy break from a wide gate. He remains one to follow off the lightweights over this course. Verbinsky came on well from behind midfield despite losing the whip mid-straight to finish a close third. He continues to shine after a move to the Valley and won't be far off another winning run. Back In Black had to switch off the heels of Verbinsky 200m out for a clear run after travelling third from the rear and should have gone closer. The move to blinkers had a positive effect. Golden Harvest was doing his best work late near the inside after travelling second from the rear. He's near a bottom and could pop up at any time over his course.

Racing Incident Report

Race Eight: (285)-MERCURY HANDICAP - Class 2 - 1200Metres

BLOCKER DEE was withdrawn on 19.12.16 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter MOLLY'S JADE STAR.

Before being allowed to race again, BLOCKER DEE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

HAPPY METEOR began awkwardly.

From wide barriers, SUPER TURBO, BACK IN BLACK and GOLDEN HARVEST were all steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners to obtain a position closer to the rail.

Approaching the 200 Metres, VERBINSKY hung in under pressure and proved difficult to ride which resulted in its rider, N Callan, dropping his whip.

After passing the 200 Metres, VERBINSKY continued to shift in under pressure, resulting in TEAM FORTUNE being momentarily steadied.

N Callan was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he makes more effort to keep his mounts straight.

Approaching the 100 Metres, SUPER TURBO was shifted out across the heels of CHARITY JOY to obtain clear running.

C Y Ho reported that his instructions were to go forward on MOLLY'S JADE STAR and in accordance with his instructions he rode the horse along vigorously in the first 100 Metres in order to take up a prominent position.

He said however when he realized that he was likely to be caught extremely wide on the first turn, he elected to shift in behind runners to find a position closer to the rail but further back in the field than had been intended.

When questioned regarding his riding of TEAM FORTUNE in the early and middle stages, S de Sousa stated that he was instructed to be positive on TEAM FORTUNE and endeavour to assume a forward position.

He said he rode his mount along in the early stages, however, a number of runners were also ridden to obtain forward positions which left TEAM FORTUNE extremely wide making the first turn.

He said on entering the Back Straight he steadied TEAM FORTUNE for a short distance and gave consideration to shifting across behind DRAGON GENERAL, however, he quickly assessed that even this manoeuvre would have resulted in TEAM FORTUNE being left at least five wide and most likely without cover in the event that DRAGON GENERAL was able to go forward and take up a leading position.

He added therefore he allowed TEAM FORTUNE to stride forward along the Back Straight and eventually shift in at the 500 Metres to race outside CHARITY JOY albeit still three wide and without cover.

A veterinary inspection of DRAGON GENERAL, TEAM FORTUNE and HAPPY METEOR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

COUNTRY MELODY and SUPER TURBO were sent for sampling.


GENERAL: 1.

Additional Veterinary Reports from Sha Tin Racemeeting on 17 December 2016 Subsequent official veterinary inspections (without endoscopy) of SOCCER BRAVE, JIMSON THE FAMOUS, HEALTHY LUCK, PEACE COMBINATION, EROICO, PACKING LLAREGYB, MONEY BOY, RADIANT STEED, GO BEAUTY GO, TRIUMPHANT LIGHT, KING'S MAN, EVEREST, REGENCY BO BO, HAMMER KING, RACING MATE, BAD BOY, MY LITTLE FRIEND, BEAUTY KINGDOM, JOLLY JOLLY, BRING IT ON, UNICRON JEWELLERY, HAPPY PLACE and SKY KING revealed no apparent abnormality.

2.

Racing Laboratory tests of JING JING WIN, WATER DIVINER, ENDEARING, WILLIE WAY, GENERAL SHERMAN, ISHVARA, WINNER'S WAY, BEAT THE CLOCK, SATONO CROWN, HIGHLAND REEL, AEROVELOCITY, LUCKY BUBBLES, BLIZZARD, MR BOGART, ABLE FRIEND BEAUTY ONLY, HELENE PARAGON, MAURICE, SECRET WEAPON, MR STUNNING, MERION, PAKISTAN STAR, EAGLE WAY, SANTA FE SUN (11.12.16) and KING BOUNTIFUL, CLOUD NINE, AUTUMN GOLD, SHOWING CHARACTER, HAPPY CENTURY, ROCK THE TREE, GARLIC YEAH, HIGH SPEED METRO, ISAAC, ROYALE ELEGANCE, TRAVEL AMBASSADOR, WISKY, SEA JADE, HARRIER JET, MARVEL HERO, LOTUS BREEZE, HAPPY SPIRIT, HARD BALL GET (14.12.16) proved negative.

SUMMARY: 1.

Withdrawals Race 6: REDWOOD BABY on 21.12.16 on veterinary advice.

Race 8: BLOCKER DEE on 19.12.16 on veterinary advice.

2.

Fines Race 1: Trainer A T Millard (SUPER FORM): $2,000 for a declaration error.

Race 7: Apprentice K K Chiong (WONDERFUL JOURNEY): $10,000 for careless riding over the final 50 Metres.

3.

Severe Reprimands Race 1: N Callan (ACCLAIMED LIGHT) for shifting in soon after straightening.

Race 5: S de Sousa (SUPER CLAN) for shifting out near the 250 Metres.

Race 7: K C Ng (I'M A WITNESS) for shifting in at the 600 Metres.

4.

Reprimands Race 1: O Murphy (SALSA BROTHERS) for shifting in passing the winning post on the first occasion.

Race 8: N Callan (VERBINSKY) for shifting in after passing the 200 Metres.

5.

Warnings Race 1: N Callan (ACCLAIMED LIGHT) for shifting in near the 150 Metres.

S de Sousa (INVISIBLE) re his riding after the 1000 Metres.

Race 3: K C Leung (WILD BOY) for shifting in approaching the first turn.

N Callan (ELECTRONIC EMPIRE) and K C Leung (WILD BOY) for easing the tempo unduly after assuming the lead.

Race 4: A Badel (GREAT WISDOM) for shifting in making the Home Turn.

6.

Suspension Race 7: Apprentice K K Chiong (WONDERFUL JOURNEY) for careless riding over the final 50 Metres (from 14 January 2017 until 19 January 2017 on which day she may resume race riding - 2 Hong Kong racedays).

7.

Bleeder Race 3: ELECTRONIC EMPIRE 8.

Barrier Trial Race 5: GLORIOUS SUN 9.

Official Veterinary Examinations Race 1: REWARDING FLYER Race 2: FAITHFUL BOY Race 5: GLORIOUS SUN Race 6: REDWOOD BABY Race 8: BLOCKER DEE