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9 September 2018 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 2 - THE KWANGTUNG HANDICAP CUP (HANDICAP)

Class 1 - 1400M - C
Course: ST Sunny
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:21:72
Sectional Time: 13.93 23.09 23.04 21.66

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
13ROMANTIC TOUCH (S393)K. TeetanA. S. Cruz1041214.9831:21:721-1-1-137.02 23.04 21.66
25RATTAN (A061)D. WhyteR. Gibson1011181.51.420.751:21:855-5-5-237.62 22.88 21.35
32JOLLY BANNER (V077)C. SchofieldP. F. Yiu1071244.33.212 1:22:033-3-3-337.30 23.00 21.73
44PACKING DRAGON (T230)G. van NiekerkP. F. Yiu101118182553.51:22:282-2-2-437.14 23.00 22.14
51HORSE OF FORTUNE (T118)U. RispoliC. H. Yip112129121843.751:22:334-4-4-537.38 22.96 21.99
Sire:Northern Meteor
Breed of the Winning Horse:ROMANTIC TOUCH
Dam:Dearness
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 3 80
place 3 24.5
5 11
quinella 3-5 49.5
tierce 3-5-2 280
trio 2-3-5 17
1st double (8-3) $438.5
1st double consulation (8-5) $26.5

Recap by phillip woo

Romantic Touch kicked well after getting away with an uncontested lead to ring up a third career win. He's been a good money spinner for connections. Firming favourite at short odds, Rattan closed well despite still sitting last near the 250m to grab second. It was a good run but the pace went against him. Jolly Banner came up flat following a boxseat run. He needed the outing. Packing Dragon faded as expected over an unsuitable trip after stalking the speed. Horse Of Fortune failed to lift settling one from the back. Age is getting the better of him but he does require a longer trip.

Racing Incident Report

Race Two: (20) - THE KWANGTUNG HANDICAP CUP (HANDICAP) - Class 1 - 1400Meters

Shortly after the start, G van Niekerk (PACKING DRAGON) adjusted his right foot in the iron.

Approaching the 200 Metres, HORSE OF FORTUNE shifted out and brushed the hindquarters of RATTAN.

After the 100 Metres, PACKING DRAGON was momentarily eased away from the heels of RATTAN which shifted in.

For the majority of the race, ROMANTIC TOUCH raced with its head on the side and lay out.

When questioned regarding his riding in the early part of the Straight, G van Niekerk stated that his mount shifted out marginally rounding the Home Turn.

He said when it did this, JOLLY BANNER improved its position quickly to be racing to the inside of PACKING DRAGON and outside the heels of ROMANTIC TOUCH on straightening.

He said he was of the view that PACKING DRAGON did not shift a great deal of ground at this time, however, it was enough for JOLLY BANNER to be able to improve its position between ROMANTIC TOUCH and PACKING DRAGON.

He added approaching the 300 Metres JOLLY BANNER and PACKING DRAGON then raced tight as JOLLY BANNER continued to improve into tight running between ROMANTIC TOUCH and his mount.

G van Niekerk was advised that his explanation would be reported and told to ensure that he rides his mounts competitively at all times so as to leave no room for query.

ROMANTIC TOUCH and RATTAN were sent for sampling.