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Race Results:

7 October 2018 - Sha Tin
RACE

Race 7 - LARCH HANDICAP

Class 3 - 1200M - B+2
Course: ST Sunny
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:09:28
Sectional Time: 23.90 22.42 22.96

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
11HIGH FIVE (T200)K. TeetanA. T. Millard741288.77.151:09:307-7-224.58 22.26 22.46
27ENDEARING (V338)K. C. LeungM. Freedman651199.19.26 SH1:09:283-3-124.14 22.34 22.80
34MIGHTY MAVERICK (V150)C. Y. HoC. Fownes691217.97.681.51:09:528-8-324.74 22.14 22.64
45GOLDEN DASH (B190)C. MurrayC. S. Shum681222.84.241.751:09:576-6-424.46 22.22 22.89
58EXPERTO CREDE (A110)C. WongJ. Moore64108106.572 1:09:591-2-523.90 22.46 23.23
62VOYAGE KING (B168)Z. PurtonF. C. Lor7312743.632.251:09:635-5-624.34 22.34 22.95
76MYTHICAL EMPEROR (T419)M. F. PoonW. Y. So67116119.623.51:09:832-1-723.94 22.38 23.51
83GOKO (A270)W. M. LaiC. H. Yip69123151615.51:10:164-4-824.18 22.34 23.64
Sire:Time Thief
Breed of the Winning Horse:HIGH FIVE
Dam:Stand By Your Man
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 1 71.5
place 1 20
7 24
4 21
quinella 1-7 246
quinella place 1-7 64.5
1-4 68
4-7 88
3 pick 1 (Composite Win) A2 26.5
tierce 1-7-4 1962
trio 1-4-7 372
first 4 1-4-5-7 238
quartet 1-7-4-5 6731
6th double (3-1) $87.5
6th double consulation (3-7) $21.5
2nd double trio (3,5,8/1,4,7) $8925.0

Recap by phillip woo

High Five was just denied after copping a sharp bump close to home by Endearing with his move down the outside following a patient ride second from the rear but was given the win following the inquiry and objection. He's racing in great spirits but may need to consider a claimer next time out. Endearing squeaked home on top despite shifting ground late after hitting the front 180m out following a prominent run. He was relegated but showed he's clearly up to winning at this level now. Mighty Maverick came on well from the rear of the field to fill a placing. He's racing well and relished a return to Sha Tin. Golden Dash finished all right for fourth after having to duck inside a tiring Mythical Emperor for a run at the 200m travelling third last along the fence following a tardy start. He's done little wrong to date and has the tools to win a race in this class. Plunged late, Experto Crede grudgingly gave way after going forward to press the leader.

Racing Incident Report

Race Seven: (79) - LARCH HANDICAP - Class 3 - 1200Meters

HIGH FIVE jumped in at the start, resulting in GOLDEN DASH being inconvenienced.

Then a short distance later, GOLDEN DASH was checked when crowded for room between HIGH FIVE which continued to lay in despite the efforts of its rider and VOYAGE KING which was taken out marginally by MYTHICAL EMPEROR.

In this incident, GOLDEN DASH made contact with the hindquarters of VOYAGE KING which became unbalanced.

As MIGHTY MAVERICK was taking a tight run between EXPERTO CREDE and MYTHICAL EMPEROR at the 100 Metres, MYTHICAL EMPEROR shifted out slightly under pressure, resulting in MIGHTY MAVERICK being inconvenienced.

The Stewards deferred the declaration of weighed-in as they were of the prima facie view that an incident occurred after the 75 Metres which cast sufficient doubt on whether ENDEARING (K C Leung) should be declared the winner of the race.

Subsequently K Teetan, the rider of HIGH FIVE, 2nd placegetter, lodged a protest/objection against ENDEARING being declared the winner alleging interference to his mount over the latter stages of the race.

After taking evidence from all parties concerned and after viewing the videos, the Stewards found that as HIGH FIVE improved to the outside of ENDEARING approaching the 75 Metres, ENDEARING was directed out by its rider, K C Leung which resulted in both horses making contact and HIGH FIVE being hampered and carried out for a number of strides.

Having in mind the short head margin between the horses at the end of the race and the degree to which HIGH FIVE was hampered when ENDEARING shifted out, the Stewards were comfortably satisfied that had the interference which clearly took place not occurred HIGH FIVE would have finished in front of ENDEARING.

Accordingly, the protest/objection was sustained and the placings amended to read No.

1, HIGH FIVE, 1st; No.

7, ENDEARING, 2nd; No.

4, MIGHTY MAVERICK, 3rd; and No.

5, GOLDEN DASH, 4th.

At a subsequent inquiry, K C Leung was found guilty of a charge of improper riding [Rule 100(1)] in that near the 75 Metres when HIGH FIVE improved to be racing to his outside, he deliberately directed his mount outwards into HIGH FIVE which resulted in contact being made with that horse and HIGH FIVE being hampered and taken outwards.

K C Leung was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Monday, 22 October 2018 and to expire on Sunday, 11 November 2018 on which day he may resume race riding (6 Hong Kong racedays).

After the race, C Murray (GOLDEN DASH) stated that upon straightening he shifted out from behind MYTHICAL EMPEROR as he anticipated that a run may develop between that horse and EXPERTO CREDE.

He said GOLDEN DASH was inclined to lay in marginally and as the run did not fully develop for him to improve between the aforementioned runners, he elected to switch back to the inside of MYTHICAL EMPEROR to obtain clear running near the 250 Metres.

After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on GOLDEN DASH at the request of Trainer C S Shum.

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

Before being allowed to race again, GOLDEN DASH will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

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

VOYAGE KING, HIGH FIVE and ENDEARING were sent for sampling.