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24 October 2018 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 1 - STARLIT KNIGHT HANDICAP

Class 5 - 1650M - C+3
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:39:11
Sectional Time: 27.55 23.43 24.41 23.72

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
13GLORY STAR (T336)M. F. PoonK. H. Ting371255.85.161:39:113-3-2-151.66 23.93 23.52
26TRAVEL AMBASSADOR (T113)M. ChadwickR. Gibson35128153452.51:39:515-5-4-251.90 23.89 23.72
35TRIUMPHANT LIGHT (T224)S. ClippertonD. Ferraris36129271743 1:39:601-1-1-350.98 24.41 24.21
44MONEY WINNER (A055)K. TeetanY. S. Tsui37130108.173.51:39:657-7-6-452.22 23.73 23.70
51MANAGEMENT STAR (B006)Z. PurtonK. W. Lui401333.12.994.251:39:779-9-7-552.46 23.65 23.66
62NEVER BETTER (T140)D. WhyteP. O'Sullivan401337.67.834.251:39:794-4-5-651.86 24.09 23.84
710TORNEY (A063)M. L. YeungL. Ho28119101224.251:39:806-6-8-752.14 24.01 23.65
88NEWSWIRE FREE (S407)U. RispoliP. F. Yiu34127161685 1:39:9010-10-11-852.66 23.97 23.27
911EASTERN PROWESS (V295)H. T. MoC. S. Shum221102032105 1:39:9211-11-10-952.66 23.77 23.49
109WONDERFUL TIGER (A235)G. van NiekerkW. Y. So341271918115.751:40:0112-12-12-1052.90 23.89 23.22
117VARA PEARL (S138)C. MurrayA. T. Millard35128161616.251:40:128-8-9-1152.46 23.93 23.73
1212THE LEGEND (A318)C. Y. HoC. Fownes211141418126.51:40:152-2-3-1251.54 24.17 24.44
Sire:High Chaparral
Breed of the Winning Horse:GLORY STAR
Dam:Ursula Minor
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 3 51.5
place 3 20.5
6 91
5 48
quinella 3-6 1046
quinella place 3-6 328.5
3-5 144.5
5-6 641.5
3 pick 1 (Composite Win) A2 25
tierce 3-6-5 16078
trio 3-5-6 3964
first 4 3-4-5-6 5189
quartet 3-6-5-4 94587

Recap by phillip woo

Glory Star got up 150m out following a steady move at the 650m racing one-out, oneback to resume a winner and up the unbeaten stats combining trainer Jimmy Ting Koonho and Matthew Poon Ming-fai to four. He's got terrific first-up form but will need to lift on his past form in Class Four going forward. Travel Ambassador stayed on well travelling fore of midfield to grab second at good odds. He's an improved runner following a stable change and downgrade. Specked late Triumphant Light grudgingly gave way after travelling keenly in front. He went a shade too hard and is better suited at Sha Tin. Money Winner ran on steadily from midfield to just miss a placing. He's honest but nothing special. Favourite Management Star ran on without menacing travelling fourth from the back. He's heading in the right direction this term and can pop up soon. Never Better came up one-paced following a prominent run on the fence.

Racing Incident Report

Race One: (119) - STARLIT KNIGHT HANDICAP - Class 5 - 1650Meters

TRAVEL AMBASSADOR was slow to begin.

VARA PEARL shifted out at the start and bumped TORNEY.

Shortly after the start, NEWSWIRE FREE was steadied away from the heels of MONEY WINNER which, when being ridden along, got its head on the side and shifted out away from GLORY STAR.

From wide barriers, WONDERFUL TIGER, MANAGEMENT STAR and EASTERN PROWESS were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages.

After the 1400 Metres, MONEY WINNER was left racing wide and without cover.

Passing the winning post on the first occasion, WONDERFUL TIGER got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of NEWSWIRE FREE.

Also passing the winning post on the first occasion, VARA PEARL and TORNEY were crowded for room inside TRAVEL AMBASSADOR which shifted in before being taken in marginally by GLORY STAR.

Then after passing the winning post on the first occasion, TRAVEL AMBASSADOR was steadied away from the heels of GLORY STAR (Apprentice M F Poon) which shifted in when not properly clear.

Apprentice Poon was severely reprimanded and advised to ensure that he provides sufficient clearance before shifting ground in similar circumstances.

Passing the 600 Metres, NEWSWIRE FREE and EASTERN PROWESS raced tight as NEWSWIRE FREE attempted to improve into tight running between EASTERN PROWESS and VARA PEARL.

Then near the 500 Metres, NEWSWIRE FREE was steadied away from the heels of VARA PEARL after being awkwardly placed behind that horse.

Passing the 200 Metres, VARA PEARL was shifted in away from the heels of MANAGEMENT STAR after being disappointed for running between that horse and EASTERN PROWESS.

In this incident, EASTERN PROWESS became unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarters by VARA PEARL.

Passing the 50 Metres, EASTERN PROWESS was directed out away from the heels of MANAGEMENT STAR.

When questioned regarding his riding of TRIUMPHANT LIGHT after the 1200 Metres, S Clipperton stated that having been instructed to obtain a forward position, he was able to obtain the lead without having to make any use of TRIUMPHANT LIGHT.

He said after THE LEGEND improved to be racing outside of TRIUMPHANT LIGHT near the 1300 Metres, his mount initially travelled well, however, approaching the 1200 Metres commenced to over-race.

He said he attempted to steady TRIUMPHANT LIGHT after this point, however, the horse, which was racing in blinkers, would not settle and, despite his efforts, travelled too keenly.

He said he felt that he would have had to restrain TRIUMPHANT LIGHT heavily in an endeavour to have the horse come back to the field, however, he did not believe this would be in the horse's best interests, therefore he continued to attempt to have the horse steady in the lead, but not to break the its stride.

He added he was aware the race was being run at a faster tempo than had been hoped, however, because of the manner in which TRIUMPHANT LIGHT was racing, he was unable to prevent the horse from setting a strong tempo.

S Clipperton was advised that the Stewards accepted that TRIUMPHANT LIGHT was proving difficult to settle at this time and that he had made a reasonable effort to steady the tempo on the horse and accordingly his explanation would be reported.

When questioned, G van Niekerk stated that after the 200 Metres WONDERFUL TIGER was making only fair ground and although a run existed to the inside of THE LEGEND, he was concerned that if WONDERFUL TIGER were to finish off the race, the leaders of the race may come back which may result in him being held up for clear running, therefor he elected to shift WONDERFUL TIGER to the outside of THE LEGEND in an endeavour to follow NEVER BETTER through.

He said he had intended to come to the outside of that horse, however, as runners in advance were commencing to shift ground, he steadied his mount over the concluding stages when awkwardly placed inside TORNEY.

A veterinary inspection of THE LEGEND immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its right front leg.

Before being allowed to race again, THE LEGEND will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

MANAGEMENT STAR, GLORY STAR and TRAVEL AMBASSADOR were sent for sampling.