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17 April 2019 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 2 - SHEK KIP MEI HANDICAP

Class 4 - 1000M - B
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 0:57:11
Sectional Time: 12.57 21.28 23.26

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
18GENERAL IRON (P429)M. HarleyD. Ferraris49122192990:57:115-5-112.85 21.60 22.66
21LOOK ERAS (V123)J. MoreiraY. S. Tsui601332.32.310.500:57:192-1-212.57 21.28 23.34
37LUCKY THOUGHT (C190)K. TeetanC. S. Shum521251214101 0:57:263-4-312.77 21.44 23.05
43EVERBRAVE (A364)N. CallanK. L. Man5512853.941.750:57:374-3-412.77 21.32 23.28
56GUNNAR (C222)Z. PurtonC. Fownes521256.15.2121.750:57:411-2-512.57 21.36 23.48
611CAPTAIN BOSS (B096)G. van NiekerkA. T. Millard42115142053 0:57:588-9-613.05 21.96 22.57
72GENTLE BREEZE (B343)C. Y. HoP. F. Yiu56129108.773.50:57:677-7-712.97 21.80 22.90
812STAR SUPERIOR (V255)H. N. WongC. W. Chang42112263524 0:57:759-8-813.05 21.80 22.90
94IRISH VEGA (B302)C. SchofieldC. H. Yip51124429035 0:57:926-6-912.93 21.68 23.31
1010YEE CHEONG LUCKY (B357)T. H. SoD. Hall43114437666 0:58:0712-12-1013.81 21.64 22.62
115BANDY (C282)M. ChadwickR. Gibson521255499116 0:58:0911-11-1113.49 21.76 22.84
129MY DEAR (B445)H. T. MoA. S. Cruz461165399810.750:58:8510-10-1213.41 21.84 23.60
Sire:Towkay
Breed of the Winning Horse:GENERAL IRON
Dam:Plaything
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 8 296
place 8 49.5
1 12
7 33.5
quinella 1-8 270.5
quinella place 1-8 82.5
7-8 320
1-7 72
3 pick 1 (Composite Win) A2 29.5
tierce 8-1-7 8002
trio 1-7-8 763
first 4 1-3-7-8 448
quartet 8-1-7-3 17848
1st double (10-8) $1609.5
1st double consulation (10-1) $35.0

Recap by phillip woo

Old-timer General Iron finished nicely after slotting one off better than midfield from a wide gate to overhaul favourite Look Eras in the final few strides. Look Eras wouldn't go down without a fight after dictating the run carrying top weight. He did everything right but get the win. Lucky Thought was impeded very late by the winner but stayed on well for third following a one-out, one-back run from a wide gate. It was a better run secondup with blinkers added for his Valley debut here but he does appear a more than capable sort. Punted late Everbrave plugged away late near the inside following a prominent run on the fence. The 1,200m suits him better. Gunnar gradually faded over the last 100m rolling forward to sit outside the winner in the run from a wide gate. Captain Boss made some ground without menacing. He's been out of form of late but is likely one with the ability to win down the line in Class Five.

Racing Incident Report

Race Two: (586) - SHEK KIP MEI HANDICAP - Class 4 - 1000Meters

AIOLOS was withdrawn on 16.4.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (colic treatment) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter IRISH VEGA (C Schofield).

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

YEE CHEONG LUCKY began only fairly and then despite being hard ridden for a considerable distance failed to show any early speed.

BANDY was slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners.

Making the turn after the 600 Metres, LUCKY THOUGHT got its head on the side and lay out.

M Harley (GENERAL IRON) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that over the concluding stages he failed to take sufficient measures to prevent his mount from shifting in which resulted in GENERAL IRON shifting in across the rightful running of LUCKY THOUGHT which was checked.

M Harley was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 and to expire on Sunday, 12 May 2019 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays).

Immediately after the race, the Stewards interviewed G van Niekerk regarding the circumstances of tonight's race as they related to his mount CAPTAIN BOSS.

G van Niekerk stated that shortly after the start CAPTAIN BOSS became unbalanced after being bumped by EVERBRAVE.

He said he rode his mount along in the early stages in an attempt to prevent GENTLE BREEZE from crossing CAPTAIN BOSS, however, CAPTAIN BOSS, after the 900 Metres, commenced to hang in badly.

He said he felt that if he continued to ride the horse along to maintain its position inside GENTLE BREEZE, the horse would shift in abruptly across the heels of EVERBRAVE.

He said, despite his efforts after the 900 Metres, CAPTAIN BOSS continued to hang in and because of the manner in which the horse was racing he was unable to prevent GENTLE BREEZE from crossing CAPTAIN BOSS near the 600 Metres.

He added making the turn at the 600 Metres the bit commenced to pull through the mouth of CAPTAIN BOSS and after rounding the Home Turn the bit had pulled completely through the horse's mouth which resulted in the bridle shifting accordingly.

He said he made a number of attempts in the Straight to correct the bridle to prevent it pulling over the horse's ears.

He said whilst he did this CAPTAIN BOSS continued to hang in and he had little control over the horse given that the bit had pulled completely through its mouth.

He said because of this he was not able to test CAPTAIN BOSS at any stage in the Straight.

Mr A T Millard, the trainer of CAPTAIN BOSS, informed the Stewards that it was his intention to add a ring bit to the horse's gear before racing again.

Whilst the Stewards were mindful that the bit had pulled through the horse's mouth, nonetheless they were of the view that the horse's inclination to hang in from shortly after the start had led to this occurrence and therefore ruled that CAPTAIN BOSS must barrier trial satisfactorily around a bend prior to being permitted to race again.

A veterinary inspection of CAPTAIN BOSS immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained minor lacerations to the inside of the left hock.

H T Mo (MY DEAR) was fined $5,000 for excessive use of the whip on a horse clearly out of contention.

GENERAL IRON and LOOK ERAS were sent for sampling.