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Race Results:

13 January 2021 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 8 - CASSIA HANDICAP

Class 3 - 1650M - B
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:40:07
Sectional Time: 27.78 24.01 24.24 24.04

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
110SMILING CITY (D113)J. MoreiraD. Whyte641177.33.2111:40:072-2-1-151.87 24.16 24.04
21DELIGHTFUL LAOS (D321)C. L. ChauA. S. Cruz801265.35.45N 1:40:1312-12-9-252.91 24.08 23.14
33NOBLE STEED (A326)N. CallanK. W. Lui781312329120.751:40:2010-11-7-352.67 24.12 23.41
47INCANTO PREPARED (D009)A. BadelJohn Size671205.53.962.251:40:446-7-5-452.31 24.28 23.85
52NAMJONG PLUS (B048)K. TeetanY. S. Tsui791326.29.922.51:40:478-8-11-552.47 24.52 23.48
65SURREALISM (C285)A. HamelinD. Ferraris711241529105.751:41:0011-10-12-652.55 24.48 23.97
74PRECISE EXPRESS (D198)K. C. LeungP. F. Yiu711248.61445.751:41:007-6-8-752.31 24.48 24.21
811BLAZING BEAT (D342)M. L. YeungK. H. Ting63116113895.751:41:009-9-3-852.55 23.72 24.73
912HANG'S DECISION (T262)V. BorgesW. Y. So621153380312 1:42:015-5-10-952.27 24.72 25.02
108CABLE SPEED (D459)T. PicconeR. Gibson661195399714.251:42:334-4-6-1052.11 24.56 25.66
119LEGION OF MERIT (D419)M. F. PoonD. Hall661172999119.751:43:213-3-4-1152.03 24.52 26.66
126ANGEL OF MY EYES (D360)Z. PurtonC. S. Shum671206.45.8823.751:43:881-1-2-1251.79 24.28 27.81
Sire:So You Think
Breed of the Winning Horse:SMILING CITY
Dam:Laylia
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 10 32
place 10 14.5
1 16
3 64
forecast 10-1 191
quinella 1-10 103
quinella place 1-10 39
3-10 114.5
1-3 199.5
3 pick 1 (Composite Win) A2 15
tierce 10-1-3 2510
trio 1-3-10 827
first 4 1-3-7-10 435
quartet 10-1-3-7 8989
7th double (1-10) $358.5
7th double consulation (1-1) $80.0

Recap by phillip woo

Post-time favourite Smiling City just held off the late surge of Delightful Laos after kicking away by three lengths approaching the 200m following a pace-stalking run for a second win at his 18th career start. Delightful Laos made up heaps of ground down the outside late to make it close on the wire travelling last after a slow start. He was able to back-up a last-start win. Noble Steed hit the line well for third after a patient ride fourth last from a wide gate. He can bob up at any moment after returning to form to place ln back-to-back runs. Early favourite Incanto Prepared ran on steadily following a one-off position in midfield to finish fourth without menacing the placegetters. The rise in class took its toll. Namjong Plus ran on steadily to nearly fill the frame after getting shuffled back to beyond midfield. He rarely produces a bad run over this course. Surrealism ran on without menacing from towards the rear. It was a typical run.

Racing Incident Report

Race Eight: (343) - CASSIA HANDICAP - Class 3 - 1650Meters

INCANTO PREPARED, which made contact with a rail when exiting the Parade Ring, was examined by the Veterinary Officer upon arrival at the barriers and passed fit to start.

DELIGHTFUL LAOS was very slow to begin.

HANG'S DECISION and PRECISE EXPRESS bumped at the start.

From wide barriers, SURREALISM and NOBLE STEED were shifted across behind runners in the early stages.

After the 1200 Metres, PRECISE EXPRESS got its head up and lost ground when reluctant to proceed up inside the heels of HANG'S DECISION.

In this incident, PRECISE EXPRESS shifted out, resulting in NAMJONG PLUS being momentarily crowded onto the hindquarters of INCANTO PREPARED which became unbalanced.

Passing the 900 Metres, PRECISE EXPRESS was momentarily awkwardly placed inside HANG'S DECISION which was racing tight inside CABLE SPEED.

BLAZING BEAT was shifted out and allowed to improve around runners after the 800 Metres, however, was forced to race wide and without cover.

Approaching the 400 Metres, HANG'S DECISION got its head on the side, shifted out and raced tight with NOBLE STEED.

As a consequence, HANG'S DECISION became unbalanced and lost ground.

Rounding the Home Turn, PRECISE EXPRESS was awkwardly placed behind LEGION OF MERIT which came under pressure.

When questioned, Z Purton stated that both he and Trainer C S Shum assessed that there was not a lot of speed in the race and whilst it would have been preferred to have ridden ANGEL OF MY EYES a little more conservatively tonight, from barrier 8, they felt it was necessary to ride the horse along in the early stages to clear runners to its inside, find a position closer to the rail and then have the horse travel comfortably without being pressured.

He said after assuming the lead at the 1400 Metres, ANGEL OF MY EYES travelled kindly and he was able to control the race at a reasonable tempo throughout the early and middle stages.

He said the manner in which ANGEL OF MY EYES travelled through the middle stages gave him reason to expect that it would finish off the race well, however, it immediately came off the bridle when challenged by SMILING CITY at the 500 Metres and commenced to give ground.

He said despite being hard ridden rounding the Home Turn, ANGEL OF MY EYES continued to give ground and felt very awkward in its action, therefore he eased it down over the latter stages of the race.

He added that ANGEL OF MY EYES had performed very disappointingly on consecutive occasions and he had suggested to connections that the horse may need a break.

Mr Shum confirmed the evidence given by Jockey Purton in respect of the tactics employed on ANGEL OF MY EYES.

He said whilst they would have preferred to have found a position with cover behind the speed, the circumstances of the race did not allow this.

He confirmed that he would now give ANGEL OF MY EYES a freshen-up.

A veterinary inspection of ANGEL OF MY EYES immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse's trachea.

The performance of ANGEL OF MY EYES, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable.

Before being allowed to race again, ANGEL OF MY EYES will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

SMILING CITY and DELIGHTFUL LAOS and were sent for sampling.