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Race Results:

8 April 2021 - Happy Valley
RACE

Race 1 - MORETON HANDICAP

Class 5 - 1650M - A
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:40:11
Sectional Time: 27.50 23.82 24.65 24.14

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
16MANNA FROM HEAVEN (C261)K. TeetanK. L. Man321261211101:40:117-5-2-151.80 24.25 24.06
22SPEED TO EXCEED (D304)C. Y. HoR. Gibson39133163212.251:40:484-3-3-251.56 24.69 24.23
37WELL DRAGON (C539)A. HamelinW. Y. So321261013113 1:40:609-9-5-352.00 24.29 24.31
43DIAMOND STAR (D017)V. BorgesJohn Size371312750124.751:40:8511-11-11-452.20 24.69 23.96
51HAPPY ICHIBAN (D037)A. BadelD. Whyte391336.66.435.51:41:002-2-1-551.40 24.57 25.03
612THE FULL BLOOM (V243)R. MaiaD. Hall22118141685.751:41:048-8-10-651.96 24.73 24.35
74JOY MASTER (B222)J. MoreiraC. Fownes361307.46.545.751:41:046-6-6-751.80 24.65 24.59
811VEGA RHYTHM (C455)M. F. PoonL. Ho261184.93.927.51:41:305-7-8-851.80 24.81 24.69
95HUMBLE STEED (A327)C. SchofieldT. P. Yung331277.51067.51:41:3210-10-9-952.04 24.65 24.63
1010SHANGHAI POWER (D097)Z. PurtonY. S. Tsui28122147.699.51:41:633-4-7-1051.64 24.89 25.10
119SMART THINKER (D060)K. C. LeungC. H. Yip301248.58.359.51:41:6512-12-12-1152.36 24.73 24.56
128SMILING SUCCESS (C250)C. WongK. H. Ting311201741722.751:43:771-1-4-1251.32 24.93 27.52
Sire:Dragon Pulse
Breed of the Winning Horse:MANNA FROM HEAVEN
Dam:Salydora
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 6 118
place 6 35
2 103
7 43
forecast 6-2 3623
quinella 2-6 2247.5
quinella place 2-6 642
6-7 271.5
2-7 582.5
3 pick 1 (Composite Win) A3 23.5
tierce 6-2-7 45108
trio 2-6-7 9169
first 4 2-3-6-7 24928
quartet 6-2-7-3 460170

Recap by phillip woo

Well-backed at the jump, Manna From Heaven won going away 200m out after taking closer to the speed 650m out despite sitting three wide without cover the entire trip for a first win at his 15th start. Speed To Exceed stayed on well for second following a prominent run. It was his best run to date following a downgrade. Well Dragon managed to get up for a placing after sitting three deep behind midfield with cover behind the eventual winner from a wide draw. He proved an improved performance trying the Valley mile for the first time last start was not a fluke. Diamond Star came from last and widest out to fill the frame. It was a better effort at his second run in the grade. Happy Ichiban couldn't sustain his run over the final 100m after assuming the lead from Smiling Success 500m out following a pace-stalking run. He's limited but is clearly in the right grade. The Full Bloom made some ground late without menacing after a patient ride fourth from the rear. Favourite Vega Rhythm didn't get much luck in the run, copping a check 1,200m out and got shuffled back to travel deep without cover behind midfield.

Racing Incident Report

Race One: (565) - MORETON HANDICAP - Class 5 - 1650Meters

SMART THINKER shifted out at the start and bumped HUMBLE STEED.

SMART THINKER then lost ground when crowded for room between JOY MASTER and HUMBLE STEED which shifted in.

WELL DRAGON shifted out at the start and hampered DIAMOND STAR.

Then from the outside barrier, DIAMOND STAR was shifted across behind runners in the early stages.

THE FULL BLOOM and SHANGHAI POWER bumped at the start.

Despite being ridden along for some distance in the early stages, WELL DRAGON failed to muster speed and approaching the winning post on the first occasion was shifted across behind runners.

Near the 1600 Metres, JOY MASTER and HAPPY ICHIBAN brushed.

C Wong (SMILING SUCCESS) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 1200 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of HAPPY ICHIBAN which resulted in that horse being directed in and shifting in across the rightful running of VEGA RHYTHM which was checked across the heels of HAPPY ICHIBAN and also lost the running to which it was rightfully entitled.

In the circumstances, C Wong was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 25 April 2021 and to expire on Thursday, 29 April 2021 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays).

After the 1200 Metres, MANNA FROM HEAVEN was left racing wide and without cover.

After the 1100 Metres, SHANGHAI POWER was steadied to obtain cover behind HAPPY ICHIBAN.

VEGA RHYTHM, which was following, was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SHANGHAI POWER in consequence.

When the tempo of the race slowed after the 900 Metres, VEGA RHYTHM was awkwardly placed close to the heels of SHANGHAI POWER which itself was awkwardly placed behind HAPPY ICHIBAN.

VEGA RHYTHM then commenced to travel keenly and for some distance approaching and passing the 800 Metres raced close to the heels of SHANGHAI POWER.

For some distance after the 500 Metres, VEGA RHYTHM and THE FULL BLOOM raced tight.

Then passing the 400 Metres, THE FULL BLOOM was held up for clear running behind SHANGHAI POWER.

THE FULL BLOOM was then shifted out a number of horses rounding the Home Turn to obtain clear running.

Passing the 200 Metres, WELL DRAGON shifted in under pressure, requiring its rider to stop riding and correct his mount.

The performance of SMILING SUCCESS, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable.

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

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

When questioned regarding the performance of VEGA RHYTHM, M F Poon stated that after striking interference approaching the 1200 Metres, his mount then travelled too keenly in the middle stages and would not relax.

He said VEGA RHYTHM came under heavy pressure after the 500 Metres and then did not finish off the race as anticipated which he put down to the horse travelling too keenly in the middle stages.

He added having this in mind, he did recommend to connections that they consider dropping the horse back in distance in its future starts in the hope that a faster tempo would assist it in relaxing.

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

A veterinary inspection of SMART THINKER and SHANGHAI POWER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

VEGA RHYTHM, MANNA FROM HEAVEN and SPEED TO EXCEED were sent for sampling.