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Race Results:

16 February 2022 - Happy Valley

Race 8 - CEDAR HANDICAP - Sec 2

Class 3 - 1200M - C
Course: HV Cloudy
Going: g
Finish Time: 1:10:54
Sectional Time: 24.39 23.12 23.03

PlaceHorse NoHorse NameJockeyTrainerRateWeightONRDDrawMarginTimeIn RunningSection Time
17MERIDIAN GENIUS (C067)R. MaiaA. T. Millard641188.76.541:10:544-4-124.75 23.04 22.75
28EASON (G061)M. F. PoonF. C. Lor631152.81.870.751:10:671-1-224.39 23.12 23.16
310FORTE (D498)K. TeetanD. A. Hayes6111597.7101.251:10:759-8-325.31 22.88 22.56
43ELON (E272)V. BorgesJohn Size761307.71451.51:10:802-2-424.59 23.00 23.21
51FAMILY FOLKS (D505)A. HamelinC. W. Chang791338.4812 1:10:886-6-524.99 22.92 22.97
64BEAUTY CHAMP (G137)M. ChadwickC. S. Shum74128172082.751:10:995-5-624.95 22.96 23.08
75STOCK LEGEND (D039)Z. PurtonK. W. Lui681221318113.251:11:077-7-725.15 23.04 22.88
89BLISSFUL LIFE (G079)D. MoorK. L. Man62116273193.751:11:1510-10-825.51 22.92 22.72
911FARSHAD (B238)H. T. MoY. S. Tsui60112175434.751:11:318-9-925.19 23.04 23.08
106CALIFORNIA FOREST (E475)H. BentleyA. S. Cruz67121164225 1:11:343-3-1024.71 23.04 23.59
WD2BE READY (D024)C. Y. HoF. C. Lor761309.6WD--
Breed of the Winning Horse:MERIDIAN GENIUS
Dam:More Than Pronto
Pool Winning Combination Dividend (HK$)
win 7 65.5
place 7 18
8 10.5
10 21.5
forecast 7-8 209
quinella 7-8 56
quinella place 7-8 24.5
7-10 63.5
8-10 29
3 pick 1 (Composite Win) A2 29
tierce 7-8-10 891
trio 7-8-10 119
first 4 3-7-8-10 179
quartet 7-8-10-3 5344
7th double (6-7) $335.0
7th double consulation (6-2,8) $11.0

Recap by phillip woo

Meridian Genius responded nicely to overhaul odds-on favourite Eason 30m out after a lovely ride one-out, one-back for a second win from his past four starts. He'll remain in the grade and can win again. Eason found one just too good after turning the final bend a length on top after leading from a middle draw. He clearly has the tools to win at this level after back-to-back seconds. Forte ran on nicely to finish a close third after making his run from third-last after getting his head up in the air at the start. He's a winner waiting to happen after making a good impression in each of his three sprints this term. Elon weakened over the final 100m after prompting the pace outside the leader. He's better ridden quieter in the run. Family Folks stayed on without ever looking a threat after a rails run in midfield. He's struggling at the top of the weights. Beauty Champ ran on steadily without menacing after a one-off trip in midfield. He's shown flashes of ability in his four starts but is still acclimatising. Plunged late, Blissful Life was never involved after making his run at the rear of the field. Restless in the stalls, Be Ready was withdrawn by order of the stewards on veterinary advice.

Racing Incident Report

Race Eight: (432) - CEDAR HANDICAP - Class 3 - 1200Meters

After being loaded into the barriers, BE READY became fractious and kicked out behind and in doing so got its left hind leg over the back gates for an extended period before being able to be removed from the barriers.

Acting on veterinary advice that BE READY, which sustained a laceration to the left hind leg, was not suitable to race, the horse was withdrawn by order of the Stewards.

Before being allowed to race again, BE READY will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

BEAUTY CHAMP and BLISSFUL LIFE bumped at the start.

After this, BLISSFUL LIFE was shifted across behind runners.

FORTE began awkwardly and lifted its front feet off the ground, resulting in the horse being slow to begin.

Then from a wide barrier, FORTE was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover.

From the outside barrier, STOCK LEGEND was steadied and shifted across behind runners and after the 800 Metres was left racing wide and without cover.

After beginning well, ELON travelled keenly in the early stages and when racing wide and without cover after the 1000 Metres was allowed to improve its position to race outside the lead after the 800 Metres.

After the 700 Metres, FARSHAD was awkwardly placed close to the heels of BEAUTY CHAMP.

After the 300 Metres, BEAUTY CHAMP was awkwardly placed close to the heels of MERIDIAN GENIUS when being shifted to the outside of that horse.

STOCK LEGEND, which was racing outside MERIDIAN GENIUS, was inconvenienced in consequence.

MERIDIAN GENIUS and EASON were sent for sampling.