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22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 1 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 4  Shatin  All Weather Track    1200m   Going: GOOD  (9.67)    Rating: 060-040  
STAR SUPERIOR was slow to begin. FOREVER POSH was crowded for room on jumping between FLYING NOBLE and GOUTEN OF GARO, both of which shifted ground. SINCERE HORSE began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped LIGHTNING STEED. LIGHTNING STEED was then badly crowded for room inside FLYING NOBLE which shifted in after being bumped by FOREVER POSH which continued to race tight inside GOUTEN OF GARO. In this incident, FLYING NOBLE and GOUTEN OF GARO both became badly unbalanced. After this, FOREVER POSH was shifted across behind runners. From a wide barrier, GREAT JOY was shifted across behind runners. Passing the 950 Metres, STAR SUPERIOR raced in restricted room inside LIGHTNING STEED (A Sanna) which, when being ridden along, improved into tight running inside FLYING NOBLE. FLYING NOBLE then shifted in marginally, resulting in LIGHTNING STEED getting its head on the side and shifting in away from FLYING NOBLE which caused further crowding to STAR SUPERIOR. A Sanna was advised to exercise more care when improving his position to ensure that he does not cause undue inconvenience to other runners. Making the turn after the 700 Metres, JUST NOT LISTENING got its head on the side and lay out. Approaching the 400 Metres, JUST NOT LISTENING, which continued to lay out, was bumped by DASHING GAINER (N Callan) which improved into tight running between JUST NOT LISTENING and FLYING GODSPELL. N Callan was severely reprimanded and advised that the contact between JUST NOT LISTENING and DASHING GAINER did not meet the standard which would result in a charge of improper riding, however, he was informed that whilst the Stewards appreciate competitive riding, he must not force runs by making undue contact with other runners. N Callan was also warned against the practice of allowing his mounts to improve into tight running which may result in an increased risk of them sustaining or causing interference. Passing the 250 Metres, GREAT JOY was bumped by STAR SUPERIOR which improved into tight running between GREAT JOY and FLYING NOBLE. In the Straight, JUST NOT LISTENING raced with its head on the side and lay out under pressure. Throughout the race, KING MORTAR travelled wide and without cover. A veterinary inspection of LIGHTNING STEED and FLYING GODSPELL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. FLYING GODSPELL, JUST NOT LISTENING and KING MORTAR were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 2 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 5  Shatin  All Weather Track    1200m   Going: GOOD  (9.67)    Rating: 040-000  
MASSIVE MOVE began only fairly, shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of REGENCY HONEY which also shifted in, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced. After this, despite being vigorously ridden, MASSIVE MOVE failed to muster speed. CORRE RAPIDO lost its right front plate shortly after the start. Near the 1100 Metres, AMBITIOUS SPEEDY was momentarily steadied away from the heels of EVER STRONG which was awkwardly placed inside the heels of SNOWHOOVES. Near the 950 Metres, REGENCY HONEY raced tight inside ROOKIE STAR which shifted in when also racing tight inside EVER STRONG due to that horse being taken in by SNOWHOOVES (Z Purton) which shifted in when not properly clear. Z Purton was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he provides sufficient clearance when shifting ground in similar circumstances. Approaching the first turn near the 700 Metres, ROOKIE STAR commenced to prove difficult to settle and got its head up when awkwardly placed behind EVER STRONG. Throughout the race, AMBITIOUS SPEEDY and SEA PEARL travelled wide and without cover. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of HAPPY SOUND, C Y Ho stated that the horse did not travel down to the Start as strongly as it did first up this season when successful. He said it was intended for HAPPY SOUND to take up a forward position, however, despite being hard ridden in the early stages, the horse failed to show any early speed and was not able to maintain its position. He said, despite continuing to pressure HAPPY SOUND for a considerable distance, the horse would not respond to his riding and consequently raced at the rear of the field. He added making the turn after the 600 Metres HAPPY SOUND gave further ground and then in the early part of the Straight did not make up ground and for this reason he eased it down over the final 150 Metres when the horse was well beaten. A veterinary inspection of HAPPY SOUND immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of HAPPY SOUND, a last start winner, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, HAPPY SOUND will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. After the race, an endoscopic examination was conducted on YOUNG DREAMER at the request of Trainer A T Millard. The Veterinary Surgeon reported that this examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, YOUNG DREAMER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. ROOKIE STAR, MASSIVE MILLENNIUM and YOUNG DREAMER were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 3 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 4  Shatin  Turf  A  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  
Whilst in the saddling stalls, TOUCHDOWN STRIKER had its left front plate replaced. TOUCHDOWN STRIKER was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race. FOLLOW ME began awkwardly and bumped MONEYMORE. ALPHA HEDGE began awkwardly and inconvenienced KHAKI. EMERALD SPUR was crowded for room on jumping between NORDIC WARRIOR and YEE CHEONG PEGASUS which shifted out. TOUCHDOWN STRIKER lost its left front plate shortly after the start. From the outside barrier, PRECIOUS SWEETIE was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners. Also from a wide barrier, NORDIC WARRIOR was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover in the early stages. TOUCHDOWN STRIKER travelled keenly in the early stages. MONEYMORE proved difficult to settle in the early stages and near the 950 Metres shifted out and hampered EMERALD SPUR. Passing the 900 Metres, NORDIC WARRIOR was awkwardly placed close to the heels of EMERALD SPUR. Making the turn near the 850 Metres, REGENCY DARLING shifted out and brushed the hindquarters of TOUCHDOWN STRIKER. Approaching the 800 Metres, EMERALD SPUR got its head up when being steadied away from the heels of MONEYMORE. Passing the 750 Metres, REGENCY DARLING shifted out when awkwardly placed close to the heels of BURST AWAY (D Whyte) which, after reaching the lead, was then steadied by its rider. D Whyte was warned against the practice of steadying the tempo too abruptly. Approaching the 600 Metres, EMERALD SPUR, which was travelling keenly, became badly unbalanced when bumped by NORDIC WARRIOR which, when improving to the outside of KHAKI, was then taken out by that horse which shifted out, causing NORDIC WARRIOR to also become badly unbalanced. In this incident, EMERALD SPUR bumped the hindquarters of ALPHA HEDGE which became unbalanced. After the 600 Metres, JUMBO BUS raced in restricted room outside the hindquarters of REGENCY DARLING which got its head on the side and lay out. PRECIOUS SWEETIE was held up for a run in the early part of the Straight and after the 300 Metres was shifted to the inside of JUMBO BUS to obtain clear running. FRIENDS OF NANJING had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight. After the 400 Metres, NORDIC WARRIOR, which was attempting to improve into tight running between KHAKI and MONEYMORE, was shifted away from the heels of KHAKI as that horse was taken out by FOLLOW ME which improved into tight running between KHAKI and YEE CHEONG PEGASUS. As the Stewards were satisfied that NORDIC WARRIOR had not established running to the outside of KHAKI, no further action was taken. Throughout the race, LOOKING GOOD and YEE CHEONG PEGASUS travelled wide and without cover and in the Straight gave ground. A veterinary inspection of YEE CHEONG PEGASUS immediately following the race found that horse to have bled from both nostrils. When questioned regarding the performance of EMERALD SPUR, K C Leung stated that after being shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover, EMERALD SPUR travelled too keenly in the early and middle stages and would not relax. He said EMERALD SPUR was very awkwardly placed behind MONEYMORE throughout the early and middle stages which resulted in the horse not being able to be properly balanced. He said after becoming badly unbalanced near the 600 Metres, he shifted EMERALD SPUR to the outside of MONEYMORE rounding the Home Turn, however, the horse did not quicken in the early part of the Straight and then finished off the race only one-paced. He added whilst EMERALD SPUR may have appeared disappointing in today’s race, he believed the manner in which the horse travelled and the circumstances of the race resulted in EMERALD SPUR not being able to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of EMERALD SPUR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of LOOKING GOOD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. EMERALD SPUR, REGENCY DARLING and PRECIOUS SWEETIE were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 4 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 4  Shatin  Turf  A  1600m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  
ENJOYABLE SUCCESS was slow to begin. From a wide barrier, BRING IT ON was steadied and shifted across behind runners in the early stages. When being steadied to obtain cover from a wide barrier, EVER LAUGH was bumped on jumping by BEAUTY DAY which shifted in. Shortly after the start, ENJOY LIFE was steadied away from the heels of MARVEL JOY which was taken out by COME ON WONGCHOY. Despite being vigorously ridden for some distance in the early stages, LET US WIN failed to muster speed. Near the 1050 Metres, INDIGENOUS STAR race tight inside MASTER BERNINI which raced tight inside ELUSIVE STATE (C Schofield) which shifted in. C Schofield was advised to ensure that he provides comfortable racing room for runners on his inside in similar circumstances. After being left racing wide and without cover in the early stages, COME ON WONGCHOY was allowed to improve its position after the 1000 Metres to obtain a more forward position. COME ON WONGCHOY was required to be ridden along to clear MARVEL JOY which improved its position to be racing between BEAUTY DAY and COME ON WONGCHOY. COME ON WONGCHOY was then able to shift in to race outside BEAUTY DAY after the 700 Metres. Near the 550 Metres, MASTER BERNINI raced tight between INDIGENOUS STAR and ELUSIVE STATE. After the 400 Metres, MASTER BERNINI was awkwardly placed behind COME ON WONGCHOY which commenced to give ground. Also at the 400 Metres, ENJOY LIFE became unbalanced when awkwardly placed close to the heels of BRING IT ON (C Y Ho) which shifted out. C Y Ho was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he is properly clear when shifting ground in similar circumstances. Passing the 350 Metres, INDIGENOUS STAR was held up for clear running. Passing the 300 Metres, INDIGENOUS STAR was bumped by GENERAL DINO which attempted to shift to the outside of MARVEL JOY which was commencing to give ground. When unable to improve outside of MARVEL JOY, GENERAL DINO was awkwardly placed behind that horse for some distance. A veterinary inspection of MARVEL JOY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. LE PANACHE, ELUSIVE STATE and BEAUTY DAY were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 5 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 4  Shatin  Turf  A  1400m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  
EVERYONE’S ELITE was withdrawn on 21.9.18 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter SMART BABY (W M Lai). Before being allowed to race again, EVERYONE’S ELITE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. BELLAGIO began only fairly. As the start was effected, PRESIDENTPARAMOUNT became fractious, lifted its front feet off the ground and sat back, resulting in its rider, M Chadwick, becoming badly unbalanced and PRESIDENTPARAMOUNT losing a significant amount of ground. Before being allowed to race again, PRESIDENTPARAMOUNT will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial. VICTORY FOLLOW ME and PEARL FURU bumped at the start. SAM’S LOVE was crowded for room on jumping between C P POWER and MY WINNER, both of which shifted ground. After this, from wide barriers, C P POWER and SAM’S LOVE were shifted across behind runners. In the early stages, VICTORY FOLLOW ME got its head on the side and hung in. After the 200 Metres, FORTUNATE RUNNER shifted out under pressure. Throughout the race, CASHIN MINISTER travelled wide and without cover. A veterinary inspection of SAM’S LOVE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A BEAUTIFUL and HAVE FUN TOGETHER were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 6 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 3  Shatin  All Weather Track    1200m   Going: GOOD  (9.67)    Rating: 080-060  
ENCORE BOY shifted out at the start and inconvenienced BEST STEP. Shortly after the start, KING GENKI was bumped on the hindquarters by SIXTY SIXTY which was taken out by VIGOR FAME. Approaching the 950 Metres, TURF SPRINT was steadied away from the heels of ENCORE BOY (Apprentice H T Mo) which shifted in when not properly clear. Apprentice Mo was severely reprimanded and advised to ensure that he provides sufficient clearance when shifting ground in similar circumstances. SUPER MAN got its head on the side and lay out making the turn after the 700 Metres and consequently raced wide and without cover. TURF SPRINT got its head on the side and lay out rounding the turn after the 700 Metres and then passing the 500 Metres was awkwardly placed inside the heels of KING GENKI when continuing to lay out. Throughout the race, KING GENKI travelled wide and without cover. When questioned, Apprentice M F Poon stated that he was asked to obtain a position behind the leaders on PHANTOM FALCON if possible. He said PHANTOM FALCON has been known not to begin well on occasions and it was felt that there were horses which were drawn outside PHANTOM FALCON which would show more early speed than his mount and therefore obtaining a trailing position would provide PHANTOM FALCON with the best opportunity to finish off the race. He said he was asked to remain in a position one horse away from the rail to allow PHANTOM FALCON the opportunity to shift directly to the outside of runners rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight. He said PHANTOM FALCON began very well and he was able to cross runners to his inside without having to make too much use of the horse. He said after clearing runners to his inside, he allowed HARBOUR ALERT and ENCORE BOY to cross PHANTOM FALCON which provided PHANTOM FALCON with the opportunity to race one horse away from the rail and behind the leaders as instructed. He added rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight PHANTOM FALCON was left flat-footed and took some time to gather momentum. He said however that over the latter stages of the race PHANTOM FALCON then finished off the race satisfactorily. He said given the manner in which PHANTOM FALCON began in today’s race, in retrospect, it may have been a better option to lead on the horse, however, he elected to obtain a trailing position which was in accordance with his instructions. A veterinary inspection of STAR OF YAN OI immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. HARBOUR ALERT and ENCORE BOY were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 7 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 3  Shatin  Turf  A  1800m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 085-060  
Trainer R Gibson was fined the sum of $3,000 for presenting GOLDFIELD in the enclosure without a tongue tie, part of its declared gear. HELENE CHARISMA was slow to begin. FRIENDS OF KA YING was badly crowded for room on jumping between GORGEOUS KING and GOLDFIELD which shifted out abruptly. GENERAL SHERMAN was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners. Despite being vigorously ridden in the early stages, CLOUD NINE failed to muster speed. Passing the 800 Metres, ROCKETEER was shifted to the outside of GORGEOUS KING after being awkwardly placed close to the heels of that horse. This resulted in CLOUD NINE, which was racing outside ROCKETEER, being taken wider and without cover. Passing the 500 Metres, GRAN MASTER, which was giving ground, was momentarily steadied away from the heels of BEAUTY SPIRIT which was taken out by FRIENDS OF KA YING which made the Home Turn awkwardly. HELENE CHARISMA had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight. The performances of BEAUTY SPIRIT and GRAN MASTER, both of which finished tailed out, were considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, BEAUTY SPIRIT and GRAN MASTER will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. When questioned, T H So stated that he was asked to obtain a forward position on GRAN MASTER from an outside barrier and it was felt that he may be able to obtain a position behind the leaders. He said as he expected BEAUTY SPIRIT to obtain a forward position, he followed that horse across in the early stages in order to position GRAN MASTER to the outside of that horse. He added when BEAUTY SPIRIT took some time to clear runners to its inside which were being ridden along to maintain their position, this resulted in GRAN MASTER being left wide after the 1600 Metres. He said he attempted then to obtain a trailing position behind BEAUTY SPIRIT, however, GORGEOUS KING maintained its position inside GRAN MASTER and he was unable to obtain cover behind BEAUTY SPIRIT and GORGEOUS KING which resulted in GRAN MASTER travelling wide and without cover throughout the race and in the Straight giving ground. When questioned, H N Wong stated that he was asked to obtain a forward position on GOLDFIELD as the horse is one-paced and it was believed that it would not be in the horse’s best interests were it to get too far back in the race. He said it was anticipated that GOLDFIELD may be able to obtain the lead or race behind the leader if another horse was intent on leading. He said in accordance with his instructions he rode GOLDFIELD along for a considerable distance in the early stages to maintain its position inside FRIENDS OF KA YING. He said he was concerned that if he allowed FRIENDS OF KA YING to cross GOLDFIELD in the early stages, that horse may hand up to either BEAUTY SPIRIT or GRAN MASTER which would then result in GOLDFIELD racing further back in the field than had been intended. He said because he was reluctant to allow FRIENDS OF KA YING to cross GOLDFIELD too easily, this resulted in him having to ride GOLDFIELD along for a considerable distance in the early stages. He said when FRIENDS OF KA YING continued to improve its position forward of GOLDFIELD approaching the 1300 Metres, he then allowed that horse to cross as he did not believe that FRIENDS OF KA YING would then be able to be crossed by BEAUTY SPIRIT. He said after this GOLDFIELD travelled only fairly before coming under heavy pressure rounding the Home Turn and then giving ground in the Straight. Jockey Wong was advised that his explanation would be reported and whilst there is an obligation for riders to attempt to ride to their instructions, nonetheless they are equally expected to show judgement and initiative when those instructions are not able to be readily executed. He was further advised that, in the opinion of the Stewards, he had persisted for too long in endeavouring to prevent FRIENDS OF KA YING from crossing GOLDFIELD which resulted in the horse having to be ridden along for too long in the early stages of the race. He was told to ensure that he rides his mounts in such a manner that they can finish off their races as best as they are able. A veterinary inspection of FRIENDS OF KA YING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. ROCKETEER, GORGEOUS KING and CLOUD NINE were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 8 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 3  Shatin  Turf  A  1000m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 080-060  
DRAGON PIONEER shifted in abruptly at the start and made heavy contact with SUMSTREETSUMWHERE which was then checked when crowded for room outside GAMEPLAYER EMPEROR. LITTLE BIRD, which was leaning on the outside of its barrier as the start was effected, began awkwardly. DIAMOND DRAGON shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of JING JING WIN. LOCKHEED was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 500 Metres, GAMEPLAYER EMPEROR became unbalanced when crowded for room between MIDNIGHT RATTLER and TRIUMPHANT JEWEL, both of which shifted ground. Passing the 200 Metres, DIAMOND DRAGON was shifted out away from the heels of DRAGON PIONEER which shifted out marginally. Whilst the Stewards were satisfied that the riding of Apprentice M F Poon (NICE FANDANGO), 6th placegetter, over the concluding stages did not affect the horse’s finishing position, he was nonetheless reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out at least hands and heels all the way to the end of the race where circumstances permit. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of GOKO, W M Lai stated that, from barrier 12, he was asked to take advantage of the outside barrier and position GOKO behind the speed if possible. He said he had to ride GOKO along for a short distance in the early stages to obtain a trailing position behind NICE FANDANGO. He said GOKO did not travel strongly at any stage of the race and was already under pressure after the 600 Metres. He said after this, despite being fully tested, GOKO was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to finish off the race. He added although GOKO had been successful when ridden in a forward position previously, based on the way the horse travelled today as compared to its last start, he believed that GOKO may be better suited by being ridden more quietly in the early stages to allow the horse the opportunity to finish off the race as it did at its most recent start. A veterinary inspection of GOKO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of LITTLE BIRD, A Sanna stated that after beginning awkwardly he rode his mount along in the early stages to obtain a forward position as instructed. He said LITTLE BIRD never travelled comfortably throughout the race and came under pressure near the 500 Metres. He said LITTLE BIRD was not able to quicken and, despite being ridden out, finished off the race one-paced over the concluding stages. He added he believed that LITTLE BIRD would be best suited over a distance of longer than that of today’s race. A veterinary inspection of LITTLE BIRD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious. TRIUMPHANT JEWEL and JING JING WIN were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 9 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 3  Shatin  Turf  A  1400m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 080-060  
SUN TOUCH began awkwardly, resulting in its rider becoming unbalanced. ROUNDABOUT got its head up on a number of occasions in the early stages when being steadied to obtain cover. Shortly after the start, IRISH VEGA and SUN TOUCH bumped. From the outside barriers, SEBFIRE and PENANG HALL were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover. Passing the 1300 Metres, HOME RUN was eased away from the heels of RELENTLESS ME which shifted in. In the early stages, COMFORT LIFE was left racing wide and without cover and passing the 900 Metres was ridden forward to race outside the lead. IRISH VEGA was left racing wide and without cover near the 850 Metres. Passing the 300 Metres, IRISH VEGA was momentarily steadied away from the heels of INVINCIBLE FRESH which shifted out when improving . ROUNDABOUT had difficulty obtaining clear running over the final 150 Metres and consequently was not able to be properly tested. Over the concluding stages, GREAT TREASURE was awkwardly placed between RELENTLESS ME and INVINCIBLE FRESH. Close to the finishing line, COMFORT LIFE raced tight inside SMART LEADER. After the race, Z Purton stated that SEBFIRE travelled satisfactorily in the early and middle stages and in the early part of the Straight he was satisfied with the manner in which the horse was responding to his riding. He said however that after the 200 Metres SEBFIRE came under heavy pressure and then did not finish off the race over the concluding stages. A veterinary inspection of SEBFIRE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. When questioned regarding his riding of LADY FIRST, G van Niekerk stated that after viewing the videos of the horse’s previous starts, it was felt that LADY FIRST is not able to sustain a long run and is better being held up for a short sprint. He said from barrier 9 he was asked to steady LADY FIRST in the early stages and obtain a position with cover and it was hoped that this may be in a position behind midfield. He said LADY FIRST began very well and he briefly considered allowing the horse to obtain a forward position, however, given his instructions, he elected to steady LADY FIRST in the early stages and obtain cover. He said after shifting in to race behind HOME RUN after the 1100 Metres, LADY FIRST commenced to travel keenly and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of HOME RUN approaching the 1000 Metres. He said he was able to shift LADY FIRST back in to race behind HOME RUN after the 1000 Metres, however, LADY FIRST was racing further back in the field than had been hoped. He said he followed HOME RUN and PENANG HALL throughout the middle stages and rather than shifting to the outside of HOME RUN, he elected to obtain inside runs on LADY FIRST as he did not want to have to shift LADY FIRST to the outside of runners too early in the Straight given that it was felt that the horse has a limited sprint. He added rounding the Home Turn and in the early part of the Straight he improved to be racing between HOME RUN and PENANG HALL and attempted to follow SEBFIRE through. He said after improving quickly behind SEBFIRE, he attempted to improve to the inside of that horse and in doing so bumped PENANG HALL on a number of occasions. He said he attempted to improve between SEBFIRE and IRISH VEGA after the 300 Metres, however, when that run closed, he then shifted LADY FIRST to the outside of firstly SEBFIRE and then HOME RUN and was able to obtain clear running passing the 200 Metres. He said he balanced up LADY FIRST and as the horse was finding the line strongly, he did not believe it was necessary to use the whip on the horse. He added LADY FIRST then finished off the race well. G van Niekerk was advised that his explanation would be reported, however, he was told to ensure that his mounts do not get too far out of their ground and are able to obtain clear running at the earliest available opportunity. He was also told to place his mounts under sufficient vigour to ensure that there is no room for query regarding his riding. COMFORT LIFE, INVINCIBLE FRESH and RELENTLESS ME were sent for sampling.

22/09/2018  Shatin  Race 10 Steward Report

22/09/2018  Class 2  Shatin  Turf  A  1400m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 100-080  
VOLPINO began only fairly. MORETHANLUCKY and CITRON SPIRIT began awkwardly. REGENCY BO BO lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected and consequently began only fairly. MR SO AND SO, PIKACHU and JOYFUL TRINITY were steadied in the early stages from wide barriers and shifted across behind runners to obtain cover. Despite being ridden along in the early stages, CALIFORNIA JOY failed to muster speed and after the 900 Metres was left racing wide and without cover. After the 1100 Metres, MR SO AND SO commenced to prove difficult to settle and then making the turn after the 900 Metres got its head on the side and shifted out towards the heels of FAST MOST FURIOUS when continuing to prove difficult to settle. JOYFUL TRINITY, which was following MR SO AND SO, got its head up when awkwardly placed behind that horse approaching the 800 Metres. Near the 1050 Metres, CITRON SPIRIT was steadied away from the heels of PEOPLE’S KNIGHT which was also being steadied to obtain cover. Approaching the 1000 Metres, MORETHANLUCKY raced tight inside FAST MOST FURIOUS which was being shifted in to obtain cover behind MAGIC LEGEND. As a result of MORETHANLUCKY improving its position inside FAST MOST FURIOUS, that horse was unable to shift in behind MAGIC LEGEND and was subsequently steadied approaching the 900 Metres to obtain cover behind ALMABABY. Approaching the 600 Metres, MR SO AND SO and PEOPLE’S KNIGHT raced tight. Then passing the 500 Metres, MR SO AND SO and PEOPLE’S KNIGHT again raced tight as MR SO AND SO was shifted to the outside of FAST MOST FURIOUS after being awkwardly placed behind that horse. CITRON SPIRIT, which was following, was shifted out away from the heels of MR SO AND SO in consequence. Passing the 300 Metres, PIKACHU was steadied when disappointed for running between SUPER TURBO and VOLPINO which was racing tight inside JOYFUL TRINITY. PIKACHU then had difficulty obtaining clear running until passing the 200 Metres. VOLPINO was held up for clear running approaching and passing the 200 Metres. Over the final 200 Metres, FAST MOST FURIOUS lay in under pressure. Approaching the 100 Metres, CITRON SPIRIT was hampered when crowded for room inside MR SO AND SO (G van Niekerk) which shifted in under pressure. G van Niekerk was reprimanded and told to ensure that he makes every endeavour to prevent his mounts from shifting ground. Over the concluding stages, CIRCUIT HASSLER was steadied when racing in restricted room between SUPER TURBO and VOLPINO which improved to be racing tight inside the heels of JOYFUL TRINITY which shifted in marginally. A veterinary inspection of MAGIC LEGEND immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious. A veterinary inspection of CALIFORNIA JOY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. REGENCY BO BO and MORETHANLUCKY were sent for sampling.