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17/04/2019  Happy Valley  Race 1 Steward Report

17/04/2019  Class 5  Happy Valley  Turf  B  1650m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 040-000  

On arrival at the barriers, C Y Ho expressed concern regarding the action of JIN JIN KING. JIN JIN KING was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion the horse was lame in its left front leg and accordingly was not suitable to race. Acting on this advice, JIN JIN KING was withdrawn by order of the Stewards. Before being allowed to race again, JIN JIN KING will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. WONDERFUL TIGER, which was standing awkwardly in the barriers, began only fairly and then was bumped on jumping by THE SYLPH which shifted out. LETSGOFREE shifted in at the start and bumped INVESTOR BOOM. KWAICHUNG BROTHERS began awkwardly and then shortly after the start was bumped by KEEP WINNING which was taken in by TRIUMPHANT LIGHT. Passing the winning post on the first occasion, WONDERFUL TIGER was awkwardly placed close to the heels of TRIUMPHANT LIGHT. WONDERFUL TIGER was then left racing wide and without cover near the 1300 Metres. Approaching the 1300 Metres, INVESTOR BOOM got its head on the side and lay out towards the heels of KEEP WINNING when reluctant to maintain its position inside that horse. When questioned regarding the performance of BINGO HERO, Z Purton stated that having regard to BINGO HERO beginning badly last start, he was asked to ensure that the horse began as best as possible tonight. He said BINGO HERO began well and he did not ride his mount along in the early stages so as to ascertain which position BINGO HERO would be able to obtain. He said due to the bunched nature of the field in the early stages he believed that it was in the best interests of BINGO HERO to allow the horse to improve to race outside the leader BONITO after passing the winning post on the first occasion. He said he did not have to ride BINGO HERO along at any stage to obtain this position and after shifting in to race outside BONITO, BINGO HERO then travelled comfortably. He added BINGO HERO came under pressure after the 500 Metres and was not able to quicken with BONITO, the eventual winner. He said then in the Straight BINGO HERO was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to finish off the race. He further stated that BINGO HERO is still immature at this stage of its career and, in his opinion, its nervous nature before the race does not assist it in performing to its best potential. A veterinary inspection of BINGO HERO immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of blood in the horse's trachea. Before being allowed to race again, BINGO HERO will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. After the race, T H So stated that LETSGOFREE did not travel at any stage of the race and, despite being placed under heavy pressure after the 500 Metres, did not respond to his riding in the Straight. Mr K H Ting, the trainer of LETSGOFREE, stated that after its most recent start he gave the horse a let-up and since resuming work LETSGOFREE had pleased him in the lead up to tonight’s race. He said based on the horse’s work he anticipated that LETSGOFREE would perform competitively in this race. A veterinary inspection of LETSGOFREE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of LETSGOFREE, which finished at the rear of the field, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, LETSGOFREE 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 WONDERFUL TIGER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. BINGO HERO, BONITO, KEEP WINNING and GOBI STORM were sent for sampling.

17/04/2019  Happy Valley  Race 2 Steward Report

17/04/2019  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  B  1000m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  

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. <18/4/2019 Additional Veterinary Report>CAPTAIN BOSS, which hung in from shortly after the start, was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said at that time the horse had sustained minor lacerations to the inside of the left hock. CAPTAIN BOSS was again examined by the Veterinary Officer at the stables of Trainer A T Millard this morning. He said at this time he noted the horse to be lame in its left front leg. Before being allowed to race again, CAPTAIN BOSS will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. The horse will also be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial around a bend as previously advised.

17/04/2019  Happy Valley  Race 3 Steward Report

17/04/2019  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  B  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 080-060  

On arrival at the Start, T H So expressed concern regarding the action of FANTASTIC FABIO. FANTASTIC FABIO was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said in his opinion it was suitable to race. Shortly after the start, NORDIC WARRIOR shifted in and bumped CONFUCIUS DAY. From wide barriers, STARLIT KNIGHT and FEARLESS FIRE were shifted across behind runners in the early stages. SHANGHAI MASTER was also steadied in the early stages, however, was not able to obtain cover at any stage during the race. At the entrance to the Straight, STARLIT KNIGHT was shifted to the inside of NORDIC WARRIOR to obtain clear running and then passing the 150 Metres was directed to the inside of FEARLESS FIRE which shifted out under pressure. Over the final 75 Metres, NORDIC WARRIOR was awkwardly placed behind WALDORF which drifted out under pressure and then close to the finishing line was shifted to the inside of that horse. Because of this, NORDIC WARRIOR was not able to be fully tested over the concluding stages. WALDORF and MOST BEAUTIFUL were sent for sampling.

17/04/2019  Happy Valley  Race 4 Steward Report

17/04/2019  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  B  1650m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  

ASSOCIATION FANS and THE FULL BLOOM bumped at the start. MISTER MONTE shifted out at the start and inconvenienced NITRO EXPRESS which from the outside barrier was then shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Also from a wide barrier, SHINING ON was steadied and shifted across behind runners to obtain cover. After travelling a short distance, YEE CHEONG PEGASUS and MR DARTHVEGAR were crowded for room between CURLING LUXURY which shifted out and POLYMER LUCK which shifted in despite the efforts of its rider. Despite being aggressively ridden along for a considerable distance in the early stages, MISTER MONTE failed to muster speed and passing the winning post on the first occasion was steadied to obtain cover. Passing the 1300 Metres, POLYMER LUCK was bumped by NABOO STAR which was racing tight inside GOOD RUNNERS WAY. Passing the 1200 Metres, POLYMER LUCK and NABOO STAR raced tight inside GOOD RUNNERS WAY (H T Mo) which shifted in marginally. NABOO STAR and POLYMER LUCK then bumped on a number of occasions approaching and passing the 1100 Metres before GOOD RUNNERS WAY again shifted in marginally after the 1100 Metres and became unbalanced after being bumped on the hindquarters by NABOO STAR. NABOO STAR then shifted in and raced tight outside POLYMER LUCK. POLYMER LUCK then got its head on the side and shifted in away from NABOO STAR, resulting in YEE CHEONG PEGASUS being crowded for room. NABOO STAR and GOOD RUNNERS WAY then continued to race tight making the turn after the 1000 Metres. H T Mo was reprimanded and advised to ensure that runners to his inside have comfortable racing room. Then after the 900 Metres, after initially being directed in marginally by GOOD RUNNERS WAY, NABOO STAR (Z Purton) shifted in, resulting in POLYMER LUCK being taken in onto YEE CHEONG PEGASUS which resulted in that horse being crowded for room and losing ground near the 850 Metres. Z Purton was reprimanded and advised that whilst NABOO STAR had become unbalanced on a number of occasions in the lead up to this incident, nonetheless in these circumstances he would have been expected to do more than he did on this occasion to prevent NABOO STAR from shifting in. Z Purton (NABOO STAR) stated that after becoming badly unbalanced on a number of occasions in the middle stages, NABOO STAR did not travel well from the 900 Metres. He said NABOO STAR was off the bridle even though the horse was able to obtain cover after the 900 Metres. He said as far out as the 800 Metres he was concerned that NABOO STAR would not be able to finish off the race as the horse was racing on a loose rein at this time. He said he slapped the horse down the shoulder making the turn after the 600 Metres and NABOO STAR immediately came off the bridle. He said he rode NABOO STAR more vigorously near the 500 Metres, however, the horse immediately commenced to give ground and then by the Home Turn had weakened out of the race. He added as NABOO STAR was well beaten, he did not persist in riding out the horse in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of NABOO STAR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of NABOO STAR, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, NABOO STAR will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. Near the 900 Metres, MISTER MONTE was left racing wide and without cover. When questioned, Mr C S Shum, the trainer of GOOD RUNNERS WAY, stated that he identified that there were a number of go-forward horses in tonight’s race and therefore he felt that there was an opportunity for GOOD RUNNERS WAY to obtain a position behind the speed. He said he therefore instructed H T Mo, the rider of GOOD RUNNERS WAY, to attempt to obtain a trailing position in the early stages, however, if GOOD RUNNERS WAY did not begin well, Jockey Mo was given an alternate set of instructions to shift the horse across behind runners and obtain cover. He said bearing in mind GOOD RUNNERS WAY began well, he was satisfied with H T Mo’s riding of the horse in the early stages, however, due to NABOO STAR maintaining its position inside GOOD RUNNERS WAY approaching and passing the winning post on the first occasion, this resulted in the horse being left racing very wide. He added, in his opinion, the circumstances of the race in the early stages resulted in GOOD RUNNERS WAY racing wide and without cover until near the 1000 Metres at which time the horse was able to shift in to race outside the lead. A veterinary inspection of MISTER MONTE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The Stewards will interview Mr C H Yip, the trainer of THE FULL BLOOM, regarding the horse’s improved performance. Mr Yip was not present at tonight’s racemeeting. NABOO STAR, THE FULL BLOOM and MR DARTHVEGAR were sent for sampling.

17/04/2019  Happy Valley  Race 5 Steward Report

17/04/2019  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  B  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 080-060  

CHEERS VANQUISHER began only fairly and shortly after the start was crowded for room inside BALLISTIC KING which was taken in by BLITZING. From the outside barriers, ENDEARING and E MASTER were shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Making the first turn approaching the 1000 Metres, IRON BOY was crowded for room inside HARRIER JET which was awkwardly placed inside the heels of BALLISTIC KING which got its head on the side and lay in away from BLITZING. Then a short distance after this, BLITZING and BALLISTIC KING bumped due to BLITZING shifting in marginally. Making the turn after the 600 Metres, BUOYANT BOY and HARRIER JET raced tight. Near the 250 Metres, BUOYANT BOY was crowded for room between HARRIER JET (N Callan) which initially shifted in and BLITZING (K Teetan) which shifted out. Both N Callan and K Teetan were advised to ensure that they make every endeavour to prevent their mounts from shifting ground in similar circumstances. N Callan (HARRIER JET) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching the 150 Metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of BUOYANT BOY, causing that horse to be unnecessarily hampered and lose the running to which it was rightfully entitled. N Callan 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). In addition, N Callan was fined $25,000. Whilst the Stewards were satisfied that the riding of C Y Ho (BUOYANT BOY), 5th placegetter, over the concluding stages did not affect the horse’s finishing position having regard to the head margin between the horse and the 4th placegetter, he was nonetheless reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out at least hands and heels to the end of the race where circumstances permit. G van Niekerk (CHEERS VANQUISHER) was spoken to regarding his use of the whip on a limited number of occasions on a horse which was out of contention. A veterinary inspection of BALLISTIC KING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. BLITZING, ENDEARING and HARRIER JET were sent for sampling.

17/04/2019  Happy Valley  Race 6 Steward Report

17/04/2019  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  B  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  

ORIENTAL ELITE was crowded for room on jumping between BULLISH BROTHER and COMPASSION STAR which was bumped by STORM SOLDIER. GOLD VELVET began only fairly and then shortly after the start was awkwardly placed outside the heels of THIS IS CLASS which, when being steadied to obtain cover, shifted out. From wide barriers, FLYING NOBLE and WONDER EXPRESS were steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners. Making the turn after the 600 Metres, COMPASSION STAR became unbalanced after shifting out and bumping the hindquarters of HASTA LUEGO. Passing the 200 Metres, FLYING NOBLE was momentarily awkwardly placed outside the heels of GOLD VELVET. After the race, J Moreira reported that when forced to race wide and without cover throughout the event, HASTA LUEGO, a previously declared "roarer”, made an abnormal breathing noise and consequently weakened noticeably in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of HASTA LUEGO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. When questioned regarding the performance of ORIENTAL ELITE, Z Purton stated that at its most recent start when successful, ORIENTAL ELITE was able to finish off in a race which was run at a good tempo. He said in tonight’s race after being crowded for room on jumping ORIENTAL ELITE had to be ridden along to obtain a more forward position. He said ORIENTAL ELITE travelled only fairly in a race which again was being run at a good tempo. He said approaching and passing the 400 Metres ORIENTAL ELITE raced in restricted room inside COMPASSION STAR which resulted in his mount becoming unbalanced. He said after obtaining clear running in the Straight ORIENTAL ELITE finished off the race only fairly. He added ORIENTAL ELITE had experienced issues in the past and he was also of the opinion that the horse being required to carry more weight in tonight’s race may have impacted on its ability to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of ORIENTAL ELITE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. ORIENTAL ELITE, SUNNY DRAGON and THIS IS CLASS were sent for sampling.

17/04/2019  Happy Valley  Race 7 Steward Report

17/04/2019  Class 2  Happy Valley  Turf  B  1650m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 100-080  

GIANT TURTLE began very awkwardly, shifted out and bumped CIRCUIT GLORY. After this, GIANT TURTLE got its head up for some distance. T H So, the rider of GIANT TURTLE, will be interviewed regarding the manner in which GIANT TURTLE began prior to the Sha Tin racemeeting to be conducted on Monday, 22 April 2019. PARTY TOGETHER began very awkwardly and lost ground. WINNING FAITH began only fairly. From the outside barrier, RUTHVEN was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the winning post on the first occasion, MR SO AND SO got its head up and travelled keenly when being steadied to obtain cover, however, was left racing wide and without cover until approaching the 600 Metres at which time the horse shifted in to race outside the lead. For some distance after the 800 Metres, WINNING FAITH was awkwardly placed behind KA YING STAR which raced close to the heels of DIVINE UNICORN which came under pressure. WINNING FAITH was again awkwardly placed behind KA YING STAR making the turn after the 600 Metres. Making the turn after the 600 Metres, KA YING STAR shifted out and bumped CHEFANO which became unbalanced. After the 600 Metres, DIVINE UNICORN gave ground abruptly and subsequently finished tailed out. A veterinary inspection of DIVINE UNICORN immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer”. The performance of DIVINE UNICORN was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, DIVINE UNICORN will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. WINNING FAITH had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight when attempting to improve between PACKING DRAGON and RUTHVEN. When questioned, K Teetan stated that he was instructed to lead on CIRCUIT GLORY in tonight’s race which was consistent with the manner in which he had been instructed to ride the horse previously. He said he had ridden CIRCUIT GLORY on a number of occasions including when successful over the course and distance on 13 February 2019 and both he and Mr A S Cruz, the trainer of CIRCUIT GLORY, had formed the view that CIRCUIT GLORY is a free running horse which is not suited by having its stride broken by being restrained. He said when the horse was successful for him over the course and distance, he had ridden it positively for some distance in the early stages to ensure that it led the race. He said for this reason it was agreed that CIRCUIT GLORY’s best opportunity would be for it to be ridden as it was previously and that is to obtain the lead without being steadied. He said in accordance with his instructions he began well on CIRCUIT GLORY and rode his mount along in an endeavour to clear runners to his inside. He said when DIVINE UNICORN maintained its position to CIRCUIT GLORY’s inside, he allowed his mount to cross over with that horse and was able to obtain a position one horse off the rail outside DIVINE UNICORN approaching the 1200 Metres. He said he then allowed CIRCUIT GLORY to continue forward of DIVINE UNICORN after the 1100 Metres as he believed that to remain racing outside of that horse would have required him to restrain CIRCUIT GLORY which would have been contrary to his instructions. He added as he allowed CIRCUIT GLORY to improve its position past DIVINE UNICORN without having to ride his mount along, DIVINE UNICORN held its position inside CIRCUIT GLORY which required him to have to continue forward of that horse for longer than he had anticipated before being able to cross DIVINE UNICORN approaching the 900 Metres. He said the circumstances of the race resulted in the tempo being quicker than had been anticipated, however, given the manner in which the horse had finished off the race when ridden previously by him, he believed it would have been contrary to his instructions not to allow CIRCUIT GLORY to continue forward of DIVINE UNICORN. He said however that due to the tempo of the race being fast and also due to CIRCUIT GLORY being challenged by MR SO AND SO from the 600 Metres, CIRCUIT GLORY was then not able to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of CIRCUIT GLORY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious. The Stewards will interview Mr Cruz regarding the instructions given to Jockey Teetan and previous riders of CIRCUIT GLORY prior to the Sha Tin racemeeting to be conducted on Monday, 22 April 2019. A veterinary inspection of WINNING FAITH immediately following the race found that horse to be lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, WINNING FAITH will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. KA YING STAR, TURIN REDSTAR and RIVET were sent for sampling. <18/4/2019 Additional Veterinary Report>The Veterinary Officer reported that MR SO AND SO was lame in its left front leg on the morning after racing. Before being allowed to race again, MR SO AND SO will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

17/04/2019  Happy Valley  Race 8 Steward Report

17/04/2019  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  B  1650m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 080-060  

The Veterinary Officer reported that on arrival at the Start ROMAN IMPERO was lame in its left hind leg and accordingly was not suitable to race. Acting on this advice, ROMAN IMPERO was withdrawn by order of the Stewards. Before being allowed to race again, ROMAN IMPERO will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. VILLA FIONN and RICKFIELD were crowded for room on jumping between LAST KINGDOM which shifted out and WARM THE VOICE which began awkwardly and shifted in. From wide barriers, ZHAN JIANG ROCKS and SUPER HERO were shifted across behind runners in the early stages. A short distance after the start, LET’S TAKE IT EASY shifted out and bumped LAST KINGDOM. After the 1400 Metres, CINQUANTE CINQ was left racing wide and without cover and continued to race wide and without cover until after the 700 Metres at which time the horse improved to race outside the lead. Approaching the 1200 Metres, RICKFIELD got its head up when awkwardly placed behind VILLA FIONN. Passing the 1000 Metres, WARM THE VOICE got its head up on a number of occasions when awkwardly placed behind LAST KINGDOM. Near the 150 Metres, MARZOUQ was momentarily shifted in away from the heels of LAST KINGDOM. After the race, C Schofield (AMAZING SATCHMO) reported that after shifting across to race behind WARM THE VOICE in the early stages, he had to ride his mount along passing the winning post on the first occasion as AMAZING SATCHMO was reluctant to maintain its position behind that horse. He said AMAZING SATCHMO did not travel as well as it did at its most recent start and, in his opinion, was not suited by the slower tempo of tonight’s race as compared to its most recent start. He said on that occasion AMAZING SATCHMO was able to improve its position passing the 700 Metres due to the more consistent tempo whereas in tonight’s race the tempo of the race did not allow the horse to improve, which was further back in the field tonight than anticipated, as it did at its last start. He added that in the Straight AMAZING SATCHMO finished off the race only fairly. A veterinary inspection of AMAZING SATCHMO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of MARZOUQ and SUPER HERO immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. LAST KINGDOM, RICKFIELD and CINQUANTE CINQ were sent for sampling.