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20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 1 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Class 5  Shatin  Turf  A  1400m   Going: GOOD  (2.71)   Rating: 040-000  

DIVINE POWER was withdrawn on 18.10.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (inappetence) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter RED BRICK FIGHTER (C Y Ho). Before being allowed to race again, DIVINE POWER will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. VICTORIOUS LEADER began only fairly. EVERYONE’S ELITE was bumped on jumping by RED BRICK FIGHTER which shifted in. EVERYONE’S ELITE was then crowded for room between RED BRICK FIGHTER and KING MORTAR which got its head on the side and shifted out when being ridden along. After this, KING MORTAR was ridden along for some distance, however, failed to muster speed. From wide barriers, HARBOUR CENTURY and BLAZING PARTNERS were shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover. BIG BULLY travelled keenly in the early and middle stages. Approaching the 1000 Metres, I’M THE CONQUIST was left racing wide and without cover. Making the first turn near the 850 Metres, RED BRICK FIGHTER was tightened for room inside MAJESTIC ENDEAVOUR (A Domeyer) which shifted in. A Domeyer was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he leaves comfortable racing room for runners to his inside in similar circumstances. Making the turn after the 800 Metres, IRON BRAVO got its head on the side and hung out. Near the 650 Metres, RED BRICK FIGHTER was awkwardly placed close to the heels of MAJESTIC ENDEAVOUR. Approaching the 500 Metres, BLOOMING SPIRIT and I’M THE CONQUIST raced tight. EVERYONE’S ELITE was unable to obtain clear running from passing the 400 Metres until after the 300 Metres at which time it was shifted to the inside of VICTORIOUS LEADER which was also held up for clear running until approaching the 300 Metres. At the 50 Metres, EVERYONE’S ELITE shifted out and was awkwardly placed inside the hindquarters of VICTORIOUS LEADER, resulting in the rider of EVERYONE’S ELITE having to stop riding and shift his mount in away from the heels of VICTORIOUS LEADER. When questioned, A Domeyer stated that he was instructed to ride MAJESTIC ENDEAVOUR in a forward position but with cover. He said after being positive on MAJESTIC ENDEAVOUR in the early stages to obtain a forward position, his mount was left racing to the outside of BLOOMING SPIRIT. He said he attempted to obtain a position with cover behind that horse, however, as he did so, he was aware that there were a number of runners positioned directly behind the leaders including BLOOMING SPIRIT and therefore he was not able to shift in behind BLOOMING SPIRIT to obtain cover. He said rather than travel wide and without cover and as BLOOMING SPIRIT was being steadied by its rider, he elected to allow MAJESTIC ENDEAVOUR to improve its position into the lead. He added the circumstances of the race resulted in MAJESTIC ENDEAVOUR being ridden in a more forward position than had been intended. When questioned, K Teetan stated that in pre-race discussions with Mr A S Cruz, the trainer of SUPREME WITNESS, it was felt that, from the outside barrier, too much use of the horse would have to be made in order to obtain a forward position. He said it was felt that if SUPREME WITNESS was required to be ridden for some distance in the early stages the horse would not be able to finish off the race and therefore it was decided to steady SUPREME WITNESS in the early stages and endeavour to obtain a position with cover. He said it was hoped that SUPREME WITNESS would be able to obtain cover even if it was wide with the horse being able to race in about midfield or slightly in front of midfield. He said in accordance with his instructions he commenced to shift SUPREME WITNESS across behind runners in the early stages, however, due to the makeup of the field, he was left racing very wide passing the 1200 Metres and therefore he elected to steady his mount further to obtain a position with cover behind IRON BRAVO. He said this placed SUPREME WITNESS further back in the field than had been intended. He added when IRON BRAVO had difficulty maintaining its positon after the 800 Metres, this resulted in SUPREME WITNESS having to race at the rear of the field in the middle stages. He said SUPREME WITNESS then did not finish off the race in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of SUPREME WITNESS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of FLYING NOBLE immediately following the race found that horse to have blood at its left nostril. A subsequent endoscopic examination of FLYING NOBLE confirmed the horse to have bled. After the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that HARBOUR CENTURY had bled from both nostrils. BLAZING PARTNERS and VICTORIOUS LEADER were sent for sampling.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 2 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Class 4  Shatin  Turf  A  1200m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  

As the start was effected, JUDY’S STAR reared and consequently lost ground. Before being allowed to race again, JUDY’S STAR will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test. WINSTON’S LAD began awkwardly. MENAGGIO was bumped at the start by RICH AND LUCKY which was taken out by SPARKLING DOLPHIN which shifted ground after beginning awkwardly. From wide barriers, SUPER EIGHTEEN and VIGOR CHAMP were shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 1000 Metres, MASTER ALBERT, which improved into tight running inside SPARKLING DOLPHIN, was briefly crowded for room inside that horse which shifted in. WINSTON’S LAD, which was racing to the inside of MASTER ALBERT, was inconvenienced in consequence. After the 1000 Metres, TARGET FINDER travelled keenly and was momentarily awkwardly placed behind YICHUN BLITZ. Approaching the 700 Metres, YICHUN BLITZ, which was travelling keenly, was awkwardly placed behind MASTER ALBERT. After the 400 Metres, TARGET FINDER was shifted out away from the heels of MENAGGIO which improved to the outside of IRISH VEGA. In the Straight, IRISH VEGA lay in under pressure. After the race, M F Poon expressed concern regarding the action of SUPER EIGHTEEN which finished tailed out. A veterinary inspection of SUPER EIGHTEEN immediately following the race found that horse to be distressed. Before being allowed to race again, SUPER EIGHTEEN 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, B Shinn stated that he was asked to obtain a forward position on QUADRUPLE DOUBLE. He said after riding his mount along initially for a short distance in the early stages, QUADRUPLE DOUBLE was able to obtain the lead without having to be made further use of. He said after the 1100 Metres he commenced to steady QUADRUPLE DOUBLE, however, the horse would not relax as he expected. He said he continued to attempt to steady QUADRUPLE DOUBLE in the lead as he was aware that the race, in the middle stages, was being run at a faster tempo than he hoped, however, he was reluctant to place more pressure on the horse than he did as he did not want to break its stride. He added the race being run quicker than what had been anticipated in the middle stages was as a result of QUADRUPLE DOUBLE’s failure to relax with him in the lead. BIG FORTUNE and QUADRUPLE DOUBLE were sent for sampling. <21/10/2019 Additional Veterinary Report>SUPER EIGHTEEN, which performed poorly, was examined by the Veterinary Officer who said at that time the horse was distressed. SUPER EIGHTEEN 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 have a stiff and restricted action. As previously advised, SUPER EIGHTEEN will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination before being allowed to race again.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 3 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Group Two  Shatin  Turf  A  1200m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating:   

IVICTORY shifted in at the start and brushed PAKISTAN STAR. Close to the finishing line, PAKISTAN STAR was steadied when crowded for room between SEASONS BLOOM and WISHFUL THINKER which shifted out very marginally away from FULL OF BEAUTY which shifted out slightly. The majority of the interference to PAKISTAN STAR occurred as a result of WISHFUL THINKER becoming unbalanced after making contact with PAKISTAN STAR and as a result being turned out across that runner which caused PAKISTAN STAR to lose its running. As the Stewards were satisfied that there was no carelessness exhibited by any rider in this incident, no further action was taken. When questioned, B Shinn stated that as IVICTORY was first up today since January, he was asked to obtain cover on the horse to ensure that it was able to finish off the race strongly. He said it was anticipated that IVICTORY would be able to obtain cover behind FULL OF BEAUTY. He said when PAKISTAN STAR, which was drawn immediately to the inside of IVICTORY, began well, he was not able to obtain cover behind FULL OF BEAUTY as was hoped and therefore, when racing wide prior to the 1000 Metres, he elected to steady IVICTORY and obtain a position with cover behind PAKISTAN STAR which resulted in the horse racing further back than had been intended. He added IVICTORY travelled very strongly in the middle stages, however, in his opinion, was still disappointing as the horse did not quicken for him at any stage and did not finish off the race. SEASONS BLOOM and FULL OF BEAUTY were sent for sampling.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 4 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Class 3  Shatin  Turf  A  1000m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 080-060  

BALTIC WHISPER shifted out at the start and bumped CALIFORNIA ARCHER, causing both horses to become unbalanced and for BALTIC WHISPER to lose ground. HAPPY VICTORY began awkwardly. WINNING FEELING began awkwardly and stumbled when crowded for room between CLASSIC UNICORN which shifted in and SHINING GEM which shifted out before being bumped on the hindquarters and shifting out further. HIGHLY PROACTIVE shifted in at the start and bumped the hindquarters of MR RIGHT. Passing the 300 Metres, HELAKU KNIGHT got its head on the side and shifted out towards the heels of SUPER JUNIOR, requiring its rider having to stop riding and straighten his mount. After this, HELAKU KNIGHT continued to lay out and near the 250 Metres became unbalanced when laying out behind SUPER JUNIOR. After the race, the Veterinary Surgeon reported that HELAKU KNIGHT was lame in its right front leg. Before being allowed to race again, HELAKU KNIGHT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. When questioned regarding the performance of CLASSIC UNICORN, Z Purton stated that the horse was up in weight today at its second run in Class 3. He said unlike its previous two starts last season when successful, CLASSIC UNICORN was not able to obtain the outright lead as MR LUMIERES showed more speed than CLASSIC UNICORN in the early stages. He said he was able to shift to the inside of that horse approaching the 800 Metres and CLASSIC UNICORN then travelled well. He said however that CLASSIC UNICORN appeared to resent racing between MR LUMIERES and MERIDIAN GENIUS in the middle stages before coming under pressure near the 400 Metres. He added CLASSIC UNICORN did not quicken today and although the horse was momentarily awkwardly placed inside the heels of MR LUMIERES near the 250 Metres, the horse was already well beaten at this time. He said CLASSIC UNICORN continued to give ground over the concluding stages. He said whilst CLASSIC UNICORN was disappointing in today’s race, he was of the belief that the horse did not handle being amongst runners which resulted in CLASSIC UNICORN not relaxing as it had when he previously rode it. Mr W Y So, the trainer of CLASSIC UNICORN, stated that he was very disappointed with the manner in which the horse failed to close off the race. He said he had barrier trialed CLASSIC UNICORN on two occasions in the lead up to today’s race and he had been pleased with both trials. He said, in particular, CLASSIC UNICORN had worked well since its last trial and in the lead up to today’s race and accordingly he expected the horse to race well. He said as such he was not able to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of CLASSIC UNICORN as the horse appeared to pull up well after the race. A veterinary inspection of CLASSIC UNICORN immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of CLASSIC UNICORN, favourite for today’s race and which had been successful at its two previous race starts, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, CLASSIC UNICORN will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. CLASSIC UNICORN, MR LUMIERES and MERIDIAN GENIUS were sent for sampling. <21/10/2019 Additional Veterinary Report>After the race, the Veterinary Surgeon reported that HELAKU KNIGHT was lame in its right front leg. HELAKU KNIGHT was again examined by the Veterinary Officer at the stables of Trainer J Moore this morning. He said at this time he noted the horse to be also lame in its left front leg. As previously advised, HELAKU KNIGHT will be subjected to an official veterinary examination before being allowed to race again.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 5 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Class 4  Shatin  Turf  A  1600m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  

Trainer K H Ting was fined $3,000 for presenting PHENOMENAL in the Parade Ring without a parade hood, part of that horse’s declared gear. LONDON HALL and VILLA FIONN were slow to begin. BLASTOISE shifted in at the start and hampered SPEEDY OPTIMIST. WITNESS HUNTER shifted out at the start and bumped SMART BABY. From a wide barrier, SAVVY SEVEN was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. After the 1100 Metres, BLASTOISE was left racing wide and without cover. Passing the 900 Metres, THE ONE commenced to travel keenly and got its head up when racing close to the heels of WINNING CONTROLLER. Approaching the 700 Metres, DASHING DART commenced to travel very keenly and was shifted out when being checked away from the heels of SMART BABY. Near the 650 Metres, BLASTOISE was bumped and then raced tight outside LITTLE GENERAL which commenced to travel keenly and shifted out momentarily away from the heels of WITNESS HUNTER which was awkwardly placed behind SPEEDY OPTIMIST. In this incident, LONDON HALL, which was improving to the outside of BLASTOISE, was forced wider. Passing the 600 Metres, DASHING DART was steadied away from the heels of SMART BABY which shifted out from behind LITTLE GENERAL. Approaching the 500 Metres, BLASTOISE momentarily raced in restricted room between LONDON HALL and WITNESS HUNTER which lay out. BLASTOISE was then shifted to the outside of LONDON HALL at the entrance to the Straight to obtain clear running. SAVVY SEVEN had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight. Passing the 250 Metres, LITTLE GENERAL was shifted out a number of horses to obtain clear running. VILLA FIONN, SUCH A HAPPINESS and BLASTOISE were sent for sampling.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 6 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Class 4  Shatin  Turf  A  1400m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 060-040  

MARQULA was withdrawn on 19.10.19 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore) and was replaced by Standby Declared Starter AEROFLASH (N Callan). Before being allowed to race again, MARQULA will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. AEROFLASH began only fairly. CHEEKY BEE was crowded for room on jumping between SUNSHINE WARRIOR and GREAT HARVEST which shifted out. After this, CHEEKY BEE was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover. Also from the outside barrier, EMERALD SPUR was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover in the early stages. At the 800 Metres, GREAT HARVEST got its head on the side and shifted out abruptly. At the 750 Metres, FALCON TURBO was awkwardly placed behind GOLDEN MISSION. Passing the 200 Metres, SUNSHINE WARRIOR and EMERALD SPUR raced tight. Near the 150 Metres, SPRINT FORWARD raced tight inside FALCON TURBO which was taken in by GOLDEN MISSION (C Schofield). After this, FALCON TURBO continued to race tight inside GOLDEN MISSION which shifted in under pressure and which resulted in FALCON TURBO being steadied passing the 100 Metres. SPRINT FORWARD, which was racing to the inside of FALCON TURBO, was inconvenienced in consequence. C Schofield was reprimanded and advised that in similar circumstances he would be expected to make more endeavour to prevent his mount from shifting ground than he did on this occasion. For the majority of the race, SUNSHINE WARRIOR travelled wide and without cover. When questioned, Mr K H Ting, the trainer of POLYMER LUCK, stated that he was disappointed with the manner in which the horse had been finishing off its races when ridden in a forward position over 1650 Metres and 1800 Metres. He said because of this he elected to drop POLYMER LUCK back in distance to 1400 Metres as the horse had previously closed off its race strongly to finish second when ridden back in the field over the course and distance prior to being transferred to his stable. He said as the horse was ridden from back in the field on that occasion over a shorter distance, today he instructed H N Wong to ride the horse in a similar manner in the hope that it would be able to finish off the race as it did on that occasion. He said POLYMER LUCK performed disappointingly today and did not finish off the race and accordingly it is now his intention to step the horse back up in distance and to have it ridden in a more prominent position. After the race, K C Leung stated that stepping up in distance today and being ridden in a more forward position than it had been when racing over 1200 Metres at its previous start, MOMENTUM HAPPY travelled keenly after the 1000 Metres when being steadied to obtain cover. He said MOMENTUM HAPPY consequently did not finish off the race as anticipated. A veterinary inspection of MOMENTUM HAPPY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Also after the race, J Moreira was not able to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of HURRICANE HUNTER. He said the horse travelled satisfactorily when racing in the second half of the field as is usual, however, after being shifted to the outside of runners at the entrance to the Straight, HURRICANE HUNTER did not close off the race as anticipated. A veterinary inspection of HURRICANE HUNTER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. FALCON TURBO, EMERALD SPUR and SUNSHINE WARRIOR were sent for sampling. <21/10/2019 Additional Veterinary Report>The Veterinary Surgeon reported that SEVENTY SEVENTY was lame in its left front leg on the morning after racing. Before being allowed to race again, SEVENTY SEVENTY will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 7 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Class 3  Shatin  Turf  A  1200m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 080-060  

GRADE ONE shifted out at the start and bumped HERCULES. ENZEMBLE began awkwardly. LOCKHEED and MR CROISSANT were crowded for room on jumping between JUMBO PRIZE and E STAR which began awkwardly and shifted in. From wide barriers, MONICA and AMBITIOUS HEART were both shifted across behind runners in the early stages. From the outside barrier, NEW ASIA SUNRISE was steadied in the early stages in an attempt to obtain cover, however, after the 900 Metres was left racing wide and without cover. Passing the 1000 Metres, E STAR commenced to travel very awkwardly and got its head up when being checked away from the heels of MR CROISSANT. Passing the 900 Metres, MR CROISSANT was steadied away from the heels of LOCKHEED (H T Mo) which shifted in when not quite clear. H T Mo was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. Approaching the 800 Metres, HERCULES commenced to travel keenly and was steadied away from the heels of GRADE ONE. MONICA, which was following HERCULES, was checked away from the heels of that horse in consequence near the 750 Metres. After the 800 Metres, MR CROISSANT, which was travelling keenly, was steadied away from the heels of LOCKHEED. E STAR, which was following MR CROISSANT and which continued to travel keenly, got its head up when awkwardly placed behind MR CROISSANT. AMBITIOUS HEART, which was following E STAR, was also inconvenienced. After the 500 Metres, JUMBO PRIZE momentarily raced tight inside VALIANT DREAM which throughout the race travelled wide and without cover. Passing the 400 Metres, LOCKHEED was bumped on the hindquarters by GRADE ONE which shifted out when held up for clear running behind VALIANT DREAM. AEROHAPPINESS and MR CROISSANT were sent for sampling.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 8 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Group Two  Shatin  Turf  A  1600m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating:   

EAGLE WAY was crowded for room on jumping between RISE HIGH which shifted in initially and SOUTHERN LEGEND which shifted out after being brushed by WAIKUKU. From a wide barrier, SINGAPORE SLING was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners. After the 1400 Metres, BEAUTY GENERATION got its head up and shifted in away abruptly from the heels of GLORIOUS FOREVER after initially racing tight inside SOUTHERN LEGEND. At this time, GLORIOUS FOREVER commenced to travel keenly when steadied and near the 1350 Metres shifted in and bumped the hindquarters of KA YING STAR which became unbalanced. WAIKUKU, which was following BEAUTY GENERATION, was steadied away from the heels of that horse passing the 1300 Metres and shifted in and momentarily inconvenienced INSAYSHABLE. After this, GLORIOUS FOREVER continued to travel keenly when racing outside the lead. Approaching the 1200 Metres, EAGLE WAY was awkwardly placed behind NOTHINGILIKEMORE. Approaching the 600 Metres, SOUTHERN LEGEND was taken wider by BEAUTY GENERATION which shifted to the outside of GLORIOUS FOREVER. When questioned regarding the performance of BEAUTY GENERATION, Z Purton stated that when KA YING STAR and GLORIOUS FOREVER took up leading positions in the early stages, BEAUTY GENERATION was required to take a trailing position. He said after being awkwardly placed behind GLORIOUS FOREVER near the 1400 Metres, BEAUTY GENERATION travelled comfortably behind the leader KA YING STAR. He said near the 600 Metres he shifted BEAUTY GENERATION out from behind GLORIOUS FOREVER to commence improving into the race as BEAUTY GENERATION performs best when able to gather momentum. He said at the entrance to the Straight he became concerned with the manner in which BEAUTY GENERATION was going to finish off the race as the horse came under heavy pressure earlier than he would have expected. He added BEAUTY GENERATION did not quicken today as it had previously and because of this he had to ride the horse along aggressively prior to the 300 Metres. He said BEAUTY GENERATION then finished off the race only fairly and, in his opinion, was disappointing. A veterinary inspection of BEAUTY GENERATION immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of SINGAPORE SLING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. BEAUTY GENERATION, RISE HIGH and WAIKUKU were sent for sampling.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 9 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Class 2  Shatin  Turf  A  1400m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 105-080  

GOLD CHEST began very awkwardly and stumbled, resulting in its rider, K C Leung, becoming badly unbalanced. COLUMBUS COUNTY and HO HO KHAN were steadied in the early stages to obtain cover. From the outside barrier, GRACEANDMERCY was also steadied to obtain cover shortly after the start. Throughout the race, HEZTHEWONFORUS travelled wide and without cover. B Shinn (HO HO KHAN) was spoken to regarding his use of the whip over the concluding stages on a horse out of contention. After the race, M F Poon, the rider of COLUMBUS COUNTY, stated that his mount kicked out on a number of occasions in the barriers prior to the start being effected. The Veterinary Officer subsequently reported that COLUMBUS COUNTY had sustained a laceration below the right stifle. When questioned regarding the performance of FLYING THUNDER, G van Niekerk stated that whilst the horse was somewhat disappointing in its barrier trial in the lead up to today’s race, it had performed similarly on the All Weather surface previously, so he was not particularly concerned with the manner in which it trialed. He said FLYING THUNDER was more stirred up prior to today’s race than it had been previously and sweated up quite badly. He said FLYING THUNDER travelled only fairly in the early stages and after racing in restricted room momentarily near the 800 Metres between GOLDEN SIXTY and EASY GO EASY GO, FLYING THUNDER then came off the bridle and did not travel well. He said FLYING THUNDER was racing to the outside of the eventual winner GOLDEN SIXTY rounding the Home Turn, however, that horse showed a superior turn of foot and FLYING THUNDER, despite being ridden out, was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to close off the race. He added whilst FLYING THUNDER was disappointing, he was of the view that there may have been some circumstances which may have contributed to its performance, particularly the manner in which the horse would not relax prior to the start. A veterinary inspection of FLYING THUNDER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of FLYING THUNDER, a last start winner, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, FLYING THUNDER 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 GOLD CHEST immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. GOLDEN SIXTY and ENCOURAGING were sent for sampling.

20/10/2019  Shatin  Race 10 Steward Report

20/10/2019  Class 3  Shatin  Turf  A  1400m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.71)   Rating: 080-060  

FOLLOW ME was withdrawn on raceday morning by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right hind). Before being allowed to race again, FOLLOW ME will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. LAOS ENLIGHTENMENT shifted in at the start and bumped GREAT TREASURE. Shortly after the start, STAR MAJESTIC, which was being steadied to obtain cover, was crowded for room between BEAUTY LOYAL which shifted out and BEST ALLIANCE which was taken in by HAPPY FUN. From the outside barrier, CHARIZARD was steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners. After being ridden along in the early stages to take up a forward position, SUPER WISE travelled keenly in the lead throughout the early and middle stages. At the 400 Metres, EVERYONE’S JOY was shifted to the outside of BEAUTY LOYAL after being disappointed for running between that horse and HAPPY FORCE which shifted out from behind HAPPY FUN. EVERYONE’S JOY was then shifted out further to the outside of PRECIOUSSHIP near the 250 Metres to obtain clear running. When questioned regarding the performance of EZRA, K Teetan stated that as today’s race was expected to be run at a good tempo, he was asked to position EZRA in about midfield with cover if possible. He said it was felt that, from the horse’s wide barrier, were use to be made of the horse, given the likely fast tempo, this would not provide EZRA with the best opportunity to finish off the race. He said EZRA was required to race further back in the field than had been hoped as a result of being crowded for room on jumping between HAPPY FUN and BEST ALLIANCE which shifted out. He said he attempted to find cover on EZRA, however, due to the circumstances of the race EZRA travelled wide and without cover for the majority of the race. He said as the horse was carrying a light weight, he attempted to improve his position after the 700 Metres to be closer to the lead, however, despite being ridden along after the 600 Metres, EZRA would not improve its position. He added he was obliged to ride EZRA vigorously rounding the Home Turn in an endeavour to have it finish off the race, however, EZRA did not quicken and was then very disappointing in the manner in which it failed to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of EZRA immediately following the race including an endoscopic examination showed a substantial amount of mucus in the horse’s trachea. The performance of, EZRA, a last start winner, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, EZRA 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, M L Yeung stated that whilst HAPPY FORCE did not finish off the race, he believed that it would benefit from today’s race. He said although the horse had had two barrier trials in the lead up to today’s race, he believed that its fitness would improve following today’s race. A veterinary inspection of HAPPY FORCE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings, however, the horse was unable to be scoped due to being fractious. EZRA, PRECIOUSSHIP and HAPPY FUN were sent for sampling.