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15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 1 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 5  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 040-022  

MORE RICE (H271): Near the 150 Metres was momentarily tightened between HAPPILY FRIENDS and VIVA A LA, both of which shifted ground slightly. WIND SPEEDER (E281): Near the 1000 Metres was steadied to avoid MORE RICE (L Hewitson) which shifted in when not quite clear. L Hewitson was advised to exercise more care. Near the 500 Metres was bumped when crowded. Making the Home Turn was held up for clear running and at the 300 Metres shifted to the inside of MORE RICE to secure clear running. SUPER ELITE (H247): Over the concluding stages was steadied when crowded by VIVA A LA (M F Poon) which shifted in, resulting in M L Yeung not being able to fully test his mount for a short period thereafter. M F Poon was reprimanded. TACTICAL COMMAND (H197): Jumped awkwardly, made contact with the right side of its barrier and lost ground. Approaching the 600 Metres made contact with the running rail and became unbalanced. Approaching the 100 Metres was held up behind GREAT DAYS before shifting to that runner’s inside and securing clear running passing the 100 Metres. AUGUST MOON (D409): Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event and near the 850 Metres was bumped by HAPPILY FRIENDS which shifted out and away from MORE RICE. After the race, Apprentice Y L Chung advised that his instructions from the outside barrier were to go forward on his mount. He said when AUGUST MOON did not show sufficient pace to cross runners to his inside, he was obliged to race very wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. PRESTIGE MOOCHI (H314): Jumped only fairly. Approaching the 200 Metres was disappointed for clear running between CALL ME TEDDY and WIND SPEEDER and shifted to the outside of WIND SPEEDER after the 200 Metres to obtain clear running. Near the 100 Metres, when laying in, improved into a narrow run between CALL ME TEDDY and MORE RICE and as a result made contact with CALL ME TEDDY. GOODMANSHIP (E208): After the race, K C Leung stated that his mount enjoyed a good run in the event, but failed to respond to his riding in the Home Straight and was disappointing. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. GENERAL ACE (G425): Shifted out at the start and was bumped. From the 350 Metres until the 200 Metres was held up for clear running. Sent for sampling post-race. GREAT DAYS (H119): Sent for sampling post-race. HAPPILY FRIENDS (C533): Jumped awkwardly and shortly after the start shifted out and away from GENERAL ACE and was bumped. Making the first turn near the 1000 Metres shifted out and away from SUPER ELITE. Near the 850 Metres was bumped by MORE RICE. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. CALL ME TEDDY (G233): Slow to begin. Near the 600 Metres lay in and away from MORE RICE, made contact with the running rail and became unbalanced. Near the 100 Metres was steadied when crowded between WIND SPEEDER which was taken in by HAPPILY FRIENDS (Apprentice E C W Wong) and GOODMANSHIP (K C Leung) which shifted out. Both Apprentice Wong and K C Leung were advised to exercise more care. VIVA A LA (G282): Shortly after the start was bumped by HAPPILY FRIENDS. Leaving the 1000 Metres was steadied away from HAPPILY FRIENDS. Near the 500 Metres shifted in and away from AUGUST MOON and bumped WIND SPEEDER. Approaching the 100 Metres shifted in, resulting in its rider M F Poon having to stop riding and straighten. Sent for sampling post-race.

15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 2 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1650m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 059-040  

NOT A FEW (J109): After the race, M Chadwick reported that at its last start he was requested to hold a more forward position, but from an awkward barrier settled in a midfield position. He said tonight after commencing well from a favourable barrier NOT A FEW was able to obtain a more forward position. CHARITY BINGO (H254): Jumped only fairly and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Sent for sampling post-race. RED MAJESTY (E028): Sent for sampling post-race. INVINCIBLE MISSILE (C037): Slow to begin and then was crowded shortly after the start. Near the 250 Metres was disappointed for clear running between AROMATICA and RED MAJESTY and was then shifted to the inside of RED MAJESTY shortly after to obtain clear running. TIGER AND GOLD (J064): TIGER AND GOLD, which was having its first race start in Hong Kong, raced greenly and for some distance after the 1200 Metres was steadied away from ATOMIC BEAUTY. Near the 600 Metres, TIGER AND GOLD, which continued to race greenly, became unbalanced when bumped by CHARITY BINGO (B Avdulla) which shifted out when making the turn awkwardly. As a result, TIGER AND GOLD became unbalanced and lost ground. B Avdulla was advised to exercise more care. The racing manners and performance of TIGER AND GOLD were considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, TIGER AND GOLD 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 immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. CHEONG FAT (H058): Jumped awkwardly and lost ground and then was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Near the 600 Metres was hampered when taken wider by TIGER AND GOLD. TO INFINITY (G277): From a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. ATOMIC BEAUTY (H066): Sent for sampling post-race. AROMATICA (H437): No report. THE CONCENTRATION (H465): No report. CLUB SODA (H312): Near the 350 Metres, when under pressure, was eased when crowded between ATOMIC BEAUTY and THE CONCENTRATION which shifted out. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race found that horse to have bled from both nostrils. Before being allowed to race again, CLUB SODA will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. RED MAVERICK (J067): A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 3 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1650m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 059-042  

CAPITAL LEGEND (G333): When questioned regarding his riding and as to whether there was an opportunity to hold a more forward position, Apprentice E C W Wong stated that from an inside barrier he was asked to hold a handy position but not to make use of his mount in the early stages to do so. He said after commencing well he rode in accordance with his instructions where CAPITAL LEGEND then settled in a handy position behind BRAVE WITNESS. Trainer C Fownes confirmed the instructions issued and advised that Apprentice Wong had ridden the horse in accordance with those instructions. Sent for sampling post-race. KIMBERLEY (H329): No report. FIGHT TIME (H409): Jumped awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with CHATEAU. Then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. After the race, M F Poon stated that his mount became stirred up prior to the event due to the start of the race being delayed. He added that FIGHT TIME did not travel well throughout the event and failed to respond to his riding in the Home Straight. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of FIGHT TIME was considered to be disappointing as compared to its first race start. Before being allowed to race again, FIGHT TIME will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. BRAVE WITNESS (H425): Near the 1300 Metres was steadied away from CORDYCEPS ONE. Sent for sampling post-race. CHATEAU (H214): Bumped at the start. When questioned regarding his riding, A Atzeni stated that his instructions were to endeavour to hold a forward position. He said after being bumped at the start, he was reluctant to ride his mount forward as the horse has previously had a tendency to race keenly when he rode the horse on 13 January 2024. He said when caught wide in the early stages and when a number of runners positioned to his inside had held a forward position, he elected to allow CHATEAU to hold a midfield position where it was able to obtain cover behind KEEN UNITY. When questioned if there was an opportunity to make use of his mount in the early stages to comply with his instructions and go forward, A Atzeni stated that he was reluctant to do so given the horse’s previous racing manners and he felt his best option was to endeavour to obtain cover in the early stages. Trainer J Size confirmed the instructions were to hold a forward position. The Stewards advised Jockey Atzeni that, in their opinion, he had made an error of judgement in the early stages in that he failed to ride his mount with the necessary urgency to comply with his instructions and he would be expected in future to endeavour to ensure that he rides his mounts in such a manner so as to comply with the instructions that he has been issued with. JOYFUL PROSPERITY (H213): Jumped only fairly and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. LEGION OF MERIT (D419): On arrival at the Start, the tongue tie applied to LEGION OF MERIT was replaced. After being loaded into the barriers lunged forward and opened the starting gate. Removed from the barriers, examined by the Veterinary Officer and passed suitable to race. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. FORTUNE PRESIDENT (G054): Jumped only fairly. KEEN UNITY (G298): Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. CORDYCEPS ONE (E107): Sent for sampling post-race. SPLENDID STAR (G026): Jumped only fairly. Approaching the 550 Metres became unbalanced when endeavouring to improve into a narrow run between CAPITAL LEGEND and CHATEAU. Over the concluding stages could not be fully ridden out when positioned behind CHATEAU. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. FEARLESS FIRE (B085): Withdrawn on 13.2.24 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (left front tendon injury) and replaced by Standby Declared Starter BRAVE WITNESS. Before being allowed to race again, FEARLESS FIRE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. JOYFUL FRIENDSHIP (H295): Reared in the barriers after being loaded, resulting in its right front leg making contact with the running board. Removed from the barriers, examined by the Veterinary Officer who said the horse was lame in its right front leg and therefore was not suitable to race. Acting on this advice, JOYFUL FRIENDSHIP was withdrawn by order of the Stewards. Before being allowed to race again, JOYFUL FRIENDSHIP will be required to perform satisfactorily in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 4 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 060-040  

GOLDEN LONG (H462): Bumped shortly after the start. Sent for sampling post-race. RAGNARR (H297): Bumped shortly after the start. Lay out making the first turn. HIGH RISE SOLDIER (C511): A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. FLYING PHANTOM (J086): After traveling a short distance was brushed by GOLDEN LONG, resulting in FLYING PHANTOM then being awkwardly placed behind SUPER EAGLE which was taken out slightly by HERO STAR. After the race, Z Purton reported that with the pace of the event in the early and middle stages being run outside of standard, FLYING PHANTOM over-raced for some distance after the 800 Metres and was steadied away from MELBOURNE HALL. He said as a result FLYING PHANTOM was unable to finish the race off strongly. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Sent for sampling post-race. HAPPY SOUL (G249): Jumped awkwardly and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. In the middle stages raced keenly. EVER VICTORIOUS (H422): Slow to begin. HERO STAR (D033): A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. MELBOURNE HALL (D118): Raced keenly in the middle stages and near the 600 Metres raced tight between RAGNARR and SUPER EAGLE. VALHALLA (E495): When questioned, B Avdulla stated that near the 700 Metres his mount shifted out when being contacted by FLYING PHANTOM which resulted in his saddle shifting to the right side. He said as a result he was placed at some disadvantage throughout the event and after following SUPER EAGLE into the Home Straight, VALHALLA then lay in and proved reluctant to shift to that runner’s outside. He added due to the positioning of his saddle he was unable to forcefully move his mount to the outside of SUPER EAGLE and as a result VALHALLA took some time to respond to his urgings to improve to the outside of SUPER EAGLE where it obtained clear running near the 200 Metres. SUPER EAGLE (G408): Sent for sampling post-race. HO HO STAR (H291): Jumped awkwardly and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. TALENTS SUPREMO (H133): Withdrawn on 14.2.24 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame left hind). Before being allowed to race again, TALENTS SUPREMO will be subjected to an official veterinary examination.

15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 5 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 072-060  

ATOMIC FORCE (G221): Near the 900 Metres was steadied away from HAPPY TRIO. Sent for sampling post-race. H Bentley pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge for causing interference over the concluding stages (see LUCKY ARCHANGEL). LUCKY ARCHANGEL (E385): H Bentley (ATOMIC FORCE) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that over the concluding stages he allowed his mount to shift in when not clear of LUCKY ARCHANGEL, resulting in LUCKY ARCHANGEL losing its rightful running and having to be checked. H Bentley was suspended from riding in races for one Hong Kong raceday to be conducted on Sunday, 25 February 2024 at Sha Tin. In assessing penalty, the Stewards determined the carelessness grade 2 and the consequences grade 2 and also considered his excellent race riding record. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A AMERIC TE SPECSO (H037): Sent for sampling post-race. COLOURFUL EMPEROR (H167): Sent for sampling post-race. KYEEMA (J055): As the start was effected became fractious, reared and lost ground. As the Stewards were satisfied that such occurrence was due to the horse’s barrier manners as the start was effected, it was declared a starter. Before being allowed to race again, KYEEMA will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. HAPPY TRIO (G244): Making the first turn near the 1000 Metres commenced to race keenly and lay out. Near the 150 Metres was eased when crowded between ATOMIC FORCE and LUCKY ARCHANGEL (M F Poon) which shifted out. M F Poon was severely reprimanded. STAR LINE (J110): No report. DENFIELD (G471): Near the 1100 Metres raced tight between LUCKY ARCHANGEL and COLOURFUL EMPEROR, both of which shifted ground slightly. JUMBO FORTUNE (G195): Slow to begin. KYRUS DRAGON (H396): Jumped only fairly. TOGEPI (G458): A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings.

15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 6 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1000m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 059-044  

FORTUNE WARRIOR (H229): After the race, K Teetan reported that after being bumped shortly after the start his mount did not show sufficient pace to hold a more forward position despite riding it along. He said when caught wide in the early stages he then allowed his mount to obtain cover behind RUBY SAILING. He added in the middle stages FORTUNE WARRIOR then over-raced and finished the race off only fairly. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. FUN ELITE (J042): Bumped at the start. Sent for sampling post-race. HARMONY FIRE (E175): Sent for sampling post-race. SERGEANT PEPPER (E432): No report. GLORIOUS EXPERT (J028): A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. HICKORY VICTORY (H370): Shortly after the start was crowded between RUBY SAILING and FORTUNE WARRIOR which shifted in and away from SERGEANT PEPPER which also shifted in despite the efforts of its rider. As a result, HICKORY VICTORY was shifted across behind runners thereafter. MOLLY'S WITNESS (J121): Jumped only fairly. After the race, Z Purton could offer no excuse for the poor performance of his mount. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of MOLLY’S WITNESS was considered to be disappointing. Before being allowed to race again, MOLLY’S WITNESS will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. PARENTS' LOVE (H405): Near the 250 Metres lay in and a short distance later was then steadied when awkwardly placed on the heels of FUN ELITE when that runner shifted out slightly. As a result, PARENTS’ LOVE was directed to the outside of FUN ELITE to secure clear running. After the race, Apprentice Y L Chung stated that his instructions were to hold a forward position, but PARENTS’ LOVE did not show sufficient pace to do so and as a result settled further back than he had anticipated. RUBY SAILING (H347): No report. SAVVY DELIGHT (E386): From the outside barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. SAME TO YOU (H057): Jumped only fairly and then was bumped shortly after the start by FUN ELITE. Passing the 100 Metres made contact with HICKORY VICTORY when that runner shifted in before being corrected by its rider M F Poon. KING INVINCIBLE (H199): Jumped awkwardly.

15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 7 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 058-040  

KA YING POWER (H169): A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. JOY COMING (H149): Near the 850 Metres was taken wider by ERNEST FEELING which shifted out. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. Sent for sampling post-race. ERNEST FEELING (E209): Jumped only fairly. Near the 850 Metres was steadied when being crossed by KA YING POWER, resulting in ERNEST FEELING then shifting out. After the race, A Hamelin reported that his mount did not travel well during the event and became unbalanced on a number of occasions before failing to finish the race off. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of ERNEST FEELING was considered to be disappointing as compared to its previous race starts. Before being allowed to race again, ERNEST FEELING will be required to perform to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial and be subjected to an official veterinary examination. TOP TOP TEA (H048): Jumped awkwardly and lost ground and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. LYRICAL MOTION (G081): Approaching the 500 Metres was steadied away from YODA’S CHOICE. Near the 150 Metres was bumped by COUNTRY DANCER (B Avdulla) which shifted in and as a result became unbalanced. B Avdulla was reprimanded. After the race, Apprentice E C W Wong reported that his mount jumped awkwardly and as a consequence settled slightly further back than what he had been instructed. Sent for sampling post-race. YODA'S CHOICE (J146): Jumped awkwardly and made contact with the hindquarters of GALLANT GOODY. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. COUNTRY DANCER (H436): Approaching the 500 Metres was steadied away from LYRICAL MOTION. Briefly held up for clear running on the Home Turn. Approaching the 150 Metres was disappointed for clear running between JOY COMING and MULTIDARLING and was shifted to the inside of JOY COMING to secure clear running. After the race, B Avdulla stated that he was asked to hold a position with cover from a wide barrier. He said when his mount began only fairly, he then elected to shift COUNTRY DANCER across behind runners in the early stages to avoid covering additional ground. CRYSTAL POWERFUL (H068): No report. MULTIDARLING (H148): Sent for sampling post-race. SHINKANSEN (H277): Carried wider making the Home Turn by CRYSTAL POWERFUL which shifted out to improve. CHEER FOR SOUTH (H178): Near the 150 Metres, when giving ground, was bumped by LYRICAL MOTION. GALLANT GOODY (H434): Bumped at the start.

15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 8 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 073-061  

LIGHTNING BOLT (G130): Jumped only fairly and then from the outside barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. When finishing the race off reasonably well approaching the 50 Metres, LIGHTNING BOLT struck the heels of PRINCE OF PORTY and blundered badly when disappointed for clear running between READY TO WIN and PRINCE OF PORTY which, when giving ground, shifted out and away from RIGHTEOUS ARION (Apprentice Y L Chung) which improved to the outside of MEGA BONUS to obtain clear running. Whilst the Stewards were satisfied that the manner in which PRINCE OF PORTY was giving ground and that it had shifted out and away from RIGHTEOUS ARION was the cause for LIGHTNING BOLT striking heels, Apprentice Chung was nonetheless advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. NICCONI COUNTY (G208): After the 1000 Metres was steadied away from PRINCE OF PORTY. Sent for sampling post-race. GOLDEN EMPIRE (E490): When questioned regarding the improved performance, Trainer K W Lui stated that he had instructed L Hewitson to go forward and obtain cover. He said GOLDEN EMPIRE was advantaged by being able to obtain a position on the rail behind the leader and this was the reason for the horse’s improved performance tonight. Sent for sampling post-race. ACT OF FAITH (H082): No report. PRINCE OF PORTY (H009): When questioned, Z Purton stated that his instructions were to hold a forward position. He said after riding his mount along in the early stages he was able to obtain a position three wide to the outside of MEGA BONUS. He said whilst his preference was to maintain this position, as PRINCE OF PORTY raced too keenly in the early stages, he was then obliged to allow PRINCE OF PORTY to improve forward with MEGA BONUS in the middle stages to race outside the lead. He added under pressure in the Home Straight PRINCE OF PORTY commenced to give ground and near the 200 Metres shifted in and away from ACT OF FAITH before failing to run on from that point. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race found that horse to be a "roarer” which had previously been reported. CONTI CONTI (J166): Slow to begin. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. HOSS (H055): No report. RIGHTEOUS ARION (H059): Jumped only fairly. Near the 1050 Metres was steadied when crowded by ORIENTAL SMOKE (M L Yeung) which shifted in before being corrected by its rider. M L Yeung was advised to exercise more care and told that he should have reacted sooner than what he did on this occasion. Sent for sampling post-race. MEGA BONUS (E184): No report. ORIENTAL SMOKE (E467): After the 800 Metres was eased away from ACT OF FAITH which shifted out. Near the 600 Metres was steadied when crowded by NICCONI COUNTY (K Teetan) which lay in when being corrected by its rider. The Stewards were satisfied that K Teetan had acted properly in the circumstances to avoid ORIENTAL SMOKE being crowded. READY TO WIN (E422): Jumped only fairly and then was crowded shortly after the start.

15/02/2024  Happy Valley  Race 9 Steward Report

15/02/2024  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  C  1800m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 080-064  

HAMERON (H265): After the race, L Ferraris stated that with the early and middle stages of the event being run outside of standard, when the pace increased from the 500 Metres, HAMERON was unable to finish the race off strongly. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. PRIME MINISTER (D288): Bumped on jumping. Held up making the Home Turn. Near the 100 Metres was held up behind ROMANTIC LAOS and was steadied for a short distance. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. TURIN MASCOT (H165): From a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Making the Home Turn raced tight to the inside of HAMERON. On straightening was disappointed for clear running to the inside of HAMERON and shifted to that runner’s outside where it secured a clear run passing the 300 Metres. Sent for sampling post-race. LEAN HERO (G402): No report. ROMANTIC LAOS (G476): No report. MAJESTIC VICTORY (E441): No report. ACCOLADE START (H331): No report. ESCAPE ROUTE (E273): Jumped only fairly. NICHOLSON RETURNS (E452): Raced wide and without cover from the 800 Metres. A veterinary inspection immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. ALL BEAUTY (E355): From a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. FLAMINGO TRILLION (H192): When questioned, K C Leung stated that near the 1300 Metres when being crossed by MAJESTIC VICTORY, his mount lay in and away from that runner, made contact with the running rail and became unbalanced. Sent for sampling post-race. NOBLE PURSUIT (H324): Shifted out at the start and was bumped. Raced wide and without cover from the 800 Metres. Sent for sampling post-race.