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17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 1 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 5  Shatin  Turf  C+3  1200m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 039-018  

KWAI CHUNG ELITE shifted out abruptly at the start, resulting in TELECOM MISSILE, which began awkwardly, being crowded for room and taken out onto ALLOY STAR which became badly unbalanced after being bumped by TELECOM MISSILE. REGENCY POET and GO BALLISTIC bumped at the start. GO BALLISTIC then became unbalanced and shifted out, resulting in FOR FUN’S SAKE being crowded for room inside UNIVERSAL CROWN. After this, from a wide barrier, FOR FUN’S SAKE was shifted across behind runners. SPICY GRILL was slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted across behind runners. From a wide barrier, UNIVERSAL CROWN was also steadied in the early stages to obtain cover. GO BALLISTIC lost its right front plate near the 900 Metres. Passing the 600 Metres, ALLOY STAR was momentarily awkwardly placed behind SMART CHARADE. FOR FUN’S SAKE had some difficulty obtaining clear running passing the 400 Metres. For some distance approaching and passing the 300 Metres, SMART CHARADE raced in restricted room inside VEGA RHYTHM which was inclined to lay in under pressure. Close to the finishing line, VEGA RHYTHM was awkwardly placed close to the heels of GOLDEN MISSION and consequently was not able to be fully tested over the concluding stages. Throughout the race, REGENCY POET travelled wide and without cover. A veterinary inspection of SMART CHARADE 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, SMART CHARADE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. REGENCY POET, ALLOY STAR and UNIVERSAL CROWN were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 2 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 3  Shatin  Turf  C+3  1000m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 080-062  

FLYING HIGH shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of WHEN YOU BELIEVE which became unbalanced. FLYING HIGH then shifted in a short distance after this and bumped SHINY ONE. CIRCUIT SEVEN, which was fractious in the barriers, began only fairly. CARROLL STREET began awkwardly. Approaching the 600 Metres, SUPER WIN DRAGON was momentarily crowded for room between CARROLL STREET which shifted in slightly and GOOD LUCK CHARM which was awkwardly placed outside the heels of ELON. H T Mo, the rider of EIGHT TRIGRAMS, dropped his whip approaching the 150 Metres. After the race, J Moreira was not able to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of ELON which was having its first race start in Hong Kong today. He said after laying in in the early part of the race ELON came under pressure near the 400 Metres and then did not finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of ELON immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. CARROLL STREET and METRO WARRIOR were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 3 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 3  Shatin  All Weather Track    1650m   Going: WET SLOW  (8.5)    Rating: 079-062  

CLEAR CHOICE shifted out at the start and bumped GAMEPLAYER TIMES. SO WE JOY shifted out at the start and bumped the hindquarters of STAR OF YUEN LONG. After this, from a wide barrier, SO WE JOY was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. SKYEY SUPREME lifted its front feet off the ground as the start was effected and began only fairly. SKYEY SUPREME was then crowded for room between PING HAI TREASURE and TANGMERE which shifted out. SKYEY SUPREME was then ridden along in an attempt to obtain a forward position, however, continued to race tight between PING HAI TREASURE which shifted in marginally and TANGMERE which shifted out after becoming unbalanced as a result of being bumped on the hindquarters by SKYEY SUPREME and then racing tight outside PARTY EVERYDAY which lay out. Passing the winning post on the first occasion, SKYEY SUPREME was steadied when unable to continue to attempt to improve between TANGMERE and PING HAI TREASURE which resulted in SKYEY SUPREME racing back in the field. SKYEY SUPREME was then awkwardly placed inside the heels of GAMEPLAYER TIMES passing the 1400 Metres and was checked away from the heels of GAMEPLAYER TIMES near the 1350 Metres as that horse raced tight inside NOTHING NEW which in turn was racing tight inside STAR OF YUEN LONG. When racing wide passing the winning post on the first occasion, XIANG YIN was steadied to obtain cover. After the 1100 Metres, GAMEPLAYER TIMES was left racing wide and without cover. PARTY EVERYDAY raced with its head on the side and lay out under pressure in the Straight, particularly over the concluding stages. TANGMERE lay out under pressure in the Straight. When questioned, Apprentice K H Chan (STAR OF YUEN LONG) stated that, from the outside barrier, he was asked to allow his mount to improve in the early stages to take up a forward position. He said in accordance with his instructions he allowed the horse to gradually improve its position in the early stages to clear NOTHING NEW near the 1000 Metres. He said he intended to continue forward of PARTY EVERYDAY which was racing on the rail and to do so gradually as he had made some use of STAR OF YUEN LONG to cross runners to his inside and the race was being run at a faster tempo than he would have hoped. He said when he commenced to cross PARTY EVERYDAY after the 900 Metres, he received a call from the rider of PARTY EVERYDAY and therefore he continued to allow his mount to improve with a view to crossing that horse. He said as PARTY EVERYDAY maintained its position inside the heels of STAR OF YUEN LONG, he felt that he would have had to ride his mount along to properly clear that horse and as he did not believe this was in the best interests of STAR OF YUEN LONG, he remained racing one horse off the rail to ensure that his horse was balanced and in the hope that this would benefit it in being able to finish off the race. Apprentice Chan was told that, in the opinion of the Stewards, he had erred in not allowing his mount to improve its position such to cross PARTY EVERYDAY and race on the rail. He was advised that the Stewards felt that after the 750 Metres there was an opportunity to improve slightly without having to ride his mount along to clear PARTY EVERYDAY and race on the rail in the lead. He was further told to ensure that he rides his mounts in such a manner to obtain the best position during a race and not cover unnecessary ground. Apprentice Chan said after this STAR OF YUEN LONG came under pressure and then weakened out of the race over the concluding stages. He said the circumstances of today’s race were different from its last start when the horse finished second after being able to obtain a trailing position with cover during the race. He said STAR OF YUEN LONG may also have not appreciated today’s "Wet Slow” racing surface after performing well on a "Good” track at its most recent run. A veterinary inspection of STAR OF YUEN LONG immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of SKYEY SUPREME immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of XIANG YIN 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, XIANG YIN will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. SO WE JOY and PARTY EVERYDAY were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 4 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 4  Shatin  Turf  C+3  1800m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 059-041  

On arrival at the Start, it was noted that LEADING FORTUNE had blood in its mouth. LEADING FORTUNE was examined by the Veterinary Officer and passed suitable to race. AWE was slow to begin. DAILY CHARM shifted out at the start and bumped CHEERFUL STAR. MORE THAN A HORSE lost ground shortly after the start when buffeted for room between EXALTATION and STUNNING IMPACT, both of which shifted ground. From wide barriers, SMART COUSIN and EZRA were shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the 1550 Metres, MORE THAN A HORSE got its head up when awkwardly placed behind JOYFUL HEART. AWE travelled keenly after the 1400 Metres and commenced to prove very difficult to settle passing the 700 Metres and was checked away from the heels of EXALTATION. Passing the 600 Metres, LEADING FORTUNE and EXALTATION raced tight as LEADING FORTUNE shifted out from behind STUNNING IMPACT. LEADING FORTUNE then raced tight between EXALTATION and STUNNING IMPACT after the 600 Metres. This resulted in LEADING FORTUNE and STUNNING IMPACT bumping passing the 550 Metres. STUNNING IMPACT was then awkwardly placed passing the 500 Metres between LEADING FORTUNE and DAILY CHARM which shifted out. JOYFUL HEART, which was following, was shifted out away from the heels of STUNNING IMPACT in consequence. H N Wong, the rider of SMART COUSIN, dropped his whip after passing the 50 Metres. Close to the finishing line, STUNNING IMPACT was awkwardly placed behind LEADING FORTUNE and consequently was not ridden out all the way to the end of the race. For the majority of the race, EXALTATION travelled wide and without cover. When questioned, C Y Ho (STUNNING IMPACT) stated that after racing outside and behind DAILY CHARM along the Back Straight, he attempted to improve his position after the 900 Metres to make up the ground between his mount and the leaders. He said STUNNING IMPACT immediately came under pressure and he had to ride his mount along stronger after the 800 Metres to try and improve his position. He said STUNNING IMPACT came under heavy pressure prior to the 600 Metres and would not respond to his riding. He said because of the manner in which STUNNING IMPACT raced in the middle stages, he recommended to connections that they consider adding blinkers to the gear of the horse in its future starts. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of EZRA, J Moreira stated that after shifting his mount across behind runners from a wide barrier in the early stages, EZRA was taken wider on a number of occasions after the 800 Metres as he attempted to improve his position. He said after making some ground near the 600 Metres, EZRA came under heavy pressure rounding the Home Turn and got its head on the side and lay out. He said, despite being ridden along in the early part of the Straight, EZRA did not respond to his riding and then failed to finish off the race. He added EZRA did not stretch out in the Straight and did not feel comfortable in its action. A veterinary inspection of EZRA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, EZRA will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. When questioned, Z Purton stated that JOYFUL HEART was not suited by the slow tempo of the race in the early and middle stages. He said JOYFUL HEART was not able to get into a rhythm during the race and because of this was not able to quicken when placed under pressure and subsequently did not finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of JOYFUL HEART immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The Stewards opened an inquiry into V Borges’ riding of DAILY CHARM for a considerable distance after the 1600 Metres. After taking evidence from V Borges and Mr C S Shum, the trainer of the horse, the Stewards adjourned the inquiry until a date to be fixed. JOYFUL HEART, SHANGHAI DRAGON and DAILY CHARM were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 5 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 4  Shatin  All Weather Track    1650m   Going: GOOD  (8.5)    Rating: 058-044  

EL VALIENTE began only fairly. DOUBLE TAKE began only fairly and shortly after the start was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover. GOLDEN FOUR shifted out abruptly at the start, resulting in RUN RUN GOOD being crowded for room inside LONDON LUCKYSTAR. In this incident, all three horses became unbalanced after making contact. After this, both GOLDEN FOUR and LONDON LUCKYSTAR were steadied to obtain cover. From the outside barrier, OH BRAVO was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. At the entrance to the Straight, EL VALIENTE became unbalanced after attempting to shift away from the heels of CROWN AVENUE and in doing so bumping LADY FIRST. After this, EL VALIENTE had some difficulty obtaining clear running. In the early part of the Straight, LONDON LUCKYSTAR improved to be racing tight inside RUN RUN GOOD which was commencing to give ground. Then approaching the 200 Metres, RUN RUN GOOD, which was continuing to give ground, became unbalanced after being bumped by LONDON LUCKYSTAR which was taken out by UNITE SPIRIT (B Shinn). B Shinn was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in similar circumstances. For some distance after the 300 Metres, DOUBLE TAKE raced in very tight running when improving into restricted room inside COOLCELEB. Throughout the race, CROWN AVENUE travelled wide and without cover. A veterinary inspection of CROWN AVENUE, EL VALIENTE and RUN RUN GOOD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. LADY FIRST, UNITE SPIRIT and DOUBLE TAKE were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 6 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 3  Shatin  All Weather Track    1200m   Going: GOOD  (8.5)    Rating: 077-062  

HARMONY SPIRIT shifted out at the start and bumped SINCERE BOY. GOLFMAN STAR began very awkwardly and bumped the inside of its gate on jumping. GOLFMAN STAR was then bumped by GUNNISON shortly after the start. Passing the 800 Metres, HARMONY SPIRIT raced tight inside LOYAL BABY which got its head on the side and lay in away from MAN STAR. LOYAL BABY raced tight inside MAN STAR near the 600 Metres. Passing the 150 Metres, GOLFMAN STAR momentarily raced in restricted room inside SKY SHOW which got its head on the side and shifted in before being corrected by its rider. For the majority of the race, NAMJONG SINGS travelled wide and without cover. After the race, Z Purton (GOLFMAN STAR) reported that after having to ride his mount along in the early stages to obtain a forward position, GOLFMAN STAR did not travel strongly at any stage of the race. He said GOLFMAN STAR was always off the bridle and was never able to travel comfortably. He said GOLFMAN STAR then came under pressure rounding the Home Turn and did not finish off the race. He added he recommended to connections that they consider adding blinkers to the gear of GOLFMAN STAR in its future starts having regard to the manner in which it failed to travel today. A veterinary inspection of GOLFMAN STAR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of LOYAL BABY and SINCERE BOY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. FLYING BONUS and SKY SHOW were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 7 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 4  Shatin  All Weather Track    1200m   Going: GOOD  (8.5)    Rating: 058-042  

JUST NOT LISTENING shifted out abruptly at the start and bumped GALLANT LEGACY, resulting in JUST NOT LISTENING becoming badly unbalanced and being awkwardly placed outside the heels of THOU SHALL SING a short distance after the start. After this, despite being ridden along, JUST NOT LISTENING failed to muster speed. INFINITE POWER and GALLANT LEGACY bumped at the start. BLOTTING PAPER and LITTLE THUNDER bumped on jumping. From the outside barriers, SEVEN HEAVENS and THE BEST HERO were shifted across behind runners in the early stages. After travelling a short distance, LITTLE THUNDER was crowded for room between PEACH BLOSSOMS and BLOTTING PAPER which was taken out by INFINITE POWER which in turn was racing tight outside GALLANT LEGACY. In this incident, LITTLE THUNDER bumped the hindquarters of PEACH BLOSSOMS, causing that horse to become unbalanced. After being bumped by LITTLE THUNDER, PEACH BLOSSOMS shifted out towards the heels of LUCKY RUBY and stumbled. Passing the 900 Metres, JUST NOT LISTENING got its head up when awkwardly placed close to the heels of INFINITE POWER. Near the 750 Metres, LITTLE THUNDER momentarily raced in restricted room between JUST NOT LISTENING and DEMONS ROCK which shifted in before being directed out to relieve the crowding. SEVEN HEAVENS was left racing wide and without cover approaching the 700 Metres. Rounding the Home Turn, THOU SHALL SING was awkwardly placed behind BLOTTING PAPER. Shortly after entering the Straight, C Wong (BLOTTING PAPER) dropped his right rein. Passing the 300 Metres, THE BEST HERO and THOU SHALL SING raced tight between BLOTTING PAPER and GALLANT LEGACY which was commencing to improve to the outside of PEGASUS GLORY. After this, THE BEST HERO was directed to the inside of GALLANT LEGACY. A veterinary inspection of JUST NOT LISTENING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. INFINITE POWER, LUCKY RUBY and PEGASUS GLORY were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 8 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 4  Shatin  Turf  C+3  1400m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 059-041  

FARM BUMPER and MERCURIAL began only fairly. FOCUS shifted out at the start and bumped SUPERB DADDY which in turn bumped DRAGON FORTUNE, causing that horse to become unbalanced. After this, SUPERB DADDY was steadied to obtain cover. CHARGE ON bumped the hindquarters of ZONE D on jumping, resulting in ZONE D becoming unbalanced. After this, from a wide barrier, CHARGE ON was shifted across behind runners. From the outside barrier, RUN DES RUN was also steadied in the early stages to obtain cover. After travelling a short distance, AMAZING KNIGHT was crowded for room between SPEED FAY FAY and IRON KING which got its head on the side and lay in away from SO AWESOME. Approaching the 900 Metres, FARM BUMPER was crowded for room inside SPEED FAY FAY which got its head on the side and lay in away from the heels of SO AWESOME. AMAZING KNIGHT, which was following FARM BUMPER, was awkwardly placed behind that horse in consequence and shifted out, resulting in FLYING SWORD being crowded for room inside IRON KING. Passing the 900 Metres, IRON KING was left racing wide and without cover. Near the 850 Metres, CHARGE ON shifted out away from the heels of ZONE D. CHARGE ON then raced in restricted room between ZONE D which shifted out and RUN DES RUN near the 750 Metres. Passing the 650 Metres, IRON KING and SPEED FAY FAY raced tight as SPEED FAY FAY attempted to improve outside SO AWESOME. Then passing the 600 Metres, SPEED FAY FAY was steadied away from the heels of SO AWESOME when unable to improve outside that horse. FARM BUMPER had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the Straight. Passing the 400 Metres, AMAZING KNIGHT was steadied after racing in restricted room between SPEED FAY FAY and FARM BUMPER which, after shifting to the outside of FOCUS, then had difficulty obtaining clear running. The performance of FOCUS, which finished tailed out, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, FOCUS 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 FOCUS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. After the race, B Shinn reported that SUPERB DADDY did not travel comfortably at any stage of the race and did not stretch out in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of SUPERB DADDY immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, SUPERB DADDY will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. Also after the race, K Teetan (MERCURIAL) reported that after beginning only fairly, he had to ride his mount along in the early stages to make up lost ground. He said MERCURIAL travelled only fairly and came under pressure passing the 600 Metres. He said he had to ride his mount along aggressively rounding the Home Turn, however, MERCURIAL did not respond to his riding and then in the Straight gave ground. He added he was not able to offer any explanation for the horse’s disappointing performance. A veterinary inspection of MERCURIAL immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of IRON KING immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. UNICORNBABY and DRAGON FORTUNE were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 9 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 2  Shatin  All Weather Track    1200m   Going: GOOD  (8.5)    Rating: 100-082  

IGNITING was withdrawn on 16.4.21 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (lame right fore). Before being allowed to race again, IGNITING will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. HIGHLAND FORTUNE and AMAZING CHOCOLATE were crowded for room between GOLDEN DASH and RED DESERT, both of which shifted ground. After this, despite being vigorously ridden along, AMAZING CHOCOLATE failed to show any early speed. WILL POWER was steadied in the early stages to obtain cover. Passing the 1100 Metres, HIGHLAND FORTUNE was awkwardly placed outside the heels of GOLDEN DASH. Approaching the turn near the 700 Metres, LOCKHEED got its head on the side and lay in away from SUNNY BOY. LOCKHEED then made heavy contact with the running rail near the 700 Metres and became badly unbalanced, resulting in LOCKHEED losing ground. VICTORIAM, which was following LOCKHEED, was checked and shifted out away from that horse, resulting in HIGHLAND FORTUNE being taken out and bumping AMAZING CHOCOLATE which was hampered and taken out onto WILL POWER which was bumped by AMAZING CHOCOLATE which was also hampered and taken wider. A veterinary inspection of LOCKHEED immediately following the race found that horse to have sustained a superficial laceration to the right flank. Passing the 100 Metres, VICTORIAM shifted out abruptly under pressure, requiring its rider to stop riding and correct his mount. Then close to the finishing line, VICTORIAM was awkwardly placed behind KURPANY. After the race, Z Purton stated that he attributed GOLDEN DASH’s failure to finish off the race to the horse resenting the kickback after being required to travel behind runners in the early stages as a result of GOLDEN DASH not showing sufficient early speed to take up a forward position despite being ridden along. A veterinary inspection of GOLDEN DASH immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of AMAZING CHOCOLATE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. KURPANY, RED DESERT and SUNNY BOY were sent for sampling.

17/04/2021  Shatin  Race 10 Steward Report

17/04/2021  Class 3  Shatin  Turf  C+3  1400m   Going: GOOD  (2.72)   Rating: 075-060  

PERFECT TO GREAT began only fairly. BEAUTY SPIRIT shifted in at the start and bumped the hindquarters of CHANCHENG PRINCE. From wide barriers, TURQUOISE ALPHA, WHAT A LEGEND and JOLLY HONOUR were all shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover. After the 1000 Metres, MOERAKI travelled keenly after being crossed by TAKING AIM. After the 800 Metres, FLYING VICTORY was left racing wide and without cover. Passing the 100 Metres, CHANCHENG PRINCE was bumped by TURQUOISE ALPHA which shifted out away from the heels of TRUST ME to continue improving. Also passing the 100 Metres, PERFECT TO GREAT shifted in under pressure, requiring its rider to stop riding and straighten his mount. When questioned, M L Yeung stated that it was hoped, from barrier 10, that EXCELLENT CHARIOT would be able to obtain a position with cover behind the speed. He said after beginning positively on EXCELLENT CHARIOT, he commenced to shift his mount across behind runners with a view to obtaining a trailing position behind TRUST ME. He said EXCELLENT CHARIOT, which was up in distance today, took some time to be able to steady in order to take up a trailing position behind TRUST ME which resulted in the horse being left racing wide and without cover after the 1000 Metres. He said, rather than remaining racing wide and covering unnecessary ground, he allowed his mount to improve its position after the 900 Metres to shift in to race outside the lead which resulted in EXCELLENT CHARIOT being ridden further forward today than had been anticipated. Mr P F Yiu, the trainer of EXCELLENT CHARIOT, confirmed the instructions were to obtain cover and he felt that this may be in about midfield or in advance of midfield. He said the circumstances of the race resulted in EXCELLENT CHARIOT being ridden more forward today than had been hoped. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of CHANCHENG PRINCE, C Y Ho stated that he was able to obtain a good position in advance of midfield in the early stages from barrier 2. He said CHANCHENG PRINCE travelled well in the early stages, however, he became concerned with the manner in which the horse was going to finish off the race when he had commenced riding it after the 700 Metres to maintain its position behind TRUST ME. He said CHANCHENG PRINCE came off the bridle and he had to ride the horse along more aggressively after the 600 Metres. He said CHANCHENG PRINCE did not respond to his riding rounding the Home Turn and did not quicken at any stage. He said, despite being ridden out in the Straight, CHANCHENG PRINCE was very disappointing in its failure to finish off the race. He added after the race he could detect nothing amiss with the horse which would explain its disappointing performance. A veterinary inspection of CHANCHENG PRINCE immediately following the race found that horse to have a continuous displacement of the soft palate and also sustained minor lacerations to the right front and right hind fetlocks. Before being allowed to race again, CHANCHENG PRINCE will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. CHANCHENG PRINCE, TAKING AIM and PERFECT TO GREAT were sent for sampling.