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22/09/2021  Happy Valley  Race 1 Steward Report

22/09/2021  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C+3  1800m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.7)   Rating: 060-049  

MURRAY’S PARTNERS was very slow to begin. Before being allowed to race again, MURRAY’S PARTNERS will be required to perform satisfactorily in a stalls test. RED ELYSEES (L Ferraris) began awkwardly and then was crowded for room between ZHAN JIANG ROCKS and VILLA FIONN, both of which shifted ground. This resulted in RED ELYSEES racing back in the field. After the race, L Ferraris confirmed that it was intended for RED ELYSEES to be ridden in a forward position in tonight’s race. After this incident, VILLA FIONN was steadied from the outside barrier and shifted across behind runners. Shortly after the start, METHANE was eased away from the heels of FAST PACE which shifted out. At the entrance to the Straight, VILLA FIONN was shifted in away from the heels of GOD OF DRAGON. Passing the 150 Metres, B Shinn (METHANE) dropped his right rein which he was able to regather after the 100 Metres. Over the concluding stages, METHANE shifted in under pressure. After the race, A Badel stated that he attempted to obtain a midfield position on ZHAN JIANG ROCKS, however, in the run to the winning post on the first occasion the horse was left racing wide and without cover. He said rather than continue to race wide, he allowed ZHAN JIANG ROCKS to improve its position to race outside the lead near the 1300 Metres. He said he was able to do this without having to make use of ZHAN JIANG ROCKS and after travelling satisfactorily in the middle stages the horse was then disappointing in the manner in which it failed to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of ZHAN JIANG ROCKS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. FAST PACE and METHANE were sent for sampling.

22/09/2021  Happy Valley  Race 2 Steward Report

22/09/2021  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C+3  1650m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.7)   Rating: 058-041  

MING WARRIOR, SMART FOLKS and STAY CHILL were all steadied in the early stages to obtain cover. Despite being ridden along in the early stages, SAVVY KINGMAN was slow to muster speed and after the 1600 Metres was steadied to obtain cover behind RUN THE TABLE. After the race, J Moreira confirmed that it was intended for SAVVY KINGMAN to be ridden in a more forward position, however, the circumstances of the race in the early stages resulted in the horse racing further back in the field than intended. Passing the winning post on the first occasion, RUN THE TABLE was tightened for room between SCHOLAR and MANNA FROM HEAVEN which got its head on the side and lay in away from RED MAJESTY. When MANNA FROM HEAVEN was shifted out to relieve the tightening to RUN THE TABLE, PEARL CHAMPION was inconvenienced. After being crossed by RED MAJESTY, SCHOLAR shifted out away from the heels of that horse approaching the 1300 Metres, resulting in MANNA FROM HEAVEN racing wide and without cover throughout. JOLLY HONOUR and RUN THE TABLE bumped passing the 600 Metres. Passing the 500 Metres, SAVVY KINGMAN was awkwardly placed close to the heels of RUN THE TABLE. At the 400 Metres, SMART FOLKS was shifted out away from the heels of SAVVY KINGMAN (J Moreira) which shifted to the outside of PEARL CHAMPION to obtain clear running. J Moreira was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in similar circumstances. At the entrance to the Straight, PEARL CHAMPION raced tight outside RUN THE TABLE which shifted out to obtain clear running. Approaching the 250 Metres, MING WARRIOR was steadied when disappointed for running inside STAY CHILL (K C Leung) which shifted to the inside of JOLLY HONOUR when not clear of MING WARRIOR. K C Leung was reprimanded and advised to ensure that he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground in similar circumstances. Passing the 200 Metres, RUN THE TABLE was inconvenienced when SAVVY KINGMAN shifted in under pressure. Passing the 100 Metres, STAY CHILL raced tight inside JOLLY HONOUR which shifted in. RED MAJESTY and SAVVY KINGMAN were sent for sampling.

22/09/2021  Happy Valley  Race 3 Steward Report

22/09/2021  Class 5  Happy Valley  Turf  C+3  1650m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.7)   Rating: 039-020  

On jumping, the left side ear plug carried by OFF THE REEL was dislodged as that horse was being assisted by the starting gate handler in the barriers. PRESIDENT STAR shifted out at the start and inconvenienced KA FORTUNE. BIG BANG BONG was hampered when steadied away from the heels of VICTORIOUS LEADER on jumping when that horse shifted out. RUN RUN GOOD shifted out at the start and bumped SHANGHAI GRACE. After this, despite being ridden along, SHANGHAI GRACE failed to muster speed. From wide barriers, ALL JOYFUL and SUPER KIN were shifted across behind runners in the early stages to obtain cover. WONDERFUL TIGER got its head on the side and hung in rounding the Home Turn. Passing the 300 Metres, OFF THE REEL was shifted in away from the heels of WONDERFUL TIGER (A Hamelin) into tight running between that horse and KA FORTUNE. A Hamelin was advised to ensure that even in difficult circumstances he must make every endeavour to prevent his mounts from shifting ground and causing interference to other runners. After this, OFF THE REEL had some difficulty obtaining clear running. Passing the 100 Metres, SUPER KIN (B Shinn) was directed to the outside of PRESIDENT STAR to improve into tight running between that horse and ANONYMA. As SUPER KIN was improving into the run, ANONYMA raced tight inside KA FORTUNE which, after getting its head on the side and shifting out, was then directed in by its rider and PRESIDENT STAR shifted out marginally under pressure. As SUPER KIN was improving into the run which became tighter as a result of PRESIDENT STAR shifting out and ANONYMA racing tight inside KA FORTUNE, SUPER KIN bumped ANONYMA and became unbalanced, causing SUPER KIN to shift out further and resulting in ANONYMA being checked when crowded for room between SUPER KIN and KA FORTUNE. BIG BANG BONG, which was following ANONYMA, was checked away from the heels of that horse in consequence. The Stewards formed the opinion that at the time that B Shinn directed SUPER KIN out from behind PRESIDENT STAR and committed to improve between that horse and ANONYMA, there was sufficient room for him to be able to do so albeit the running was tight. The Stewards found that as a result of the marginal shift outwards from PRESIDENT STAR and ANONYMA then racing tight inside KA FORTUNE, this resulted in the run between PRESIDENT STAR and ANONYMA tightening. As there were a number of factors associated with this incident, B Shinn was advised that he was given the benefit of the doubt in respect of improving into tight running between PRESIDENT TAR and ANONYMA. He was told that when improving into tight runs, he exercises due care to ensure that other horses are not adversely affected as a result of his movement. Throughout the race, CENTENARY IBIS travelled wide and without cover. After the race, A Badel was not able to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of RUN RUN GOOD. He said the horse may not have appreciated the "Good to Firm” track condition racing first up tonight as RUN RUN GOOD seemed to be reluctant to fully stretch out in the race. A veterinary inspection of RUN RUN GOOD immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of VICTORIOUS LEADER, K C Leung stated that his mount did not travel comfortably at any stage of the race. He said VICTORIOUS LEADER was always off the bridle and was never able to settle into a rhythm. He said the only explanation he could offer for the horse’s disappointing performance was that it may be better suited to racing at Sha Tin, a track it was successful at its last start. He said for this reason he recommended to connections that they consider returning VICTORIOUS LEADER to Sha Tin for its future starts. A veterinary inspection of VICTORIOUS LEADER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. The performance of VICTORIOUS LEADER, a last start winner, was considered unacceptable. Before being allowed to race again, VICTORIOUS LEADER 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 ANONYMA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. KA FORTUNE, ALL JOYFUL and PRESIDENT STAR were sent for sampling.

22/09/2021  Happy Valley  Race 4 Steward Report

22/09/2021  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C+3  1000m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.7)   Rating: 059-047  

SIMPLE DOCTRINE began only fairly and shifted out towards the heels of SUPER COMMANDER, resulting in SIMPLE DOCTRINE losing ground. MOMENTUM GALAXY shifted out at the start and bumped NOIR RIDER. REGENCY STAR shifted in at the start and bumped KA YING SPIRIT which became unbalanced. After this, from a wide barrier, REGENCY STAR was shifted across behind runners to obtain cover. From the outside barrier, TRAVEL DATUK was also steadied in the early stages and shifted across behind runners to obtain a position closer to the rail. Passing the 700 Metres, EUROMISSILE got its head up on a number of occasions when racing keenly and awkwardly placed close to the heels of NOIR RIDER. Then making the turn after the 600 Metres, EUROMISSILE became unbalanced and stumbled when crowded for room between PARTY WARRIOR and SIMPLE DOCTRINE which got its head on the side and made the turn awkwardly. Approaching the 600 Metres, PARTY WARRIOR was left racing wide and without cover. Passing the 300 Metres, MOMENTUM GALAXY was awkwardly placed behind CHEVAL VALIANT. Z Purton (KA YING SPIRIT) 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 out, resulting in NOIR RIDER being unnecessarily crowded for room and losing the running to which it was rightfully entitled after being crowded for room between KA YING SPIRIT and PARTY WARRIOR which was bumped by NOIR RIDER. Z Purton was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 10 October 2021 and to expire on Thursday, 14 October 2021 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays. In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account Jockey Purton’s good race riding record. When NOIR RIDER was hampered, REGENCY STAR, which was following and held up for clear running, was shifted in away from the heels of that horse and then was not able to obtain clear running close to the finishing line. Because of this, REGENCY STAR was unable to be tested over the final 50 Metres. PARTY WARRIOR, MOMENTUM GALAXY and FABULOUS EIGHT were sent for sampling.

22/09/2021  Happy Valley  Race 5 Steward Report

22/09/2021  Class 4  Happy Valley  Turf  C+3  1200m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.7)   Rating: 060-042  

WINNING STEED began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped CHIKORITA which lost ground. TAKINGUFURTHER shifted out at the start and bumped ALL BEAUTY. From wide barriers, AURORA PEGASUS and RED BRICK FIGHTER were shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 1100 Metres, DESTIN raced tight between WINNING STEED and AURORA PEGASUS which shifted in before being directed out to relieve the tightening to DESTIN. For a considerable distance after the 900 Metres, CHIKORITA travelled keenly and got its head up when racing close to the heels of WINNING STEED. For some distance after the 500 Metres, TAKINGUFURTHER got its head on the side and lay out and was awkwardly placed inside the heels of NOBLE DESIRE. CHIKORITA made the Home Turn awkwardly. C Y Ho (MANAGEMENT SUPREME) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that after the 300 Metres after directing his mount in, he failed to correct it in a timely manner which resulted in MANAGEMENT SUPREME shifting in and crowding the room of A SMILE LIKE YOURS, resulting in that horse becoming badly unbalanced when crowded for room inside MANAGEMENT SUPREME. In the circumstances, C Y Ho was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Wednesday, 6 October 2021 and to expire on Monday, 11 October 2021 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). Near the 125 Metres, RED BRICK FIGHTER was shifted in away from the heels of TAKINGUFURTHER. Then over the concluding stages, RED BRICK FIGHTER was unable to obtain clear running when held up behind JOYFUL WIN. Consequently RED BRICK FIGHTER was not tested over the concluding stages. Over the final 50 Metres, CHIKORITA was awkwardly placed close to the heels of MANAGEMENT SUPREME and consequently was not able to be ridden out all the way to the end of the race. Throughout the race, NOBLE DESIRE travelled wide and without cover. A veterinary inspection of TRADER immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of MANAGEMENT SUPREME immediately following the race found that horse to have bled from both nostrils. MANAGEMENT SUPREME, ALL BEAUTY and AURORA PEGASUS were sent for sampling.

22/09/2021  Happy Valley  Race 6 Steward Report

22/09/2021  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  C+3  1000m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.7)   Rating: 079-062  

FLYING GENIUS began only fairly and then despite being ridden along for some distance in the early stages failed to muster speed. HARMONY N BLESSED shifted out a short distance after the start and inconvenienced BRILLIANT LIFE. From a wide barrier, JAZZ STEED was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. Despite being ridden along for some distance after the start, WILD WEST WING failed to muster speed. Making the turn after the 600 Metres, WILD WEST WING, which was racing tight outside GUNNISON, became unbalanced, shifted out abruptly and made the turn awkwardly. K H Chan (WINE AND WINE) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding [Rule 100(1)] in that approaching and passing the 700 Metres as he steadied his mount to obtain cover behind HEART CONQUERED, he permitted WINE AND WINE to shift in when not clear of GUNNISON, resulting in that horse having to be checked away from the heels of WINE AND WINE and losing the running to which it was rightfully entitled. In the circumstances, K H Chan was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 17 October 2021 and to expire on Thursday, 21 October 2021 on which day he may resume race riding (2 Hong Kong racedays). Rounding the Home Turn, as JAZZ STEED was improving to the outside of GUNNISON, JAZZ STEED was shifted out away from the heels of that horse which shifted to the outside of WINE AND WINE. JAZZ STEED (A Badel) then shifted out further, resulting in WILD WEST WING being hampered and having to be directed out away from the heels of JAZZ STEED. A Badel was advised that whilst there was some contribution to this incident by the movement of GUNNISON, nonetheless he was told to ensure that he makes every endeavour to prevent his mounts from shifting ground in similar circumstances. After the race, J Moreira stated that HONG KONG BET was not completely comfortable in its action at any stage of the race. He said the horse was reluctant to stretch out in the early and middle stages and came under pressure after the 500 Metres. He said after riding his mount along vigorously rounding the Home Turn, HONG KONG BET commenced to give ground shortly after entering the Straight and then was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to finish off the race. A veterinary inspection of HONG KONG BET immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, HONG KONG BET will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. A veterinary inspection of FLYING GENIUS immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. HARMONY N BLESSED and HEART CONQUERED were sent for sampling.

22/09/2021  Happy Valley  Race 7 Steward Report

22/09/2021  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  C+3  1800m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.7)   Rating: 078-061  

BIGWOOD was withdrawn on 21.9.21 by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice (left front tendon injury). Before being allowed to race again, BIGWOOD will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. NOTHING NEW began awkwardly, got its head up and then was bumped by GOLDEN SPECTRUM which shifted out, resulting in NOTHING NEW being taken out onto SUPERBELLA which was bumped when crowded for room inside INDICATIVE VOTE. From the outside barriers, INDICATIVE VOTE and VINCY were shifted across behind runners in the early stages. After the 1600 Metres, NOTHING NEW was awkwardly placed between NORDIC SKY and GOLDEN SPECTRUM. When being steadied to obtain cover behind NORDIC SKY, NOTHING NEW got its head up and raced ungenerously for a number of strides when racing tight inside the heels of GOLDEN SPECTRUM. SUPERBELLA, which had shifted in from behind NOTHING NEW, was then awkwardly placed between that horse and VINCY passing the winning post on the first occasion. After the 1500 Metres, XIANG BAI QI raced tight inside DYNAMIC EAGLE which got its head on the side and shifted in away from WEALTHY DELIGHT (Z Purton). DYNAMIC EAGLE then raced tight inside WEALTHY DELIGHT approaching the winning post on the first occasion and then shifted in further away from that horse, resulting in XIANG BAI QI being steadied away from the heels of DYNAMIC EAGLE when unable to maintain its position inside that horse passing the winning post on the first occasion. Z Purton was advised that whilst the Stewards were of the opinion that DYNAMIC EAGLE’s racing manners had contributed to this incident, nonetheless they were of the opinion that he had allowed his mount to shift in and crowded the room of XIANG BAI QI and DYNAMIC EAGLE. Accordingly, he was reprimanded and told to ensure that he leaves comfortable racing room for runners to his inside in similar circumstances. Approaching the 1100 Metres, NOTHING NEW, which was travelling keenly, got its head up when awkwardly placed behind NORDIC SKY. Near the 650 Metres, GOLDEN SPECTRUM raced tight outside the heels of NORDIC SKY which was taken out by DYNAMIC EAGLE. Making the turn near the 600 Metres, DYNAMIC EAGLE got its head on the side and lay in towards the heels of MEANINGFUL STAR. XIANG BAI QI, which was following, was steadied away from the heels of DYNAMIC EAGLE in consequence. Also making the turn after the 600 Metres, NOTHING NEW got its head on the side and lay out. At the entrance to the Straight, GOLDEN SPECTRUM was shifted out away from the heels of NORDIC SKY. After the race, K Teetan stated that although GOLDEN SPECTRUM travelled wide and without cover throughout the race, he still felt that the horse performed disappointingly in that it did not travel comfortably at any stage of the race. He said he was unable to prevent horses from shifting out to his inside along the Back Straight and GOLDEN SPECTRUM was already under heavy pressure after the 600 Metres. A veterinary inspection of GOLDEN SPECTRUM immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Before being allowed to race again, GOLDEN SPECTRUM will be subjected to an official veterinary examination. Also after the race, J Moreira reported that after drawing a wide barrier, SUPERBELLA got too far back in the race to be able to finish off the race as strongly as it did towards the end of last season. He said after being awkwardly placed on heels passing the winning post on the first occasion SUPERBELLA travelled well and in the Straight finished off the race satisfactorily given the circumstances. A veterinary inspection of SUPERBELLA immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. A veterinary inspection of INDICATIVE VOTE immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. MEANINGFUL STAR and WORLD FAMOUS were sent for sampling.

22/09/2021  Happy Valley  Race 8 Steward Report

22/09/2021  Class 3  Happy Valley  Turf  C+3  1200m   Going: GOOD TO FIRM  (2.7)   Rating: 076-061  

TELECOM ROCKET shifted out at the start and bumped SEVEN HEAVENS. MIGHTY VALOR began awkwardly. HERE COMES TED got its head up on jumping and then from the outside barrier was shifted across behind runners in the early stages. From wide barriers, LIKE THAT and RHAPSODY were also steadied in the early stages to obtain cover. After the 1000 Metres, HARMONY N HOME commenced to travel keenly and was very awkwardly placed close to the heels of TELECOM ROCKET. Approaching the 900 Metres, QUADRUPLE DOUBLE was momentarily awkwardly placed behind MIGHTY VALOR, MIGHTY VALOR lay out along the Back Straight. Approaching the 200 Metres, TELECOM ROCKET and HARRIER JET raced tight. Throughout the race, HIGH RISE SOLDIER travelled wide and without cover. After the race, A Badel stated that after beginning only fairly, DECISIVE TWELVE was then bumped by QUADRUPLE DOUBLE. He said he then had to ride his mount along in the early stages in order for DECISIVE TWELVE to obtain a forward position. He said when racing outside QUADRUPLE DOUBLE, DECISIVE TWELVE travelled too keenly in the middle stages and would not relax. He said because of the manner in which DECISIVE TWELVE was travelling, he allowed the horse to improve its position after the 800 Metres to clear MIGHTY VALOR rather than fight his horse. He said by doing this he hoped that DECISIVE TWELVE would relax better. He added DECISIVE TWELVE came under pressure at the entrance to the Straight and then after giving him a limited response in the early part of the Straight then weakened over the concluding stages. He said, in his opinion, DECISIVE TWELVE’s failure to finish off the race was attributable to the horse racing too keenly in the middle stages. A veterinary inspection of DECISIVE TWELVE 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 manner in which MIGHTY VALOR weakened noticeably in the Straight. A veterinary inspection of MIGHTY VALOR immediately following the race did not show any significant findings. Having given consideration to the fact that at its most recent start the rider of MIGHTY VALOR reported that the horse’s action deteriorated in the latter stages which resulted in him easing it down over the final 200 Metres and that MIGHTY VALOR had been found to be lame after a number of its recent races, the Steward will refer this matter to the Department of Veterinary Regulation, Welfare and Biosecurity Policy for further diagnostic assessments. Subject to this assessment, the Stewards ruled that MIGHTY VALOR 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. QUADRUPLE DOUBLE, SEVEN HEAVENS and TRANSCENDENT were sent for sampling.