Carrie Lam tours Sha Tin as hopes of Derby day crowd grow

Hong Kong Chief Government Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor toured the Jockey Membership’s Sha Tin amenities at some level of the week to search out out regarding the preventive measures set in space at some level of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jockey Membership chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges used to be readily on hand on Thursday to indicate Lam the testing procedures which fetch been outmoded at some level of the last 12 months to guarantee racing has persisted in Hong Kong.

Tens of hundreds of tests fetch been done by the Jockey Membership on jockeys, trainers and workers since the starting up of the pandemic in an are trying and obtain a racing bubble, which Engelbrecht-Bresges said Lam used to be alive to to search out out about.

“She wanted to realise how we address it all in a disaster so we gave her a rundown on our probability overview, how our actions are managed after which confirmed her what we attain on a flee day. She used to be impressed,” he said.

Horses race in front of an empty Sha Tin grandstand. Photo: Kenneth Chan

With the Jockey Membership kicking HK$184 million into executive coffers in making a wager accountability at some level of Sunday’s meeting on my own, it is puny wonder Lam used to be to search how the indicate persisted in the face of Covid-19.

Jockey Membership officials are hoping Lam’s talk over with will support their trigger as they put collectively to lift extra other folks support to the races subsequent week if the executive relaxes restrictions as anticipated.

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“I am assured that if the necessity of cases continues to return down that from Thursday we are able to operate barely bit otherwise,” Engelbrecht-Bresges said. “We’re having a look to fetch extra homeowners and extra people here after which now we fetch to search when we are able to introduce the public.”

With the Hong Kong Derby five weeks away, Engelbrecht-Bresges revealed he hoped to unveil plans that would possibly perhaps perhaps search “5-8,000 other folks” there for the metropolis’s most prestigious occasion.

Horses parade at Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

There fetch been as soon as hopes December’s Hong Kong Global Races would possibly perhaps perhaps properly be flee below the the same scenario nonetheless the upward thrust of the fourth wave of Covid-19 set paid to that.

“If the numbers protect coming down, most likely the scenario we as soon as had for the worldwide races would possibly perhaps perhaps properly be feasible all but again, that is about 5-8,000 other folks,” he said. “I mediate that’s the entirely factor we passed over on the new time, the public.”

With most of Hong Kong’s making a wager public now put up with online accounts, Sunday’s Lunar Contemporary Year meeting used to be a bumper one with a file HK$1.84 billion punted.

Soumillon wonders what can fetch been

Christophe Soumillon signed off his non eternal stint with a double, saluting aboard the Danny Shum Chap-shing-professional pair of Dandy Years and Decisive Action forward of heading to the airport wondering what can fetch been.

After testing sure for Covid-19 on the Breeders’ Cup in November and missing two Community One-obliging rides, a testing irregularity seen Soumillon missing the obliging breeze aboard Normcore in the Community One Hong Kong Cup on global day.

A pair of suspensions then hampered the Belgian’s are trying and grasp momentum nonetheless he calm managed 11 winners from 96 rides and hopes to repeat his Hong Kong sojourn subsequent season.

Christophe Soumillon celebrates his win aboard Decisive Action with trainer Danny Shum. Photo: Kenneth Chan

“My stint wasn’t too nefarious, I don’t search it primarily admire going out on a high however it’s no longer nefarious to fetch two winners,” Soumillon said.

“I was fully cheerful to be here, I had 11 winners and it used to be a factual win. I hoped I would possibly perhaps perhaps rep some extra massive races nonetheless what took space between the Breeders’ Cup and the Hong Kong Cup, I’m used to be staunch fully cheerful to indicate all people I was calm here.”

The double took Shum to 33 winners for the season, firmly entrenched in sixth subject in the trainers’ premiership 10 victories slack leader Caspar Fownes.

Cruz’s bittersweet Chinese language Contemporary Year Cup victory

Tony Cruz snared his 2nd Chinese language Contemporary Year Cup on Sunday nonetheless the grasp trainer admits he couldn’t support nonetheless be a touch disenchanted he didn’t inch away with a obtain quinella as he had anticipated.

The 64-year-extinct took both Elegance Smile and California Rad into the Class One 1,400m contest, with the previous storming home below jockey Matthew Chadwick to snatch the prize.

It used to be California Rad’s disappointing seventh that left him scratching his head after the galloper started a $2.60 favourite.

“We had been very assured. I thought it would be a obtain quinella,” he said. “I’m very disenchanted with the opposite horse – most likely there used to be one thing I passed over with him.”

Whereas Elegance Smile is eligible to flee in the four-year-extinct sequence, Cruz is decided to ignore the temptation to flee him in the Derby over 2,000m subsequent month and plans to protect him to shorter trips while racing with a ranking in the 90s.

“There’s one more [Class Two] in March over 1,400m, he’s eligible for that – I mediate I’d drag that arrangement,” he said.

It marked the major of two winners on the day for Chadwick, who furthermore saluted aboard Belief Me for Dennis Yip Chor-hong to switch his season total to 17.

Cruz used to be fully cheerful to fetch his former apprentice in the saddle, who took his file to two-from-two on the horse.

“He rode a ideal flee, he’s using with self belief now, especially on this horse,” he said.

Piccone and Chau suspended

Frenchman Tony Piccone and in-construct apprentice Jerry Chau Chun-lok are put for stints on the sidelines after pleading responsible to a pair of careless using charges on Sunday.

Piccone fell heinous of the stewards for his breeze aboard Seize The Spirit in the Class 5 Red Packet Handicap (1,400m) after causing interference on the 75m impress. He’ll leave out the playing cards on March 7 and 10.

Jerry Chau (right) is nosed out aboard Duke Wai at Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Chau used to be rubbed out for two conferences and fined HK$40,000 for his breeze aboard Duke Wai in the Class Two Paunchy Choi Handicap (1,200m) after causing interference on the 250m impress.

Whereas Chau went on to flee 2nd in the flee, stewards found Chau shifted in on Roman Turbo which in flip hampered Elegance Bustle, Sky Field and Californiadeepshot.

The seven-pound apprentice will leave out the conferences on February 24 and 28.


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