One Walk-over in Five Wins
1938-02-22 was the third day of the remarkable 5 days Annual Race Meeting in spring at Happy Valley.
The races of the second day were held under splendid conditions, and thousands of punters attended chiefly to witness the running of the classic event, the HongKong Derby.
The third day of the meeting was again favored by the good weather, only punters were not as many as yesterday.
Annual Race Meeting, the 2nd Day
He appeared to have race well and truly won until Mr Moller gradually brought SIKYLIGHT out of the ruck to overhaul him.
The pony bounded forward at every shake of the whip and in powerful strides passed the post a truly gallant winner by three length.
Annual Race Meeting, the 3rd Day
The fortune gave to one punter too, that made punters and other owners astonished and envy.
|1||FINAL TRIUMPH||Kwok Hin Wang||Kalgan Plate||1 mile||23||21.6||2.07.3|
|5||ROSE EVELYN||Eu Tong Sen||Royal Navy Cup||1 mile 171 yards||7||6.4||2.18.2|
|7||CAMERONIAN||Eu Tong Sen||American Club Cup||1 mile 171 yards||1||– – –||– – –|
|8||SMILING THRU||Eu Tong Sen||Governor’s Cup||1 mile||15||10.7||2.04.4|
|11||DESERT CHIEF||Eu Tong Sen||Racing Stakes||1 mile||4||5.3||1.59.2|
Race 1 – The Kalgan Plate
There was a big field to run, BORRACHITO (Mr A Noodt) slightly in the lead first until they passed the Observer’s Box.
When FINAL TRIUMPH moved up from about the middle and ran strongly to challenge the leader.
After the neck to neck fight, it won only by half length, BORRACHITO second, CUBAN LOVE (B.L.Tao) third.
Race 5 – Royal Navy Cup
The leading ponies were followed by CORONATION DAY
(Mr S W Tang) and GOLD COIN (Mr B L Tao),
Finally ROSE EVELYN had four length at the finish, result in that order.
Race 7 – The American Club Cup
Something of a sensation was caused in the race.
Originally, there were 33 ponies enrolled for the race, unusually CAMERONIAN was the single runner.
Mr Eu Tong-sen led in the pony and was greeted with loud cheers.
Race 8 – The Governor’s Cup
PLANCHET (Mr V V Needa) led the way for the first half but fell away after that.
SMILING THRU was kept in the fourth position then he ran confidently with fine style after passing the Observer’s Box.
At last he won by half a length to GOLDEN COW (Mr S C Liang), SALVAGE MASTER (Mr D Black) followed.
Race 11 – The Racing Stakes
It was a race where only four ponies went to the post,.
DESERT CHIEF (Mr C Encarnacao) ran to the front first from barrier and cut out.
Finally he won the race easily in a canter inside 2 minutes, finishing many lengths in front of JOBER (Mr B L Tao) which was a length again in front of LANCASHIRE LASS (Mr A Noodt).
CAMERONIAN brought him two wins.
Owner Eu Tong-sen scored four wins and two thirds.
Zhangjiakou means “Zhang family gate” built by Governor General Zhang Jen in 1529. Older name for the town was historically known to the Europeans as Kalgan until the mid 20th century.
This name derives from the Mongolian name of the city, Cighulaltu qaghalgha or shorter, “haalgan” which means “the gate” (in the Great Wall). As the gate size is small.
Walk Over or Walk-over, or Walkover: An event where only one runner participates in a race.
In English, a walkover or W.O. (originally two words: walk over ) is the awarding of a victory to a contestant because there are no other contestants, or because the other contestants have been disqualified or have forfeited (the winner has merely to walk over the finishing line).
The term can apply in sport, but can also apply to elections. This is also referred to as winning by default . The word is used more generally by extension, particularly in politics, for a contest in which the winner, although not the only participant, has little or no competition.
Acknowledgment to Mr Peter Yuen and Mr Kelvin Lee for relevant data.
Acknowledgment to HKJC Racing Registry for offering relevant records.