DICE never Lied, LIAR could be Allied
The meeting was the last raceday before the long summer.
Full house red flag was hoisted before Race 1.
Racegoers lined up to the tram terminal from the Public Entrance.
4000 badges were sold out ealier in the morning.
More than 2000 people were still crowded outside and waiting for a chance of lucky admission.
Mr. P V C E Liebenschutz’s LIAR DICE won the 85th Hongkong derby.
The winner caught ABACUS on the post and set a new course record for the distance of one mile three furlongs and 65 yards.
The judge called for the photo before announcing the result.
The field of five were all griffin runners of the racing season.
The race was taken along at a good pace by ALICEBER (P Plumbly) leading nearly two third of the race.
When the final straight was reached it was obvious that there were only two horses concerned with the finish.
Bunched and ABACUS (K Kwok) was the first to be called near the home turn.
LIAR DICE (R Tsai ) kept abreast of the leader and the two raced neck and neck up the straight.
ABACUS took a slight lead half-way up the straight and looked to have the race won.
The chestnut gelding ran on gamely to snatch the verdict on the post.
LIAR DICE eventually got his head in front of ABACUS, won by a short head.
ALICEBER was some 15 lengths away in third place.
For most of the punters, LONG TIME NO SEE ( Albert Lam) , was a big disappointment.
The favourite never looked dangerous and was tailed off last.
The finishing time was a fifth of a second faster than the existing record.
The victory provided Mr Tsai with his third win in the event.
1961-05-06_3, he rode WALBROOK to victory for the Derby of the last season.
His third classic Blue Ribbon was also second in succession.
As before the Finale, there came the climax of presentation.
Kenneth Kwok booted a total of 38 winners during the season, the premiership was certain.
His achievement was one better than the all-time record of 37, held by Donald Black.
Race 6, he drove Dr Laing’s GAY MONARCH to win, and won the successive race too.
The wealth was good though with a brief dizzle in Race 9, the last race.
Betting and the pool were heavier than usually.
960 meters = 1/2 mile 170 yards, 1207 meters = 6 Furlong, 1609 meters = 1 mile, 1766 meters = 1 mile 171 yards, 2012 meters = 1-1/4mile, 2816 meters = 1-3/4 miles.
Acknowledgment to Mr Peter Yuen and Mr Kelvin Lee for relevant data.
Acknowledgment to Mr Donald Tsai for offering relevant records and photos.