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Sha Tin falls silent in tribute to Willy Kan.

THOSE who knew her best said goodbye to apprentice Willy Kan at Sha Tin last night with a minute's silence as the huge totalisator boards went blank, writes Robin Parke.

The ticket-selling machines which churn out the millions of dollars that keep Hong Kong racing going lay still as the smiling face of the young apprentice tragically killed on Sunday appeared on the giant Diamond Vision screen for the final time.

'In Loving Memory Of Willy Kan' read the simple message, as racegoers who had taken the 20-year-old to their hearts, stood in silence or sat with heads bowed.

Tears rolled slowly down many a cheek and jockeys in black armbands, trainers and owners in the paddock for the first race stood quiet. Grooms stopped walking their horses.

The seven races were run in sombre mood, and there was nothing to brighten an already sad night for Wendyll Woods, who received a five-meeting ban.

The stewards adjudged that his efforts over the final few strides, when he stood up slightly in the irons, cost Auction Venture third place. He will appeal.

Brett Doyle landed a handy winner with Sun Shine River, 2-1 favourite in the second event.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Parke, Robin
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 25, 1999
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