I CANNOT profess to be an expert on timing matters in Hong Kong but the same general principles of the effect of inefficiency on overall times apply there as anywhere else.

As such, it is possible to infer that the four big turf races at the recent Hong Kong International meeting were well run, as they all resulted in race finishing speeds (last 400m speed for leaders compared to overall race speed) of between 99.8% and 101.0%, when slightly higher might be expected given race distances and track configuration.