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Ascot stewards' report

ASCOT STEWARDS' REPORTS - FIRST FIVE RACES
 
Race 1 - 1:25pm QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP (Group 2)
An enquiry was held to consider interference approximately half a furlong out when the winner, STRADIVARIUS (IRE), ridden by Frankie Dettori, interfered with THOMAS HOBSON, placed second, ridden by Oisin Murphy. Dettori was suspended for three days for careless riding as he had allowed his mount to drift right-handed towards the rail without sufficient correction, causing Murphy to take a check and switch off heels.
 
Race 2 - 2:00pm QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SPRINT STAKES (Group 1)
An enquiry was held to consider why Henry Candy was running LIMATO (IRE) here at Ascot on going described as Soft, having declared the gelding a non-runner at Ascot on October 6, 2018 on ground with the same official description. The trainer stated that in his opinion, due to the drying conditions, the ground would be riding quicker than the official description, and being LIMATO (IRE)'s last race of the season, he was happy for the gelding to take his chance.
Permission was given for BRANDO and DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (IRE), to wear a hood in the Parade Ring. Further permission was given for DREAM OF DREAMS (IRE) and LIBRISA BREEZE to go early to post, and for PROJECTION to go early to post, be mounted in the chute and be led to post.
Jamie Spencer, the rider of BRANDO, placed fourth, was suspended for two days for using his whip above the permitted level from approaching the final furlong.
 
Race 3 - 2:40pm QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS FILLIES & MARES STAKES (Group 1)
The Stable Inspecting Officer reported that a tack box belonging to Luca Cumani, the trainer of GOD GIVEN, had been brought into the Racecourse Stables containing two unlabelled substances believed to be shampoo and an electrolyte. Luca Cumani, the Stable Inspecting Officer and the Veterinary Officer were interviewed. The trainer explained that the substances had been mistakenly taken into the yard in the tack box. Being satisfied that the filly had received only normal food and water by mouth on the day of racing, the Stewards allowed GOD GIVEN to run and informed Cumani that the filly would be tested post-race. They further confiscated the substances, informed Cumani that they would be sent for analysis, and referred the matter to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority.
Permission was given for LAH TI DAR and GOD GIVEN to wear a hood in the Parade Ring.
Approaching the final two furlongs, HYDRANGEA (IRE), placed fifth, hung quickly right-handed before being corrected by the rider, taking KITESURF, placed fourth, off its intended line. After viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved.
 
Race 4 - 3:15pm QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAKES (Group 1) (Sponsored by QIPCO) (British Champions Mile)
Permission was given for CENTURY DREAM (IRE) and HEY GAMAN to wear a hood in the Parade Ring.
Donnacha O'Brien, the rider of I CAN FLY, placed second, was suspended for seven days and fined £2,050 for using his whip above the permitted level in the final one and a half furlongs. 
The performance of BEAT THE BANK, which finished unplaced, was considered. Andrew Balding reported that the gelding was unsuited by the Soft ground, and would prefer a quicker surface. 
Following the race, P J McDonald reported that LAURENS (FR), unplaced, stopped quickly. James Doyle reported that ADDEYBB (IRE), unplaced, stopped quickly; the gelding was routine tested.
 
Race 5 - 3:50pm QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES (BRITISH CHAMPIONS MIDDLE DISTANCE) (Group 1)
MONARCHS GLEN, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Robert Havlin, had failed to Parade as required in the Conditions of the race. Being satisfied that this was due to circumstances out of the rider's control, no further action was taken.
Shortly after the start, VERBAL DEXTERITY (IRE), placed sixth, was left short of room when CAPRI (IRE), placed fourth, edged left-handed at the same time as the winner, CRACKSMAN, edged marginally right-handed. After viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved and it had not improved the placing of any horse. 
Following the race, the Veterinary Officer reported that CRYSTAL OCEAN, placed second, had lost its left-hind shoe.
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