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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

 

Weather:                  Overcast

Track:                       Soft (7); upgraded to a Soft (6) at 1.58pm after Race 2.

Rail:                          +6m

Penetrometer:          5.5

 

STEWARDS:   T J Vassallo (Chairman), M F Van Gestel, P C Dingwall, R W Livingstone and cadets

C K McIntosh, M W Purse, T J Lee and R W Loughlin.

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

ROYAL RANDWICK:  Saturday, 17 February 2018

RACE 1 – TAB Highway Handicap 1800m

Black Haze- co-trainer Mr M Hawkes advised that Black Haze would now be spelled.

 

RACE 2 – The Luxury Network Pierro Plate 1100m

Legend Of Condor– trainer Mr G Ryan advised that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the horse and the intention was to continue on with the horse’s preparation.

 

RACE 3 – Fairfax & Roberts Jewellers Handicap 2000m

Ready For Success– trainer Mr D Payne advised that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of Ready For Success and indicated that in his view, the horse was not suited, after being slow to begin, having to race inside horses.  Mr Payne advised that the intention was to continue on with the horse’s preparation.

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – Pluck@Vinery Handicap 1200m

Republic – shortly after the start, from its wide barrier, was steadied and shifted in behind runners to obtain cover.  Approaching the 400m, when endeavouring to shift to the outside of Momentum Factor to improve, and when Signore Fox held its position to the outside of Republic, was obliged to shift back in and continued to follow Momentum Factor.  Rounding the home turn, Republic was then briefly held up on the heels of Momentum Factor and shortly after straightening, shifted back to the inside of that runner to improve into clear running.

 

Momentum Factor – after being slow to begin was then steadied when crowded for room between Kara's Hope and Aylmerton, which was carried out by Bold Arial.  Rounding the home turn, was briefly held up behind Aylmerton.  Near the 200m, after shifting to the outside of the heels of Aylmerton to improve into clear running, Royal Witness, which was racing to its outside, was hampered and taken out onto Kara's Hope, which was bumped and carried wider.

 

Aylmerton – raced keenly in the middle stages and approaching the 800m, had to be steadied when placed close to the heels of I'm So Sweet.

 

Signore Fox – raced keenly in the middle stages and near the 600m, had to be steadied away from the heels of Kara’s Hope.  Signore Fox, approaching the 200m, became awkwardly placed on the heels of Momentum Factor, which shifted out to improve.  As a result, Signore Fox had to be directed back to the inside of the heels of that runner to improve.

 

Pindus – when questioned regarding the disappointing performance, G Schofield stated that from his wide barrier, he elected to restrain his mount in an endeavour to find cover whereby he ultimately settled at the rear of the field.  He added that in the middle stages, when the pace was only moderate, his mount commenced to race fiercely and near the 800m, when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Signore Fox he shifted out whereby he then was obliged to race wide and without cover for the remainder of the race.  He further added that from the 600m, he placed his mount under pressure to improve into the race, however it did not respond to his riding and was inclined to lay in in the early part of the straight before weakening over the final 100m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr J Cummings agreed with the views of G Schofield and advised that the intention is to drop the horse back in distance for its next start and that he is also of the view that Pindus may be better suited on a firmer track.

 

Kara’s Hope – when questioned, A Hyeronimus stated that his instructions were to have the filly ridden behind the speed with cover.  He added that after beginning on terms, he allowed his mount to stride forward without unduly pressuring Kara's Hope.  He added that near the 1000m, he was aware that Royal Witness was racing three wide in advance of him and as he did not want to ride his mount along to maintain his position as it may commence to overrace, he elected to allow Royal Witness to cross him near the 900m.  He added that the filly travelled well thereafter, however passing the 600m, his mount came under pressure and responded fairly to his riding thereafter.  He added in his opinion, Kara's Hope may be looking for additional ground.  The Stewards advised A Hyeronimus that he should have made a greater effort to maintain his position behind Bold Arial rather than allowing Royal Witness to be able to cross his mount and further, he must make a greater effort to maintain advantageous positions where possible.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Bold Arial – a post race veterinary examination revealed Bold Arial to have been galloped on on the near hind leg.

 

Royal Witness – a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 2 – TAB Rewards Plate 1200m

Stafford – the gelding underwent a pre-race veterinary examination after sustaining a minor laceration to its near hind leg and was passed fit to race.

 

Primitivo – began awkwardly.

 

Longmu – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.  For some distance passing the 600m, Longmu was steadied when awkwardly played close to the heels of Stafford.

 

One Fire Beach – when questioned regarding his riding in the early stages, rider G Schofield stated that as notified to the Stewards, his instructions were to have the horse ridden in a forward position today.  He added that as his mount began well, he rode his mount forward in an endeavour to comply with his instructions, however when Stafford and Ridicule improved to his inside, and as he felt his mount was not showing enough speed to cross those runners, he elected to restrain his mount in an endeavour to obtain cover behind Stafford.  He added that approaching the 1000m, after he elected to restrain his mount to obtain a trailing position behind Stafford, passing the 900m, his mount commenced to lose ground on that runner despite his urgings.  He added that he continued to ride his mount thereafter to maintain his position, however Primitivo, which was racing in advance of him to his inside, was able to shift out into a one off position, carrying his mount wider.  He said that rather than being caught wide, he then elected to restrain his mount whereby he ultimately assumed a position behind Primitivo at the rear of the field passing the 800m.  G Schofield was advised that when it became apparent he was going to be unable to lead, and after he elected to restrain and take a position behind Stafford, that he should have been more assertive in consolidating that position and wherever possible he should avail himself of advantageous positions where they present themselves.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 


RACE 3 – #Theraces Handicap 1550m

So You Win – slow to begin.  So You Win, passing the 600m, was unable to improve when awkwardly positioned to the inside of Turnberry.  A short distance later, So You Win was steadied in an endeavour to come to the outside of the heels of that runner and when being steadied, made contact with Turnberry on a number of occasions and became unbalanced.  So You Win laid in under pressure in the early part of the straight.

 

Lucky Louie – near the 1350m, had to be steadied when placed in restricted room to the inside of My Song (A Adkins), which shifted in when not clear.  A Adkins was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Angel's Boy – when caught wide without cover in the early and middle stages was allowed to stride forward whereby he ultimately was able to assume the lead approaching the 900m.

 

Tangmere – trainer Mr C Waller was fined $500 under AR140(a) for failing to notify the Stewards that Tangmere had sustained a laceration to the nearside of its cheekbone which required stapling on Friday, 16 February 2018.  Tangmere made the home turn near the 400m awkwardly and then near the 300m, when hanging out, shifted out further resulting in Turnberry having to be steadied to avoid the heels of that runner.  As a result, Turnberry had to be shifted to the inside of the heels of that runner to continue into clear running.  K McEvoy (Tangmere) was advised he must ensure that makes every endeavour to keep his mount in a straight path.

 

Impasse – a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

 

RACE 4 – TAB Handicap 1550m

Weekend Affair – began awkwardly and made contact with Hand From Above, which was taken in onto Vega.  Weekend Affair laid in under pressure in the early part of the straight.

 

All But Gone – began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Budderoo Knight – laid out under pressure in the straight and proved difficult to ride.  When questioned regarding her riding in the middle stages, W Costin stated that she was instructed to lead or take up a position outside the leader.  She said that in the early stages, she obtained a position outside the leader, Danzie.  She added that with a good early tempo, her mount travelled well, however when the pace commenced to slacken near the 1200m, Budderoo Knight commenced to race keenly and rather than restrain and endeavour to have it settle, she elected to allow it to stride forward and cross Danzie near the 1000m and take up the lead.

 

Vega – a post race veterinary examination revealed Vega lost its near and off side hind plates during the race.

 

Miami Dade – when questioned regarding the disappointing performance of Miami Dade, C Reith stated that his mount settled well in behind the speed, however when placed under pressure to improve into the race near the 500m, his mount was left flat footed and was disappointing in its failure to finish the race off.  He added that in his opinion, Miami Dade races better when it is able to lead and dictate terms.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Danzie – B Shinn, rider of third placegetter (beaten by a nose for 2nd), pleaded guilty to a charge under AR137(b) in that he failed to ride the gelding out to the end of the race.  B Shinn's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Thursday, 1 March 2018 and to expire on Thursday, 15 March 2018 on which day he may ride.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 5 – Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap 1100m

Quantrill – which was fractious in the barriers, then reared as the start was effected and lost ground.  Quantrill raced keenly in the middle stages.

 


Last Witness – was slow to begin and failed to muster any early speed.

 

Kennedy – raced keenly in the early and middle stages.  Kennedy, approaching and rounding the home turn, was held up on the back of Spending To Win and was unable to improve until approaching the 300m.

 

RACE 6 – Tab.com.au Handicap 1900m

Feelin The Love – began awkwardly and shortly after shifted out despite the efforts of its rider and bumped Multifacets.  Feelin The Love, approaching the 200m, had to shift to the outside of the heels of Queen Of Heights to continue into clear running. 

 

More Moet – raced keenly in the early stages.

 

Queen Of Heights – raced keenly in the early and middle stages.  Near the 1200m, Queen Of Heights when pulling hard, improved into a position where there was insufficient room inside Bon Equus and as a result, had to be severely checked when placed close to the heels of that runner.  Queen Of Heights, approaching the 600m, had to be steadied when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Cyrus Rocks.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Just Shine – near the 400m, after shifting to the outside of Feelin The Love, was then held up on the heels of Bon Equus when that runner shifted in slightly.  Just Shine then continued to be held up and had to shift back to the inside of the heels of Feelin The Love near the 250m to improve into clear running. 

 

Bon Equus – raced wide and without cover until passing the 1200m.  A post race veterinary examination of Bon Equus, which weakened out of the race over the final 100m, revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 7 – Ranvet Handicap 1250m

Dancers – shortly after the start, from its wide barrier, was steadied and shifted in behind runners to obtain cover.  Dancers raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

 

El Venetian – near the 250m, after being disappointed for a run between Dream I Can and Sprinting To Win, was then held up and unable to improve until passing the 200m.  When questioned regarding the gelding settling towards the rear of the field today, C Reith stated that he was instructed to have the horse positioned in behind the speed.  He added that from the wide barrier, when numerous runners drawn to his inside showed intent to go forward, he elected to restrain his mount in an endeavour to comply with his instructions, however rather than risk being caught wide, he elected to continue to restrain whereby he settled at the rear of the field, which was somewhat further back than he had intended.  Trainer Mr M Dale confirmed the nature of the instructions issued to C Reith as he was of the view there was good speed in the race.  He said that these instructions are consistent with those that were issued at the gelding's most recent start at Sapphire Coast on 4 February 2018.

 

Sprinting To Win – shortly after the start was buffeted between Nationality and Oriental Runner, which, after beginning awkwardly, then shifted out.  Approaching the 200m, the nearside winker became detached from the horse's bridle.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Nationality – when questioned, J Collett stated that he was instructed not to lead and to endeavour to settle in behind the speed.  He added that after beginning particularly well, when runners drawn to his inside were intent on racing forward, and bearing in mind his instructions, he elected to restrain his mount in an endeavour to find cover whereby he was able to take up a position behind Sprinting To Win albeit further back than he had anticipated.

 

RACE 8 – Australian Turf Club Handicap 1100m

Miss Que – raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

My Maher – raced keenly in the early and middle stages and refused to settle.

 

Paris For Me – slow to begin.  Paris For Me, near the 700m, when the pace commenced to slacken, had to be checked to avoid the heels of Conchita. 

 

Sexy Eyes – began awkwardly.  Sexy Eyes, near the 700m, had to be steadied away from the heels of Moccasin Miss. 

 

Chatuchak – after being slow to begin, was then crowded between Serene Miss and Sexy Eyes, both of which shifted ground.  Chatuchak, passing the 700m, had to be checked away from the heels of Paris For Me when the pace slackened.  Chatuchak, after being disappointed for a run near the 250m between Miss Que and Sexy Eyes, then became held up near the 200m and had to be steadied and shifted out away from Mocassin Miss.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Conchita – when the pace commenced to slacken near the 750m, had to be steadied away from the heels of Allegheny.

 

Moccasin Miss – near the 700m, when the pace slackened, had to be steadied when awkwardly placed inside the heels of Serene Miss.  Approaching the 250m, Moccasin Miss, after endeavouring to improve into a tight run between My Mahar and Serene Miss, raced in restricted room when My Maher then shifted out slightly resulting in Moccasin Miss being taken out slightly and then passing the 250m, Serene Miss (App J van Overmeire) then permitted his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Moccasin Miss resulting in that runner clipping heels, blundering and almost dislodging its rider, B Avdulla.  In issuing App Overmeire with a reprimand, the Stewards were mindful of the narrow run that Moccasin Miss was attempting to improve into and the shift out from My Maher, which placed Moccasin Miss in restricted room.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Moccasin Miss to be lame (2/5) in the near fore leg.  Trainer Mr G Portelli was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the mare racing again.

 

GENERAL:  Swab samples were taken from all winners and the following runners:

Race 1:  Bold Arial (2).

Race 2:  Primitivo (2), Ridicule.

Race 3:  Impasse, Tangmere.

Race 4:  Hand From Above, Weekend Affair, All But Gone, Danzie, Budderoo Knight.

Race 5:  Quantrill, Star Crossed, Dissolute (2).

Race 6:  Cyrus Rocks (2), Multifacets, Just Shine.

Race 7:  Irithea (2), Sprinting To Win, Nationality, Oriental Runner.

Race 8:  Serene Miss, Sexy Eyes (2).

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 3: Trainer C Waller (Tangmere) – $500 – failing to report condition [AR140(a)].
Reprimands: Race 8:  Serene Miss (App J Van Overmeire) – careless riding [AR137(a)].
Suspensions: Race 4:  B Shinn (Danzie) – 1.3.18 to 15.3.18 – fail to ride out to the finish [AR137(b)].
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Nil
Certificates: Race 8:  Moccasin Miss (trainer G Portelli) – lame (2/5) in the near fore leg.  
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 2:  One Fire Beach to be ridden more forward; settled back.
Race 6:  More Moet to be ridden conservatively; settled worse than midfield.
Race 8:  My Maher – option available for rider to have the horse ridden more forward if the horse begins well; settled outside the leader.
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Nil
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