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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

 

Friday 17 January 2020

 

Weather:                    Showers

Track:                        Soft (7)

Rail:                           +3m entire

Penetrometer:            5.68

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  W. R. Birch (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht, T. P. Moxon, J. J. E. Earl and Cadet O. J. Fleming and T. J. Hansen.

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Supplementary Report:

Wyong Barrier Trials Friday 20 December 2019

Heat 9:

Stewards acceded to a request from jockey D. McLellan to alter the dates of a suspension he incurred at Gosford on Thursday 16 January 2020. D. McLellan's licence to ride in races is suspended for a period to commence now on Sunday 26 January 2020 and to expire on Sunday 9 February 2020, on which day he may ride.

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LATE RIDER CHANGES

As J. Parr was indisposed due to illness, Stewards permitted the following rider substitutions:

Race 2

H. Bowman (Jor El)

Race 4

H. Bowman (Phemonde)

 

RACE 1: Schweppes Handicap 1100m:

Kuzco Lad – On jumping shifted out abruptly. Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

Call Me Legend – Began only fairly and then was hampered by Havelka, which shifted out. Call Me Legend then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Grindelwald – On jumping was bumped by Cracking Mo, which shifted in.

 

Cracking Mo – Began awkwardly.

 

Deterge – Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

Havelka – Began awkwardly and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. For a short distance leaving the 300m was unable to secure clear running when held up on the heels of Grindelwald.

 

Our Fraulein – When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider J. McDonald stated that the filly endured a nice run just behind the speed and he was satisfied with the manner in which it travelled during the early and middle stages. He added, however, after improving three wide rounding the home turn, Our Fraulein did not respond when asked for an effort in the early part of the straight and proved disappointing in the run to the finish. He added that whilst the manner in which the filly travelled did not indicate to him that it did not handle the soft surface, it was the only explanation he could offer for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. O'Shea informed Stewards that whilst on face value the filly's performance appeared disappointing, he believed that Our Fraulein was forced to race on an inferior section of the track in the straight.

 

RACE 2: Canterbury League Club Handicap 1200m:

Mission Way– Bumped and taken wider on the home turn when Prague shifted out to improve.

 

Bazooka– Slow to begin.

 

Cordyceps Miracle– Slow to begin.

 

Jor El– Prior to the declaration of correct weight, rider H. Bowman made application to the Stewards to have the colt declared a non-starter on the basis that it was denied a fair start. Evidence was taken from Starter Mr P. Svensden, trainer Mr G. Ryan, rider H. Bowman and barrier attendant Mr B. Paine. After considering the evidence provided, together with the Stewards patrol footage, it was established that as the start was effected Jor El reared, despite the efforts of its rider and assisting barrier attendant, resulting in the colt losing considerable ground. Stewards formed the view that Jor El was afforded a fair start and deemed the colt a starter. Trainer Mr G. Ryan was advised that the colt must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

Major Artie– Overraced when being restrained in the early stages to take a position closer to the running rail. When asked for an explanation regarding the colt's poor performance, rider T. Clark advised that after beginning awkwardly he was obliged to settle in a rearward position, which is in contrast with the manner in which the colt was ridden at its most recent start. He added that in his view the colt's inability to race on the speed tonight was the principal factor for its disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott agreed with the explanation offered by rider T. Clark and added that the colt will now be spelled.

 

Prague– On jumping was bumped by Spokesman, which shifted in. Momentarily held up behind Easy Campese approaching the 400m.

 

Spokesman– Slow to begin. Taken wider rounding the home turn.

 

Ile Flottante– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. When tiring rounding the home turn commenced to hang out and made the home turn wide. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 3: Friday Night Racing Handicap 1550m:

Seles– When asked to explain the tactics adopted tonight, which resulted in the mare settling further forward than anticipated, rider J. McDonald advised that in his view the track favoured on-speed runners and after Seles began well he believed it was in the best interests of the mare to take up a more forward position when able to do so.

 

Nicconita– Began only fairly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be lame (2/5) in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr J. Bateman was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Nicconita is permitted to race/barrier trial again

 

Ondo Pasa– When caught wide and without cover in the early stages was eased to obtain a position at the rear of the field near the 1100m. Passing the 400m was momentarily held up on the heels of Satin Rain.

 

Celtic Love– Had difficulty securing clear running between the 200m and the 50m when placed awkwardly to the inside of the heels of Seles.

 

Satin Rain– Began awkwardly.

 

RACE 4: Mirvac Handicap 1100m:

Joliette– After being slow to begin bumped with Phemonoe. When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider J. McDonald advised that the filly travelled well in the early and middle stages, however, was reluctant to hold its ground when taken wider by Phemonoe passing the 500m. He added that the filly was field shy and reluctant to stretch out when taken wider by Plaquette when that filly shifted out passing the 100m. He added that he was satisfied with the filly's performance and believes Joliette would take benefit from the race experience. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Phemonoe– After being slow to begin bumped with Joliette.

 

Mini Boom– Began awkwardly and shifted in abruptly. Laid in under pressure in the latter stages of the straight.

 

Miss Anticipation– Slow to begin.

 

Sweeping Statement– Passing the 150m was bumped and taken wider when Phemonoe shifted out to improve.

 

Plaquette– Began awkwardly and from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When asked to explain his riding of the filly rounding the home turn and whether there was an opportunity to improve wide on the track passing the 400m, rider T. Berry stated that he was instructed to improve closer to the running rail, if possible, as connections believed the ground out wider to be inferior tonight. He added that passing the 400m Phemonoe was travelling well in advance of him and he believed it would be best for the competitive chances of Plaquette to trail that runner into the straight rather than attempt to improve around Joliette, which appeared to be under pressure, and Torsiton, which had raced wide throughout the event. After viewing the relevant footage of the race, Stewards accepted T. Berry's explanation.

 

Torsiton– Rider App. C. Williams reported that in the early stages he endeavoured to restrain his mount to take up a position trailing Sweeping Statement one off the fence, however, the filly did not respond and raced fiercely, resulting in him being unable to secure that position when Phemonoe and Joliette improved to his inside. He added that as a result he was forced to race wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

RACE 5: TAB Handicap 1100m:

Rafha's Choice– Slow to begin and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 700m raced fiercely at the heels of Revenire. Had difficulty securing clear running from entering the straight until passing the 100m.

 

Kawaikini– When asked for an explanation regarding the poor performance, rider T. Berry stated that the mare raced fiercely for a short distance in the middle stages when the pace steadied, however, was under pressure rounding the home turn and failed to respond to his riding in the straight. He added that whilst the mare had raced well on rain-affected surfaces in the past, it was the only explanation he could provide for the poor performance tonight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Kawaikini.

 

Soul Star– Stable representative Ms A. Neesham, representing co-trainers Mr C. Maher and Mr D. Eustace, was fined $100 under LR35(2) for the late declaration of App. R. Dolan as the rider of the mare. Slow to begin (2L).

 

Monte Ditto– Began awkwardly.

 

Tessera– Shortly after the start was crowded by Intrinsic, which shifted in. Tessera then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 6: Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap 1900m:

High Power– Held up and unable to improve approaching and rounding the home turn, and then raced in restricted room in the early part of the straight.

 

Life O'Brien– When the pace steadied passing the 1300m, overraced at the heels of Snippetspeed, and when being restrained by its rider, shifted out and then was obliged to race three wide without cover for the remainder of the event. App. C. Williams reported that the gelding made an abnormal respiratory noise throughout the event. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Notwithstanding this, bearing in mind the rider's report, trainer Mr P. Bloomfield was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, would be required before Life O'Brienis permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

National Guard– Slow to begin. Overraced in the early stages.

 

De Valera– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Held up and unable to improve approaching and rounding the home turn, and then was obliged to shift several horses wider in the early part of the straight to secure clear running.

 

Newtown Bluebag– Raced wide until passing the 1000m.

 

Austria– Overraced in the early stages. When asked for an explanation regarding the tactics adopted approaching and rounding the home turn, and in particular the reasons he did not improve wide on the track throughout this portion of the race, rider J. McDonald stated that he was content to remain trailing the race favourite into the straight and secure clear running on straightening rather than have to cover additional ground around Newtown Bluebag in what he believed to be an inferior part of the track. He added that after securing clear running on straightening, Austria had every opportunity to run down the race favourite and eventual winner, Cisco Bay, however, was unable to do so. Stewards accepted the explanation tendered by J. McDonald.

 

Speed Hero– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 7: Kia Evening Star 1550m:

Zeppelin– Rider J. McDonald reported that after being slow to begin he angled his mount to the outside of the heels of Electric Charlie and considered improving to a forward position in the early stages. He added that approaching the 1300m he felt Zeppelin was not travelling well enough to progress forward and work around Tobermory and he therefore elected to take cover one off the fence trailing Electric Charlie. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Tobermory– Passing the 500m became unbalanced and lost ground when bumped by Night Of Power, which shifted out slightly.

 

Weekend Affair– Stewards permitted T. Marquand to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54.5kgs.

 

Zidane– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 500m had to be momentarily steadied from the heels of Weekend Affair.

 

RACE 8: The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1250m:

General Soho – Bounded on jumping, and then from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight. Near the 150m had to be checked after improving into a run to the inside of Blazing (T. Clark) where there was doubtful room, which was further reduced when Blazing shifted in. Both T. Clark and App. S. Clenton (General Soho) was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Handfast – Began only fairly. Leaving the 1000m, when racing fiercely, had to be steadied when momentarily tightened for room between Napster and Quantico (J. McDonald), which shifted in. J. McDonald was reprimanded and advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Quantico – When asked for an explanation regarding the disappointing performance, rider J. McDonald stated that he was satisfied with the manner in which the colt performed, bearing in mind that it raced fiercely when forced to travel three wide and without cover in what proved to be the inferior part of the racing surface tonight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be slow to recover. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Quantico.

 

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the 100m under AR137A(5)(a)(ii).  Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

Race 6

T. Berry (Cisco Bay)

6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Call Me Legend, Grindelwald (2), Cracking Mo

Race 2: Bazooka, Easy Campese, Spokesman, Ile Flottante (2)

Race 3: Seles, Ondo Pasa, Task And Purpose, She's Ideel (2)

Race 4: Deep Crystal, Joliette, Mini Boom, Sweeping Statement

Race 5: Intrinsic (2), Manzana

Race 6: National Guard, Austria

Race 7: Dalmatia Prince (2), Zidane

Race 8: All From Scrap, Blazing, Quantico

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Race 5: Co-trainers C. Maher & D. Eustace (Soul Star) fined $100 – late declaration of rider (LR 35(2)).

Reprimands:

Race 8: J. McDonald (Quantico) careless riding shifting in (AR131(a))

Suspensions:

Wyong Barrier Trials 20/12/2019 – Heat 9:D. McLellan (Oakfield General) 26/1/2020 to 9/2/2020 – improper riding (AR131(a)).

Bleeders:

Nil

Warnings:

Nil

Trials:

Race 2: Jor El (trainer G. Ryan) barrier manners.

Certificates:

Race 3: Nicconita (trainer J. Bateman) lame (2/5) near-foreleg.

Race 6: Life O'Brien (trainer P. Bloomfield) including endoscopic examination results

Fall/Injuries:

Nil

Tactics Notified:

Race 3: She's Ideel to be ridden further forward: Settled mid-field.

Race 6: National Guard to be ridden further forward: Settled back.

Race 8: Handfast to be ridden further forward: Settled mid-field.

Change of Colours:

Nil

Change of Gear:

Nil

Follow up:

Race 5: Kawaikini (trainer J. Coyle) post-race condition.

Race 8: Quantico (trainer J. O'Shea) post-race condition.

 

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