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Flemington stewards' report

VRC @ Flemington

 

Date: Saturday June 9th 2018
Track: Good 4
Going Stick: 8.9; Shear 9.7
Weather: Fine
Rail: +6m entire circuit
Stewards Panel: Terry Bailey (Chairman), Robert Cram, James Hitchcock, Joelene McSwain & Simon Carey

 

 

Race 1- Eugene Gorman Handicap - 1100m:

Ruban Bleu - after rearing in the mounting yard and casting its near hind plate, had to be re-plated behind the barriers which delayed the start slightly.

Good N Fast - began awkwardly. Held up briefly passing the 300m.

Crossing The Abbey - hampered at the start when tightened for room by Anthemoessa which began awkwardly and shifted in abruptly.

Braddock - slow to begin.

Steamboat Sally - began awkwardly and was slow to begin. Hampered at the 700m when contacted on the hindquarters by The August.

The August - raced keenly through the early stages and near the 700m was checked to avoid the heels of Propelle and when doing so shifted in and made contact with Steamboat Sally, unbalancing that filly.

Crossing The Abbey - laid out under pressure over the concluding stages.

Anthemoessa - rider Stephen Baster reported the filly was not suited racing wide down the Flemington straight for the first time.

Propelle - rider Damien Thornton reported his mount raced keenly in the early stages and in his opinion would be better suited racing around a bend. A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be lame in the near foreleg and will require a veterinary clearance prior to racing again. A swab sample was also taken for analysis.

Expedius - rider Regan Bayliss reported that the gelding raced flat and may be at the end of its preparation. A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off foreleg and will require a veterinary clearance prior to racing again and the stable advised that Expedius would now be spelled.

 

Race 2- Trevor Clarke Handicap - 2500m:

Crafty Cruiser - the explanation of trainer Bryce Stanaway for presenting the gelding late on course due to transport difficulties was accepted. Rider Anthony Darmanin pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR137(b) for failing to ride his mount out to the winning post. Anthony Darmanin was fined the sum of $300.

Lycurgus - raced three wide without cover from the 2200m until near the 1400m. Rider Ben Thompson was questioned regarding his tactics between the 700m and 400m, the query being whether he could have put his mount under more pressure at that stage, given the leader (Choysa (NZ) had established a big margin. He explained that the gelding was not travelling well enough to put his mount under more pressure that far from the finish, given the race was run at a genuine pace, and by the time he had reached the clocktower (150m), his mount’s run had ended and took no more ground off the winner from that point.

Swacadelic (GER) - when questioned, apprentice Ethan Brown explained that the gelding was not suited to the way the race panned out today. When Choysa led by a big margin he was obligated to put him under pressure from the 1000m and therefore had to sustain a long run, which is in contrast to the gelding being able to sit and sprint. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Hursley (NZ) - rider Dwayne Dunn reported his mount was disappointing and may be better suited over 2000m. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Sly Romance (NZ) - a post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off foreleg and will require a veterinary clearance prior to racing again.

 

Race 3- Bruce Gadsden Handicap - 1400m:

Ambitious Gem - slow to begin and was then crowded for room by Remember The Name, which began awkwardly and shifted in. Hampered at the 50m after being brushed by Smooth Landing. Then shifted out and made contact with Hinchin Time unbalancing that filly.

Smooth Landing - slow to begin after getting its head down just prior to the gates opening.

Mintha - began awkwardly.

Jackanna - raced three wide without cover.

Music Of The Night - eased off the heels of Hinchin Time at the 400m.

Island Daze - near the 50m became unbalanced when brushed by Lady Of Crebilly, which had been taken in by Mintha (Beau Mertens) which shifted in; rider Beau Mertens was issued with a severe reprimand and notified he must straighten his mounts sooner than he did on this occasion.

Hinchin Time - became unbalanced at the 50m when brushed on the inside by Ambitious Gem.

Jessamin - steadied approaching the finishing line when racing neatly on the inside of Smooth Landing which had shifted in slightly.

Absolute Heaven - when questioned, apprentice Fred Kersley explained that it was not by design that his mount shifted out negotiating the home turn, as the filly did it of her own accord as she had some difficulty negotiating the turn and his main focus was to keep the horse balanced, and at the time he was certainly not aware of the stablemate (Remember The Name) racing to his inside.

 

Race 4- L V Lachal Handicap - 1800m:

Ma Jones - fourth placegetter; correct weight was delayed when rider Dean Yendall viewed the photo finish print before agreeing with the judge’s decision.

Jaminzah - connections advised would be ridden closer due to perceived lack of speed; settled towards the rear of the field. Near the 1500m attempted to savage Silvera and a warning will be placed on the gelding’s record. Unbalanced at the 450m when brushing Balcazar.

Silvera - connections advised would be ridden more forward due to the perceived lack of speed; settled mid-field. Slow to begin. Raced three wide without cover. Rider Regan Bayliss stated that he was satisfied with the performance, given that his mount raced wide. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.

Lizard Island - connections advised would be ridden off the speed; settled mid-field. Over-raced in the early and middle stages.

Balcazar - brushed and taken out off its course at the 450m by Jaminzah which shifted out. The Stewards reviewed the video footage of the incident prior to declaring correct weight.

Curragh - when making ground over the concluding stages was inconvenienced by Spanner Head, which shifted in before being straightened.

Second Bullet - rider Noel Callow reported that his mount was required to work too hard in the early stages to find the lead and then after that his mount did not settle as he would have liked. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 5- Ken Cox Handicap - 1000m:

Sunday Escape - slow to begin. Laid in over the concluding stages.

Ability - a post race endoscopic examination detected a degree of mucus that may have affected the gelding’s racing performance and a veterinary clearance is required prior to racing again.

Malibu Style - apprentice Fred Kersley reported his mount was satisfied with the performance given the gelding was required to race by itself down the middle of the straight  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Lady Esprit - rider Regan Bayliss stated that the mare was not suited by the fast tempo of today’s event and in his opinion, is better suited to racing around a bend. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 6- TAB/ATA Celebrates Women Trainers Handicap - 1400m:

Emoji - the explanation of trainer Grahame Begg for presenting the gelding late on course due to traffic difficulties was accepted. Steadied for a few strides near the 50m when crowded for room between Mantastic (IRE) and Miles Of Krishan which both shifted ground.

Mantastic (IRE) - equal second placegetter; prior to correct weight rider Dean Yendall viewed the photo finish print before agreeing with the judge’s decision. Stood flat footed and was slow to begin.

Stormsabrewing (NZ) - raced wide without cover.

Overstep - rider Craig Newitt was questioned regarding the tactics he adopted rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight. Craig Newitt explained that his instructions were to go back from the wide barrier and ensure he got cover and not to expose his mount too soon in the straight to ensure that the mare ran out the 1400m. He added that in hindsight it took him some time from the 600m to get out onto the back of Dusty Jack but he conceded he should have exposed his mount sooner than he did from the 400m. The instructions were confirmed by the stable.

 

Race 7- Rod Johnson Handicap - 1400m:

Amovatio - stood flat footed and was slow to begin.

Zebrinz - began awkwardly.

Brown Ben -eased at the 800m when it became unbalanced for a stride.

Cool Chap - when questioned regarding the tactics adopted in the home straight, apprentice Fred Kersley explained that he was instructed to ride the gelding patiently and endeavour to utilise the gelding’s sprint, which is approximately 200m. He reiterated that from the 300m he had endeavoured to start riding his mount along, as he was mindful that the gelding does not finish its races off when placed under pressure too soon. Co-trainer Tom Dabernig confirmed the instructions and expressed satisfaction with the ride.

Urban Ruler - rider Jye McNeil could offer no explanation for the performance other than gelding may be better suited on a track with more give. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 8- Henry Bolte Handicap - 2000m:

Cleo’s Poet - began awkwardly and shifted in abruptly.

Monmouth - lost its footing at the start and was then checked off the heels of Cleo’s Poet. Raced keenly passing the 1200m and had to be steadied to avoid heels.

Black And Tan - slow to begin. Got its head up when being restrained near the 1100m to avoid heels. Rider Regan Bayliss reported that his mount raced like a tired horse and may be at the end of its preparation. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and the stable advised that the filly would now be spelled.

Masculino - began awkwardly.

Amerissa - had to be steadied passing the 1100m to avoid heels.

Free Fly Too - raced three wide without cover. Had to be checked to avoid the heels of Bea Tempted over the concluding stages.

Mazzuro (NZ) - laid in after straightening and as a result had difficulty obtaining a clear run to the outside of Free Fly Too, which was shifting out; as a result of this Rebel Rose, which was following, was then held up for clear running behind Mazzuro (NZ).

Rebel Rose - held for clear running passing the 400m for several strides.

Nothin’ Leica High - held up for clear running from the 400m and had to be steadied near the 200m when disappointed for a run between Jeparit, which laid in, and Cleo’s Poet. Rider Ben Thompson reported that after beginning well his mount was able to settle in a more forward position.

Nathan Punch (Bea Tempted) - pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the carelessness being that over the concluding stage he permitted his mount to shift out when not clear of Free Fly Too which had to be checked. Nathan Punch had his permit to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight June 9th and to expire at midnight June 16th, a total of seven race meetings (three metropolitan, four provincial). In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea and excellent record and that the carelessness was in the low range.

 

Race 9- Ron Taylor Handicap - 1000m:

Villa Sarchi - the explanation of trainer Heath Conners for his late notification of Regan Bayliss as rider of the gelding was accepted. Regan Bayliss reported that his mount would be better suited over further distance.

El Magnificence - lost its footing at the start and stumbled.

Al Passem - began awkwardly. Rider Ben Thompson reported that his mount would be better suited over further distance.

Elite Legacy - began awkwardly.

Derasa - began awkwardly.

Despatch - began awkwardly. Rider Beau Mertens was of the view his mount was not suited to the fast tempo in the early stages and was under pressure from the 500m and added that the gelding may be better suited on a track with more give. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.

Superhard - tightened for room shortly after the start between Despatch and Villa Sarchi, which was taken out by Beaverbrook and King’s Authority, which was in turn taken out by Double Jeopardy.

Miss Leonidas - hung out over the concluding stages.

 

Swab Samples

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

R1 - The August, Crossing The Abbey, Braddock, R2 - Hursley (NZ), Two Hats, Lycurgus, Choysa (NZ), R3 - Music Of The Night, Hinchin Time, Dimanche, Island Daze, R4 - Jaminzah, Curragh (NZ), Lizard Island, R5 - Malibu Style, Ability, Labuan Star, R6 - Dantga, See Me Fly, Overstep, R7 - Miss Gunpowder, Top Me Up, Zebrinz, Knowable, R8 - Mr Monaco, Rebel Rose, Mazzuro (NZ), Bea Tempted, R9 - Ritorno, Villa Sarchi, Beaver Brook, Ducimus, Superhard

 

Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

R5 - Yesterday’s Songs

 

Post race samples from following horses:

R1 - The August (winner), Propelle (unplaced), R2 - Choysa (NZ) (winner), Sly Romance (unplaced), R3 - Remember The Name (winner), R4 - Jaminzah (equal first placegetter), Balcazar (equal first placegetter), Silvera (unplaced), R5 - Rocket Tommy (winner), R6 - Barthelona (winner), R7 - Ozi Choice (winner), R8 - Maculino (winner), R9 - Double Jeopardy (winner), Despatch (unplaced favourite)

 

Raceday Summary

 

Fines: R2 - Anthony Darmanin, $300, failed to ride out
R4 - Chris Waller, $50, gear
R8 - Darren Weir, $100, late rider
R8 - Patrick Payne, $100, late rider
Severe Reprimands: R3 - Beau Mertens, careless riding
Suspensions: R8 - Nathan Punch, careless riding
Horse Actions: R1 - Expedius, lame off fore, veterinary clearance
R1 - Propelle, lame near fore, veterinary clearance
R2 - Sly Romance, lame off fore, veterinary clearance
R4 - Jaminzah, attempted to savage another runner, warning
R5 - Ability, mucus, veterinary clearance
Changes of Tactics: R4 - Jaminzah
R4 - Silvera
R4 - Lizard Island
Follow Ups: R5 - Lady Esprit
R9 - Despatch

 

Supplementary reports

Geelong, Sunday May 27th

Race 9 - bet365 BM58 Handicap - 1307m:

Magnikka - the Hayes/Dabernig stable advised that in their opinion the filly was on worst part of the track and also swallowed a clump of dirt, pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with its preparation.

Pakenham, Thursday May 31st

Race 6 - XXXX GOLD BM58 HANDICAP - 2200 metres: 

Caerus - the Busuttin/Young stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Race 8 - NINE MILE FRESH BM64 HANDICAP - 1400 metres: 

Royal Thunder - the Hayes/Dabernig stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with its preparation.
Race 9 SPORTSBET RACING FORM BM58 HANDICAP - 1200 metres: 

Oriental Gift - the Ellerton/Zahra stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Font Magica - trainer Henry Dwyer advised that the mare pulled up satisfactorily.


Geelong, Friday June 1st

Race 3 - Factory Direct Security Doors SV 3YO Maiden Plate - 1300m:

Mooinooi - the Ellerton/Zahra stable advised that the filly pulled up satisfactorily.
Race 5 - Xtreme Technology Cottage by the Sea Cup BM70 Handicap - 1300m:

Annrhon - trainer Heath Conners advised that the mare pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.



Moonee Valley, Saturday June 2nd

Race 1 - Dominant Homecare Products Handicap - 1200m:

Embrace Me (NZ) - the O’Brien stable advised that the filly pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Race 6 - Cafetto Kate O’Sullivan Mile - 1600m:

He or She - the Hayes/Dabernig stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily.
Tarquin - the Godolphin stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily.

Riyadh (NZ) - trainer Peter Healey advised that the gelding was found to have an abscess in its near fore hoof that has since burst and will now continue with its preparation.


Race 7 - Dominant Martin Ralston Cup - 2040m:

Annus Mirabilis (IRE) - trainer Henry Dwyer advised that the gelding horse pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with its preparation.
Race 9 - W T Partnership Handicap - 1200m:

Camdus (IRE) - the Weir stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with its preparation.


Bendigo, Saturday June 2nd

Race 6 - OSULLIVANS TRANSPORT ELMORE CUP - 1600 metres:

Ruby Sea - the Maher stable advised that the mare pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with the preparation.



Ballarat, Sunday June 3rd

Race 1 - City of Ballarat SV 2YO Maiden Plate - 1200m:

Haven Road - the Ellerton/Zahra advised that the gelding has had surgery to remove bone chips from both front joints.



Wangaratta, Monday June 4th

Race 5- JUDDS MENSWEAR WANGARATTA MAIDEN PLATE - 1590 metres:

Manhattan Gangster - the Williams stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with its preparation.



Warrnambool, Tuesday June 5th

Race 5 - BAILLIE LOGISTICS BM120 HURDLE - 3200 metres: 

Agreement (NZ) - trainer Eric Musgrove advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Race 6 - OCEAN ROAD REALTY BM58 HANDICAP - 1000 metres: 

Astrobelle - trainer Paul Preusker advised that the mare pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

Waa Master - trainer Patrick Ryan advised that the mare pulled up satisfactorily but will now be retired.


Sandown, Wednesday June 6th

Race 2 - Blue Star Print Group Handicap - 2400m:

High Energy - the Weir stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with its preparation.

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