Illawarra Turf Club
KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE
Saturday 23 March 2019
Track: Heavy (9)
Rail: +2m from 1100m to Winning Post; true remainder
COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: T. J. Vassallo (Chairman), J. J. E. Earl, S. T. Matthews and Cadet J. P. Dunn
RACE 1: HLB Mann Judd and Makinson D’Apice Lawyers 3YO Class 1 SWP 1000m:
Broken Arrows – When questioned, M. Bell stated that prior to the running of this event he had formed the view that the inside section of the straight was inferior and for this reason he elected to shift out wider near the 350m to position his mount towards the outside of the track.
Mr Boomjangles – Hampered on jumping by Willy Wilson, which began awkwardly and shifted out. A short distance later, Willy Wilson again shifted out and made contact with Mr Boomjangles, which was taken out and made contact with the hindquarter of Broken Arrows. As a result, Broken Arrows was turned inward and made contact with Mr Boomjangles resulting in Mr Boomjangles having to be steadied when crowded between that runner and Willy Wilson. Shortly after, Mr Boomjangles was shifted behind runners.
Willy Wilson – Passing the 900m, when commencing to race fiercely, was allowed to improve and settle outside the leader Commute near the 700m. Willy Wilson continued to race fiercely until after the 600m.
Commute – Slow to begin.
Witherspoon – On arrival at the barriers, rider C. Reith expressed some concern with the action of the filly and requested that it undergo a veterinary examination. Witherspoon was then examined by the club’s veterinary officer and found to be lame (1/5) in the near foreleg. As such, the filly was a late scratching at 1.29 p.m. Stewards directed that all bets on Witherspoon be refunded and all bets placed with bookmakers prior to 1.29 p.m. be subject to the following deductions:
1st Asharani – 51 cents win, 39 cents place;
2nd Broken Arrows – 34 cents place;
Stable representative Ms N. Copp was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Witherspoon being permitted to race again.
RACE 2: CCI and CDF Building Church Communities Benchmark 64 Handicap 1000m:
Hostwin Shadow – When questioned regarding the performance of the gelding, rider T. Wolfgram stated that after beginning only fairly he rode his mount along in the early stages to race prominently, however, when runners drawn to his outside showed superior speed and were able to cross him near the 800m, he then settled in a position behind with cover. He said that when placed under pressure in the straight his mount failed to respond to his riding and weakened noticeably over the final 200 metres. He added that, in his opinion, Hostwin Shadow performs better when able to lead on a smaller track and may be better suited by stepping up slightly in distance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of the gelding.
Classy Anna – Laid out rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.
Torchbearer – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Buckle Up Baby – Began awkwardly.
RACE 3: Illawarra Toyota Fleet Specialists 4YO and Up Class 1 Handicap 1200m:
Regal Stage – Laid in under pressure passing the 400m and, near the 300m, rider W. Costin had to change the whip to her right hand.
Bon Warrior – From its wide draw was shifted behind runners in the early stages.
Thor’s Thunder – On jumping bumped heavily with Direct Default.
The Patrician – Raced wide and without cover throughout.
Philip – Began awkwardly and, shortly after, blundered.
Falling Waters – Change of tactics – to be ridden prominently: settled off-pace. Stewards permitted C. Lever to ride the mare one kilogram over its allotted weight.
Direct Default – On jumping made heavy contact with Thor’s Thunder and for some distance shortly after was restrained when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Falling Waters, which shifted out despite the efforts of its rider. Held up rounding the home turn and had difficulty obtaining clear running until near the 300m.
RACE 4: Catholic Schools – Lighting The Way Maiden Handicap 1200m:
Supreme Deal– Near the 700m, when racing keenly, had to be steadied from the heels of Speed And Style.
Big Bad Bruce– Shortly after the start was hampered by Enrique Iglacier, which was bumped and carried out by Supreme Deal, which in turn was taken out by I Am A Country Boy. When questioned regarding the performance, rider A. Layt stated that his mount did not travel comfortably on today’s heavy track and did not let down as expected when placed under pressure shortly after straightening. He added that, in his opinion, Big Bad Bruce may be better suited over further ground. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Sakura– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Rounding the home turn was steadied and shifted out to avoid the heels of Arzu.
Arzu– Began awkwardly, made contact with Britzel and blundered. Passing the 1100m commenced to race fiercely and for some distance near the 1000m had to be steadied when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Supreme Deal. Near the 900m, when continuing to race fiercely, Arzu was checked from the heels of Supreme Deal, shifted out and made contact with the hindquarter of Sakura. Arzu then raced wide and without cover for the remainder of the event. Rounding the home turn was hampered and carried wider by Britzel, which itself was hampered and taken wider by Watching (T. Wolfgram), which shifted out when not clear. T. Wolfgram was advised that in future he must ensure that he leaves sufficient racing room for runners when shifting ground. The racing manners of Arzu were brought to the attention of the stable.
RACE 5: Collegians RLFC Maiden Plate 1400m:
Murrage – Raced wide and without cover throughout.
Tic Tock Man – On straightening, was inclined to lay in and made contact with Amami on two occasions resulting in both Amami and Tic Tock Man becoming unbalanced.
Cappamore – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be suffering mild heat stress. Trainer Mr J. Coyle was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Cappamore being permitted to race again.
Cleverley – After being slow to begin was hampered by Amami, which shifted out.
Amami – Laid out under pressure over the final 200 metres and, passing the 100m, W. Costin had to change the whip to her left hand.
On The White Turf – When questioned regarding On The White Turf settling back today, rider K. Latham stated that he was instructed to have the filly race prominently. He added that, after being slow to begin and despite riding his mount along from the outside barrier, when it became apparent that he was going to be caught wide and without cover, he elected to restrain his mount and obtain cover behind Murrage passing the 1200m, a position further back than he had anticipated.
She’s Sureel – After being slow to begin was shifted behind runners in the early stages.
RACE 6: Wollongong Mini Storage Fr Paul Cooney Memorial Class 2 Handicap 1400m:
Nuke – When questioned regarding Nuke leading today, rider A. Layt stated that he was not issued any specific instructions, however, he anticipated racing in a position behind the speed with cover. He said that in the early stages when the pace was slow he anticipated that McCormack and Casino Angel would lead, which would have afforded him a position behind those runners. He added that when McCormack and Casino Angel maintained their positions, he allowed Nuke to stride forward approaching the 1300m and race outside McCormack. He said that his intention was to maintain this position, however, when Nuke commenced to race strongly, rather than attempt to restrain his mount to maintain this position, he allowed his mount to improve forward whereby it was ultimately able to lead near the 1100m. He stated that Nuke continued to race strongly and, as a result of its racing manner, was left without a finishing effort. He added that, in his opinion, Nuke would be better suited in races over a shorter distance with a more genuine tempo. Rider A. Layt was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out to the end of the race at least hands and heels where possible.
Ikara Miss – After being slow to begin, from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When questioned regarding the performance of Ikara Miss rider T. Wolfgram stated that the mare raced flat and, in his opinion, may have come to the end of its preparation. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. Sargent advised that Ikara Miss will now be spelled.
Cinderconi – After being slow to begin, was then steadied when crowded between Ikara Miss and Nuke, which shifted out. Laid in under pressure rounding the home turn and in the straight.
Casino Angel – Shortly after the start was hampered by McCormack, which shifted out.
RACE 7: Catholiccare Pam Catterall Memorial Cup Benchmark 64 Handicap 1600m:
Aliferous – When questioned regarding his riding in the early stages and whether there was an opportunity to obtain a position outside Burden Of Proof, D. McLellan stated that he was instructed from the outside barrier to obtain a midfield position with cover if possible. He added that after his mount began well and was positioned prominently, albeit wide, he observed Everly Girl, which had begun only fairly, quickly improving to his inside. He said that rather than riding Aliferous along to obtain a position outside Burden Of Proof, which would have been contrary to the manner in which he was asked to ride the filly, he elected to restrain his mount in an endeavour to obtain cover. He said that when racing in advance and to the outside of El Dorado Mine passing the 1400m, when that runner maintained its position, Aliferous was then left racing wide and without cover for the remainder of the event.
Burden Of Proof – Near the 350m, when attempting a narrow run between Matakanui and Everly Girl, Burden Of Proof had to be eased from the heels of Everly Girl when that runner laid in. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider J. Taylor stated that the mare was unsuited by being ridden prominently, and in her opinion did not run out today’s journey of 1600 metres and performs better over shorter distances. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Dress Rehearsal – Slow to begin.
Diamond Made – Slow to begin.
RACE 8: Polytrack Provincial Championships Qualifier Class 5 – Set Weights 1400m:
Bastia – When questioned, rider D. McLellan stated that his mount was inclined to lay in throughout the event and, whilst Bastia has performed competitively on heavy tracks in the past, in his opinion the gelding did not handle today’s track surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Juventus – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider M. Bell stated that he was able to obtain a midfield position whereby his mount travelled well. He said that near the 1100m he had to check his mount when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Bastia. He said that, as a result of this interference, his mount lost ground and did not travel well thereafter. He said that in his opinion Juventus failed to let down on today’s heavy track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Juventus.
Myprayer – Rounding the home turn had to be steadied and shifted out from the heels of Oakfield Geronimo, which was commencing to give ground.
Eugene’s Pick – A. Hyeronimus, rider of 3rd placed Eugene’s Pick, pleaded guilty to a charge under AR211(1) in that he weighed in one kilogram over his mount’s allotted weight. A. Hyeronimus’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Thursday 28 March 2019 and to expire on Saturday 6 April 2019 on which day he may ride. In assessing penalty, Stewards were mindful of A. Hyeronimus’s good record, however, were cognisant of the margin of a half neck between his mount and the 2nd placegetter Bye See.
Heartlet – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw.
Lettre D’Amour – Began awkwardly and made contact with Bye See.
App. M. Weir, in the presence of Trainer Mr L. Price, pleaded guilty to a charge under AR115(1)(a) in that she did direct inappropriate comments towards barrier attendant Mr G. Myers behind the barriers prior to the running of Race 8, which Stewards deemed to be misconduct. In all the circumstances, App. Weir was fined $1,000. Acting under the provisions of AR283(5) the Stewards suspended the operation of $500 of the penalty, however, if Ms Weir were to reoffend for any conduct related matter in the next 12 months, this amount would be payable in addition to any other penalty imposed.
Official barrier attendant, Mr G. Myers, pleaded guilty to a charge under AR228(b) in that he did direct inappropriate comments to App. M. Weir whilst leading her mount behind the barriers prior to the running of Race 8, which Stewards deemed to be misconduct. In all the circumstances, Mr Myers was fined $500. Acting under the provisions of AR283(5) the Stewards suspended the operation of $250 of the penalty, however, if Mr Myers were to reoffend for any conduct related matter in the next 12 months, this amount would be payable in addition to any other penalty imposed.
Swab samples were taken from all winners and the following runners:
Race 8: Bastia, Zoffany’s Lad, Oakfield Geronimo, Miss Redoble, Mandylion,
Bye See (2), Heartlet, Think Free
Summary of whip use:
Stewards noted that the following riders exceeded the permitted number of 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.
M. Bell (Broken Arrows)
W. Costin (Accoy)
App. S. Weatherley (Showgals)
M. Weir (Stone Cold)
M. Bell (Classy Anna)
W. Costin (Regal Stage)
K. Latham (Bon Warrior)
G. Buckley (I Am A Country Boy)
App. S. Weatherley (El Dorado Mine)
T. Wolfgram (Miss Redoble)
W. Costin (Bye See)
General: App. M. Weir fined $1,000 for misconduct under AR115(1)(a) ($500 stayed under AR283(5)).
General: Barrier attendant Mr G. Myers fined $500 for misconduct under AR228(b) ($250 stayed under AR283(5)).
Race 8: A. Hyeronimus (Eugene’s Pick) – weighed in one kilogram over allotted weight (AR211(1)) - licence suspended from Thursday 28 March 2019 to Saturday 6 April 2019, on which day he may ride.
Race 1: Witherspoon (Trainer Mr B. Widdup) – lame (1/5) near foreleg.
Race 5: Cappamore (Trainer Mr J. Coyle) – mild post-race heat stress.
Race 2: Hostwin Shadow (Trainer Mr G. Moore) – poor performance.
Race 8: Juventus (Trainer Mr K. Lees) – poor performance.
Change of Colours:
Race 3: Direct Default – club colours.