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Kembla Grange stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Illawarra Turf Club

KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

Saturday 11 May 2019

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Good (3)

Rail:                 True

                                                                          

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: T. J. Vassallo (Chairman), J. J. E. Earl, S. T. Matthews and Cadets J. A. Dinopoulos, T. B. Kearney and J. P. Dunn.

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RACE 1: Happy Mother’s Day Class 1 Handicap 1200m:

Isilmo – slow to begin.  When questioned regarding the performance, rider B. Spriggs stated that the gelding was unusually stirred up in its preliminary today. He said that, whilst he anticipated racing in about a midfield position, despite being positive in the early stages, the gelding did not muster any early speed and settled at the rear of the field. He added that Isilmo came under pressure from the 500m and was only one-paced in the straight. He said that in his opinion the gelding may be better suited over longer distances. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Isilmo to be lame (2/5) in the off-hind leg. Stable representative Mr S. Thompson was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

 

Lord Zoulander – knuckled on jumping and made contact with Love My Cashews.

 

Mad Fox – began awkwardly and lost ground. Raced ungenerously in the middle stages.

 

Love My Cashews – laid in when placed under pressure in the early part of the straight.

 

Sparks – Trainer Mr R. Litt was fined $100 under AR206(2) for the late notification to add blinkers to the gelding’s approved gear. raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Art Of More – passing the 1000m, blundered slightly. When questioned, T. Wolfgram stated that, whilst he was issued with no specific instructions, he anticipated racing behind the leader Lord Zoulander. He said that he was able to achieve this in the early stages, however, he contemplated maintaining his position to the inside of Lord Zoulander, which would have allowed him to lead the event. He stated that when he observed Maxbux and Sparks, both of which were not fancied runners, commence to improve their position to the outside of Lord Zoulander, he allowed that runner to improve and cross him as he thought it would take him into the race. He added that on straightening, when Lord Zoulander did not quicken as he anticipated, he was held up and unable to improve. He said that when Maxbux commenced to weaken near the 200m he was then able to shift out from behind Lord Zoulander to secure clear running whereby his mount finished its race off strongly.

 

 

Chamfer – shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw.

 

Maxbux – slow to begin.

 

RACE 2: Jackson Walsh 21st 3YO Maiden Handicap 1200m:

Al Kaphero – When questioned, C. Lever stated that he was asked to ride the gelding prominently from its wide barrier today. He said that when runners quickly improved to his inside in the early stages he was obliged to race wide and without cover for the remainder of the race. He added that his mount raced disingenuously, which contributed to the gelding weakening out of the event in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Ausfighter – passing the 900m was eased when tightened for room by Mid Air (B. Spriggs), which shifted in slightly. B. Spriggs was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Mandalong Ready – slow to begin (2L).

 

Mid Air – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, B. Spriggs stated that he had to make some use of the filly in the early stages to cross and race outside the leader Discombe. He said that his mount travelled well thereafter, however, when placed under pressure from the 400m the filly responded only fairly and weakened over the latter stages of the event. He added that the filly may be better suited on tracks with a shorter straight as, in his opinion, the filly cannot sustain a long sprint at this stage of its career. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Mid Air to be lame (2/5) in the near foreleg. Stable representative Mr S. Thompson was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the filly being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

 

Outback Diva – slow to begin. Laid in when placed under pressure in the straight.

 

Verve – shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw.

 

Parveen – began awkwardly and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. Had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight.

 

Sailing Along – was held up in the early part of the straight, and near the 350m was inclined to lay in and proved reluctant to shift to the outside of Outback Diva to obtain clear running.

 

RACE 3: Carnations Maiden Plate 1000m:

Due to the ambulance officers having to attend to a patron on course, the running of this race was rescheduled to commence at 1.12 p.m.

 

Colonel Penaga – slow to begin.

 

Magic Town – began awkwardly and made contact with the hindquarters of Yitai Synergy.

 

Pretorius – hung in under pressure passing the 200m.

 

Athens – The Stewards opened an inquiry into the riding tactics adopted by B. El-Issa, the rider of Athens. After taking evidence from B. El-Issa and B. Spriggs (Pretorius) the matter was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

 

Gem Setter – slow to begin and failed to muster any early speed, despite being ridden along. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Vol Prive – slow to begin. Near the 150m had to be eased from the heels of Athens when attempting to shift to the outside of that horse to continue into clear running.

 

RACE 4: The McDonald 2YO Maiden Plate 1000m:

The running of this race was rescheduled to commence at 1.43 p.m.

 

Bondi Blue – shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

Jacquine Reward – shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. Near the 600m made contact with the running rail and, as a result, reacted adversely, became unbalanced and lost significant ground. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Kattegat – after being loaded into the barriers, became fractious and reared. The colt was removed from the barriers, examined by the club’s veterinary officer and deemed suitable to race. Kattegat was slow to begin.

 

Minted – near the 700m had to be eased when placed close to the heels of Vedic. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Minted to be lame (1/5) in the near foreleg. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the colt being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

 

Primal Scream – after being slow to begin was crowded between Jacquine Reward and Equities, which shifted in. Primal Scream was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw.

 

Soul Soldier – hung out when placed under pressure in the straight and proved difficult for A. Layt to ride out in his usual manner. The stable representative was advised that a warning would be placed on the racing manners of the colt.

 

Bring The Ransom – was held up on straightening and had to be shifted to the outside of Equities passing the 400m to obtain clear running.

 

California Salto – shortly after the start was crowded between Jacquine Reward and Vaporizing, which began awkwardly and shifted out. California Salto was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. Near the 600m, when inclined to lay in, had to be eased from the heels of Kattegat, which shifted out marginally. Near the 400m, when endeavouring to shift to the inside of Vedic to secure clear running, had to be eased when awkwardly placed on the heels of that runner. Approaching the 100m was eased when awkwardly placed between Vedic and Vinaigrette (J. Taylor), which when racing greenly shifted out. J. Taylor was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Vinaigrette – slow to begin. Near the 600m had to be steadied when positioned close to the heels of Soul Soldier. Passing the 400m was disappointed for a run to the inside of Soul Soldier and had to be shifted to the outside of that runner to continue into clear running. Over the concluding stages was unable to be fully ridden out to the end of the race when placed close to the heels of Soul Soldier, which hung out.

 

Vaporizing – raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Vedic – began awkwardly. Passing the 400m was disappointed for a run between Kattegat and Miraculous, which shifted out and away from Bring The Ransom. As a result, Vedic became held up before shifting to the inside of Miraculous to secure clear running.

 

RACE 5: Chrysanthemums Class 2 Handicap 1500m:

Come Along – after being slow to begin was hampered by Showminder, which began awkwardly and shifted out.

 

Showminder – passing the 1400m, when racing very ungenerously, had to be eased away from the heels of Come Along (L. Magorrian), which shifted in when not quite clear. L. Magorrian was advised that he must ensure he leaves sufficient racing room for runners to his inside. Showminder continued to race ungenerously until passing the 1200m.

 

Doctor Manhattan – shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. Passing the 250m had to be steadied from the heels of Come Along, which shifted out slightly under pressure, and Showminder, which shifted in

 

Ritmico – had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight. Near the 200m became held up behind Winter In America and near the 50m was inconvenienced when Winter In America shifted out slightly. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

On Angels Wings – Stewards permitted C. Lever to ride the gelding ½ kilogram over its allotted weight of 54½ kilograms. Held up on straightening and was unable to secure clear running until passing the 150m.

 

Confident Lad – raced wide and without cover throughout. Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarters by Come Along. For some distance approaching the 250m, when commencing to weaken, was hampered when placed in restricted room between On Angels Wings and Doctor Manhattan, which was taken in by Showminder.

 

High Potential – Change of tactics – to be ridden conservatively from the outside barrier: settled back. Shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

Just Truckin’ – approaching the 150m, when commencing to weaken, laid out and was inconvenienced when placed close to the heels of Winter In America.

 

RACE 6: Troy Oldroyd Benchmark 64 Handicap 1400m:

Litzen – shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Alert By Sea – slow to begin and was hampered shortly after by Louis’ Choice, which shifted out. Raced wide and without cover throughout. J. Hull (Kanguru) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that passing the 1200m he permitted his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Alert By Sea, which was checked and lost its rightful running after being taken in and crowding Legistation. J. Hull’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Tuesday 21 May 2019 and to expire on Wednesday 29 May 2019, on which day he may ride. 

 

Kanguru – slow to begin. Approaching the 800m commenced to race keenly and was steadied and shifted out away from the heels of Franquare.

 

Louis’ Choice – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 7: Daniel “Pistols” Quinn Maiden Handicap 1400m:

More Than A Horse – began awkwardly. Held up briefly in the early part of the straight. Approaching the 200m when endeavouring to shift to the outside of Extreme Jewel to obtain clear running More Than A Horse, which was laying in, had to be checked to avoid the heels of Extreme Jewel, which shifted out marginally. As a result, More Than A Horse became briefly held up until nearing the 100m. More Than A Horse, which was finishing its race off strongly, was unable to be fully tested over the concluding stages when placed close to the heels of Auburn Boy.

 

Gunaluva – after being slow to begin was shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

Industrial – When questioned regarding Industrial leading today, T. Wolfgram stated that he was instructed to have the colt ridden in a midfield position if possible. He said that the colt, which was racing in blinkers for the first time today, began well and due to the slow early tempo raced keenly, and despite his efforts to have his mount settle, rather than restrain he elected to allow Industrial to improve forward and lead the event.

 

Alice Of Ulster – shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw.

 

Collectively – began awkwardly and lost ground. Collectively was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw.

 

Extreme Jewel – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

No Greater Love – shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. Near the 1000m had to be steadied to avoid the heels of She’sinthelimelite, which after laying in and shifting out from behind Auburn Boy then again laid in despite the efforts of its rider.

 

Prototype – was unable to be tested over the final 50 metres when held up behind Industrial.

 

RACE 8: Anna Jarvis Class 1 and Maiden Plate 2000m:

Banteux – shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, L. Magorrian stated that his mount travelled well at the rear of the field, however, when placed under pressure from the 600m, failed to respond to his riding and did not finish its race off. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Banteux to be slow to recover. The Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Banteux in the days subsequent.

 

Brilliant Mind – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider T. Wolfgram stated that his mount raced keenly in the lead and was not suited when pressured by Georgina Gold near the 1200m and again near the 600m when Brilliance Squared commenced to improve to his outside. He said that shortly after straightening his mount was a beaten horse and, in his opinion, may have come to the end of its preparation. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. The Stewards will follow up with the stable on the gelding’s immediate racing future.

 

Frenzied – When questioned regarding the gelding racing further back today, W. Costin stated that she was instructed to have Frenzied ridden prominently. She said that after being slow to begin her mount was crowded between Lady Of Kos and Polished Penny, which shifted in. She said that, as a result, Frenzied lost ground and was therefore obliged to settle towards the rear of the field.

 

Ausbred Diamond – near the 600m had to be steadied when attempting to improve between Brilliant Mind and Brilliance Squared, which shifted in slightly. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Road To Blue Sky – slow to begin. Approaching the 300m had to be steadied from the heels of Brilliant Mind (T. Wolfgram), which shifted in when not clear. T. Wolfgram was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.  

 

Lexi’s Choice – after being slow to begin was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. Held up rounding the home turn. Laid in under pressure near the 100m and for a short distance raced tight with Lady Of Kos.

 

Miss Nomer – approaching the 600m, when commencing to weaken had to be steadied when crowded between Road To Blue Sky and Polished Penny, which shifted in and away from Lady Of Kos. A post-race veterinary examination of Miss Nomer, which commenced to weaken from the 600m and compounded badly in the straight, failed to reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr M. Smith was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the mare having to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

Georgina Gold – raced wide and without cover until near the 1100m.

 

GENERAL:

Nine jockeys provided urine samples to be sent to the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory to be tested for banned substances.

 

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted that the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the 100m under AR132(7)(a)(ii).  Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

Race 2

T. Wolfgram (Georgia Hit)

6 strikes

Race 3

B. El-Issa (Athens)

6 strikes

Race 7

App. B. Ryan (Auburn Boy)

6 strikes

Race 8

B. El-Issa (Brilliance Squared)

7 strikes

Race 8

G. Buckley (Fast Train)

6 strikes

 

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

Race 1:  Art Of More

Race 2:  Georgia Hit

Race 3:  Bride Of Vengeance

Race 4:  Equities

Race 5:  Just Truckin’

Race 6:  Burden Of Proof, Thor’s Thunder, Cuban Belle

Race 8:  Ausbred Diamond, Lady Of Kos

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Race 1: Trainer Mr R. Litt was fined $100 for the late notification to add blinkers to Sparks’ approved gear

(AR206(2)).

Reprimands:

Nil.

Suspensions:

Race 6: J. Hull (Kanguru) - careless riding under (AR131(a)) – licence suspended from Tuesday 21 May 2019 to Wednesday 29 May 2019, on which day he may ride. 

Bleeders:

Nil.

Warnings:

Race 4: Soul Soldier (Trainers Messrs Peter and Paul Snowden) – racing manners.

Trials:

Race 8: Miss Nomer (Trainer Mr M. Smith)

Certificates:

Race 1: Isilmo (Trainer Mr J. Cummings) – lame (2/5) in off-hind leg.

Race 2: Mid Air (Trainer Mr J. Cummings) – lame (2/5) in near foreleg.  

Race 4: Minted (Co-trainer Mr A. Bott) – lame (1/5) in near foreleg.

Race 8: Miss Nomer (Trainer Mr M. Smith) – compounded badly in the straight.

Fall/Injuries:

Nil.

Change of Gear:

Nil.

Follow up:

Race 3: Inquiry adjourned into the riding tactics adopted by B. El-Issa (Athens).

Race 8: Banteux (Trainer Mr C. Waller) - slow to recover.

Race 8: Brilliant Mind (Trainer Mr G. Moore) – poor performance.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

 

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