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Kembla Grange stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Illawarra Turf Club

KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

Saturday 15 June 2019

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Soft (5)

Rail:                 +5m from 1100m to Winning Post; +3m remainder

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: T. J. Vassallo (Chairman), J. J. E. Earl, S. T. Matthews and Cadet J. B. Marshall

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RACE 1: Stewartbrown Chartered Accountants Maiden Plate 1000m:

Against The Tide – After being disappointed for a run between Uno Eyno and Bully Rock passing the 400m, Against The Tide was then held up and unable to secure clear running until near the 300m. Co-trainer Mr R. Price was advised that a warning would be placed on the gelding’s record for being difficult to load.

 

Bully Rock – Slow to begin.

 

Philanthropist – The start of this event was significantly delayed when, after being loaded into the barriers, Philanthropist became fractious and reared, dislodging its rider K. Latham. K. Latham was examined by the club’s ambulance officers and deemed unfit to fulfil his riding engagement in this race. As such, Philanthropist was a late scratching at 11.56 a.m. Stewards directed that all bets on Philanthropist be refunded and all bets placed with bookmakers prior to 11.56 a.m. be subject to the following deductions:

1st Dream Circle - 17 cents win, 11 cents place;

2nd Don’t Judge Me - 22 cents place;

Trainer Ms G. Markwell was advised that Philanthropist would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to racing again. K. Latham was later examined by the Club doctor and deemed fit to fulfil his remaining riding engagements.

 

Uno Eyno – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Dream Circle – Laid out under pressure over the final 100 metres.

 

Zapluck – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Don’t Judge Me. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Zapluck to be lame (1/5) in the near foreleg. Trainer Mr T. Bartley was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Zapluck being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

 

RACE 2: Virtual IT Group Fillies and Mares Class 1 Handicap 1400m:

The start of this race was amended to commence at 12.30 p.m. due to the significant delay in Race 1.

 

First Reading – The mare cast its off-hind plate in the tie-up stalls and, as it could not be refitted, in accordance with Racing NSW Policies and Procedures, the Stewards permitted First Reading to race barefoot behind. Near the 1200m First Reading was eased and shifted out to avoid the heels of My Demetra (App. C. Graham), which shifted in when not quite clear. App. Graham was advised to ensure that she is sufficiently clear when shifting ground in future.

 

Celosia – Reared as the start was effected and lost ground (2L).

 

Light Charge - Lost its off-fore plate in the running.

 

Miss Academy – Slow to begin. Near the 1100m raced up onto the heels of Joigny and had to be checked.

 

Readabeel – Raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

RACE 3: Avcon Projects 2YO Maiden Handicap 1000m:

Designated – On jumping was crowded between Capitoline Lady and Advance Party and, shortly after, clipped the heels of Capitoline Lady, blundered and lost ground.

 

Get The Cash – After beginning only fairly, did not muster any early speed despite the efforts of its rider.

 

Vivaro – When questioned, rider B. Spriggs stated that his mount knuckled badly on jumping, but he was nevertheless able to race prominently in the early stages. He said, however,  when caught wide and without cover, and given the fast early tempo, he endeavoured to obtain cover behind Advance Party passing the 800m, and when he was not able to achieve this he was left racing wide and without cover for the remainder of the event. He added that when placed under pressure shortly after straightening Vivaro failed to respond to his riding and weakened out of the event over the final 100 metres. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. The Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Vivaro in the days subsequent.

 

Advance Party – As K. Latham was unable to make the weight, Stewards permitted A. Gibbons to replace him as the rider of the filly. K. Latham was fined $300 under AR190(3). On jumping was badly crowded between Designated and Satin Socks, which was taken in by Vivaro. Advance Party raced greenly when caught wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

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

 

Satin Socks – Bumped on jumping by Vivaro, which shifted in. Satin Socks was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw.

 

Sombre Prize – Shortly after the start was hampered by Explosive Truth, which shifted out. Near the 200m had to be eased when crowded by Disobedient, which when weakening shifted in and away from Designated.

 

Turnstyle – Slow to begin. Over the final 50 metres, shifted out and away from Satin Socks and proved somewhat difficult to ride out over the concluding stages. 

 

Capitoline Lady – Near the 900m blundered. The filly was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 4: Peoplecare Health Cover Class 2 Handicap 1200m:

Phaistos – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made slight contact with Foxpack. Approaching the 1100m had to be eased when crowded between Foxpack, which shifted out slightly, and Exceltic, which shifted in despite the efforts of its rider.

 

Rockin’ Ruga – Began only fairly.

 

Exceltic – Near the 200m had to be eased when crowded between Phaistos (G. Buckley), which shifted in, and Foxpack, which was taken out by Rockin’ Ruga (L. Magorrian), which shifted out. Both G. Buckley and L. Magorrian were advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Uh Oh – Began only fairly and did not muster any early speed, despite the efforts of its rider. Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

RACE 5: Better Floors and Blinds Maiden Handicap 1200m:

Super Pins – Slow to begin. Briefly held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight. S. Guymer was reprimanded under AR132(6)(b) for using the whip in an action that was raised above shoulder height.

 

Trondheim – Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.

 

Accoutrements – Crowded on jumping between Primal Scream and Design Ahead, which shifted in. Accoutrements was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Primal Scream – When questioned regarding his riding in the early stages, M. Bell stated that he was instructed to have the colt race prominently today. He said that, after beginning well, he was able to establish a forward position in the early stages and when he observed Super Pins improving to his inside and Design Ahead improving to his outside, he anticipated allowing those runners to lead the event, which would afford his mount a position with cover one out, one back. He stated that when Design Ahead was able to cross his mount and Super Pins remained racing one off the fence, he was unable to obtain a position with cover and, as a consequence, raced wide and without cover for the remainder of the event. M. Bell added that in hindsight the better option would have been to continue to ride his mount along in the early stages and cross to sit outside the leader Georgia Hit, however he was mindful that the colt, which was racing with blinkers for the first time today, could race fiercely if pressured in the early stages.

 

Secretly – After being slow to begin was shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier. Rounding the home turn was awkwardly placed close to the heels of Trondheim and, shortly after straightening, was shifted to the inside of that runner to secure clear running.

 

 

 

RACE 6: MMJ Real Estate Conditional Benchmark 70 Handicap 1500m:

Budderoo Knight – When questioned, M. Bell stated that after beginning only fairly he rode his mount along in the early stages in an attempt to lead, however, when the eventual winner Dashley Dubh quickly improved to his outside, rather than continue to ride his mount along to hold the lead, he elected to allow Dashley Dubh to cross him near the 1100m. He said that his mount travelled well thereafter and, whilst it responded to his riding in the straight, Budderoo Knight commenced to give ground over the latter stages of the race. He added that in his opinion Budderoo Knight is better suited when able to lead and dictate terms in front. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Happy Seventy – Began only fairly. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, K. Latham stated that his mount travelled well in an advantageous position, however, when the eventual winner Dashley Dubh commenced to improve from the 500m his mount came immediately under pressure and failed to respond to his riding in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Ms G. Markwell undertook to report back on the post-race condition of Happy Seventy.

 

Straight Home – Began awkwardly. On straightening, commenced to hang in and near the 350m hung in across the heels of Ladies’ Gem and had to be steadied. Straight Home continued to hang in under pressure in the straight and proved difficult to ride out.

 

Lightning Nic – Slow to begin.

 

RACE 7: Warren Saunders Insurance Brokers Maiden Plate 1400m:

Big Data – After being slow to begin was then crowded between Seel The Deel and Classic Gaming, both of which shifted ground. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Big Data to be slow to recover.

 

Classic Gaming – Rider T. Wolfgram was fined $300 under AR132(7)(a)(ii) for using the whip on nine occasions prior to the 100m, four more than permitted.

 

Seel The Deel – Stewards considered a protest lodged by App. C. Graham, rider of the 2nd placed Seel The Deel, against the declared winner Parveen (M. Bell) alleging interference near the 400m. After taking evidence from all parties and viewing the Stewards patrol films it was established that near the 400m Seel The Deel had established a position to the outside of Parveen. Parveen then commenced to shift out when insufficiently clear of Seel The Deel, which had to be steadied and lost its rightful running. Bearing in mind the nature of the interference, the manner in which Seel The Deel finished its race off and the margin of a short half head, the Stewards were satisfied that had this interference not occurred, Seel The Deel would have beaten Parveen. Therefore, the protest was upheld, and the placings amended to: 1st Seel The Deel; 2nd Parveen; 3rd Classic Gaming. At a subsequent inquiry M. Bell pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 400m he permitted Parveen to shift out when insufficiently clear of Seel The Deel, which was steadied and lost its rightful running. M. Bell’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 23 June 2019 and to expire on Sunday 30 June 2019, on which day he may ride. Near the 350m Seel The Deel was shifted to the inside of Parveen to continue into clear running. Approaching the 250m Seel The Deel then became held up after being disappointed for a run between She’sinthelimelite and Sailing Along. Seel The Deel then had to be shifted to the outside of Sailing Along passing the 200m to secure clear running. 

 

From The Gong – After being slow to begin was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

Special Snap – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. Raced keenly in the early stages. Rider B. Spriggs advised the connections of the filly, which shifted ground outwards in the straight, that Special Snap would benefit from the addition of blinkers at its next start.

 

RACE 8: IRT Foundation Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 1 Handicap 1400m:

Belladeel – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages. When continuing to race keenly in the middle stages, shifted out passing the 700m when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Farranfore, and then raced wide and without cover for the remainder of the event. Stable representative Mr D. Fitton advised that, following the race, Belladeel was found to have blood present in its offside nostril. Mr Fitton was advised that Belladeel will be required to trial or gallop 1000 metres in the presence of the Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

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

 

Bondi Boy – blundered after the start. Near the 350m, when endeavouring to shift to the outside of Bugalugs to secure clear running, made contact with Ausfighter on two occasions resulting in both runners becoming slightly unbalanced. Near the 250m laid out when placed under pressure resulting in its rider having to change the whip to his left hand near the 200m.

 

Harvey Specter – Began awkwardly and, shortly after, was crowded between Happy Hustler and El Coyote, which was taken out by Belladeel. Harvey Specter was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw. Had difficulty obtaining clear running between the 300m and 200m.

 

Broom Broom – Slow to begin.

 

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

 

El Coyote – After being slow to begin was then crowded between Harvey Specter and Belladeel, which shifted out.

 

Happy Hustler – Slow to begin and then shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

Bugalugs – Began awkwardly.

 

 

 

GENERAL:

 

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

B. Spriggs (Miss Academy)

8 strikes

Race 2

L. Magorrian (Celosia)

7 strikes

Race 3

A. Layt (Satin Socks)

6 strikes

Race 4

L. Magorrian (Rockin’ Ruga)

6 strikes

Race 5

S. Guymer (Super Pins)

7 strikes

Race 5

T. Wolfgram (Georgia Hit)

6 strikes

Race 7

B. Spriggs (Special Snap)

2 consecutive strikes

Race 8

L. Magorrian (Belladeel)

7 strikes

Race 8

B. Spriggs (El Coyote)

7 strikes

Race 8

S. Guymer (Happy Hustler)

7 strikes

 

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

Race 1:  Don’t Judge Me

Race 2:  Readabeel

Race 3:  Designated

Race 6:  Dashley Dubh (2)

Race 7:  Big Data, She’sinthelimelite (2)

Race 8:  Harvey Specter

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Race 3: K. Latham (Advance Party) fined $300 - overweight (AR190(3)).

Race 7: T. Wolfgram (Classic Gaming) fined $300 – using whip on nine occasions prior to 100m (AR132(7)(a)(ii)).

Reprimands:

Race 5: S. Guymer (Super Pins) – using whip in action above shoulder height (AR132(6)(b)).

Suspensions:

Race 7: M. Bell (Parveen) – careless riding – 23/6/19 to 30/6/19, on which day he may ride (AR131(a)).

Bleeders:

Nil.

Warnings:

Race 1: Against The Tide (Co-trainer Mr R. Price) – difficult to load.

Trials:

Race 1: Philanthropist (Trainer Ms G. Markwell) – fractious in the barrier.

Race 8: Belladeel (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – blood present in offside nostril.

Certificates:

Race 1: Zapluck (Trainer Mr T. Bartley) – lame (1/5) in the near foreleg.

Fall/Injuries:

Race 1: K. Latham (Philanthropist) – dislodged in barrier.

Change of Gear:

Nil.

Follow up:

Race 3: Vivaro (Trainer Mr J. Cummings) – poor performance.

Race 6: Happy Seventy (Ms G. Markwell) – poor performance.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

 

 

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