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STEWARDS’ REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 20 January 2018

 

Weather:               Fine

Track:                    Good (4); upgraded to Good (3) at 1.30pm after race 2

Rail:                       +8m

Penetrometer:       5.11

 

STEWARDS:  M F Van Gestel (Chairman), P C Dingwall, R W Livingstone, C G Polglase and cadets C K McIntosh, M W Purse and F J Dale                                                                                                                 jl

                                                               

 

Supplementary Reports:

GOSFORD – Thursday 18 January 2018

Race 6:  Gosford Quarries Gold Cup Listed Race 2100m

Hogmanay– trainer Mr C Waller advised that, whilst he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding, in light of the performance it would now be sent for a spell.

 

WARWICK FARM – Wednesday 17 January 2018

Race 1:  tab.com.au Handicap 1400m

Kissing Game- trainer Mr J Thompson advised that a subsequent veterinary examination of Kissing Game, including an endoscopic examination, had revealed no abnormalities and he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the filly.  Mr Thompson advised that a decision has not yet been made on the filly's immediate racing future.

 

Race 6:  Schweppes Handicap 1300m

Nine's Enough- trainer Ms G Englebrecht advised that a subsequent veterinary examination of the filly had revealed that it had jarred up following the race.  Ms Englebrecht advised that apart from this she was satisfied with the post-race condition of the filly.  Ms Englebrecht added that Nine's Enough will now be freshened up prior to its next race start and she indicated that she may experiment with the racing plates worn by the filly.

 

NEWCASTLE 23 December 2017 Saturday

Race 3:  Hit106.9 Boxing Day races Class 2 Handicap 1600m

Spring Creek Star - Stewards today interviewed trainer Mr J Austin relative to a report from the owners that Spring Creek Star had blood present in one nostril on return to the stables after competing in the aforementioned race.  Mr Austin advised that after Spring Creek Star returned to the stables there was a small amount of blood in its offside nostril.  Mr Austin pleaded guilty to a charge under AR175 (k) in that he failed to report the occurrence to Stewards in accordance with the provisions of AR53A (6) as soon as practicable that Spring Creek Star had blood present in its nostril following the race.  Mr Austin was fined the sum of $500.  Mr Austin was further advised that prior to Spring Creek Star racing again, the horse would be required to barrier trial or gallop 1000m in the presence of a Steward prior to racing. 

                                                               


 

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As H Bowman was overweight, Stewards permitted the following riding substitutions:

 

Race 1

G Schofield on Saint Antonio Lad.

Race 9

B Avdulla on Baysa.

 

H Bowman was fined $200 under AR120(b).

                                                               

 

RACE 1:  Australian Fire Hose Plate 1000m

Ruling Symbol – slow to begin.  Overraced in the early and middle stages. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance rider T Angland stated that his mount was not the best to begin and when being crossed by Tell No Tales in the early stages was inclined to over race.  He added that Ruling Symbol raced greenly, particularly when placed under pressure and although his mount suffered interference inside the 200m it was commencing to give ground at this point.  He further added in his opinion the colt would derive benefit from today's race day experience.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Estijaab – Shifted out on jumping.

 

San Antonio Lad – began awkwardly.  Raced fiercely in the early stages.  Near the 600 metres was checked to avoid the heels of Premier Rose.  In this incident San Antonio Lad ran out and made heavy contact with Ligulate on a number of occasions, resulting in both runners becoming badly unbalanced.  Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden was advised that a warning in respect to the colt's racing manners will be placed on its record.

 

River Bird - shifted in at the start and made contact with San Antonio LadRiver Bird then shifted back out and made heavy contact with Premier Rose.  Overraced in the early and middle stages.  Held up for clear running in the early part of the straight and near the 350m laid out and was steadied from the heels of Ruling Symbol.  Laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Ligulate – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.  When placed under pressure in the straight was inclined to race greenly and proved difficult to ride out.

 

Premier Rose - rider J Taylor pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding in that near the 200m she permitted her mount, which was inclined to lay out, to shift out when not clear of Ruling Symbol resulting in Ruling Symbol being taken out across the running of Premier Rose which lost its running and had to be steadied.  Further, she continued to permit her mount to shift out near the 150m resulting in Ruling Symbol having to be checked.  J Taylor's license to ride races was suspended for a period to commence on Thursday, 25 January 2018 and to expire on Wednesday, 31 January 2018, on which date she may ride.

 

Patron Black – from the 600m raced wide and without cover Near the 50m was hampered when crowded by River Bird J Taylor which shifted out whilst being ridden along when not sufficiently clear.  J Taylor was reprimanded.


 

RACE 2:  Nelune Foundation Handicap 1300m

Paret - slow to begin.  Rider G Schofield stated his mount travelled well at the rear of the field and making the home turn commenced to improve behind D'Argento.  He said when that runner improved to the inside he then elected to shift out to ensure he secured clear running.  However, at this point, Paret did not sprint, which resulted in the colt losing touch with the field in the early part of the straight.  He further added under pressure in the straight Paret laid in and in his view would derive a fitness benefit from today's run.  A post-race veterinary examination found the colt to be 1/5 lame in the off foreleg.  Mr L Prior representing trainer Mr C Waller stated Paret had pleased the stable leading into today's race and had displayed no soundness issues.  He concurred with the rider that Paret would derive a fitness as it only had one barrier trial leading into today and was first up over 1300m.  Mr Prior undertook to report back to the Stewards in the day subsequent and he was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the colt's next race start.

 

D'Argento – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.

 

RACE 3:  TAB Highway Handicap 1400m

Nunya Bizz – made contact with Bel Diablo at the start, then shifted out and brushed Kopi Luwak, which had been slow to begin.

 

Remittance – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Rider R Thompson advised his mount was obliged to race three wide with cover and travelled keenly in the run.  He stated with the gelding stepping up from 1100m to 1400m he was unable to finish the race off.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Vivid Pink – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.  In the middle stages raced keenly.  Near the 800m was steadied away from when racing keenly on the heels of Celtic Trail.

 

Acquittal – overraced in the early stages and was steadied from the heels of Ethanicity for some distance.  This resulted in rider J Ford allowing Acquittal to improve to the lead near the 800m.

 

Kopi Luwak – near the 1100m, when briefly tightened by Bel Diablo, overreacted to that tightening and as a consequence had to be steadied when it became unbalanced. Near the 350m was briefly held up when attempting a narrow run between Nunya Bizz and Editors.  In this incidence, Editors and Kopi Luwak made slight contact. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 4/5 lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr D Williams was asked to provide a veterinary clearance prior to the gelding racing again.  The matter was adjourned pending advice from Mr Williams' veterinarian as to the exact nature of the injury.

 

Ethanicity – raced wide and without cover for the majority of the race.

 

Bel Diablo – laid out making the home turn and in the straight.

 

RACE 4:  Happy 100th Birthday Louisa Baxter Mile 1600m

New Universe - began awkwardly and lost ground.  Laid out in the early part of the straight

 

Kilmarnock – slow to begin.

 

Valentino Rossa – began awkwardly.

 

Medaille - when questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider T Clark advised due to the perceived slow tempo he elected to lead on the mare where it travelled comfortably.  He stated under pressure in the straight Medaille failed to respond to his riding and in his opinion this was due to the track conditions which he felt had commenced to firm during the day.  He further added in his view Medaille is better suited when ridden with cover.  A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare was slow to recover.  Trainer Mr J Cummings advised that Medaille had experienced no issues leading into today's race and concurred with the views of T Clark. Mr Cummings undertook to report to the Stewards on the condition of the mare post-race, at which point the Stewards will consider as to whether it must trial before racing again.

 

Get on the Grange - over the final 50m could not be tested with the whip when racing close to Valentino Rossa.

 

RACE 5:  Rebecca Louise Summer Sprint 1000m

Royal Tudor - slow to begin.  When questioned regarding his riding from the 600m App. B McDougall stated that his instructions were to have the gelding settle where comfortable and had anticipated taking up a midfield position.  He added trainer Mr R Ollerton had expressed a view that it would be preferable for the gelding to improve inside horses as he felt the racing pattern of today had advantaged runners closer to the rail.  He said that after following Straturbo in the early stages, he contemplated shifting to follow Boss Lane with a view to coming to that runner's outside on straightening, however given his instructions he elected to improve between runners soon after straightening and followed Memes.  App. McDougall further stated that Memes did not initially improve as he anticipated and he was held up on the heels of that runner before then shifting to the inside in an attempt to secure clear running.  He said that over the final 100m, when badly held up, he attempted to improve to the inside of Memes where there was not sufficient room, which resulted in Royal Tudor being badly held up and not being tested until the finish of the race.  Trainer Mr R Ollerton agreed that in his instructions he indicated the inside going was superior and, as he felt Royal Tudor would have an early position on the rail, he suggested to App. McDougall to make his run to the inside as he anticipated the field would spread in the straight.  Stewards advised App. McDougall that, whilst they acknowledged he had endeavoured to ride to his instructions, given the circumstances of the race his best option would have been to come to the outside of Boss Lane making the home turn.  Mr Ollerton was advised that particularly when issuing instructions to apprentice jockeys he should issue instructions that provide the rider with an alternative should the preferences not be available.

 

Palazzo Pubblico – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Memes.  From its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.

 

Straturbo – from the 300m was held up for clear running to the inside of Hidden Pearl and could not be tested until near the 100m.

 

Memes – approaching the 600m the mare, which was inclined to overrace, shifted out to obtain a position to the outside of Hidden Pearl and as a consequence was steadied when awkwardly placed close to the heels of that runner.

 

Hidden Pearl – rider R Thompson stated the mare laid in throughout the event and more so when under pressure in the straight.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr M Mason was asked to report back on the progress of the mare subsequent to the race.

 

Great Choice – trainer Mr B Thompson was fined $100 for failing to declare K O'Hara as the rider of the horse by the prescribed time.

 

RACE 6:  Liberty International Underwriters Handicap 2000m

Olympic Academy - after being slow to begin was ridden along, however did not show any speed.  Near the 900m was hampered when briefly crowded by Napoleon when that runner was taken in slightly by More Than Fabulous.  Held up for clear running in the early part of the straight.

 

High Opinion – was crowded on jumping by Xebec and Chatelard.  Laid in in the straight and for some distance near the 300m was held up on the heels Zourkhan.

 

More Energy – from the 1100m was caught wide and without cover.  Overraced throughout the early and middle stages.  When giving ground in the straight shifted out slightly and made contact with Xebec near the 300m.

 

More Than Fabulous – in the middle stages raced keenly and making the turn near the 900m had to be steadied away from the heels of Zourkhan.

 

Zourkhan – when inclined to overrace leaving the 800m was steadied from the heels of Vaucluse Bay and from the 750m was obliged to race wide and without cover.

 

Napoleon – held up for clear running in the early part of the straight and at the 200m was shifted to the outside of More Energy to secure clear running.

 

RACE 7:  Optus Systems Pty Ltd Handicap 1400m

Flow – had its head to the nearside as the start was effected and as a result was slow to begin.  When the tempo steadied near the 800m commenced to race keenly and refused to settle.

 

Level Eight – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.  Making the turn near the 1000m commenced to overrace and was inclined to lay out.

 

Estikhraaj – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 8:  Rebecca Louise Handicap 1200m

Pumpkin Pie – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.

 

Faraway Town – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.

 

Top Striker – overraced in the middle stages and near the 800m was restrained from the heels of Guard Of Honour.

 

Viceroy – raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Burradoo – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Noble Joey – rider K O'Hara stated that her mount failed to travel satisfactorily at any stage of the event and when giving ground on the home turn commenced to shift ground before weakening noticeably in the straight.  A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding had lost its near-fore plate in running with no other abnormalities detected.  Co-trainer Mr R Price advised that Noble Joey would now be spelled.  Mr Price undertook to report back if there is anything amiss with the gelding in the days subsequent.

 

RACE 9:  The Honourable James Caird (Tim) Bruxner Handicap 1600m

Hittite – slow to begin and lost ground (2L).  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Hittite racing again.  Mr Duckworth undertook to report back on the future race plans for the mare.

 

Bye See – slow to begin.

 

Queen Misty – slow to begin.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Live To Dream – slow to begin.  Rider App. J Van Overmeire stated that mare raced in a similar manner today as it did when it set a solid tempo in front when successful on 26 December 2017.  He said that under pressure in the straight Live To Dream was disappointing in its failure to respond.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Baysa – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.  Rider B Avdulla stated that his mount travelled comfortably throughout the event, but could not quicken under pressure in the straight.  A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare was displaying cardiac arrhythmia.  Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised a veterinary clearance, including the results of an ECG, would be required prior to the mare trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards before racing again.  Mr Duckworth indicated Baysa will now be spelled.

 

Pioneering – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Jaunty – rider G Schofield stated over the concluding stage he had some concern with his mount's action and for this reason did not fully test it to the finish.  G Schofield was advised that wherever possible he must ride his mounts out to the end of the race.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr C Waller was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Jaunty racing again.

 

GENERAL:

App. B McDougall was fined $100 for failing to produce his winning rides book when requested (AR92(10)).

 

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 8

T Clark (Faraway Town)

6 strikes prior to the 100m.

Race 9

W Costin (Bye See)

App.  L Magorrian (Pioneering)

6 strikes prior to the 100m.

6 strikes prior to the 100m.

 

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

Race 1:  Patron Black, Estijaab (2), Premier Rose, Dio D'Oro.

Race 2:  D'Argento (2), Paret, Wooshka, Shumookh.

Race 3:  Ethanicity, Celtic Trail, Nunya Bizz (2), Vivid Pink, Kopi Luwak.

Race 4:  New Universe, Get On The Grange, Cellarman (2), Valentino Rossa, Medaille.

Race 5:  Palazzo Pubblico, Hidden Pearl, Royal Tudor (2), Fickle Folly, Boss Lane

Race 6:  More Energy, Zourkhan, High Opinion, Napoleon, Vaucluse Bay.

Race 7:  Estikhraaj, Flow (2), Quick Defence, Miami Dade.

Race 8:  Pelethronius, Top Striker, Insensata, Pumpkin Pie, Fortensky.

Race 9:  Heavenly Anna, Live To Dream, Baysa, Maddison Avenue (2), By See.

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Supplementary:  J Austin (Spring Creek Star) $500– fail to notify bleeder (AR53A (6)).

General:  App. B McDougall $100 – fail to produce winning rides book (AR92(10)).

Race 1 & Race 9:  H Bowman (Saint Antionio Lad and Baysa) $200 – overweight (AR120(b))

Race 5:  Trainer B Thompson (Great Choice) $100 – fail to declare rider by prescribed time (LR35(2)).

Reprimands:

Race 1:  J. Taylor (River Bird) – careless riding (AR137(a)). 

Suspensions:

Race 1:  J. Taylor (River Bird) – careless riding (AR137(a)), suspended from 25/1/18 to 31/1/18.

Bleeders:

 

Warnings:

Race 1:  San Antonio Lad (co-trainer Paul Snowdon) – racing manners.

Trials:

Supplementary:  J Austin (Spring Creek Star) – fail to notify bleeder (AR53A (6)).

Race 9:  Baysa (trainer C Waller) – cardiac arrhythmia.

Certificates:

Race 2:  Paret (trainer C Waller) – lame off-foreleg 1/5.

Race 3:  Kopi Luwak (trainer D Williams) - lame near-foreleg 4/5.

Race 9:  Baysa (trainer C Waller) including ECG – cardiac arrhythmia.

Jaunty (trainer C Waller) – poor performance.

Hittite (trainer C Waller) – poor performance.

Fall/Injuries:

Nil.

Tactics Notified:

Race 4:  Cellarman – to be ridden more forward; settled on pace.

Race 6:  Vaucluse Bay – to be ridden more forward; settled outside the leader.

Chatelard – to be ridden more forward and possible lead; led.

More than Fabulous – to be ridden more forward; settled off the pace.

Race 8:  Pumpkin Pie - to be ridden quieter; settled back.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

Change of Gear

Nil.

Follow up:

Race 3 – Kopi Luwak (trainer D Williams) – advice from stable veterinarian.

Race 4:  Medaille (trainer J Cummings) – poor performance.

Race 5:  Hidden Pearl (trainer M Mason) – poor performance.

Race 8:  Noble Joey (co-trainer R Price) – poor performance.

Race 9:  Hittite (trainer C Waller) – future race plans.

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