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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 24 August 2019

 

Weather:                    Fine

Track:                        Good (4)

Rail:                           +4m

Penetrometer:            5.05

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  M. F. Van Gestel (Chairman), W. R. Birch, T. P. Moxon, T. J. Vassallo and Cadets J. P. Dunn and T. J. Lee.

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Supplementary Report:

Clarendon Racecourse Thursday 22 August 2019

Race 3 – Robert Oatley Maiden Plate 1100m:

Rome– Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden reported that a full veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Mr Snowden advised that a dynamic scope will be undertaken on Tuesday and that the intention is to continue Rome's preparation albeit in Victoria.

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RACE 1: TAB Highway Class 2 Handicap 1100m:

Jumper Leads – Near the 100m was steadied to avoid the heels of Revitup Rednut (S. Clipperton), which shifted out to improve. S. Clipperton was reprimanded and advised that he must stop riding and straighten when his mounts shift ground when not clear.

 

Rioli – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Between the 300m and the 50m was held up for clear running.

 

So Magnifique – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have a laceration to the near-hind heel.

 

Eleazar – Began awkwardly. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding had lost its near-fore plate.

 

Galaxy Force – Near the 200m was bumped and became unbalanced when Charlotte's Heart (J. Collett), which had been held up, shifted out to improve. J. Collett was advised to exercise more care.

 

Gem Dealer – Shifted behind runners in the early stages. Had difficulty obtaining clear running near the 200m and then over the final 100m raced in restricted room between Eleazar and Galaxy Force, which shifted in slightly.

 

Lady Demi – Slow to begin and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. From the 400m until the 150m was held up for clear running. Over the final 100m could not be tested when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Eleazar.

 

Denmiss – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Charlotte's Heart – Slow to begin. In the middle stages raced ungenerously and hung out. Charlotte's Heart continued to hang out rounding the home turn.

 

Revitup Rednut – Began awkwardly and shortly afterwards was crowded between Philadora and Gem Dealer. Passing the 700m commenced to hang out when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Jumper Leads and as a result was steadied away from the heels of Bellarina Magic.

 

Bellarina Magic – A post-race veterinary examination revealed th filly to have speedy cuts to the off-hind leg.

 

Outta Reach – Approaching the 300m was steadied when momentarily crowded by So Magnifique, which shifted in. Outta Reach then raced in restricted room to the inside of that runner until near the 200m.

 

RACE 2: City Tattersalls Club Handicap 1600m:

Valentino Rossa – Slow to begin. Held up for clear running between the 400m and 250m.

 

Travancore –Stewards considered a protest lodged by J. Collett, rider of 2nd placegetter, Travancore, against Valentino Rossa being declared the winner alleging interference at the 250m. After considering the evidence, Stewards found that Valentino Rossa did shift out to improve at the 250m and made slight contact with Travancore at that point, resulting in Travancore being taken slightly wider. As Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that had this incident not occurred Travancore would have finished in advance of Valentino Rossa, the protest was dismissed. Began only fairly and from the outside barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Cyber Intervention – Laid out in the straight and proved difficult to ride. Approaching the 50m Cyber Interventio was steadied from the heels of Missybeel when shifting out towards that runner. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Great Glen –When questioned regarding the reasons his mount travelled wide and without cover, App. B. McDougall advised that his instructions were to be more forward on the gelding today but had not anticipated leading. He said that in the early stages when positioned to the outside of Missybeel he had expected that horse to continue forward to lead, but when this did not eventuate his mount then was caught racing three wide and without cover. App. McDougall agreed with Stewards that in retrospect he should have allowed Great Glen to stride forward in the early stages and race either in the lead or outside the leader to avoid covering unnecessary ground. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

 

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

 

Adana – When questioned regarding his riding in the straight, K. McEvoy stated that after following Cyber Intervention rounding the home turn he commenced to attempt to shift out to secure clear running but his mount was reluctant to shift away from the running rail. He said that as he persisted to attempt to shift out The Promise, which had been positioned to his outside, held its position close to Missybeel and as he was positioned behind that runner he was unable to secure clear running to the outside of Missybeel, which resulted in Adana being held up. He stated that between the 400m and the 200m Adana was held up behind Missybeel and when a narrow run commenced to develop between Cyber Intervention and Missybeel he contemplated taking that run, but a short distance later, when Cyber Intervention shifted out, he was unable to secure clear running and remained held up behind Missybeel. He added that near the 100m he was able to secure clear running by shifting out, but Adana was disadvantaged in that the gelding is not a horse that can sprint quickly and that in the circumstances he was unable to take any appreciative ground from the placegetters.

 

RACE 3: The Luxury Network Up and Coming Stakes 1300m:

Athiri – At the 400m was steadied when disappointed for clear running between Deference and Famous.

 

Lucicello – Began only fairly.

 

True Detective – Stewards considered a protest lodged by J. McDonald, rider of 2nd placegetter, True Detective, against Superium (G. Boss) being declared the winner alleging interference over approximately the final 50m. After considering the evidence the Stewards found that inside the 100m Superium commenced to lay out, which resulted in J. McDonald's riding of True Detective being restricted approaching the 50m. They further found that near the 50m Superium continued to shift out and made contact with True Detective on a number of strides, taking that runner wider, resulting in True Detective losing ground and again impacting J. McDonald's ability to ride his mount out. As the Stewards were satisfied that had this interference not occurred True Detective would have finished in advance of Superium, the protest was upheld and the placings amended as follows:

1st        True Detective

2nd        Superium

3rd        Lucicello

 

At a subsequent inquiry Stewards advised G. Boss that whilst they acknowledge he had stopped riding and straightened his mount inside the 50m, he would be expected to take corrective action sooner than he had done on this occasion to prevent is mount from shifting out. G. Boss pleaded guilty to a charge of improper conduct under AR228(b) in that whilst leaving the protest hearing he made inappropriate comments in relation to the decision to uphold the protest. G. Boss was fined $1,000.

 

Mandela – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. In the middle stages overraced and near the 800m was checked from the heels of Lucicello. From the 700m was hampered when taken wider by Lucicello, which shifted out.

 

Superium – Hung out on the home turn.

 

Avon River – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Deference – Began only fairly.

 

Edison – When questioned B. Avdulla advised Stewards that whilst he was not given any specific instructions today, he had expected to take up a forward position, in accordance with the colt's usual racing pattern. He said that Edison was standing awkwardly in the barriers and as a consequence was slow to begin, therefore, he elected to shift the colt behind runners in the early stages as he did not feel Edison would have the necessary speed to take up a forward position without being caught wide. When questioned regarding his riding rounding the home turn and in the straight, B. Avdulla stated that he did not elect to shift out on the home turn as True Detective and Superium were positioned to his outside, and when he observed Famous not travelling well he maintained his position behind Athiri as he felt that runner would give him the best option to improve into the event. B. Avdulla further stated that when Athiri was unable to secure clear running to the outside of Deference, Edison became awkward on the heels of Athiri and then was held up for clear running behind Athiri until near the 100m. He added that he was able to secure clear running to the outside of Athiri at that point but was reluctant to place his mount under full pressure as it had had a tendency in the past to shift ground and he was attempting to ensure that his mount kept a straight course at this point. Trainer Mr B. Baker confirmed that he had expected Edison to be more forward but supported the decision of B. Avdulla to shift in behind runners in the early stages to avoid being caught wide.

 

Pandano – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

RACE 4: Gold Coast Turf Club Trophy 2400m:

Attention Run – Slow to begin.

 

Scholarly – Throughout the middle stages of the event was inclined to lay out and on the home turn shifted out despite the efforts of its rider. Scholarly then continued to hang out in the straight and proved difficult to ride out to the finish.

 

Waka – Began only fairly and then was hampered shortly after by Scholarly, which shifted out. When questioned regarding the performance of the mare, rider K. McEvoy stated that due to the slow tempo he was able to take up a forward position, however, Waka was not suited when the race developed into a sprint home. He added that in his opinion the mare also may not have handled the step-up in grade today.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Curata Princess – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Notabaharada – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 5: Darley Silver Shadow Stakes 1200m:

Tenley – Began awkwardly. Rider J. McDonald reported that Tenley was reluctant to stretch out when racing tight between Flit and Let It Pour near the 200m. He added that in his view Tenley would be advantaged by stepping up in distance.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Flit – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Villami – Overraced throughout the early and middle stages.

 

Steel Diamond – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 6: Mostyn Copper Show County Quality 1200m:

Dothraki – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Con Te Partiro – For a short distance near the 200m had difficulty obtaining clear running.

 

Delectation Girl – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Cascadian – Slow to begin and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Artlee – Slow to begin and blundered shortly afterwards.

 

Catesby – As the start was effected the nearside barrier gate rebounded and made contact with Catesby.

 

Trope – Prior to declaration of correct weight Stewards and connections of Trope viewed the judge's official image in the judge's box to ascertain whether they agreed with the judge's placings. After Stewards viewed the judge's official image they were satisfied that there was a margin between Trope and Deprive and that the judge had made the correct decision in awarding 1st placing to Deprive. As such correct weight was declared. Began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 7: Winx Stakes 1400m:

Avilius – Stewards considered a protest lodged by K. McEvoy, rider of 4th placegetter, Avilius, against Invincible Gem being declared 3rd placegetter alleging interference near the 250m. After considering the evidence the Stewards found that Invincible Gem shifted out when not clear of Kings Will Dream, taking that runner out, resulting in Kings Will Dream making slight contact with Avilius. As Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that had that interference not occurred Avilius would have finished in advance of Invincible Gem, the protest was dismissed. At a subsequent inquiry R. King pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 200m she permitted her mount to shift out when not clear of Kings Will Dream, resulting in Kings Will Dream losing its running and being checked. R. King's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Wednesday 4 September 2019 at the expiration of a suspension incurred at Rosehill Gardens on 17 August 2019 and to expire on Sunday 15 September 2019 on which day she may ride. From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Happy Clapper – Trainer Mr P. Webster was fined $200 under AR206(b) for the late gear notification of blinkers for the gelding.

 

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

 

Invincible Gem – As the start was effected lowered its head, resulting in the mare being slow to begin.

 

Unforgotten – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Over the final 50m could not be fully tested when positioned close to the heels of Happy Clapper.

 

Youngstar – Slow to begin.

 

Verry Elleegant – Slow to begin. When questioned regarding the performance of the mare, rider J. McDonald stated that with Samadoubt obtaining a comfortable run in the lead he elected to make a move from the 600m to ensure that Verry Elleegant was not left flatfooted when the race tempo quickene., He said that after improving three wide Verry Elleegant did not quicken as he had expected and in his opinion is now looking for a step-up in distance, and also appreciates softer track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr C. Waller concurred with the views of J. McDonald and also stated that the mare was disadvantaged by being brushed by Avilius when that runner shifted out on the home turn. Mr Waller confirmed that Verry Elleegant would now be stepped up in distance for its next race start.

 

RACE 8: Toy Show Quality 1100m:

Kiamichi – Rider K. McEvoy advised that Kiamichi travelled satisfactorily and commenced to work into the race before receiving a bump at the 200m, which resulted in the filly becoming unbalanced and losing some momentum. He stated that in his opinion Kiamichi is better suited on a more forgiving surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Dyslexic – Stewards permitted J. McDonald to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 55kgs. From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Soothing – Prior to the declaration of correct weight the Stewards and connections of Soothing viewed the Stewards patrol films to ascertain if there were sufficient grounds for a protest against the winner, Mizzy. When connections declined to lodge a protest and Stewards were satisfied there were not sufficient grounds, they declined to lodge a protest and correct weight was declared. T. Berry (Mizzy) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 200m he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of Soothing, which lost its running and had to be steadied. T. Berry's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 1 September 2019 and to expire on Saturday 7 September 2019 on which day he may ride.   Between the 400m and the 250m was held up for clear running.

 

My Xpression – As G. Schofield was indisposed and as no senior rider was available at the weight, Stewards permitted App. B. Ryan to be substituted as the rider of the mare. Began awkwardly and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Between the 400m and the 250m was held up for clear running.

 

Notation – Began only fairly. Between the 400m and 300m was held up for clear running. Near the 150m was hampered when taken wider by Soothing, which shifted to the outside of Mizzy to improve.

 

Meryl – Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Split Lip – Stewards permitted J. Collett to ride the mare one kilogram over its allotted weight of 53kgs. Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Goldfinch – Began only fairly.

 

Into The Abyss – Held up for clear running between the 400m and the 250m where the mare was shifted out and made contact with the hindquarter of Kiamichi, resulting in Kiamichi becoming unbalanced.

 

Agent Pippa – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Tell Me – Stewards permitted L. Currie to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 53kgs. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities other than having lost its near-fore plate soon after the start.

 

RACE 9: Kogaroo Handicap 1400m:

Rodrico – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from one nostril. Under the provisions of AR79(8) Mr S. McLean, representing trainer Mr B. Baker, was advised that Rodrico would be required to barrier trial or gallop 1000m to the satisfaction of the Stewards before its next race start.

 

Fortensky – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Milk Man – Rider J. Ford advised that his intention was to be more forward but the horse did not show sufficient early speed and as a consequence he elected to settle towards the rear rather than cover additional ground. He stated that Milk Man did not fully stretch out throughout the event and in his opinion may not have appreciated today's track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to be coughing significantly. Trainer Mr M. Smith was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, would be required before Milk Man is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

The Avenger – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities other than the gelding lost its off-fore plate.

 

Dissolute – Began only fairly and then was crowded shortly after by Sweet Deal, which shifted in. Raced keenly in the early stages.

 

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

 

Carif – Began awkwardly. Raced keenly in the middle stages and rounding the home turn was inclined to lay out, and then became awkward on the heels of Dissolute when racing tight to the inside of that runner. For a short distance approaching the 300m was held up for clear running.

 

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 3 J. McDonald (True Detective) 6 strikes
Race 6 S. Clipperton (Con Te Partiro) 2 consecutive strikes
Race 7 R. King (Invincible Gem) 6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Jumper Leads, Galaxy Force, Lady Demi, Revitup Rednut, Bellarina Magic

Race 2: Valentino Rossa, Travancore (2), Cyber Intervention, Great Glen, The Promise

Race 3: True Detective (2), Superium (2), Famous

Race 4: Scholarly, Our Candidate (2), Gayatri (2), Waka, Yuralla Boy

Race 5: Tenley, Flit (2), Libertini (2), Let It Pour

Race 6: Deprive (2), Catesby (2), Trope (2)

Race 7: Avilius (2), Happy Clapper (2), Le Romain, Best Of Days, Samadoubt (2), Invincible Gem, Youngstar, Verry Elleegant

Race 8: Kiamichi, Mizzy (2), Soothing, Brook Magic

Race 9: Rodrico, Prime Candidate (2), Dissolute, Roheryn

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 3; G. Boss (Superium) fined $1,000 – improper conduct (AR228(b))
Race 7: Trainer P. Webster (Happy Clapper) fined $200 – late notification of blinkers (AR206(b))
Reprimands: Race 1: S. Clipperton (Revitup Rednut) – careless riding (AR131(a)).
Suspensions: Race 7: R. King (Invincible Gem) /8/19 to /8/19– careless riding (AR131(a)).
Race 8: T. Berry (Mizzy) 1/9/19 to 7/9/19 – careless riding (AR131(a))
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Race 9: Rodrico (trainer B. Baker) – bled one nostril (AR79(8))
Certificates: Race 9: Milk Man (trainer M. Smith) including endoscopic results – coughing.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Tactics Notified: Race 2: Cyber Intervention to be ridden more forward if circumstances permit: Led.
Race 3: Superium to be ridden more forward: Settled on-pace.
Race 4: Gayatri to be ridden further forward: Settled on-pace.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Nil.

 

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