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Warwick Farm stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT
Australian Turf Club
WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE
Wednesday 18 September 2019
Weather: Showers
Track: Heavy (9); downgraded to Heavy (10) at 1.30pm retrospective to include race 1.
Rail: True
Penetrometer: 6.2
COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: W. R. Birch (Chairman), T. P. Moxon, J. J. E. Earl, T. J. Lee and
Cadets J. P. Dunn, T. J. Kearney, B. J. Pearce and T. J. Hansen.

Supplementary Reports:

Canterbury Park Wednesday 11 September 2019
Race 4 – ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap 1100m:
Hibiscus Lady – Trainer Mr R. Quinton was asked for an explanation regarding the tactics adopted on
Hibiscus Lady, which appeared to be in contrast to the mare's most recent start whereby it was
positioned on the speed. After considering the circumstances as outlined by Mr R. Quinton, no direct
action was taken other than to remind him of his obligation to notify Stewards of any change of tactics.

Clarendon Racecourse Thursday 12 September 2019
Race 4 – Ontrack Engineering Class 2 Handicap 1000m:
Courageous – Trainer Mr B. Baker reported that the colt has been gelded and sent for a spell.

Rosehill Gardens Saturday 14 September 2019
Race 1 – TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap 1400m:
Gem Dealer – Trainer Mr B. Cavanough reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of
the mare. He attributed the disappointing performance to the mare racing wide and without cover
throughout the event and that he intends to continue with the mare's preparation.
Race 4 – Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap 2400m:
Desert Path – Stable representative Mr C. Duckworth reported that the gelding was found to have
blood present in one nostril on returning to the stable post-race. Mr Duckworth was reminded of the
provisions of AR79(8).
Race 7 – Tooheys 150th Birthday Theo Marks Stakes 1300m:
Baller – Trainer Mr A. Cummings reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the
horse and that he intends to continue with its preparation.

Kembla Grange Saturday 14 September 2019
Race 4 – Reg Curnow 80th Birthday Celebration Class 1 Handicap 1000m:
Brazenpine – Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden was fined $200 under AR100(1)(a) in that he failed to notify
Stewards that Brazenpine was to be ridden with cover, which was contrary to its previous racing
pattern.
Race 8 – Kembla Grange Maiden Plate 1600m:
Brilliant Squared – When questioned regarding the tactics adopted on Brilliant Squared, trainer Mr A.
Cummings stated that he anticipated that the early speed would only be moderate and, therefore, he
believed Brilliant Squared may be able to race more prominently than at its most previous starts.
Stewards reminded Mr Cummings of his obligation to notify any change of tactics. Mr Cummings
informed Stewards that Brilliant Squared will now leave his stables.

RACE 1: ATC Member Tours Handicap 1400m:
Promotions – Shifted out under pressure over the final 100m.
Entente –When asked for an explanation regarding the colt's poor performance, rider T. Clark informed
Stewards that Entente blundered shortly after the start, and whilst his intention was to ride the colt in a
prominent position, he elected to position Entente with cover as a result. He added that Entente
overraced and he therefore elected to allow the colt to improve forward to take up the lead position near
the 1000m. T. Clark added that Entente travelled comfortably, however, when placed under pressure
failed to handle the prevailing track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any
abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott informed Stewards that Entente will now be spelled.
Dancing Gidget – Began only fairly. Rider T. Berry reported that the filly did not handle the heavy track
conditions today.
Kypreos – After being fractious in the barriers was slow to begin (2L). Raced fiercely in the early stages.
Rock Amore – Taken wider over the final 50m when Promotions shifted out.
Palurien – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Rider K. McEvoy
reported that the filly did not handle the heavy track conditions today. A post-race veterinary
examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover.

RACE 2: Brazen Beau @ Darley Plate 1100m:
Grand Piano – Began only fairly. For some distance passing the 800m raced in restricted room
between Hulk and Ziedrich, which shifted in when being restrained by its rider. Laid in when placed
under pressure in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have lost its
near-hind plate.
Hulk – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Giselle Anne.
Innisbrook – Trainer Mr J. Pride was asked for an explanation in respect to the tactics adopted on the
gelding today, which appeared to be in contrast with the manner in which Innisbrook was ridden at its
first race start whereby it settled towards the rear of the field. Mr Pride informed Stewards that
Innisbrook does not yet have a racing pattern and he instructed jockey A. Hyeronimous to position the
gelding prominently, given the small field. Mr Pride added that the gelding had drawn a wide barrier at
Hawkesbury and the circumstances on that occasion were such that Innisbrook had to drift back
towards the rear of the field to obtain a position closer to the running rail. In the circumstances, Stewards
took no direct action other than to remind Mr Pride of his obligations to inform Stewards if the manner
in which Innisbrook was to be ridden was different to that on previous occasions.
Ziedrich – When questioned regarding the tactics adopted in the early stages, rider N. Rawiller
informed Stewards that he was instructed to ride the colt in a prominent position, either leading or
outside the leader. He added that Ziedrich was not standing squarely as the start was effected and as
a result began awkwardly and lost ground. He said that for a short distance he urged Ziedrich forward
in order to comply with his instructions, however, when it became evident that both Giselle Anne and
Innisbrook were intent on taking up prominent positions, and he did not feel that Ziedrich was travelling
well enough in the conditions to cross those runners, he attempted to restrain the colt to take a position
trailing Innisbrook. N. Rawiller added that Ziedrich resented being restrained and raced fiercely for
some distance before ultimately settling in a trailing position behind Innisbrook leaving the 700m.
N. Rawiller informed Stewards that Ziedrich was under pressure from passing the 500m, and despite
his riding failed to finish off the race and in his view did not handle the prevailing track conditions. He
added that Ziedrich made an abnormal respiratory noise on pulling up and he recommended to
connections that a tongue-tie be added to the colt's gear. A post-race veterinary examination revealed
the colt to have a small abrasion to the off-side forearm. Trainer Mr G. Ryan confirmed the instructions
and believed that the manner in which Ziedrich was restrained was the principal reason the colt
performed disappointingly.
Giselle Anne – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to have speedy cuts behind.
Sky Diamonds – Began only fairly and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing
the 400m was taken wider when taken out by Ziedrich, which was taken out by Grand Piano when that
horse shifted out to improve.

RACE 3:Everest Carnival Handicap 2200m:
Fairlight – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Keep Up. Raced keenly and proved
difficult to settle throughout the early stages. Hung in when placed under pressure in the home straight
and proved difficult to ride out.
Penshurst – Began only fairly. Passing the 400m when commencing to weaken was bumped by
Agosto, which shifted out to continue into clear running. As a result, Penshurst became unbalanced.
A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (1/5) in the near-foreleg. Trainer
Mr M. Smith was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Penshurst is permitted to
race/barrier trial again.
Laguna Mountains – After becoming fractious in the barriers, began only fairly.

RACE 4:Pluck @ Vinery Handicap 1400m:
Esteem Spirit – Rounding the home turn was bumped when Leningrad shifted out under pressure.
Another Snappy – Pulled hard and proved difficult to settle throughout the early and middle stages.
Laid out under pressure in the straight.
Full Recognition – Jumped awkwardly and shifted out, making contact with Casino Mondial. When
asked for an explanation regarding the gelding's poor performance, rider T. Berry advised that whilst
the gelding travelled quite well through the conditions in the early and middle stages, he was of the
belief that Full Recognition did not handle the heavy track when placed under pressure and it was for
this reason, in his view, that the gelding proved disappointing in the run to the finish. A post-race
veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Casino Mondial – Laid in under pressure in the straight.

RACE 5:TAB Handicap 1300m:
Kedah – Raced ungenerously when being restrained to settle runners in the early stages.
Nangami – Began awkwardly and made contact with the offside partition of the barrier.
Sangita – Leaving the 300m had to be momentarily steadied from the heels of Exotic Ruby, which
shifted out to improve.
Exotic Ruby – Slow to begin.
High Low Bet – Laid out when placed under pressure in the straight and proved difficult to ride out.
Rounding the home turn improved up onto the heels of the tiring Sangita and had to be steadied.
Tepario – Slow to begin and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.
Iskander – When asked for an explanation concerning his riding of the filly in the straight, rider
B. Avdulla stated that Iskander was under pressure from approaching the 600m and despite vigorous
riding lost considerable ground until a point near the 300m. He added that he had difficulty with his
visibility at this stage of the event and he therefore attempted to shift Iskander from behind runners in 
an endeavour to proceed forward. He added that having regard to the manner in which Iskander lost
ground through the middle stages of the race, he formed the view that the filly did not at all handle the
prevailing track conditions and he did not place it under undue pressure in the run to the finish. After
viewing the relevant footage, Stewards accepted the explanation tendered by B. Avdulla. A post-race
veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover.

Following the running of this race, after representations from a jockey delegation, Stewards and Club
officials agreed that continuous rain had resulted in the track being unsafe for racing and postponed the
remaining two events.

GENERAL

Stewards inquired into a report from gate official Ms C Wright regarding the conduct of a stablehand,
Mr Steven O'Leary, whilst he was supervising a number of runners from Mr Anthony Cummings' stable.
After taking evidence from Ms C. Wright and Mr S. O'Leary, the Stewards could not be satisfied to the
requisite standard that the conduct reported had in fact occurred and therefore took no action.

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 1 G. Schofield (Lucky Imperator) 7 strikes
Race 3 N. Rawiller (Fairlight) 6 strikes
Swab samples were taken from all winners and the following runners:
Race 1: Dancing Gidget, Kypreos, Rock Amore (2), Lucky Imperator
Race 2: Hulk, Innisbrook, Ziedrich, Sky Diamonds
Race 3: Breakdance, Penshurst (2), Agosto, Keep Up (2)
Race 4: Esteem Spirit (2), Another Snappy, Casino Mondial
Race 5: Kedah, Exotic Ruby (2), Miss Einstein (2), Tepario

SUMMARY
Fines: Kembla Grange 14/9/19: Race 4: Brazenpine (Co-trainer Paul Snowden)
fined $200 – failed to notify change of tactics (AR100(1)(a))
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Nil
Certificates: Race 3: Penshurst (trainer M. Smith) – lame (1/5) near-foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Tactics Notified: Race 1: Entente to be ridden prominently: Led.
Race 2: Grand Piano to be ridden further forward: Settled worse than midfield.
Race 4: Maddi Rocks to be ridden conservatively from the outside barrier:
Settled worse than mid-field.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear: Nil
Follow up: Nil
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