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Canterbury stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY RACECOURSE

 

Friday 29 November 2019

 

Weather:                    Fine

Track:                        Good (4)

Rail:                           +3m entire

Penetrometer:            4.95

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  T. P. Moxon (Chairman), W. R. Birch, C. L. Albrecht, J. J. E. Earl and Cadets B. J. Pearce and J. D. Boehm.

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RACE 1: TAB Long May We Play Plate 1250m:

Completed – Slow to begin and then shortly after the start was crowded between Gunzar and Tawaret, which shifted out.

 

Gunzar – On jumping was hampered by Havelka, which shifted in. Raced fiercely throughout the early stages when being restrained in an endeavour to obtain cover. Hung out rounding the turn from the 700m and approaching the 400m was hampered and carried wider when Completed shifted to the outside of the heels of Lillium. Continued to hang out in the straight, placing its rider, T. Clark, at a disadvantage of fully testing the gelding. Trainer Mr D. Williams was advised that an official warning would be recorded against the racing manners of Gunzar. Mr Williams advised Stewards that it was now his intention to send the gelding for a spell.

 

Jaytees – Laid out under pressure over the final 200m.

 

Havelka – Passing the 150m was briefly crowded between Tawaret and Lillium, both of which shifted ground.

 

Lillium – Began only fairly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have quartered the near-fore heel, which required bandaging.

 

Tawaret – Began awkwardly. Raced keenly in the middle stages. Approaching the 100m shifted out under pressure and brushed Hevelka. A short distance later Tawaret was steadied when momentarily crowded between Hevelka and Jaytees, which shifted out marginally when under pressure. When questioned regarding the performance, rider J. McDonald stated that the mare became stirred up in the preliminary and also was fractious after being loaded into the barriers. He said that, although he was able to obtain a favourable position, Tawaret never travelled comfortably in the run and he was disappointed with the mare's overall performance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Tawaret to be slow to recover. Stable representative Mr J. Bruce undertook to report back to the Stewards on the post-race condition of the mare.

 

RACE 2: Bowermans Office Furniture Plate 1550m:

Duclair – Passing the 200m was steadied to avoid the heels of Southern Spirit, which, after momentarily establishing running between Duclair and Amore Moderno, had to be steadied when taken out by Amore Moderno (K. Latham), which continued to shift out under pressure after initially being taken out slightly by Hoystryke. K. Latham was reprimanded and advised that he should have stopped riding and made more effort to prevent his mount from shifting ground.

 

Leg Work – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Nombuso – Began only fairly and then was hampered by Earth Song, which shifted out. From a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Diamonds And Rust – Began awkwardly.

 

Earth Song – Stewards permitted J. McDonald to ride the filly a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 55kgs.

 

Hoystryke – The filly, which was fractious in the barrier, was slow to begin. Laid out under pressure in the straight, obliging its rider to change the whip through to his left hand approaching the 150m. Approaching the 50m shifted out abruptly and as a result, when being corrected by its rider from this point, was not fully tested to the finish line. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Southern Spirit – Slow to begin. Raced greenly when under pressure in the straight.

 

RACE 3: The Agency Project Management Handicap 1900m:

Adana– Slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the 200m became awkward on the heels of Brillliant Mind and was shifted to the outside of that runner to secure clear running a short distance later.

Iggy The Moocher– Slow to begin. Passing the winning post on the first occasion was steadied to avoid the heels of Alier (H. Bowman), which shifted out to obtain a position one off the running rail trailing Fabricator. H. Bowman was reprimanded. When questioned regarding his tactics in the middle stages, rider N. Rawiller stated that he was instructed to lead, however, with the strong tempo in the early stages of the race he was satisfied with his prominent position as he had obtained cover approaching the winning post on the first occasion. He said that when the tempo reduced at this stage of the event his mount commenced to race keenly, and passing the winning post was taken to a three-wide position by Alier, which shifted out. He said that while he was briefly able to resume his position with cover, Iggy The Moocher continued to race keenly and was shifted to the outside of Alier a short distance later. N. Rawiller stated that when in a position wide and without cover he rode Iggy The Moocher forward in an attempt to obtain the lead, which he was able to do passing the 1200m. He said that Iggy The Moocher raced keenly when racing in blinkers and although he was aware of the fast tempo in the middle stages he was reluctant to further restrain Iggy The Moocher as it had not responded to his initial attempts. As a result of the fast sectionals set throughout this section of the race, Iggy The Moocher established a sizeable lead on the main body of the field. N. Rawiller stated that Iggy The Moocher came under pressure from the 500m, and when the gelding commenced to weaken suddenly, he eased Iggy The Moocher down from the 400m. Stewards advised N. Rawiller that, after he had ridden forward to assume the lead, bearing in mind the manner in which his horse was racing, it would have been unlikely that he was going to be able to restrain his mount. However, Stewards advised N. Rawiller that, taking into account the manner in which Iggy The Moocher raced in the early stages, he had erred in pressuring his mount to improve, whereas in their opinion the better option would have been to allow his mount to gradually perform this manoeuvre. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.The Stewards will follow up with the stable in the days subsequent.

Alier– Began awkwardly and shifted out. Laid in under pressure in the early part of the straight. When the tempo reduced approaching the winning post on the first occasion had to be steadied from the heels of Brilliant Mind (C. Graham). C. Graham was reminded of her obligations to ensure that she does not excessively reduce the speed of the race after crossing other runners.

 

Newtown Bluebag– Held up rounding the home turn.

 

Brilliant Mind– App. C. Graham reported that passing the 1200m when Iggy The Moocher went forward, that runner shifted in slightly, tightening her running, which resulted in Brilliant Mind commencing to race fiercely. Despite her efforts to settle the gelding, she was unable to do so until a point approaching the 800m. She further added that this had a significant impact on the gelding's capacity to finish off the race.

 

My Blue Jeans– Began awkwardly. Raced keenly in the middle stages and passing the winning post on the first occasion had to be steadied when crowded between Newtown Bluebag and Iggy The Moocher, which, after initially being taken out to a three-wide position by Alier, shifted in to resume its position one off the running rail.

 

RACE 4: Mirvac Handicap 1100m:

Mars– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. From the 1000m, despite the efforts of its rider, failed to muster speed and lost ground from the field.

 

Sessions Road– On jumping bumped with Enfleurage.

 

Bizarro– Laid in in the middle stages.

 

Daredevil– After being loaded into the barriers became fractious and reared. The gelding was examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and deemed suitable to race. Began only fairly. Rider H. Bowman reported that his mount was not suited by racing behind mid-field in a slowly run race. He further added that Daredevil raced in restricted room in the early part of the straight and bearing in mind those two factors he was not overly disappointed with the gelding's performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. The Snowden stable will be advised that a warning will be recorded against the gelding in regards to its barrier manners.

 

Faethm– Began only fairly. A post-race veterinary examination of the colt, which raced wide and without cover throughout the event, revealed Faethm to be slow to recover.

 

Luvoir– Slow to begin and then was crowded shortly afterwards between Best Stone, which shifted in slightly, and Hellbenders, which was taken out by Absolutely Panda's.

 

Hellbenders– On jumping was hampered by Absolutely Panda's, which shifted out.

 

Best Stone– Approaching the first turn at the 700m was eased when crowded by Enfleurage (R. King), which shifted in. R. King was advised to exercise more care. For a considerable distance in the straight was reluctant to shift to the outside of Enfleurage to secure a narrow run between that runner and Hellbenders and as a consequence the filly could not be fully tested in the straight.

 

Absolutely Panda's– Near the 1000m had to be eased from the heels of Best Stone (N. Rawiller), which shifted in when not clear. N. Rawiller was advised to exercise more care. Absolutely Panda's then raced keenly throughout the middle stages.

 

RACE 5: The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1200m:

Asharani– Slow to begin (2L). Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight had to be steadied when disappointed for running between Caccini and Chapelco, which shifted out. Asharani continued to be held up until passing the 150m whereby the mare was able to secure clear running to the inside of Chapelco.

 

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

 

Postmaster General– Began awkwardly.

 

Feel The Knight– Shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Discharged– On jumping bumped with Caccini.

 

Caccini– Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

RACE 6: Bisley Workwear Handicap 1250m:

Wandabaa– On straightening was bumped by Instant Attraction when that runner shifted to the outside of Military Magic. Rider H. Bowman reported that his mount raced in a prominent position and although the filly rounded the home turn awkwardly, he was somewhat disappointed with the performance of Wandabaa. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

I Stole Your Love– On jumping shifted in and bumped Super Cyclone.

 

Impatience– Rounding the first turn near the 700m was taken out by Loved One, which laid out slightly, resulting in Impatience striking the heel of I Stole Your Love and blundered.

 

Ons Vier– Slow to begin. App. J. Van Overmeire reported that after being slow to begin, his mount was unable to match the early tempo of the race and ultimately lost ground from the field. He added that he pressured his mount in the initial stages, however, when Ons Vier did not respond to his riding he allowed the mare to travel more comfortably. He added that when the field came back to Ons Vier rounding the home turn he was able to obtain a more competitive position near the 400m whereby on straightening he shifted Ons Vier to the outside of runners and the mare closed off the race well.

 

RACE 7: Kia Evening Star 1250m:

Jack's Bar– Raced keenly in the middle stages. Rider H. Bowman reported that with the slow tempo in the early stages his mount raced keenly and near the 800m was steadied from the heels of Handfast. He added that Jack's Bar then laid out rounding the turn from the 500m and failed to respond to his riding in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Arraignment– Began only fairly. Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight attempted to improve into a run between Nicochet and Jack's Bar, however, inside the 200m was disappointed for this run when Jack's Bar laid out under pressure, Arraignment then was held up for some distance thereafter before obtaining clear running approaching the 50m.

 

Zeppelin– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Oneness– When questioned regarding her riding in the middle stages, rider R. King advised that she was instructed to obtain cover from a prominent position. She said that after beginning well and assuming the lead in the initial stages, Oneness immediately commenced to race keenly and continued to do so despite her efforts in attempting to have the gelding travel more truly. She said that after shifting to a position on the running rail near the 900m Oneness commenced to race fiercely and she allowed Handfast to improve forward and cross her mount whereby Oneness travelled more tractably.

 

Silent General– Began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Handfast– Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

RACE 8: Canterbury League Club Handicap 1550m:

Coys – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Raced keenly in the middle stages. Had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight.

 

Gitan – On jumping was badly crowded by Bigboyroy, which shifted in and then shortly afterwards had to be checked when Foreign Territory shifted out.

 

Silent Explorer – Laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Bigboyroy – Began awkwardly and made contact with Gitan on a number of occasions. Shortly after the start was bumped by Foreign Territory, which shifted out. Raced keenly in the middle stages and approaching the 1000m became awkward on the heels of Foreign Territory when shifting in to obtain cover behind that runner.

 

Taj – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 1000m commenced to race keenly and was allowed to stride forward by its rider approaching the 800m whereby the gelding ultimately obtained an on-pace position near the 500m.

 

GENERAL:

Stewards intend to investigate the circumstances that resulted in Coys being broadcast as the outright winner of race 8 prior to the numbers being semaphored by the Judge. This ultimately resulted in a delay to the declaration of correct weight until the Judge placed No. 2 Coys and No. 10 Bigboyroy as dead-heaters for 1st place.

 

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 5 H. Bowman (Feel The Knight) 2 consecutive strikes
Race 8 G. Schofield (Silent Explorer) 6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Completed, Gunzar, Jaytees (2)

Race 2: Amore Moderno, Duclair, Leg Work, Savaspur

Race 3: Alier, De Valera (2), Newtown Bluebag (2)

Race 4: Daredevil, Luvoir, Hellbenders, Best Stone

Race 5: Charretera, Sedition, Postmaster General

Race 6: I Stole Your Love, Instant Attraction

Race 7: El Mo (2), Arraignment, Heaven On Earth

Race 8: Silent Explorer, Weekend Affair

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Race 2: K. Latham (Amore Moderno) – careless riding (AR131(a)).
Race 3: H. Bowman (Alier) – careless riding (AR131(a)).
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Race 1: Gunzar (trainer D. Williams) – racing manners.
Race 4: Daredevil (co-trainers P. and P. Snowden) – barrier manners.
Trials: Nil
Certificates: Nil
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Tactics Notified: Race 2: Earth Song to be ridden further forward: Settled on pace.
Race 2: Southern Spirit to be ridden further forward: Settled back.
Race 3: Alier to be ridden further forward: Settled off pace.
Race 3: Brilliant Mind intention to lead: Led.
Race 7: Handfast to be ridden further forward: Led.
Race 8: Coys to be ridden further forward: Settled off pace.
Race 8: Taj to be ridden conservatively: Settled back:
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear: Nil
Follow up: Race 1: Tawaret (trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.
Race 3: Iggy The Moocher (trainer B. Baker) – poor performance.

 

 

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