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Flemington stewards' report

Victoria Racing Club @ Flemington

Date:

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Track:

Good 4

Going Stick:

10.3, Inside 10.5, Outside 9.9; Shear 10.8

Weather:

Showers

Rail:

+9 metres entire circuit

 

 

Stewards' Panel:

 

Robert Cram (Chairman), Rob Montgomery, Corie Waller, Geoff Hausfeld, Joelene McSwain and Rex Terp

 

 

Riding Changes / Jockey Information

 

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

2

Starcaster (GB)

Jamie Spencer

Luke Currie

Unavailable

4

Top Of The Range NZ)

Ben Melham

James McDonald

Ill

6

Greysful Glamour

Ben Melham

Damien Oliver

Ill

7

Streets of Avalon

Ben Melham

Clayton Douglas

Ill

9

Fancy Rumble

Jamie Kah

Jye McNeil

Dual engagement

 

Did not attend meeting:

Ben Melham

 

Other Comments / Explanations:

John Allen and Dylan Dunn were examined by the Club Doctor on arrival and passed fit to ride.

 

Race 1 CUP WEEK RADIO TROPHY - 1600 metres:

Good 'N' Fast Slow to begin.

Flying Sardine (NZ) Began awkwardly.

Mr Exclusive Began awkwardly.

Al Passem Laid out under pressure in the straight.

Mandela Effect Rider James McDonald pleaded guilty to a breach of AR132(7)(a)(ii) in that he used the whip eight times prior to the 100‑metre mark which is three times more than permitted. James McDonald was fined $1500. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea, record, totality of whip use and the fact he won the race.

 

Race 2 - VERY SPECIAL KIDS PIN AND WIN PLATE - 2000 metres:

Ridgewood Drive Began awkwardly.

Saddle The Sun Raced three wide without cover.

Starcaster (GB) Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Steadied passing the 50m when tightened for room by Saddle The Sun (K. McEvoy) which shifted in before being straightened. Kerrin McEvoy was reprimanded.

El Don (NZ) Rider Anthony Darmanin advised that he was instructed to ride the gelding midfield with cover but after having begun well, racing keenly and there being no speed early, he ended up settling comfortably in a forward position. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have sustained a laceration to the near hind leg.

Wetakemanhattan Rider Jordan Childs reported his mount did not feel right in its action. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Lucky For All (NZ) Rider Jye McNeil could offer no explanation for the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have sustained a laceration to the near hind leg and was suffering from the thumps.

Savvy Oak (NZ) Rider Damian Lane advised that he was instructed to ride his mount with cover as the gelding has shown a tendency to over-race when ridden forward. When questioned co‑trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young confirmed that the instructions today were to find cover to try and settle the gelding as it had over-raced at its previous runs. The trainers added that the horse was ridden contrary to instructions at its two most previous starts when the gelding over-raced and that prior to this its normal racing pattern was to settle with cover. They added that the gelding had worked well and, with blinkers off today, they were expecting the gelding to perform well. Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young were reminded of their obligation under the rules to report any intention to have the horse ridden differently than at its most recent start.

 

Race 3 WORLD HORSE RACING SPRINGTIME STAKES LISTED - 1400 metres:

Truffle House Fractious in barrier. Underwent a veterinary examination and was declared a late scratching on veterinary advice at 1.32 pm. Trainer Brent Stanley was notified that Truffle House must perform to the satisfaction of Stewards in a jump‑out before racing again. All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on the late scratching to be refunded. All successful bets on horses prior to time of withdrawal are subject to the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket:

Win Bets Banquo - 2 cents

Place Bets (For Winner) - 2 cents

Place Bets (For 2nd) Sophia's Choice - 4 cents

Place Bets (For 3rd) - Regimental Band 3 cents

Doubles Bets 2 cents

All monies bet after the Stewards' declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket.

Floreat Pica Adjacent to Truffle House which was fractious in barrier. Underwent a veterinary examination and was passed fit to race. Near the 1300m when shifting in to gain cover had to be steadied away from the heels of Triton Rising.

Mister Yu Shu Slow to begin (2 lengths). Held up from the 500m until the 300m.

Knickpoint Began awkwardly. Performed below market expectations. Rider Craig Williams reported the colt began awkwardly and although he attempted to find cover found himself further back than anticipated due to the early inside speed of the race. Craig Williams further stated that his mount was disappointing when placed under pressure in the straight. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

 

Race 4 QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES GROUP 3 - 2600 metres:

Grey Lion (IRE) Change of tactics: more forward if opportunity arises. Settled behind the leaders.

Maurus (GB) Slow to begin.

Top Of The Range (NZ) Began awkwardly.

Midterm (GB) Raced three wide without cover in the early stages.

Gallic Chieftain (FR) Raced three wide without cover in the early and middle stages. Passing the 100m was steadied when tightened for room between Grey Lion (IRE) which was shifting out and Maurus (GB) (C. Williams) which shifted in. Craig Williams was reprimanded and notified to exercise more care.

Ventura Storm (IRE) Held up from the 500m before gaining clear running near the 250m.

Red Cardinal (IRE) Rider Hugh Bowman reported his mount was not suited by the slow tempo and further added in his opinion would be better suited on tracks with more give. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Sir Charles Road Rider Dwayne Dunn reported that whilst it was his intention to be slightly more forward today, it was not to settle in the lead as he did due to the slow early tempo. Eased passing the 300m to avoid the heels of True Self (IRE) (R. Moore) which shifted in. Ryan Moore was reprimanded.

Race 5 DARLEY SPRING CLASSIC GROUP 1 - 1200 metres:

Santa Ana Lane Rider Mark Zahra reported his mount felt flat and did not finish the race off as expected. Over the concluding stages raced close to the heels of In Her Time resulting in Mark Zahra being unable to ride through to the finishing line. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Nature Strip Rider James McDonald was reminded that he must keep his chin strap fastened until he dismounts.

Rock Magic Trainer Chris Gangemi reported that in his opinion the gelding may have choked down during the event.

 

Race 6 TAB MATRIACH STAKES GROUP 2 - 2000 metres:

Girl Tuesday Began awkwardly.

Aristocratic Miss Began awkwardly. Held up for clear running from the 400m until passing the 300m.

Naivasha Slow to begin.

Scarlet Dream Slow to begin.

Nettoyer Slow to begin. Post-race endoscopy of Nettoyer detected a degree of internal exercise‑induced pulmonary haemorrhage that may have affected the horse's racing performance. A veterinary certificate will be required prior to racing again.

Danzdanzdance Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Shifted out passing the 150m to obtain clear running and when doing so brushed the hindquarters of Oceanex which resulted in that mare being turned inwards. As a result Danzdanzdance was checked when tightened for room between Oceanex (NZ) and Miss Siska. Rider Hugh Bowman was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

Aliferous Held up for clear running from the 500m until passing the 400m.

 

Race 7 NETWORK 10 CHATHAM STAKES GROUP 3 - 1400 metres:

Willi Willi Underwent a veterinary examination after being fractious in the barrier and passed fit to run.

Admiral's Joker Slow to begin.

Tom Melbourne (IRE) Got its head up and over-raced in the early and middle stages. When over-racing near the 900m had to be checked away from the heels of Iconoclasm.

Ken's Dream Raced three wide without cover. Near the 200m when weakening had to be steadied when tightened for room between Manolo Blahniq (NZ) which shifted out and Admiral's Joker which shifted in slightly.

Noble Boy Laid in under pressure in the straight.

Iconoclasm Eased for a stride near the 1100m when shifted out to avoid the heels of Streets of Avalon (C. Douglas). Clayton Douglas was severely reprimanded and notified to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Race 8 SEPPELT MACKINNON STAKES GROUP 1 - 2000 metres:

Magic Wand (IRE) Change of tactics: to be ridden more forward. Settled behind the leaders.

So Si Bon Began awkwardly.

Fifty Stars (IRE) Over-raced in the early and middle stages.

Humidor (NZ) Raced three wide without cover.

Melody Belle (NZ) Held up from the 500m before gaining clear running at the 300m.

Suzuka Devious (JPN) Laid in under pressure in the straight.

Aristia Near the 250m when making ground had to be steadied away from the heels of Kluger (JPN) .

Debt Agent (NZ) A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off hind leg. A veterinary certificate is required prior to racing again.

Cape of Good Hope (IRE) A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the entire to be lame in the off foreleg. A veterinary certificate is required prior to racing again.

 

Race 9 SEPPELT DRUMBORG GRAND HANDICAP - 1100 metres:

Moor Wanted Late scratching at 2.02 pm on veterinary advice after being fractious in float en route to the course. All doubles bets before 2.02 pm subject to the following deduction in the dollar from the face value of the ticket: 3 cents.

Ardeeo Underwent a veterinary examination at the barriers after making contact with the fence after leaving the mounting yard. Began awkwardly. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be suffering from the thumps.

Big Reel Underwent a veterinary examination after being fractious in the barriers and was passed fit to run. Slow to begin.

Lady Pluck Knuckled on jumping away. Rider James McDonald could offer no explanation for the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Morrissy Began awkwardly. Got its head up when being restrained in the early stages.

Extreme Thrill Began awkwardly.

Poised To Strike Began awkwardly, resulting in apprentice Lachlan King losing the use of his nearside stirrup iron for a short distance.

Akkadian Tightened shortly after the start between Halvorsen and Esperance

Screenager Tightened for room shortly after the start between Extreme Thrill and November Man which shifted out.

Tahitian Dancer Held up for clear running from the 450m until passing the 300m.

Halvorsen Held up when passing the 400m and when attempting a narrow run near the 250m bumped November Man.

November Man Near the 50m had to be steadied away from the heels of Fancy Rumble which was weakening.

 

Stewards began an investigation into an alleged incident between licensed jockey Stephen Baster and licensed trainer Glenn Thornton shortly after the running of Race 9 near the exit to the mounting yard. The investigation was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

 

SWAB SAMPLES

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 Mandela Effect, Ranier, Al Passem, Flying Sardine (NZ), Boxachocolates (NZ)

Race 2 Savvy Oak (NZ), Snitzepeg, Grinzinger Star (NZ), El Don (NZ)

Race 3 Knickpoint, Banquo, Triton Rising, Regimental Band

Race 4 Red Cardinal (IRE), Top Of The Range (NZ), True Self (IRE), Carif, Midterm (GB)

Race 5 Santa Ana Lane, The Bostonian (NZ) , Malibu Style, In Her Time

Race 6 Rondinella (NZ) , Greysful Glamour, Miss Siska, Girl Tuesday, Naivasha

Race 7 Admiral's Joker, Iconoclasm, Kaspersky (IRE), Rich Itch, Ken's Dream,

Race 8 Hartnell (GB), Kluger (JPN), So Si Bon, Magic Wand (IRE)

Race 9 Morrissy, Tahitian Dancer, November Man, Lady Pluck, Extreme Thrill

 

 

Pre-race urine for post‑race analysis:

Race 5 Rock Magic

Race 7 Reykjavik, Noble Boy

Race 8 Suzuka Devious (JPN), Melody Belle (NZ)

Race 9 Esperance

 

Post‑race samples from following horses:

All Winners

Race 4 Carif (2nd placegetter)

Race 5 Loving Gaby (2nd placegetter), In Her Time (3rd placegetter)

Race 6 Miss Siska (2nd placegetter)

Race 7 Admiral's Joker (2nd placegetter)

Race 8 Melody Belle (NZ) (2nd placegetter), Hartnell (GB) (3rd placegetter)

 

Raceday Summary

 

Late Scratchings:

Race 9, Moor Wanted, veterinary advice, 2.02 pm

Fines:

Race 1, James McDonald, whip use, AR132(7)(a)(ii) , $1500

Reprimands:

Race 2, Kerrin McEvoy, shifting in, AR131(a)

Race 4, Ryan Moore, shifting in, AR131(a)

Race 4, Craig Williams, shifting in, AR131(a)

Severe Reprimands:

Race 7, Streets of Avalon, shifting in, AR131(a)

Horse Actions:

Race 3, Truffle House, fractious in barrier, jump‑out

Race 6, Nettoyer, EIPH, veterinary certificate

Race 8, Debt Agent (NZ), lame, veterinary certificate

Race 8, Cape of Good Hope (IRE), lame, veterinary certificate

Change of Tactics:

Race 4, Grey Lion (IRE), more forward

Race 8, Magic Wand (IRE), more forward

Adjourned Investigation:

Alleged incident between S. Baster and G. Thornton

Follow Ups:

Race 2, Wetakemanhattan

Race 3, Knickpoint

Race 4, Red Cardinal (IRE)

Race 5, Santa Ana Lane

 

Supplementary Reports

Caulfield 19/10/19
Desert Lord Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

Ballarat 24/10/19
Medieval Miss Stable advised the mare pulled up with some throat inflammation but will continue with preparation.

Yarra Valley 26/10/19
Scotch O'clock Stable advised the gelding has had bone chips removed from near fore knee and will now be spelled.

Sale 27/10/19
Rox The Castle (NZ) Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

Bendigo 30/10/19
Indian Thunder Stable advised the gelding had jarred up but plan to continue with preparation.
Satori Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

Seymour 31/10/19
Audacious Beau Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.
Made Me Shiver Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.

Tatura 1/11/19
So Schmick Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.

Moonee Valley 1/11/19
Fuga (NZ) Stable advised the mare pulled up with some soreness and will be given a freshen up before continuing with preparation.
Sora Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.

Flemington 2/11/19
Flit Stable advised the filly pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Apicius Stable advised the filly pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Heirborn (NZ) Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Spanish Whisper Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

Mornington 3/11/19
Reliable Lisa (NZ) Stable advised the mare pulled up with some joint inflammation and will now be spelled.

Flemington 5/11/19
Romani Girl (NZ) Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Hearty Lass Stable advised the filly pulled up satisfactorily (in his opinion didn't handle the straight) and will now be given a freshen up.
Junipal Stable advised the entire pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

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