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Moonee Valley stewards' report

Moonee Valley Racing Club

 

Date: Saturday 8 September, 2018
Track: Good 4 upgraded Good 3 at 3pm
Going stick: 9.6; Shear 12.6
Weather: Fine
Rail: True
Stewards Panel: Rob Montgomery (Chairman), Corie Waller, Sam Woolaston, Rex Terp, Kirstie Vanderzeil (Cadet)

 

Race 1BIG SWING GOLF HANDICAP - 1600 metres: 

Dreams Of Paris – Change of tactics – If begins well to be ridden more forward. Settled outside the leader.

Pleasuring – Slow to begin. App Ethan Brown reported that the mare, which was first up today, was not suited by the slow tempo of the event.

Moscow Red (NZ) – Held up for clear running rounding the home turn.

Addison (NZ) – Near the 1100 metres got its head up when being restrained off the heels of Dixyville, which in turn had been eased off the heels of Naantali (NZ). Rider Regan Bayliss reported that although the mare was not suited by the slow tempo of the event he was still disappointed in the manner that it finished the race. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. R Bayliss was reminded of his obligations when using the whip on a horse that is out of contention.

Dixyville – Near the 1100 metres was eased off the heels of Naantali (NZ).

Lopartega – Over the final strides was crowded to the inside of Seductive Miss.

Race 2HORSE GYM AUSTRALIA HANDICAP - 1600 metres: 

Wayanka – Change of tactics – Intention to settle more forward. Settled outside the leader.

Belgravia (IRE) – Change of tactics – To be ridden towards the rear. After being slow to begin settled worse than mid-field.

Curragh (NZ) – Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Mr Churchill – Held up approaching the home turn. Rounding the home turn was steadied when tightened for room between Sanctioned and Angelucci (NZ) (Joe Bowditch), which shifted out to improve. Passing the 100 metres momentarily steadied when close to the heels of Angelucci (NZ).

Royal Ace – Held up for clear running from rounding the home turn until approaching the 100 metres.

Gold Fields – Near the 200 metres was steadied when disappointed for clear running between Snitzepeg, which, when laying in, shifted in and Wayanka, which shifted out slightly.  

Snitzepeg – Inclined to lay in rounding the home turn and in the early stages of the straight.

Lucky For All – Held up when unable to improve from approaching the 400 metres until approaching the home turn. Hung in considerably over the final 100 metres, proving difficult for John Allen to ride out in his normal manner and over the concluding stages had to be restrained when close to heels.

Sanctioned – For some distance approaching the home turn raced in restricted room to the inside of Snitzepeg, which was inclined to lay in. Rider Craig Williams could offer no explanation for the performance of the gelding. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. 

Romanesque (IRE) – After being disappointed for clear running to the outside of I Boogi (NZ) was steadied back inwards to obtain clear running on straightening.

Robbies Star – Held up for clear running for the majority of the straight going to the line not fully tested.

Joe Bowditch (Angelucci) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provision of AR137(a). The careless riding being that near the 300 metres he permitted his mount to shift out when insufficiently clear of Mr Churchill  resulting in Mr Churchill being tightened out onto Sanctioned resulting in that gelding being tightened for room and having to be steadied. J Bowditch had his licence to ride in races suspended for a total of seven meetings to commence midnight 12 September, 2018  and to expire midnight 19 September, 2018. (1 metro, 6 provincial). In assessing penalty the Stewards were of the view that the incident qualified for the low-range range category of carelessness and took into account his guilty plea and excellent record.

Race 31PRINT HANDICAP - 1500 metres: 

Savvy Oak (NZ) – Change of tactics - If begins well attempt to be ridden forward. Commenced awkwardly. Settled towards the rear of the field.

Leatherhead – Commenced awkwardly making contact with Muswellbrook.

Muswellbrook – Bumped at the start. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Sydney Blue – Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Approach Discreet – Raced wide in the early stages until allowed to stride and take up a position outside the leader approaching the 1000 metres. Rider John Allen could offer no explanation for the performance of the colt which was below market expectations.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. 

Green Ivy – After improving into a position to the inside of Sydney Blue (Stephen Baster), approaching the 1200 metres, then had to be restrained to avoid that colt’s heels after it shifted in. S Baster was severely reprimanded for shifting ground when not clear.

Visao – Held up for clear running over the concluding stages.

Kinky Boom – Rider Craig Williams could offer no explanation for the performance of the filly. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality other than a slightly slow recovery rate.  Stewards will follow up trainer Tony McEvoy.

Race 4HARROLDS HANDICAP - 2040 metres: 

US Army Ranger – Change of tactics – To be ridden mid-field. Settled mid-field.

Last Week (GB) – Raced keenly in the early stages.

Etah James (NZ) – Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event. Rider Linda Meech reported that although her mount was wide throughout it failed to travel at any stage. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. 

Dandy Gent – Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Hush Writer (JPN) – Over raced in the early and middle stages, getting its head in the air on several occasions. Rider Stephen Baster reported that his mount did not settle in the early and middle stages and as a result failed to run on. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality other than a minor lesion to the side of its mouth.  

Cordero – Eased down prior to straightening. A post race veterinary examination identified the presence of blood at both nostrils. Cordero shall not without permission of the Stewards: (a) be trained, exercised or galloped on any racecourse for a period of two months thereafter; (b) start in any race for a period of three months, and then only after a satisfactory gallop of at least 1,000 metres in the presence of a Steward.

Race 5MITTYS MCEWEN STAKES (GROUP 2) - 1000 metres: 

Houtzen – Change of tactics – To be ridden more forward. Settled just behind the leaders. A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare had sustained a small wound to the inside of left hind pastern.

Viridine – Commenced awkwardly.

Unique Lovely – Commenced awkwardly.

Quilista – Raced wide for the majority of the event. A post-race endoscopy detected a degree of internal exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage that may have affected the horse’s racing performance. A veterinary clearance is required prior to Quilista being permitted to race again.

Race 6LADBROKES ATLANTIC JEWEL STAKES - 1200 metres: 

Khulaasa – Re-plated (off hind) on arrival at the barriers. Underwent a veterinary examination and was passed suitable to race. Lost the near hind plate during the event. A post race veterinary examination revealed a small wound to the inside heel of the off hind.

Assertive Play – Slow to begin. Had difficulty obtaining clear running passing the 200 metres and went to the line not fully tested when disappointed for clear running over the concluding stages between Thrillster and Krone. Rider Craig Williams explained that after jumping away awkwardly the filly got further back than anticipated and as a result he elected to ride for luck by taking his mount across to the fence in the early stages. He further explained that after receiving a nice run throughout, he shifted out in the early part of the straight to obtain clear running, however, he was unable to do so and as result Assertive Play went to the line not being fully tested. C Williams added that had his mount been able to obtain a run in the straight, he was of the opinion that the filly would have won the race.

Write Enuff – Raced keenly when leading in the early stages.

Alexandra Dreaming – Raced wide in the early and middle stages before compounding rounding the home turn. Rider Ben Melham reported  that from the wide gate he had to make use of his mount in the early stages and attributed this for the overall poor performance.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with trainer Henry Dwyer.

Gongs -   Rounding the home turn bumped and carried wider by Anjana, which shifted out to improve. Inclined to lay out under pressure in the straight. Rider Dwayne Dunn reported that, in his opinion, the filly did not handle the left hand way of going.

Thrillster – Made the home turn awkwardly.

Anjana – Held up for clear running approaching the home turn. When attempting to gain clear running approaching the 200 metres, shifted out making contact with Gongs and became unbalanced.

Race 7STRATHMORE COMMUNITY BENDIGO BANK STAKES - 1200 metres: 

Mr Sneaky – Change of tactics – To be ridden more forward. Settled behind the leaders.

Modern Wonder – Change of tactics – To be ridden more forward. Settled outside the leader.

Ozi Choice –Slow to begin. Rider Harry Coffey reported that after missing the start his mount settled further back than anticipated and this did not suit the gelding as it races better when forward. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Peaceful State – Slow to begin. Held up for clear running from rounding the home turn until passing the 200 metres.

Land Of Plenty  - Slow to begin.

Oak Door – Raced keenly in the early stages and raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Tulip – Steadied passing the 300 metres when tightened for room between Ozi Choice and Iconoclasm, which shifted out slightly.

Iconoclasm – Rider Michael Dee reported that his mount did not appreciate racing in amongst other runners and in his opinion, the horse is better suited when afforded more galloping room. A post race veterinary examination revealed Iconoclasm to have a throat condition. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again.

Race 8DATO’ TAN CHIN NAM STAKES (GROUP 2) - 1600 metres: 

Ambitious (JPN) – Change of tactics – Intention to be more forward. Settled in a position just forward of mid-field.

Night’s Watch (NZ) – Slow to begin and then hampered by Red Cardinal (IRE), which jumped outwards.

Homesman (USA) – Commenced awkwardly.

Hiyaam (NZ) – Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event. Rider Michael Dee reported that although his mount travelled wide, he was still disappointed in the manner in which it finished the race off. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with trainer Mick Price.

Spanish Reef – Rider Dwayne Dunn reported that although he was satisfied with the performance he stated that his mount was not suited when pressured for the lead in the middle stages.

Bonneval (NZ) – Rider Regan Bayliss could offer no explanation for the performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with co-trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman

Race 9POWERFLO SOLUTIONS CRaig opie cup - 1600 metres: 

Mask Of Time (IRE) – Change of tactics – To be ridden further back. Settled towards the rear of the field. When making ground had to be steadied away from the heels of Our Peaky Blinkers (NZ), which was weakening passing the 200 metres.

Moss N Dale (NZ) – Underwent a veterinary examination after making contact with the fencing when leaving the mounting enclosure and was passed suitable to race.

Pemberley (NZ) – Slow to begin.

Another Coldie – Raced keenly in the early stages.

Rhythm To Spare (NZ) – Raced wide without cover throughout.

Master Of Arts (NZ) – Commenced awkwardly. Passing the 1000 metres had to be restrained when close to the heels of Rhythm To Spare (NZ).

Rising Red (NZ) – Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Lay in under pressure in the straight.

Divine Unicorn – Held up for clear running from rounding the home turn until near the 100 metres.

Our Peaky Blinders (NZ) – Rider Linda Meech could offer no explanation for the performance. She stated that her mount failed to quicken when placed under pressure. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Sopressa – Rider Harry Coffey reported that, in his opinion, the mare would be better suited over more ground.  C H C

 

 

SWAB SAMPLES

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 – Naantali (NZ), Seductive Miss, Dixyville, Pleasuring

Race 2 – Curragh, The Avenger, Robbies Star, Angelucci (NZ), Belgravia

Race 3 – Sydney Blue, Green Ivy, Aristia

Race 4 – Trap For Fools, Hush Writer (JPN), Sikandarabad (IRE)

Race 5 – Viridine, Nature Strip, Sunday Escape, Shoals, Houtzen

Race 6 – Thrillster, Spanish Whisper, Assertive Play

Race 7 – Crystal Dreamer, Ozi Choice, Modern Wonder

Race 8 – Ambitious (JPN), Bonneval, Magic Consul, Nights Watch, Spanish Reef

Race 9 – Moss N Dale (NZ), Rising Red (NZ), Zahspeed

 

Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

Race 2 – Begravia (IRE)

Race 3 – Seberate

Race 4 – Pacodali (IRE)

Race 5 – Port Vale

 

Post race samples from following horses:

All winners – R1 – Seductive Miss (2nd), R2 – Houtzen (2nd)

 

Raceday Summary

 

Severe Reprimands: Race 3 – Stephen Baster, Careless Riding
Suspensions: Race 2 - Joe Bowditch AR137(a). Midnight 12 September, 2018 - midnight 19 September, 2018.
Horse Actions: Race 4 – Cordero – Bled. Three month suspension from racing.
Race 5 - Quilista – EIPH. Vet clearance.
Race 7 - Iconoclasm – Throat condition. Vet clearance.
Change of Tactics: Race 1 - Dreams Of Paris – Forward
Race 2 - Wayanka – Forward
Race 2 - Belgravia (IRE) – Back
Race 3 - Savvy Oak (NZ) – Forward
Race 4 - US Army Ranger – Mid-field
Race 5 - Houtzen – Forward
Race 7 - Mr Sneaky – Forward
Race 7 - Modern Wonder – Forward.
Race 8 - Ambitious (JPN) – Forward
Race 9 – Mask Of Time (IRE) – Back
Follow Ups: Race 3 – Kinky Boom
Race 6 - Alexandra Dreaming
Race 8 – Bonneval (NZ)
Race 8 – Hiyaam (NZ)

Supplementary report

Caulfield - Saturday September 1, 2018

Race 5 - MyPunter.com Heatherlie Stakes (Listed) - 1700m:  

Stewards concluded an inquiry which was adjourned from Caulfield Saturday 1 September, 2018 into John Allen’s riding of Big Duke in the latter part of the home turn and passing the 200 metres.  During the inquiry John Allen stated that he was instructed from the wide draw to settle his mount at the rear of the field and be strong late, John Allen further said that coming to the home turn he wanted to shift out to improve, however, there was insufficient room to do so, as such he elected to ride for luck. Then approaching the 300 metres Big Duke had to be steadied when disappointed for a run between Cordero and Raw Impulse which, after initially shifting out to obtain a run, then shifted back in. John Allen further stated that approaching the 150 metres he was behind the tiring Lord Durante and in hindsight, he should have made the decision earlier to shift to that geldings inside where he conceded there was clear running, he then had to be steadied when disappointed for clear running between Cordero and Lord Durante over the concluding stages.

Trainer Mr Weir confirmed the instructions and although he wasn’t critical of the ride, stated that the better option would have been to shift to the outside to gain momentum. Mr Weir further stated that John Allen indicated this to him on return to scale. After considering all the circumstances the stewards did not consider John Allen’s riding culpable to the extent that it was a failure to take all reasonable and permissible measures; Stewards did however notify John Allen that at times he would be expected to put his mount in a position to obtain the best possible place.   

Ladbrokes Park - August 5, 2018

Race 5 - Grand National Hurdle – 4200 metres:  

Stewards concluded an inquiry which was adjourned from Sandown on Sunday 5 August, 2018 into John Allen’s riding of Bit Of A Lad. Evidence was taken on the day from John Allen and trainer Darren Weir.

During the adjournment stewards considered all matters relating to the race which included a review of Bit Of A Lads previous runs where it was established that the gelding had been ridden in a similar manner and also examined betting transactions surrounding the race. After considering all of the circumstances the stewards did not consider John Allen’s riding of Bit Of A Lad culpable to the extent that it was a failure to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure that his horse is given full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place in the field.

Follow ups

Sandown – August 29, 2018

Magnossiva – Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.
Roll of Thunder – Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

Moe – August 30, 2018

Hard to Kiss – Trainer advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.
Garrard – Trainer advised the mare has been retired (for breeding).

Mildura – August 31, 2018

Lisas Rainbow – Trainer advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.
Streetcar Express – Trainer advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily and will be given a freshen up before planning to continue with preparation.

Caulfield – September 1, 2018

Jaameh (IRE) – Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily (couldn’t find anything wrong) and will continue with preparation.
Bondi – Trainer advised the colt had jarred up and would be given a brief spell.
Dothraki – Trainer advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.

Geelong – September 2, 2018

Medieval Miss – Stable advised the filly pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.
Redefine (NZ) – Trainer advised the gelding had undergone blood tests and would be given a short spell.

Bairnsdale - September 4, 2018

Super Fox – Trainer advised a chiropractor will assess the mare and will forward any findings of this examination.

 

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