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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

Saturday 6 July 2019

 

Weather:          Overcast

Track:               Heavy (9)

Rail:                  +9m 1600m – WP, +7m Remainder

Penetrometer:   6.15

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: P C Dingwall (Chairman), W R Birch, T Moxon, J J E Earl and Cadets, O Fleming, T B Kearney

 

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Supplementary Report:

 

CANTERBURY RACECOURSE  - Wednesday 3 July 2019

Race 6: Frosted @ Darley Handicap 19000m:

Dylan’s Romance  - Trainer M Conners advised that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of Dylan’s Romance. He said that an examination conducted by the stable veterinarian on 4 July 2019 did not reveal any adverse findings.                                                                                                           

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RACE 1: Australian Turf Club Handicap 1300m:

Roman Wolf  - Slow to begin. Near the 350m was steadied when disappointed for running between Siesta Key and Frosty Rocks which shifted in slightly. In this instance Frosty Rocks and Siesta Key made contact. Rider S Clenton dropped her whip approaching the 150m.

 

Rule The World  - Knuckled on jumping.

 

Betcha Flying  - Shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier. Was held up until approaching the 250m after shifting to the outside of Siesta Key then shifted to the outside of Strange Charm and closed the race off strongly.

 

Siesta Key – Joining the course proper near the 1200m when being crossed by Rule The World which was shifting in when not quite clear, commenced to race keenly for a short distance when awkwardly placed close to the heels of that runner. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Strange Charm Shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 2: TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap 1000m:

Syd’s Footprints – On jumping was severely crowded between Tootz and Alcatran which began awkwardly and shifted out. When questioned B Shinn said that the gelding is generally an on pace runner and was disadvantaged by having to race towards the rear of the field due to the circumstances at the start. He said that nonetheless he believed that the primary reason for Syd’s Footprints performing disappointingly today was its failure to handle the heavy track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Logan River – Slow to begin. Lots its near foreplate.

 

Siege Warfare – Near the 650m was steadied when crowded between Tootz and Syd’s Footprints which after initially making slight contact with Siege Warfare then shifted out further despite the efforts of its rider. Near the 150m was eased when crowded between Logan River which rolled out and Nevada Dane (App B McDougall) which shifted in when not clear. Whilst Stewards acknowledged that the major portion of the shift was as App B McDougall was changing the whip into his right hand, he was advised that as Nevada Dane had given the indication that it was shifting in prior to this, that in similar circumstances his first obligation is to correct his mount via the use of his reins.

 

Tootz – On jumping was bumped on the hind quarters by Syd’s Footprints and became unbalanced.

 

Alcatran  - Began awkwardly.

 

Nevada Dane – Bumped with Tootz on jumping and became unbalanced. Raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

San Marco – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

Polar Star – Began awkwardly. Raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Pisa My Heart – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier and in the home straight laid in resulting in R King having difficulty riding the mare using her normal vigour.

 

RACE 3: Everest Carnival Handicap 1100m:

Dio D’Oro – From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover for the major part of the race.

 

Embracer – Began only fairly. When questioned, J Collett attributed the horse’s failure today due to it racing keenly in the early and middle stages when unable to dictate the terms of the race due to Sir Elton racing to Embracer’s outside. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A Bott said that Embracer is better suited when able to lead without being pressured but nonetheless having regard to its overall performance Embracer will now be spelled. As the performance was deemed to be unacceptable, Mr Bott was advised that Embracer, having regard to the beaten margin, would be required to barrier trial before being permitted to race again.

 

Skyray – A post-race veterinary examination of Skyray, which failed to close the race off, revealed no abnormalities.

Quick Nick – Was held up for clear running until the 350m.

 

RACE 4: Nathan’s Famous Handicap 1600m:

Attention Run – Slow to begin.

 

Costello – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

I’m Pretty Strong – Near the 500m when commencing to tire was eased when tightened briefly by Monsieur Sisu which rolled in. A post-race veterinary examination of the mare which weakened over the final 200m revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 5: Randwick Mayors Cup 2400m:

Fanciful Toff – J Duggan was unable to provide any explanation for the disappointing performance. She said the gelding came under pressure passing the 800m and despite her efforts to encourage Fanciful Toff to improve the gelding did not respond and weakened early in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 1/5 lame in the near foreleg. Co-trainer Mr C Maher was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before the gelding is permitted to race or barrier trial.   

 

Bobby Dee -  T Clark explained that the gelding did not stay the distance of today’s event and raced like a horse that had reached the end of its preparation. He added that his mount travelled prominently as expected however came under pressure on the home turn.

 

Ombudsman – Whilst in the care of the barrier attendant put its head down as the start was affected and lost ground. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised that a warning would be recorded against the barrier manners of the gelding.

 

Our Candidate – The declaration of correct weight was delayed as J Ford and the connections viewed the footage to ascertain if there were grounds to lodge a protest against the winner, Kaapfever. When connections declined to lodge a protest and the Stewards were of the view that there were insufficient grounds to proceed with a protest correct weight was declared. Commenced to lay in under pressure passing the 200m. Approaching the 50m was inconvenienced when Kaapfever shifted out slightly.

 

Kaapfever – When questioned regarding the improved performance trainer J Pride said it was his intention to have the gelding travel in about a mid field position however from an inside barrier today Kaapfever settled more prominently than expected. He said in his opinion, Kaapfever at its most recent start resented the kickback on a track that was rated a Heavy(10) and he believed that this was the principal reason for the horse failing at the Kensington Track on 26 June 2019. He said that Kaapfever was also aided by being able to commence its run from the 600m to the outside of runners today.

 

RACE 6: JHB Syndications Handicap 1800m:

Zourkhan  - Near the 200m bumped with White Boots after being carried out by Veladero which itself was shifted wider by Dr Drill (K O’Hara) which when under pressure shifted ground. K O’Hara was advised to exercise more care and to cease pressuring her mounts when they are shifting ground when not clear of other runners.

 

White Boots – When questioned, B McDougall explained that he had been asked to travel prominently if possible and ideally it was hoped that he would settle one out one back. He said that he had been advised by trainer Ms K Waugh that he was to ensure that he was to achieve this with minimal pressure however, if there was a likelihood of White Boots travelling wide it would be acceptable if the tempo was good to shift behind runners in the early stages. He said that White Boots began only fairly and when the composition of the field was such that he would be caught wide and without cover he elected when the tempo was good to shift behind runners. He said that consequently White Boots travelled further back than anticipated. Ms Waugh confirmed the instructions issued and expressed satisfaction with the manner in which B McDougall rode the gelding.

 

Mongolian Wolf – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Wu Gok – Had some difficulty obtaining clear running until approaching the 300m.

 

Dagny – Slow to begin (3L).  Raced keenly in the middle stages. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised that a warning would be recorded against the gelding.

 

Top Prospect – Was held up after the 200m and then near the 150m was inconvenienced when Wu Gok shifted out slightly.

 

RACE 7: Randwick Community Day Handicap 1000m:

Latin Boy – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Sharpe Hussler – Was held up for clear running until passing the 300m.

 

Revenire – Knuckled shortly after the start.

 

Raven’s Blaze – Slow to begin.

 

Epic Dan – Near the 800m was eased to avoid the heels of Royal Witness which shifted in when not quite clear. Near the 600m was eased to avoid the heels of Invictus Salute (C Reith) which shifted in when not properly clear. C Reith was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. When questioned J Collett explained that Epic Dan travelled strongly throughout the middle section of the race and consequently was left without a finishing effort.

 

Natalia  - Stewards permitted T Clark to ride the filly 0.5kg over its declared weight of 53.5kg.

RACE 8:  Kensington Handicap 1300m:

Conarchie – Raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Arraignment – A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Condor – Began only fairly. Near the 900m when being restrained to obtain cover was eased to avoid the heels of Charretera (C Reith) which shifted in when not properly clear. C Reith was advised to exercise care and also to ensure he is sufficiently clear when crossing runners.

 

Shock Alert – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Silent General – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Shazee Lee – Slow to begin. Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

RACE 9: Winter Racing Handicap 1400m:

Terminology – H Bowman stated that apart from travelling wide and without cover and the heavy going he was unable to provide any further explanation for the filly finishing tailed out. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. The performance was deemed to be unacceptable and before being permitted to race again co-trainer Mr A Bott was advised that the filly must perform satisfactorily in an official barrier trial.

 

Velocita – Shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Levee Bank – Slow to begin. Near the 600m became awkwardly placed on the heels of Aim For Perfection was restrained and as a result, shifted out and was buffeted when racing tight to the inside of Misteed.

 

Echo Gem – A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Curata Princess – Slow to begin.

 

Misteed – When being restrained to obtain a position with cover in the early stages travelled keenly. When questioned B Ryan acknowledged that in retrospect he should have availed himself of the opportunity to shift out and travel behind Terminology near the 600m. He said that whilst he was contemplating this manoeuvre Velocita improved quickly to his outside which nullified this option. However he believed this was of minor consequence as Misteed was only briefly held up early in the straight and only finished the race off fairly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be lame 2/5 in the off hind leg. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden was advised that a veterinary clearance will be require prior to the filly being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

 

Aim For Perfection – Slow to begin and was hampered by Dame Kiri which shifted in. Raced keenly for some distance after the 1200m. Levee Bank which was following then was steadied and was awkwardly placed on the heels of Aim For Perfection and got its head up when continuing to be steadied for some distance thereafter.

 

Dame Kiri – Began awkwardly. Joining the course proper near the 1200m and for some distance thereafter raced fiercely and was then steadied from the heels of Notation. Misteed which was following was steadied as a consequence. 

GENERAL:

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted that the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the 100m under AR132(7)(a)(ii).  Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

Race 1 J Collett (Frosty Rocks) 7 strikes
Race 4 J Duggan (Decroux) 6 Strikes
Race 5 R King  (Kaapfever) 6 Strikes
Race 6 K O’Hara (Dr Drill) 6 Strikes

 

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

Race 1:  Frosty Rocks, Strange Charm, Betcha Flying

Race 2:  Syd’s Footprints, Tootz, Polar Star, Caccini

Race 3:  Embracer, Bare Naked Lady, Gimme Shelter

Race 4:  Monsieur Sisu, Sweet Victory,  Costello, Decroux

Race 5:  Fanciful Toff, Bobby Dee, Kellstorm, Raqeeq, Latin Light, Our Candidate

Race 6:  Dr Drill, Dagny, White Boots, Dalmatia Prince

Race 7:  Deity, Raven’s Blaze

Race 8:  Conarchie, Bangkok, Silent General, Shazee Lee

Race 9: Terminology, Echo Gem, Velocita

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Race 5: Ombudsman (Trainer C Waller) – fractious in barriers.
Race 6: Dagny (Trainer C Waller) – Slow to begin.
Trials: Race 3: Embracer (Co-trainer A Bott) – Poor performance.
Race 9: Terminology (Co-trainer A Bott) – Poor performance.
Certificates: Race 5: Fanciful Toff (Co-trainer C Maher) – Lame (1/5) near foreleg.
Race 9: Misteed (Co-trainer P Snowden) – Lame (2/5) off hind leg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Tactics Notified: Race 4: Sweet Victory – To be ridden prominently with option to lead; lead.
Race 4: I’m Pretty Strong – To be ridden prominently; settled outside the leader.
Race 6: Veladero – To be ridden further forward with cover; settled off pace with cover.
Race 8: Arraignment – To be ridden further forward; settled mid field.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 5: Bobby Dee (Co-trainers Baker and Forsman) -Future race plans.

 

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