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Kembla Grange stewards' report
30 Sep 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

STEWARDS REPORT

Illawarra Turf Club

KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

Saturday 30 September 2017

 

Weather:        Fine

Track:            Good (3)

Rail:               +4m

                                

STEWARDS:  T. A. McDonald (Chairman), J. J. E. Earl, C. G. Polglase and Cadet F. Dale

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RACE 1: The Escarpment Raceday Class 1 and Maiden Plate 2400m:

Blue Seal – Rider P. King reported that his mount was a beaten horse from the home turn and, in his opinion, did not run out today's 2400-metre journey. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality. Trainer Mr D. Payne undertook to report back in the days subsequent on the future race plans for the gelding.

 

Kineton – raced keenly in the early stages when being restrained to find cover behind Underground. Laid in under pressure in the straight.

 

RACE 2: Mount Ousley Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 3 Plate 1600m:

Orcym Sam – bumped at the start by Cannon Run, which was bumped and carried out by Shock Alert, which began awkwardly and shifted out. Overraced in the early and middle stages. Laid in in the straight.

 

Cannon Run – leaving the 300m when Victime De L'amour shifted in, had to be steadied across that runner's heels and shifted to its outside to continue into clear running.

 

Shock Alert – shifted ground under pressure in the straight.

 

Victime De L'amour – raced keenly in the middle stages. Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

RACE 3: Mount Kembla Benchmark 68 Handicap 1200m:

Due to an electrical malfunction, the start of the race was effected manually.

 

Next Level – App. B. Ryan reported that, after being slow to begin (2L), the gelding raced keenly in the early stages. He added that passing the 900m his mount became awkwardly placed on the heels of Sacher Torte and shifted to the outside of that runner, where it was allowed to stride forward and was obliged to race wide thereafter. He stated that passing the 600m the gelding was inclined to lay in behind the heels of Sacher Torte and when he straightened his mount it overreacted and shifted wider than anticipated, which then afforded Sacher Torte a run to his inside rounding the home turn.

 

Ruthless Agent – bumped at the start by Stradance, which began awkwardly and shifted out.

 

Melberra Star – briefly held up on straightening and had to be shifted to the outside of Sacher Torte to continue into clear running. Laid out under pressure for the remainder of the event.

 

Vegas Strip – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.

 

RACE 4: Mount Keira Maiden Handicap 1000m:

Easy Eddie – laid in rounding the home turn and raced greenly in the straight.

 

Sparkly Star – slow to begin.

 

Equal Balance – slow to begin.

 

Lady Elizabeth – raced greenly in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.

 

Milawa – slow to begin. Raced greenly in the straight.

 

Smartypy – laid in and raced greenly in the straight, and passing the 100m shifted in and brushed the running rail.

 

RACE 5: Mount Murray 3YO Maiden Plate 1300m:

Burtonport – Rider K. Jennings reported that, after beginning well, he was able to take up the lead, as instructed. He stated that the colt travelled well, however, found little when placed under pressure in the early part of the straight and was disappointing. He added that in his opinion the colt may benefit from the application of blinkers and stepping up in distance at its next start. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.

 

Myprayer – passing the 1100m laid in across the heels of Warranty and had to be steadied.

 

Rickaby – slow to begin. Approaching the 400m, became awkward on the heels of Destiny's Own, shifted out and dipped.

 

Sky Boy – raced keenly in the early stages and got its head up when being restrained.

 

Stryke Rock - When questioned concerning his riding of the gelding, R. Kozaki stated that he was instructed to ride his mount with cover if possible and to take up a position just behind the leaders. He added that after beginning particularly well he restrained the filly in the early stages to allow other runners to improve forward and cross his mount, and ultimately obtained cover making the first turn. R. Kozaki was questioned relative to Warranty, which was obliged to travel in a three-wide position, shifting in to a one-off position near the 700m. R. Kozaki was advised that in future he must ride more competitively to ensure that where possible he maintains his mount's position and does not allow other runners to obtain more advantageous positions.

 

Sutton Forest – slow to begin.

 

Warranty – slow to begin. Raced keenly in the early stages and, passing the 1100m, was restrained from the heels of Stryke Rock and shifted out. Passing the 1000m raced in restricted room to the inside of Sansa (G. Buckley), made contact with Stryke Rock and shifted out. G. Buckley was advised to exercise more care. Knuckled passing the 950m

 

RACE 6: The Brad Williams Benchmark 71 Handicap 1400m:

Seasonal – slow to begin. Approaching the 200m was disappointed for a run between Lifeline Princess and Hammond Lane, which shifted out slightly. Seasonal then had to be shifted to the inside heels of Helensburgh Ham to continue into clear running. 

 

Kinda Tangy – laid out over the concluding stages.

 

Lifeline Princess – App. B. McDougall reported that, after beginning fairly, he rode his mount forward in an attempt to be in the first four runners, as instructed. He stated that in the early stages, when the runners to his inside Helensburgh Ham and Hammond Lane went forward, he attempted to restrain rather than continue making use of his mount. He added that he was unable to find cover behind Hammond Lane and this left him racing three-wide for the remainder of the event. App. McDougall stated that, in his view, this told on the mare's finishing effort whereby it weakened noticeably over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.

 

RACE 7: Mount Warra Class 1 Handicap 1400m:

It's A New Day – raced keenly in the early stages.

 

Princess Kalli – slow to begin.

 

Prima Stella – slow to begin. When questioned regarding his riding in the event, App. R. Dolan stated that his instructions were to be positive and to find a position on the speed, and in the early stages, when It's A New Day to his inside held a position one-off the fence, he allowed his mount to stride forward and sit outside the leader Grand Finalist. He added that, as his mount was one-paced, he was reluctant to allow Grand Finalist to establish a break on his mount in the middle stages and for this reason he continued to make some use of his mount to remain positioned to its outside. App. Dolan, in the presence of industry training mentor R. Quinn, agreed with Stewards that in hindsight, bearing in mind the fast tempo in the early stages (48.07 first section), it would have been more advantageous had he delayed applying pressure to the leader, Grand Finalist, which would have afforded his mount a better chance to sustain its effort in the straight.

 

RACE 8: Mount Burelli Maiden Handicap 1500m:

Never Been Another – passing the 900m had to be checked to avoid the heels of Colorado River when the pace slackened. Held up rounding the turn and in the early part of the straight, and was shifted to the outside of Selinora to continue into clear running.

 

Lightning Nic – held up rounding the turn and in the early part of the straight, and shifted to the outside of the heels of Matron Wilson to continue into clear running.

 

Chilli Beauty – on jumping, was bumped by Lightning Nic, which began awkwardly and shifted in. Shortly after, was crowded by Colorado River, which was bumped by Chayanne, which was bumped and carried out by Undaunted, which began very awkwardly and shifted out. In this incident, rider K. Latham had to check his mount to avoid the heels of Colorado River and lost significant ground. At the same time Lightning Nic had to be checked to avoid the heels of Never Been Another.

 

Fencourt – raced keenly in the early stages when being restrained to find cover. Leaving the 1000m, while continuing to race keenly, had to be checked off the heels of Never Been Another and then raced three-wide with cover for the remainder of the event.

 

Matron Wilson – App. A. Adkins stated that he began well and was able to find a position three-wide with cover in the early stages whereby his mount travelled well. He added that when placed under pressure from the 400m the mare found little and in his opinion was not suited by today's firmer surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.

 

Primudonna – A post-race veterinary examination of Primudonna, which was beaten 27 lengths, did not reveal any abnormality. Trainer Mr N. Mayfield-Smith was advised that the mare must barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to racing again.

 

Selinora – raced wide without cover throughout.

 

GENERAL:

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

Race 1: Blue Seal

Race 2: Cannon Run, Victime de L'amour

Race 3: Ruthless Agent

Race 4: Easy Eddie, Milawa, Smartypy

Race 5: Warranty

Race 6: Hammond Lane

 

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted that 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 2

App. J. Van Overmeire (Shock Alert)

6 strikes

Race 4

K. Latham (Bounding Badger)

6 strikes

Race 6

App. C. Frater-Hill (Kinda Tangy)

6 strikes

Race 7

K. Jennings (Lord Kingsley)

7 strikes

Race 7

App. R. Dolan (Prima Stella)

7 strikes

Race 7

P. King (Grand Finalist)

8 strikes

Race 8

P. King (Undaunted)

7 strikes

Race 8

App. B. McDougall (Chayanne)

7 strikes

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Nil.

Reprimands:

Nil.

Suspensions:

Nil.

Bleeders:

Nil.

Warnings:

Nil.

Trials:

Race 8: Primudonna (Trainer N. Mayfield-Smith) uncompetitive.

Certificates:

Nil.

Falls/Injuries:

Nil.

Follow-up:

Race 1: Blue Seal (Trainer Mr D. Payne).

Change of Colours:

Nil.

 

 
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