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Newcastle stewards' report
07 Oct 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

STEWARDS’ REPORT

Newcastle Jockey Club

NEWCASTLE  RACECOURSE

Saturday 7 October 2017

Weather:  Overcast

Track:      Good (4)

Rail:         Out 6m entire circumference

 

STEWARDS:  D L Carr (Chairman), D M Greer, T J Vassallo and cadets C K McIntosh, F T Dale  

                                                                                                                                                      (mkm)

 

RACE 1 – Assure Insurance Newcastle Colts, Geldings & Entires Maiden Handicap 1400m

Euro Gold – to be ridden back; settled worse than midfield.

 

Resonare – began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Victory Star – raced wide without cover from the 800m.

 

Restless – When questioned regarding the performance, G Buckley stated that his mount was inclined to lay out throughout the early and middle stages, however when placed under pressure from the 600m commenced to hang out more severely and for this reason he was unable to ride Restless out over the final 250m. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative N Perry was advised that a warning would be placed on the gelding's record regarding its racing manners.

 

Echo King – A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 2 – Rams Home Loans Benchmark 60 Handicap 2330m

Nothing Too Hard – raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.

 

Happy Partner – When questioned regarding the performance, rider M Bell stated that his mount travelled well throughout the early and middle stages and when asked to improve from the 800m initially made some ground on the leaders, however was disappointing in the manner in which it weakened in the straight. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 3 – Allweld Services 3yo Maiden Plate 900m

Declaration of correct weight was delayed to enable B Spriggs, the rider of the fourth placegetter Adele's Joy, to view the Stewards' footage to ascertain whether there were grounds to protest against Titus being declared the third placegetter. When B Spriggs was satisfied there were insufficient grounds, and the Stewards were similarly satisfied, correct weight was declared.

 

Perfect Style – began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped Titus.

 

Adele's Joy – slow to begin.

 

Titus – passing the 100m was bumped by Adele's Joy which shifted out.

 

Faba – when questioned regarding the performance, rider S Guymer stated that after beginning well his mount travelled well in the early and middle stages, however when Classify shifted out around the heels of the leader Perfect Style near the 600m and carried his mount wider, it became immediately under pressure, commenced to lay out and was disappointing in its failure to finish its race off. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative M Chevalier advised that Faba had pleased in its work in the lead up to today's run and expressed disappointment with its performance. Mr Chevalier was advised that a warning would be placed on the record of Faba which was difficult to load.

 

RACE 4 – Kentan Machinery Class 1 Handicap 1600m

Hierarchal – to be ridden further forward; settled on pace. For some distance after the 500m was checked to avoid the heels of the weakening Stylish Charlene.

 

Speedway – slow to begin. Was held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.

 

Surjin – when the pace slackened near the 1300m had to be steadied and shifted out to avoid the heels of Hierarchal. Surjin was then obliged to race wide without cover for the remainder of the event.

 

Star Bright – raced keenly in the early stages when being restrained to obtain cover.

 

Stylish Charlene – approaching the 300m when weakening was steadied to avoid the heels of Speedway (G Buckley) which shifted out when not clear. G Buckley was reprimanded.

 

Lightning Nic – when questioned regarding the performance, K Jennings stated that he was instructed to ride his mount back in the field as is customary, however when the pace was slow in the early stages his mount raced fiercely and he was unable to restrain it to obtain cover following Star Bright. He stated that when Surjin shifted wider after the 1300m he was able to obtain cover trailing that runner, however when his mount continued to race fiercely he was obliged to check his mount and shift wider when it improved onto the heels of Surjin and when it continued to overrace he was obliged to race four wide without cover for the majority of the event. K Jennings stated that passing the 600m his mount was bumped on a number of occasions by Star Bright, which was endeavouring to improve between his mount and Surjin so he allowed Lightning Nic to stride forward to a position outside the leaders on straightening where his mount failed to finish its race off when placed under full pressure approaching the 200m. K Jennings added that in his opinion the poor performance was attributable to the racing manners of Lightning Nic and also the additional ground he was obliged to cover. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 5 – Century 21 Aaron Walter, Edgeworth Maiden Plate 1200m

Riva Romance – to be ridden more forward; led. When questioned regarding his riding in the early part of the straight and in particular looking over his shoulder on two occasions, R Hutchings stated that he had been instructed to lead and after being slow to begin from his wide barrier he had to make some use of his mount to cross runners and obtain the lead on the fence near the 900m. He stated that given the work his mount was obliged to do early he wanted to hold it together for as long as he could before placing it under pressure in an attempt to have it finish its race off. R Hutchings  stated that shortly after straightening he looked over his left shoulder and observed that he still held a margin on the field and for this reason he continued to hold his mount together. He stated that after looking over his shoulder for a second time near the 300m he observed High Power improving to his outside so he immediately placed his mount under full pressure where it responded well before weakening over the final 50 metres.

 

The Drake – was declared a late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 3.58pm after the gelding became fractious in the barriers, reared and got its near fore leg cast for some time. Stewards subsequently ordered that all monies wagered on The Drake be refunded in full and with regard to betting with bookmakers all successful wagers made prior to 3.58pm to be subject to the following deductions in the dollar on the face value of the ticket:

1st)  High Power less 14c win and 11c place

2nd) Riva Romance less 15c place

3rd)  Fortune's Path less 25c place

Stable representative J Linwood was advised that a warning would be place on The Drake's record regarding its barrier manners.

 

Extreme Measure – a veterinary examination of the filly, which was drawn in the barrier adjacent to The Drake when it became fractious, passed it suitable to race. Overraced throughout the early and middle stages. Was held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.

 

Soolaimon – when the pace steadied approaching the 800m improved onto the heels of Thrilled and had to be checked.

 

Thrilled – When questioned regarding his riding in the early stages, J Penza stated that he was instructed to obtain cover on the gelding and after beginning well, when the tempo in his opinion was very slow he anticipated Extreme Measure crossing to the fence and obtaining a position with cover to that runner's outside. He stated however that when High Power improved to the inside of Extreme Measure his mount was left racing three wide. He added that when the tempo continued to be slow and his mount was inclined to overrace he was unable to restrain to obtain cover and as a consequence remained racing three wide throughout the event. A post race veterinary examination of the gelding did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 6 – McDonald Johnson Lawyers Fillies & Mares Maiden Handicap 1400m

Longmu – to be ridden further forward; settled midfield. Slow to begin. Held up for clear running until near the 300m.

 

Bellabrook – raced keenly in the early stages. Hung in under pressure over the final 250 metres and proved difficult to ride out.

 

Serket – was held up rounding the home turn and on a number of occasions in the early part of the straight made contact with Flying Rose when endeavouring to improve between that runner and Oscar Award. Approaching the 200m was bumped by Oscar Award which shifted out.

 

Victoria Dawn – When questioned regarding racing further forward today. S Guymer stated that he was instructed to obtain cover on the mare, however when it began particularly well, and when no other runners showed intent to lead, he was able to obtain the lead without placing his mount under undue pressure.

 

Oscar Award – when questioned regarding the performance, G Buckley stated that his mount travelled well outside the leader throughout the early and middle stages however he could offer no explanation for its failure to respond to his riding when placed under pressure from the 500m. A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be displaying a poor post race recovery.

 

Elysia – When questioned M Bell could offer no explanation for the poor performance. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer G Hickman will be interviewed.

 

RACE 7 – Lambourne Partners Financial Planning Benchmark 60 Handicap 1200m

Sense Of Play – if begins well to be ridden further forward; settled midfield.

 

Grimoire - was declared a late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 5.16pm after the gelding became fractious in the barriers, reared and got its near fore leg cast for some time. Stewards subsequently ordered that all monies wagered on Grimoire be refunded in full and with regard to betting with bookmakers all successful wagers made prior to 5.16pm to be subject to the following deductions in the dollar on the face value of the ticket:

1st)  Stradance less 6c win and 15c place

2nd) Allied Power less 9c place

3rd)  Final Frontier less 5c place

Trainer J Coyle was advised that a warning would be placed on the record of Grimoire for its barrier manners.

 

Allied Power – after being loaded kicked out on a number of occasions. Allied Power was removed from the barriers and underwent a veterinary examination and passed suitable to race. Slow to begin (2L).

Ready And Flying – approaching the 200m was hampered when The Baker (J Penza) shifted out.       J Penza was told to exercise more care.

 

The Baker – had difficulty obtaining completely clear running until approaching the 200m. For some distance after the 100m was unable to be tested when racing in restricted room between Dylan's Dynasty and Final Frontier which shifted in before being corrected by its rider.

 

Dylan's Dynasty – was inclined to lay in when placed under pressure in the straight and over the concluding stages was unable to be ridden out when awkwardly positioned close to the heels of Darbies Blugirl.

 

RACE 8 – Hamilton Hawks Rugby Club Class 2 Handicap 1400m

Poet's Advocate - R Hutchings reported that he was instructed to settle midfield, however when the gelding, which was racing with blinkers on today, began particularly well and showed more speed than he anticipated and he was able to obtain the lead without placing his mount under undue pressure.

 

In Bengal – raced wide without cover in the early and middle stages.

 

Foxy Housewife – was held up rounding the home turn and shortly after straightening was steadied when disappointed for a narrow run between In Bengal and Proane, which was taken out by Sunday Swindler. When questioned J Penza stated that after being caught wide in the early stages he was obliged to settle a little further back than anticipated in order to obtain cover trailing Proane, however his mount never travelled well at any stage and although it was disappointed for a run in the early part of the straight, it was nevertheless disappointing in its failure to respond when placed under pressure. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities other than a minor abrasion to the nearside stifle.

 

Proane – shortly after straightening was bumped and taken wider by Sunday Swindler which improved into a narrow run between that runner and On The Spot.

 

Nikkas 'N' A Twist – hung in when placed under pressure in the straight and proved difficult to ride out.

 

On The Spot –  When questioned apprentice N Heywood stated that he was instructed to settle in a forward position, however when his mount did not have sufficient speed to cross runners to his inside, he was left racing three wide without cover throughout the event. Apprentice Heywood added that in the circumstances, where his mount covered additional ground and the tempo throughout the event was genuine, it was left without a finishing effort. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Clevanicc – When questioned regarding his riding of the gelding , M Bell stated that as the horse has a tendency to race keenly in  its races he was instructed to obtain cover to allow his mount the opportunity to settle. He stated that in the early stages he did not ride his mount along out of the barriers to comply with his instructions and when his mount was caught wide, and the tempo was fast in the first 100 metres, he elected to restrain his mount to obtain a position trailing Foxy Housewife which was a favoured runner in the race, rather than ride his mount along to cross Sunday Swindler, which would have been contrary to his instructions. He said that making the first turn near the 900m when the pace slowed his mount commenced to race keenly, however settled better from the 800m. Rounding the home turn he elected to continue to follow Foxy Housewife which he anticipated improving into the race, however when that runner was steadied shortly after straightening when disappointed for a run he was obliged to shift in to avoid that runner's heels, and when held up had to continually check to avoid the heels of Sunday Swindler. He added that his mount was then held up for some distance until near the 250m where he was able to obtain clear running to the inside if San Francisco where his mount finished its race off strongly. When questioned as to whether there was an opportunity to improve along the rail from the 500m, M Bell stated that as Sunday Swindler, which was an unfancied runner, was racing on the fence at that point, he elected to continue to trail Foxy Housewife. He stated that when Sunday Swindler then shifted away from the rail shortly after he was reluctant to shift back to the fence as San Francisco, which was racing on the rail, was under heavy pressure. He added that when a run appeared to the inside of Sunday Swindler between San Francisco and  Belle Voleur, he was unable to immediately shift in to attempt that run as he was positioned to the outside of the heels of Sunday Swindler and he was obliged to wait for Sunday Swindler to improve in order to shift to that runner's inside to obtain clear running. M Bell was told that in all the circumstances the Stewards accepted his explanation however he was nevertheless advised to ensure he places his mounts in clear running whenever possible.

 

GENERAL:  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):

 

Race 1

K Jennings(Ivoryman)

6 strikes prior to 100m

Race2

Apprentice H Lee (Husonique)

8 strikes prior to 100m

 

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

Race 1: Euro Gold

Race 2: Nothing Too Hard

Race 4: Fantastic Man, Hierarchal, Lightning Nic, Speedway(2), Star Bright, Latin Light

Race 5: Riva Romance

Race 6: Flying Rose

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Nil

Reprimands:

Race 4: G Buckley – shifting out [AR 137(a)].

Suspensions:

Nil

Bleeders:

Nil

Warnings:

Race 1: Restless – hanging out (trainer P Perry)

Race 3: Faba – difficult to load (trainer G Moore)

Race 5: The Drake – barrier manners (trainer J Sargent)

Race 7: Grimoire barrier manners (trainer J Coyle)

Trials:

Nil

Certificates:

Nil

Fall/Injuries:

Nil

Change of Colours:

Nil

Change of Gear

Nil

Follow up:

Race 6: Elysia – trainer G Hickman to be interviewed re performance.

 

 

 

 

 
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