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Flemington stewards' report
11 Mar 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

VRC @ Flemington - Super Saturday

Date:

Saturday March 11th 2017

Track:

Good 4 (Race 1); Good 3 @ 12.34pm (Races 2-9)

Going Stick:

9.4; Shear 11.7

Weather:

Overcast

Rail:

True

Stewards Panel:

Mr Terry Bailey (Chairman), Mr Robert Cram, Mr James Hitchcock, Mr Wade Hadley & Ms Stella Stevenson (Cadet)

Riding Changes / Jockey Information

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

6

Domino Vitale

Beau Mertens

Noel Callow

Unavailable

Did not attend meeting:

Beau Mertens

Race 1 - The Melbourne Cup Carnival on Sale Handicap - 1400 metres:  

Sadaqa - began awkwardly.  Held up for clear running from the 500m until near the 300m. 

By The Grace - slow to begin and was then inconvenienced by Sadaqa which shifted out. 

Duibio - began awkwardly.  Eased at the 1000m to avoid the heels of Cannyescent which was shifting in.

King’s Command - slow into stride.

Battlecamp (NZ) - raced keenly through the middle stages.

Dusty Jack - raced three wide without cover before weakening in the straight.  Lost its near fore plate in running.  Rider Damien Oliver was of the opinion his mount had come to the end of its preparation.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.

Time To Test - raced four wide without cover.

Cannyescent - weakened from the 200m; rider Joao Moreira could offer no explanation for the performance which was below market expectations.  A post race veterinary examination revealed a slower than normal recovery and an endoscopic examination detected a degree of internal exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage that may have affected the gelding’s racing performance and a veterinary clearance is required prior to racing again. 

The track was upgraded from Good 4 to Good 3 @ 12.34pm after the running of this race.

 

Race 2 - My Kitchen Rules Handicap - 1800 metres:  

Aloft (IRE) - connections advised would be ridden more positive; settled in the lead.  Bumped at the start by Red Alto.

Hipparchus (GB) - hampered at the start by Try Four which shifted in abruptly. 

Golden Mane - slow to begin.

Red Alto - began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped Aloft (IRE).  Steadied at the 1400m to avoid the heels of Try Four (Brad Rawiller) which was shifting in.  Rider Luke Currie could offer no explanation for the performance which was below market expectations.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Try Four - rider Brad Rawiller was reprimanded and reminded to be two lengths clear when shifting ground at the 1400m.  Brad Rawiller explained he was instructed to be mid-field with the slow speed but after the incident at the start he was left with no other option but to go forward. 

Hursley (NZ) - held up for clear running from the 400m until shifting to the inside of Aloft (IRE) passing the 100m.

Race 3 - Incognitus Stakes (Listed) - 1100 metres:  

Ken’s Dream - began awkwardly and was slow to begin.

Waterloo Sunset - began awkwardly.

Clockwork Orange - bumped at the start by Sheriff John Stone which shifted out.

Sheriff John Stone - became unbalanced at the start after shifting out and making contact with Clockwork Orange.

Armedanddangerous - hung out

Villa Rosa - rider Damien Oliver was of the view his mount may be at the end of its preparation.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Power Trip - rider Jamie Mott was of the view something may be amiss with the gelding.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Matty - rider Damian Lane could offer no explanation other than to suggest the gelding may not have been suited by the Flemington straight.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Magnatti - rider Joao Moreira reported the filly raced keenly through the early stages and was under pressure from the 200m.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 4 - MSS Security Sires’ Produce Stakes (Group 2) - 1400 metres:  

Aspect - connections advised would be ridden more positive from the wide gate; settled outside the leader.

Eshitraak - began awkwardly making contact with the left hand side of the gate.  Rider Damien Oliver could offer no explanation for the performance which was below market expectations.  A post race veterinary examination revealed a slower than normal recovery and a swab sample was taken for analysis. 

Yue Fei - began awkwardly.

Colesberg - slow into stride.

Groundbreak - became unbalanced at the 400m after being brushed by Black Sail (NZ) which shifted out away from Ace High.

Black Sail (NZ) - laid out under pressure in the straight.

Feng Chu - a post race veterinary examination revealed the colt had sustained speedy cuts to its near hind pastern and coronet. 

 

Race 5 - TAB Kewney Stakes (Group 2) - 1400 metres:  

A Mist Opportunity - connections advised would be ridden further back from the wide draw; settled at the rear of the field. 

Oregon’s Day - after being fractious in its starting stall began awkwardly and lost ground and a warning will be placed on the filly’s record.  Laid out through the middle stages.

Sognani - began awkwardly.  Raced three wide without cover.

Modern Wonder - began awkwardly.  Raced keenly passing the 1000m. 

Savaju (NZ) - laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Race 6 - Schweppervescence Trophy (Group 3) - 1600 metres:   

Lady Selkirk - after being fractious in the float en route to the course was a late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 2.01pm when found to be lame in the near hind leg and will require a veterinary clearance prior to racing again.  Betting deductions: 9 cents in the dollar for double bets.

Alaskan Rose (NZ) - slow to begin.

Shutter Bug - raced wide without cover from the 900m.

Smart As You Think - when questioned regarding his tactics today, rider Regan Bayliss advised that he was instructed to settle where comfortable and after beginning well he decided to take up a forward position given the way the track had played today.  He further added that after having passed the 1200m it would have been more beneficial to his mount to have restrained and allow Rising Hope to go forward from his outside rather than keeping that mare in the three wide position till the 1000m. 

Nurse Kitchen (NZ) - rider Hugh Bowman was of the view his mount would be better suited on a track with more give.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Sebring Dream - rider Corey Brown stated that the filly, which was second up today, raced flat and failed to finish the event off. 

 

Race 7 - Lexus Newmarket Handicap (Group 1) - 1200 metres:  

Inspector - tightened for room at the start by The Quarterback which shifted out.

Super Cash - began awkwardly and made contact with Counterattack before then shifting in and becoming unbalanced and making contact with Inspector. 

Tivaci - over-raced in the early stages and shifted out made contact with Super Cash near the 1000m which was being restrained to avoid the heels of Terravista (Corey Brown) which shifted in when not fully clear.  Held up for clear running passing the 400m and until near the 250m and was then brushed by The Quarterback which shifted in slightly.

Terravista - rider Corey Brown was reprimanded for shifting in near the 1000m when not fully clear of Super Cash.  Corey Brown was of the view his mount wasn’t suited by the slow tempo and raced flat second up.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.

Counterattack - steadied near the 200m when crowded for room by Tivaci which was taken in by The Quarterback.   

Sheidel - when questioned regarding his tactics today, rider Damien Oliver advised that he was content to take cover and  allow Star Turn to go forward on his outside and take the lead through the early stages rather than hold a leading position on the inside of that runner so early in a 1200m race. 

Spieth (NZ) - rider Hugh Bowman could offer no explanation for the performance other than his mount wasn’t suited by the slow tempo.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.

Extreme Choice - rider Joao Moreira explained that after racing wide without cover he was left exposed and for this reason did not finish off as expected.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.

 

Race 8 - TAB Australian Cup (Group 1) - 2000 metres:  

Tom Melbourne (IRE) - connections advised would be ridden more forward; settled mid-field.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Mourinho - connections advised would be ridden quieter from the wide gate; settled in a mid-field position and wide.  Rider Anthony Darmanin was of the opinion his mount would be better suited to a track with more give and racing wide was detrimental to its chances today.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Boom Time - slow to begin and then shifted in and bumped Humidor (NZ).

Humidor (NZ) - inconvenienced at the start when bumped by Boom Time.

Jameka - raced three wide without cover until near the 1200m.

Tally - had to be checked severely to avoid the heels of Exospheric (GB) (Damien Oliver) near the 150m. 

Awesome Rock - when questioned, rider Stephen Baster explained that his mount was travelling well within itself in the early stages and was comfortable in holding down the position outside the leader (Ecuador) at the expense of Jameka, which was caught three wide. 

Damien Oliver (Exospheric (GB)) - pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the carelessness being that near the 150m he permitted his mount to shift in whilst riding it along, when not sufficiently clear of Tally which had to be checked severely.  Damien Oliver had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight March 13th and to expire at the completion of the day meeting on March 23rd, a total of twelve race meetings (four metropolitan, eight provincial).  In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea and that the careless riding was in the mid-range. 

 

Race 9 - James Boag’s Premium Handicap - 1000 metres:  

Setinum - slow to begin.

Super Fun - began very awkwardly.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. 

Taddei Tondo - slow to begin.  Steadied approaching the finishing line when disappointed for running on the inside of Whistle Baby.

Bullpit - steadied at the 500m to avoid the heels of Orujo which had laid in after Bullpit had been taken out by Sunday Escape. 

Runsati - eased approaching the 200m to avoid the heels of Lonrockstar which shifted in.  Rider Linda Meech was of the view the gelding may have come to the end of its preparation. 

Pretty Possum - rider Harry Coffey reported his mount was awkward away and as a result got too far back in the field.

Shaf - rider Mark Zahra was of the opinion his mount did not feel right in its action.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than a slower than normal recovery. 

General

The Stewards received a report from the Compliance Assurance Team this morning regarding a routine stable inspection at the stable of trainer Darren Weir at Warrnambool.  It was reported that a plunger, containing a substance by the brand name Hemopar, was found in the feed belonging to Humidor (NZ).  After further inquiries were made, including the questioning of assistant trainer Jarrod McLean, it was established that the substance was to be administered to the horse with its evening feed the night before.  Having reviewed the process, it was established that the plunger had been left in the feed without it having been administered to the horse, and the Stewards were satisfied that there had been no breach of the rules therefore no further action was taken other than to caution the stable to ensure that their processes are followed strictly.

For information purposes, Hemopar is a substance used to assist a horse’s digestive system and can be administered prior to race day. 

Swab Samples

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

R - Cannyescent, King’s Command, Battlecamp (NZ), Duibio, R2 - Hursley (NZ), Red Alto, Dodging Bullets, R3 - Magnatti, Villa Rosa, Ken’s Dream, Matty, R4 - Sircconi, Aspect, Eshtiraak, R5 - Oregon’s Day, Soho Ruby, I Am A Star (NZ), R6 - Sebring Dream, Miss Rose De Lago, Pure Pride (NZ), R7 - Voodoo Lad, Tivaci, Spieth (NZ), Illustrious Lad, R8 - Exospheric (GB), Jameka, Mourinho, Stratum Star, R9 - Orujo, Shaf, Rocket Tommy     

Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

R6 - Circular

Post race samples from following horses:

R1 - Top Me Up (winner), Dusty Jack (unplaced), R2 - Aloft (IRE) (winner), Martinvast (unplaced), R3 - Falcool (winner), R4 - Sircconi (winner), Aspect (second placegetter), Eshitraak (unplaced), R5 - I Am A Star (NZ) (winner), Ellicazoom (second placegetter), R6 - Circular (winner), Zasorceress (NZ) (second placegetter), R7 - Redkirk Warrior (GB) (winner), Voodoo Lad (second placegetter) Star Turn (third placegetter), Terravista (unplaced), Spieth (NZ) (unplaced), Extreme Choice (unplaced), R8 - Humidor (NZ) (winner), Jameka (second placegetter), Exospheric (GB) (third placegetter), R9 - Rocket Tommy (winner)        

Raceday Summary

Late Scratchings:

R6 - Lady Selkirk (2.01pm, veterinary advice)

Reprimands:

R2 - Brad Rawiller, careless riding

R7 - Corey Brown, careless riding

Suspensions:

R8 - Damien Oliver, careless riding

Horse Actions:

R1 - Cannyescent, eiph, veterinary clearance

R5 - Oregon’s Day, barriers, warning

R6 - Lady Selkirk, lame near hind, veterinary clearance

Changes of Tactics:

R2 - Aloft (IRE)

R4 - Aspect

R5 - A Mist Opportunity

R6 - Lady Selkirk

R8 - Tom Melbourne (IRE)

R8 - Mourinho

Follow Ups:

R3 - Matty

R3 - Power Trip

R6 - Nurse Kitchen (NZ)

R7 - Terravista

R9 - Shaf

Supplementary reports

Terang, Thursday March 2nd 2017

Race 3 - Daviesway Dasco Maiden Plate - 1200 metres: 

Moonlight Kiss - the stable of trainer Darren Weir has advised that the filly pulled up well.

Flemington, Saturday March 4th 2017

Race 1 - Mrs Mac’s Family Bakery Sprint - 1100 metres:  

Savaju (NZ) - trainer Shaun Dwyer advised that the filly pulled up fine and is pressing on with preparation.

Ballarat, Tuesday March 7th 2017

Race 2 - City of Ballarat 3YO Maiden Plate - 1400 metres: 

You Would Think - the stables of trainer Ciaron Maher has confirmed that the filly will now be spelled.

Race 8 - Hygain BM64 Handicap - 1600 metres: 

Tossilini - the Hayes/Dabernig stable advised that the gelding pulled up well and is continuing on.

Ballarat, Wednesday March 8th 2017

Race 2 - Bond Homes Maiden Plate - 1200 metres:  

British Isle - trainer Dan O’Sullivan has advised that the colt pulled up with shin soreness, and a later veterinary examination confirmed the colt to be fine.

Race 7 - Hygain BM64 Handicap - 1000 metres:  

Autonomous - the stable of trainer Darren Weir has advised that the gelding has pulled up fine and will be continuing on.

 
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