MRC @ Caulfield
Saturday April 15th 2017
Good 4 (Races 1-3); Good 3 @ 1.04pm (Races 4-10)
+4m entire circuit
Mr Terry Bailey (Chairman), Mr Rob Montgomery, Mr James Hitchcock, Mr Rex Terp & Ms Stella Stevenson (Cadet)
Race 1 - Jack Elliott Handicap - 1600 metres:
Correct weight was delayed when apprentice Ben Allen, rider of Ma Jones (second past the post), lodged an objection against Quilate being declared the winner alleging interference from the 200m. On the evidence it was established that from the 150m, Ma Jones was denied an uninterrupted run to the finish due to a shift from Quilate which continued to shift putting Ma Jones off balance passing the 100m. In the opinion of the Stewards if Ma Jones had been afforded an uninterrupted run to the line it would have beaten Quilate to the finish, bearing in mind the short neck margin, and therefore the protest was upheld and placings amended as follows: Ma Jones - winner, Quilate - second placegetter, Lady Selkirk - third placegetter and Amarela (NZ) - fourth placegetter.
Ma Jones - slow into stride.
Stella Etoile - commenced to over-race approaching the 1200m and then had to be steadied off the heels of Amarela (NZ).
Hot Ruby - rider Dwayne Dunn could offer no explanation for the performance, which was below expectations. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
Beau Mertens (Quilate) - pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the carelessness being that inside the 150m he permitted his mount to shift ground out several horses whilst riding along with the whip, causing interference by taking Ma Jones out off its course where it became unbalanced near the 150m. Beau Mertens had his permit to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight April 18th and to expire at midnight April 24th, a total of eight race meetings (one metropolitan, seven provincial). In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea and good record and that the carelessness was in the low range.
Race 2 - Bill Collins Handicap - 1100 metres:
John’s Revenge - began awkwardly and lost ground.
Under Oath - slow to begin and then shortly after the start floundered. Over-raced in the early and middle stages. Approaching the winning post shifted out away from Many Rewards which shifted out.
Al Passem - over-raced in the early and middle stages.
Redcore - hung out rounding the home turn.
Race 3 - Bert Bryant Handicap - 1100 metres:
Punt Club - after being fractious in its starting stall, underwent a veterinary examination and was passed suitable to race.
El Sicario (NZ) - slow to begin. When questioned regarding the tactics today, rider Stephen Baster explained that he was given specific instructions to try and settle the horse in the early stages as it has had a history of over-racing. He added that in doing this, he may have overdone his instructions by settling behind Sir Mask and ultimately getting too far back in the race. He also added that whilst he did not use the whip in the straight, he experienced a chequered run and that the horse was at its best under hands and heels riding. Trainer Trent Busuttin confirmed the instructions and reiterated the gelding has had a history of over-racing. He stated he was satisfied with the preparation leading into the race and was of the opinion that it was a genuine chance today. In all the circumstances the Stewards did not take the matter any further other than to remind Stephen Baster to handle his mounts in a manner than leaves no room for query. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
Secret Blend - jumped away awkwardly.
Star Stealer - got its head up when being restrained in the early stages. Rider Ben Allen reported despite settling at the rear he had wanted to ride the gelding closer with cover and noted his mount had to make up significant ground in the straight where it ran on well. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
The track was upgraded from Good 4 to Good 3 @ 1.04pm after the running of this race.
Race 4 - Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap - 1400 metres:
Waterloo Sunset - had to be steadied on jumping when tightened for room by Inspired Estelle which shifted in on jumping away.
Theodolite - raced wide without cover.
Butch Kissidy - held up from the 400m and had to be steadied and change course to avoid the heels of Tenappy Ladies which shifted out on straightening.
Nina’s Ballerina (NZ) - had to be steadied when weakening near the 300m to avoid the heels of Waterloo Sunset (Dwayne Dunn) which shifted out to improve its position; Dwayne Dunn was reprimanded and advised to exercise more care when shifting ground.
Throssell - lost its near fore plate in running.
Another Coldie - rider Ben Allen reported the colt was unable to settle in a more forward position and may have peaked on its run in the straight. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
Race 5 - Geoff Murphy Handicap - 1100 metres:
Overstep - connections advised would be ridden towards the rear of the field; settled towards the rear of the field. Held up from the 500m before gaining clear running near the 200m and near the 300m shifted out to obtain clear running to the outside of Clockwork Orange and in doing so made contact with Rose Ahead resulting in Rose Ahead becoming unbalanced. Rider Craig Newitt stated he settled back in the field to enable to filly to settle and was pleased with how his mount ran on in the straight. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
Snitty Kitty - after being loaded in its starting stall and breaking through the gates, underwent a veterinary examination and was passed suitable to race and this resulted in a two minute delay to the start of the race.
Clockwork Orange - over-raced in the early and middle stages.
Merriest - tightened for room near the 700m by Artemis Rose which shifted in when not fully clear.
Getemhel (NZ) - placed in restricted room between Merriest, which had initially been tightened by Artemis Rose, and Modern Wonder for some distance passing the 700m and subsequently had to surrender its position near the 600m.
Rose Ahead - became unbalanced near the 300m when brushed by Overstep.
Moonlover - laid inwards under pressure in the straight.
Artemis Rose - rider Dwayne Dunn was cautioned and advised to exercise more care after permitting his mount to shift in near the 700m when not fully clear of Merriest. Dwayne Dunn was of the opinion the filly didn’t handle the Melbourne way of going. A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to have the thumps and a swab sample was taken for analysis.
Scarlet Rain - a post race veterinary examination identified the presence of blood at both nostrils. The filly 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 1000m in the presence of a Steward.
Race 6 - Robert Taranto Handicap - 2425 metres:
Self Sense - on jumping away was hampered when tightened for room between Boom Time and The Dominator (NZ) both of which shifted ground.
Hans Holbein (GB) - raced wide without cover in the early stages.
Like A Carousel - had to be steadied near the 1900m when tightened for room by Try Four which shifted in when not fully clear.
Try Four - rider Ben Allen was severely reprimanded for shifting in near the 1900m when not sufficiently clear of Like A Carousel.
Genuine Lad - held up for a short distance rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.
Araldo Junior (GER) - compounded in the straight. Post race endoscopy 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.
Race 7 - M & D Dillon Constructions Handicap - 1200 metres:
Taddei Tondo - slow to begin.
Rock ‘n’ Gold - raced wide without cover.
Lake Como (NZ) - a post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be lame in the off foreleg and had the thumps and a veterinary clearance is required prior to racing again. A swab sample was also taken for analysis.
Race 8 - mypunter.com Victoria Handicap (Group 3) - 1400 metres:
Arod (IRE) - connections advised the horse would attempt to go forward today; raced four wide without cover in a handy position. Rider Craig Newitt reported he was instructed to ride his mount in a forward position however he was under pressure from the 700m. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.
Kenjorwood - connections advised would be ridden back from the wide draw; ridden at the rear of the field.
Rhythm To Spare (NZ) - on jumping away had to be checked when tightened for room between Hellova Street and Turbo Miss, both of which shifted ground shortly after the start. Held up rounding the home turn before shifting out to gain clear running passing the 200m.
Fast ‘n’ Rocking - had to be steadied on jumping away when tightened for room between Entirely Platinum (NZ) and Turbo Miss which shifted out. Held up rounding the home turn before gaining clear running approaching the 200m. Again held up over the concluding stages and went to the line not being fully tested.
Hellova Street - over-raced in the early stages and near the 1200m had to be steadied off the heels of Dan Zephyr. Raced wide without cover.
Turbo Miss - when the pace slackened near the 900m, had to be steadied off the heels of Hooked and as a result shifted in and hampered Rhythm To Spare (NZ).
Race 9 - Le Pine Funerals Easter Cup (Group 3) - 2000 metres:
Observational (GB) - connections advised would be ridden forward today; settled just worse than mid-field. Trainer John Sadler explained it was a late decision by him to vary the tactics, given the manner in which the track was playing as in his view backmarkers were having difficulty in making ground.
Extra Zero - slow to begin. Checked near the 150m to avoid the heels of War Legend (NZ) which shifted out under pressure after being initially taken out slightly by Dark Eyes.
Pornichet (FR) - over-raced in the early and middle stages.
Jacquinot Bay - raced wide without cover.
Tarquin - held up from rounding the home turn until approaching the 200m.
Leebaz (NZ) - when weakening had to be steadied when tightened for room approaching the 200m between Pornichet (FR) and Goldstream (ITY) which shifted in to obtain clear running.
Grey Lion (IRE) - when weakening had to be steadied when tightened for room approaching the 200m between Pornichet (FR) and Goldstream (ITY) which shifted in to obtain clear running. Rider Craig Newitt stated he was instructed to settle in a forward position however his mount would gain benefit from today’s first up performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
War Legend (NZ) - rider Patrick Moloney was reprimanded for failing to make a greater effort to keep his mount on a straight course after contributing to interference to Extra Zero near the 150m.
Race 10 - Bravo Greg Miles - 1600 metres:
Plot The Course - at the request of rider Stephen Baster, underwent a veterinary examination behind the barriers and was subsequently a late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 5.18pm when found to be lame in the off foreleg and will require a veterinary clearance prior to racing again. All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on the late scratching to be refunded. All successful bets prior to 5.18pm are subject to the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket: win bets - 8 cents, place bets (for winner) - 10 cents, place bets (for 2nd) - 9 cents and place bets (for 3rd) - 9 cents.
Hazzabeel (NZ) - began awkwardly and lost ground. Commenced to over-race near the 1400m and had to be steadied off the heels of Curragh (NZ).
Lord Durante - slow to begin. Over-raced in the early stages.
Nordic Flight (GER) - raced wide without cover.
Nevis (IRE) - rider Linda Meech could offer no explanation for the performance other than it was disappointing. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
Ormito (GER) - rider Ben Allen stated he was instructed to ride his mount back from the wide draw, however after beginning well he was obliged to restrain to obtain cover. He added his mount would be suited from a more favourable barrier and in races of a greater distance than today’s 1600m. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than a slower than normal recovery.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
R1 - Amarela (NZ), Quilate, Ma Jones, Yulong Baby, R2 - Easy Beast (NZ), Premio Momento, Many Rewards, R3 - First Hand, Grey Street, Chase The Horizon, R4 - Throssell, R4 - Waterloo Sunset, Another Coldie, R5 - Artemis Rose, Snitty Kitty, Modern Wonder, R6 - Lucques, Boom Time, Hans Holbein (GB), R7 - Taddei Tondo, Miss Gunpowder, Rock Forthe Ladies, R8 - Hellova Street, Hooked, Onpicalo, R9 - Dark Eyes, Second Bullet, War Legend (NZ), R10 - Hazzabeel (NZ), Great Esteem, French Emotion,
Pre-race urine for post race analysis:
R5 - Scarlet Rain, R10 - Ormito (GER)
Post race samples from following horses:
R1 - Quilate (second placegetter), Amarela (NZ) (fourth placegetter), R2 - Al Passem (winner), R3 - Miss Vista (winner), R4 - Waterloo Sunset (equal first placegetter), Plenty To Like (equal first placegetter), R5 - Merriest (winner), Artemis Rose (unplaced), R6 - Boom Time (winner), R7 - Miss Gunpowder (winner), Lake Como (NZ), R8 - Hooked (winner), Arod (IRE) (unplaced), R9 - Obsevational (GB), R10 - Sadaqa (winner)
R10 - Plot The Course (5.18pm, veterinary advice)
R4 - Andrew Sawden, $100, fine
R4 - Dwayne Dunn, careless riding
R9 - Patrick Moloney, careless riding
R6 - Ben Allen, careless riding
R1 - Beau Mertens, careless riding
R5 - Scarlet Rain, bled both nostrils, suspended three months
R6 - Araldo Junior (GER), eiph, veterinary clearance
R7 - Lake Como (NZ), lame off fore, veterinary clearance
R10 - Plot The Course, lame off fore, veterinary clearance
Changes of Tactics:
R5 - Overstep
R8 - Arod (IRE)
R8 - Kenjorwood
R9 - Observational (GB)
R1 - Hot Ruby
R8 - Arod (IRE)
R10 - Nevis (IRE)
Pakenham, Thursday April 6th 2017
Race 4 - POLYTRACK F&M MAIDEN PLATE - 1200 metres:
Awaayed - trainer Sharyn Peters advised that the mare had pulled up well and will be continuing on with her preparation.
Cranbourne, Friday April 7th 2017
Race 1 - 150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - 21ST APRIL MAIDEN PLATE - 1000 metres:
Diaochan - co-trainer David Hayes advised that the filly has pulled up well and the plan is to continue on with its preparation and the stable may consider a gear change.
Race 7 - BROWNS SAWDUST & SHAVINGS BM64 HANDICAP - 1500 metres:
Peninsula Boy (NZ) - trainer Lisa Enright advised that the gelding had pulled up well however would now be sent for a spell.
Caulfield, Saturday April 8th 2017
Race 2 - HYDERABAD RACING CLUB HANDICAP - 1800 metres:
Use The Lot - trainer Tim Hughes advised that the gelding pulled up well and will be continuing on with its preparation.
Terang, Sunday April 9th 2017
Race 1 - CALLAGHAN MOTORS 2YO MAIDEN PLATE - 1000 metres:
Touch Of Faith - trainer John Salanitri advised that the colt had pulled up well and would now spelled.
Echuca, Sunday April 9th 2017
Race 3 - BORDER INN MAIDEN PLATE - 1400 metres:
Bel Sands - trainer Wayne Nichols advised that the mare had pulled up well and will be continuing on.
Stony Creek, Monday April 10th 2017
Race 1 - THE DIARY FARMERS 3YO MAIDEN PLATE - 1000 METRES:
Who Be You - trainer John McArdle reported that the gelding had pulled up well and will be continuing on.
Bendigo, Tuesday April 11th 2017
Race 5 - MAWSONS BENDIGO BM64 HANDICAP - 1600 METRES:
Ceylon (NZ) - co-trainer Trent Busuttin reported that the filly had pulled up well and that it was now the stables intention to continue on with the current preparation.
Sportsbet-Ballarat, Wednesday April 12th 2017
Race 2 - JOHN DEERE 3YO MAIDEN PLATE - 1100 METRES:
The Bont - trainer Shay Keating reported that the gelding had pulled up well though had not eaten up overnight and that she would be reassessing the preparation in the forthcoming days.