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Warwick Farm stewards' report
08 Jul 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

STEWARDS’ REPORT
Australian Turf Club
WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE
Saturday 8 July 2017
Weather: Fine
Track: Soft (5); upgraded to Good (4) at 1.20pm
Rail: True
Penetrometer: 5.12
STEWARDS: P C Dingwall (Chairman), R W Livingstone, T P Moxon, D M Greer, D L Carr, T
J Vassallo and cadets C K McIntosh and T D North
Supplementary Reports:
HAWKESBURY – Thursday 6 July 2017
Race 4: Richmond Club Metro & Prov Maiden Handicap 1500m
Dream Builder – trainer Mr G Ryan advised that a subsequent veterinary examination of the
colt had revealed no abnormalities, apart from it suffering from a swollen right eye. Mr Ryan
advised Dream Builder will now be spelled.
CANTERBURY – Wednesday 5 July 2017
Race 3: tab.com.au Handicap 1200m
Soothing – stable representative Mr P Reid advised that the stable was satisfied with the
post-race condition of the filly and a decision will be made in the coming days on its immediate
racing future.
LATE RIDING CHANGES:
As T Angland was overweight, Stewards permitted the following riding substitutions:
Race 1 J Collett on Awesome Pluck.
Race 9 T Clark on Nat King Cu.
T Angland was examined by the Club's Medical Officer after arriving on course and was
cleared to fulfil his remaining engagements. T Angland was fined $100 under AR120(b).
RACE 1: TAB Rewards Handicap 1200m
Sparky Lad – began awkwardly and made contact with Brook Magic.
Nicci’s Gold – slow to begin. Near the 600m the filly, which was racing keenly and was
inclined to lay in, had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Manicure (C Brown), which shifted in
when not quite clear. C Brown was advised to exercise more care.
Wild Heart – made contact with Manicure at the start, was slow into stride and settled at the
rear of the field.
Luiza – near the 900m was briefly tightened between Brook Magic and Manicure, which
shifted in slightly. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider G
Schofield stated his mount travelled well in the early and middle stages outside the leader
Brook Magic. He said he was more than satisfied with the relaxed manner in which the filly
progressed to the home turn, but soon after straightening when Luiza came under pressure it
failed to quicken and commenced to give ground noticeably over the final 150m. A post-race
veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr C
Duckworth advised that he was disappointed with the manner in which Luiza weakened from
the home turn. He said that the stable had been pleased with the filly’s work leading into
today’s race and undertook to report back to the Stewards on the condition of Luiza in the
days subsequent.
Lipizzan – when questioned, App. R King explained she had been instructed to have the filly
positioned just behind the leaders similar to when the filly was successful at its most recent
start at Randwick on 24 June 2017. She said Lipizzan possess good gate speed and for this
reason she allowed her mount to begin on its own terms without being pressured in the early
stages rather than risk the filly overracing, which it has done previously. She added after the
1000m she became concerned that the filly was not travelling as well as she had expected
and despite her efforts it failed to maintain its position and drifted back towards the rear of the
field. App. King further stated that Lipizzan showed little interest throughout the race, hung in
in the straight, proved difficult to ride out and was disappointing with its effort in the run home.
A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr G Portelli
stated Lipizzan had worked strongly on Tuesday, 4 July 2017 and he had also been pleased
with its work on Thursday morning. He added the filly was expected to run well today, but
performed below expectations and in light of its performance will now be spelled. Mr Portelli
undertook to report back to the Stewards on the condition of Lipizzan in the days subsequent.
Awesome Pluck – when questioned, J Collett stated he was instructed to try to obtain a
midfield position if possible and he was asked to ride with cover. He said he was given
specific instructions not to pressure his mount in the early stages and to allow it to race where
comfortable. J Collett added for this reason in the early stages, after beginning well, he
elected to allow his mount to obtain a midfield position. He said as a result he raced wide
without cover for the major part of the race and he agreed with the Stewards that in hindsight,
given the average early tempo, the gelding’s interests would have been better served by
endeavouring to proceed forward and to take up a position closer to the running rail.
RACE 2: Australian Turf Club Handicap 1400m
Blendwell – trainer Mr J Coyle was fined the sum of $50 under AR59A for failing to produce
the Thoroughbred Identity Card for the mare. Slow to begin. Hung out under pressure in the
straight and as a result rider K O'Hara changed the whip over into her left hand passing the
100m.
Yuma Desert – began only fairly. A post-race veterinary examination of the mare, which
weakened over the final 50m, did not reveal any abnormalities.
Philosophy – in the early part of the straight had difficulty obtaining clear running and
approaching the 200m shifted to the outside of Reiby Rampart to improve. Philosophy then
became awkwardly placed on the heels of Love’s A Fantasy before being directed back to the
inside of that runner to continue improving. Over the last 100m continued to experience
difficulty obtaining clear running and near the 50m shifted out and briefly tightened Pioneering.
As a result both runners were unable to be properly tested in the run to the winning post.
Reiby Rampart – travelled wide without cover for the majority of the race.
Noire – rider T Berry explained he was able to position his mount outside the leader in the
early stages without being pressured. He said his mount travelled well ridden in this fashion,
however rounding the home turn, when asked for an effort, failed to respond and in his opinion
was somewhat flat. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Stable representative Mr C Duckworth stated the stable was disappointed with the
performance of the filly and indicated that it will now be spelled. He undertook to report back
in the days subsequent any factors that may have affected Noire’s performance today.
RACE 3: Pro Rata ATC Membership on Sale Handicap 2400m
The Gavel – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Epsom Hill – rider T Clark explained at no stage of the race did the gelding feel entirely
comfortable on today’s track conditions. He said his mount’s action was not fluent at any
stage of the race and he eased it down over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary
examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards deemed the performance to be
unacceptable and advised stable representative Mr R Roberts Epsom Hill must trial to the
satisfaction of the Stewards prior to being permitted to race again.
Dowdstown Charlie – when questioned, J Ford stated that at its most recent start at
Randwick on 24 June 2017 he was instructed to have the gelding begin positively and
endeavour to have it ridden just behind the leaders. He said similarly today he was instructed
to endeavour to race prominently and if there was no early leader it would be acceptable for
him to take up the lead. Trainer Mrs K Waugh confirmed the instructions issued and
expressed satisfaction in the manner in which Dowdstown Charlie was ridden today.
Collateral – when questioned, App. N Heywood explained he had been instructed to ride his
mount as is usual towards the rear of the field. He said the gelding during its preliminary had
worked strongly and, as he was concerned it may pull in the event, he ensured shortly after
the start he gave his mount an opportunity to settle and race where comfortable, whereby
Collateral ultimately travelled at the rear of the field. He added from about the 700m he
commenced to improve his position and approaching the 600m, when he noted El Novio was
positioned almost one horse off the rail, he contemplated improving to that runner’s inside,
however approaching the 500m, when Epsom Hill commenced to tire and gave ground
quickly, this impacted on the running line of El Novio, which was taken towards the rail after
the 500m. App. Heywood said during this time Epsom Hill, which was continuing to give
ground, caused him inconvenience and he was unable to proceed into a run that he had
identified to the outside of El Novio and for this reason he was briefly held up approaching and
rounding the home turn. He further stated that when El Novio maintained its position, he
elected on straightening to shift to the extreme outside of the field to provide Collateral with
clear and uninterrupted running. He said when placed under full pressure his mount closed
the race of well. Trainer Mr B Baker was interviewed by teleconference as he was overseas.
Mr Baker stated had issued instructions via his stable foreperson Ms M Berkeley and they
were to ensure that the gelding over 2400m settled in the early and middle stages. He said it
was also an added proviso that if circumstances permitted he could commence improving
from the 800m as Collateral is one-paced and would not be suited by a sprint home. Mr
Baker added that due to his location he had limited vision of the race, however in his opinion
the gelding’s chances were disadvantaged in this race by its positioning after the 500m,
whereby it was held up and obliged to shift out and make a sweeping run around the field
early in the straight. Stewards adjourned the inquiry to a time and date to be fixed in order to
view the wagering on this race.
Brogue – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding sustained an injury to the
near-side eye after being contacted by a clod. Trainer Mr S Englebrecht was advised a
veterinary certificate would be required prior to Brogue racing again.
RACE 4: #Theraces Handicap 1400m
Weekend Affair – slow to begin.
Cosmic Engine – slow to begin.
Ghostly – slow to begin.
Kool Vinnie – slow to begin. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any
abnormalities.
Cosmic Engine – in the early part of the straight laid out.
Seventhchic – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
La Chica Bella –C Brown, rider of 3rd placegetter, was found guilty of a charge under
AR137(b) in that he failed to ride his mount to the end of the race. C Brown’s licence to ride in
races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 16 July 2017 and to expire on
Saturday, 29 July 2017, on which day he may ride. In assessing penalty, Stewards were
cognisant of C Brown’s good record in respect to like matters.
RACE 5: TAB Highway Handicap 1200m
Magic Beneteau – knuckled on jumping.
Loves A Hassle – for the majority of the race travelled wide without cover. A post-race
veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr L Van
Den Bos was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing
again. Mr Van Den Bos advised that the gelding will be spelled.
Marco Man – approaching and rounding the home turn had difficulty obtaining clear running
and then near the 150m, when racing tight to the inside of Academy Hill, was inconvenienced
when that runner shifted in slightly.
Suncraze – slow to begin. Rider C Brown stated his mount commenced to lay in after the
800m and for this reason passing the 600m he changed the whip over to his right hand. He
said the significance of the gelding laying in increased throughout the race to the point where
it hung in and proved difficult to ride in the straight. The racing manners were brought to the
attention of trainer Ms M O’Gorman.

RACE 6: McGrath Estate Agents Handicap 1100m
Suspenders – slow to begin and then crowded for room between Difficult To Get and
Alluvion, which shifted in. After the 50m, when Launch Code was bumped by Difficult To Get,
that runner shifted out, resulting in Suspenders being hampered and taken out across the
heels of Spending To Win.
Alluvion – slow to begin.
Kings Of Leon – got its head up at the start. Held up until near the 200m.
Parlay Vous – slow to begin.
Cadogan – slow to begin and then shifted in in behind runners shortly after the start.
Spending To Win – rider H Bowman stated although his mount, which was resuming from a
spell, began well he would have had to have made considerable use of it to take up a position
closer to the running rail in a race that was run at an genuine early tempo and, having regard
to the circumstances, he believed the gelding’s best interests would be better served by
allowing it to race in a position where it would settle, albeit wide without cover for the major
part of the race. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden stated, whilst it was anticipated the gelding
would race prominently, the stable did harbour concerns in respect to the wide barrier as to
how much ground Spending To Win would be obliged to cover in this event. He added the
gelding has previously undergone a wind operation and he believed that, notwithstanding its
position in running, it was essential to ensure that it would have every opportunity to travel
comfortably and to settle without being pressured.
Once More A Lady – raced wide without cover throughout the race.
Difficult To Get – held up for clear running until after the 150m and approaching the 100m
was tightened for room between Launch Code and Second Step, which shifted out
momentarily.
Launch Code – a post-race veterinary examination of the gelding, which weakened over the
final stages, did not reveal any abnormalities.
Walk Right In – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 7: tab.com.au Handicap 1600m
So Willie – began awkwardly. Over the final 150m laid out under pressure, obliging rider T
Berry to change the whip over to the left hand approaching the 100m.
Liapari – bumped on jumping by Gold Ambition, which began awkwardly and shifted out.
Olympic Academy – for some distance approaching and passing the 1200m had to be
steadied when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Heavenly Anna, which was inclined to
shift ground when also being restrained off the heels of Gold Ambition.
Gold Ambition – over the final 50m commenced to shift out, obliging its rider to correct his
mount near the 20m to avoid causing interference to So Willie.
Zayam – rider B Avdulla stated his mount travelled in a forward position as expected, but
when placed under pressure prior to the home turn commenced to give ground and in the run
to the line was disappointing in the manner in which it weakened. He indicated he believed
Zayam would be better suited on a more forgiving surface. A post-race veterinary
examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 8: Schweppes Handicap 1100m
Esgrimidor – slow to begin. Raced wide without cover.
Embley – slow to begin. When questioned, App. J Innes Jr explained he had been instructed
to settle the gelding, which was resuming from a spell, in a rearward position over an
unsuitable distance. He said approaching and rounding the home turn he had improved to
trail Sangiovese and in the early part of the straight he committed to the outside of the heels of that runner in an endeavour to proceed into a run between Sangiovese and Hot Hit. He said
he was unable to improve as Sangiovese continued to shift out under pressure and it was not
until after the 100m that he was able to shift to the outside of the heels of Hot Hit and Isorich
to obtain clear running. App. Innes Jr added that to have shifted to the inside of Sangiovese
at the relevant stage in the straight to obtain clear running would not have been a safe
manoeuvre as he was striding outside the heels of Sangiovese.
I Can Rock – began awkwardly. Raced wide without cover throughout the race.
Your Way – shortly after the start was steadied when crowded for room Eminent Duke and
Isorich, which shifted in whilst laying in. Near the 600m Your Way and Hurrara bumped,
resulting in both became unbalanced and Hurrara shifting out and making contact with I Can
Rock, which became unbalanced behind. Last Witness, which was following, was hampered
in consequence. Near the 400m tightened for room between Esgrimidor and Eminent Duke,
which was taken out slightly by Secret Trail. Rounding the home turn Your Way made
contact with Esgrimidor and continued to race tight to the outside of Secret Trail, resulting in
Your Way making contact with the hindquarter of Esgrimidor, which became unbalanced.
Near the 200m Your Way, which was commencing to give ground, was steadied to avoid the
heels of Eminent Duke, which was taken out by Allez Chival, which in turn was carried wider
by Secret Trail (App. N Heywood). App. Heywood was advised on both occasions
approaching and rounding the home turn and approaching the 200m to ensure he is
sufficiently clear when shifting ground. When questioned regarding the disappointing
performance, rider T Clark stated the mare, which was resuming from a spell, did not enjoy
the easiest passages throughout the race, whereby it was continually bumped when racing
tight between runners from the 600m until the home turn. He said in his view Your Way lost
confidence and he believed the primary reason for its failure today were the testing
circumstances which Your Way experienced at these relevant points of the race. A post-race
veterinary examination revealed a speedy cut to the off-hind pastern. Stable representative
Ms M Berkeley undertook to report back to the Stewards in the days subsequent any factors
that may have affected Your Way performance today.
Last Witness – leaving the 800m commenced to race keenly and got its head up on a
number of occasions when being steadied off the heels of Hurrara.
Allez Chival – raced wide without cover throughout the race.

RACE 9: TAB Handicap 1300m
Dubaiinstyle – shifted its off-fore plate in the preliminary, which necessitated it being replated.
The gelding was underwent a veterinary examination and was passed fit to start.
From its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages.
Meiner Freccia – slow to begin. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any
abnormalities.
Hollywood Bound – threw its head in the air on jumping and lost ground. Approaching and
passing the 700m got its head up on a number of occasions, refused to settle, was checked
and shifted out away from behind the heels of Francesco.
Know How – shortly after the start was crowded between Imanui and Francesco, which
shifted out. App. J Innes Jr (Imanui) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under
AR137(a) in that approaching the winning post he permitted his mount to shift in whilst riding it along when not clear of Know How, which was checked, taken in towards Time Out Of Mind,
which was also checked and lost its running and taken across the heels of Francesco. App.
Innes Jr’s permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 16
July 2017 and to expire on Monday, 26 July 2017, on which day he may ride.
Imanui – crowded shortly after the start.
Spy Decoder – approaching the 600m, when the rider of Petrossian (R Murray) steadied, Nat
King Cu, which was following, had to be eased off the heels of Petrossian and Spy Decoder,
which was following, had to be checked for some distance thereafter. R Murray was warned
against the practice of steading the tempo too quickly.
Time Out Of Mind – raced wide without cover for the majority of the race.
Brazen – over the final 150m was unable to obtain clear running and as a consequence was
never properly tested.

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 2 App. N Heywood (Collateral) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 5 App. R Murray (Buddy Honest) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 7 T Berry (So Willie)
T Clark (Gold Ambition)
6 strikes prior to the 100m.
6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 8 T Angland (Isorich) 8 strikes prior to the 100m.
Considering the totality of whip use, no action was taken Swab samples were taken from all
winners and the following runners.
Swab samples were taken from all winners and the following runners:
Race 1: Wild Heart, Sparky Lad, Nicci’s Gold, Brook Magic.
Race 2: Reiby Rampart (2), Stilettoed Vixen, Blendwell, Love’s A Fantasy (2).
Race 3: Colleteral, The Gavel, Epsom Hill, Brogue, More Than Fabulous, Go Benny (2).
Race 4: Ruthless Agent, Weekend Affair, Arbeitsam (2), Aquatic (2).
Race 5: Loves A Hassle, Sonic Girl, Magic Beneteau, Revenue, Suncraze.
Race 6: Cadogan, Walk Right In, Spending To Win.
Race 7: Gold Ambition, Old North, So Willie (3), Zayam, Heavenly Anna.
Race 8: Your Way (2), Secret Trail (2).
Race 9: Meiner Freccia, Nat King Cu (2), Excited Prince.

SUMMARY
Fines: General: T Angland $100 – overweight (AR120(b)).
Race 2: Trainer J Coyle (Blendwell) $50 – fail to produce
Thoroughbred Identity Card (AR59A)
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Race 4: C Brown (La Chica Bella) – fail to ride out to end of the race
(AR1137(b), suspended from 16/7/17 to 29/7/17.
Race 9: App. J Innes Jr (Imanui) – careless riding (AR137(a)),
suspended from 16/7/17 to 17/7/17.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 3: Epsom Hill (co-trainers Hayes & Dabernig) – poor
performance.
Certificates: Race 3: Brogue (trainer S Englebrecht) – injury to near-side eye.
Race 5: Loves A Hassle (trainer L Van Den Bos) – lame nearforeleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Change of Tactics: Race 2: Pioneering – to be ridden more forward; settled off pace.
Race 7: Heavenly Anna – option to be ridden more forward; settled
on pace.
Race 9: Hollybound – to be ridden more forward; settled worse than
midfield.
Time Out Of Mind – to be ridden further forward with cover
if circumstances allow; settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Race 2: Stilettoed Vixen – blue cap.
Change of Gear Nil.
Follow up: Race 1: Lipizzan (trainer G Portelli) – poor performance.
Luiza (trainer C Waller) – poor performance.
Race 2: Noire (trainer C Waller) – poor performance.
Race 3: App. N Heywood (Collateral) – tactics adopted.
Race 8: Your Way (trainer B Baker) – poor performance.




 
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