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Caulfield stewards' report
29 Jul 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 




Saturday July 29th 2017


Good 4

Going Stick:

8.9/Shear 8.4

Moisture Content:






Stewards Panel:

Robert Cram (Chairman), Rob Montgomery, Corie Waller, Joelene McSwain & Sam Cochrane



Riding Changes / Jockey Information





Replaced By



Jimmie Jim

Jarrod Fry

Nikita Beriman



Poetic Ray

Jarrod Fry

Ben Melham



Eureka Street

Ryan Maloney

Daniel Moor

Unable to make the weight


Honey Magic

Jarrod Fry

Craig Newitt



Rather Silky

Craig Williams

Luke Currie

Dual engagement


Mr Gustavo (NZ)

Jordan Turner

Brooke Sweeney



Medical Certificate produced today:

Ryan Maloney was examined by the doctor after arriving on course and was passed fit to ride. 


Did not attend meeting:

Jarrod Fry, Jordan Turner


Race 1 - Janet Brady Handicap - 1200 metres:  

Divine Chills - slow to begin.  Shifted out abruptly rounding the home turn to gain clear running. 

Georgie’s Luce - steadied at the 500m when tightened for room between Divine Chills and Every Faith, which shifted out slightly. 

Sahara Chill - taken out off its course passing the 400m by Stylemaker.

Stylemaker - rounding the home turn shifted out whilst being ridden along; apprentice Taylor Marshall was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground.

Sullivan Bay - near the 50m shifted out under pressure and bumped Divine Chills.


Race 2 - Sheen Group Vobis Gold Stayers - 2400 metres:  

Benall - slow to begin.

Street Spun - raced wide without cover.

Hot Ruby - disappointed for a run approaching the 300m to the inside of Jimmie Jim, which initially shifted off the fence slightly and then shifted back in, and was then held up from this point until passing the 150m. 

Charlevoix - passing the 600m was disappointed for a run to the outside of Street Spun and to the inside of Jimivag and had to be steadied and was then held up from this point until near the 50m.  

Dandre - rider Adam McCabe was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out hands and heels fully to the finish. 


Race 3 - Join Victorian Breeders Vobis Gold Ingot - 1400 metres:  

Mulk - connections advised would be ridden with cover due to the strong wind; settled towards the rear of the field.  Hung out rounding the home turn.

Sheer Madness - connections advised would be ridden more forward from the inside gate; settled mid-field after beginning only fairly.  Passing the 800m had to be checked when it improved into a position close to heels of Nistaan. 

Kedleston - marginally slow to begin.

Shootoutatdawn - shortly after the start was taken in onto Sheer Madness by Sona Dancer.  Had to be restrained when the pace slackened near the 700m. 

Fully Mexed - near the 700m was bumped outwards by Shootoutatdawn, which had shifted out due to the slackening of the pace.

Confluence - raced three wide without cover.

Chiyou - passing the 200m had to be checked when tightened for room to the inside of Liu Bei (Ben Allen) which layed- in despite the efforts of its rider, Ben Allen.

Liu Bei - laid inwards in the straight and passing the 100m when racing greenly shifted in and brushed the running rail. 

After this race, jockeys expressed their safety concerns with respect to the strong winds during the running of the race.  After having discussed the matter with the Stewards, it was agreed to continue racing on a race by race basis, with monitoring of the prevailing wind conditions. 


Race 4 - Jason Hart Handicap - 1100 metres:  

The start of this race was delayed when the barriers had to be stabilised due to the strong winds.

Written Era - after being loaded in its starting stall, lunged at the gates, broke through and cantered a short distance.  Underwent a veterinary examination and was subsequently a late withdrawal at 1.45pm and this delayed the start of the race further.  All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on Written Era to be refunded.  All successful bets on horses prior to 1.45pm are subject to the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket: win bets - 12 cents, place bets (for winner) - 11 cents, place bets (for 2nd) - 11 cents, place bets (for 3rd) - 12 cents and double bets - 12 cents.

Squeaky Squirrel - began awkwardly.

Happy Galaxy - knuckled at the start.

Seattle Boom - raced wide without cover.

Chapel Road - held up for clear running for the entirety of the straight and went to the line untested.

Our Vidia (NZ) - unable to obtain clear running from on straightening approaching the 300m, until passing the 100m.  

Squeaky Squirrel - shortly after straightening had to be restrained when awkwardly placed on the heels of Oberland and following this was held up for clear running until being taken wide by its rider passing the 150m. 

Oberland - held up for clear running for the majority of the straight and went to the line not fully tested.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Danuki - rider Michael Walker could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.


After the running of Race 4, jockeys expressed safety concerns due to the strong winds.   After initial discussions and in line with the Racing Victoria policy and receiving further information from the Bureau of Meteorology, a vote was taken and the majority of riders engaged to ride in Race 5 voted not to ride due to safety concerns. The meeting was subsequently abandoned at 2.17pm.



Swab Samples


Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

R1 - Sullivans Bay, Every Faith, R2 - Kiwia, Jimivag, Benall, Charlevoix, R3 - Nistaan, Chiyou, Sheer Madness, R4 - Kabrocco, Seattle Boom, Written Era, R5 - Meat Traders (NZ), Spanish Reef, Seattle Park, Eureka Street, R6 - Nil Desperandum, If Not Now When, Mandee, O’Rachael  


Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

R1 - Forgeress, Sahara Chill, R7 - Revolving Door, R8 - Santa Ana Lane  


Post race samples from following horses:

All winners


Raceday Summary


Late Scratchings:

R4 - Written Era (1.45pm, veterinary advice)

Horse Actions:

R4 - Written Era, late scratching, veterinary clearance

Changes of Tactics:

R3 - Sheer Madness

R3 - Mulk

Follow Ups:

R4 - Danuki


Supplementary reports

Swan Hill, Monday July 24th


Yankee Bel - trainer Jarrod McLean advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily, will trial on Monday and continue on with its preparation and the jockey had indicated the gelding may not have appreciated racing inside of other horses.

Race 4 - HYGAIN MAIDEN PLATE - 1200 metres: 

Western Meteor - trainer Michael Townsend advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue on.




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