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Kembla Grange stewards' report
05 Aug 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 


Illawarra Turf Club


Saturday 5 August 2017

Weather:        Fine

Track:            Soft (5)

Rail:               Out 6m


STEWARDS:  T. J. Vassallo (Chairman), J. J. E. Earl, J. D. Walshe and Cadet I. H. Grimes.





As App. J. Van Overmeire was indisposed due to an injury he suffered at yesterday's Goulburn meeting, Stewards permitted the following rider replacements:


Race 6

App. R. Hunt on Balmain Girl

Race 7

App. R. Hunt on Gaytime Girl

Race 8

C. Lever on Ready For Success (as the only other apprentice was unavailable).


RACE 1: Jockey Celebration Day 3YO Maiden Plate 1000m:

Time To Excel – after being loaded into the barriers, became fractious and reared. The gelding was removed from the barriers, examined by the Club's veterinary officer and passed fit to race. Slow to begin. Rounding the home turn until passing the 300m was held up and unable to improve.


Crimson Ticket – after being slow to begin, had to be checked when crowded by Rose Of Savannah, which was taken inwards by Pahruli, which after beginning awkwardly shifted in abruptly. When questioned, rider B. Spriggs stated that, after receiving interference at the start, he was then able to obtain a position to the inside of Rose Of Savannah near the 900m, however, his mount did not appreciate racing to the inside of that runner. He added that his mount did not travel at any stage of the race thereafter and, rounding the turn, was inclined to change strides on several occasions. He said that shortly after straightening he attempted to position his mount towards the outside of the field, however, his mount was inclined to lay in. He further said that his mount continued to lay in thereafter and he was not able to place his mount under full pressure until near the 100m where his mount finished its race off well. He added that, in his opinion, the filly would derive benefit from today's run. Co-trainer Mr G. Lee advised that the filly will now be spelled.


Lucere – When questioned regarding the performance of the filly, rider J. Taylor stated that her mount, which was having its first race start, showed its customary speed to lead throughout, as it had done in its two previous trials. She stated that her mount raced greenly throughout and that, on straightening, when placed under pressure, her mount failed to respond to her urgings. She further stated that her mount did not feel entirely comfortable in its action, however, felt fine on return to scale. She added that in her opinion the filly would derive benefit from today's run. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.


Pahruli – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.


Rose Of Savannah – was inclined to lay in shortly after straightening.


Vellor – laid out when placed under pressure over the final 200 metres.


RACE 2: Jeff Penza Fillies and Mares Maiden Plate 1200m:

Baby Jive – slow to begin.


Bonny Bay – slow to begin. Blundered approaching the 600m.


Dazzles – passing the 200m commenced to lay out under pressure.


Derry Mary – raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.


Rose Petals – blundered shortly after the start. Approaching the 100m commenced to lay out and away from Dazzles.


Lady Mossman – Overraced in the early and middle stages. Had difficulty obtaining completely clear running near the 300m and again passing the 100m between Baby Jive and Bonny Bay, which shifted out under pressure.


RACE 3: Brock Ryan Colts, Geldings and Entires Maiden Plate 1200m:

Rationale – jumped awkwardly and lost ground.


Reference – raced keenly in the early and middle stages, and when the pace slackened near the 850m was restrained to avoid the heels of Super Ex. On straightening, was bumped and became unbalanced when Conquest was endeavouring to shift out to improve.


Conquest – slow to begin. Raced greenly in the straight.


RACE 4: Jess Taylor Class 2 Handicap 1200m:

Chatuchak – shortly after the start was shifted in behind runners to obtain cover.


Lewinski – bumped on jumping. Got its head up and overraced throughout the early and middle stages. Passing the 800m was left racing wide without cover. Rounding the home turn was steadied when awkwardly positioned on the heels of Waltzing Willie, which shifted out slightly.


Mi Estilo – began awkwardly and shortly after bumped with Lewinski.


RACE 5: Grant Buckley Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 1 Handicap 1400m:

Addicted – began awkwardly and, as a result, rider K. Latham struck his left foot on the barrier stall gate. Inclined to lay in under pressure in the straight.


Metallic Moon – near the 600m was held up and unable to improve between Biscuit and Dashley Dubh. Metallic Moon was held up for some distance thereafter and, near the 400m, had to shift to the outside of Dashley Dubh to improve into clear running.


Robbery – shifted in abruptly on jumping and made heavy contact with Seeking Affection, and as a result lost ground. Overraced in the early and middle stages.


Dashley Dubh – knuckled shortly after the start. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Following the running of Race 5, B. Spriggs became ill, was examined by the Club's doctor and was stood down from his remaining riding engagement.


RACE 6: Australia's Insurance Builders Fillies and Mares Class 1 Handicap 1400m:

Bukzel – When questioned regarding the performance of the mare, rider K. Jennings stated that the intention was to have the horse ridden quieter today, however, when the horse raced too keenly it was therefore in a further forward position. He added that with its allotted weight of 59½ kilograms, his horse was unable to respond to his riding when placed under pressure on straightening and was disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be lame in the off-hind leg. Mr J. Beers, representing the trainer, was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the horse racing again. R. Hutchings, rider of So Hard To Catch, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that near the 1100m he permitted his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Bukzel, which was steadied and lost its rightful running, and was taken in resulting in Air Apparent being steadied when crowded. R. Hutchings' licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 13 August 2017 and to expire on Friday 25 August 2017, on which day he may ride.


Balmain Girl – bumped on jumping.


Canberra – change of tactics – to be ridden quieter: settled worse than midfield.


Air Apparent – bumped on jumping.


It's A New Day – slow to begin (3L).


Breathing Fire – G. Buckley replaced B. Spriggs (ill) as the rider of the mare. Slow to begin.


RACE 7: Chad Lever Maiden Handicap 1400m:

Eight Over – change of tactics – to be ridden quieter: settled midfield. Began awkwardly and made contact with its offside barrier gate. An inquiry was opened into the extravagant action of the gelding's near foreleg, particularly from the 1000m until straightening. Evidence was taken from rider C. Lever and stable foreperson Mr S. Page and a replay of the race was viewed by the participants. Mr Page was advised that the Stewards would view replays of the gelding's prior five race starts and also consult with Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian Dr C. Suann in respect to the gelding's action to consider its immediate racing future. 


Savethelastdance – After being loaded into the barriers, became fractious, reared and hit its head. The mare was removed from the barriers, examined by the Club's veterinary officer and ruled unfit to start. Savethelastdance was a late withdrawal at 3.54 p.m. acting on veterinary advice. Stewards subsequently ordered that all monies placed on Savethelastdance be refunded in full and, with regard to betting with bookmakers, all successful wagers made prior to 3.54 p.m. be subject to the following deductions in the dollar on the face value of the ticket:

1st Gaytime Girl less 11 cents win, 10 cents place;

2nd Deladies Boy less 10 cents place;

3rd Stand Alert less 14 cents place.

Stable representative Mr A. Cousins was advised that the mare would be required to barrier trial prior to racing again.


Samurai Sword – shortly after the start was bumped when Gaytime Girl shifted out slightly. On return to scale, rider K. Latham reported that in his opinion his mount did not handle today's soft track conditions and was inclined to hang out throughout. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.


Sonoran – When questioned regarding the performance of the gelding, rider J. Penza stated that with the addition of the blinkers for the first time today his mount travelled well throughout the early and middle stages, however, prior to straightening his mount was under pressure, failed to respond to his riding and was most disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.


Deladies Boy – slow to begin (2L). On straightening, was carried wider on the track by Gaytime Girl, which shifted out when attempting to improve to the outside of the heels of Eight Over. Passing the 300m, rider A. Layt had difficulty pulling his whip through in his right hand when racing tight with Gaytime Girl. In the incident Deladies Boy and Gaytime Girl bumped.


RACE 8: Mitchell Bell Benchmark 59 Handicap 2000m:

Tokyo King – raced wide without cover for the majority of the race and from the 1200m pulled its way forward despite the efforts of the rider to steady the tempo. App. A. Skerritt, represented by Racing NSW Apprentice Mentor Mr R. Quinn, was reprimanded under AR83(a) concerning her inappropriate conduct in the scales area on weighing out for this event prior to the race.


Sakhumzi – near the 500m was crowded when placed in restricted room for some distance between One Touch and Tokyo King (App. A. Skerritt), which shifted in. App. Skerritt was reprimanded.   


Happy Partner – When questioned regarding the performance of the gelding, rider M. Bell stated that his mount, which was third up from a spell, travelled well throughout the early and middle stages, however, when pressured by Mozart's Work in the early part of the straight, his mount did not respond to his riding and weakened over the final 100 metres. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.


Kineton – near the 1200m raced up on to the heels of Happy Partner and was steadied.


Her Highness – Trainer Mr J. Steinmetz was advised that a warning would be recorded against the mare, which was slow to begin (5L).



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

Race 1: Vellor

Race 2: Baby Jive

Race 4: Waltzing Willie

Race 5: Addicted

Race 6: So Hard To Catch

Race 8: Kiarra Rose, Mozart's Work, Kineton, Her Highness



Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted that the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the 100m under AR137A(5)(a)(ii). Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.


Race 5

B. Spriggs on Dashley Dubh (6 strikes)

Race 5

App. R. Hunt on Biscuit (6 strikes)

Race 8

C. Lever on Ready For Success (6 strikes)

Race 8

K. Latham on Kiarra Rose (6 strikes)







Race 8: App. A. Skerritt (Tokyo King) – careless riding (AR137(a)).

General: App. A. Skerritt (Tokyo King) – conduct (AR83(a)).


Race 6: R. Hutchings (So Hard To Catch) – careless riding (AR137(a)) – 13/8/17 to 25/8/17, on which day he may ride.




Race 8: Her Highness (Trainer Mr J. Steinmetz) - slow to begin (5L).


Race 7: Savethelastdance – barrier manners.


Race 6: Bukzel (Co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden) – veterinary clearance.




Race 7: Eight Over (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – near foreleg action.

Change of Colours:

Race 7: Sonoran - white cap.

Race 8: Her Highness - white with black horseshoe.


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