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Moonee Valley stewards' report
02 Dec 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

Moonee Valley Racing Club - Night Racing

Date:

Friday December 1st 2017

Track:

Good 4 (downgraded at 2.25pm) (Races 1-5); Soft 5 @ 9.05pm retrospective to Race 6 (Races 6-8)

Penetrometer:

4.56

Going Stick:

9.3; Shear 13.2

Penetrate:

7.7

Weather:

Showers

Rail:

True

Stewards Panel:

Corie Waller (Chair), Sam Woolaston, Geoff Hausfeld & Dennis Torpy

 

 

Riding Changes / Jockey Information

 

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

8

Melodies Way (NZ)

Ben Thompson

Chris Caserta

Dual engagement

 

Race 1 - 1300 Australia Plate - 1600 metres:

Laranta - hampered at the start by Petronas which shifted out. Rider John Allen could offer no explanation for the performance, which was disappointing. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Love In Vain - on jumping was bumped on the hindquarters by Laranta, which was hampered and taken out. Raced three wide without cover. Rounding the turn near the 300m, when weakening, had to be eased when tightened for room between Room To Rhyme and Fern (Jordan Childs) which shifted out when not quite clear; Jordan Childs was reprimanded and advised to exercise more care.

Raziel (NZ) - slow to begin. Inclined to over-race in the early and middle stages. Inside the final 100m was awkwardly placed on the heels of Petronas and went to the finish not being fully tested.

Global Sanction - over-raced, getting its head in the air near the 1000m.

Petronas - rider Brad Rawiller could offer no explanation for the performance, which was below expectations. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Cape To Cairo - rider Rhys McLeod reported that his mount, in his opinion, did not feel comfortable with its footing around the tight Moonee Valley circuit.

 

Race 2 - Production Resource Group Handicap - 1000 metres:

Magic Mila - connections advised would be ridden further forward; settled outside the leader. Near the 200m was bumped on the hindquarters and was taken out on to Straviera.

Wrapsody - slow to begin.

Zelsignoret - knuckled at the start.

Sierradora - slow to begin. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the home straight.

Straviera - raced three wide without cover. Bumped and carried wider by Magic Mila near the 200m.

Magnesium Rose - for some distance approaching the 200m had to be eased when racing tight to the inside of Magic Mila, which in turn was racing tightly to the inside of Straviera (Ben Allen), and as a result made contact with the hindquarters of Magic Mila; Ben Allen was advised to show greater care.

Rewarding Laughter - rider Dwayne Dunn stated he his mount got further back than intended from the gate and may be better suited over further distance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 3 - Bertocchi Christmas Masterpiece Handicap - 3000 metres:

Grassini - connections advised would be ridden further back with cover; settled worse than mid-field with cover. Laid in under pressure in the straight.

Nassi - connections advised would be ridden with cover; settled handy with cover. Rider Katelyn Mallyon could offer no explanation for the poor performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Barachino (NZ) - slow to begin. Approaching the 300m had to be checked when awkwardly placed on the heels of the weakening I Carus and did not obtain clear running until passing the 200m.

Rock Away - after racing three wide without cover, was then allowed to stride forward and assume a position outside the lead near the 2000m.

Foraoise - had to be eased rounding the home turn to avoid the heels of Grassini which shifted out to improved.

Cheron Warrior - approaching the 300m, had to be steadied when momentarily tightened for room between Great Lane and Ventura Highway. Approaching the 100m again had to be eased when awkwardly placed on the heels of Crafty Cruiser. When questioned regarding his tactics, rider Dwayne Dunn stated that the instructions were essentially to settle his mount where comfortable however it was pointed out that the gelding has only a short sprint and should not be exposed too early. He stated that after beginning well he was reluctant to urge it along to maintain a forward position and therefore looked to gain a position with cover. In the early stages he was satisfied with his position when racing three wide with cover behind Rock Away, however after this mare improved to a forward position he was left in a three wide position entering the straight on the first occasion, and he therefore elected to further restrain to a position at the rear of the field with cover. Dwayne Dunn noted that the gelding hit a flat spot passing the 800m, failing to respond when being ridden along. Then when questioned regarding the tactics from near the 600m, particularly as to whether there was an option to obtain a position to the outside of Great Lane, rather than stay to its inside, which was a contributor to him having difficulty obtaining clear running in the early stages of the straight, Dwayne Dunn reported that at this stage he did not feel he was travelling well enough to improve around runners and thought he may have been able to follow Crafty Cruiser into the race at this stage. Stewards noted his explanation. Trainer Peter Healy confirmed the instructions and was also of the opinion the gelding is better ridden back in the field to allow it to run on. A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding had sustained a laceration to its near hind pastern.

Crafty Cruiser - approaching the 150m was accidentally struck across the nose by the whip of Beau Mertens (Grassini).

Great Lane - rider Regan Bayliss said that his mount pulled hard throughout and this was detrimental to its chances. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Zoffany Rose - a post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 4 - $99 Summer Membership Handicap - 1600 metres:

Dangle Lad - late withdrawal by order of Stewards at 2.54pm when the gelding refused to load on the float.

Mortified - late withdrawal by order of Stewards at 3.22pm due to the track downgrade.

Savvy Belle - connections advised would be ridden closer than last start, in a mid-field position; settled in a handy position.

Last Week (GB) - over-raced in the early stages and passing the 1300m had to be restrained when awkwardly placed on the heels of Cool Runnings (NZ) which had lost ground at this stage.

Cool Runnings (NZ) - in the early stages commenced to over-race, having to be steadied near the 1300m when awkwardly placed on the heels of Sparsholt. Raced three wide without cover.

Riverina Explorer - held up for clear running approaching the home turn.

 

Race 5 - Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge Heat 6 - 955 metres:

Prior to correct weight, Stewards viewed the film of the start to ascertain whether Captain Crackerjak had gained an unfair advantage. It was established that just prior to the start being effected, the gelding lunged forward making contact with the gates which thereby opened fractionally prematurely, however Stewards were of the opinion that Captain Crackerjak was neither advantaged nor disadvantaged by this. Stewards felt that under the circumstance there was ultimately no impact on the result of the race and therefore correct weight was declared.

World Of Hope - began awkwardly. Held up for some distance rounding the home turn.

Bold Approach - bumped at the start by Captain Crackerjak which shifted out.

Captain Crackerjak - over-raced in the early and middle stages and passing the 600m, when laying out, had to be eased when awkwardly placed on the heels of Punt Club. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Bite This - raced wide without cover throughout.

Magnetar - apprentice Ben Allen could offer no explanation other than the gelding was agitated pre-race. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than it lost its off fore plate in running.

Reward The Dream - a post race veterinary examination identified the presence of blood at both nostrils. The gelding 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 - Proper National Pies Handicap - 2040 metres:

Purrfect Trick - began awkwardly. Apprentice Ethan Brown reported his mount may have got its tongue over the bit. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Haukland Beach (NZ) - slow to begin. Rounding the turn near the 1800m, when over racing, had to be eased when racing tight to the inside of Purrfect Trick. Shortly after straightening, had to be eased and shifted out when tightened for room between Startierra and Purrfect Trick which was carried out by Beach Life.

Magellan - began awkwardly. Over-raced in the early stages. Rider Regan Bayliss said that his mount missed the start and was then inclined to over-race which was detrimental to its chances. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Startierra - raced three wide without cover throughout.

Beach Life - apprentice Mitch Aitken could offer no explanation for the performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 7 - “K” Line Australia Handicap - 1200 metres:

What A Shock (NZ) - slow to begin. Rider Chris Symons was of the view his mount would be better suited over further ground on a firmer track. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Mr Walker - bumped at the start by Youve Been Had.

Archie Luxury - shortly after the start was buffeted between Strykinglee and Canelo, which was bumped and carried inwards by Sheriff John Stone which shifted in away from In Fairness. After initially over-racing and shifting out near the 800m, then raced in restricted room to the inside of Canelo (Dwayne Dunn), which after being taken out then shifted back in, resulting in Archie Luxury having to be eased; Dwayne Dunn was advised to show greater caution when in similar circumstances. Apprentice Stephanie Thornton reported that after being crowded shortly after the start, her mount settled further back and was then inclined to over-race. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than a slow recovery.

Canelo - shortly after the start was bumped and carried in by Sheriff John Stone. Rounding the first turn near the 800m, was bumped outwards by Archie Luxury and was taken wider on the course. Raced wide without cover.

Sheriff John Stone - raced three wide without cover throughout.

I Boogi (NZ) - held up rounding the home turn.

Divine Dice - held up rounding the home turn then raced in restricted room and did not obtain clear running until the 50m.

Tango Rock - apprentice Ethan Brown was questioned regarding his riding of the gelding, particularly from passing the 500m until rounding the home turn. Ethan Brown stated he had been instructed to try and race primarily on the inside few metres, as in the stables opinion this section was superior. He added that in the lead up to the home turn, he was in two minds as to whether he should improve to the outside of runners bearing in mind the instructions given. He added that for this reason he was somewhat delayed in placing the gelding into the race. His comments were noted.

Youve Been Had - rider Jake Noonan reported his mount raced flat and may have come to the end of its preparation. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than a slow recovery.

 

Race 8 - Sweeney Estate Agents We Know West Handicap - 1200 metres:

Flying Spark - late withdrawal by order of Stewards at 2.54pm due to the track downgrade.

Melodies Way (NZ) - stood flat footed and lost considerable ground and a warning will be placed on the mares record.

Emerenta - slow to begin. Held up rounding the home turn.

Emaan - began awkwardly and was slow into stride.

Mrs Bignell - raced keenly in the early stages and passing the 800m improved onto heels and had to be steadied. Bumped heavily resulting in the mare and rider Ben Melham becoming unbalanced rounding the home turn.

Trinity Hill (NZ) - commenced awkwardly. Held up for clear running approaching the home turn and rounding the home turn had to be restrained outwards when awkwardly placed on the heels of Gauteng Gal.

Miss Magda - near the 600m, got its head up when being restrained, when avoiding the heels of Strangest Dream (NZ) (Mitch Aitken) which after crossing the mare, reduced the speed slightly and as a result Miss Magda shifted out and raced three wide for the remainder of the event; Mitch Aitken was advised to show greater caution in similar circumstances.

El Questro - passing the 600m was brushed by Miss Magda and was taken wider on the course. Raced four wide without cover. Apprentice Stephanie Thornton was of the opinion the mare would be better suited over further ground. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Strangest Dream (NZ) - raced three wide without cover. When questioned apprentice Mitch Aitken stated it had not been his intention to settle in a forward position, however after being caught wide he elected to urge his mount along to obtain a position outside the leader near the 900m.

Gauteng Gal - approaching the 100m, had to be eased when disappointed for a run between El Questro and Mrs Bignell.

Brad Rawiller (Emerenta) - pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the careless riding being that he allowed his mount to shift out rounding the home turn when insufficiently clear of Miss Magda, dictating that runner out onto Gauteng Gal which in turn was taken out onto Mrs Bignell, resulting in that runner being bumped heavily resulting in the mare and its rider Ben Melham becoming unbalanced. Brad Rawiller had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight December 1st and to expire at midnight December 8th, a total of eight race meetings (two metropolitan, six provincial) on the proviso he can gain releases from his accepted rides. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea and that the carelessness was in the low range.

 

Swab Samples

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

R1 - Global Sanction, Laranta, Perfect Clarity, R2 - Zelsignoret, Straviera, Magic Mila, R3 - Grassini, Barachino (NZ), Great Lane, R4 - Cool Runnings (NZ), Ascot Red, R5 - Cheeky Chinchilla, Belwazi, World Of Hope, R6 - Crediton, Persian Empire (NZ), Purrfect Trick, R7 - Sheriff John Stone, In Fairness, Archie Luxury, Reincarnate, R8 - Miss Magda, Emaan, Melodies Way (NZ)

 

Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

R1 - Love In Vain, R2 - Wrapsody, R4 - Roseberry Street, R6 - Tristano,

 

Post race samples from following horses:

All winners

 

Raceday Summary

 

Late Scratchings:

R4 - Dangle Lad (2.54pm, order of Stewards)

R4 - Mortified (3.22pm, order of Stewards)

R8 - Flying Spark (2.54pm, order of Stewards)

Fines:

Todd Balfour, $800 (see supplementary report below)

Reprimands:

R1 - Jordan Childs, careless riding

Suspensions:

R8 - Brad Rawiller, careless riding

Horse Actions:

R5 - Reward The Dream, bled both nostrils, suspended three months

R8 - Melodies Way (NZ), stood flat footed, warning

Changes of Tactics:

R2 - Magic Mila

R3 - Grassini

R3 - Nassi

R4 - Savvy Belle

Follow Ups:

R7 - Youve Been Had

 

Supplementary reports

Moonee Valley, Friday November 17th

Race 8 - Schweppes Handicap - 1523 metres:

Un De Sceaux - Stewards have concluded their inquiries into the riding instructions and tactics adopted upon Un De Sceaux. It was established trainer Todd Balfour instructed apprentice Stephanie Thornton to be positive on the gelding, that ultimately led. Stewards established these tactics were contrary to those adopted at the geldings previous race start at Flemington on November 7th, when Un De Sceaux settled at the rear of the field.

Following a review of betting on the event and the evidence tendered, Stewards issued two charges against Mr Balfour.

Mr Balfour pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR135A in that he as trainer of Un De Sceaux, failed to notify Stewards of a change of tactics when it was the intention for Un De Sceaux to be ridden positively at Moonee Valley on November 17th and these tactics differed from those adopted at Flemington on November 7th at the geldings most recent race start.

Mr Balfour pleaded guilty a further charge under the provisions of AR175(q) following inappropriate language and comments that were made during the course of the Stewards inquiry on November 17th, that were found to constitute misconduct or improper conduct.

Mr Balfour was fined $400 for each offence. 

 
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