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Mornington stewards' report
13 Sep 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

Mornington Racing Club



Wednesday 13 September, 2017


Soft 7 downgraded Heavy 8 at 12.38pm



Going stick:








Stewards Panel:

Robert Cram (Chairman), Brett Wright, Brent Scarlett, Alycia Brown, Sam Davison


Riding Changes / Jockey Information





Replaced By



Just Foxing

App Brandon Stockdale

Jake Noonan



Must produce Medical Certificate prior to riding again:

Brandon Stockdale


Did not attend meeting:

Brandon Stockdale


Race 1 – MORNINGTON MEMBERS RACEDAY PLATE (1) - 1000 metres: 

Mylex – Slow to begin. Eased approaching the 200 metres to avoid the heels of Latino Babe. Over the concluding stages steadied when racing close to the heels of Divine Messenger.

The Queen’s Reward – Began awkwardly and lost ground.

Just Foxing – Raced wide without cover throughout.

Latino Babe – Rider Luke Nolen reported that the filly, which was first up from a spell, would take benefit from today’s run.  A post race veterinary examination revealed lameness in front. A veterinary clearance is required prior to racing again.

Daniel Stackhouse (The Queen’s Reward) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a). The careless riding being that near the 200 metres he rode his mount out to the outside of Just Foxing thereby taking Rebel Rose out across the running of Shadea Lady, which was tightened for room between Rebel Rose and Bequeathed, and as a result Shadea Lady had to relinquish its position. D Stackhouse had his licence to ride in races suspended for a total of eight meetings to commence midnight 16 September, 2017 and to expire midnight 24 September, 2017 (1 metro, 7 provincial).  In assessing penalty the Stewards were of the view that the incident qualified for the low range category of carelessness and took into account his guilty plea and record.

Shadea Lady – Tightened for room near the 200m.

Race 2 – ANNIE AMMITZBOLL PLATE (2) - 1000 metres: 

Prior to the declaration of Correct Weight, Noel Callow, rider of Riverina Romance, second placegetter, viewed the Stewards’ video before deciding not to lodge an objection.

Zarpoya - Commenced awkwardly and lost ground.

Margot –  Stewards questioned Ben Melham regarding his riding of the filly. He explained that he was instructed to settle in a handy position, where comfortable and with cover. He was also advised that the filly over races when being restrained and ridden back in the field with a slow tempo. B Melham explained that the filly began awkwardly after being fractious in the starting stall, was then slow to begin and with the fast early tempo ended up further back than intended. As a result of this the filly then had a tendency to over race. He added that he was held up for clear running from passing the 400 metres behind Uncovered and Zarpoya until obtaining a run between those horses shortly after straightening when Uncovered shifted out. B Melham further added that after having obtained clear running in the straight the filly layed in but made good ground to the line. Trainer Robert Smerdon confirmed the instructions given and added that he had attempted to trial the filly back in the field in trials without success and for this reason would have preferred that Margot settled more forward today but in his view due to the circumstances early in the race was unable to do so. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.


Race 3 – NORM COVE HANDICAP - 2000 metres: 

Cheryl’s Horse – Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Baykool – Inclined to shift ground in the straight.

Andrea Mantegna (USA) –  App Ben Allen reported the horse travelled well but when asked for an effort on straightening did not respond as expected and was disappointing. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Kilmacurragh (NZ) - Near the 1700 metres inconvenienced and carried wider by Eureka Street, which shifted out and away from the heels of The Thug. Rider Dwayne Dunn reported the gelding would prefer a track with less give than today.

Eureka Street – When over racing near the 1700 metres steadied and shifted out to avoid the heels of The Thug.

The Thug – Rider Damian Lane reported that it was not his intention to lead, however, during the early stages when there was no genuine pace eventuating, he found himself in front with little effort


Race 4 – TOM BURKE HANDICAP - 1500 metres: 

Falika (NZ) – Slow to begin.

Blazing Socks – Raced keenly when wide without cover throughout. After passing the 1000 metres carried wider by I Am The Dark, which shifted out before being straightened by its rider.

Red Gateau – Raced keenly during the middle stages.

Cuban Belle – App Jack Martin reported that after beginning well he raced in a more forward position than intended.

Duke Of Nottingham – Rider Michelle Payne reported that the gelding may have held its breath during the event. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.


Race 5 – CAROL CAMPBELL HANDICAP - 2000 metres: 

Miss Hissy – Raced keenly in the lead and opened up a considerable margin on the field. Stewards questioned trainer Paul Maher regarding the improved performance of the mare today. Mr Maher explained that Miss Hissy was advantaged today with the 51.5kg and the addition of a tongue tie. He added that Miss Hissy had led by a large margin in previous races and been very competitive and in his view this tactic best suits the mare.  App Chelsea Hall advised that she was instructed to lead on the mare and after gaining the lead passing the winning post on the first occasion she was unable to hold the mare to a slower tempo and consequently led the field by a much larger margin than intended. A urine and blood sample were taken for analysis.

Blazers – Rider Regan Bayliss reported the mare may be coming to the end of its current preparation.  The stable confirmed that Blazers will now be spelled. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.



Its Time For Magic – Began awkwardly. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Rider Damien Oliver could offer no explanation for the performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Cullemmy’s Diamond – Lay out rounding the home turn.

Smokin’ Bella – For a short distance passing the 300 metres had some difficulty obtaining a clear run.

Chiavari – Passing the 200 metres rider Mark Zahra dropped his whip.

Wasabi – Rider Craig Newitt reported he was instructed to be more forward on the mare which is its usual racing pattern but the instructions were not necessarily to lead.  Trainer Ken Keys confirmed the instructions however he was not expecting the mare to be as far forward as it settled today.



Born To Fight – Slow to begin. When racing keenly near the 700 metres was steadied to avoid the heels of King Mombassa. From approaching the 400 metres until near the 300 metres was held up when unable to obtain clear run.

Levendi – Slow to begin.

Bed Talk -  Raced keenly throughout when wide without cover.

King Mombassa – Raced keenly during the early and middle stages. Hung in when under pressure in the straight. After passing the 200 metres was disappointed for a run between Bowerman and Southern Turf. After passing the 900 metres was checked to avoid the heels of Southern Turf.

Mactier – Rider Michael Dee reported the tempo of the race did not suit the gelding and Mactier may not have been suited by today’s track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.


Race 8 – EDGELL BAD BOYS HANDICAP - 1000 metres: 

Oruju – Raced wide without cover throughout. When weakening near the 150 metres momentarily steadied when tightened for room between Rock’N’Gold and Motown Lil, which was carried in by Labuan Star(D Yendall), when that gelding lay in under pressure. Dean Yendall was reprimanded. Post race veterinary examination of identified the presence of blood at both nostrils. Second time bleeder, Orujo is now barred from racing in Australia. An irregular heart rhythm was also detected on post race veterinary examination. (If racing outside Australia) - shall not start in any race until the Stewards have received a satisfactory veterinary report. The report must include the results of an ECG performed at rest and cardiac auscultation performed within 30 minutes of completing a satisfactory gallop of at least 1000 metres.

Jalan Jalan – After passing the 300 metres until near the 150 metres held up when unable to obtain a clear run.

Motown Lil – Rider Dwayne Dunn reported his mount did not handle today’s track conditions. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Rock’nGoldRaced tightly round the home turn between Jalan Jalan and Runsati which shifted out slightly. Taken out off its course near the 150m by Runsati (L Currie), which shifted out. L Currie was notified to exercise more care.


Demolition – Began awkwardly.

Wind Force – Raced wide without cover throughout.

Countryman - Raced wide without cover throughout.

Tango Rock – App Ethan Brown reported his mount may not have handled today’s track conditions. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.




Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 – Latino Babe, Rebel Rose, Divine Messenger

Race 2 – Zarpoya, Tan Tat Flame

Race 3 – Eureka Street, Kilmacurragh (NZ), Andrea Mantegna (USA), Baykool

Race 4 – I Am The Dark, Blazing Socks, Falika (NZ)

Race 5 – Citrus Wish, Maraudamiss, Henpecker (NZ)

Race 6 – Wasabi, Its Time For Magic (NZ), Chiavari

Race 7 – Born To Fight, Levendi, Mactier

Race 8 – Motown Lil

Race 9 – Countryman, Night Sight, Fire Agate


Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

Race 2 – Lady Cartier

Race 3 – The Thug



Post race samples from following horses:

All winners – Race 8 – Runsati (equal 3rd)


Raceday Summary



Race 1 – Daniel Stackhouse AR137(a) Midnight 16 September, 2017 to midnight 24 September, 2017.

Horse Actions:

Race 1 – Latino Babe – Lame in front. Veterinary clearance.

Race 8 – Orujo – Bled (2nd time). Barred from racing in Australia. Atrial Fibrillation. Vet clearance.

Follow ups

Moonee Valley -  Saturday 9 September, 2017

Race 1 - Sea The Sparkle -  Trainer Darren Weir reported it pulled up well and will continue with its preparation.

Race 2 - Aspect -  Trainer Tony McEvoy reported that Aspect was scoped on return to the stable and found to be Grade 3 roarer. He added that a tongue tie will be added to the gear when it next races.

Race 3 - Brahmos - Trainer John Sadler reported it pulled up well and will continue with its preparation.

Race 7 - Oak Door - Trainer Robert Smerdon reported it pulled up well and will continue with its preparation.


Bet365 Park Kilmore -Saturday 9 September, 2017

Race 1 - CUB Maiden Plate - 1900 metres:

Grandes Oreilles – Trainer Tony Chibnall advised that although the mare was found to be slightly sore in front nothing of significance was detected.

Race 2 BET365 MAIDEN HURDLE - 3480 metres:

Cougar Express – Trainer Jarrod McLean advised the gelding has now been spelled.


Geelong - Friday 8 September, 2017

Shadow Prince (NZ) - Stable advised horse pulled up satisfactorily but would most likely be sent for a spell.


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