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Caulfield stewards' report
15 Jul 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

MRC @ Caulfield

 

Date:

Saturday July 15th 2017

Track:

Good 4 (Race 1); Good 3 @ 12.30pm, retrospective to Race 2 (Races 2-9)

Going Stick:

10.2; Shear 8.5

Moisture Content:

19.7%

Weather:

Fine

Rail:

+10m entire circuit

Stewards Panel:

Robert Cram (Chairman), Rob Montgomery, Corie Waller, Sam Cochrane & Kirstie Vanderzeil (Cadet)

 

 

Riding Changes / Jockey Information

 

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

5

Lucky Paddy

John Allen

Luke Nolen

Suspended

 

Did not attend meeting:

John Allen

 

Race 1 - TROA Supports Jockeys Trust Plate - 1400 metres:  

Emoji - jumped away awkwardly and as a result settled further back.

Mr Gustavo (NZ) - began awkwardly, shifted out and hampered Emoji. 

Pakaya Prince - raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Data Point - held up from the 600m until shifting out to gain clear running near the 200m.  Apprentice Beau Mertens could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.   Trainer Michael Kent advised that the gelding had trained well in the week prior to today and in his view may be reluctant to race on the inside of other runners. 

Spearhead - rider Craig Newitt reported his mount pulled too hard. 

Luke Nolen (Dane Thunder) - pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the carelessness being that near the 300m he permitted his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Spearhead resulting in that gelding being tightened for room between Dane Thunder and Mr Optimistic and having to be checked.  Luke Nolen had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight July 15th and to expire at midnight July 23rd, a total of eight race meetings (two metropolitan, six provincial).  In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea and record and that the carelessness was in the low range. 

Violent Snow - apprentice Brandon Stockdale was notified to ensure he does not place undue pressure on horses racing to his inside after crowding Data Point for room near the 900m.

 

Race 2 - John & Denise Cobcroft Handicap - 1200 metres:  

Aljawzaa - had to be re-saddled behind the barriers which delayed the start slightly.  Held up from the 300m until gaining clear running passing the 200m.  Rider Craig Williams explained that the filly raced greenly throughout and it was now the stable’s intention to remove the noseroll.

Mission Vision - after jumping away, shifted in and inconvenienced American Summer despite the effort of rider Noel Callow to straighten the gelding. 

Evolutionist - when weakening had to be steadied near the 300m between Stephen Baster, which shifted in slightly, and Chiyou which shifted out.  When hanging in had to be steadied off the heels of Sheer Madness near the 50m.  Apprentice Ben Thompson explained that the gelding raced greenly throughout. 

Flash Cash - raced wide without cover. 

Takemehomemister - rider Dwayne Dunn was of the opinion the gelding may have come to the end of its preparation and Stewards will follow up with the stable in the coming days. 

 

Race 3 - Henry Dwyer Racing Handicap - 1200 metres:  

O’Rachael - connections advised would be ridden back from the wide draw; settled at the rear of the field.  Disappointed for a run and had to be steadied between Pete’s Dragon and If Not Now When approaching the 100m. 

La Renarde - connections advised would be ridden further back from the wide gate; settled at the rear of the field.

Abriola - steadied to avoid the heels of Rockmeartie (Chris Caserta) which shifted in when insufficiently clear near the 800m. 

Bay Harmony - raced wide without cover. 

Moonlites Choice - a post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be lame in the off foreleg and will require a veterinary clearance prior to racing again. 

Chris Caserta (Rockmeartie) - pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the carelessness being that near the 800m he permitted his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Abriola resulting in that filly having to be steadied to avoid the heels of Rockmeartie.  Chris Caserta had his permit to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight July 16th and to expire at midnight July 24th, (two metropolitan, six provincial) on the proviso he can gain released from his rides at Geelong on July 18th.  In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea and that the carelessness was in the low range. 

 

Race 4 - Laming Racing Handicap - 2000 metres:  

Dandre - fifth placegetter; prior to correct weight rider Stephen Baster viewed the Stewards film before deciding not to lodge an objection.  Stewards were also satisfied the margin was too great to lodge an objection against the winner (Windbern).  Near the 1300m had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Savvy Dresser (NZ) (Chris Symons) which shifted in; Chris Symons was severely reprimanded and advised to exercise far more care.

Severely hampered passing the 200m. 

Toffatin - connections advised would be ridden forward from the wide gate if it begins well; knuckled on jumping away and settled three wide outside the leaders.  Severely hampered passing the 200m. 

Hussor - slow to begin.

Eureka Street - raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Windbern - raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Kiwia - held up from the 600m and was unable to obtain clear running until approaching the 100m.  Approaching the 500m had to be steadied off the heels of Arohata when attempting a run where there was insufficient room.  Near the 200m clipped the heels of Meat Traders (NZ) and knuckled.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. 

Prescott (NZ) - held up from the 600m and for the entirety of the straight and went to the line untested. 

All Out Of Love - held up for clear running from the 250m before then being checked to avoid the heels of horses being interfered with passing the 200m.

Meat Traders (NZ) - severely hampered passing the 200m.

Savvy Dresser (NZ) - severely checked passing the 200m.

Seattle Park - clipped heels of Dandre and almost fell passing the 200m. 

Royal Order - when making ground, was held up approaching the 100m before gaining clear running shortly after this point.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. 

Dwayne Dunn (Windbern) - pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the carelessness being that passing the 200m he placed his mount to the outside of Snipfit and when doing so made contact with Meat Traders (NZ).  As a result, Meat Traders was then taken out and caused interference to horses to its outside, they being Toffatin, Savvy Dresser (NZ) and Dandre.  Seattle Park which was following clipped the heels of Dandre and almost fell.  In issuing the charge Stewards were satisfied that after initially placing his mount to the outside of Snipfit he then attempted to straighten his mount which had shifted out abruptly when unbalanced.  Dwayne Dunn had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight July 15th and to expire at midnight August 2nd, a total of eighteen race meetings (four metropolitan, fourteen provincial) on the proviso he gains releases from his rides at Geelong on July 18th.  In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea and good record, and that the carelessness was in the high range. Stewards notified Dwayne Dunn they had considered the merits of a reckless riding charge but after full consideration of the incident the Stewards were of the view that Dwayne Dunn had attempted to straighten his mount whilst Windbern had shifted abruptly when unbalanced and that this had contributed to the severity of the incident.

 

Race 5 - National Jockeys Trust Plate - 1700 metres:  

Swacadelic (GER) - slow to begin.

Freshwater Storm (NZ) - shifted out on jumping making contact with Onpicalo.  Raced three wide without cover.

Onpicalo - bumped at the start.

Lucky Paddy - began awkwardly.

Coldstone (FR) - apprentice Beau Mertens was reminded of his obligation to ride all of his mounts out hands and heels to the winning post.  Beau Mertens could offer no explanation for the performance which was disappointing.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. 

 

Race 6 - TAB Supports Jockeys Trust Handicap - 1400 metres:  

Wayanka - connections advised would be ridden quieter from the wide gate; settled at the rear after jumping away awkwardly.  Held up from the 400m until shifting out to gain clear running passing the 300m.  Over the concluding stages was placed in restricted room to the inside of My Paisann (NZ), which shifted in slightly, resulting in rider Craig Newitt being unable to ride out in his normal manner. 

Throssell - shifted out on jumping away and inconvenienced Enigman. 

Enigman - inconvenienced at the start.  Rider Craig Williams could offer no explanation for the performance.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Valliano - over-raced in the early and middle stages.  Apprentice Beau Mertens could offer no explanation for the performance.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. 

Revolving Door - raced four wide without cover in the early and middle stages then three wide without cover approaching and rounding the home turn.  When questioned regarding his tactics, apprentice Brandon Stockdale explained he was instructed to allow his mount to stride forward and take up a positon outside the leader.  He explained that when he elected to go forward, the runners to his inside kept him wide and in his opinion he would have used too much energy by striding forward to take up a positon outside the leader. He added he then elected to ease to gain cover and when doing so he was unable to obtain a position with cover and as a result was then caught wide. 

Toorak Cowboy - raced three wide without cover in the early stages.

 

Race 7 - PFD Food Services Monash Stakes (Group 3) - 1100 metres:  

Sunday Escape - over-raced in the early and middle stages. 

General Truce - raced four wide without cover.  Got unbalanced when brushed on the hindquarters by Supido which shifted out to obtain a run approaching the 300m. 

Divine Ten - raced three wide without cover.

Lord Of The Sky - rider Arron Lynch reported his mount would benefit from today’s first up performance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the entire had blood in its mouth from a small cut on its lower lip. 

 

Race 8 - LUCRF Super Supports Jockeys - 1200 metres:  

Divine Chills - late withdrawal due to the upgrade of the track at 12.44pm.

Sahara Chill - began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped with Beatniks.

Beatniks - bumped at the start.

Foreign Affair - raced three wide without cover.  Rider Chris Symons reported that his mount was disappointing and may have come to the end of its current preparation.  Trainer Henry Dwyer indicated that the mare may be given a brief freshen up. 

Adalita - had to be eased near the 150m when crowded for room between Foreign Affair and Beatniks due to both horses shifting ground slightly.  Apprentice Ben Allen reported his mount didn’t feel comfortable throughout.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 9 - OTI Racing Handicap - 1400 metres:  

Mihany - connections advised would be ridden with cover; settled towards the rear of the field with cover.

Airalign (NZ) - slow to begin.  Apprentice Ben Thompson accidentally lost the use of his right rein near the 100m. 

Moonovermanhattan - raced ungenerously and got its head up in the early stages.

Here To There (NZ) - raced three wide without cover.  Rider Craig Williams could offer no explanation for the performance.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. 

Leica Day - raced four wide without cover. 

 

Swab Samples

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

R1 - Mr Gustavo (NZ), Data Point, R2 - Bandipur, Mission Vision, I Did It Again, R3 - Pete’s Dragon, O’Rachael, If Not Now When, Moonlites Choice, R4 - Savvy Dresser (NZ), Kiwia, Eureka Street, Meat Traders (NZ), Dandre, R5 - Coldstone, Bling Dynasty, Portion Control, R6 - Revolving Door, Enigman, R7 - Divine Ten, General Truce, Murt The Flirt, R8 - Sullivan Bay, Foreign Affair, R9 - Tried And Tired, Schism, Mihany  

 

Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

R5 - Lucky Paddy, R7 - Lord Of The Sky, R8 - Sahara Chill  

 

Post race samples from following horses:

All winners, R1 - Data Point (unplaced favourite), R7 - Daytona Grey (second placegetter)   

 

Raceday Summary

 

Late Scratchings:

R8 - Divine Chills (12.48pm, order of Stewards)

Fines:

R3 - Darren Weir, $30, colours

Severe Reprimands:

R4 - Chris Symons, careless riding

Suspensions:

R1 - Luke Nolen, careless riding

R3 - Chris Caserta, careless riding

R4 - Dwayne Dunn, careless riding

Horse Actions:

R3 - Moonlites Choice, lame off fore, veterinary clearance

Changes of Tactics:

R3 - O’Rachael

R3 - La Renarde

R4 - Toffatin

R6 - Wayanka

R9 - Mihany

Follow Ups:

R2 - Takemehomemister

R6 - Enigman

 

Supplementary reports

Echuca, Monday July 10th

Race 5 - QUEST ECHUCA BM58 HANDICAP (2) - 1618 metres: 

High Diamonds - trainer Niall Phillips advised that the mare pulled up sound and has eaten up well. It was its first time at 1600m and was caught wide throughout.

Sandown, Wednesday July 12th 

Race 2 - Tribute to Roger Booth Handicap - 1400 metres:

Lady Skills - trainer Matt Laurie advised that the filly has pulled with no obvious issues and will continue its preparation.

Race 6 - Clanbrooke Racing Handicap - 1200 metres:

He’s A Moral - the Weir stable advised that the gelding pulled up with no issues and will continue its preparation.