Moonee Valley stewards' report
04 Aug 2012 | Moonee Valley Racing Club
Date: Saturday August 4 2012
Track: Slow 6 (Races 1-4); Dead 5 @ 1.57pm (Races 5-8)
Stewards Panel:Mr T Bailey (Chairman), Mr R Cram, Mr C Waller, Mr J Hitchcock & Mr B Scarlett
Riding Changes / Jockey Information
Race Horse Rider Replaced By Reason
7 Wealthy Lad S King D Gauci Became indisposed
8 Lady Rock S King D Dunn Became indisposed
Race 1 – SPORTINGBET HANDICAP - 1200 metres:
Carringbush Jack jumped away awkwardly and lost ground.
Rusambo was slow to begin, missing the start by one and a half lengths.
Approaching the turn near the 900m King’s Pardon was placed in restricted room for some distance to a point where it had to be eased to avoid the heels of Free Of Doubt which shifted in with Planet Voyage which was racing to its outside. Both J Duffy (Planet Voyage) and S King (Free Of Doubt) were reprimanded and advised to exercise more care by allowing sufficient room for runners to their inside.
After passing the 800m Free Of Doubt was checked when King’s Pardon, which had been forced three wide, attempted to shift back in to regain its position one off the fence and in doing so causing the interference to Free Of Doubt. C Newitt, rider of King’s Pardon, was issued with a severe reprimand for his actions and in arriving at this decision the Stewards did take into account that C Newitt made corrective measures to then relieve the pressure to Free Of Doubt resulting in Free Of Doubt being able to hold its position outside of the leader and King’s Pardon remaining three wide.
A post race veterinary examination of King’s Pardon revealed the colt to have an upper respiratory disorder and trainer Mr M Price was advised that a veterinary clearance together with the satisfactory results of an endoscopic examination are required prior to King’s Pardon racing again. A swab sample was also taken from the colt for analysis.
Race 2 – MAKE-A-WISH SPRINT - 1200 metres:
At the start Dash For Viz, which was a little slow to begin, was then checked between Tokugawa and Rebel Truce which shifted in making contact with Dash For Viz.
Midnight Glory was slow to begin (one length).
Tokugawa over-raced in the early and middle stages.
King Hoaks raced wide without cover.
From the 400m Bombalatomba was unable to improve its position when held up and then failed to get clear running in the straight and subsequently went to the post without being fully tested.
S King (Tokugawa) was fined $200 for weighing in in excess of a half kilogram over his declared riding weight in accordance with the provisions of AR 145.
C Williams advised that in his opinion Rebel Truce felt flat today. A post race veterinary examination of Rebel Truce revealed no abnormalities.
D Nikolic stated that Bellissimo travelled well in the early and middle stags but when asked for an effort on straightening, in his opinion, felt like a horse that would be better suited over increased distance.
Race 3 – BECOME A MVRC MEMBER HANDICAP - 3000 metres:
Streaky Fella shifted in abruptly after jumping away, making heavy contact with Rilelilmag which in turn shifted in and made heavy contact with Jumpin Jack Cash.
Streaky Fella pulled hard during the race.
North Lodge over-raced in the home straight the first time when having to be restrained off the heels of Geejayhaitch.
Gotta Take Care raced wide without cover in the early and middle stages before gaining a position one off the fence at the winning post with a lap to go.
North Lodge continued to pull quite hard from the 1600m.
After passing the 400m Geejayhaitch and North Lodge bumped and got unbalanced when tightened for room between Wells, which was laying in under pressure, and Gold Viper which shifted out slightly under pressure before being straightened.
After the running of the race S King was stood down by Club’s doctor and was subsequently replaced in Races 7 and 8.
Apprentice B Wallace (Streaky Fella) was severely reprimanded for failing to weigh in after the race.
When questioned, B Wallace (Streaky Fella) explained that his instructions were to have the gelding placed where it raced most comfortably and he was specifically told to gain a position on the fence. He said in his view the gelding was disappointing due to it pulling hard.
A post race veterinary examination of Streaky Fella revealed no abnormalities.
S King rider of Gotta Take Care, second placegetter, was found guilty of a charge under the provisions of AR137(b) in that over the concluding stages he failed to ride his mount out to the end of the race. S King was fined $5000. In assessing penalty there was some conjecture as to whether the actions of S King cost his mount winning the race, however the Stewards could not totally rule out that his actions ultimately cost him winning the race.
A post race veterinary examination of Gotta Take Care revealed no abnormalities.
After the running of the race the RVL veterinary surgeon reported that Doubly Sure (NZ) had a near side respiratory issue and connections were advised that they must submit a veterinary clearance for the gelding prior to it racing again.
Race 4 – PRODUCTION RESOURCE GROUP HANDICAP - 1600 metres:
Roccin Jo jumped away very awkwardly with its head up and as a result got off balance for a short distance.
Near the 1500m Rock Princess shifted in taking The Long Road in off its rightful running then nearing the 1400m The Long Road shifted back out forcing Rock Princess wider on the track. Riders of both horses, apprentices D Thornton and T Sadler, were advised that this type of riding can not be condoned and were reminded of their obligations under the rules.
Roccin Jo raced wide without cover.
The Long Road made the home turn extremely wide.
A post race veterinary examination of Magic Embrace, which performed poorly, revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr J Gould was advised that due to the mare’s continued poor form he would be required to keep Magic Embrace outside the metropolitan area until such time as it shows improved form.
The track was upgraded from Slow 6 to Dead 5 at 1.57pm after the running of this race.
Race 5 – BELINDA JANE VERCO MCLEOD MILE - 1600 metres:
After the running of Race 3, connections advised that Stoneblack would be ridden back today due to the wide barrier draw and the drop in distance. Stoneblack settled second last.
Oregon Spirit was fractious in the barriers prior to the start. The RVL veterinary surgeon, acting on his own observations from behind the barriers, was satisfied that the incident had not caused the gelding any harm and therefore allowed the gelding to take its place in the field.
From the 400m Oregon Spirit was unable to improve its position due to being held up before gaining clear running on straightening.
J Benbow (Oregon Spirit) explained that after the incident in the barriers his mount never travelled comfortably throughout the race and a post race veterinary examination revealed no obvious abnormalities.
Race 6 – HONG KONG RACEHORSE OWNRS ASSOCIATION TROPHY - 2040 metres:
Dame Claire (NZ) layed in quite badly under pressure from the 800m. Whilst C Symons, rider of Dame Claire (NZ), exceeded the allowable strikes of the whip in a forehand manner, no direct action was taken given the racing manners of his mount.
M Neilson (Sky Raider) was of the view that the gelding would benefit by being stepped up in distance.
Apprentice A McCabe (Domsky) was of the view that the gelding is better suited on softer ground.
B Melham (Placement (NZ)) explained that the pace of the race was too quick for his mount which was second up today.
C Williams rider of Buxted (IRE) reported that the gelding hung in.
Race 7 – WILLIAM MARTIN HARVEY SPRINT - 1000 metres:
On jumping away Beyond Pardon got unbalanced when crowded for room between Canali and Unanimously both of which shifted ground.
D Oliver (Canali) was reprimanded for having Broken unnecessarily tight for some distance to his inside passing the 800m.
From the 400m Snapparazi was unable to improve its position when held up for clear running until gaining clear running near the 150m.
A post race veterinary examination of One Last Dance revealed the mare to be lame in the near fore leg and trainer Mr P Moody was advised that a veterinary certificate of fitness is required prior to One Last Dance races again.
After the running of the race the RVL veterinary surgeon reported that Canali had been galloped on on the near hind leg.
Race 8 – TELSTRA PHONEWORDS HANDICAP - 1200 metres:
Spurcific raced wide without cover.
After passing the 300m Stole (NZ), which was commencing to give ground, had to be checked when tightened for room between Inablitz, which was laying in under pressure, and Lady Rock which had obtained a run to the outside of Spurcific which also shifted out slightly to the outside of Glows to improve its position. Due to a number of contributing factors Stewards took no direct action.
A post race veterinary examination of Night War revealed no abnormalities other than the mare had cast its near fore plate in running and C Newitt was of the understanding the mare would now be retired to stud.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
R1 – Carringbush Jack, Free Of Doubt, R2 – Tokugawa, R3 – Doosra Diamond, Wells, R4 – Roccin Jo, R5 – Philda, R6 – The Cleaner
Post race samples from following horses:
All winners, R1 – King’s Pardon (unplaced)
R2 – S King, $200, weighing in overweight
R3 – S King, $5000, fail to ride to the line
R1 – J Duffy
R1 – S King
R7 – D Oliver
R1 – C Newitt
R3 – B Wallace
R1 – King’s Pardon, respiratory disorder, veterinary certificate/scope
R3 – Doubly Sure (NZ), respiratory issue, veterinary certificate
R7 – One Last Dance, lame near fore, veterinary certificate
R5 – Oregon Spirit
R6 – Dame Claire (NZ)