Gosford stewards' report


Gosford Race Club




Thursday 17 January 2019


Weather:               Fine

Track:                   Good (4); upgraded to Good (3) at 3.20pm following race 4.

Rail:                      True


STEWARDS:  D M Greer (Chairman), P C Dingwall, D L Carr, S T Matthews and cadets R W Loughlin and J Marshall                                                                                                                                                                                    jl



Supplementary Reports:

GOSFORD – Friday 11 January 2019

Race 4:  De Bortoli Wines Takeover Target On 17th January Maiden Plate 2100m

Triplicate – stable representative Mr W Freedman reported that a Dynamic scope conducted on the gelding revealed the source of the respiratory noise to be a minor soft palate issue.  Mr Freedman advised that it was the stable’s intention to continue with the gelding’s preparation.  Mr Freedman was told that, bearing in mind the gelding’s beaten margin of 25 lengths, it would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to racing again.




As C Brown was indisposed, Stewards permitted the following riding substitutions:

Race 2 J Collett on Schnapps
Race 4 J Parr on Don’t Leave Me Out
Race 6 T Berry on Araaja


RACE 1:  Sharon Samways Memorial Class 2 Handicap 1600m

Flagpoles – slow to begin.  Rounding the home turn became unbalanced when the mare came into contact with Conductress.


Oakfield Captain – slow to begin.  Raced wide in the early stages until being allowed to stride forward to take up a position one off the fence near the 1000m.


Just Two Vees – began awkwardly.


Zavance – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Held up for some distance approaching the home turn and did not obtain completely clear running until the 250m.


Judge Judi – when questioned in relation to racing further forward, rider J Collett explained he was under no specific instructions other than to have the mare where comfortable and anticipated racing in an on pace position.  He said after beginning well and after travelling a short distance, when the anticipated leader Just Two Vees did not take up the lead, he then allowed his mount to stride forward and assume the lead where the mare travelled well throughout.

RACE 2:  Signarama Erina/Gosford Metro & Provincial Maiden Plate 1200m

Lifetime Quest - Stewards considered an objection lodged by K McEvoy, rider of 2nd placegetter Lifetime Quest against Schnapps being declared the winner, alleging interference approaching the 100m.  After considering all the evidence, the Stewards found that Lifetime Quest, which was inclined to lay in when placed under pressure, shifted in towards the heels of Schnapps approaching the 100m and was steadied when awkwardly placed.  As it was established that Lifetime Quest initiated the shift and that the shift from Schnapps was minimal, the objection was dismissed.


First Pirouette – slow to begin (2L).


Laila De Vega – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Held up rounding the home turn and, after obtaining clear running inside the 200m, made contact with Stunned.


Stunned – hung out making the home turn.


Foxpack – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be displaying grade 1 heat stress.

RACE 3:  Tooheys 3YO Maiden Handicap 1600m

Monterey Lad – began awkwardly and lost ground (2L).  For some distance in the early part of the straight was held up and near the 200m had to be steadied when disappointed for a run between Chief Command and Gloriosa.


I’m Kate – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.


Sir Harry – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 2/5 lame in the near-foreleg.  Stable representative D Fitten was told a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Sir Harry racing again.


Emperor Arli – when questioned in relation to his riding, B Spriggs explained he was instructed to be prominent with the blinkers on.  He said in the early stages he was able to establish a position closer than midfield, however, when the pace slackened from the 1200m his mount commenced to overrace.  He explained that when Alier improved to take up a forward position to avoid being left racing without cover, he allowed his mount to also stride forward near the 800m and take up a position outside the lead

RACE 4:  Prestige Wedding & Event Hire Class 1 Handicap 1100m

Buckle Up Baby – missed the start (2L).


Sugarland Express – began awkwardly.  Overraced in the early stages and approaching the 800m shifted out abruptly and became awkwardly placed on the heels of Laburnum.  Hung out rounding the home turn.


Joy For Us – slow to begin and then shortly afterwards was hampered when crowded by Vinci Lady, which shifted out.


Al Mah Haha – held up for some distance rounding the home turn and approaching the 150m was steadied when disappointed for a run between Partners and Vinci Lady.  Al Mah Haha was then shifted to the outside of Partners to improve inside the 100m.  Raced in restricted room for the remainder of the event.


Vinci Lady – when questioned regarding his riding from the 400m and as to the reason for him shifting off the fence on straightening, J Collett explained that, as he was of the view that the superior going was to shift away from the fence on straightening, he elected to do so, whereby his mount responded to his riding fairly.


Partners – rider T Marquand was cautioned against the practice of using the whip above shoulder height.


RACE 5:  De Bortoli Wines Takeover Target Stakes (Listed Race) 1200m

Invicta – began awkwardly and lost ground (2L).


Isaurian – held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight and had to be shifted to the inside of Tactical Advantage to continue.


Clipper – when questioned, rider App. S Weatherley explained that his mount, which was stepping up in grade, did not travel comfortably throughout the early and middle stages, however, when the pace quickened approaching the home turn he was satisfied with the mare’s efforts when placed under pressure.  A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be displaying a poor post-race recovery.  Trainer Ms A Davies was told that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Clipper racing again.


Deploy – when questioned, rider J Parr explained that his mount travelled comfortably in the lead throughout the event, however, when he asked his mount to quicken approaching the 400m the gelding responded initially to his riding, but over the final 200m commenced to weaken and shortened stride over the concluding stages.


RACE 6:  Gosford Quarries Gosford Gold Cup (Listed Race) 2100m

Araaja – slow to begin.


Wild About Her – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.


Prioritise – rounding the first turn hung out towards the heels of Santono Rasen.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.


Articus – passing the 1600m became unbalanced when briefly tightened for room on the inside of Singing, which was taken in by Grande Rosso.


Grande Rosso –raced without cover until passing the 1400m.


The Getaway – held up for some distance rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight and did not obtain clear running until near the 150m.


Fabrizio – over the concluding stages rider J Parr was unable to ride his mount out to the finish when Santono Rasen shifted into his path.


RACE 7: Malcolm Cusick Stakes Class 4 Handicap 1200m

Leogang – slow to begin and then crowded by Skyray shortly after the start.


Skyray – carried wider rounding the home turn by Dunatun.  Rider T Berry reported his mount never stretched out throughout the event and was disappointing in its failure to finish the race off.  He was of the opinion Skyray failed to handle the firm track conditions A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.


It’s So Obvious – rider App. R Dolan reported that his mount pulled hard throughout the middle stages of the event.


Dunatun – from the 600m shifted outwards and made the home turn wide.  App. A Borg was reminded of her obligations to ride competitively and to avoid covering excess ground in future.


Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted 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 6 G Schofield (Sir Plush) 7 strikes prior to the 100m.


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

Race 1:  Oakfield Captain, Zavance (2), Conductress.

Race 2:  Lifetime Quest.

Race 3:  Sir Harry, I’m Kate, Emperor Arli, Monterey Lad.

Race 5:  Deploy, Tactical Advantage (2), Easy Eddie, Handsome Theif, Isuarian, Demerara, Clipper, Invicta.

Race 6:  Fabrizio, Singing, Grande Rosso, Satono Rasen, Prioritise, Sir Plush (2), Articus, Araaja, Roman Son, The Getaway, Wild About Her.

Race 7:  It’s So Obvious, Skyray, Nic’s Vendetta, Dunatun.


Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Supplementary:  Triplicate (trainer R Freedman) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 3:  Sir Harry (trainer C Waller) – 2/5 lame near-foreleg.
Race 5:  Clipper (trainer A Davies) – poor post-race recovery.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 6:  Roman Son – option to be more forward;
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear Nil.
Follow up: Nil.