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Moonee Valley stewards' report
09 Sep 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

Moonee Valley Racing Club

Date:

Saturday 9 September, 2017

Track:

Good 4

Going Stick:

9.2, Shear 12.7

Soil Moisture:

20.22

Penetrate:

7.4

Weather:

Overcast

Rail:

Out 2 metres entire

Stewards Panel:

Terry Bailey (Chairman), Rob Montgomery, Peter Ryan, Simon Carey, Kirstie Vanderzeil (cadet)

 

Riding Changes / Jockey Information

 

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

3

Emoji

App Ethan Brown

App Ben Allen

Suspended

6

Royal Disguise

Michael Walker

App Ben Allen

Overweight

7

Well Sprung

Michael Walker

App Ben Allen

Overweight

9

Boom Time

App Ethan Brown

App Chris Caserta

Suspended

 

Did not attend meeting:

App Ethan Brown, Michael Walker

 

Race 1 – LADBROKES ODDS BOOST HANDICAP - 1600 metres: 

Trinity Hill (NZ) – Trainer Francis Finnegan was fined $200 for failing to have the mare on course by the prescribed time. Raced three wide without cover.

Domino Vitale – Rider Noel Callow lost the use of the right iron shortly after the start. He reported that it was his intention to settle closer to the speed, however, after losing his iron settled further back than anticipated. N Callow could offer no further explanation for the performance.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Sea The Sparkle (GB) – Jumped away awkwardly, contacted the barriers and shifted out. Rider Craig Williams reported the mare travelled well in the early and middle stages, however, when placed under pressure failed to respond to his riding. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with trainer Darren Weir regarding Sea The Sparkle (GB).

Star Patriot – Slow to begin.

Samovare – On jumping away had to be steadied when tightened for room by Trinity Hill (NZ), which shifted in. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Special Diva – Raced four wide in the early stages.

Race 2 – SWEENEY WE KNOW WEST HANDICAP - 1509 metres: 

Sheer Madness – Caught wide in the early stages, allowed to stride and sit outside the leader near the 900 metres. Rider Stephen Baster felt there may have been something amiss with the gelding. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Aspect – Rider Mark Zahra reported the gelding made an unusual respiratory noise on pulling up. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality, however, the gelding was unable to be scoped on course. Trainer Tony McEvoy advised that Aspect will undergo an endoscopic examination on return to the stable and notify Stewards of the results.  

Aberro – Rider Craig Williams could offer no explanation for the performance and in his opinion was very disappointing. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

 Race 3 – MIMATCH HANDICAP – 1509 metres: 

Oscar’s My Mate Pa – The explanation tendered by trainer Eric Musgrove for the late arrival on course due to a float breakdown was accepted.

Reincarnate – Change of tactics – More forward. Settled behind the leaders. Held up from the 300 metres before gaining clear running near the 200 metres.

Riyadh (NZ) – Slow to begin. Held up at the 200 metres before shifting out to gain clear running approaching the 100 metres.

Recalculate -  Shifted in near the 1300 metres and in doing so clipped the heels of Brahmos and knuckled. Raced wide without cover.

Brahmos - Rider Craig Williams reported the gelding travelled well in the early and middle stages but the felt uncomfortable in its actions when placed under pressure in the straight. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality and a sample was taken for analysis. Stewards will follow up with trainer John Sadler regarding the gelding.

Race 4 – LF SIGN GROUP HANDICAP - 2040 metres: 

Foundation – Change of tactics – From the barrier to be ridden quieter. Settled towards the rear of the field. Jumped away awkwardly, shifted in and made heavy contact with Darabad (FR) resulting in Darabad (FR) becoming unbalanced. Held up from the 300 metres and for the entirety of the straight and went to the line not being tested. Rider Jake Duffy was questioned as to whether it was an option for him to follow Foundry (IRE) from the 700 metres and then be able to shift wider on the home turn to gain an uninterrupted run to the winning post. He explained that at the time he had considered it but assessed Foundry (IRE) was under hard ringing as too was Killarney Kid, which was also forward of him therefore he elected to shift back towards the inside rather than being eight wide on the home turn. His explanation was noted.

Darabad (FR) – Unbalanced at the start.  Got its head up and raced ungenerously in the early and middle stages.

Electric Fusion – Raced wide without cover.

Amralah (IRE) – Steadied when weakening near the 200 metres to avoid the heels of Magnapal, which shifted out to obtain a run.

Hans Holbein (GB) – App Beau Mertens reported the gelding was slow to muster speed early and settled further back than intended. He added that, in his opinion, the gelding was better ridden closer to the speed but responded well and lay in under pressure.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Race 5 – MITTY’S MCEWEN STAKES - 1000 metres: 

Unique Lovely – Late scratching at 11.32pm on veterinary advice. Swelling to near fore, lame.

Hellbent – Underwent a veterinary examination on arrival at the barriers after contacting the gate on leaving the tunnel and was passed suitable to race. Had to be steadied over the concluding stages when racing tight to the inside of Missrock, which was taken in slightly by Heatherly.

Supido – Jumped away awkwardly and brushed the side of the gate.

Houtzen - Rider Craig Williams reported that his mount was a little awkward away and as a result was caught deep and was reluctant to take on the two leaders, being Russian Revolution and Heatherly, therefore he opted to sit off the speed and whilst he was concerned coming to the home turn his mount was competitive in the straight and in his opinion, will benefit from the first up run today.  A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Race 6 – MITCHELTON WINES ATLANTIC JEWEL STAKES - 1200 metres: 

Royal Disguise – Michael Walker was fined $200 for failing to fulfil his engagement to ride the filly and Well Sprung (Race 7) due to being unable to make the weight. AR120(b).

Tarcoola Spirit – Jumped away awkwardly resulting in rider Luke Nolen becoming unbalanced. L Nolen reported the filly raced keenly in the early stages and hung in throughout. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Sheikha – Stood flat footed and then jumped away awkwardly.

Sanadaat – Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

I’ll Have A Bit – Held up when unable to improve its position from the 300 metres to the 200 metres.

Banish – Near the 200 metres when racing tight between Broadband and She’s So High had to be momentarily steadied off the heels of Broadband.

Sanadaat – Stewards questioned rider Jake Duffy as to why he eased his mount near the 900 metres allowing Shoals to go around him and take a position outside the leader. J Duffy explained that he was satisfied to take cover at this point and he believed that when he presented the filly to improve at the top of the straight Sanadaat would be able to improve past Shoals. He further explained that when put under pressure shortly after straightening Sanadaat was slightly disappointing and did not finish off the race as anticipated. Stewards noted Jake Duffy’s explanation.

Race 7 – STRATHMORE COMMUNITY BENDIGO BANK STAKES - 1200 metres: 

El Divino – Over raced in the early and middle stages.

Brave Smash (JPN) – Raced three wide without cover.

Well Sprung - Raced four wide without cover. Had to be steadied approaching the winning the winning post when tightened for room by Revolving Door, which was taken out slightly by Brave Smash (JPN) and Keen Array, which shifted in away from Santa Ana Lane.

Oak Door – Rider Noel Callow could offer no explanation for the performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with trainer Robert Smerdon.

Race 8 – datO’ tan chin nam stakes - 1600 metres: 

Gallante (IRE) – Late scratching at 8.08am by order of Stewards. Trainer Robert Hickmott was fined $400 for failing to scratch the gelding by the prescribed time.

Sir Isaac Newton (GB) – Change of tactics - To be ridden back. Settled at the rear of the field. Rider Luke Currie could offer no explanation for the performance. Post race veterinary examination revealed atrial fibrillation. Prior to Sir Isaac Newton being permitted to race again trainer Robert Hickmott must provide a veterinary certificate of fitness including the satisfactory results of an ECG performed at rest and a cardiac auscultation performed within 30 minutes of a satisfactory gallop over at least 1000 metres.

Star Exhibit – Reared as the start was effected and as a result dislodged rider Mark Zahra. Trainer Darren Weir was notified that Star Exhibit is suspended from racing until such time as it performs to the satisfaction of Stewards in a trial.

Abbey Marie – Hampered near the 1200 metres by the riderless horse Star Exhibit.

Jacquinot Bay – Raced wide without cover.

He’s Our Rokkii (NZ) – Rider Dwayne Dunn reported it was not his intention to lead, however, after beginning well from the inside barrier he found himself further forward than intended. He added that he was inconvenienced by the riderless horse throughout. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality and a swab sample was taken for analysis.  

Lizzie L’Amour (NZ) – Rider Damien Oliver reported that in his opinion there may be something amiss with the mare which was disappointing. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.  Post race veterinary examination revealed atrial fibrillation. Prior to Lizzie L’Amour being permitted to race again trainer Murray Baker must provide a veterinary certificate of fitness including the satisfactory results of an ECG performed at rest and a cardiac auscultation performed within 30 minutes of a satisfactory gallop over at least 1000 metres.

Race 9 – powerflo solutions craig opie cup - 1600 metres: 

Boom Time – Raced wide without cover in the early stages.

Here To There (NZ) – Got its head up and raced ungenerously in the early and middle stages.

Pin Your Hopes (NZ) – Raced three wide without cover.

Raw Impulse (GB) – Rider Damian Lane reported the horse pulled hard in the early stages and in his opinion is better suited on tracks with more give. A post race veterinary examination revealed a slower than normal recovery.

Etymology – Rider Craig Williams reported the gelding will be improved with the run today and will be better suited over further distances. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

I’m Feeling Lucky –  Rider Dean Yendall reported that he felt there may be something amiss with the mare’s action. A post race veterinary examination revealed EIPH that may have affected the horse’s performance. A veterinary clearance is required prior to racing again.

 

SWAB SAMPLES

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 – Tavi Bay (NZ), Special Diva, Sea The Sparkle (GB), Samovare, Niminypiminy, Trinity Hill (NZ)

Race 2 – Eshtiraak

Race 3 – Emoji, Ebediyin (IRE), Riyadh (NZ)

Race 4 – Manalapan (IRE), Foundation (IRE), Killarney Kid (NZ)

Race 5 – Supido, Russian Revolution, Houtzen

Race 6 – Sanadaat, Shoals, Broadband

Race 7 – Brave Smash, Keen Array, Oak Door

 

Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

Race 1 – Niminypiminy

Race 2 – Sunquest, Aberro

Race 3 – Anaheim

Race 8 – Abbey Marie, Bonneval, Rhythm To Spare, Star Exhibit

Race 9 – Magic Consol, Stampede, Big Duke

 

Post race samples from following horses:

All winners – Race 3 – Anaheim (4th), Brahmos (unplaced) – Race 4 – Hans Holbein (unplaced) – Race 5 – Heatherly (2nd) – Race 7 – Oak Door (unplaced) – Race 8 Abbey Marie (2nd), He’s Our Rokkii (NZ) (unplaced)

 

Raceday Summary

 

Late Scratchings:

Race 5 - Unique Lovely at 11.32pm – vets

Race 8 – Gallante (IRE) at 8.08am – order of Stewards

Fines:

Race 1 – Francis Finnegan $200 – late arrival

Race 6 – Michael Walker $200 AR120(b)

Race 8 – Robert Hickmott $400 LR44(1)b

Horse Actions:

Race 8 - Star Exhibit – Reared at the start. Trial.

Race 8 - Sir Isaac Newton (GB) Atrial fibrillation. Veterinary clearance.

Race 8 - Lizzie L’Amour (NZ) – Atrial fibrillation. Veterinary clearance.

Race 9 – I’m Feeling Lucky – EIPH. Veterinary clearance.

Change of Tactics:

Race 3 - Reincarnate – More forward.

Race 4 - Foundation – Quieter.

Follow Ups:

Race 1 – Sea The Sparkle (GB)

Race 2 - Aspect

Race 3 – Brahmos

Race 7 – Oak Door

Follow Ups

Warracknabeal 02/09/17

Lucky Paddy - Stable advised horse pulled up satisfactorily and will be continuing with preparation.

Benalla 04/09/17

Holy Mind - Stable advised horse pulled up satisfactorily and will be continuing with preparation.

Justice Faith - Stable advised horse pulled up satisfactorily (may not have handled track conditions) and will be continuing with preparation.

Sandown 06/09/17

Grandioso - Stable advised horse pulled up a bit sore behind, will be given a quiet time over the next few days before continuing preparation in a couple of weeks (shifting track may have also contributed to performance in stable’s opinion).
Sammy The Boss - Stable advised horse pulled up satisfactorily and will be continuing with preparation.


 
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