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STEWARDS’ REPORT

Newcastle Jockey Club 

NEWCASTLE RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 10 November 2018

 

Weather:               Fine

Track:                   Good (4)

Rail:                      +2m 1000m to WP; true remainder

 

STEWARDS:  D M Greer (Chairman), D L Carr, T J Vassallo and cadet R T Debels

                                                             

 

Supplementary Reports:

HAWKESBURY – Thursday 8 November 2018

Race 6:  Blake’s Marine Benchmark 64 Handicap 1100m

Don’t Doubt Her– after becoming awkwardly placed on the heels of French Blue near the 400m, was checked and shifted out abruptly.  Whilst shifting ground, dipped and became unbalanced.

                                                             

RACE 1:  With Love For Zac 2YO Maiden Plate 900m

Dodecanese – slow to begin (2L).

 

Anethole – slow to begin.

 

Blazing Miss – approaching the first turn was steadied away from the heels of Foxy Rocket (S Guymer), which shifted in when not fully clear.  S Guymer was told to exercise more care.  Held up in the early part of the straight.

 

Fowz – steadied near the 700m when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Blazing Miss.  Rider R Thompson reported his mount raced greenly throughout the event and hung in when placed under pressure in the straight.

 

Stralex – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Hung out when placed under pressure in the straight.

 

Foxy Rocket – over the concluding stages was hampered by Fowz, which was taken in by Anethole, which was inclined to lay in.

RACE 2:  Newcastle Stevedores Benchmark 64 Handicap 900m

Jack’s Image – slow to begin.  The gelding, which was held up in the early part of the straight, was hampered near the 350m by Natalia.

 

Odds Or Evens – began awkwardly.  When questioned, App. M Weir explained she was instructed to have her mount positioned with cover in an attempt to find the line.  She said, after beginning awkwardly, she was able to establish a position with cover, however her mount did not travel comfortably in that position and when asked for an effort was disappointing in its failure to respond to her riding.  She added that in her opinion the mare may be better suited being allowed to stride freely on the speed.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Classify – from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners to obtain cover.  Hung in when placed under pressure in the straight.  Rider G Buckley was reprimanded under AR137A(4)(b) for raising his whip arm above shoulder height.

 

Natalia – on straightening was briefly crowded for room by Odds Or Evens, which hung in.

 

Dancing Phryne – rider D McLellan was cautioned against the practice of raising his whip arm above shoulder height.

 

RACE 3:  Quarry Mining & Construction Equipment Maiden Plate 900m

Long Island – began awkwardly and was hampered shortly after the start when Have A Go Joe shifted out.  Near the 600m was hampered by Have A Go Joe, which pulled hard and shifted out.

 

When You Wish – slow to begin.

 

She Just Said It – slow to begin.  Inside the 200m raced in restricted room between Got The Giggles and Have A Go Joe, which when racing greenly shifted in and made contact with She Just Said It on a number of occasions.  In this incident both She Just Said It and Have A Go Joe became unbalanced.

 

Nivalis – slow to begin.

 

Have A Go Joe – pulled hard throughout the early and middle stages.  Raced greenly when placed under pressure in the straight and proved difficult to ride out.

 

Snip ‘N’ Stare – made contact with Spirited Belle near the 100m.

 

Got The Giggles – near the 100m was steadied when crowded by Can I Rock (L Cumberland), which shifted in when not fully clear.  As a result Got The Giggles was then held up on the heels of Can I Rock for the remainder of the event and could not be tested to the finish.  L Cumberland was reprimanded and told that in future he would be expected to make more effort to correct his mount to prevent it from shifting in when not clear.

 

Montalis – hampered for a short distance near the 50m when Spirited Belle shifted out marginally.

Spirited Belle – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

RACE 4:  AMPcontrol Class 1 & Maiden Plate 1850m

Bring It Back – began awkwardly and made contact with Lutreola, then hung out approaching the first turn.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Lucky Starlet – slow to begin.

 

Warrumbungle – when the pace slackened approaching the 1200m overraced and became awkwardly placed on the heels of Lights Of Como.

 

Lights Of Como – overraced inside the 1200m when the pace slackened.

 

Lutreola – raced wide and without cover from the 1200m.

 

Just A Joke – when questioned regarding the performance, rider T Harrison explained that she had to make some use of her mount to obtain the lead near the 1600m, however from that point was able to slow the tempo where her mount travelled comfortably.  She added, however, that when Bring It Back and Lutreola improved to her mount’s outside near the 800m it became immediately under pressure and failed to respond to her riding from that point.  A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding had lost its off-hind plate in running with no other abnormalities.  Co-trainer Mr A Bott was told that Just A Joke would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.

 

RACE 5:  Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service F&M Maiden Handicap 1400m

Wanchai – slow to begin.  Near the 500m came into contact with Natanya and as a result became unbalanced.

 

Cerca Trova – when questioned in relation to racing further back in the field, rider R Thompson explained that he was under no specific instructions, however, anticipated racing in a forward position similar to its most recent start.  He said that from the wide barrier, when he was caught wide in the early stages, he was reluctant to make use of his mount to take up a forward position when there was an opportunity to obtain cover worse than midfield.  He added his mount was able to establish this position with cover where it travelled comfortably throughout the event.

 

Loved One – trainer Mr J O’Shea indicated that in his opinion the filly was not suited leading today and it would be the intention to have Loved One race with cover in order to allow it to find the line in future starts.

 

RACE 6:  Quattro Risk Services CG&E Maiden Handicap 1400m

Talent Award – slow to begin.  Rider C Lever reported that his mount was inclined to overrace and hang out throughout the event.

 

Newstead – overraced throughout the early and middle stages.  App. L Day (Another Sonette), in the presence of stable representative Mr P Burns, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding in that approaching the 100m she allowed her mount to shift in when riding along when not fully clear of Newstead, resulting in that runner being checked and losing its running.  App. Day’s permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 and to expire on Friday, 30 November 2018, on which day she may ride.

 

Wristband – held up for a short distance inside the 250m.  Bumped by Newstead near the 100m and became unbalanced.

 

RACE 7:  Pacific National Newcastle Nobbys – Benchmark 70 Handicap 1300m

Vihari – when questioned regarding his riding, A Morgan explained that, as the mare has a history of missing the start, he was instructed to attempt to make it begin, however, anticipated racing in a rearward position.  He said, after beginning awkwardly and losing ground (2L), his mount settled at the rear of the field where it travelled comfortably throughout the event.  A Morgan added that from the 400m he attempted to improve to the inside of Tabrobane, however, became badly held up behind the weakening Kotinos and as a result had to be checked away from that runner’s heels for some distance and then he continued to be held up until he was able to shift to the outside of Tabrobane inside the 200m.  He said his mount, when able to establish clear running, ran to the finish strongly.  When questioned as to whether there was an opportunity to shift into a position trailing the eventual winner Super Tonic near the 500m and in turn availing him clear running, A Morgan explained that he was reluctant to shift out inside the 500m, as Jack The Ringer was positioned to his outside and he felt shifting out would have caused interference to that runner, and near the 400m, when Tabrobane appeared to shift ground outwards, he availed himself of the opportunity to improve to that runner’s inside.  A Morgan concurred with Stewards that, although his decision to shift to the inside of Tabrobane near the 400m was not unreasonable, he agreed that the better option would have been to gradually shift to the outside of Tabrobane and carry Jack The Ringer wider, which would have afforded him a greater likelihood to secure clear running in the early part of the straight.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Kotinos – when questioned, rider T Harrison explained her mount travelled comfortably in the lead, however, when Art D’Amour improved to her mount’s outside near the 400m, Kotinos was under pressure and weakened thereafter.

 

Super Tonic – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare bled from both nostrils.  Trainer Mr B Bellamy was advised as this was the first occasion that the mare would incur a three month bar under AR53A and would be required to trial or gallop 1000m before the Stewards prior to racing again.

RACE 8:  Subway Class 1 Handicap 1400m

Toryjoy – slow to begin.  Got its head up on a number of occasions approaching the first turn.  Continued to overrace throughout the middle stages.

 

Donald Krupt – began awkwardly.

 

Mandalong Emperor – hung out making the home turn.  Rider of 2nd placegetter A Banks was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out fully to the finish.

 

Exit Only – raced wide and without cover from the 900m.

 

Timion – near the 1000m made contact with the running rail and got its head up.

 

Grand Bouquet – when questioned, rider A Gibbons explained he was instructed to have his mount settle in a midfield position with cover.  He said he was able to establish that position where the filly travelled well and gave him the impression that it would respond to his riding on straightening, however, was disappointing in its failure to quicken in the run to the finish.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Grand Casino – rider M Bell explained that the gelding, which was resuming today, travelled comfortably in a rearward position, however, did not lengthen stride when placed under pressure from the 500m and was disappointing in its failure to finish the race off.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

GENERAL:

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 2 App. M Weir (Odds Or Evens) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 3 L Cumberland (Can I Rock) 8 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 4 M Bell (Captain’s Legend) 7 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 6 App. L Day (Another Sonette)
D McLellan (Trust The Fox)
6 strikes prior to the 100m.
8 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 7 App. M Weir (Jack The Ringer) 8 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 8 K Banks (Mandalong Emperor) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.

 

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

Race 1:  Blazing Miss.

Race 2:  Silver Melody.

Race 4:  Lucky Starlet, Front View, Captain’s Legend.

Race 6:  Saving, Trust The Fox.

Race 7:  Kotinos.

Race 8:  Stock Up (2), Donald Krupt.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Race 2:  G Buckley (Classify) – raise whip arm above shoulder height (AR137A1(4)(b)).
Race 3:  L Cumberland (Can I Rock) – careless riding (AR137(a)).
Suspensions: Race 6:  App. L Day (Another Sonette) – careless riding (AR137(a)), suspended from 20/11/18 to 30/11/18.
Bleeders: Race 7:  Super Tonic (trainer B Bellamy) – 3 month bar (AR53A).
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 4:  Just A Joke (co-trainer A Bott) – poor performance.
Race 7:  Super Tonic (trainer B Bellamy) – bled both nostrils.
Certificates: Nil.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Nil.
Change of Colours: Race 1:  Stralex – white cap.
Race 8:  Exit Only – black cap.
Change of Gear Nil.
Follow up: Nil.

 

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