Canterbury stewards' report
04 Aug 2012 | STEWARDS’ REPORT
Australian Turf Club
CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE
Saturday 4 August 2012
Track: Dead (5) – at 12.35pm Dead (4) – at 3pm Good (3)
STEWARDS: M F Van Gestel (Chairman), G T Rudolph, C G Polglase, D M Greer and cadets
K J Atherton, B J Gray
KEMBLA GRANGE: Tuesday 31 July 2012
RACE 1: Australian Turf Club Handicap 2,400m: J Parr was fined $150 under AR 120(b) as he was overweight and had to be substituted as the rider of Manasota in this race.
HAWKESBURY: Wednesday, 1 August 2012
RACE 4 – TAB Sportsbet Handicap 1200m
Trainer Ms K Kennedy reported that Spectacular Iam had pulled up well and advised that the gelding
would now be freshened up.
WYONG: Thursday, 2 August 2012
RACE 7 – Jan O'Neill Memorial Fillies & Mares Class 1 Handicap 1350m
Trainer J Pride reported that Polly has been retired.
RACE 1 – Canterbury BMW 6 Series Grand Coupe Benchmark 68 Handicap 1550m
Rampaging jumped awkwardly. Rampaging was inclined to lay out under pressure over the final 200 metres and over the concluding stages shifted out resulting in N Rawiller being restricted in the use of his whip when positioned close to Queen's Elect. Following the running of this race the track was upgraded to Dead (4) at 12.35 retrospectively to include this race.
RACE 2 – Canterbury BMW Strong Relationships Benchmark 87 Handicap 1900m
On jumping Gaza Guru was steadied when crowded between Southern Skye, which was taken in by World Wide, and Pegembak, which shifted out. After improving to the inside of Stout Hearted making the first turn Gaza Guru was checked to avoid the heels of that runner. When questioned regarding the tactics adopted on Havana Rey, and in particular the fast early tempo set by the gelding (78.6 seconds over the first 1300m), T Berry stated that he had been given instructions to go forward and lead on Havana Rey and to endeavour to control the tempo in the early stages. He said that he had discussed with the connections of Havana Rey that if the pace was too quick in the early stages he would consider taking a sit in behind or to the outside of the other expected forward runner Lethal Arrow.
T Berry further stated that on jumping his mount commenced awkwardly and he then elected to push along in the early stages to ensure he was able to take up a forward position, and after being able to obtain the lead after travelling a short distance, he endeavoured to restrain Havana Rey however the gelding commenced to race fiercely and took charge of him and as a consequence established a sizeable lead approaching the first turn. T Berry added that throughout the early stages he made his best endeavours to restrain Havana Rey but it would not respond to his actions and although he was aware the pace he was setting was far too quick, he was unable to use any further endeavours to get his horse to come back underneath him. T Berry stated that as a consequence of setting a fast early pace Havana Rey was under severe pressure making the home turn and weakened noticeably in the
straight. Trainer B Baker confirmed the instructions and stated that Havana Rey had been given only light work in the stable subsequent to its last start win at Warwick Farm on 28 July 2012, particularly as it was intended to back the horse up quickly today. He stated that Havana Rey has shown a tendency in both its trackwork and races to race a little keenly, however not to the extent it did today. Mr Baker attributed the racing manners of Havana Rey today to the fact that the gelding had come to the end of its preparation and the step up in distance from the 1600m. Mr Baker advised that it was now his intention to spell Havana Rey in light of today's performance. Stewards accepted T Berry's explanations that he had made his best endeavour to attempt to ensure that the pace set by Havana Rey was not too quick, and advised Mr Baker that prior to Havana Rey resuming its next preparation it would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the stewards. A post race veterinary examination of Havana Rey revealed the gelding to be displaying mild respiratory distress. When questioned regarding his riding rounding the home turn and in particular the reason his mount shifted out which afforded the winner Stout Hearted a run to his inside, J Parr stated that his mount had been inclined to lay out making the turns throughout the event. He added that rounding the home turn, whilst his mount continued to lay out he had anticipated the leader Havana Rey, which had commenced to give ground quickly, weakening in front of him and for this reason he elected to shift off to ensure he was able to be afforded clear running. He further stated that as he shifted off Stout Hearted was able to obtain a run to his inside and as he did so his mount was then inclined to shift additional ground which afforded Stout Hearted a clear run in the straight.
RACE 3 – Canterbury BMW Inglis Bonus Benchmark 75 Handicap 1200m
Harlequin's Gold jumped awkwardly resulting in its rider B Shinn becoming unbalanced in the saddle. Taxmeifyoucan, which was slow to begin, then shifted in at the start and made contact with Proper Madam resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced. Albrecht jumped awkwardly. Near the 800m De Shamekh was steadied to avoid the heels of Relaxed And Happy (B Avdulla) which shifted in when not quite clear. As a consequence De Shamekh shifted out resulting in White House being hampered. Zin Zan Eddie, which was following White House and inclined to race greenly, was also hampered as a consequence. B Avdulla was advised to ensure he is two lengths clear when shifting ground. When questioned regarding the performance of Harlequin's Gold, B Shinn stated that he intended to be in a forward position however when the gelding jumped awkwardly and he became unbalanced in the saddle, it settled further back than intended. He added that whilst Harlequin's Gold was not afforded full clear running in the straight it was still somewhat disappointing in its failure to finish off its race. A post race veterinary examination of Harlequin's Gold did not reveal any abnormalities. When questioned regarding the performance of Taxmeifyoucan, T Berry stated that the gelding settled a little further back today after being hampered on jumping. He added that Taxmeifyoucan was unable to quicken when he placed the gelding under pressure particularly as he was obliged to improve around the field making the home turn. He further added that whilst the gelding's efforts in the straight were satisfactory the gelding raced somewhat like a tired horse. A post race veterinary examination of Taxmeifyoucan did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 4 – Canterbury BMW Ambassador Darren Beadman Benchmark 80 Handicap 1900m
As apprentice A Collett was late arriving on course due to traffic difficulties, permission was granted for apprentice A Hyeronimus to be substituted as the rider of Madam Nash. Mine To Keep was slow to begin. Money Never Sleeps was held up rounding the home turn. Approaching the winning post on the first occasion Umatain (N Rawiller) and Blurred Vision (T Berry) made heavy contact as both runners contested a position to the outside of the leader Madam Nash. As a consequence Umatain was steadied when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Madam Nash when Blurred Vision forced that runner to the fence. T Berry was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
N Rawiller was cautioned against the practice of allowing his arms to extend to a point where he may risk making contact with another rider. When questioned regarding the performance of Titbit, B Avdulla stated that the mare did not travel at any stage of the event and although the opportunity presented near the 500m to shift off and improve, his mount was not travelling well enough at that stage to go forward. He added that when placed under full pressure from the 450m Titbit was most disappointing in its failure to respond to his riding. A post race veterinary examination of Titbit did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer C Waller advised that Titbit had pleased the stable since its last start failure particularly in a barrier trial at Rosehill on 17 July 2012. He stated that in view of today's performance Titbit would now be spelled and the stable would restrict the mare to races over shorter races next preparation.
RACE 5 – Canterbury BMW X6 Triple Turbo M Benchmark 80 Handicap 1100m
Girls Go Racing was slow to begin. after being crossed by Nash Rambler approaching the 600m
Urgent Bells commenced to overrace and was restrained from the heels of that runner. Urgent Bells had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight and near the 100m was inconvenienced and improved into a narrow run between Crystal Miss and Nash Rambler. Girls Go Racing was held up rounding the home turn and in the straight and did not obtain clear running at any stage and over the concluding stages was checked from the heels of Vantage Point. Smash Hit was held up for clear running until the 150m. A post race veterinary examination of Girls Go Racing did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer C Waller advised that Titbit had pleased the stable since its last start failure, particularly in a barrier trial at Rosehill on the 17th July. He stated that in his view of today's performance Titbit would now be spelled and the stable would restrict the mare back to shorter race next preparation. Following the running of this race the track was upgraded to Good (3) at 3pm.
RACE 6 – Canterbury BMW Financial Services Benchmark 95 Handicap 1250m
Shock Value jumped awkwardly and lost ground.
RACE 7 – Canterbury BMW Your Inner West BMW Dealer Benchmark 85 Handicap 1550m
For some distance making the first turn Al's Gold and Tindal made contact when racing tight to the inside of Kaypers. Apprentice A Collett, the rider of General's Sniper, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR 137(a) in that near the 1000m she permitted her mount to shift in when not clear of Flight Command resulting in that runner being taken in onto Kaypers which was taken in causing Tindal to lose its rightful running when crowded between Kaypers and Al's Gold. Apprentice Collet's permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 5 August 2012 and to expire on Sunday 12 August 2012. Al's Gold and Isle Be Ready were briefly held up rounding the home turn. N Berry, the rider of Flight Command, reported that after endeavouring to ride his mount to go forward in the early stages he was caught wide and had a wide run for the remainder of the event before Flight Command gave ground in the straight. A post race veterinary examination of
Flight Command did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer L Curtis advised that Flight Command
would now leave his stable. Mr Curtis was advised that irrespective, Flight Command would be
required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the stewards prior to racing again.
RACE 8 – Canterbury BMW Customer Is Always Number 1 Benchmark 80 Handicap 1200m
After improving to the inside of All About Glory approaching the 600m, Mount Verde was steadied when momentarily crowded by All About Glory when that runner shifted in away from Number One Gun. B Avdulla, the rider of Underthetuscansun, reported that the gelding did not travel comfortably ats of the event and was inclined to lay out through. He added that as a consequence he said he had concerns with the gelding's action and eased it down in the straight. Trainer G White will be contacted about the future racing plans for Underthetuscansun.
GENERAL: Riders B Shinn and N Berry were interviewed relative to a verbal exchange that occurred following the running of Race 3 on pulling up and then continued in the jockeys' room. Both B Shinn and N Berry were advised that their conduct in the circumstances was unprofessional and in future they are to refrain from conducting themselves in such a manner. They were advised that should they have any concerns about any matter during the running of a race those concerns should be referred to the stewards.
Trainer D Pfieffer was fined $100 under LR82(3) for employing stablehand Mr Joel Butler whilst he was not licensed.
Swab samples were taken from all winners and the following runners:
Race 1: Rampaging, Diamondsinthenight, Clever Boy
Race 2: World Wide, Gazza Guru, Havana Rey(2), Southern Skye, Pegembak
Race 3: De Shamekh, Albrecht(2), Proper Madam, White House, Skyway
Race 4: Titbit, Madam Nash, Money Never Sleeps, Hollywell(2), Magic Ivy
Race 5: Nash Rambler, Vantage Point, Empress Milly, Syncopated, Urgent Bells
Race 6: Voice Commander, Shock Value, Said Com, New Day Rising, Welkom Gold
Race 7: Tindal, Kaypers, General's Sniper, Flight Command
Race 8: Mount Verde, Pitt Street, Spinhro
Fines: Supplementary: J Parr, $150 [AR 120(b)]
General: D Pfieffer, $100 [LR82(3)]
Suspensions: Race 7: A Collett [AR 137(a)] from 5/8/12 to 12/8/12 on which day she may
Trials: Race 2: Havana Rey (trainer B Baker)
Race 7: Flight Command (trainer L Curtis)
Change of Tactics: Race 4: Nash Rambler to be ridden on pace; settled midfield.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 8: Underthetuscansun (trainer G White)