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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

 

Friday 14 February 2020

 

Weather:                    Fine

Track:                        Heavy (8); upgraded to Soft (7) at 4.22pm

Rail:                           +6m entire circuit

Penetrometer:            5.82

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  T. P. Moxon (Chairman), W. R. Birch, C. L. Albrecht, J. J. E. Earl and Cadets O. J. Fleming, B. J. Pearce and J. D. Boehm.

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RACE 1: Sky Racing Active Handicap 1550m:

Impactful– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Held up rounding the home turn and did not obtain clear running until passing the 200m.

 

Charles Seven– Began awkwardly. Blundered after passing the crossing near the 1200m. On straightening was bumped by Saigon, which shifted out. When questioned, rider T. Berry stated that he was instructed to race prominently with cover. He said that after beginning well he was positioned one off the running rail to the outside of Dancing Gidget. He said that passing the 1400m he was surprised that Wicked Willy had maintained its position to the inside of Dancing Gidget, which resulted in Charles Seven being positioned three wide. He said that after entering the back straight near the 1100m he was reluctant to improve forward to hold a position to the inside of Snobby Shores as, although he would have had cover briefly behind Deterge, he was confident in that horse improving to the lead, which would have resulted in Charles Seven racing wide and without cover. He said that as a result he eased Charles Seven to allow Snobby Shores to cross, whereby his mount was able to obtain cover behind that runner, albeit in a three-wide position. In regards to the performance, T. Berry stated that the gelding, which was up in distance, raced keenly in the blinkers, and he attributed this to Charles Seven failing to finish off its race when under pressure in the straight.   A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Snobby Shores– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Blundered after passing the crossing near the 1200m.

 

Dancing Gidget– The filly lost its near-fore plate.

 

Divine Intavention– Slow to begin.

 

Saigon– Slow to begin. Near the 1300m had to be eased and shifted out to avoid the heels of Divine Intavention (K. Latham), which shifted out to improve to the outside of Benoni. K. Latham was reprimanded. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Benoni – Raced keenly in the middle stages. Held up rounding the home turn and did not obtain clear running until passing the 150m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be lame (4/5) in the near-hind leg. Trainer Mr C. Conners was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Benoniis permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Following the running of race 3, the Stewards were notified by Official Starter, Mr D. Jeffs, that Impactful, ridden by B. Avdulla, was loaded into and began from barrier 8 when that colt had drawn barrier 9, and that Deterge, ridden by App. L. Day, was loaded into and began from barrier 9 when that gelding had drawn barrier 8. Whilst Stewards acknowledged the mistake by the officials, they were satisfied with the loading process employed, and after interviewing both riders they determined that a reprimand be placed on their respective records pursuant to AR198(1).

 

RACE 2: Hyland Race Colours Handicap 1550m:

The Promise– The mare was a late scratching at 3.27pm when found to have an abscess on its near-fore hoof. Trainer Mr J. Thompson was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before The Promise is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Seles– Began awkwardly and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Nimalee– Blundered after passing the crossing near the 1200m. Laid in under pressure in the early part of the straight. Between the 150m and 100m laid out, resulting in its rider changing the whip to his left hand.

 

Tereka– Began only fairly.

 

Cuban Belle– Shifted out under pressure over the final 100m.

 

RACE 3: Mirvac Handicap 1250m:

Aim For Perfection– Rider J. Parr reported that the mare never travelled at any stage throughout the event. He said that Aim For Perfection was under significant pressure from the 500m whereby the mare did not respond to his riding and compounded noticeably over the final 150m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr M. Newnham advised that on return to the stables the mare will undergo a veterinary examination, including an endoscopic examination. Mr Newnham advised that notwithstanding the results of the veterinary examinations, Aim For Perfection will now be spelled. Mr Newnham was advised that Aim For Perfection would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

Seentoomany– Slow to begin.

 

Tatiara– Held up rounding the home turn.

 

Accoy– On jumping was hampered by Polhampton, which shifted out. From a wide barrier Accoy then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Majella– A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Verlan– Slow to begin. Held up badly from the 500m behind the weakening Aim For Perfection until entering the straight. Verlan continued to be held up in the early part of the straight and shifted to the inside of Tatiara in an endeavour to obtain clear running, however, did not obtain clear running until inside the 200m.

 

Citizen's Arrest– Began only fairly.

 

Trying– App. B. Ryan was reminded of his obligations to ride his mounts out fully to the end of the race.

 

RACE 4: The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1900m:

Mountain Breath– On jumping was bumped heavily by Trying, which shifted out, resulting in both runners becoming unbalanced.

 

Fabricator– Hung in under pressure in the straight.

 

Peace Of Mind– Began awkwardly. Rider J. Ford reported that his mount travelled satisfactorily in a prominent position in the early and middle stages. He said, however, when passing the 800m the mare came under pressure and did not respond to his riding, dipping on a number of occasions when weakening in the straight. He said that Peace Of Mind may not have run out the distance in tonight's track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr G. Ryan advised that he will now freshen up Peace Of Mind prior to its next race start and undertook also to barrier trial the mare.

 

Bedivere– The inside gate rebounded as the start was effected, resulting in the gelding being inconvenienced briefly. This matter was brought to the attention of the Official Starter, Mr D. Jeffs, who undertook to carry out remedial work.

 

RACE 5: TAB Handicap 1550m:

Monegal – Slow to begin.

 

Think It Over – Slow to begin (2L). A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (4/5) in the near-hind leg. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition at which time they will determine what action will be taken against Think It Over.

 

Zidane – Rider G. Wood stated that in his opinion the ground wider on the track was the better going and for this reason, after entering the back straight, he shifted Zidane to a position three wide whereby he stated his mount travelled more comfortably, albeit wide and without cover. Stewards advised G. Wood that whilst his explanation was noted, he should at all times wherever possible avoid covering additional ground. The gelding lost its near-hind plate.

 

RACE 6: Bisley Workwear Handicap 1100m:

Sir Elton– Rider J. Parr reported that although the early stages of the event were run at a solid tempo, after obtaining the lead after the 700m Sir Elton travelled satisfactorily. He added that inside the 400m he commenced to place Sir Elton under pressure, however, the gelding did not quicken as he had expected and he expressed some disappointment with the finishing effort of his mount. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr A. Duggan expressed disappointment with the performance of Sir Elton and advised that he was confident of the gelding's chances in tonight's race based on pleasing trackwork since its first-up start on 25 January 2020. Mr Duggan advised that he will have Sir Elton undergo a full veterinary examination on return to the stables, the results of which he will report to the Stewards.

 

General Soho– Began awkwardly, lost ground and from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 400m blundered and became unbalanced. The gelding laid in under pressure in the straight and proved reluctant to shift to the outside of Monte Ditto until approaching the 100m.

 

Kawaikini– Slow to begin.

 

Monte Ditto– Began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Pinvincible– On jumping was bumped by Tessera. Held up rounding the home turn.

 

Dual Escape– On a number of occasions passing the 500m was bumped by Tessera when racing tight to the inside of that runner.

 

Texas Forever– Rider T. Clark reported that the colt raced keenly throughout the event and combined with tonight's soft track conditions, they were the two main factors in the colt failing to finish off its race.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr D. Pfeiffer expressed disappointment with the performance of Texas Forever, however, added that in his opinion the colt did not handle tonight's track conditions. Mr Pfeiffer undertook to report back on the post-race condition of Texas Forever.

 

Tessera– Shortly after the start had to be steadied when crowded between Pinvincible and Dual Escape, which shifted out.

 

RACE 7: Kia Evening Star 1250m:

Petrology – On jumping was bumped by Coolotta, which shifted out. Laid in under pressure from the 100m.

 

Oriental Runner – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. On straightening was bumped by Coolotta, which shifted out. A post-race veterinary examination of Oriental Runner, which raced wide and without cover throughout the event, did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr G. Neale notified Stewards that it was observed following the race that the gelding had got its tongue back. Mr Neale advised that he would now reapply a tongue-tie to the race gear of Oriental Runner.

 

Condor – Began only fairly.

 

Manhattan Mist – The gelding, which had some difficulty obtaining clear running rounding the home turn then laid in under pressure in the early part of the straight.

 

The Bald Eagle – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Coolotta – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made heavy contact with Petrology and became unbalanced. Blundered near the 1100m.

 

Revenire – Began only fairly.

 

Accelerato – Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Handfast – Approaching the 300m was steadied from the heels of Manhattan Miss. Handfast then was held up for a short distance thereafter.

 

Shapur – Began only fairly.

 

RACE 8: Canterbury League Club Handicap 1250m:

Belitsa – When questioned App. C. Graham stated that she was instructed to ride the filly prominently, however, she did not anticipate leading the event. She said that from the outside barrier, after placing her mount under pressure in the early stages, to avoid being caught wide and without cover, she continued to ride her mount forward whereby she was able to cross to the lead after passing the 1000m.

 

Best Stone – Held up from approaching the 400m until passing the 200m whereby the filly was shifted to the inside of Quiet Riot to continue into clear running.

 

Plaquette – Slow to begin and then was crowded between Quiet Riot and Best Stone, which shifted out. Laid out over the final 100m and approaching the finish line was hampered and carried wider by Valdostana (B. Avdulla), which shifted out under pressure. B. Avdulla was advised to exercise more care.

 

Valdostana – Raced keenly in the middle stages. Blundered on straightening.

 

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

Race 1: Charles Seven, Snobby Shores, Dancing Gidget, Benoni

Race 2: Seles, Nimalee, Ivira

Race 3: Seentoomany, Tatiara, Accoy, Margie Bee

Race 4: Fabricator, Peace Of Mind, Bedivere (2)

Race 5: Think It Over, Rinviata, Nordic Lover (2)

Race 6: Sir Elton, Monte Ditto, Dual Escape, Texas Forever

Race 7: Oriental Runner, Accelerato, Shapur (2)

Race 8: Valdostana

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Race 1: K. Latham (Divine Intavention) – careless riding shifting out (AR131(a)).
Race 1: B. Avdulla (Impactful) – AR198(1).
Race 1: App. L. Day (Deterge) – AR198(1).
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 3: Aim For Perfection (trainer M. Newnham) – poor performance.
Race 4: Peace Of Mind (trainer G. Ryan) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 1: Benoni (trainer C. Conners) – lame (4/5) near-hindleg.
Race 2: The Promise (trainer J. Thompson) – late scratching: abscess near-fore hoof.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Tactics Notified: Race 1: Dancing Gidget to be ridden further forward: Settled mid-field.
Race 1: Divine Intavention to be ridden further forward: Settled back.
Race 1: Wicked Willy to be ridden further forward: Led.
Race 2: Chilly Cha Cha to be ridden more forward: Settled on pace.
Race 6: Tessera to be ridden more forward: Settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Race 3: Verlan: Club colours.
Change of Gear: Nil
Follow up: Race 5: Think It Over (trainer K. Parker) – post-race condition.
Race 6: Sir Elton (trainer A. Duggan) – post-race condition.
Race 6: Texas Forever (trainer D. Pfeiffer) – post-race condition.

 

 

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