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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE 

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Heavy (8); upgraded to Soft (7) at 1pm following Race 1.

Rail:                          +3m

Penetrometer:          5.82

 

STEWARDS:   W R Birch (Chairman), T J Vassallo, C L Albrecht and cadet B J Pearce

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

CHANGES TO DECLARED WEIGHT:

The Stewards permitted the following jockeys to ride over the allotted weight:

 

Race 2 Misty Summer – L Magorrian – ½kg over 55kg
Race 5 Mr Colorful – T Clark – ½kg over 53kg

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – Alabama Express @ Yulong Handicap 1550m

Desert Flame – the Stewards acceded to a late request from G Boss to ride the filly half a kilogram over its allotted weight of 54 kilograms.  G Boss was subsequently fined $100 under AR190(3).  Began awkwardly.  Laid out rounding the home turn and continued to do so for the remainder of the event.

 

Apollate – after being slow to begin, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Overraced in the early stages.  When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider T Berry reported that the colt commenced to make a respiratory noise as the field progressed into the back straight which gradually worsened throughout the course of the event and he believed this to be the chief contributor for the horse's disappointing performance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr C Waller was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, will be required prior to the colt being required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before racing again.

 

Mon Amore – slow to begin.  For some distance passing the 1400m, raced keenly at the heels of Preferred Choice.

 

Tectonicus – began awkwardly, shifted in and hampered Genjiro.  Passing the 200m was hampered and taken wider by Solar Apex, which shifted out when racing greenly.

 

Genjiro – shortly after the start was eased when tightened between Desert Flame and Tectonicus, both of which shifted ground.

 

Solar Apex – when asked for an explanation with regard to the tactics adopted on the colt today, which appeared to be in contrast to the manner in which Solar Apex was ridden at its most recent start, rider J McDonald informed the Stewards that he was instructed to ride the colt from a rearward position, however after beginning well, he believed, given the composition of the field in the early stages, that it was in the competitive interests of Solar Apex to allow the colt to stride forward around another fancied runner, Tectonicus, and take a prominent position outside the leader, Desert Flame.  Raced greenly under pressure in the home straight. 

 

Preferred Choice – after being crossed by Desert Flame passing the 1400m, commenced to overrace for some distance thereafter.

 

RACE 2 – TAB Handicap 1900m

Controlthewitness – began awkwardly.  When asked to explain the disappointing performance, App L Day stated the gelding travelled well through the early and middle stages, however, when the tempo of the race increased passing the 500m, Controlthewitness was immediately under pressure and failed to respond to her riding thereafter.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr K Lees informed Stewards that he was disappointed with the performance of the gelding and further advised that having regard to the performance and its enduring campaign, it was his intention to give the gelding a short break from racing.  Mr Lees undertook to report back to Stewards on the post race condition of the gelding.

 

Our Winnie – after being slow to begin, was crowded between Dalmatia Prince and Controlthewitness and as a result lost ground.

 

The Getaway – from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  

 

Misty Summer – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Casino Mondial – rider G Boss reported that the gelding commenced to tire badly rounding the home turn and as a result, he was unable to resist the movement of Home Ground when it improved outwards passing the 400m.  Laid in in the home straight when tiring. 

 

RACE 3 – Bowermans Commercial Furniture Plate 1100m

Barossa Rosa – as M Bell was indisposed due to injury, the Stewards permitted J Collett to replace him as the rider of the filly.  M Bell was advised a medical clearance would be required prior to him riding again.  Held up on the heels of the tiring Magic Ruler rounding the home turn and until a point passing the 200m.  

 

Deep Creek – began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Beachhaven – began awkwardly and shortly after was hampered by Hurt Money which shifted out.  Rounding the turn out of the back straight, commenced to race fiercely, got its head up and had to be restrained by its rider.  Continued to race ungenerously throughout the middle stages.   Was held up and unable to improve rounding the home turn and had difficulty securing clear running until inside the 150m.

 

Sweet Anna – began awkwardly.  Leaving the 900m, had to be steadied from the heels of Barossa Rosa (J Collett) which shifted in when not quite clear.  J Collett was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in the future. 

 

Hurt Money – began only fairly.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be lame (2/5) in the off foreleg.  Co-trainer Paul Snowden was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Hurt Money being permitted to race or trial again.  Mr Snowden advised that the colt will now be spelled.

 

All That Sass – despite being ridden aggressively from the outside barrier to contest a prominent position, when caught racing wide and without cover, was then restrained to obtain a position with cover behind Dismissal near the 800m. 

 

Tiny – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

Dismissal – held up on the heels of Hurt Money rounding the home turn.

 

Magic Ruler – a post race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be displaying cardiac arrhythmia.  Trainer Mr M Dunn was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an ECG will be required prior to the colt being required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before racing again.

 


RACE 4 – Sky Racing Active Handicap 1550m

Saigon – slow to begin.

 

Pressure – began awkwardly.  When making the turn passing the 1300m, commenced to lay out, got its head up and had to be restrained by its rider. A short distance later, again had to be restrained by its rider after improving onto the heels of You Too.  Overraced in the middle stages. 

 

Express Princess – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Celtic Love.

 

Celtic Love – was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

April Thunder – made the crossing at the 1300m awkwardly.  For some distance rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight, came into contact with You Too when April Thunder was being shifted outwards by its rider to secure clear running. 

 

You Too – was bumped on a number of occasions by April Thunder rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.  When asked to explain the disappointing performance of the mare, rider G Boss informed Stewards that he was instructed to ride the mare in a prominent position and it travelled well in the early and middle stages, however was immediately under pressure when the tempo of the race increased passing the 500m and commenced to tire shortly thereafter.  He added that racing in a prominent position on a genuine tempo was, in his view, the principle reason the mare was unable to finish the race off.  He further added that in his opinion You Too would be better suited by being dropped back in class.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr C Waller undertook to report back on the post race condition of You Too in the days subsequent.

 

So Wicked – Stewards sought an explanation from rider J McDonald regarding the tactics he adopted on the mare, in particular the reasons he increased the tempo of the race approaching the 400m when the race had been run at a genuine tempo throughout.  Rider J McDonald advised the Stewards that he was instructed to take up a prominent position on the mare today and after securing the lead, working down to the first turn, he attempted to slow the speed of the race, however was unable to do so when Express Princess took up a position to his outside.  He added that despite this, So Wicked travelled well in the middle stages and continued to do so approaching the home turn.  He further stated that given the manner in which So Wicked travelled to this point, he attempted to establish a break on the remainder of the field approaching the home turn.  He further added that So Wicked accelerated appreciably when asked approaching the 400m and continued to maintain that gallop until commencing to tire inside the final 50m of the race.  After giving consideration to the explanation provided, the Stewards determined that the actions of J McDonald at the relevant point were reasonable, however having regard to the early sectional times for the race, the Steward informed J McDonald that in their view it would have been a better option to ride the mare more conservatively approaching the home turn, when unchallenged, to enable the mare to better finish the race off.   

 

RACE 5 – Exceedance @ Vinery Handicap 1100m

Buckin' Beauty – began awkwardly. 

 

Zakat – began only fairly.

 

Lancaster Bomber – shortly after the start was hampered and taken wider by Kawaikini.  Lancaster Bomber was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.  Stewards sought an explanation from App T Sherry regarding his riding of the gelding approaching and rounding the home turn and as to whether there was an opportunity to improve his position to the inside of Savoury and forward and up onto the back of Juan Diva.   App Sherry informed Stewards that he has ridden Lancaster Bomber to wins in the past and the gelding only possesses a short sprint, and having regard to this, he believed it to be in the best interests of the gelding to keep it balanced rounding the home turn and place it under full pressure shortly after entering the home straight.  After giving consideration to his explanation, the Stewards informed App Sherry that he should have improved his position sooner than he had done so, but could not be satisfied that his riding breached the rules of racing having regard to his knowledge of the gelding and his relative inexperience as a race rider in the metropolitan area.

 

Kawaikini – after beginning only fairly, was then crowded between Lancaster Bomber and Savoury, which was taken outwards by Kookabaa.   Kawaikini was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Held up and unable to improve rounding the home turn, and in the home straight, had difficulty securing clear running until passing the 150m and then over the concluding stages, could not be fully tested when placed awkwardly at the heels of Zakat.

 

Savoury – after beginning only fairly was then hampered when crowded between Kawaikini and Kookabaa, which shifted out.  Savoury was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Kookabaa – laid in under pressure in the home straight.  Stewards questioned App B Ryan with regard to his riding of the gelding over the concluding stages.   App Ryan informed Stewards that whilst he lost his balance momentarily prior to the winning post, he also misjudged the finish line and as a result stopped riding the gelding prior to the winning post.   In determining not to take any direction action, the Stewards were conscious that his actions did not materially affect the placings of the race, however App Ryan was nevertheless reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out right to the finishing line.   

 

Mr Colorful – rider T Clark reported that he attributed the colt's disappointing performance to racing against older horses and to be feeling the effects of racing on rain affected tracks at its previous race starts.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 6 – Too Darn Hot @ Darley Handicap 1250m

Greenspan – began only fairly and shortly after was hampered by Emeralds, which shifted in.

 

Vitesse – began only fairly.   Leaving the 300m, was bumped by Empress Bea, which shifted out around the heels of Lillemor to secure clear running.  Vitesse was again hampered by Empress Bea and taken wider near the 200m. 

 

Feel the Knight – began only fairly.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame 2/5 in the off foreleg.  Trainer Mr M Dale was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Feel the Knight being permitted to race or trial again. 

 

Napoleon Solo – from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Your Witness – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from both nostrils.   As this was the second occasion, trainer Mr J Coyle was advised that Your Witness would now be banned from racing in Australia under the provisions of AR79(6). 

 

Green Mountain – raced wide and without cover until near the 700m.

 

RACE 7 – Schweppes Handicap 1550m

Baanone – the declaration of correct weight was delayed to enable Stewards to view the footage of an incident inside the final 100m involving first placegetter, This Is So, and second placegetter, Baanone whereby both runners made contact.  After doing so, Stewards were satisfied there were not sufficient grounds to lodge a protest on behalf of the connections of the second placegetter and accordingly declared correct weight.  Overraced in the early and middle stages. 

 

Notabadharada – began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Chief Kidder – began only fairly. 

 

Notabadidea – overraced in the early and middle stages.

 

This Is So – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Dio D'Oro – overraced in the early and middle stages.  On several occasions leaving the 400m shifted out when attempting to improve around the heels of Damit and in doing so came into contact with This Is So.   A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

GENERAL: 

 

Summary of whip use

 

The Stewards noted the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the

100m under AR132(7)(a)(ii):

 

Race 2 T Berry (Tochi) 6 strikes
Race 2 C Williams (Home Ground) 7 strikes
Race 4 T Berry (Saigon) 6 strikes
Race 7 T Berry (This Is So) 6 strikes

 

Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

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

Race 1:  Apollate, Solar Apex, Tectonicus, Genjiro.

Race 2:  The Getaway, Controlthewitness, Our Winnie, Home Ground.

Race 3:  Beachhaven, Hurt Money, Sweet Anna, Cat D’Oro.

Race 4:  Express Princess, Elegant Grace, Pressure.

Race 5:  Buckin’ Beauty, Juan Diva, Lancaster Bomber.

Race 6:  Coterie, Emeralds, Empress Bea, Lillemor.

Race 7:  Knowitall Jack, Baanone (2), Notabadidea.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 1:  G Boss (Desert Flame) – $100 – overweight [AR190(3)].
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Race 6:  Your Witness (trainer J Coyle) – both nostrils, second occasion – banned from racing [AR79(6)].
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 1:  Apollate (trainer C Waller) – poor performance.
Race 3:  Magic Ruler (trainer M Dunn) – cardiac arrhythmia. 
Certificates: Race 1: Apollate (trainer C Waller) – including scope, abnormal respiratory noise reported.
Race 3:  Hurt Money (co-trainer Paul Snowden) – lame (2/5) in the off foreleg.
Race 3:  Magic Ruler (trainer M Dunn) – including ECG, cardiac arrhythmia.
Race 6:  Feel the Knight (trainer M Dale) – lame (2/5) in the off foreleg. 
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 1:  Tectonicus – to be ridden further forward; settled off pace.
Race 4:  Pressure – to be ridden further forward; settled midfield.
Race 4:  You Too – to be ridden further forward; settled off pace.
Race 4:  So Wicked – to be ridden positively; led. 
Race 5:  Mr Colourful – to be ridden with cover; settled off pace with cover.
Race 7:  Dio D'Oro – intention to be ridden further forward; settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Race 6:  Your Witness – white Club colours.
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 2:  Controlthewitness (trainer K Lees) – post race condition.
Race 4:  You Too (trainer C Waller) – post race condition.
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