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STEWARDS’ REPORT

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Weather:                    Fine

Track:                         Good (4)

Rail:                            True

Penetrometer:           4.95

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:   C L Albrecht (Chairman), T P Moxon, S C Knight and cadets

L J Lee, E E Norris and E R Anderson

                                                                                                                                                        (alm)                                                   

Supplementary Reports:

ROYAL RANDWICK:  Saturday, 13 April 2023

RACE 4 – TAB Percy Sykes Stakes 1200m

El Morzillo – approaching the 250m was steadied when placed in restricted room between Erno’s Cube and More Territories which shifted out.  El Morzillo remained held up until approaching the 150m. 

 

RACE 7 – Schweppes Sydney Cup 3200m

Amade  trainer Mr P Stokes was advised that as a result of Amade standing flat-footed as the start was effected and missing the start by an estimated 8 lengths, Amade would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to being permitted to race again.

 

NEWCASTLE:  Saturday, 13 April 2023

RACE 9 – Lambourne Partners Merewether Mile Benchmark 68 Handicap 1600m

Owari – trainer Mr B Widdup advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding and advised the intention is to continue with its current preparation.  Mr Widdup reported that the month between runs and having to do some work from a wide barrier contributed to the disappointing performance.

                                                                                                                                                             

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As R King was indisposed due to injury/illness, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

Race 1 Sir Sublime – A Adkins
Race 4 Tavs – T Berry

 

                                                                                                                                                             

RACE 1 – Hyland Race Colours Handicap 1550m

Little Jeanie – was bumped on jumping by Balmierro which shifted out.

 

Kings Valley – began only fairly.  From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Jumped the crossing near the 1200m.

 

Kotaishi – App D Gibbons reported that with the small field, it was anticipated that he would settle in a more forward position. He said after beginning well, and without having to pressure his mount, he was able to take advantage of the good start and obtain the lead.

 

Glebe – was momentarily crowded on jumping between Sir Sublime and Dolzino, both of which shifted ground.  Near the 150m, raced tight to the inside of Kings Valley, which shifted in.

 

Balmierro – began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Little Jeannie.

 

Sir Sublime – approaching the 1200m, after being taken in by Kotaishi (App D Gibbons), then had to be steadied from that runner's heels shortly after due to Kotaishi shifting in when not fully clear.  App Gibbons was advised to exercise more care.  Following this, Sir Sublime raced keenly for some distance at the heels of Kotaishi.  A post race veterinary examination of the gelding, which weakened in the home straight, revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 2 – Schweppes Handicap 1250m

Canara – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Trafalgar Square – began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Heavenly Kiss.

 

Celtic Sin – began awkwardly.  From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Laid out rounding the home turn. 

 

Heavenly Kiss – shortly after the start was crowded between Lady Nikster and Trafalgar Square which shifted out.

 

Lady Nikster – J McDonald reported that after travelling comfortably throughout the early and middle stages, the filly was under pressure from the 400m and the only explanation he could provide for the disappointing performance was that Lady Nikster may have been experiencing breathing issues.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Lady Nikster to be making an abnormal respiratory noise and was slow to recover.  Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, would be required prior to Lady Nikster being permitted to barrier trial or race again. 

 

Overwatch – raced keenly in the early stages when being restrained to obtain cover behind Possibilities. Briefly held up rounding the home turn and then near the 250m was directed to the outside of the heels of Possibilities to continue into clear running.

 

Possibilities – leaving the 100m, laid in under pressure before being corrected.

 

Saturdays Girl – began awkwardly and lost ground. 

 

RACE 3 – James Squire Handicap 1250m

Cattoggio – R Bayliss reported that after leading the event, the colt responded well in the initial stages of the home straight, however after being challenged by Imperial Force, Cattoggio then commenced to weaken and failed to finish off. A post race veterinary examination revealed a poor post race recovery and to be lame (1/5) in the off foreleg.  Co-trainer Mr A Bott was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Cattoggio being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

 

Dark Arts – was bumped on jumping by Malbork Castle which shifted out.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Great White Shark – J McDonald reported that the colt raced greenly throughout the event.   Near the 900m had to be steadied from the heels of Monte Veebee (A Hyeronimus), which shifted in when not fully clear.  A Hyeronimus was advised to exercise more care.  Following this, continued to race keenly at the heels of Monte Veebee for some distance thereafter.  After passing the 600m, when racing keenly, laid out and as a result had to be eased from the heels of Vaafee.  Approaching the 100m had to be steadied away from the heels of Monte Veebee which, after being directed out, then shifted out further when racing greenly.

 

Irama – shifted out abruptly on jumping before being corrected.

 

Malbork Castle – began awkwardly, shifted out and made heavy contact with Dark Arts.

 

Willie Oppa – slow to begin and shortly after was bumped by Sound Waves which shifted in.

 

Sound Waves – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Willie Oppa.  Raced keenly in the early stages.  Near the 500m had to be checked after improving onto the heels of Great White Shark.

 

Marvel Man – bounded on jumping.  From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced keenly in the early stages.

 

RACE 4 – Headwater At Vinery Stud Handicap 1550m

Toesonthenose – shortly after the start was momentarily crowded between Kureder and Adios Steve, which shifted out slightly.  Raced keenly in the early stages and near the 1000m shifted out away from the heels of Terrestar and as a result raced wide and without cover from that point.

 

Hollywood Hero – approaching the 600m, laid in and made contact with Tavs.

 

Huesca – T Clark reported that the gelding travelled well, however, in his view, failed to run out today's distance of the1550m. A post race veterinary examination revealed a slow recovery.

 

Adios Steve – raced keenly in the lead during the early and the middle stages.  

 

Tavs – began awkwardly.  Approaching the 600m was bumped by Hollywood Hero which laid in. Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight before shifting to the inside of Huesca near the 250m.

 

Mountain Guest – passing the 300m was disappointing for a run between Adios Steve and Tavs which shifted in slightly.  Mountain Guest was then held up until near the 150m.

 

RACE 5 – Cylinder @ Darley Handicap 1900m

Speycaster – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Approaching the 100m laid in and brushed with Earth Dance.

Earth Dance – slow to begin.  App D Gibbons reported that the gelding was not suited by the slower tempo and then when the race developed into a sprint to the finish. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Aiseirigh – near the 600m was bumped and forced wider by Natural Deduction which was attempting to shift out to obtain a one off position.  Approaching the 400m, bumped and was taken out by Natural Deduction which shifted out and away from Sound And Vision.  Near the 200m had to be steadied when crowded for room between Earth Dance and Chateaux Park which shifted out before being corrected.

Chateaux Park – slow to begin and shortly after had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Natural Deduction, which shifted out. Held up rounding the home turn and then had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the home straight.

For Victory – raced keenly in the early stages.

Natural Deduction – near the 600m, when attempting to obtain a one off position, shifted out and made contact with Aiseirigh and as a consequence had to be steadied when awkwardly placed at the heels of Sound And Vision.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Natural Deduction to have bled from both nostrils for the first time. Trainer Mr J O’Shea was advised of the provisions of AR79(4).

Sound And Vision – approaching the 400m, shifted out abruptly after becoming awkward for a stride.

 

RACE 6 – ROBRICK LODGE HANDICAP 1250m

Sweet Ruby – held up from the 350 until approaching the 100m.

 

Wizard Of Oz – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Smartawi – slow to begin (3L). A post race veterinary examination of the gelding, which was eased out of the event near the 200m, revealed the gelding to have bled from both nostrils. As this was the second occasion, trainer Mr G Hickman was advised of the provisions of AR79(6).

 

Captain Amelia – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Power Of The Brave – began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Yiska.

 

Yiska – bumped on jumping by Power Of The Brave which shifted out.  Held up from the 300m until shifting to the outside of Briasa near the 150m.

 

Overextend – was bumped on jumping by Briasa which was taken out by Balkans.

 

Balkans – began awkwardly, shifted in abruptly and made contact with Briasa.

 

Briasa – was badly hampered on jumping when crowded between Overextend and Balkans, which shifted in abruptly and as a result lost ground.  Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

RACE 7 – Yarraman Park Handicap 1100m

Gold Revolver – App A McLucas reported she was unable to lead the event due to No Statement showing superior speed.  She said as a result, Gold Revolver was one paced when placed under pressure and was disappointing in the manner in which it finished its race off.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Shelby Sixtysix – slow to begin.

 

Audette – raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

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

 

Smashing Eagle – shortly after the start was crowded between Stanislaus and Sir Ravanelli, which shifted out.

 

Sir Ravanelli – near the 700m raced in restricted room for a short distance between Shelby Sixtysix and Audette.  Sir Ravanelli then raced keenly for some distance at the heels of Stanislaus.  Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the home straight before shifting to the outside of Audette near the 200m to obtain clear running. 

 

Curtis Island – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Curtis Island to have bled from both nostrils for the second time.  Trainer Mr R Pearse was advised of the provisions of AR79(6).

 

RACE 8 – TAB Handicap 1100m

Queen Of The Mile – began awkwardly and shifted out abruptly before being corrected.

 

Eye Pea Oh – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.   Passing the 200m became briefly held up behind Betsy’s Flag.  Near the 50m was shifted to the outside of the heels of Rhettara to continue into clear running.

 

Emmadella – shortly after the start, shifted in and made contact with Impulsivity.

 

Admonish – slow to begin and shortly after was hampered and taken out by Queen Of The Mile and as result had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Impulsivity.  Approaching the 100m was hampered by Betsy’s Flag which shifted out and away from Queen Of The Mile.

 

Perfect Proposal – R Bayliss reported that the only explanation he could provide for the disappointing performance was that the filly was required to race wide and without cover throughout the event.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Impulsivity – shortly after the start was bumped by Emmadella which shifted in.

 

Betsy’s Flag – approaching and passing the 100m was taken out by Queen Of The Mile.

 

Rhettara – a post race veterinary examination revealed Rhettara to have bled from both nostrils for the second time. Stable representative Mr D Beadman was advised of the provisions of AR79(6).

 

Pitavago – slow to begin and shortly after had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Admonish which was taken out by Queen Of The Mile.

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 6 T Berry (Briasa)  6  strikes
Race 6 J Stanley (Ebony King)  6 strikes
Race 7 App M Bourke  (Gold Revolver)  6 strikes
Race 7 C Schofield (Curtis Island)  7 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:    Kotaishi (2), Balmierro.

Race 2:    Canara,  Aye Aye Captain.

Race 3:    Monte Veebee.

Race 4:    Tavs, Hollywood Hero, Kureder.

Race 5:    Earth Dance, Soldier Of Rome, Smart Legend, Casual Connection.

Race 6:    Power Of The Brave, Yiska, Balkans.

Race 7:    Smashing Eagle, Stanislaus, Sir Ravanelli.

Race 8:    Betsy’s Flag, Sicilian.


 

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Race 4:  Natural Deduction (trainer J O’Shea) – both nostrils, first occasion [AR79(4)].
Race 6:  Smartawi (trainer G Hickman) – both nostrils, second occasion  [AR79(6)].
Race 7:  Curtis Island (trainer R Pearse) – bled both nostrils, second occasion [AR79(6)].
Race 8:  Rhettara (trainer J Cummings) – bled both nostrils, second occasion [AR79(6)].
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Supplementary Report:  Amade (trainer P Stokes) – stood flat footed and missed the start (8L).
Certificates: Race 2:  Lady Nikster (trainer C Waller) – abnormal respiratory noise, including scope.
Race 3:  Cattoggio (co-trainer A Bott) – poor post race recovery and lame (1/5) in the off foreleg. 
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 5: Natural Deduction – to be ridden further forward than last start; settled midfield.
Race 6:  Ebony King – to be ridden further forward; settled on pace.
Race 8:  Eye Pea Oh – to be ridden more conservatively; settled at the rear.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Nil

 

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