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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

 

Wednesday 19 June 2024

 

Weather:                 Fine

Track:                     Heavy (8), upgraded to Soft (7) at 12.58pm

Rail:                        +3m

Penetrometer:         5.83

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:T. P. Moxon (Chairman), S. C. Knight, S. T. Matthews and Cadets B. D. Beasley and M. F. Vilo.

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RACE 1: Golden Mile @ Darley Handicap 1250m:

French Ruler– Approaching the 500m was steadied and shifted out after improving onto the heels of Huka Falls. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (3/5) in the off-foreleg when found to have shifted that plate, resulting in a puncture to the sole. Trainer Mr J. Sargent was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before French Ruler is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Hell To Pay– On jumping bumped Huka Falls.

 

Houdini Spirit– Lost its off-fore place during running.

 

Railway Man– J. Collett reported that it was his intention to settle further forward, however, after the colt blundered on jumping and lost ground, he was obliged to settle towards the rear of the field. He said that Railway Man travelled comfortably throughout the middle stages and near the 400m he shifted away from the running rail to commence to improve. He said that on straightening Railway Man became held up behind Hell To Pay and to the inside of Straand Beauty. He said that Railway Man then remained held up until passing the 200m where the colt was steadied when awkwardly placed at the heels of Hell To Pay. He said that he was able to place Railway Man under pressure from the 150m where the colt finished off the race only fairly, particularly given the manner in which it travelled throughout the run.

 

Straand Beauty– N. Rawiller was permitted to ride the colt a half kilogram over its allocated weight of 57.5kgs. Shortly after the start was crowded for room between Wanaruah and Huka Falls, both of which shifted ground. Raced wide and without cover from the 800m. Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

Huka Falls- On jumping bumped Hell To Pay.

 

RACE 2: Hitotsu at Arrowfield Handicap 1250m:

Poised– On jumping bumped Rowena. T. Clark reported that after obtaining the lead, as expected, his mount travelled comfortably. He said, however, that the filly, which was having its second race start, did not respond to his riding in the straight and raced flat. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Poised in the days subsequent.

 

Good Sort– Shortly after the start bumped Rybakina. Raced wide and without cover from the 900m.

 

Ivana– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Rowena– On jumping bumped Poised.

 

Rybakina– Shortly after the start bumped Good Sort. Raced keenly in the early stages and near the 900m was steadied from the heels of Humid.

 

Darn Cute– Shortly after the start was crowded for room between Ivana and Cinsault, which shifted out. From a wide barrier Darn Cute then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Held up for clear running in the early part of the straight until passing the 150m.

 

Lovehunter– Slow to begin. When questioned regarding his riding in the home straight, R. Bayliss reported that rounding the home turn he was trailing Poised, a runner he felt would quicken. He said, however, when Poised came under heavy pressure and gave ground, Lovehunter became held up on straightening. He said that approaching the 200m he shifted his mount to the outside of Poised and whilst a run had developed between that runner and Humid, he was reluctant to place his mount under full pressure as he had observed Humid racing greenly and shifting ground. He added that he felt had he fully committed to this position and Humid shifted in, this may have caused interference to Poised. He said that for this reason he did not place his mount under full pressure as he was attempting to shift out to obtain a run to the outside of Humid. He said that when unable to do so, he became awkwardly placed at the heels of Humid near the 75m before then placing Lovehunter under pressure where the filly ran to the line only fairly. Stewards advised R. Bayliss that he should have taken advantage of the run that had developed between Poised and Humid and, further, that he must ensure he places his mounts under the appropriate pressure and takes advantage of available options when they present.

 

RACE 3: James Squire Plate 1250m:

Major Look– Slow to begin.

 

Grassburn– On jumping bumped Summer Loving. Raced wide and without cover until approaching the 700m. Near the 150m, when giving ground, was crowded between Major Look and Summer Soiree, which laid in. J. Collett reported that he intended to obtain cover, however, when Summer Loving did not begin as well as he thought it would and then did not show early speed, it always maintained a position to his inside, which prevented him from obtaining cover. He said that when subsequently caught wide he elected to stride forward to obtain a position closer to the running rail. He said that after settling outside the leader from the 700m Grassburn travelled satisfactorily, however, then was unable to close off the race in the straight, particularly having regard to the work the filly was obliged to do in the early stages. He added that, in his view, Grassburn will be better suited when ridden more conservatively with cover. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Madam Instrife– When questioned regarding his riding, T. Schiller stated that he was under no specific instructions other than to have the filly travel where comfortable. He said that after beginning well from the outside barrier, to avoid being caught wide, he eased his mount to settle at the rear of the field. He said that Madam Instrife travelled well behind the favourite and eventual winner, Summer Loving, throughout the middle stages. He said that when Major Look, which was racing on terms and to the inside of Summer Loving, improved, he elected to shift to the running rail to trail Major Look where he then improved to be racing to the inside of Summer Loving. He said his decision to perform this manoeuvre was due to being able to improve his position and also that he had formed the view the track can favour runners towards the inside, particularly when the rail is out. He said that he commenced to place Madam Instrife under pressure rounding the home turn, however, when a run did not develop for him to improve into, Madam Instrife became held up behind Grassburn on straightening when that runner had commenced to give ground. He said that Madam Instrife then remained held up until inside the 200m where he was able to shift the filly to the outside of Summer Loving to obtain clear running whereby Madam Instrife then closed off the race well. While Stewards found T. Schiller’s decision to improve to the inside of Summer Loving in the middle stages was not unreasonable, they advised him that the better option would have been to have remained racing behind that runner, particularly having regard to it being the short-priced favourite, as this ultimately would have given him an opportunity to obtain clear running at an earlier stage of the race.

 

Summer Loving– On jumping bumped Grassburn.

 

RACE 4: Drinkwise Plate 1550m:

Balmierro – On jumping was bumped by Cathedral Cove, which shifted in. On straightening was awkwardly placed at the heels of Cathedral Cove when that runner hung out.

 

Cathedral Cove – Trainer Mr A. Cummings was fined $100 under AR106 for presenting Cathedral Cove without a tongue-tie, which is part of the gelding’s gear. Jumped awkwardly, shifted in and bumped Balmierro.  Hung out rounding the home turn and in the straight, proving difficult for its rider to test the gelding with his usual vigour. Trainer Mr A. Cummings was advised that a warning would be recorded against Cathedral Cove in regard to its racing manners.

 

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

 

Lenape Vibe – Slow to begin. N. Rawiller reported that after settling at the rear of the field, when the tempo of the race reduced in the middle stages he made a forward move from the 1100m, whereby he was able to obtain a position outside the leader passing the 700m.

 

Cheergal – When the tempo reduced in the middle stages, commenced to race keenly and leaving the 1000m shifted out when being steadied and, as a result, made contact with La Belle Claire.

 

La Belle Claire – When racing keenly in the early stages, made the crossing near the 1200m awkwardly. Continued to race keenly in the middle stages and after passing the 1000m was bumped and carried wider by Cheergal when that runner shifted out when overracing. Rounding the home turn near the 350m was steadied when disappointed for a run between Cheergal, which improved to its outside, and Lenape Vibe, which was taken out by Cathedral Cove when that runner hung out rounding the home turn. Soon after straightening, when giving ground, was inconvenienced by Balmierro, when that runner was carried out by Cathedral Cove.

 

Sweet Heaven – Held up in the early part of the straight when being shifted to the outside of runners to obtain clear running.

 

RACE 5: Schweppes Handicap 1900m:

Loco– On jumping bumped Tajawal. Laid out rounding the home turn. Approaching the 100m had to be steadied when crowded between Go Troppo and Rematch (A. Bullock), which shifted out after blundering before being corrected. While Stewards accepted that Rematch had blundered prior to the incident, nonetheless, A. Bullock was advised to exercise more care and to ensure he corrects his mounts when shifting ground, particularly as Rematch was shifting ground before blundering.

 

Tajawal– On jumping bumped Loco. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Turned Down– S. Clipperton reported that after racing outside the leader throughout the early and middle stages his mount travelled comfortably. He said, however, that Turned Down failed to finish off the race when under pressure in the straight and he believed the gelding failed to run out the 1900m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. O'Shea advised that it would be his intention to drop Turned Down back in distance for its future race starts.

 

RACE 6: TAB Handicap 1250m:

Rhythmic Pulse– M. Bell reported that he contemplated holding the lead, however, when Amnesty showed superior speed to his outside, he felt he would have had to make significant use of his mount to hold that runner out before allowing it to cross. He said Rhythmic Pulse travelled satisfactorily behind the leaders, however, did not respond to his riding in the straight and he could offer no explanation. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities other than a superficial cut to the left lip. Trainer Mr J. Hull advised that Rhythmic Pulse will now be retired from racing.

 

Molly Nails– Shortly after the start bumped Iron Man.

 

The Great Houdini– Jumped awkwardly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 250m was eased from the heels of Diamond Model when that runner was taken out by Chartwell, which was carried out by Look Only (E. Hennessy). E. Hennessy was advised to exercise more care.

 

Diamond Model– N. Rawiller was permitted to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allocated weight of 57.5kgs. From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced keenly throughout the middle stages when obliged to race wide and without cover from the 700m. Laid out in the early part of the straight and near the 250m was hampered by Chartwell, which shifted out and away from Look Only.

 

Iron Man– Shortly after the start bumped Molly Nails. Had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight.

 

Valiancy– App. D. Gibbons reported that he intended to settle in a more-forward position, however, after being slow to begin, he was obliged to settle at the rear of the field. He said that Valiancy travelled comfortably throughout the early and middle stages and when held up in the early part of the straight he felt that the mare would quicken once it obtained clear running. He said, however, that when he was able to place Valiancy under pressure, the mare did not respond to his riding and was disappointing in the manner in which it closed off the race. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Valiancy in the days subsequent.

 

Chartwell– Near the 250m was hampered by Look Only, which shifted out. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 7: Headwater @ Vinery Stud Handicap 1550m:

Hellfire Express– Slow to begin. Raced keenly throughout the early stages.

 

The Little Pumper– Made the crossing near the 1200m awkwardly.

 

Fernao– Slow to begin. Approaching the 200m was steadied when disappointed for a run between Princess Nefertiti and Edmond, which shifted in.

 

Fairway Star– Trainer Mr B. Baker was fined $100 under AR106 for presenting Fairway Star without a tongue-tie, which is part of the mare’s gear. T. Clark reported that after settling towards the rear of the field, due to the tempo of the race, the mare found it difficult to make up any appreciable ground in the home straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Princess Nefertiti– As R. Jones was indisposed, Stewards approved App. D. Gibbons as the replacement rider. Held up rounding the home turn.

 

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

 

Race 1 N. Rawiller (Straand Beauty) 6 strikes
Race 4 N. Rawiller (Lenape Vibe)
C. Schofield (Cheergal)
6 strikes
6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: French Ruler, Railway Man, Straand Beauty

Race 2: Poised, Humid, Rybakina

Race 3: Major Look, Grassburn, Khaznah

Race 4: Cathedral Cove, Exposition, Vivezza

Race 5: Monarchs Brae (2), Just A Brother

Race 6: Amnesty, Molly Nails, Diamond Model

Race 7: The Creator (2), The Little Pumper, Ellenmac

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 4: Trainer A. Cummings (Cathedral Cove) – present horse without tongue-tie (AR106).
Race 7: Trainer B. Baker (Fairway Star) fined $100 – present horse without tongue-tie (AR106).
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Warnings: Race 4: Cathedral Cove (trainer A. Cummings) – racing manners.
Trials: Nil.
Certificates: Race 1: French Ruler (trainer J. Sargent) – lame (3/5) off-foreleg.
Bleeders: Nil.
Falls/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics notified: Race 2: Cinsault – Option to be ridden further forward if begins well: Settled on pace.
Race 6: Amnesty – To be ridden further forward if begins well: Led
Race 6: Molly Nails – To be ridden further forward: Settled midfield.
Race 7: Hellfire Express – To be ridden further forward if begins well: Settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow-up: Race 2: Poised (co-trainers G. Waterhouse & A. Bott) – post-race condition.
Race 6: Valiancy (trainer C. Maher) – post-race condition.

 

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