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Flemington stewards' report

Victoria Racing Club @ Flemington

 

Date:

Saturday 15 February, 2020

Track:

Good 4 (R1-4) downgraded Soft 5 at 2.21pm (R5-9)

Going stick:

10.4, Inside 10.8, Outside 9.8, Shear 11.3

Weather:

Showers

Rail:

True

Stewards Panel:

Robert Cram (Chairman), Rob Montgomery, Darren Triandafillou, Simon Carey, Rex Terp, Lauren Pearce (Cadet)

 

Riding Changes / Jockey Information

 

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

9

Amadeus

App Michael Poy

App Fred Kersley

Unavailable

 

Race 1 THE GLORIOUS GOODWOOD HANDICAP - 1600 metres:

Oceans Fourteen (NZ) Began awkwardly.

I Am Vinnie Rider Jake Noonan could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance other than the gelding may perform better on a firmer track. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Mount Tabora (USA) When questioned, rider Kerrin McEvoy explained that he was instructed to sit just off the speed, however, after beginning well the gelding comfortably went forward and for this reason settled in front.

Exasperate Rider Ben Thompson was severely reprimanded for breaching the provisions of AR132(7)(a)(i) in that he used his whip in consecutive strides prior to the 100 metres.

Race 2 FURPHY ALE TROPHY - 1600 metres:

Global Sanction When being restrained passing the 1400 metres got its head up, unbalancing rider Teo Nugent.

Goldifox A post-race veterinary examination revealed the thumps and slow recovery.

 

Race 3 TALINDERT STAKES - 1100 metres:

Old Time Rock Began awkwardly.

Toscanini Began awkwardly.

Ole Kirk Slow to begin.

Award Winner Began awkwardly.

Always Chattin Began awkwardly.

Sea Witness Began awkwardly, shifted in and brushed River Night.

Mildred Shortly after the start brushed on the hindquarters by Award Winner, which had shifted out.

Pioneer River When racing keenly near the 900 metres steadied out across the heels of River Night (Jamie Kah), which had shifted in slightly. Jamie Kah was severely reprimanded AR131(a).

Mr Cashman Rider Billy Egan reported his mount was unruly at the start and, in his opinion, this was detrimental to its chances. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

River Night Rider Jamie Kah reported the filly got its tongue back during the event and may be suited with the application of a tongue tie. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

 

Race 4 YORK RACECOURSE EBOR TROPHY - 2000 metres:

Salsamor (NZ) - Change of tactics To be ridden more forward. Settled behind the leader.

Donndubhan At the start shifted out abruptly and made contact with Good Idea. During this incident rider Brett Prebble became unbalanced.

Good Idea Severely tightened at the start by Donndubhan, which shifted out abruptly. In the straight lay in.

Classic Weiwei Tightened for room at the start between Blandford Lad (NZ), which shifted in and Good Idea, which had been taken out by Donndubhan. Raced keenly in the early stages.

Sam Slick Slow to begin. App Teo Nugent could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Big Sur (NZ) Craig Williams reported the gelding was under pressure from the 600 metres and failed to respond to his riding in the straight. Post-race endoscopy detected a degree of internal exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage that may have affected the horses racing performance. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again.

 

Race 5 C S HAYES STAKES - 1400 metres:

Alligator Blood Change of tactics To lead. Began awkwardly. Led

Spend Late scratching at 2.27pm due to the track downgrade. All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on the late scratching to be refunded. All successful bets on horses prior to time of withdrawal are subject to the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket: Win Bets 0 cents, Place Bets (For Winner) 2 cents, Place Bets (For 2nd) - 4 cents *All monies bet after the Stewards declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket.

Catalyst (NZ) Began awkwardly.

Dalasan Rider Ben Melham could offer no explanation for the performance. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

James McDonald (Catalyst) pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching the provisions of AR132(7)(a)(ii) in that he used his whip on seven occasions prior to the 100 metres. J McDonald had his licence to ride in races suspended for a total of six meetings to commence midnight 22 February, 2020 and to expire at the end of the day meeting 28 February, 2020 (1 metro, 5 provincial). In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account his guilty plea, record, that the race was a Group 3 event in which he had finished second, and the totality of his whip use. Stewards also took into account that they had notified riders prior to the meeting that higher penalties would be imposed for breaches of the whip rule. Further, J McDonald was fined $1,500.00. James McDonald was fined $200.00 for breaching the provisions of AR132(7)(a)(i) in that he used his whip in consecutive strides on one occasion prior to the 100 metres.

Race 6 ROYAL ASCOT HANDICAP - 1200 metres:

Tony Nicconi Late scratching at 2.53pm due to the track downgrade.

Golden Halo Began awkwardly and was slow into stride. Rider James Winks could offer no explanation for the performance of the mare. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a slow recovery. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Montenegro Man Rider Brett Prebble reported his mount would be better suited on firmer tracks. As Montenegro Man had left the course prior to undergoing a post-race veterinary examination a veterinary clearance is required prior to racing again.

Taniko When questioned, Craig Williams explained that he was instructed to ride the mare quietly in the early and middle stages as she performs best when ridden in this manner. He added this was why he held the filly together until passing the 300 metres.

Husson Eagle - A post-race veterinary examination revealed the thumps and slow recovery.

 

Race 7 BLACK CAVIAR LIGHTNING - 1000 metres:

Prior to the declaration of correct weight Kerrin McEvoy (Redzel), 2nd placegetter, viewed the stewards' video before deciding not to lodge an objection.

Loving Gaby Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Nature Strip.

I Am Excited Tightened for room at the start between Tofane (NZ), which shifted out and Nature Strip.

Despatch Steadied approaching the 900 metres to avoid the heels of Nature Strip (James McDonald), which shifted out. J McDonald was reprimanded AR131(a).

Nature Strip Weakened from the 200 metres. Rider James McDonald reported the gelding raced fresh and in his view would benefit from the event. He added the gelding had pulled up well and he could offer no further explanation. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality and a sample was taken for analysis.

Redzel Passing the 150 metres taken in off its course by Gytrash, which was shifting in. Near the winning post tightened for room by Gytrash, which shifted in.

Mark Zahra (Gytrash) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provision of AR131(a). The careless riding being that passing the 150 metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of Redzel, taking that horse in off its course for several strides and again approaching the winning post shifted in further resulting in Redzel being tightened for room when racing to the inside of Gytrash. M Zahra had his licence to ride in races suspended for a total of eight meetings to commence midnight 22 February, 2020 and to expire midnight 29 February, 2020. (3 metro, 5 provincial). In assessing penalty the Stewards were of the view that the incident qualified for the low range category of carelessness and took into account his guilty plea, good record and that Gytrash had a tendency to lay in..

Race 8 THE TAB VANITY - 1400 metres:

Katalin Began awkwardly and was slow to begin.

Feign Bounded at the start and was slow into stride.

Lunar Light Got its head up near the 1000 metres when over racing and having to be steadied to avoid the heels of Parmie. Steadied approaching the 100 metres when disappointed for running between Parmie and Meuse, which both shifted ground.

Parmie A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly had been galloped on the right hind fetlock.

 

Race 9 THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB THROPHY - 1400 metres:

Sircconi Late scratching at 9.52am on veterinary advice.

Fox Hall Change of tactics To be ridden more forward. Led.

Galaxy Raider Slow to begin.

Blazejowski When racing keenly approaching the 1000 metres steadied to avoid the heels of Amadeus. Near the 300 metres shifted out to obtain clear running to the outside of Amadeus and when doing so made contact with Reflectivity.

Star Missile Rider Craig Williams could offer no explanation for the performance and when placed under pressure in the straight, failed to respond to his riding. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.

Reflectivity Raced three wide without cover. Post-race endoscopy detected a degree of internal exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage that may have affected the horses racing performance. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again.

 

SWAB SAMPLES

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 Over Exposure, Exasperate, Mount Tabora (USA), I Am Vinnie

Race 2 Paint The Town Two (NZ), Fabric (NZ), Parlay Princess

Race 3 Amish Boy, Toscanini, Ole Kirk

Race 4 Eureka Street, Salsamor (NZ), Good Idea

Race 5 Yourdeel (NZ), Alligator Blood, Spend, Chenier

Race 6 Husson Eagle, Taniko, Big Night Out

Race 7 Nature Strip, Despatch, I Am Excited, Tofane (NZ), Loving Gaby

Race 8 Bonvicini, Meuse, Lunar Light, Lady DOro

Race 9 Admirals Joker, Galaxy Raider, Star Missile

 

Pre-race urine for post race analysis:

Race 1 Stars Of Carrum

Race 5 Catalyst (NZ)

Race 6 Hanger (NZ)

Race 7 Redzel, Gytrash

 

Post race samples from following horses:

All winners Race 5 Catalyst (2nd placegetter) - Race 7 Redzel (2nd placegetter), Loving Gaby (3rd placegetter) - Nature Strip (4th placegetter) Race 8 Pretty Brazen (2nd placegetter)

 

Raceday Summary

 

Late Scratchings:

Race 5 Spend at 2.27pm track downgrade.

Race 6 - Tony Nicconi at 2.53pm - track downgrade.

Race 9 Sircconi at 9.52am - vets

Fines:

Race 3 Patrick Payne $300 late arrival on course

Race 5 - James McDonald $1,500 AR132(7)(a)(ii) whip use

Race 5 - James McDonald $200 (AR132(7)(a)(i) consecutive whip use

Reprimands:

Race 7 - J McDonald AR131(a) shifting ground

Severe Reprimands:

Race 1 - Ben Thompson AR132(7)(a)(i)

Race 3 Jamie Kah AR131(a) shifting ground

Suspensions:

Race 5 - James McDonald (AR132(7)(a)(ii) Midnight 22 February, 2020 expire at the end of the day meeting 28 February, 2020

Race 7 - Mark Zahra AR131(a). Midnight 22 February, 2020 - midnight 29 February, 2020. (3 metro, 5 provincial).

Horse Actions:

Race 4 - Big Sur (NZ) EIPH. Vet clearance

Race 6 - Montenegro Man Left course. Vet clearance

Race 9 - Reflectivity EIPH. Vet clearance.

Change of Tactics:

Race 5 - Alligator Blood Lead

Race 4 - Salsamor (NZ) - Forward.

Race 9 - Fox Hall Forward.

Follow Ups:

Race 3 - Mr Cashman

Race 4 - Sam Slick

Race 6- Golden Halo

Supplementary report

Pakenham 6/2/20
French Fields Stable advised the filly had pulled up satisfactorily, although did have some lacerations to hind leg from being galloped on and would now be spelled.
Twinspier (NZ) Trainer advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily, had come to the end of its preparation and would now be spelled.

Wodonga 7/2/20
Vegas Boulevard Trainer advised the gelding pulled up a bit sore in the hindquarters. The stable are awaiting the results of a blood test, of which they gave an undertaking to advise Stewards should anything arise, before making a decision on the horses immediate racing future.

Moonee Valley 7/2/20
Born A Warrior Trainer advised the colt pulled up satisfactorily and will continue preparation.
Vinaceous (NZ) Trainer advised the mare had pulled up satisfactorily, could find nothing untoward to explain the performance and would now be spelled.
Sizzleme Trainer advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily, couldnt find anything that may have attributed to the performance and at this stage plan to continue preparation.
Black Bliss Trainer advised the mare would undergo a dynamic scope and will forward results onto the vet/steward department.

Caulfield 8/2/20
A Beautiful Night Stable advised the filly pulled up satisfactorily and will continue preparation.
Savvy Lad (NZ) Trainer advised a scope of the gelding revealed a degree of mucus for which it has received treatment and will continue with preparation.

Woolamai 8/2/20
Maldonado (NZ) Trainer advised the gelding has been retired.

Flemington 9/2/20
Ancestry Trainer advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily, may not have handled racing solo down the outside rail and will continue preparation.
Feelings Stable advised the filly pulled up satisfactorily, track was too firm for her liking and will continue preparation.
Villa Sarchi Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily, didnt appreciate racing inside of horses and will continue preparation.
Magnavale Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily and will continue preparation, experimenting with gear change.
Lickopaint (NZ) Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily but would be given a freshen up.

Sandown 12/2/20
Karbors Stable advised the gelding had jarred up slightly and would now be spelled.
Antagoniser Trainer advised the colt pulled up satisfactorily, couldnt find anything that may have attributed to the performance and at this stage plan to continue preparation.
Noble Fight Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily.
Fleeting Feeling Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily and will continue preparation, experimenting with gear change.
Bianconi Magic Trainer advised the gelding would undergo a dynamic scope and will forward results onto the vet/steward department.

Pakenham 13/2/20
Irresistable Girl Trainer advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily.

 

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