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STEWARDS’ REPORT

Gosford Race Club 

GOSFORD RACECOURSE 

Saturday 8 May 2021

 

Weather:               Fine

Track:                   Soft (7)

Rail:                      True

 

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  M F Van Gestel (Chairman), S G Railton, T P Moxon, C L Albrecht and cadets E Y A Hargraves and E A Tickner                                                                                                                           jl

                                                             

 

Supplementary Reports:

HAWKESBURY – Tuesday 4 May 2021

Race 4 - Blacktown Workers Club Group Maiden Plate 1800m

Kahuka– Trainer’s representative Mr C. Duckworth reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised the intention is to continue with its current preparation.  Mr  Duckworth was advised a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Kahuka being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

 

Race 8 - Blakes Marine Class 1 Handicap 1300m

Sweeping Brook- Trainer Mr M Newnham subsequently reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding.

 

CANTERBURY– Wednesday 5 May 2021

Race 2 – Darley 2021 Roster Handicap 1200m

Best Side– Trainer’s representative Mr C. Duckworth reported the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt and confirmed it had been sent for an immediate spell.  

                                                             

RACE 1:  Central Coast Granite 2YO Handicap 1200m

Kalino – Began awkwardly, shifted out, made contact with the hindquarter of Conexy and lost ground.

 

Conexy – On jumping was bumped on the hindquarter by Kalino and became unbalanced.

 

Jerry – Began awkwardly.

 

Overpass – Slow to begin.  Despite being ridden along in the early stages, did not show sufficient pace to take up a forward position.

 

CorkHarbour – When questioned regarding the performance, rider T Clark stated that the colt settled comfortably outside the lead in the early stages, but failed to respond to his riding in the early stages of the straight.  He added, after receiving a bump from Sweet Ruby near the 200m his mount become unbalanced and then weakened from that point.  He said that Cork Harbour may not have been suited by today’s soft track conditions and may also appreciate a step up in distance.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr C Waller undertook to report back on the post-race condition of the colt.

 

Sweet Ruby – When questioned regarding his riding of the filly in the early stages as to whether he should have held the lead, R Dolan stated that his instructions were to hold a forward position and, if available, to lead if the pace was not too strong.  He said in the early stages, after jumping well, he was able to hold the lead, but when Jerry improved to his outside near the 800m, his mount was not travelling well enough at that point to hold the lead and as a consequence he conceded that position to Jerry.  He added that, after being crossed by that runner, Sweet Ruby became held up behind Jerry in the early stages of the straight, before making contact with Cork Harbour approaching the 200m, whereby his mount was able to secure clear running.  R Dolan further stated that, when making contact with Cork Harbour, Sweet Ruby became unbalanced and, once balanced up, finished the race off reasonably well.  Trainer Mrs K Waugh confirmed the instructions issued and said that, while the option was there to obtain cover, the preference was to obtain cover behind a more fancied runner.  R Dolan agreed with the Stewards that in retrospect he should have made more effort in the early stages to hold the lead, particularly in circumstances where he was conceding the lead to an unfancied runner.

 

Anagain – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider G Buckley stated that the filly was uncharacteristically stirred up prior to the event and was also fractious in the barriers.  He said that Anagain raced in a manner where it appeared to have come to the end of its preparation.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr G Frazer advised that the filly had pleased the stable leading into today’s race, however, having regard to its performance would now be spelled.

RACE 2:  Tooheys Colts-Geldings-Entires Benchmark 78 Handicap 1200m

Knickpoint – Began awkwardly and lost ground.  Shortly after the start was steadied when crowded between Henschel, which shifted in slightly, and I Am Power, which was taken out by Nictock, which in turn was carried out by Rammstein (J Ford), which laid out.  J Ford was told to exercise more care.  When commencing to give ground near the 300m was hampered when Flat Heaven shifted in.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

I Am Power – Began awkwardly.  Lost its near-fore plate near the 200m.  When questioned regarding his riding on the home turn and as to whether there was an opportunity to improve to the outside of Quiet Riot sooner than he had attempted to do so, App. T Sherry stated that, as the gelding was racing first up for over two years, when his mount was travelling strongly on the home turn, he elected to remain racing behind Quiet Riot to get a trail into the straight, particularly when that runner had commenced to improve into the event.  He said, as he gradually commenced to improve to Quiet Riot’s outside, Blondeau improved quickly around him and as a consequence I Am Power was disappointed for clear running to the outside of Quiet Riot and was steadied from the heels of that runner at that point.  App. Sherry added that he was then held up on the heels of Quiet Riot until near the 200m.  After considering App. Sherry’s explanation, Stewards found the tactic he adopted was not unreasonable, however, he was reminded of his obligation to ensure that his mounts are afforded clear and uninterrupted running and that he takes advantage of runs as they present to avoid being held up as he was on this occasion.

 

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

 

Blondeau – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Nictock – When commencing to give ground near the 200m was steadied when crowded by Henschel, which was taken out by Rammstein and Quiet Riot, which shifted in and away from Blondeau, before being corrected by its rider, T Clark.

 

Rammstein – Rider J Ford reported that, whilst the gelding travelled comfortably when held together, when asked for an effort in the straight did not appreciate today’s soft track conditions.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 3:  TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap 1200m

Mr Wong – Slow to begin.

 

Highest Standard – Slow to begin.

 

The Snooperstar – Began only fairly.

 

Jahbath – Began only fairly.

 

Bellastar – Began only fairly and then from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  When questioned regarding the performance, rider T Clark stated that the mare did not travel well at any stage of the event and he had some concerns with its action, particularly under pressure in the straight.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr C Prosser was asked to provide a veterinary clearance prior to Bellastar racing or barrier trialling again.

 

Slice Of Heaven – Began awkwardly.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

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

 

RACE 4:  Hoolihan Partners Consulting Engineers 3 & 4YO Benchmark 72 Handicap 1600m

Perfect Radiance – Stewards permitted J Parr to ride the filly 1kg over its allotted weight of 55kg.

 

Fifteen Aria – On jumping bumped with Blesk.  From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Blesk – On jumping bumped with Fifteen Aria.

 

Nyami – When questioned regarding his riding in the middle stages and as to whether he should have held a position closer trailing Tampering, J Collett stated that in the early stages he had taken up a position worse than midfield and he was able to get Nyami to relax.  He said, whilst he was aware Perfect Radiance was positioned to his outside, he was reluctant to hold that runner out because Nyami is a horse that tends to race keenly and he had just been able to settle the gelding.  He added, after being crossed by Perfect Radiance near the 600m, as the pace steadied Nyami then got awkward on the heels of Perfect Radiance, whereby he then shifted out and started a forward move.  He said that Nyami briefly responded, however,after being taken wider on the turn by Perfect Radiance, then did not finish the race off.  J Collett further stated that in his opinion the gelding may not have been suited by today’s soft track conditions.  Stewards advised J Collett that in the middle stages he made an error of judgement in not holding his position to the inside of Perfect Radiance, which would have allowed Nyami to have held a more advantageous position and also he should have ridden in a more competitive manner, which would have required Perfect Radiance to race three wide.  Trainer Mr C Waller undertook to report back on the post-race condition of the gelding.

RACE 5:  Ironhorse Benchmark 78 Handicap 2100m

Ready By Design – Slow to begin.

 

High Opinion – Slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Arabolini – Leaving the 600m was placed in restricted room by Parry Sound (App. C Rawiller) as that runner improved forward and shifted in when not quite clear.  App. C Rawiller was advised to exercise more care.

 

Selica – Rider K O'Hara reported that on the home turn, when her mount was under pressure, it faltered, became unbalanced and from this point she had concern with the action of the mare.  A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 2/5 lame in the off-foreleg.  Trainer Ms A Neasham was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Selica racing or barrier trialling again.

 

So Wicked - When questioned regarding the performance, rider T Berry stated that the mare is better suited over 1900m at Canterbury and today was further unsuited when placed under pressure from the 600m when Parry Sound started a forward move and as a consequence could not finish the race off as expected.  A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 1/5 lame in front.  Trainer Mr C Waller was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to So Wicked racing or barrier trialling again.

 

RACE 6:  Debortoli Wines Takeover Target Stakes (Listed Race) 1200m

Snitz – Hampered on jumping when the right side front gate of its barrier rebounded.

 

Signore Fox – Began awkwardly and was hampered by Easy Eddie, which shifted out and then from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 7:  Reward Group & Luux Properties Gosford Gold Cup (Listed Race) 2100m

Entente – Began awkwardly.

 

Young Rascal – Crowded on jumping between Stockman and Entente, which shifted out.  When questioned, rider J Collett stated that the gelding raced one-paced throughout the event and was somewhat disadvantaged by racing towards the inside, as he was not able to build momentum.  He added nevertheless he was disappointed with the gelding’s final 200m in that it gave ground.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Sweet Thomas – Slow to begin.

 

Aliferous – On jumping was bumped by Polly Grey, which shifted out.  From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Laid in in the early part of the straight.

 

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

 

Hush Writer – Raced wide and without cover until passing the 800m.

RACE 8:  The Coast 3YO & 4YO Quality 1600m

All Saints’ Eve – Began awkwardly.

 

Game Of Thorns – Slow to begin.

 

Brutality – Slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Nudge – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Nimalee – On jumping was bumped by All Hallows’ Eve.

 

All Hallows’ Eve – Over the concluding stages could not be ridden out fully when improving towards the heels of Brandenburg.

 

Wheelhouse – Rider T Berry advised that in his opinion the colt may not have been suited racing on the pace today and in addition was not comfortable on the soft track conditions.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr C Waller undertook to report back on the post-race condition of the colt.

 

RACE 9:  Brook Group Fillies & Mares Benchmark 78 Handicap 1200m

Charmed Princess – As J Innes Jr was indisposed due to injury, Stewards permitted G Buckley to be substituted as the rider of the mare.  Slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Mosht Up – Began awkwardly and shortly afterwards was steadied from the heels of Instant Attraction.  Mosht Up was then awkwardly placed on the heels of Instant Attraction for some distance thereafter.

 

April Rain – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Willowheart – Hung out on the home turn.

 

Stellar Pauline – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Let It Pour – Rider J Ford could offer no excuse for the disappointing performance.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

GENERAL:

Summary of whip use:

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 3 K O'Hara (Katgully Red) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 5 App. C Rawiller (Parry Sound) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 6 K McEvoy (Nudge) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.

 

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

Race 1:  Cork Harbour, Anagain, Sweet Ruby, Conexy.

Race 2:  Flat Heaven, I Am Power (2), Henschel.

Race 3:  Mr Wong, King’s Champ, Jahbath, Katgully Red.

Race 4:  Montserrat, Tampering, Tectonicus.

Race 5:  Parry Sound (2), Selica, Ready By Design.

Race 6:  Snitz (2), Enchanted Heart (2), Catesby,

Race 7:  Young Rascal, Carif, Polly Grey (2), Sweet Thomas, Aliferous (2).

Race 8:  All Saints’ Eve, Arapaho, East Asia, Wheelhouse, Brutality, Nudge.

Race 9:  April Rain (2), Willowheart, Let It Pour, Charmed Princess, Most Up.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Nil.
Certificates: Supplementary:  Kahuka (trainer C Waller) – poor performance.
Race 3:  Bellastar (trainer C Prosser) – rider concerned with action.
Race 5:  Selica (trainer A Neasham) – 2/5 lame off-foreleg.
So Wicked (trainer C Waller) – 1/5 lame in front.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 1:  Kalino – to be ridden further forward; settled back.
Race 2:  Nictock – to be ridden further forward; settled on pace.
Race 3:  Mr Wong – option to be ridden more forward; settled back.
Race 7:  Mr Satchmo – to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Race 8:  East Asia – if begins well, to be ridden further forward; led.
Wheelhouse – to be ridden further forward; settled on pace.
Brandenburg – to be ridden further forward; settled midfield.
Race 9:  Willowheart – to be ridden further forward with the intention to lead; led.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear Nil.
Follow up: Race 1:  Cork Harbour (trainer C Waller) – post-race condition.
Race 4:  Nyami (trainer C Waller) – post-race condition.
Race 7:  Wheelhouse (trainer C Waller) – post-race condition.

 

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