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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Illawarra Turf Club

KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

Saturday 30 May 2020

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Heavy (9)

Rail:                 Out 3m from 1100m to 350m, remainder true

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: T. J. Vassallo (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht and Cadet A. P. New

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Supplementary Report:

Hawkesbury – Thursday 21 May 2020

Race 3: Australian Farriers Conference Provincial and Country Maiden Plate 1300m:

Racing NSW Stewards today concluded an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding jockey C. Ings being dislodged from Miss Merlin at the 300m in the abovementioned race. Stewards opened the inquiry following the running of the race and initial evidence was taken from the riders in the vicinity: T. Wolfgram, the rider of Rizzuto; A. Layt, the rider of Alaskan Ridge; and Q. Krogh, the rider of Reinman. The inquiry was then adjourned as jockey C. Ings was transported to hospital. Today further evidence was taken from rider T. Wolfgram as well as C. Ings, the rider of Miss Merlin. After considering the evidence, Stewards established that near the 300m, when disappointed for a run to the outside of McCall, Rizzuto was directed in behind the heels of McCall and, as a consequence, continued to shift in abruptly despite the efforts of rider T. Wolfgram, causing Rizzuto to shift in across the running of Miss Merlin, which clipped heels and fell, dislodging C. Ings. Stewards, in considering all the evidence, were not satisfied that the actions of T. Wolfgram were careless and were of the view that the racing manners of Rizzuto contributed to the incident. As such, Stewards took no direct action other than to report the matter. 

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RACE 1: Wave FM Maiden Handicap 1000m:

Soubob – Began awkwardly. A short distance later lost ground after being tightened for room. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Raced wide and without cover for the entire event. 

 

No Doubt A Star – Slow into stride.

 

Vulpine – Began awkwardly.

 

Cracking Mo – Began only fairly. For a short distance after the 800m raced keenly when being restrained to obtain a position with cover behind Torrid. Cracking Mo lost its off-fore plate in running.

 

Torrid – Rider K. O'Hara reported that the filly did not handle today's heavy track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination of Torrid did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Big Data – After beginning awkwardly and making contact with Debrief, shifted out and made contact with Soubob. Big Data then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Kimberley Rain – Began awkwardly. Shortly after the start, shifted in and made contact with Soubob. When caught racing wide in the early stages was restrained by its rider passing the 700m to obtain a position with cover at the rear of the field.

 

RACE 2: Carlton Draught Maiden Handicap 1600m:

Librarian – Stood flatfooted at the start and lost ground (2L).

 

Carlin Trend – Began awkwardly and lost ground (2L). When racing keenly in the early stages, passing the 1500m had to be restrained from the heels of Miss Keira. Approaching the 100m was inconvenienced by Librarian, which was racing greenly and shifted out.

 

Miss Keira – Rider C. Lever attributed the filly's disappointing performance to today's heavy track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Running Wolf – Began only fairly, shifted out and made contact with Dinado. Passing the 1300m was eased when crowded by Dinado, which was taken in by Circus Bound (App. B. Ryan). App. B. Ryan was reprimanded and advised that he would be required to provide his fellow riders with sufficient racing room in the future. When the pace commenced to slacken near the 1100m Running Wolf commenced to race keenly and, near the 1000m, was steadied and shifted out when placed close to the heels of Dinado.

 

RACE 3: Hillross Supernova Woonona 3YO Maiden Plate 1400m:

Explosive Truth – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of the gelding, rider K. Jennings stated that after beginning well he was able to establish a comfortable lead in the early stages. He said, however, that when Superlunar and One Step commenced to improve to his outside near the 1100m, he was reluctant to surrender the lead and allow those runners to cross him. He further said that, whilst they were able to establish a margin on his mount near the 800m, he allowed Explosive Truth to improve to maintain the lead on the rail. He added that, whilst Explosive Truth travelled well in the heavy track conditions, shortly after straightening he was able to establish a break on the field and was confident of its finishing chances, however, inside the final 150m Explosive Truth commenced to weaken noticeably and failed to finish its race off as expected. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott stated that Explosive Truth was disadvantaged by racing towards the inside of the track, which in his opinion was the inferior going. He added that upon return to the stables Explosive Truth will undergo a thorough veterinary examination, including endoscopic examination, and he will notify the Stewards of such findings and the future race plans for the gelding.

 

Superlunar – Began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped Teronito. Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Teronito – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 900m blundered slightly.

 

Eberlee – Began awkwardly, shifted in and hampered Seraph. Passing the 1200m, when racing keenly, was eased when crowded for room between Seraph and Halevi (B. McDougall), which shifted in when not quite clear. B. McDougall was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. On straightening Eberlee laid in towards the heels of One Step and had to be steadied when awkwardly placed close to the heels of that runner.

 

One Step – When questioned regarding the filly racing further forward today, rider S. Guymer stated that he was instructed to have One Step ridden prominently. Trainer Mr T. Wong confirmed the instructions issued to S. Guymer, however, was surprised to see the filly settle outside the leaders. Mr Wong was nevertheless reminded of his obligation to inform the Stewards of any change in riding tactics in the future.

 

RACE 4: Jack Primmer Electronics Class 1 Handicap 1400m:

Dynamited – Change of tactics - to be ridden further forward: settled midfield.

 

Knight – Rider J. Ford stated that the gelding, which was stirred up in its preliminary, began only fairly and he had to make some use of Knight to cross and lead the event. He added that in his opinion Knight did not handle today's heavy track conditions, which may have contributed to the gelding not running out today's 1400 metres. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Ms K. Waugh expressed her disappointment in the performance and concurred with the views of rider J. Ford. Ms Waugh advised that it was now her intention to send Knight for an immediate spell.

 

Somnus – Began awkwardly and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Duclair – Began only fairly.

 

Stolen Jade – Making the turn near the 1000m was eased slightly to avoid the heels of Knight, which shifted in when not quite clear. Laid in rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight when endeavouring to shift to the outside of Thor's Thunder.

 

Billy Piu Style – Change of tactics – option to be ridden midfield: settled midfield.  

 

Delicately – Began awkwardly, making contact with the inside barrier partition, and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover after the 1000m.

 

Varinka – Stood flatfooted at the start and lost ground (2L).

 

Maglev – Stood flatfooted at the start and lost ground (2L). Despite being ridden along in the early and middle stages, Maglev failed to show any speed and became detached from the main body of the field throughout the event.

 

RACE 5: Sheppo’s Conditional Benchmark 70 Handicap 1000m:

Whycatchim – Began awkwardly.

 

Outback Diva – Began only fairly.

 

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

 

Chicadilly – Began awkwardly and, shortly afterwards, was tightened for room between Blue Missile and Polar Star, which shifted out. Chicadilly was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Laid out rounding the home turn and hung out when placed under pressure over the final 300 metres.

 

Polar Star – Despite being ridden along, failed to muster sufficient early speed to race prominently and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. For some distance near the 200m rider S. Guymer lost the use of the whip in his left hand when attempting to pull it through in a forehand manner.

 

Power Rush – After beginning awkwardly, raced wide and without cover throughout the event. K. O'Hara (Lord Zoulander) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that approaching the winning post she permitted her mount to shift out when insufficiently clear of Power Rush, which had to be checked and lost its rightful running. K. O'Hara's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 31 May 2020 and to expire on Tuesday 9 June 2020, on which day she may ride.

 

Blue Missile – Began only fairly. Near the 150m was eased and shifted out when awkwardly placed between Power Rush and Absolute Ripper, which was taken out slightly by Lord Zoulander.

 

RACE 6: Dean Industrial Maiden Plate 1200m:

Sam Spade – Laid in under pressure over the final 50 metres.

 

Willy Wilson – Began only fairly. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Crimson Jewel – Began awkwardly, raced ungenerously and was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. Rounding the turn near the 900m, when continuing to race ungenerously, was steadied and shifted out, hampering Lady Herbert.

 

Irish Angel – After being slow to begin was hampered by Young Heart, which shifted in. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of Irish Angel, rider C. Lever stated that the filly did not appear comfortable in the heavy track conditions throughout the early and middle stages whereby it changed stride on numerous occasions. He said that despite this, when placed under pressure in the straight, Irish Angel appeared to let down well in the track conditions, however, weakened over the final 100 metres. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Irish Angel in the days subsequent.

 

Lady Herbert – Began awkwardly and was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

RACE 7: PFD Food Services Benchmark 64 Handicap 1200m:

Super Star Bob – Began awkwardly.

 

Pioneer – C. Lever stated that his mount travelled well in the lead and, on straightening, he elected to remain close to the inside rail where, in his opinion, the track was not inferior to the outside section of the track. He said that whilst his mount initially responded well to his riding in the straight, the gelding weakened inside the final 100 metres and, in his opinion, may have come to the end of its preparation. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Pioneer to be lame (3/5) in the off-foreleg. Trainer Ms G. Markwell advised that Pioneer will now be spelled. Notwithstanding this advice, Ms Markwell was told that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to the gelding being permitted to race or barrier trial again. 

 

Steel Diamond – Began only fairly and, from its wide barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Alier – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Collectively – Shifted in at the start and made contact with Steel Diamond, then shifted behind runners from the outside barrier in the early stages.

 

Duenna – Blundered shortly after the start.

 

Myprayer – Near the 50m was eased when tightened between Steel Diamond and Duenna (K. O'Hara), which shifted out under pressure. K. O'Hara was advised to exercise more care.

 

Lass Vegas – Near the 1000m, when racing keenly, had to be steadied when awkwardly positioned to the inside of the heels of Alier when taken out slightly by Rockets 'n' Roses, which commenced to overrace and shifted out. Passing the 800m was steadied when racing in restricted room between Super Star Bob and Myprayer.

 

Crimson Ticket – Change of tactics - to be ridden further forward: settled off-pace. Began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Rockets ‘n’ Roses – Tightened for room shortly after the start and lost ground.

 

RACE 8: Peakfoam Benchmark 64 Handicap 2000m:

Invasion Day – Change of tactics - to be ridden further forward: led. Rider K. Jennings stated that after First Courrier improved to race outside him after the 1600m, his mount commenced to race keenly. He said that, whilst he was aware that he had established a margin on the remainder of the field in the middle stages, he attempted to restrain the gelding to allow First Courrier to cross, however, Invasion Day did not respond to his efforts and continued to race keenly for the remainder of the event. He said that Invasion Day came under pressure prior to straightening and due to its racing manners was left without a finishing effort and weakened noticeably inside the final 200 metres. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott advised Stewards that Invasion Day will now be spelled. Notwithstanding this advice, Mr Bott was advised that Invasion Day will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

National Guard – Slow to begin and, shortly after, clipped heels and blundered.

 

Take To Heart – Rider T. Wolfgram stated that whilst the mare has good wet track form, it was his opinion that Take To Heart failed to run out today's 2000 metres in the heavy track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Joe’s Joy – Stewards permitted B. Loy to ride the gelding 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 55 kilograms. Joe's Joy overraced in the middle stages of the event.

 

First Courrier – When questioned regarding her riding in the early and middle stages and whether there was an opportunity for her to obtain a position behind Invasion Day, App. M. Waters stated that her instructions were to attempt to lead on the gelding today. She said that in the early stages she obtained a position outside the leader Invasion Day and near the 1700m she observed a position behind Invasion Day, however, making the turn near the 1600m her mount commenced to hang out, which prevented her from capitalising on the opportunity to obtain this position. She added that when her mount continued to hang out she allowed First Courrier to continue to race to the outside of Invasion Day. Whilst App. Waters acknowledged that an opportunity remained for her to obtain a position with cover behind Invasion Day in the back straight, she was nevertheless advised that she should have made more effort than she did on this occasion to restrain her mount to obtain this position. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Hypernicus – Near the 300m was steadied when disappointed for a run between Accoy and First Courrier, both of which shifted ground.

 

GENERAL:

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted that 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 App. B. Ryan (Kimberley Rain) 6 strikes
Race 1 K. O'Hara (Torrid) 7 strikes
Race 1 W. Costin (Soubob) 7 strikes
Race 2 K. O'Hara (Librarian) 8 strikes
Race 2 A. Collett (Carlin Trend) 2 consecutive strikes
Race 3 T. Wolfgram (Teronito) 7 strikes
Race 4 K. O'Hara (Delicately) 6 strikes
Race 4 B. McDougall (Somnus) 6 strikes
Race 4 B. Loy (Stolen Jade) 7 strikes
Race 5 K. O'Hara (Zoulander) 7 strikes
Race 5 S. Guymer (Polar Star) 7 strikes
Race 7 T. Wolfgram (Myprayer) 8 strikes
Race 7 K. O'Hara (Duenna) 7 strikes
Race 8 B. McDougall (Accoy) 6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Debrief

Race 3: Teronito (2)

Race 4: Knight (2), Delicately

Race 5: Whycatchim, Blue Missile, Outback Diva

Race 7: Collectively

Race 8: Captain Manering

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Race 2: App. B. Ryan (Circus Bound) – careless riding (AR131(a)).
Suspensions: Race 5: K. O'Hara (Lord Zoulander) careless riding (AR131(a)) – 31/5/20 to 9/6/20, on which day she may ride.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Race 8: Invasion Day (Co-trainer Mr A. Bott) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 7: Pioneer (Trainer Ms G. Markwell) – lame (3/5) in off-foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Race 3: Explosive Truth (Co-trainer Mr A. Bott) – results of veterinary examination, including endoscopic examination, and future race plans.
Race 6: Irish Angel (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – post-race condition.
Change of Colours: Race 4: Delicately – white cap.

 

 

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