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Kembla Grange stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Illawarra Turf Club

KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

Thursday 6 August 2020

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Soft (5)

Rail:                 +6m from 1100m to Winning Post; +3m remainder

 

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

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RACE 1: Wiseman Insurance Class 1 and Maiden Plate 2000m:

Cosmic King – Change of tactics - to be ridden more forward with the intention to lead: Led. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of the gelding, rider T. Berry stated that his mount travelled well in the lead throughout the event whereby he was able to obtain slow sectionals. He said that his mount came under pressure soon after straightening and failed to respond to his riding in the straight. He added that, in his opinion, Cosmic King did not run out the 2000 metres of today's event and he had recommended to connections that the gelding may benefit from the addition of blinkers. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott agreed with the views of T. Berry that Cosmic King did not run out the distance of today's race and he undertook to report back on the post-race condition of the gelding and future race plans in the days subsequent.

 

Highjacker – Slow to begin. When the pace commenced to slacken near the 1500m Highjacker improved on to the heels of Peralta and had to be steadied.

 

Peralta – Laid out rounding the home turn. Near the 300m was disappointed for a run between Vintage Moochi and Jenessa, which hung in. Peralta was then held up for a short distance before being shifted to the outside of Jenessa approaching the 200m to secure clear running.

 

Dream Maiden – Stewards considered a protest lodged by A. Collett, the rider of 2nd placegetter Dream Maiden, against the winner Our Bambino (R. King) alleging interference at the 100m and also at the 50m. After taking evidence from all parties and viewing the Stewards' patrol films, it was established that after coming from a position behind Dream Maiden near the 200m Our Bambino commenced to lay in and, near the 100m, made slight contact with Dream Maiden. Our Bambino continued to lay in from this point and, near the 50m, brushed with Dream Maiden. Bearing in mind the minor nature of the interference on both occasions, Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that, had this interference not occurred, Dream Maiden would have beaten Our Bambino and the protest was therefore dismissed. Dream Maiden was slow to begin (2L).

 

Our Bambino – Approaching the 900m was eased when awkwardly placed at the heels of Dream Maiden.

 

Vintage Moochi – Slow to begin.

 

Jenessa – Raced wide and without cover until near the 1300m where it was allowed to stride forward to assume a position outside the leader Cosmic King. Hung in for the majority of the event.

 

Yihfa Yihfa – Rounding the home turn, laid out towards the heels of Our Bambino and had to be steadied when awkwardly placed close to the heels of that runner.

 

RACE 2: Markey Saddlery Maiden Handicap 1400m:

Stark – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Media Starguest. Approaching the 1100m was eased to avoid the heels of Taumalolo (W. Costin), which shifted in when not quite clear. W. Costin was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. When questioned, rider S. Guymer stated that his mount travelled well throughout the event, however, when placed under pressure shortly after straightening Stark failed to respond to his riding as expected, which he attributed to racing between runners. He added that Stark would be better suited to being stepped up in distance and with blinkers being applied. A post-race veterinary examination of Stark did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Prince Aurelius – App. C. Graham was reminded of her obligation to ride her mounts out fully to the end of the race wherever possible.

 

Taumalolo – Near the 1000m, when racing keenly, had to be steadied when placed close to the heels of Prince Aurelius. Passing the 300m was disappointed for a run between Prince Aurelius and Accolade, which shifted in. Taumalolo then had to be shifted to the inside of Prince Aurelius near the 250m to continue into clear running.

 

Accolade – When questioned, J. Collett stated that he had to make some use of his mount from the outside barrier to obtain a position outside the leader Prince Aurelius. He added that the gelding travelled well throughout the event, however, failed to respond to his riding in the straight and he could offer no tangible explanation for its disappointing performance today. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Accolade to be slow to recover. Stable representative Mr D. Beadman was unable to provide any explanation for the gelding's disappointing performance and undertook to report back on the gelding's post-race condition in the days subsequent.

 

Bellarine – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Bellarine was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Nearly Fine – Slow to begin.

 

Kistos – Stewards permitted K. Latham to ride the filly ½ kilogram over its allotted weight of 55 kilograms. Kistos began only fairly and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Ladybeetle – Near the 1200m made slight contact with Media Starguest when being eased from the heels of Taumalolo and, as a result, shifted out and was left racing wide and without cover for the remainder of the event. Near the 300m was inconvenienced by Nearly Fine, which shifted out slightly under pressure.

 

RACE 3: Poplar Petfood and Produce Class 1 Handicap 1200m:

Flash Point – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Fifteen Rounds. Overraced during the early and middle stages. Laid out under pressure over the final 200 metres. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Parche – Began awkwardly and, from the outside barrier, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. When closing its race off well, passing the 50m was inconvenienced by Wild Chap, which shifted out and away from War Weapon.

 

Wild Chap – Blundered shortly after the start. Raced keenly in the early stages. Passing the 400m was hampered by War Weapon, which was taken out.

 

Bride Of Vengeance – Began awkwardly. Attempted to buck for a short distance in the early stages of the event and, as a result, lost ground. Trainer Mr B. Lazzarini was advised that a warning would be placed on the mare's racing manners.

 

War Memorial – Slow to begin. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

War Weapon – Passing the 400m was hampered and taken wider by Bride Of Vengeance, which laid out. Inside the final 50 metres, laid out when racing greenly.

 

Fifteen Rounds – Shortly after the start was crowded for room between Wild Chap and Flash Point, which shifted out. Passing the 400m shifted to the inside of Bride Of Vengeance in an endeavour to obtain clear running between that runner and Flash Point. In performing this manoeuvre Fifteen Rounds made contact with Flash Point on several occasions and was not able to obtain clear running between those two runners until near the 200m.

 

RACE 4: PFD Food Services Maiden Handicap 1000m:

Delileo – Slow to begin.

 

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

 

Argenteus – Slow to begin. Held up in the early part of the straight.

 

Count De Rupee – Began awkwardly. Passing the 800m became unbalanced and lost ground when racing greenly between Cops And Robbers and Impressive Lass. Count De Rupee was briefly held up on straightening.

 

Beauchamp – Began awkwardly. Shortly after the start, commenced to buck and lost ground, and then continued to race very ungenerously throughout the middle stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities other than that Beauchamp had lost its off-fore plate in the running. Trainer Mr B. Widdup was advised that Beauchamp would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

Embeller – Near the 800m was hampered and taken inwards by Cops And Robbers and had to be eased when placed close to the heels of Count De Rupee. When questioned regarding the filly settling further back today, R. King stated that she was issued no specific instructions other than to have Embeller settle where comfortable. She said that after beginning well she observed runners drawn to her inside quickly improving and therefore endeavoured to obtain a position with cover. She added that, while she was able to obtain cover behind Count De Rupee, this was further back than she had anticipated. 

 

Honey Go Lightly – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities other than that Honey Go Lightly had lost its near fore plate in the running.

 

Impressive Lass – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Honey Go Lightly. Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight before obtaining clear running near the 300m between Lamelo and Hajime Naoki.

 

Lamelo – Trainer Mr B. Lazzarini was reprimanded under AR194 for presenting the gelding late to the enclosure. Lamelo laid out when racing wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Cops And Robbers – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

RACE 5: Superior Hire Cars Benchmark 64 Handicap 1000m:

King’s Trust – Slow to begin. Near the 200m was shifted out to avoid the heels of Twirling Moss, which was taken out slightly by Blazing Mac.

 

Tourmaster – A post-race veterinary examination revealed Tourmaster to be slow to recover.

 

Charm Offensive – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with the hindquarter of Tchaikovsky.

 

Sister Sledge – Began awkwardly and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

On The Lead – Laid in between the 300m and the 100m, and then laid out over the final 100 metres.

 

Blazing Mac – Near the 400m was eased when awkwardly placed on the heels of El Magnificence, which shifted out and away from Tourmaster.

 

RACE 6: TC Air and Electric Benchmark 64 Handicap 1600m:

Admit It – Blundered on jumping. Held up approaching and rounding the home turn. Laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Josephus – Became fractious in the barriers, reared and became cast over the nearside partition for an extended period of time. Josephus subsequently underwent a veterinary examination and was declared a late scratching at 3.55 p.m. Stewards ordered that all moneys invested on Josephus be refunded in full and, with regard to betting with bookmakers, all successful wagers made prior to 3.55 p.m. be subject to the following deductions from the face value of each ticket. 

1st Snowfire less 14 cents win, 11 cents place;

2nd Admit It less 14 cents place;

3rd McGeehan less 11 cents place.

Trainer Ms G. Markwell was advised that Josephus will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

McGeehan – Which was in the barrier adjacent to Josephus, underwent a veterinary examination and was deemed suitable to race.

 

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

 

Constellations – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with D'oro Rain. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Constellations to be lame (2/5) in the near foreleg. Trainer Mr A. Cummings was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Constellations being permitted to race or barrier trial again. 

 

D’oro Rain – Passing the 400m was disappointed for a run between Bernson and Requited and was then shifted back to the inside of Admit It to secure clear running near the 300m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Captain Manering – After beginning only fairly was shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Bernson – Began awkwardly. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Mohican – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Admit It.

 

Requited – When questioned, rider J. Penza stated that it was his preference to obtain a position with cover, however, whilst he attempted to obtain a trailing position behind D'oro Rain, he was unable to do so and elected to allow the gelding to stride forward and obtain a position outside the leader Snowfire near the 1100m. He added that from this point the gelding laid out and did not feel comfortable on today's track surface. He further said that Requited came under pressure when the field commenced to turn into the straight and added that Requited failed to respond to his riding and weakened noticeably inside the final 200 metres. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Requited, at which point they will give consideration to any action or embargo that may be required.

 

Frazil – Held up rounding the home turn and had to be shifted to the outside of McGeehan approaching the 300m to continue into clear running.

 

Myprayer – Began awkwardly and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. Raced keenly in the early stages and, passing the 1300m, when continuing to race keenly, was eased from the heels of McGeehan (App. R. Dolan), which shifted in when not quite clear. App. Dolan was advised to exercise more care.

RACE 7: Dapto Leagues Club Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1400m:

Baracus – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Rabbit Clause, resulting in that runner becoming unbalanced. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Esteem Spirit – Raced wide and without cover from the 800m.  Inconvenienced when carried wider by Rabbit Clause near the 100m.

 

Reiby’s Regent – Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Writing Unexpected – Slow to begin and then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. Shortly afterwards, had to be steadied from the heels of First Lady.

 

Blesk – When questioned, App. R. Dolan said that he did not feel that the horse appreciated racing in amongst other horses. He said that Blesk performs better when able to commence its run towards the outside of the field, which it was able to do when winning at Goulburn on 20 July. He added that Blesk came under pressure from as far out as the 600m and failed to respond to his riding from this point. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. O'Shea advised that he will now add blinkers to the horse's gear and undertook to report back on the post-race condition of Blesk in the days subsequent.

 

Fenech – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with He's A Given. Raced wide and without cover until near the 900m where it was able to assume a position outside the leader Baracus.

 

Rabbit Clause – Near the 100m was hampered and taken wider by Reiby's Regent, which laid out.

 

He’s A Given – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Elvezio – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Blesk. Near the 800m was restrained when racing in restricted room to the inside of Rabbit Clause.

  

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

 

Off Her Roca – Began awkwardly.

 

Tenorino – Slow to begin and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its outside barrier. Raced ungenerously in the early stages. When closing the race off well, near the 100m was inconvenienced when hampered slightly by Esteem Spirit.

 

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. P. Scorse (Celebrator) 6 strikes
Race 2 L. Magorrian (Bellarine) 8 strikes
Race 2 W. Costin (Taumalolo) 6 strikes
Race 3 T. Berry (Parche) 6 strikes
Race 5 R. King (Blazing Mac) 6 strikes
Race 6 W. Costin (Frazil) 6 strikes
Race 7 G. Schofield (Reiby's Regent) 6 strikes
Race 7 R. Hutchings (Rabbit Clause) 7 strikes
Race 7 App. B. Ryan (Nicconita) 8 strikes

 

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

Race 1:  Cosmic King, Dream Maiden

Race 2:  Taumalolo

Race 3:  Wild Chap (2)

Race 4:  Lamelo

Race 5:  Tourmaster

Race 6:  Admit It (2)

Race 7:  Elvezio, First Lady

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Race 4: Trainer Mr B. Lazzarini – presented Lamelo late to the enclosure (AR194).
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Race 3: Bride Of Vengeance (Trainer Mr B. Lazzarini) – racing manners.
Trials: Race 4: Beauchamp (Trainer Mr B. Widdup) – bucked.
Race 6: Josephus (Trainer Ms G. Markwell) – late scratching after becoming fractious in barriers.
Certificates: Race 6: Constellations (Trainer Mr A. Cummings) – lame (2/5) in the near foreleg. 
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Race 1: Cosmic King (Co-trainer Mr A. Bott) - post-race condition and future race plans.
Race 2: Accolade (Trainer Mr J. Cummings) – poor performance.
Race 6: Requited (Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden) – poor performance.
Race 7: Blesk (Trainer Mr J. O'Shea) – post-race condition.
Change of Colours: Nil.

 

 

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