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Kembla Grange stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Illawarra Turf Club

KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

Saturday 15 May 2021

 

Weather:           Fine

Track:                Soft (7)

Rail:                 +9m from 1100m to WP; +6m remainder

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: T. J. Vassallo (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht, J. J. E. Earl and Cadet B. J. Pearce

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Supplementary Report:

Kembla Grange Trackwork – 13 April 2021

Lunar Goddess – Stewards today inquired into the circumstances surrounding the breakdown and subsequent euthanasia ofLunar Goddess at Kembla Grange trackwork on the morning of 13 April 2021. Evidence was taken today from Trainer Ms T. Bateup, who provided the relevant veterinary and treatment records for Lunar Goddess. A report from Dr N. McAdam of the Illawarra Equine Centre was also tendered into evidence. Stewards established that Lunar Goddess, which was unraced, had been under the care of Ms Bateup for approximately two months during which time Lunar Goddesshad displayed no lameness. On the morning of 13 April 2021 Lunar Goddesswas undertaking a routine track gallop on the polytrack surface before succumbing to an injury to its off-hind leg. Upon examination, Lunar Goddesswas found to be acutely non-weight bearing lame and, given the guarded prognosis, a decision was made to euthanase Lunar Goddess. When Stewards were satisfied that there was no pre-existing condition that could have led or contributed to Lunar Goddessbreaking down, the inquiry was concluded.

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RACE 1: Adrian Walkinshaw 3YO Maiden Plate 1000m:

Legend Rules – Began awkwardly and, shortly afterwards, was crowded for room between Linden and Mentalism, both of which shifted ground. Legend Rules was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier.

 

Mentalism – Began awkwardly.

 

Black Meteor – Slow to begin. Approaching the 600m was steadied when awkwardly placed inside the heels of Mentalism (A. Collett), which shifted in when not clear. A. Collett was advised to exercise more care and to leave sufficient racing room for her fellow riders. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Black Meteor to be suffering cardiac arrhythmia and to have bled from both nostrils for the first time. Trainer Mr G. Portelli was advised of the provisions of AR79(4) and told that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an ECG, will be required prior to the gelding having to trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before racing again.

 

Linden – Began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped Legend Rules. The filly was inclined to lay in throughout the event.

 

Watch Me Nae Nae – In the early stages raced very ungenerously and got its head up repeatedly. Approaching the 600m had to be checked and lost ground when positioned close to the heels of Black Meteor.

RACE 2: Alan Dumbleton 2YO Maiden Plate 1000m:

Colour De Roy – Change of tactics – option to be ridden further forward: Settled outside the leader.

 

Devil Racer – Began awkwardly and, from its wide barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  

 

Alice Through – Trainer Mr J. Cummings, represented by Ms V. Appleby, was fined $100 under AR106 for presenting the filly in the enclosure without blinkers, which were part of its approved gear. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Completion – Shortly after the start was crowded for room between Wenet and Forzanini, both of which shifted ground.

 

Painite – Correct weight was delayed to allow the Stewards to view the official patrol films to ascertain whether or not Painite was afforded a fair start. After viewing the films it was established that the filly had become fractious in the barriers simultaneously with the gates being released and, as a result, reared and lost significant ground (15L). When Stewards were satisfied that Painite had been afforded a fair start and that its ability to jump had not been materially affected, correct weight was declared. Co-trainer Mr G. Lee was advised that Painite would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.

 

Rubigal – Began awkwardly and, from the outside barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 900m blundered slightly. Raced greenly in the straight.

 

Satin Ribbons – Began awkwardly.

 

Wenet – Began awkwardly and, from its wide barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Wenet to be slow to recover.

 

RACE 3: Shane Quinn Maiden Plate 1200m:

Briars Kingdom – Near the 950m was eased when awkwardly positioned at the heels of Superfield, which changed stride and shifted out slightly.

 

Maramoti – Change of tactics - to be ridden conservatively: Settled back. Began awkwardly and got its head up repeatedly when being restrained when endeavouring to obtain a position with cover towards the rear of the field. C. Lever reported that, as notified to the Stewards, the intention was to ride Maramoti in a similar manner to its previous start, which was to have the gelding ridden conservatively to ensure it does not overrace. He added that shortly after the start he restrained Maramoti in an endeavour to ride to his instructions, however, the gelding commenced to overrace and refused to settle during the early stages despite his efforts. He added that passing the 900m Maramoti commenced to hang out and shifted wider on the track before he was able to again restrain the gelding and have it shifted back towards the rail, however, during this time his mount lost ground. C. Lever stated that, as a consequence of its racing manners during the early and middle stages, Maramoti's ability to finish its race off was significantly impacted in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr C. Waller was advised that, given the gelding's racing manners, Maramoti will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.

 

Superfield – Overraced in the early stages.

 

Chilly Cinzano – Shortly after the start was bumped heavily by Volterra, which shifted in. Co-trainer Mr P. Vigouroux was fined $50 under AR65(1) for failing to produce the thoroughbred identity card for the mare when requested.

 

Armour Force – Began awkwardly. Overraced in the early stages.

 

Three Wise Men – Slow to begin and, shortly after, blundered. Rider A. Gibbons reported that soon after straightening his mount commenced to hang in and proved difficult for him to test in his usual manner. He added that, as a consequence, when Three Wise Men proved reluctant to shift to the outside of Superfield passing the 200m, he was unable to fully test his mount at this time. He said that, although he was able to position Three Wise Men to the outside of Superfield near the 100m, his mount continued to hang in and this prevented him from being able to ride his mount out fully to the end of the race. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr E. Cummings was advised that a warning would be placed on the racing manners of the gelding.

 

Volterra – Shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

RACE 4: Ah! McCleans Class 1 and Maiden Plate 2000m:

Rodrick’s Secret – From an outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the 900m commenced to overrace and, when positioned on the heels of Do This All Day, shifted out and made contact with Lady Steps leaving the 900m.

 

Do This All Day – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Wertheimer – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider C. Lever stated that it was not his intention to lead the event today, however, when the tempo in the early stages was slow and when Rock The Bells did not show intent to lead, he elected to allow Wertheimer to stride forward without unduly pressuring his mount to lead the event. He added that his mount travelled well in the lead at moderate sectionals, however came under pressure at the 500m and weakened noticeably in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Wertheimer in the days subsequent.

 

Zalmatian – Held up in the early part of the straight before shifting to the outside of Rock The Bells near the 300m. C. Reith, rider of the 4th placed Zalmatian, pleaded guilty to a charge under AR131(b) in that he failed to ride his mount out to the end of the race over the final six strides. C. Reith's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Monday 24 May 2021 and to expire on Monday 7 June 2021, on which day he may ride. In assessing penalty, Stewards were mindful of the small margin of a half head between Zalmatian and the 3rd placegetter Lambardi and were satisfied that his actions had cost him 3rd place. Stewards also considered the possible effects on betting and wagering on the race.

 

Pragmatism – Slow to begin and, from the outside barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Readathon – Slow to begin.

 

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

 

Lady Steps – Raced wide and without cover for some distance between the 1000m and the 700m.

 

Red Hot Zone – Rider B. McDougall reported that it was his intention to settle in a position trailing the expected leader Rock The Bells, however, in the early stages when the tempo was slow, he observed Readathon quickly improving to a position to his inside, and he therefore elected to ease and shift out to prevent any possible interference. He added that, as a result, and when caught three-wide and without cover, he was obliged to allow his mount to improve and obtain a position outside the leader near the 1500m.

 

RACE 5: Rodney Sheehy Class 1 Handicap 1500m:

Altimeter – Began only fairly and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier. Near the 1250m was crowded when tightened for room between Shameonus and Toostar, which was endeavouring to shift in and obtain a trailing position behind Cuban Joe.

 

Cuban Joe – Crowded on jumping between Altimeter and Persian Front, both of which shifted ground.

 

Rockover – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Toostar. Overraced in the early stages.

 

Shameonus – Slow to begin. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Wild Irish – Held up approaching and rounding the home turn when Rockover commenced to weaken.

 

Toostar – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Persian Front – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Cuban Joe.

 

RACE 6: Terry Fahey Maiden Handicap 1400m:

Balmain Lad – Passing the 900m was steadied from the heels of River Sam, shifted out and made contact with Pirate Bird. Balmain Lad was held up from the 400m until near the 300m.

 

Highballer – Began awkwardly. Near the 300m was eased and shifted out when tightened to the inside of Angela Sistina (App. T. Schiller), which shifted in when not clear. App. Schiller was advised to exercise more care.

 

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

 

Blackall – Slow to begin. When finishing its race off strongly approaching the winning post, had to be directed back to the inside of Highballer to continue into clear running.

 

River Sam – Near the 900m was briefly tightened to the inside of Smelisha, which shifted in and away from Sir Gunsen.

 

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

 

Angela Sistina – Change of tactics – option to be ridden further forward: Led. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Captured In Time – Slow to begin. When commencing to weaken near the 300m was steadied when tightened for room between Blackall and Balmain Lad, both of which shifted ground marginally. When questioned regarding the gelding racing more forward today, rider B. Loy stated that he was instructed to ride his mount positively and obtain a forward position. He said that in the early stages he rode his mount in accordance with his instructions and from the outside barrier he was obliged to improve and settle outside the leader Angel Sistina near the 1100m. Stewards will interview Trainer Mr J. Pride in relation to the instructions issued to B. Loy today. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Contradeel – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Pirate Bird.  Contradeel was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier.

 

Sir Gunsen – Began awkwardly and made contact with Stormy Legend. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Why Wouldn’t You – Stewards permitted J. Penza to replace App. C. Rawiller who, after securing the late pick-up ride, was then unable to make the weight. Why Wouldn't You raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Preferred Choice – Began awkwardly and shifted in, and then was bumped heavily by River Sam and became unbalanced. Laid in rounding the home turn and when under pressure in the straight. Approaching the 300m, when continuing to lay in, was bumped by Pirate Bird, which also was inclined to lay in, and a short distance later Preferred Choice was crowded between that runner and Smelisha.

 

RACE 7: Gary Sheehy Benchmark 64 Handicap 1000m:

Bigger Than Thorn – Began awkwardly and, shortly afterwards, was hampered by Pindarra's Dream, which shifted out. Bigger Than Thorn was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Miss Scorcher – App. T. Schiller advised that he was asked to position the mare depending on how it began. He said that when his mount jumped well he elected to capitalise on its early positioning and therefore was able to obtain a position in the lead. He added that, although Miss Scorcher travelled well, the mare failed to let down when placed under pressure in the straight, which he attributed to today's soft track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Young Heart – Near the 700m was bumped on several occasions by Charm Offensive and was taken in across the heels of Polar Star, and as a result had to be steadied and lost ground. 

 

Polar Star – Began awkwardly. Near the 300m was briefly tightened for room between Young Heart and Miss Scorcher, which shifted in slightly. Passing the 200m was eased when tightened between Miss Scorcher, which laid in when weakening, and Young Heart, which shifted out when endeavouring to secure clear running to the outside of Pick The Score.

 

Charm Offensive – Slow to begin. Near the 700m commenced to overrace and for some distance thereafter was continually checked from the heels of that runner, shifted in and made contact with Young Heart on several occasions. Leaving the 600m Charm Offensive had to be continually checked from the heels of Polar Star when overracing.

 

Pindarra’s Dream – Slow to begin and, shortly afterwards, was inconvenienced by Young Heart, which shifted out. Leaving the 800m commenced to overrace and, approaching the 700m, was steadied when awkwardly placed between Miss Scorcher and Miss Jay Fox. Near the 650m, when continuing to overrace and when positioned very close to the heels of Miss Jay Fox which shifted out marginally, Pindarra's Dream clipped the heels of that runner and blundered slightly. Pindarra's Dream had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight and, near the 200m, was bumped and taken in by Willy Wilson, which laid in.

 

Willy Wilson – began awkwardly and lost ground, and then was shifted behind runners from a wide barrier in the early stages. Laid in under pressure in the straight.

 

RACE 8: Stephen Coleman Benchmark 64 Handicap 1300m:

Knight Arrow – Began awkwardly. Trainer Mr B. Widdup was fined $50 under AR65(1) for failing to produce the thoroughbred identity card for the gelding when requested.

 

Let’s Rebelle – Near the 1000m was crowded when tightened to the inside of Against The Tide (B. McDougall), which shifted in when not clear. B. McDougall was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. Trainer Mr A. Mountney was fined $50 under AR65(1) for failing to produce the thoroughbred identity card for the mare.

 

From The Bush – Slow to begin and, from the outside barrier, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Gironde – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. After being crossed by From The Bush near the 1100m, commenced to race strongly near the 1000m and was shifted out from behind that runner. When continuing to race strongly near the 900m was inconvenienced when From The Bush shifted out slightly. Gironde then raced wide and without cover for the remainder of the event.

 

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

 

Traminer – Began awkwardly and, shortly afterwards, was bumped by Maccomo, which shifted out.

 

Virgilio – A post-race veterinary examination revealed laceration to the inside of the right hind hock.

 

Tisane – Began awkwardly and, from a wide barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Airfree – Began awkwardly.

 

Against The Tide – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

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 R. Hutchings (Legend Rules) 6 strikes
Race 3 C. Reith (Coal Crusher) 6 strikes
Race 3 G. Buckley (Armour Force) 6 strikes
Race 5 C. Reith (Wild Irish) 6 strikes
Race 5 B. McDougall (Altimeter) 7 strikes
Race 5 A. Collett (Persian Front) 6 strikes
Race 6 J. Penza (Why Wouldn't You) 6 strikes
Race 7 R. Freeman-Key (Charm Offensive) 6 strikes

 

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

Race 1:  Linden, Chalkley

Race 2:  Completion

Race 3:  Maramoti, Three Wise Men, Coal Crusher

Race 4:  Rock The Bells

Race 5:  Shameonus

Race 6:  Contradeel

Race 8:  Against The Tide

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 2: Trainer Mr J. Cummings fined $100 under AR106 for presenting Alice Through in the enclosure without blinkers, part of its approved gear.
Race 3: Co-trainer Mr P. Vigouroux fined $50 under AR65(1) for failing to produce thoroughbred identity card for Chilly Cinzano.
Race 8: Trainer Mr B. Widdup fined $50 under AR65(1) for failing to produce thoroughbred identity card for Knight Arrow.
Race 8: Trainer Mr A. Mountney fined $50 under AR65(1) for failing to produce thoroughbred identity card for Let's Rebelle.
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Race 4: C. Reith (Zalmatian) – failed to ride his mount out to the end of the race (AR131(b)) – 24/5/21 to 7/6/21 on which day he may ride. 
Bleeders: Race 1: Black Meteor (Trainer Mr G. Portelli) – bled from both nostrils (first occasion).
Warnings: Race 3: Three Wise Men (Trainer Mr E. Cummings) – racing manners.
Trials: Race 1: Black Meteor (Trainer Mr G. Portelli) – cardiac arrhythmia.
Race 2: Painite (Co-trainer Mr G. Lee) – fractious in barrier and reared at the start.
Race 3: Maramoti (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – racing manners.
Certificates: Race 1: Black Meteor (Trainer Mr G. Portelli) – veterinary clearance including results of ECG.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Race 4: Wertheimer (Trainer Mr A. Campbell) – post-race condition.
Race 6: Trainer Mr J. Pride (Captured In Time) – instructions issued to B. Loy.
Change of Colours: Nil.
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