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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Newcastle Jockey Club

NEWCASTLE RACECOURSE

Saturday, 8 May 2021

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Soft (6)

Rail:                          True

 

STEWARDS:  D L Carr (Chairman), S C Knight, J B Marshall and cadet J R Galante

 

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LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As J Taylor was indisposed due to injury, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 2 Theo Legion– A Bullock
Race 4 Pumpernickel– R Murray
Race 6 Imperial Grey– A Morgan

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – Aaron Walter Century 21 Edgeworth  Maiden Plate 1400m

Beachhaven– as J Penza was late on course due to traffic difficulties, the Stewards permitted App J Van Overmeire to be substituted as the rider of the gelding.  When questioned, App Van Overmeire stated that his mount travelled comfortably throughout the early and middle stages of the event and he could not offer any explanation for its failure to finish its race off.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Duke of Buckingham– began awkwardly.  Rounding the home turn, when held up, had to be steadied from the heels of Papadum.

 

Black Queen– was shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Black Queen to have lost its off fore plate.

 

Happy Mondays – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Rounding the home turn was bumped and carried wider by Duke Of Buckingham which shifted to the outside of Papadum to secure clear running.

 

Kanmoreu– was held up rounding the home turn and did not obtain clear running until approaching the 200m where it made contact with Papadum when improving into a narrow run between that runner and Khulan.

 

Sinba– laid in under pressure over the final 250m. 

 

Papadum– passing the 200m was crowded between Kanmoreu and Duke Of Buckingham, which both shifted ground.

 

Khulan– when questioned regarding the filly leading today, rider M Weir stated that she was instructed to obtain cover, however after beginning well, and when no other runner showed intent to lead, she allowed her mount to stride forward to assume the lead near the 1100m without placing it under any pressure.


RACE 2 – Radford Shopfitters  Benchmark 64 Handicap 900m

Citrouille– began awkwardly and lost ground. On straightening was bumped and taken wider by Gidgee Guy, which shifted to the outside of Inwithachance in an endeavour to secure clear running.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have bled from both nostrils.  As this was the first occasion, stable representative Mr M Rowland was advised that Citrouille will now incur the mandatory embargos under AR79(4).

 

La Miska– began awkwardly and bumped Inwithachance.  When questioned regarding the performance, R Murray stated that she had to make some use of her mount to obtain the lead in the early stages as per her instructions today and as a consequence, her mount weakened over the final 200m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Gidgee Guy– slow to begin.  Laid in under pressure in the home straight and passing the 200m was brushed by Citrouille, which shifted in.  As a consequence, Gidgee Guy was taken in onto Inwithachance, became unbalanced and made contact with that runner on a number of occasions between the 200 and the 100m. 

 

Belle O’Ballee– slow to begin.  When questioned regarding the performance, A Collett stated that the filly failed to handle the soft track conditions today.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Pacific Ocean– shortly after the start was bumped by Porz. 

 

Theo Legion– raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Porz– laid out throughout the early and middle stages of the event.

 

Inwithachance– between the 200m and the 100m, was continually crowded between Pacific Occasion and Gidgee Guy, which shifted in.

 

RACE 3 – Newcastle Skin Check  F&M Maiden Handicap 1250m

Orbital Express– slow to begin.  Held up rounding the home turn.  Laid in under pressure in the home straight. 

 

Indigenous– slow to begin and was then shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages.

 

She Gives A Dam– near the 500m was steadied from the heels of Burning Need.

 

Awesome Choice– shortly after straightening was shifted to the inside of Tangier to secure clear running.   Approaching the 100m was shifted to the outside of Love Is In The Air to continue to improve.

 

Love Is In The Air– when questioned regarding the performance, App J Van Overmeire stated that from the outside barrier, he was obliged to do some work to obtain a position outside the leader near the 900m.  He added that his mount travelled comfortably until near the 300m, however when placed under pressure shortly after, his mount raced greenly and in his opinion, it will derive further benefit from today's second race start.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Tangier– a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 4 – Newcastle Financial Planning Group CG&E Maiden Handicap 1250m

Gorshin– stood flat footed and missed the start (8L).  Trainer Mr A Cummings was advised that Gorshin would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before racing again.  Between the 200m and the 100m was shifted out considerably to continue into clear running.

 


Dream Eclipse– slow to begin (3L).

 

Oakfield Warpaint– slow to begin.  

 

Razment– slow to begin.  Held up rounding the home turn and near the 300m was bumped by Phonemic.

 

Explosive Truth– began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped Magnitudo. 

 

Magnitudo– bumped on jumping by Explosive Truth.  Pulled hard in the early stages.  Laid in under pressure in the home straight.  Rider C Reith was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out fully to the winning post. 

 

Urban Warrior– raced keenly outside the leader in the middle stages.  Laid in under pressure in the home straight.  Rider R Hutchings was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out fully to the winning post. 

 

RACE 5 – Hart Accountants Benchmark 64 Handicap 1850m

Readathon– the mare was declared a late scratching at 2.14pm when it refused to be loaded into the barriers.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Readathon be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 2.14pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket.

1st  Point Counterpoint            5 cents win, 8 cents place

2nd Outlook                              9 cents place

3rd  Le Vizir                              3 cents place

Trainer Ms G Markwell was advised that Readathon would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before racing again.  

 

Le Vizir– began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Jeronimos.  Hung out rounding the home turn then continued to lay out under pressure in the home straight.  Near the 150m was steadied to avoid the heels of Point Counterpoint (A Bullock), which shifted out when inclined to hang out.  A Bullock was reprimanded and told that he should have made greater effort to prevent his mount from shifting ground. 

 

Jeronimos– slow to begin and then shortly after was steadied from the heels of Le Vizir, which shifted out.  When questioned, C Reith could offer no explanation for the performance of the gelding which never travelled at any stage and failed to respond to his riding when placed under pressure.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Kobestar– slow to begin.

 

Prospero– from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced wide and without cover from the 1000m.

 

Point Counterpoint– hung out under pressure in the home straight and proved difficult to fully test.

 

Vigorous Flow– approaching the 50m was eased to avoid the heels of Point Counterpoint which shifted out.

 

RACE 6 – Varley Maiden Plate 1600m

Jenessa– A Bullock was permitted to ride the mare 1kg over the allotted weight of 57kg.

 

Cosmic Miss– stood flat footed and missed the start (3L). 

 

Captivare– slow to begin.

 

Blue Jager– slow to begin.

 

Marsh Lillie– slow to begin.  Overraced in the early stages and near the 1000m was checked from the heels of Jenessa.

 

Turnaround Time– slow to begin.  Overraced in the early and middle stages of the event.

 

Imperial Grey– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Tuscan Gaze– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Manoeuvre– pulled hard in the early stages and near the 1000m was steadied and shifted out to avoid the heels of Don Arcangelo.  Laid in under pressure in the home straight. 

 

Bella Violet– raced ungenerously for some distance after the 1000m. 

 

Don Arcangelo – when questioned regarding the performance, rider J Penza stated his mount travelled well throughout the early and middle stages, however when placed under pressure rounding the home turn, failed to respond to his riding and was disappointing in its effort to finish off the race.  He added that the only explanation he could offer is that the gelding was not entirely comfortable on today's Soft (6) track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

 

RACE 7 – Shedboss Hunter Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1400m

Favra– trainer Mr N Doyle was fined $100 under LR35(2) for the late declaration of L Magorrian as the rider of the gelding.  When questioned regarding the performance, rider L Magorrian stated that as the gelding had failed to finish off when ridden prominently at its previous start, he was instructed to ride Favra conservatively today and not to pressure it in the early stages.  He added that after being slow to begin, his mount did not muster speed and as a consequence settled at the rear of the field a significant distance from the leader, Mensa Missile.  He stated that his mount travelled comfortably throughout the early and middle stages and when asked to improve from the 600m, did initially respond to his riding, however was disappointing in its failure to finish its race off in the home straight.   L Magorrian added that in hindsight, he rode his mount too conservatively in the early stages and as a consequence, he left his mount with too much ground to make up from the 600m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.    

 

Calgary King– bounded on jumping and lost ground.

 

Highjacker– slow to begin.

 

Canyonero– slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  When questioned regarding the performance, rider K Latham stated that from his wide barrier he was obliged to settle further back than he anticipated, whereby his mount travelled comfortably throughout the early and middle stages.  He added, however, that his mount was disappointing when placed under pressure rounding the home turn and the only explanation he could offer is that it was not entirely comfortable on the Soft (6) track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Canyonero to be displaying the thumps.

 

Weather Channel– slow to begin and then from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. 

 

Ocean Go– after being caught wide and without cover in the early stages, was allowed to stride forward to assume a position outside the leader approaching the 1000m.  

 

Chalmers– laid in under pressure in the home straight. 

 


RACE 8 – John Whitmore Memorial Benchmark 64 Handicap 1200m

Time Of Glory– slow to begin.  

 

Castlecomer– slow to begin and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Dynamited– began awkwardly and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Held up rounding the home turn.

 

Gumshoe– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Patagonian– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Hung out in the middle stages.

 

Cafe Royal– when caught wide and without cover in the early stages was allowed to stride forward and assume the lead near the 700m.

 

Aerobatic Warrior– raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  The Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of Aerobatic Warrior in the days subsequent. 

 

Tim's Principal– was held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight. 

 

Victorella– raced keenly in the early stages and passing the 1000m was steadied to avoid the heels of Toro Toro (R Hutchings) which shifted in when not clear.  R Hutchings was reprimanded and told to ensure he is two lengths clear when shifting ground.  Raced greenly under pressure in the early part of the straight. 

 

Siesta Key– held up rounding the home turn, then laid out under pressure in the straight. 

 

Tawfiq Lass– when questioned regarding the performance, rider A Gibbons stated that his mount travelled well, however when placed under pressure rounding the home turn, failed to respond and in his opinion the filly raced flat after racing on a Heavy (10) surface at Coffs Harbour at its last start on 19 April 2021.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

GENERAL: 

 

Summary of whip use

 

The Stewards noted the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the

100m under AR132(7)(a)(ii):

 

Race 1 L Magorrian (Black Queen) 7 strikes
Race 2 App P Scorse (Gidgee Guy) 7 strikes
Race 2 J Kehoe (Golden Comet) 7 strikes
Race 4 S Lisnyy (Ralph’s Folly) 7 strikes
Race 4 B Loy (Razment) 6 strikes
Race 5 B Loy (Outlook) 7 strikes
Race 6 App P Scorse (Captivare) 6 strikes
Race 6 C Lever (Tuscan Gaze) 7 strikes
Race 7 B Loy (Calgary King) 6 strikes
Race 8 R Hutchings (Toro Toro) 6 strikes
Race 8 App D Gibbons (Café Royal) 7 strikes
Race 8 A Denby (Castlecomer) 8 strikes

 

Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

 

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

Race 1:  Kanmoreu.

Race 2:  Gidgee Guy.

Race 5:  Le Vizir, Vigorous Flow, Jeronimos, Cordyceps Miracle.

Race 6:  Captivare, Jenessa, Blue Jager.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 7:  Trainer N Doyle (Favra) – $100 – late declaration of rider [LR35(2)]. 
Reprimands: Race 5:  A Bullock (Point Counterpoint) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Race 8:  R Hutchings (Toro Toro) – careless riding [AR131(a)]. 
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Race 2:  Citrouille (trainer P Perry) – both nostrils, first occasion [AR79(4)].   
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 4:  Gorshin (trainer A Cummings) – stood flat footed and missed start. 
Race 5:  Readathon (trainer G Markwell) – refused to load.
Certificates: Nil
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 1:  Black Queen– to be ridden with cover; settled back.
Race 5:  Prospero– intention to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Race 6:  Mahrem Bay – to be ridden further forward with the intention to lead; led.
Race 6:  Tuscan Gaze– to be ridden conservatively from its wide barrier; settled worse than midfield.
Race 6:  Imperial Grey– to be ridden conservatively from its wide barrier; settled worse than midfield.
Race 7:  Favra– intention to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Change of Colours: Race 2:  Inwithachance– Club colours.
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 8:  Aerobatic Warrior (trainer J Sargent) – post race condition.

 

 

 

 

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