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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

Saturday 15 February 2020

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Soft (7)

Rail:                 +6m

Penetrometer:   5.79

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: W. R. Birch (Chairman), J. J. E. Earl, T. P. Moxon, T. J. Vassallo and Cadets J. D. Boehm, A. P. New and B. J. Pearce

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Supplementary Reports:

GOSFORD – Tuesday 4 February 2020

Race 5: Eve Security Services Maiden Handicap 1600m:

Master Marley– Trainer Ms R. Dunn advised that a subsequent ultrasound examination of the gelding's off-foreleg revealed a low-grade tear to the superficial digital flexor tendon, which will require Master Marleyto have a lengthy spell. Ms Dunn was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Master Marleybeing permitted to race or trial again.

WARWICK FARM – Wednesday 12 February 2020

Race 9: Sky Racing Active Handicap 1200m:

Rover– Trainer Mr A. Cummings reported that the gelding was found to have jarred-up in front, however, his intention is to continue with the gelding's preparation.

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RACE 1: TAB Highway Handicap 1800m:

Harbouring – When asked for an explanation regarding the gelding's poor performance, rider N. Rawiller stated that the horse travelled well in a prominent position, however, was under pressure shortly after straightening and proved disappointing in the run to the finish. He added that, similar to its last start, Harbouring again made a slightly abnormal respiratory noise over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr R. Northam expressed disappointment with the gelding and informed Stewards that Harbouring will now be spelled and that he would recommend to connections that the gelding undergo throat surgery. Having regard to the performance of Harbouring today, Stewards ordered that a full veterinary clearance be provided prior to the gelding barrier trialling before its next race start.

 

Ritmico – Overraced in the middle stages and was forced to race wide and without cover for the majority of the event. An explanation was sought in respect of the tactics adopted by App. S. Clenton in the early stages, in particular the reason she did not improve forward to the inside of Mayaman to a midfield position one off the fence. App. Clenton informed Stewards that a short distance after the start, when holding an advantage over Onemore Sapphire, she was of the view that that horse would relinquish its position and Blinkin Snazzy, which was racing slightly forward of her, would take a position on the running rail, which would have afforded her a position towards the rear, one off the fence. After viewing the available footage, App. S. Clenton agreed with Stewards that the better option would have been to hold her position inside Mayaman in the early stages and progress forward with that runner, which would have enabled her to take up a more forward position closer to the fence, outside Senatorial.

 

Onemore Sapphire – After beginning only fairly, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider H. Bowman stated that the gelding travelled well in a rearward position, however, was under pressure passing the 600m and responded only fairly to his riding in the straight. H. Bowman added that he had informed connections that, in his view, the gelding raced like a tired horse and may have come to the end of its preparation. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr T. Evans advised that Onemore Sapphire will now be spelled.

 

Rostam – On jumping, became unbalanced when crowded between Blinkin Snazzy and Cap's Boy. Approaching the 200m was obliged to shift to the outside of Cap's Boy when that horse shifted in slightly in order to secure clear running.

 

Mayaman – Approaching and passing the 1400m raced fiercely at the heels of Sir Leo. For some distance passing the 1100m overraced at the heels of Sir Leo. Mayaman had difficulty securing clear running after entering the home straight until passing the 300m.

 

Quick Spin – After being slow to begin, was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. When caught racing wide and without cover in the early and middle stages, was allowed to stride forward and obtain the lead near the 800m. App. B. Ryan pleaded guilty to a charge under AR131(b) in that he failed to ride the 7th placegetter Quick Spin out to the end of the race. App. Ryan was fined the sum of $200.

 

Cap’s Boy – Began awkwardly and, shortly after, made contact with Rostam. Passing the 1100m overraced at the heels of Up The Stairs.

 

Senatorial – When commencing to close the race off strongly near the 150m, became awkwardly placed at the heels of Cap's Boy and also had a tendency to lay out over the concluding stages, placing its rider at a disadvantage in fully testing the gelding.

 

Sir Leo – The gelding, which sustained a minor superficial abrasion to its near hind cannon whilst being transported to the course, was examined by the club's veterinarian and deemed suitable to race. Sir Leo began only fairly. When asked for an explanation regarding the poor performance of the gelding, rider G. Boss informed Stewards that, in his view, Sir Leo did not run out the 1800 metres today. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr T. Howlett concurred with the explanation provided by G. Boss that Sir Leo did not run out the 1800 metres and advised that the gelding will now be dropped back in class where it will compete in the country region. 

 

Blinkin Snazzy – Bumped on jumping by Rostam, which shifted in.

 

RACE 2: Catanach’s Handicap 2400m:

Our Fun – As the start was effected, dropped its head and, as a consequence, was slow to begin. Overraced in the lead in the middle stages.

 

Notabadharada – Stewards permitted J. Morris to ride the gelding 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms.

 

Fleeting Stryke – Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarters by Notabadharada.

 

Time Stalker – Hampered on jumping by Our Fun, which shifted out slightly. Time Stalker was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its outside barrier. Passing the 400m was momentarily hampered when Fleeting Stryke shifted out. Trainer Mr D. Jackson was advised that Time Stalker, which was beaten 25.3 lengths, will not be permitted to race in the metropolitan area until such time as it re-establishes country or provincial form.

 

RACE 3: Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney Handicap 1000m:

God Of Thunder – Slow to begin. Held up for clear running after entering the home straight until approaching the 250m.

 

Coruscate – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When asked to explain the disappointing performance, H. Bowman stated that, whilst the gelding was not entirely comfortable racing between Baller and God Of Thunder in the early stages, Coruscate travelled well, however, when placed under pressure upon straightening the gelding shortened stride. He further added that he then became concerned with the gelding's action and consequently decided to desist from pressuring Coruscate inside the final 150 metres. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr D. Beadman expressed disappointment with the gelding's performance and undertook to report back on the post-race condition of Coruscate. In light of today's poor performance, Mr Beadman was advised that Coruscate would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

Baller – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Baller to be lame (1/5) in the near foreleg. Trainer Mr A. Cummings was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Baller being permitted to race or trial again. Mr Cummings advised that Baller will now be spelled.

 

Goldfinch – On jumping made contact with its offside barrier partition resulting in its rider D. Panya becoming slightly unbalanced.

 

Sei Stella – When asked to explain the disappointing performance of the mare, rider J. Ford informed Stewards that Sei Stella travelled well on what was genuine speed in the early stages however after Royal Witness gained an advantage on Sei Stella in the early part of the straight the mare commenced to tire quite badly and proved very disappointing over the latter part of the race. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Sei Stella to be lame (1/5) in the near foreleg. Trainer Mr M. Dale was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Sei Stella being permitted to race or trial again.

 

Miss Exfactor – Inside the final 100 metres was continuously taken wider on the track by Royal Witness, which shifted out.

 

Dukes County – Began awkwardly and, shortly after, was hampered when crowded between Coruscate and Miss Exfactor, which shifted out. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 4: Darley Lonhro Plate 1000m:

Destination – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 500m was bumped on the hindquarters by Lamelo. When asked for an opinion concerning the colt's performance, rider J. Parr advised Stewards that Destination may not have appreciated the step up in class today and he was not dissatisfied with the manner in which the colt performed. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr D. Beadman concurred with the views offered by J. Parr and advised that Destination would be dropped back in class at its next race start.

 

Mission River – Between the 300m and passing the 200m, the colt laid out and proved difficult for N. Rawiller to ride in his usual manner.

 

Lamelo – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced greenly and hung in when placed under pressure rounding the home turn. Lamelo continued to lay in under pressure in the home straight.

 

Jor El – The colt, which was restless in the barriers, reared as the start was effected and lost considerable ground (5L). Trainer Mr G. Ryan advised that Jor El will now be gelded and spelled. Notwithstanding this advice, he was advised that the colt must trial to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to racing again.

 

Mystic Vein – On jumping, had to be checked when crowded between Destination, which shifted out, and Dame Giselle, which began awkwardly and shifted in. Mystic Vein was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Overraced in the middle stages and had a tendency to lay out under pressure in the home straight.

 

Dame Giselle – Rider T. Berry reported that the filly travelled well throughout the early and middle stages, and passing the 300m he was confident that the filly was a winning chance, however, when placed under pressure Dame Giselle did not stretch out as expected on the soft surface and came to the end of its run inside the final 50 metres. He added that Dame Giselle would take a fitness benefit from today's event and would be advantaged by being stepped up in distance on a firmer surface than that of today's track.

 

Ticket To Ride – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with the hindquarters of Mission River.

 

Snitzari – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

RACE 5: Cellarbrations Southern Cross Stakes 1200m:

Cascadian – After being slow to begin, shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. Passing the 600m had to be steadied from the heels of Reiby's Regent, which after momentarily shifting out resumed a one-off position to the outside of Press Box.

 

Ashlor – Blundered slightly shortly after the start.

 

Desert Lord – Stewards permitted T. Berry to ride the gelding 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms. Shortly after the start Desert Lord was hampered slightly by Press Box, which shifted out. Raced ungenerously and got its head on the side in the middle stages. Approaching the 100m raced in restricted room between Ashlor and Jungle Edge, which shifted out, and was reluctant to hold that position.

 

Special Reward – Stewards permitted B. Avdulla to ride the gelding 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms. The start of the race was delayed when the gelding was reluctant to proceed to the barriers. After considering the surrounding circumstances, no direct action was taken against the gelding. Approaching the 1100m had to be momentarily steadied from the heels of Jungle Edge (J. Darose), which shifted in when not quite clear. J. Darose was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in future.

 

RACE 6: Heineken 3 Handicap 1600m:

Mongolian Wolf – Slow to begin. When finishing the race off strongly was unable to be fully tested over the concluding stages after improving on to the heels of Monsieur Sisu.

 

Insensata – When asked to explain the disappointing performance of the mare, rider T. Marquand informed Stewards that, in his view, Insensata did not handle the prevailing track conditions today. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Matowi – After being slow to begin was then hampered by White Boots, which began awkwardly and shifted in. Matowi was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Attorney – Slow to begin.

 

Night Of Power – Stewards permitted T. Clark to ride Night Of Power 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms.

 

Ulusaba – Began awkwardly. Rider A. Adkins reported that the gelding did not appreciate the soft track surface today and, being first up, tired badly over the concluding stages.

 

To Your Health – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have bled from both nostrils for the first time. Trainer Mr A. Cummings was advised of the provisions of AR79(4).

 

Domed – Began only fairly.

 

Monsieur Sisu – Began awkwardly. When caught racing wide and without cover in the early and middle stages was allowed to stride forward and obtain a position in the lead near the 900m.

 

RACE 7: TAB Light Fingers Stakes 1200m:

Kiamichi – Overraced in the early stages.

 

Lyre – Laid out in the early stages of the straight when placed under pressure.

 

Libertini – Rider T. Berry reported that the filly travelled only fairly through the early and middle stages and, approaching the 500m, he became concerned when Libertini did not improve into the race as has been customary at her previous starts. He added that, whilst Libertini may not have been entirely comfortable on the soft surface, he was disappointed with the manner in which the filly closed the race off. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr A. Cummings informed Stewards that he was disappointed with the overall performance of the filly and he advised that a thorough veterinary examination of Libertini would be conducted in the days subsequent, the findings of which would be reported to the Stewards.

 

Missile Mantra – Slow to begin and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider T. Clark advised that Missile Mantra travelled well and, whilst he believed the pattern of the race did not suit runners that settled towards the rear of the field, he was nevertheless disappointed with the manner in which the filly finished the race off when afforded clear running in the home straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden stated that Missile Mantra was disadvantaged by racing in amongst other runners in the straight and is better suited when able to finish off its races towards the outside of the field. He said that Missile Mantra will be stepped up in distance at its next start and consideration will be given to reapplying the blinkers to the filly's gear.

 

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

 

Emeralds – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Sangria – Began awkwardly and made contact with Akari. Overraced in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Darling Point – Slow to begin. Shortly after the start was taken in by Akari and made contact with Lyre.

 

RACE 8: Aquis Apollo Stakes 1400m:

Come Play With Me – When loaded into the barriers became fractious and made contact with the front gates. Come Play With Me was removed from the barriers, examined by the club's veterinarian and deemed suitable to race. Hampered on jumping by Happy Clapper, which shifted out slightly. Rider B. Avdulla was reminded of his obligation to ride his mount out fully to the finish line.

 

Life Less Ordinary – Began only fairly and was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Angel Of Truth – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Verry Elleegant – Laid out under pressure over the final 200 metres.

 

Danzdanzdance – Began awkwardly and, from the outside barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 300m was momentarily inconvenienced by Glenall, which shifted out.

 

RACE 9: Robrick Lodge Triscay Stakes 1200m:

Reelem In Ruby – When questioned regarding his riding of the mare, T. Clark informed Stewards that, given its wide barrier and the manner in which the track had been racing, connections had decided that it would be best to settle the mare in a position worse than midfield and attempt to make ground towards the inside, which in their view had proved the more superior ground. He added that, after beginning awkwardly, he immediately restrained Reelem In Ruby in an endeavour to take a position close to the running rail, however, when Noire held its ground to his inside, wide on the track in the early stages, he was forced to concede more ground to get to the inside of that runner. T. Clark stated that, rounding the home turn, he improved into a position immediately behind Connemara and, a short distance after entering the home straight, placed Reelem In Ruby into a run between Connemara and Dawn Dawn. He added that Reelem In Ruby did not accelerate as anticipated and when Dawn Dawn shifted in he was forced to relinquish that run. He further stated that he then trailed Dawn Dawn in anticipation of that runner shifting out as this would have availed him clear running toward the inside in accordance with his instructions, however, this did not occur until near the 200m, at which stage he was able to improve forward, however, was then held up on the heels of the tiring Fiesta. After considering the explanation provided, Stewards informed T. Clark that, in their view, he should not have conceded as much ground in the early stages but rather held a position outside of Noire and further should not have persisted in obtaining clear running towards the inside but rather endeavoured to improve to the outside of Dawn Dawn when a run presented. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Sweet Deal – Began awkwardly. Raced wide and without cover until near the 500m.

 

Noire – After beginning only fairly then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Fiesta – Began awkwardly. When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider B. Avdulla stated that the mare travelled well on the speed and, whilst he was left without cover from the 500m when Sweet Deal progressed to the lead, he was disappointed with the finishing effort of Fiesta and concerned by the rate at which the mare tired over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Fiesta to be slow to recover. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Fiesta in the days subsequent.

 

Pohutukawa – After beginning awkwardly then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Sweet Scandal – Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Connemara – Stewards permitted J. Collett to ride the mare 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms. Slow to begin.

 

Dawn Dawn – Stewards permitted J. Spencer to ride the mare 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms.

 

Seasons – On jumping, was hampered slightly by Spiritual Pursuit, which shifted in.

 

River Bird – The mare was a late scratching at 4.01 p.m. acting on veterinary advice after sustaining multiple abrasions to its offside hip whilst being transported to the course. Trainer Mr J. Coyle was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to River Bird being permitted to race or trial again.

 

Lashes – For some distance approaching the 800m raced in restricted room between Seasons and Fiesta, which was taken in by Sweet Deal. When asked for an explanation regarding the poor performance, App. J. Van Overmeire stated that the mare travelled only fairly in the early and middle stages, and when asked for an effort upon entering the home straight did not respond. He added that whilst the mare had good wet track form, the manner in which it travelled during the race led him to believe that it did not handle the prevailing surface of the track today. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Lashes in the days subsequent.

 

RACE 10: Schweppes Handicap 1300m:

Sir Bacchus – Slow to begin.

 

Vegadaze – Shifted out under pressure over the concluding stages.

 

Cuba – When asked for an explanation regarding the gelding's poor performance, rider N. Rawiller stated that the gelding enjoyed a nice run behind the speed, however, failed to quicken at the top of the running and proved disappointing in the run to the finish. He added that Cuba would be advantaged by being stepped up in distance to 1400 metres and beyond, where it can dictate terms in the lead. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. Thompson expressed disappointment with the gelding's performance and agreed with the views offered by N. Rawiller. Mr Thompson undertook to report back on the post-race condition of Cuba in the days subsequent.

 

Savacool – Passing the 200m, when commencing to finish the race off strongly, had to be shifted to the outside of the heels of Cuba to continue into clear running.

 

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

 

Persuader – Raced wide and without cover throughout. Persuader had a tendency to lay in under pressure in the home straight and, over the concluding stages, raced in restricted room between Roheryn and Onslaught, which shifted out under pressure.

 

No Escape – After being slow to begin, was crowded between Onslaught and Cuba, which shifted in. Between the 700m and the 600m raced in restricted room to the inside of Persuader (J. Parr), which had a tendency to lay in. Whilst acknowledging the manners of Persuader, Stewards nevertheless advised rider J. Parr that he must provide sufficient racing room to his fellow riders at all times.

 

Travancore – 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 App. M. Weir (Senatorial) 7 strikes
Race 1 C. Reith (Up The Stairs) 7 strikes
Race 2 App. B. Ryan (Fleeting Stryke) 8 strikes
Race 4 W. Costin (Lamelo) 6 strikes
Race 4 J. Collett (Mystic Vein) 6 strikes
Race 4 J. Innes (Jor El) 7 strikes
Race 5 Z. Spain (Ashlor) 6 strikes
Race 6 N. Rawiller (Mongolian Wolf) 6 strikes
Race 7 T. Berry (Happy Clapper) 7 strikes
Race 9 Z. Spain (Spiritual Pursuit) 7 strikes
Race 10 H. Bowman (Roheryn) 7 strikes

 

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

Race 1:  Ritmico, Rostam (2), Quick Spin, Cap's Boy

Race 2:  Dark Pearl (2), Birth Of Venus, Notabadharada

Race 3:  God Of Thunder, Coruscate, Sei Stella, Miss Exfactor

Race 4:  Mission River (2), Dame Giselle, Supreme Idea, Snitzari

Race 5:  Jungle Edge, Ashlor, Desert Lord, Reiby's Regent, Cascadian

Race 6:  Matowi, Attorney, Ulusaba, Monsieur Sisu

Race 7:  Kiamichi, Libertini, Missile Mantra, Sangria, Lyre

Race 8:  Dreamforce (2), Alizee, Verry Elleegant

Race 9: Reelem In Ruby, Pohutukawa, Sweet Scandal, River Bird, Spiritual Pursuit

Race 10: Vegadaze, Royal Celebration, Travancore, Roheryn

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 1: App. B. Ryan fined $200 for failing to ride Quick Spin out to the end of the race (AR131(b)).
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Race 6: To Your Health (Trainer Mr A. Cummings) - bled from both nostrils for the first time (AR79(4)).
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Race 1: Harbouring (Trainer Mr R. Northam) – poor performance.
Race 3: Coruscate (Trainer Mr J. Cummings) – poor performance.
Race 4: Jor El (Trainer Mr G. Ryan) - reared as the start was effected.
Certificates: (Supplementary) Gosford 4/2/20 - Race 5: Master Marley (Trainer Ms R. Dunn) – low-grade tear to the superficial digital flexor tendon
Race 1: Harbouring (Trainer Mr R. Northam) – abnormal respiratory noise.
Race 3: Sei Stella (Trainer Mr M. Dale) – lame (1/5) in the near foreleg.
Race 3: Baller (Trainer Mr A. Cummings) – lame (1/5) in the near foreleg.
Race 9: River Bird (Trainer Mr J. Coyle) – multiple abrasions to offside hip.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 4: Supreme Idea to be ridden prominently: Led.
Race 7: Darling Point to be ridden conservatively: Settled back.
Change of Colours: Race 1: Up The Stairs – red cap.
Change of Gear Nil.
Follow up: Race 3: Coruscate (Trainer Mr J. Cummings) – post-race condition.
Race 7: Libertini (Trainer Mr A. Cummings) – poor performance.
Race 9: Fiesta (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – post-race condition.
Race 9: Lashes (Trainer Mr M. Smith) – post-race condition.
Race 10: Cuba (Trainer Mr J. Thompson) – post-race condition.

 

 

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