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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 19 September 2020

 

Weather:                         Overcast

Track:                              Good (4)

Rail:                                 True

Penetrometer:                 5.04

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: M. F. Van Gestel (Chairman), W. R. Birch, T. P. Moxon, T. J. Vassallo, T. J. Lee and Cadets B. J. Pearce and J. D. Boehm.

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Supplementary Reports:

Warwick Farm Racecourse Wednesday 16 September 2020

Race 1: - Frosted @ Darley Handicap 1400m:

Echo Point– Trainer representative Ms E Reeves reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of Echo Point and advised the intention is to continue on with the colt's preparation before making a decision on whether to geld him.

 

Race 3: Iron Jack Handicap 1600m:

Bucharest – Trainer representative Mr C Duckworth reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt.

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RACE 1: Quincy Seltzer Handicap 1200m:

Prior to the declaration of correct weight Stewards viewed the patrol films to ascertain whether Bound To Win, Valentino Rossa and Grand Piano had been denied a fair start. When Stewards were satisfied that all three runners had been provided an opportunity to start with the field, correct weight was declared.

 

Prime Candidate – A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Grand Piano – Stood flat-footed as the start was effected and as a consequence lost considerable ground (4L). A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr S O'Halloran was advised that Grand Piano would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

Radipole – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Valentino Rossa – As the start was effected lowered its head resulting in J Collett becoming unbalanced and as a consequence lost considerable ground (4L).

 

Zakat – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Bound To Win – As the start was affected, reared, made contact with the nearside of its barrier and lost ground (6L). For some distance after the 600m was held up and unable to improve when positioned behind Grand Piano. Co-trainer Mr P Snowden was advised that a warning would be placed on the mare in respect to its barrier manners.

 

Jay Jay D'Ar – Lost its near fore plate approaching the 1000m. Between the 300m and the 150m was shifted to the outside of runners to secure clear running.

 

Partners – When questioned regarding his riding and the fast early pace set by the gelding App B Ryan stated that his intention was to lead on the gelding but after travelling a short distance Partners commenced to overrace and hang out and despite his efforts to restrain the gelding in the middle stages, Partners set a very fast early tempo.

 

RACE 2: TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap 1000m:

Pedway – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. When commencing to give ground near the 200m was inconvenienced when crowded by Toto which shifted out to improve. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from the offside nostril. Trainer Mr D Williams was advised that the gelding must barrier trial over 1000m to the satisfaction of the Stewards under the provisions under AR79(8).

 

Show Me The Honey – Slow to begin.

 

Toro Toro – Shifted out abruptly on jumping.

 

Galaxy Force – Approaching the 600m after being crossed by Shanaya, endeavoured to improve into a position between Shanaya and Clearly Regal where there was not sufficient room resulting in Galaxy Force having to be steadied when disappointed for this run.

 

Crackneck – R Dolan stated that the gelding was inclined to lay in throughout the early stages of the straight and proved difficult to ride. He added that after pulling his whip through to his right hand, Crackneck then commenced to shift out and as consequence he was obliged to stop riding near the 100m to straighten his mount.

 

Clearly Regal – Began awkwardly.

 

Leo – Slow to begin. Throughout the middle stages raced fiercely. Between the 400m and approaching the 100m was badly held up for clear running. Approaching the 100m when being shifted out to secure clear running made contact with Bright Rubick resulting in both runners becoming unbalanced.

 

Emilette – A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Vibrant Knight – Began only fairly. Near the 100m became awkwardly placed on the heels of Bright Rubick when that runner was taken out by Leo.

 

It's Me – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Leaving the 600m commenced to race keenly as it endeavoured to obtain cover behind Vibrant Knight

 

Talihina – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Skara Brae – Slow to begin. Had some difficulty obtaining clear running rounding the home turn until near the 400m. Between the 200m and the 150m was held up for clear running behind Shanaya.

 

Toto – Prior to the declaration of correct weight rider K O'Hara viewed the patrol films to ascertain if there were grounds for an objection against Crackneck being declared the 2nd placegetter. When K O'Hara was satisfied there were not sufficient grounds and Stewards were similarly satisfied, correct weight was declared.

 

Shanaya – Began awkwardly. Inside the 100m was steadied to avoid the heels of Toto, which after improving to the outside of Crackneck (R Dolan) was then taken out by that runner. R Dolan was reprimanded and advised he must stop riding and straighten his mounts when they commence to shift ground

 

RACE 3: Shoot Out Mile 1600m:

Fun Fact –When questioned regarding the tactics adopted on the gelding and as to why it was obliged to race thee wide and without cover J Parr stated that he had expected to race in or outside the lead. He added that after jumping well he urged Fun Fact forward but today did not travel as strong as previous starts and for this reason he was not able to cross Testashadow. When questioned as to whether there was an opportunity to urge Fun Fact forward to race outside Discharged J Parr stated that Fun Fact is a horse that can race keenly when urged forward and he was reluctant to ride his mount along and his decision was also influenced by the fact that he did not feel Fun Fact was travelling well enough to cross Testashadow in the early stages. Trainer Mr B Baker confirmed the instructions issued and advised Stewards his preference would have been for the gelding to cross and race outside the leader. The inquiry was adjourned for a date to be fixed.

 

Sir Plush – Began awkwardly. Raced keenly in the middle stages. Lost its near fore plate near the 400m.

 

Think It Over – From the 450m until the 350m was held up on the heels of Testashadow before improving to that runners inside to secure clear running.

 

Maid Of Ore – Began awkwardly. Throughout the middle stages overraced. When questioned regarding her riding approaching the home turn and whether there was an opportunity to shift out wider to start a forward move App L Day stated that after following Think It Over in the run, as she was aware Think It Over was one of the fancied runners in the event she elected to continue to follow that horse rather than shifting out behind Rapido Chaparro as that runner had a wide run and did not appear to be travelling well at that point. She added that after remaining behind Think It Over she then was able to initially test her mount in the early part of the straight when she improved to that runners outside but then near the 250m became held up when not able to improve between Fun Fact and Rapido Chaparro. App Day was advised that in the opinion of the Stewards she had made an error of judgement on the home turn when not shifting to the outside which would have provided her clear running to the outside of Rapido Chaparro.

 

Matowi – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Across Dubai – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Cinquedea – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Near the 350m became held up behind Sir Plush shifted to that runners inside to secure clear running. Near the 300m Cinquedea made contact with the hindquarter of Sir Plush when Sir Plush shifted in away from Think It Over despite the efforts of its rider, which resulted in Cinquedea becoming unbalanced for a number of strides in this incident.

 

Rapido Chaparro – When questioned regarding the tactics adopted on the gelding rider T Clark stated that he had been expected to obtain a more forward position on the gelding but after commencing reasonable well and riding his mount forward Rapido Chaparro did not show the necessary pace to cross runners to his inside. He added that when the pace of the race remained fast in the early stages, he then elected to take up a trailing position behind Fun Fact and although three wide was able to obtain cover.

 

Discharged – Began only fairly.

 

Pancho – Began only fairly and shortly afterwards was crowded between Maid of Ore and Opacity both of which shifted ground.

 

RACE 4: Darley Tea Rose Stakes 1400m (Group 2):

Dame Giselle – Throughout the middle stages raced keenly.

 

Stellar Pauline – Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Hungry Heart – Near the 400m made contact with Thermosphere as it endeavoured to improve to the outside of Dame Giselle. Hungry Heart then had some difficulty securing clear running approaching the 300m when being shifted to the outside of Dame Giselle.

 

Thermosphere – For the majority of the event raced wide and without cover. Shortly after the start bumped with Miss Canada.

 

Centimental – From the outside barrier overraced when being shifted behind runners in the early stages. In the straight laid in and proved difficult to ride.

 

Miss Canada – Began awkwardly.

 

Miravalle – Began only fairly and was hampered shortly afterwards by Miss Canada which shifted in. From a wide barrier Miravalle was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Laid out making the home turn.

 

Fall On A Star – The filly which was fractious ins the barriers, began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

RACE 5: Bill Ritchie Handicap 1400m (Group 3):

Le Romain – Near the 150m was steadied when crowded between Reloaded and Brandenburg (N Rawiller) which shifted out. N Rawiller was reprimanded and advised he must stop riding and straighten his mounts. Rider H Bowman could offer no explanation for the gelding's disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Le Romain to be 1/5 lame in the near foreleg. Trainer Mr K Lees was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing or barrier trialling again.

 

Brandenburg – Began awkwardly.

 

Reloaded – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the 100m was inclined to lay in and then had to be steadied from the heels of Brandenburg when that runner shifted out slightly. When questioned regarding the performance J McDonald stated that the horse was somewhat disappointing and was now looking for a step up in distance for its next race start. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Roheryn – Began only fairly and from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Rider J Collett stated that with the moderate pace in the middle stages Roheryn was inclined to overrace but when the field quickened from the 600m Roheryn did not respond to his riding and raced in a disappointing manner from that point. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying cardiac arrythmia. Trainer Mr J Cummings was advised that veterinary certificate including the results of an ECG would be required before Roheryn having to barrier trial to the Stewards satisfaction before racing again.

 

Glenall – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Kubrick– As B Avdulla was overweight Stewards permitted K O'Hara to be substituted as the rider of the gelding. Given the current COVID protocols the explanation by B Avdulla was accepted. Slow to begin (2L). Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

RACE 6: Fujitsu George Main Stakes 1600m (Group 1):

Avilius – Began only fairly. H Bowman advised that in his opinion Avilius would appreciate a surface with more give in it. Trainer representative Mr D Beadman informed Stewards that in his view the race was won in which horses positioned back in the field and added that Avilius may have been feeling the effects of the its first up performance when fourth in the Chelmsford Stakes on 5 September 2020. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Dreamforce – Rider N Rawiller stated that the gelding hung out throughout the early and middle stages and in his opinion was looking for a surface with more give in it. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr J Thompson concurred with the views of N Rawiller and advised that consideration would now be given to spelling the gelding. Mr Thompson undertook to report back on the plans and the condition of Dreamforce subsequent to the race.

 

Verry Elleegant – Slow to begin. Near the 1200m made contact with Colette as it endeavoured to hold a position one off. Near the 250m Verry Elleegant and Colette were crowded between Avilius which shifted in slightly and Star Of the Seas (S Clipperton) which after being held up between the 400m and the 300m shifted out to improve. S Clipperton was advised to exercise more care. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 7: Bowermans Commercial Furniture Shorts 1100m (Group 2)

Bivouac – Near the 600m commenced to race keenly and was steadied from the heels of Dirty Work.

 

Catalyst – Began only fairly. Near the 150m was severely checked when crowded between Tactical Advantage and Ball Of Muscle which shifted in despite the efforts of its rider G Schofield. Having regard to G Schofield's actions Stewards elected to take no action against any rider. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 2/5 lame in the off foreleg. Trainer Mr C Chipperfield was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Catalyst racing or barrier trialling again. Mr Chipperfield advised that the gelding would undergo further veterinary examinations which the results will be reported back to the Stewards in the days subsequent.

 

Classique Legend – Raced keenly in the middle stages. Between the 400m and the 300m was shifted to the outside of runners to secure clear running.

 

Ball Of Muscle – Knuckled on jumping and soon after was bumped by Eduardo which shifted in.

 

Eduardo – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Near the 800m was steadied from the heels of Splintex (J Parr) which shifted in when not quite clear. J Parr was advised to exercise more care.

 

Standout – On jumping was crowded by Dirty Work which shifted in. Near the 400m was awkwardly placed on the heels of Bivouac.

 

Greyworm – Inclined to lay in over the final 200m.

 

Tactical Advantage – Approaching the 200m was shifted to the inside of Catalyst to secure clear running and near the 150m was contacted on the hindquarter by Catalyst and became momentarily unbalanced.

 

Dirty Work – Near the 900m was steadied when crowded between Greyworm which shifted in slightly and Prairie Fire when making the turn near the 900m awkwardly shifted out. When questioned regarding his riding on the home turn and whether there was an opportunity to establish a position to the outside of Eduardo sooner than he attempted too T Berry stated that after following Eduardo in the race in a three wide position he was reluctant to improve to that runners outside as Dirty Work only has a short sprint and for this reason he did not want to expose his mount to soon. He said that leaving the 500m when Bivouac improved quickly to his outside, he then attempted to establish a position outside Eduardo which resulted in his mount initially making contact with Bivouac when that runner held its line and when Eduardo then shifted out slightly he became awkwardly placed and had to check Dirty Work from that runners heels when disappointed for clear running. T Berry further added that he then shifted back to the inside and after drawing level with Eduardo, Dirty Work finished the race off in an even manner. Stewards advised T Berry that in their opinion he made an error of judgement in not endeavouring to establish a position to the outside sooner than what he had attempted to do so which would have afforded him clear and uninterrupted running in the straight.

 

Irish Songs – Bumped by Ball Of Muscle on jumping.

 

Prairie Fire – Overraced in the early and middle stages.

 

RACE 8: Schweppes Kingston Town Stakes 2000m (Group 3)

Life Less Ordinary – Slow to begin.

 

Mustajeer – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Shared Ambition – Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarters by Djukon.

 

Sikandarabad – Rider B Avdulla stated that form his wide barrier he was required to make use of his mount in the early stages to take up a forward position He stated that after being crossed by Wu Gok, Sikandarabad was left racing without cover throughout the middle stages of the event and in the straight did not respond to his riding. He added that in his opinion the gelding may appreciate a surface with more give in it. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr S Kavanagh concurred with the views of B Avdulla and undertook to report back on the post-race condition of Sikandarabad in the days subsequent.

 

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

 

Zebrowski – Stewards permitted H Bowman to ride the gelding 1kg over its allotted weight of 55kg.

 

Miss Sentimental – Trainer Mr C Waller represented by Mr C Duckworth was fined $100 under AR106 for presenting the mare with blinkers which is not part of its approved gear.

 

Rondinella – Approaching the 1400m was steadied when crowded by Sir Charles Road which was taken in by Angel Of Truth (T Berry). T Berry was advised to exercise more care.

 

Girl Tuesday – Began only fairly.

 

Djukon – Shortly after the start was steadied when crowded between Shared Ambition and Angel Of Truth which shifted out.

 

RACE 9: Tresemme Handicap 1400m:

Occupy – Began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

The Fire Trap – When questioned regarding the gelding being ridden in a more forward position today N Rawiller stated that he was given no specific instructions but after the gelding commenced awkwardly he did not feel that The Fire Trap was stretching out properly in the early stages, therefore he elected to apply pressure to his mount in order to get the gelding to travel satisfactorily with him. He added when caught wide in the early stages he identified a position in advance of Got Unders and he elected to ride the gelding forward whereby it took up a more forward position today.

 

Spanish Point – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Criaderas – Slow to begin and from a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Between the 350m and the 250m was shifted to the outside of runners to secure clear running and at the 250m became awkwardly placed on the heels of Lisdoonvarna. When questioned regarding his riding from the 600m H Bowman stated that he elected to remain racing behind Starla with a view to improve to that runners outside on straightening he added that when Spanish Point did not improve into the event he was obliged to wait until that runner shifted out whereby he was able to place Criaderas under pressure at the 500m which resulted in him being able to commence to improve into the event.

 

Icebath – Began only fairly.

 

Starla – In the middle stages raced keenly and leaving the 1000m was steadied from the heels of Got Unders.

 

Petronius – When questioned as to why he shifted off on the home turn which allowed Academy to improve to his inside T Clark stated that after crossing Academy near the 700m he then allowed Petronius to gradually shift out making the home turn where he felt the going was superior, as a result this allowed Academy to improve to his inside. He further added that his decision to shift off was also influenced by the fact that Petronius was inclined to lay out on the home turn. Over the concluding stages shifted out away from Icebath when that runner improved into a narrow run between Petronius and Academy.

 

Willowheart – Began awkwardly.  

 

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted 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 6 T Berry (Kolding) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 7 N Rawiller (Eduardo) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 8 H Bowman (Zebrowski) 6 strikes prior to the 100m
Race 8 N Rawiller (Brimham Rocks) 7 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 8 J McDonald (Shared Ambition) 8 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 9 T Clark (Petronius) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.

 

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

Race 1: Prime Candidate, Valentino Rossa, Prime Star(2), Athiri(2).

Race 2: Toro Toro, Crackneck(2), Leo, It's Me(2), Toto.

Race 3: Sir Plush, Testashadow, Opacity, Discharged(2), Pancho, Think It Over.

Race 4: Dame Giselle(2), Stellar Pauline, Thermosphere, Montefilia, Hungry Heart.

Race 5: Le Romain, Probabeel(2), Reloaded, Kubrick, Cuba.

Race 6: Avilius, Dreamforce, Kolding(2), Star Of The Seas(5), Verry Elleegant, Colette, Imaging(2).

Race 7: Bivouac, Catalyst, Classique Legend(2), Standout, Dirty Work, Eduardo.  

Race 8: Mustajeer, Shared Ambition(2), Zebrowski, Sikandarabad.

Race 9: Criaderas, Icebath(2), Petronius, Willowheart.

 

GENERAL:

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 8: Trainer C Waller (Miss Sentimental) – $100; incorrect gear (AR106)
Reprimands: Race 2: R Dolan (Crackneck) – careless riding (AR131(a)).
Race 5: N Rawiller (Brandenburg) – careless riding (AR131(a)).
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Race 1: Bound To Win – (Trainer P & P Snowden) – barrier manners.
Trials: Race 1: Grand Piano – (Trainer S O'Halloran) – stood flat-footed.
Race 2: Pedway – (Trainer D Williams) – one side nostril bleed.
Race 5: Roheryn (Trainer J Cummings) – cardiac arrythmia.
Certificates: Race 5: Le Romain (Trainer K Lees) – 1/5 lame near foreleg.
Race 5: Roheryn (Trainer J Cummings) – cardiac arrythmia.
Race 7: Catalyst (Trainer C Chipperfield) – 2/5 lame off foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 3: Cinquedea – to be ridden further forward; settled mid-field.
Race 3: Across Dubai – to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Race 4: Fall On A Star – to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Race 4: Miravalle – to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Race 4: Centimental – to be ridden conservatively; settled midfield.
Race 5: Reloaded – option to be ridden further forward; settled back.
Race 9: Occupy – to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Race 9: Got Unders – to be ridden further forward; settled midfield.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Race 3: Fun Fact (Trainer B Baker) – tactics adopted.
Race 6: Dreamforce (Trainer J Thompson) – future race plans.
Race 6: Avilius (Trainer J Cummings) – post-race condition.
Race 7: Catalyst (Trainer C Chipperfield) – post-race condition.
Race 8: Sikandarabad (Trainer S Kavanagh) – post-race condition.

 

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