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STEWARDS’ REPOR 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURS 

Saturday, 23 January 2021

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Good (4)

Rail:                          +9m

Penetrometer:          5.08

 

STEWARDS:  W R Birch (Chairman), D L Carr, C L Albrecht, S C Knight and cadets E Y A Hargraves, E A Tickner and J R Galante

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

WARWICK FARM:  Wednesday, 13 January 2021

RACE 2 – Vinery Stud Handicap 1400m

Law Party – trainer Mr M Newnham advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding and it was his intention to continue with its current preparation.

 

RACE 3 – Impending @ Darley Handicap 1000m

Shadow Bridge – trainer Mr M Newnham advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding and it was his intention to continue with its current preparation.

 

ROSEHILL GARDENS:  Saturday, 16 January 2021

RACE 4 – Precise Air Handicap 2000m

Spanish Point – stable representative Mr D Greer advised that the stable was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding but it will now be spelled. 

                                                                                                                                                      

 

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As J McDonald was stood down from his remaining engagements following Race 6 due to aggravating an ongoing elbow injury, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 7 Zegalo– N Rawiller
Race 8 Herengawe– K O’Hara
Race 9 Guise– J Ford
Race 10 Betcha Flying– T Clark

 

                                                                                                                                                      

 

CHANGES TO DECLARED WEIGHT:

The Stewards permitted S Clipperton to ride over his declared weight as follows:

 

Race 3 Fantini – S Clipperton – ½kg over 54kg
Race 5 Orpheum – S Clipperton – ½kg over 54kg

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – The Paul Hoffmann Handicap 1000m

Perfect Darling– the filly was declared a late scratching at 12.39pm when it was observed to have blood in its offside nostril when parading behind the barriers.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Perfect Darling be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 12.39pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket.

1st   Stay Inside           4 cents win, 6 cents place

2nd  Headliner             5 cents place

3rd   Ashema               3 cents place

Trainer Mr J Sargent was advised that in accordance with AR79(8), the filly will be required to gallop over 1000m before the Stewards prior to racing again. 

 

Rivabrook– trainer Mr M Smith was fined $100 under LR35(2) for the late declaration of R King as the rider.

 

Dash Dash Dash– trainer Mr G Thompson was fined $200 under LR35(2) for the late declaration of T Clark as the rider.  Slow to begin.

 

Headliner– began awkwardly resulting in its rider becoming unbalanced and the filly losing ground (2L).  Held up for clearing running from rounding the home turn until passing the 200m. 

 

Mandalong Cash– bounded on jumping and lost ground.   Throughout the middle stages overraced at the heels of Stay Inside.  Was held up from entering the home straight until passing the 300m at which point it had to be shifted to the outside of the heels of Ashema to continue into clear running.  

 

Arthur Francis– slow to begin.  From leaving the 400m until approaching the 300m was held up and had difficulty securing clear running.

 

Doola Teela– slow to begin.  Held up and unable to improve rounding the home turn, then had difficulty securing clear running until passing the 200m and was further inconvenienced when Rivabrook continually shifted wider when racing forward of Doola Teela between the 200m and 100m.  After securing clear running inside the final 100m, raced greenly when placed under full pressure.  

 

Mistaken Identity– was shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the race.

 

Harlem Groove– raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Ashema– raced wide and without cover throughout.  

 

Chameleon Choice– when asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider N Rawiller stated that whilst the colt was pressured in the lead somewhat by Scarzel, he was satisfied with the manner in which the colt travelled throughout the early and middle stages.   He added that rounding the home turn, Chameleon Choice continued to travel well, however when Stay Inside challenged the lead leaving the 400m, Chameleon Choice was immediately under pressure and commenced to tire shortly thereafter and proved disappointing in the run to the finish. 

 

Scarzel– when questioned about the disappointing performance of the gelding, rider J Parr stated that Scarzel showed good speed in the early stages and travelled well in the position outside the leader, however when placed under pressure did not respond to his riding and passing the 200m, commenced to tire quite badly.  He added that in his view, the gelding lacked the necessary maturity to race competitively when placed under full pressure.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no significant abnormalities.  Trainer Mr M Newnham agreed with the comments from rider J Parr that the gelding is still quite immature and added that he would assess the gelding's post race recovery before deciding whether to continue on with its current preparation.   The Stewards will follow-up with Mr Newnham in the days subsequent.

 

RACE 2 – TAB Highway Handicap 1100m

Art Cadeau– began awkwardly.

 

Fat Gecko– began awkwardly and shifted out abruptly.   Hung out throughout the early and middle stages when racing wide and without cover.

 

Legendofoz– slow to begin (2L). 

 

Tango Stepz– slow to begin.  Overraced in the early and middle stages and near the 600m improved up onto the heels of Superior Witness and had to be restrained.

 

Shelby Sixtysix– slow to begin.  When asked if there was an opportunity to position the gelding closer to the speed in the early stages, rider J McDonald stated that his instructions were to ride the gelding in a position where comfortable and after beginning only fairly, he elected to trail the favoured runner Art Cadeau rather than pressure Shelby Sixtysix in the early stages to hold a position to the inside of that runner.  He added that he was also reluctant to proceed into the position to the inside of Art Cadeau in the early stages as he observed Tango Stepz, which was positioned on the fence, to be racing fiercely and shifting ground under restraint from its rider App R Jones.

 

Special Design– was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Amicus Curiae– race wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Owhata Crumpet– commenced to overrace leaving the 850m and leaving the 800m had to be restrained from the heels of Amicus Curiae.  Passing the 200m was momentarily tightened for room between Fat Gecko and Amicus Curiae, both of which shifted ground slightly.

 

Water Dove– laid out from approaching the 800m until entering the home straight.

 

Superior Witness– raced ungenerously in the lead and hung out throughout the early and middle stages of the event.

 

RACE 3 – TAB Highway Handicap 1100m

Southern Appeal– on jumping was bumped by Tierra Del Fuego and was then shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages.

 

Tierra Del Fuego– raced ungenerously in the early stages when being restrained to obtain a position with cover.

 

Sparky Girl– from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Blue Missile – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Overraced in the middle stages and near the 700m had to be restrained from the heels of Melik, then laid in from the 700m and continued to do so under pressure in the home straight.

 

Melik– when asked about the disappointing performance, App L Day stated that whilst the gelding was obliged to race wide and without cover, she was nevertheless disappointed in the manner in which the gelding finished the race off and believed it would take benefit from its first up performance and may also appreciate the reapplication of blinkers. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr P Messara advised Stewards that in his opinion, the gelding's disappointing performance was a result of the gelding racing without blinkers and it was now his intention to reapply the blinkers for its next start.

 

RACE 4 – ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap 1100m

Valaquenta– slow to begin and shortly after was bumped by I'm telling Ya.  Approaching the 600m, was bumped and carried wider by Removal and then raced four wide and without cover from that point. 

 

I'm Telling Ya– slow to begin and then shortly after bumped Valaquenta.

 

Emanate– slow to begin and shortly after was eased away from the heels of Hibiscus Lady which shifted in.   Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Removal– when the pace slowed near the 800m, commenced to race keenly and approaching the 600m, when awkwardly positioned at the heels of Fanciful Dream, shifted out and made contact with Valaquenta.  Removal then continued to overrace for some distance after.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have blood present in its offside nostril and to have been galloped on to the near hind leg.   Trainer Mr J  Sylvester was advised that in accordance with AR79(8), the gelding will be required to gallop over 1000m before the Stewards prior to racing again. 

 

Osamu– overraced in the middle stages.  Held up for clear running between the 400m and 300m. 

 

RACE 5 – Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap 1100m

Geist– was a late scratching at 2.45pm on veterinary advice after it kicked out in the tie up stalls and was found to have bilateral fetlock abrasions and to be lame (2/5) in the near hind leg.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Geist be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 2.45pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket.

1st   Rocketing By       8 cents win,  10 cents place

2nd  Rule of Law          6 cents place

3rd  Orpheum              16 cents place

Trainer Mr J Cummings was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Geist being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

 

Rocketing By– slow to begin.   Held up for clear running until passing the 200m.

 

Rule Of Law– began awkwardly.  Rider K McEvoy dropped his whip approaching the winning post. 

 

Velorum– began awkwardly.  Raced in restricted room over the final 100m between Super Effort and Rule Of Law (K McEvoy), which shifted out and as a result, was unable to be fully tested in the run to the finish.  K McEvoy was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Orpheum– shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  

 

Super Effort– raced wide and without cover throughout the event.   Inside the final 50m raced in restricted room between Velorum and Orpheum.

 

Philizzy – when asked for an explanation in relation to the tactics adopted in the middle stages and whether there was an opportunity to bring Philizzy into a position trailing Super Effort, which would have afforded the filly an opportunity to secure clear running upon entering the home straight, rider R Dolan stated that when the pace steadied in the middle stages, Philizzy travelled quite strongly with him and he was always positioned to the inside of the heels of Super Effort.  He added that when Velorum shifted Super Effort to a four wide position passing the 600m, he was then obliged to allow Philizzy to improve into a position immediately trailing that runner.   He added that at the same stage Orpheum improved to the outside of Philizzy and whilst a run developed between Velorum and Super Effort momentarily shortly after entering the home straight, that run closed when both Velorum and Super Effort shifted ground slightly and Philizzy was then held up and unable to secure clear running until a point passing the 100m. 

 

RACE 6 – Heineken Handicap 2000m

Poulton Le Sands– slow to begin. 

 

Picaro– slow to begin (2L), then failed to muster speed in the early stages despite the efforts of its rider.

 

Accountability– when asked about the disappointing performance, rider K McEvoy stated that he would have liked to settle the gelding closer to the speed, however he was unable to secure a position close to the running rail in the early stages and he therefore elected to restrain Accountability to a trailing position behind On The White Turf which resulted in Accountability settling further back that he would have liked.  He added that in his view, Accountability was one paced in the run to the finish and he believed the gelding would benefit from being stepped up in distance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Mr Marathon Man– was held up for clear running from entering the home straight until passing the 200m. 

 

RACE 7 – Sky Racing Active Handicap 1400m

Sausedge– slow to begin.   

 

Zegalo– began awkwardly and lost ground.  When asked about the disappointing performance, rider N Rawiller stated that the gelding travelled well through the middle stages and when asked for an effort in the early part of the straight, responded for a short distance before commencing to tire inside the final 250m.  He added that in his view, Zegalo would appreciate being stepped up in distance and racing on a track with more give in it than that of today's surface.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Napoleon Solo– shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.  Hung out throughout the early and middle stages and continued to hang out in the straight placing its rider at some disadvantage in riding his mount out.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden advised Stewards he would report back on the post race condition of the gelding and expressed his disappointment with its first up effort.  The Stewards advised Mr Snowden that once they had received his report, they would consider whether any action would be taken against the gelding having regard to its performance. 

 

Outback Diva– raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

St Covet's Spirit– had to be steadied from the heels of Ulysses (App C Williams) approaching the 1100m when that horse shifted in when not clear.  App Williams was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in future.  Rider S Clipperton reported that he trailled the leader and favoured runner Ulysses into the home straight with the expectation that that gelding would accelerate and an opportunity would present to the outside of that horse when Blondeau, which raced to his outside and he expected to tire.  He added when Ulysses did not improve in the home straight and Blondeau held its ground, he was not able to secure clear running at any stage down the home straight and St Covet's Spirit went to the line without being tested.

 

RACE 8 – Fujitsu General Carrington Stakes 1400m

Sikandarabad– trainer Mr S Kavanagh was fined $100 under LR35(2) for the late declaration of S Price as the rider of the gelding.  Slow to begin.

 

Herengawe– slow to begin.

 

Order Again– slow to begin.  When asked if there was an opportunity to place the gelding under full pressure sooner than he had done, rider S Clipperton stated that Order Again commenced to hang in rounding the home turn, which is a trait the gelding has exhibited in the past.   He added that when Order Again continued to hang in in the early part of the straight, he believed it was in the best interests of the horse to get it balanced before placing it under full pressure which he ultimately did passing the 350m.  He added that due to his riding, Order Again raced genuinely inside the 300m after being allowed to balance up and finished the race off well.

 

Bandersnatch– began awkwardly.  Leaving the 500m improved up onto the heels of Cradle Mountain and had to be steadied.

 

Passage Of Time– leaving the 1000m, when being restrained by its rider, got its head up and raced ungenerously for a short distance.  Bumped on several occasions rounding the home turn when Bandersnatch was shifting out around the heels of Quackerjack to improve. 

 

Thy Kingdom Come– approaching the home turn improved onto the heels of Bandersnatch and had to be steadied.   Was then held up for clear running from entering the home straight until passing the 200m at which point it was shifted to the outside of the heels of Bandersnatch to secure clear running.

 

Cradle Mountain– when asked about the disappointing performance of Cradle Mountain, rider K McEvoy stated that the gelding travelled well but failed to respond under pressure.   He added that the horse made an abnormal respiratory noise upon pulling up.   A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Ms C Cunningham informed Stewards that she was disappointed with the performance of Cradle Mountain and would discuss the racing future of the gelding with the owners and inform the Stewards of the outcome.    

 

RACE 9 – TAB Handicap 1600m

Enduring night– slow to begin.

 

Helga– slow to begin.  Raced wide and without cover until approaching the 800m.

 

Strawb– slow to begin and was then bumped by Strange Charm, which shifted out.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Majella– slow to begin.  Leaving the 300m, was bumped on the hindquarter by Bowery Breeze and became unbalanced.

 

Game Of Thorns– raced wide and without cover from the 900m.  Lost its near fore plate passing the 150m.

 

Selica– on several occasions rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight made contact with Guise when attempting to shift to the outside of Helga to secure clear running.

 

Guise– was bumped on several occasions rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight by Selica when that horse shifted out.

 

Celtic Love– was unable to secure clear running for the majority of the home straight.

 

Dame Kiri– was held up for clear running from entering the home straight until passing the 300m and was then obliged to race in restricted room between Game Of Thorns and Zing until passing the 150m.

 

Bowery Breeze– was unable to secure clear running in the home straight and went to the line without being fully tested.

 

Zing– rider T Berry reported that it was his intention to take up a position just behind the speed consistent with the mare's usual racing pattern, however Zing did not begin as well as he would have liked from the wide barrier and when a number of runners showed intent to be forward in the early stages, he was obliged to settle Zing further back in the field than anticipated to secure a position close to the fence.

 

Strange Charm– when asked for an explanation regarding the disappointing performance of the mare, rider N Rawiller stated Strange Charm travelled well but when placed under pressure was reluctant to stretch out and in his view, would be better suited to tracks with more give in them than that of today's surface.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 10 – Drinkwise Mile 1600m

Cisco Bay– slow to begin and shortly after was crowded by McCormack, which shifted out.  Raced wide and without cover from the 700m.

 

Oakfield Missile– slow to begin.   Near the 250m, shifted out and made contact with Our Candidate.

 

Matowi– shortly after the start was crowded between Bergen and Snowfire.  Was held up from entering the home straight until approaching the 300m.

 

Brutality– on jumping was bumped by Soldier Of Love.

 

All Time Legend– when asked about the tactics adopted on the gelding in the early stages whether there was an opportunity to hold the lead, rider K McEvoy stated that after holding the lead until near the 1200m, he was then challenged by Soldier Of Love and given the genuine tempo, he was reluctant to use All Time Legend and resist the challenge of Soldier Of Love and therefore elected to take a trailing position behind that runner.   He added that rounding the home turn, All Time Legend was placed to the inside of the heels of Betcha Flying and when McCormack improved into a position to his outside trailing Betcha Flying, he was unable to move All Time Legend wider in an endeavour to secure clear running.   He added that as a result, All Time Legend was held up behind Soldier Of Love and Betcha Flying until inside the 200m when Soldier Of Love shifted out and presented clear running to its inside.

 

Snowfire– when asked about the disappointing performance, rider T Berry stated that the gelding enjoyed a nice run in transit one off the fence just behind the leaders and when asked for an effort rounding the home turn, responded for a short distance but then commenced to tire and proved disappointing in the run to the finish.   He added in his view Snowfire may still be feeling the effects of its last start win on a heavy track.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Co-trainer Mr M Hawkes reported that he would assess the post race recovery of Snowfire before determining any immediate racing plans.

 

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 2 T Berry (Art Cadeau) 6 strikes
Race 6 J McDonald (New Arrangement) 6 strikes
Race 6 K O’Hara (Aqua D’Ivinia) 6 strikes
Race 7 T Berry (Blondeau) 6 strikes
Race 8 T Berry (Bandersnatch) 7 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:    Arthur Francis, Headliner (2), Perfect Darling, Rivabrook.

Race 2:    Shelby Sixtysix, Amicus Curiae, Water Dove (2).

Race 3:    Melik, Katgully Red, Tierra Del Fuego, Southern Appeal.

Race 4:    I’m Telling Ya, Fanciful Dream, The Face, Osamu.

Race 5:    Rule Of Law, Super Effort, Orpheum, Rule Of Law.

Race 6:    Aqua D’Ivina, On The White Turf, Picaro, Poulton Le Sands, New Arrangement.

Race 7:    St Covet’s Spirit, Le Lude, Nicochet, Ulysses.

Race 8:    Sikandarabad, Cradle Mountain, Herengawe, Thy Kingdom Come, Quackerjack.

Race 9:    Game Of Thorns, Invinciano, Bowery Breeze, Helga.

Race 10:  Our Candidate, Mr Marathon Man, Betcha Flying.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 1:  Dash Dash Dash(trainer G Thompson) – $200 – late declaration of rider [LR35(2)]. 
Race 1:  Rivabrook (trainer M Smith) – $100 – late declaration of rider [LR35(2)]. 
Race 8:  Sikandarabad(trainer S Kavanagh) – $100 – late declaration of rider [LR35(2)].
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 1:  Perfect Darling(trainer J Sargent) – blood in one nostril. 
Race 4:  Removal(trainer J  Sylvester) – blood in one nostril.
Certificates: Race 5:  Geist(J Cummings) – lame (2/5) in the near hind leg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 5.   My Ruby– to be ridden further forward; led.
Race 6:   Aqua D’Ivina– to be ridden further forward; settled on pace.
Race 7:   Zegalo – to be ridden with cover; settled worse than midfield.
Race 8:   Herengawe– to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Race 10: Brutality– to be ridden further forward with the intention of settling midfield; settled midfield.
Race 10: Soldier Of Love – to be ridden further forward with the intention to lead; led.
Change of Colours: Race 1:  Stay Inside– white ATC colours.
Race 1:  Mistaken Identity– white cap.
Race 4:  Valaquenta – white cap.
Race 5:  Rocketing By– black ATC colours.
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 1:  Scarzel (trainer M Newnham) – post race condition and future race plans. 
Race 7:  Napoleon Solo(Snowden stable) – post race condition.
Race 8:  Cradle Mountain (trainer C Cunningham) – future race plans.
Race 10:  Snowfire(co-trainer M Hawkes) – post race condition.
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