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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 9 December 2023

 

Weather:                 Fine

Track:                     Good (4)

Rail:                        True

Penetrometer:         5.23

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: S. G. Railton (Chairman), M. A. Holloway, J. B. Marshall and Cadets B. D. Beasley, M. F. Vilo and K. J. Kripp.

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Supplementary Reports:

Warwick Farm Wednesday 6 December 2023

Race 2 – James Squire Handicap 1000m:

Infancy– Trainer Mr K. Lees reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the filly.

 

Race 3 – TAB Handicap 1100m:

Tarabeau – Co-trainer Mr A. Bott reported that the gelding had pulled up satisfactorily. He added that the stable would look to identify a more suitable race in a lesser grade for the gelding’s next race start.

 

Canterbury Park Friday 8 December 2023

Race 5 – Bivouac First Yearlings Handicap 1100m:

Power Ballard– Co-trainer Mr A. Bott reported that the filly had pulled up well following its disappointing performance. He said that the stable would continue to monitor Power Ballard over the immediate few days to determine the filly’s future runs during this campaign.

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RACE 1: Oran Park Highway 1400m:

Veandechance– When questioned N. Rawiller stated that the mare settled in a rearward position, as it did at its last start. He said, however, that Veandechance did not appear to travel comfortably through the run, and approaching the home turn he had to niggle his mount to maintain his position with runners around him. He said that Venadechance then closed off only one-paced, was disappointing and he could not offer any explanation for the mare’s performance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be displaying mild heat stress.

 

Burrandana– Shortly after the start was crowded between All Astern, which shifted out, and Unrelenting, which shifted in.

 

Unrelenting– Began awkwardly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

 

Mosgold– App. J. Stanley, rider of the winner, Mosgold, was severely reprimanded under AR131(b) for sitting up on his mount well prior to the finish line.

 

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

 

Sir Boo– Raced wide and without cover from the 800m.

 

All Astern– Jumped awkwardly and made contact with Burrandana.

 

Laurel Hill– Got its head up and raced ungenerously in the early stages and approaching the 1100m became awkward on the heels of All Astern when that runner shifted in. Continued to overrace throughout the middle stages.

 

Extra Smart– A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover.

 

Vaaroom– A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr K. Dryden was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Vaaroom is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

RACE 2: Bob Ingham AO Handicap 1400m:

Step Aside– A protest was lodged by N. Rawiller, rider of 3rd placegetter, Step Aside, against Runwiththetide (App. Z. Lloyd) being declared 2nd placegetter alleging interference near the 500m. It was established that after improving to be racing inside the heels of Runwiththetide approaching the 500m, Step Aside had to be checked and lost ground due to Runwiththetide shifting in. Having regard to the margin of a long head that separated both runners at the finish and the manner in which both runners ran to the line following the incident, the Stewards were satisfied that this interference had cost Step Aside 2nd placing and, accordingly, upheld the protest. The placings were amended as follows: 1st Fairway Star, 2nd Step Aside, 3rd Runwiththetide. At a subsequent inquiry App. Z. Lloyd (Runwiththetide) was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 500m he permitted his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Step Aside, resulting in that runner being checked. App. Lloyd’s permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Thursday 14 December 2023 and to expire on Wednesday 27 December 2023, on which day he may ride. Held up for clear running from the 400m until approaching the 150m where it improved into a tight run between Runwiththetide and Diamond Model.

 

Zouatica– On jumping shifted in and bumped Mogwai.

 

Diamond Model– Approaching the 50m was steadied when crowded for room between Divine Vicky and Step Aside (N. Rawiller), which shifted out marginally after obtaining a narrow run to its inside. N. Rawiller was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Leandra– App. D. Gibbons was not able to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance of the mare. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover.

 

Divine Vicky– Jumped awkwardly.

 

Mogwai– Jumped awkwardly and shortly after was bumped by Zouatica, which shifted in. From a wide barrier Mogwai then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying mild heat stress.

 

RACE 3: Coolmore Highway 1400m:

Golden Decade– On jumping shifted out. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying mild heat stress.

 

Imatruestar– Began only fairly and shortly after was bumped by Leica Model, which was carried out. Passing the 200m shifted in marginally and made contact with Rapbidash, which was attempting to obtain a narrow run to its inside. Imatruestar continued to race tight with Rapbidash until near the 50m where it was hampered and became unbalanced when forced out by Rapbidash due to a shift from runners to the inside.

 

Rapbidash– Prior to correct weight being declared, J. Collett viewed the official video coverage to ascertain whether there were any grounds to lodge a protest against McKeon, being declared 2nd placegetter in relation to an incident near the 50m. When J. Collett elected not to lodge a protest and when Stewards were similarly satisfied that the margin between both runners did not warrant a protest being lodged on behalf of the connections of Rapbidash, correct weight was declared. Shortly after jumping was hampered by Gold Tracker. From a wide barrier Rapbidash then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. After being held up for clear running in the early part of the home straight, near the 200m endeavoured to improve into a tight run between Associate and Imatruestar and, as a consequence, made contact with Imatruestar when that runner shifted in marginally. Rapbidash then raced very tight between Imatruestar and Associate, which was taken out slightly due to contact on its hindquarter. At the 50m Rapbidash was further crowded when Associate was carried out by McKeon and, as a consequence, was not able to be ridden out fully to the end of the race.

 

Gold Tracker– Jumped awkwardly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Associate– Prior to correct weight being declared, T. Berry viewed the official video coverage to ascertain whether there were any grounds to lodge a protest against McKeon, being declared 2nd placegetter in relation to an incident near the 50m. When T. Berry elected not to lodge a protest and when Stewards were similarly satisfied that the margin between both runners did not warrant a protest being lodged on behalf of the connections of Associate, correct weight was declared. At a subsequent inquiry K. McEvoy (McKeon) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that passing the 50m he permitted his mount to shift out under riding, resulting in Associate being severely hampered when crowded onto Rapbidash. K. McEvoy’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 17 December 2023 and to expire on Wednesday 27 December 2023, on which day he may ride. Jumped awkwardly.

 

Ferro Vero– Co-trainer Ms L. Gavranich was fined $100 under LR35 for failing to declare App. Z. Lloyd as the rider by the prescribed time. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying moderate heat stress.

 

Chairman’s List– On jumping was carried wider by Golden Decade, which shifted out. Leaving the 1200m commenced to travel keenly and was steadied from the heels of Louie’s Legacy when that runner crossed Chairman’s List. Chairman’s List continued to race fiercely through the middle stages and near the 600m improved up onto the heels of McKeon and was checked. Held up for clear running from the 400m until after passing the 200m.

 

Discreet Lady– K. Adams was permitted to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allocated weight of 54kgs in accordance with the RNSW hot weather policy.

 

Leica Model– On jumping was bumped and carried out by Chairman’s List, which was carried out by Golden Decade.

 

RACE 4: The Sacco Group Midway 1200m:

Chief Conductor – On jumping was bumped by Terra Mater, which shifted in. A. Hyeronimus reported that he was required to make use of his mount to cross runners to his inside and was not able to clearly establish the lead until approaching the 800m. He added that Chief Conductor is suspect at 1200m, and the amount of use he had to make of the gelding in the early stages impacted its finishing effort. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

 

Uzziah – Approaching the 300m was hampered when forced out by Terra Mater (N. Rawiller), which shifted out to obtain clear running. N. Rawiller was told to ensure that he does not cause undue hampering to other runners when shifting ground in similar circumstances.

 

Poseidon Ruler – Slow to begin and then was hampered and carried in by Toronomica. Approaching the 300m was hampered when forced out by Uzziah, which in turn was carried out by Terra Mater.

 

Dodi – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have thumps and displaying mild heat stress.

 

Toronomica – Began awkwardly. Soon after straightening made contact with Another Cognac when shifting out around the heels of Ningaloo Star to obtain clear running.

 

Terra Mater – N. Rawiller was permitted to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allocated weight of 57.5kgs. On jumping shifted in and bumped Chief Conductor. From a wide barrier Terra Mater then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Leaving the 600m received contact from Dodi and became unbalanced.

 

Another Cognac – When questioned regarding settling in a more-forward position, App. Z. Lloyd stated that his instructions were to ride Another Cognac where it was comfortable, depending on how his mount began. He said that after beginning well Another Cognac immediately took up an on-pace position, however, after being steadied to allow Chief Conductor to cross approaching the 900m he was left racing wide and without cover from that point.

 

Welcome Gypsy – R. Bayliss was permitted to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allocated weight of 54.5kg. Inclined to lay out approaching and rounding the home turn.

 

Obelius – D. Keenan was permitted to ride the gelding one kilogram over its allocated weight of 54kgs. Slow to begin and shortly after was bumped by Poseidon Ruler.

 

RACE 5: Inglis Nursery 1000m:

Beer Baron– On jumping shifted out and bumped Nymphadora. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. Lost its near-hind plate during running.

 

Blue Stratum– Began awkwardly and then shortly after shifted in and bumped Jupiter Hills. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt to have thumps.

 

Sacred Fort– Approaching the 600m laid out towards the heels of Beer Baron and became awkward.

 

Cashaway Gold– A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be displaying heat stress, coughing and a discharge from both nostrils. Trainer Mr G. Portelli was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, will be required before Cashaway Gold is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Groove City– At the 350m was awkwardly placed on the heels of Cashaway Gold, which commenced to give ground.

 

Jupiter Hills– Shortly after jumping was bumped by Blue Stratum, which shifted in.

 

Nymphadora– Shortly after jumping had to be checked after becoming crowded between Beer Baron, which shifted out, and Tokyo Lady, which shifted in. From a wide barrier Nymphadora then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced greenly in the middle stages.

 

Spirit In The Dark– Slow to begin.

 

Tokyo Lady– On jumping shifted in, bumped Nymphadora and became unbalanced. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover.

 

Valabing– Reared on jumping and lost ground. From a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced greenly through the early and middle stages. Had difficulty obtaining clear running prior to the 200m.

 

RACE 6: The Max Brenner Santa Cup 2000m:

Superium– Jumped awkwardly.

 

Wicklow– Shortly after jumping was crowded between King Of The Castle, which shifted out, and I’mintowin, which was carried in by Camaguey. K. McEvoy reported that the gelding did not appear to stretch out comfortably on the Good (4) racing surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Camaguey– On jumping shifted in and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. T. Berry reported that his mount raced flat and may have come to the end of its preparation. Trainer Ms K. Waugh advised that Camaguey will now be spelled.

 

I’mintowin– When questioned T. Clark stated that the gelding led as anticipated after being challenged in the early stages by both Wineglass Bay and Baby Rider. He said that I’mintowin, which is still relatively inexperienced, does not assist its chances by racing keenly and he felt as though the gelding fails to run out a strong 2000m at this stage of its career. He said that he had recommended to connections that I’mintowin would be better suited by being dropped back in distance and grade. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott confirmed that, acting on the feedback of T. Clark, it would be the stable’s intention to drop the gelding back in distance. Mr Bott undertook to report back on the progress of I’mintowin in the days subsequent.

 

Wyclif– Began only fairly.

 

RACE 7: The Ingham 1600m:

Cepheus– Approaching the 1000m was hampered when forced wider by Detonator Jack, which was taken out by Waterford. N. Rawiller reported that whilst he had the option to roll forward to take up a prominent position, he quickly assessed after travelling a short distance that this would have been too great a task for Cepheus with top weight, so he elected to obtain cover towards the rear of the field. He said that Cepheus did not travel well at any stage and may have come to the end of this current preparation.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Detonator Jack– Approaching the 1000m was hampered when taken out by Waterford, which shifted out after becoming awkwardly placed on heels. J. Collett dropped his whip near the 50m. When questioned J. Collett stated that approaching the 500m Detonator Jack improved to be inside the heels of Communist, however, soon after had to be checked from the heels of that runner when Waterford, which shifted out slightly. He said that Detonator Jack lost momentum in this incident, and it took some time for the gelding to respond to his riding in the early part of the straight before shifting out into clear running near the 300m. He said that Detonator Jack closed off satisfactorily, but the circumstances of the race were, in his view, against the gelding. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

King Magnus– Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. Passing the 300m was hampered due to receiving contact from Detonator Jack (J. Collett), which shifted out around the heels of Communist to obtain clear running. J. Collett was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in similar circumstances.

 

Vilana– Shortly after jumping was bumped by Lion’s Roar, which shifted out. A. Hyeronimus reported that his mount obtained a comfortable run but was disappointing in the manner in which Vilana failed to close off. He was unable to offer any explanation for the performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

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

 

Osipenko– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. T. Clark stated that from the extreme outside barrier he was required to go back and settle at the rear of the field. He said that Osipenko was left with too much to do and was unable to make up the necessary ground in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

No Compromise– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Dark Destroyer– Slow to begin.

 

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

 

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

 

Communist– Approaching the 1000m commenced to overrace and was checked from the heels of Lion’s Roar. On straightening was bumped by Lion’s Roar, which shifted out to improve.

 

Waterford– Approaching the 1000m commenced to overrace and shifted out off the heels of Dark Destroyer. On straightening was obliged to shift to the inside of the heels of Lion’s Roar when that runner shifted out to obtain clear running.

 

Lion’s Roar– On jumping shifted out and bumped Vilana. On straightening shifted out to obtain clear running and made contact with Communist.

 

RACE 8: Racing and Sports Razor Sharp Handicap 1200m:

Frosty Rocks– On jumping shifted out and bumped Insurrection.

 

Rocketing By– Slow to begin and shortly after had to be checked when crowded between Frosty Rocks, which shifted out, and Insurrection, which shifted in.

 

Insurrection– On jumping shifted in and bumped Frosty Rocks.

 

Sinawann– Jumped awkwardly and bumped Dynamic Impact.

 

Recommendation– Began only fairly.

 

Fox Fighter– Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Dynamic Impact– The gelding lost its off-hind plate in the pre-parade area and was subsequently replated. Slow to begin and then was bumped by Sinawann, which shifted in. T. Schiller reported that Dynamic Impact settled back and soon became detached from the field. He said that despite being niggled along from the 800m the gelding did not give any response and remained detached from the field until making the home turn where his mount began to take closer order to the field. He said that when ridden out in the straight Dynamic Impact took some time to respond and finished well over the concluding stages.

 

With Your Blessing– A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 9: Jack Ingham AO Handicap 1600m:

Zoe’s Promise– Began awkwardly.

 

Ita– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Held up for clear running from the 400m until after passing the 300m where it was shifted to the outside of runners. When questioned regarding the tactics adopted App. D. Gibbons stated that his instructions were to ride the mare conservatively from the outside barrier and this resulted in Ita settling at the rear of the field in order to avoid racing wide and without cover. When questioned stable representative Mr L. Hilton confirmed that connections had asked App. D. Gibbons to ride the mare conservatively from a wide barrier with its big weight. Mr Hilton was reminded of the requirements under AR100 to report any intended change of tactics.

 

Aristonous– Began only fairly and shortly afterwards bumped Bianco Vilano.

 

Missy Moola– Began awkwardly.

 

Bianco Vilano– On jumping was bumped on the hindquarter by Aristonous.

 

Stray– Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A post-race veterinary examination of Stray, which weakened in the straight after racing wide and without cover, revealed the mare to be slow to recover and displaying mild heat stress.

 

RACE 10: Aloha Strawberry Hill Stud Handicap 1100m:

Lady Laguna– Began awkwardly and made contact with the hindquarter of Munitions.

 

Munitions– On jumping was bumped on the hindquarter by Lady Laguna.

 

Maotai– On the home turn was forced wider by Iowna Merc.

 

Way To The Stars– N. Rawiller was permitted to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allocated weight of 57.5kgs. When questioned regarding his riding and in respect of the gelding’s performance, N. Rawiller stated that after beginning well he initially was content to lead, however, when Brudenell was ridden positively to his inside, he was concerned that had he gone with that runner this would have resulted in both horses racing too keenly. He said, therefore, he steadied Way To The Stars to settle off Brudenell and then subsequently allowed Garrison to cross after the 800m. He said that Way To The Stars did not appear to cope with being ridden in this manner as it overraced and refused to settle throughout the middle stages. He said that as a consequence of the manner in which Way To The Stars raced in the early and middle stages, the gelding was left without a finishing effort. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Devil’s Throat– A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from both nostrils for the first time. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden was advised was advised of the provisions of AR79(4).

 

Iowna Merc– On jumping was bumped by and carried in by Stromboli. From a wide barrier Iowna Merc then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Stromboli– Jumped awkwardly and bumped Iowna Merc. From a wide barrier Stromboli then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Just In Reach– Began awkwardly.

 

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

 

Race 2 App. Z. Lloyd (Runwiththetide) 7 strikes
Race 3 C. Schofield (Toronomica) 6 strikes
Race 5 T. Berry (Beer Baron) 6 strikes
Race 6 App. D. Gibbons (Wyclif) 7 strikes
Race 7 J. Parr (Kirwan’s Lane)
App. D. Gibbons (Loch Eagle)
7 strikes
6 strikes
Race 9 A. Hyeronimus (Missy Moola) 6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Venadechance, Burrandana, Sharp Shock, Sir Boo

Race 2: Divine Vicky, Mogwai, Runwiththetide

Race 3: Imatruestar, Rapbidash, Associate, Leica Model, McKeon

Race 4: Uzziah, Ningaloo Star (2)

Race 5: Beer Baron (2), Blue Stratum, Nymphadora

Race 6: Wyclif

Race 7: King Magnus, Attractable (2), Kirwan’s Lane, Hinged, Phearson, Lion’s Roar, Loch Eagle (2)

Race 8: Insurrection, Barossa Rosa, With Your Blessing

Race 9: Promitto, Aristonous, Missy Moola

Race 10: Lady Laguna, Brudenell (2), Dehorned Unicorn, Way To The Stars, Iowna Merc

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 3: Co-trainer L. Gavranich (Ferro Vero) fined $100 – fail to declare rider by prescribed time (LR35).
Reprimands: Race 1: App. J. Stanley (Mosgold) – fail to ride mount out fully over the concluding stages (AR131(b)).
Suspensions: Race 2: App. Z. Lloyd (Runwiththetide) 14/12/2023 to 27/12/2023 – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).
Race 3: K. McEvoy (McKeon) 17/12/2023 to 27/12/2023 – careless riding shifting out (AR131(a)).
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Nil.
Certificates: Race 1: Vaaroom (trainer K. Dryden) – lame (2/5) near-foreleg.
Race 5: Cashaway Gold (trainer G. Portelli), including endoscopic examination – coughing, discharge from both nostrils and heat stress.
Bleeders: Race 10: Devil’s Throat (co-trainers Peter & Paul Snowden) – first time (AR79(4)).
Falls/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics notified: Race 6: Wyclif – Intention to be ridden further forward: Settled worse than midfield.
Race 7: Hinged – To be ridden further forward: Settled off pace.
Race 10: Iowna Merc – Intention to be ridden conservatively from the wide barrier: Settled worse than midfield.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow-up: Race 6: I’mintowin (co-trainers Waterhouse & Bott) – post-race condition.

 

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