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Warwick Farm stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE

 

Wednesday 8 July 2020

 

Weather:                    Overcast

Track:                        Soft (6)

Rail:                           True

Penetrometer:            5.35

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  W. R. Birch (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht, T. P. Moxon, T. J. Vassallo and Cadets B. J. Pearce, T. J. Hansen and L. J. Martin.

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RACE 1: SKY Racing Active Plate 1200m:

Beyliks – Overraced in the early and middle stages.

 

Deniliquin – Slow to begin (3L).

 

Free State – Hung in in the straight when under pressure.

 

Marsannay – When asked for an explanation regarding the tactics adopted passing the 600m, in particular why he brought the colt to a three-wide position around the heels of Rubamos, rider T. Clark stated that after moving to a one-off position approaching that point he then became awkwardly placed on the heels of Rubamos and did not anticipate that runner taking him forward at that stage. He added that he was conscious also of Centimental being positioned back and to his outside, and that if he remained trailing Rubamos he was concerned that he would be held up at a crucial stage of the race if Centimental was able to hold the three-wide line.

 

Rubamos – When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider B. Avdulla stated that the colt travelled well, apart from a short distance in the middle stages when it overraced when Beyliks progressed forward to his outside. He added that when the tempo of the race increased approaching the home turn, Rubamos commenced to hang out, and continued to do so for the remainder of the event, and he believed that the colt's lack of race experience was a significant contributor to its disappointing performance today. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Smart Image – Slow to begin. Held up for a short distance rounding the home turn. Approaching the 200m shifted out and bumped Rubamos.

 

Squanto – Began only fairly.

 

Centimental – For some distance approaching the 600m was bumped by Marsannay when that runner shifted out to improve forward around the heels of Rubamos. Raced wide and without cover from the 600m.

 

RACE 2: Bowermans Commercial Furniture Plate 1200m:

Kaptive– When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider T. Berry stated that after beginning only fairly he contemplated placing the gelding under pressure to take up a prominent position, however, when California August and Celandine were holding an advantage to his outside, he elected to take hold of Kaptive, at which stage the gelding overraced. He added that after receiving some tightening near the 1000m he was obliged to settle his mount towards the rear of the field. T. Berry added that Kaptive travelled well through the middle stages, however, was disadvantaged by the slow tempo. Nevertheless, he was disappointed with the manner in which it finished off the race and believed the soft surface coupled with its lack of race experience were the principal factors for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the near-foreleg and displaying a stringhalt-like gait behind. Co-trainer Mr M. Hawkes was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Kaptiveis permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Prince Aurelius– Slow to begin.

 

Rose To Victory– The filly was a late scratching at 1.26pm when it refused to be loaded into the barriers. The Stewards ruled that all moneys invested on Rose To Victory be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 1.26pm be subject to the following deductions from the face value of each ticket:

1st Celandine                             3¢ win, 9¢ place

2nd California August                  11¢ place

No 3rd dividend

 

Trainer Mr C. Connors was advised that Rose To Victory would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

RACE 3: Headwater @ Vinery Handicap 1300m:

Stormy Rock Leaving the 400m was bumped by Matowatakpe when that horse shifted out to improve. When asked about the tactics adopted throughout the middle stages, which ultimately resulted in Stormy Rock pressuring the leader, Ajaayeb for a considerable distance, rider K. McEvoy reported that Stormy Rock travelled comfortably in the early part of the race, however, after passing the 1100m commenced, to race fiercely and despite his efforts he was unable to restrain his mount, which resulted in both Stormy Rock and Ajaayeb setting a strong tempo through the middle stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (1/5) in the off-foreleg. Stable representative Ms K. Dunn was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Stormy Rockis permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Bowery Breeze– Slow to begin and then had to be steadied when crowded between Stormy Rock and Matowatakpe, which shifted out. For a short distance leaving the 450m became awkwardly placed on the heels of Matowatakpe.

 

Ajaayeb– When asked about the tactics adopted today, which resulted in the filly leading the event, rider T. Berry stated that the filly began well and with the blinkers on today he took advantage of that good start and progressed forward to the lead. He added that when pressured by Stormy Rock through the middle stages he restrained Ajaayeb in an endeavour to slow the speed, however, the filly did not respond and he was obliged to maintain the leading position, even given the strong tempo.

 

Faraway Jewel– Hung in rounding the home turn and continued to hang in in the early part of the straight when its rider was endeavouring to shift the filly to the outside of the heels of Kariba to improve.

 

Paprena– The filly was a late scratching at 2.02pm when it refused to be loaded into the barriers. The Stewards ruled that all moneys invested on Paprena be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 2.02pm be subject to the following deductions from the face value of each ticket:

1st Matowatakpe            2¢ win, 5¢ place

2nd Bowery Breeze        5¢ place

No 3rd dividend

 

Trainer Mr B. Widdup was advised that Paprena would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

RACE 4: Harry Angel @ Darley handicap 1400m:

Kosciusko– A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. Trainer Mr P. Webster advised that it was now his intention to send Kosciusko for an immediate spell.

 

Defeat– Began only fairly.

 

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

 

Bentley Magic– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Judge Judi– Rider T. Berry could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance today. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have speedy cuts behind and to be slow to recover. Trainer Ms K. Waugh was unable to provide any explanation for the mare's disappointing performance today and she undertook to report back on the post-race condition of Judge Judi in the days subsequent.

 

Etheridge– Stewards permitted N. Rawiller to ride the mare one kilogram over its allotted weight of 56kgs. Slow to begin. Inside the final 100m, when finishing the race off strongly, had to be shifted wider to continue into clear running.

 

Tapiconic– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. For a short distance leaving the 400m was held up and unable to improve.

 

Elegant Grace– Rider B. Avdulla reported that after beginning awkwardly and making contact with the offside barrier partition he was obliged to settle the filly towards the rear of the field from the wide barrier.

 

RACE 5: TAB Handicap 1300m:

Lilith– An explanation was sought from App. S. Metcalfe regarding the tactics adopted in the early and middle stages whereby she continuously restrained the mare when there appeared an opportunity to allow Lilith to stride forward and obtain the lead in what appeared to be an average tempo. App. Metcalfe advised Stewards that she had been instructed to ride the mare with cover and with the addition of blinkers today her mount raced fiercely after obtaining a position outside Caccini. Whilst Stewards acknowledged the instructions issued and the fact that App. Metcalfe was an inexperienced rider, nevertheless, they advised her that in their view it would have been in the best interests of Lilith to allow the mare to stride forward and obtain the lead when that opportunity presented in the early stages.

 

Joy And Mirth– Held up in the early stages of the straight and near the 200m was disappointed for a run between Liara and Lilith, which shifted in. Joy And Mirth then was held up for clear running for a short distance and was again disappointed for a run and had to be checked when tightened for room between Lilith, which shifted out, and Lunar Tramp, which was taken in by Nicconita. As a result, Joy And Mirth went to the line without being fully tested. App. B. Ryan (Nicconita) and App. S. Metcalfe (Lilith) were advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Joy For Us– Stewards permitted App. B. Griffiths to claim 2.5kgs of his 3kg allowance following consultation with trainer Ms K. Waugh. App. Griffiths was fined $100 under LR70 for not claiming his full allowance. Slow to begin and from the outside barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages

 

Nicconita– On jumping was bumped when crowded between Caccini and Irish Angel, which shifted out.

 

Liara– Slow to begin.

 

RACE 6: Alabama Express @ Yulong Handicap 1600m:

Decroux– Passing the 400m had to be steadied when tightened for room between Maui Girl (App. B. Ryan), which shifted in slightly, and Milunka (K. McEvoy), which shifted out. K. McEvoy was reprimanded and App. Ryan was advised to exercise more care.

 

Magic Over The Bay– Began only fairly. Overraced in the early stages and leaving the 1400m had to be steadied from the heels of Maui Girl (App. B. Ryan), which shifted in when not quite clear. Magic Over The Bay then continued to overrace until near the 1100m. App. Ryan was advised to exercise more care.

 

Maui Girl– Slow to begin and then was crowded by Showminder, which shifted out. Raced wide and without cover from the 800m.

 

Mubariz– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Overraced in the early stages when being restrained to obtain cover.

 

Hypernicus– Began only fairly.

 

RACE 7: Magna Grecia New To Coolmore Handicap 1100m:

Dissolute – Slow to begin. When asked for an explanation regarding the tactics adopted today, which appeared to be in contrast to the gelding's most recent start, App. B. Ryan stated that he was instructed to ride the gelding in a forward position, therefore, after being only fairly away he rode Dissolute with urgency to comply with his instructions. Trainer Mr B. Lazzarini informed Stewards that the instructions to have Dissolute in a forward position were consistent with those issued at its last start at Warwick Farm on 13 May, however, the gelding was unable to take up a prominent position, despite being ridden aggressively. Whilst Stewards acknowledged that the instructions issued were consistent, nevertheless, Mr Lazzarini was reminded of his obligation to inform Stewards of any change in riding tactics.

 

Whycatchim – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Nictock – Held up for clear running from rounding the home turn until passing the 200m.

 

Rafha's Choice – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

In Lighten Me – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Held up from rounding the home turn until passing the 300m.

 

Weekend Affair – Held up from rounding the home turn until passing the 200m.

 

Tale of The Kraut – Leaving the 500m improved up on to the heels of Dissolute and had to be restrained for a short distance.

 

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 3 K. O'Hara (Bowery Breeze) 6 strikes
Race 6 App. B. Griffiths (Seeingisbelieving)
App. R. Dolan (Showminder)
6 strikes
7 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Beyliks, Deniliquin, Free State, Smart Image (2)

Race 2: California August, Kaptive, Prince Aurelius, Let Me Think, Rose To Victory

Race 3: Stormy Rock, Bowery Breeze, Faraway Jewel

Race 4: Bentley Magic (2), Tapiconic, Elegant Grace

Race 5: Joy And Mirth, Nicconita (2), Irish Angel

Race 6: Decroux, Travancore (2), Hypernicus

Race 7: Valdostana (2), In Lighten Me (2), Tale Of The Kraut

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 5: App. B. Griffiths (Joy For Us) fined $100 – not claim full allowance (LR70).
Reprimands: Race 6: K. McEvoy (Milunka) – careless riding shifting out (AR131(a)).
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Race 2: Rose To Victory (trainer C. Conners) – refused to go into barriers.
Race 3: Paprena (trainer B. Widdup) – refused to go into barriers.
Certificates: Race 2: Kaptive (co-trainers M. W. & J. Hawkes) – lame (2/5) near-foreleg.
Race 3: Stormy Rock (trainer M. Dunn) – lame (1/5) off-foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 1: Beyliks – To be ridden further forward if circumstances permit: Led.
Race 2: Celandine – Option to be ridden further forward: Led.
Race 3: Matowatakpe – To be ridden further forward: Settled off-pace.
Race 4: Invinciano – To be ridden further forward: Led.
Race 5: Lilith – To be ridden further forward: Settled off-pace.
Race 6: Mubariz – To be ridden conservatively from the outside barrier: Settled back.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Race 4: Judge Judi (trainer K. Waugh) post-race condition.

 

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