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Warwick Farm stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE

 

Wednesday 12 August 2020

 

Weather:                    Overcast

Track:                        Heavy (9)

Rail:                           +5m from 1000m to WP, +3m remainder

Penetrometer:            6.17

 

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

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Supplementary Reports:

Canterbury Park 5 August 2020

Race 2 – TAB Handicap 1900m:

Controlthewitness– Trainer's representative Mr D. Greer reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding but advised that it had come to the end of its preparation and had now been spelled.

 

Race 4 – Sky Racing Active Handicap 1550m:

You Too– Trainer's representative Mr C. Duckworth reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition and advised that the intention is to drop the mare back in grade to continue its current preparation. 

 

Kembla Grange 6 August 2020

Race 1 – Wiseman Insurance Class 1 and Maiden Plate 2000m:

Cosmic King– Trainer's representative Ms E. Reeves reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding but advised that Cosmic King has now been spelled.

 

Race 2 – Markey Saddlery Maiden Handicap 1400m:

Accolade– Trainer Mr J. Cummings reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that the intention is to continue with its current preparation.  

 

Race 6 - TC Air and Electric Benchmark 64 Handicap 1600m:

Requited– Trainer's representative Mr C. McCullagh reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding but advised that Requited has now been spelled.

 

Race 7 – Dapto Leagues Club Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1400m:

Blesk– Trainer Mr J. O’Shea reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of Blesk and reiterated that the intention is to add blinkers to the gear for its next race start.

 

Rosehill Gardens 8 August 2020

Race 2 – Everest Carnival On Sale Handicap 1500m:

Spencer– Trainer's representative Mr S. McLean reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

Race 9 – TAB Handicap 1200m:

Partners– Trainer Mr S. Singleton reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that it has now gone to the paddock for a freshen up, before returning to the stable to continue its current preparation.

 

Newcastle 8 August 2020

Race 2 – Australian Bloodstock Hunter Stayers Cup – Benchmark 68 Handicap 2900m:

Terwilliker – Trainer Mr A. Cummings reported that the gelding had come to the end of its preparation and had now been spelled.

 

Gosford 11 August 2020

Race 2 – Walker Bros Timber & Hardware 4yo&up Metro & Prov Maiden Handicap 1100m:

Sibley– Stable representative Ms K. Devlin was advised that the mare would be required to barrier trial prior to its next race start.

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RACE 1: Frosted @ Darley Handicap 1300m:

Rousseau – When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider J. McDonald stated that he secured a nice run just behind the leaders and the colt travelled well in the early stages. He added that he was intent on holding a one-off position and for some distance passing the 800m he was obliged to contest the position trailing Grenado when For Valour was being shifted in in an endeavour to obtain cover.. He added that this resulted in Rousseau racing keenly through the middle stages. He further stated that despite this, he was disappointed with the manner in which the colt finished off the race, having regard to the fact that it had trialled well on rain-affected going and performed well on a heavy track in its first race last preparation. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr C. Waller reported to Stewards that Rousseau had worked well leading into today's race and added that in his view the colt's tendency to race keenly through the middle stages, coupled with the fact that it was first up from a spell on a Heavy (9) surface, were the main factors for its disappointing performance.

 

For Valour – When asked if there was an opportunity to take up a position in the lead or outside the lead in the early stages, rider A. Hyeronimus stated that after beginning on terms he rode his mount for a short distance,  however, when he observed Joviality and Grenado holding prominent positions he was of the view that For Valour did not have the speed to cross either of those runners and, therefore, he endeavoured to allow his mount to stride comfortably and attempted to position the colt one off the fence trailing Grenado. He added that after passing the 900m he attempted to place pressure on Rousseau in an endeavour to move that runner to a position closer to the running rail, however, despite his efforts was unable to do so. He further stated that For Valour then was obliged to raced wide and without cover for the remainder of the event.

 

Nishikori – Bounded as the start was effected and lost ground. From a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Game Theory – Slow to begin. Hung out when under pressure in the straight.

 

Street Dancer – Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

Grenado – Laid out rounding the home turn and continued to lay out under pressure in the straight.

 

Adamas Prince – Began awkwardly.

 

RACE 2: Yulong Stallions Handicap 1400m:

Fantasy Eagle – Rider R. Hutchings reported that in his view the gelding did not handle today's heavy track conditions, which he attributed to the reason for its poor performance, and added that in his view the gelding had come to the end of its current preparation. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr A. Denham confirmed that the gelding will be sent for an immediate spell.

 

Kingsheir – Leaving the 500m laid in and became awkwardly placed at the heels of Heza Gentleman for a short distance. Rider J. McDonald reported that after beginning only fairly, in his opinion the horse did not handle today's heavy track conditions and he believed this to be the principal reason for its performance today.

 

Lubuk – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Satin Ruby – Began awkwardly and shortly after the start was crowded between Fantasy Eagle and Lubuk, both of which shifted ground. Laid out rounding the home turn. Rider App. J. Van Overmeire reported that the mare did not handle the prevailing track conditions today.

 

Waihora Jewel – Began only fairly.

 

RACE 3: Hyland Race Colours Handicap 2200m:

Continuation– Raced wide and without cover from the 1000m. Near the 700m had to be steadied from the heels of Duchess Of Windsor when that runner was taken out by Misty Summer.

 

Misty Summer– Stewards permitted L. Magorrian to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 55kgs. Began only fairly. Raced wide and without cover until a point approaching the 1500m. Had a tendency to lay out throughout the event and near the 700m shifted out despite the efforts of its rider, enabling Merlinite to establish a run to the inside of Misty Summer. Leaving the 500m had to be steadied when tightened for room between Duchess Of Windsor and Space Is Deep, which shifted out to improve. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr C. Duckworth agreed with the explanation provided by L. Magorrian and advised that it would be the stable's intention to experiment with gear for the mare's next race start. Bearing in mind the overall performance today, Mr Duckworth was advised that Misty Summer will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

Red Hot Chillypins– Began only fairly.

 

Space Is Deep– Began awkwardly.

 

Duchess Of Windsor– Near the 700m was bumped by Misty Summer, which shifted out. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 4: Melanie Martines Handicap 1100m:

Bothered– Began awkwardly.

 

Alison Of Tuffy– Began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped Night Flyer. Alison Of Tuffy then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Liara– Began only fairly.

 

Irish Angel– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. For some distance approaching and passing the 200m made contact with Dizzy Miss Lizzy when endeavouring to secure clear running to the outside of the heels of Super Oasis.

 

Dizzy Miss Lizzy– Bumped on several occasions and taken wider by Irish Angel passing the 200m.

 

RACE 5: Casino Prince @ Vinery Handicap 1200m:

Epic Dan– When asked for an explanation regarding the tactics adopted and whether there was an opportunity to secure a more prominent position in running during the early stages, App. L. Day advised Stewards that she was instructed to take up a prominent position trailing the leaders. She said that after beginning only fairly and conceding some ground to other runners in the early stages she did not feel that her mount had sufficient speed to take up a position in the lead or outside the leader, particularly when she observed Wander holding a position to the inside of Ocean Go. App. Day further added that whilst she had to restrain Epic Dan for a short distance in the middle stages to obtain a position one off the fence trailing Dissolute, Epic Dan then settled and travelled well thereafter.

 

Accelerato– When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider R. King stated that the gelding travelled fairly through the early stages, however, was under pressure passing the 600m and failed to respond to her riding thereafter. R. King further added that in her view Accelerato raced flat, having participated on heavy tracks on several occasions recently this preparation. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. Pride concurred with the comments of R. King and informed Stewards that it was his intention to give the gelding a short break from racing.

 

Dissolute– Began only fairly. Rider App. J. Van Overmeire reported that the gelding did not handle the prevailing track conditions today. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Ocean Go– Began only fairly. Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.

 

Wander– Shifted out under pressure in the straight.

 

Joy And Mirth– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 350m momentarily became awkwardly placed at the heels of Dissolute when endeavouring to secure clear running between Dissolute and Epic Dan.

 

RACE 6: Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap 1400m:

Cisco Bay– When asked for an explanation regarding the tactics adopted in the early stages and whether there was an opportunity to race more prominently, rider G. Schofield advised Stewards that he was instructed to position the gelding with cover and after being crossed by Lexi's Choice in the early stages he then was able to secure a trailing position immediately behind Suave, which, in his view, was advantageous given that this gelding was a favoured runner in the race. G. Schofield added that Cisco Bay travelled well in this position through the middle stages, however, when the tempo increase passing the 500m Suave did not improve and he was held up behind that runner and unable to move from a trailing position to its outside as Eden Vale was holding a tight line three wide. He said that approaching the 300m he was able to secure clear running between Suave and Eden Vale and after balancing up Cisco Bay finished off the race well.

 

Relucent– Began awkwardly.

 

Bye See– Began only fairly.

 

Suave– Began only fairly.

 

Badoosh– When asked for an explanation regarding the tactics adopted today on the gelding, which appeared to be in contrast to those employed at its most recent starts, rider J. Collett informed Stewards that he was not issued with any specific instructions, however, having regard to the fact that the gelding began slowly at Royal Randwick on 1 August he was intent on securing a clean start. He added that after initially settling in a mid-field position, Badoosh, travelled strongly with the addition of blinkers today and, therefore, he allowed the gelding to stride forward wide on the track and secure the lead. He added that in his view the track advantaged on-pace runners and, therefore, he believed it was in the best interests of the gelding to take an on-pace position rather than continue to race mid-field and wide where he had settled initially. After viewing the relevant footage of the event the Stewards accepted the explanation tendered by J. Collett.

 

Lexi's Choice– Overraced in the middle stages. Rider T. Clark reported that in his view the mare raced flat today as a consequence of racing on heavy surfaces in recent times. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr B. Widdup advised that it was likely his intention to give the mare a freshen-up having regard to the performance today and drop it back in grade.

 

Weekend Affair– For some distance approaching the 200m was held up on the heels of Carluca.

 

Eden Vale– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

RACE 7: Sky Racing Active Handicap 1600m:

Kaapfever – Slow to begin. Laid in under pressure in the straight.

 

Baanone – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages, however, the gelding then raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Bentley Magic – Held up and unable to improve rounding the home turn and until approaching the 300m.

 

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

 

Magic Over The Bay – Leaving the 600m became momentarily awkwardly placed at the heels of Bentley Magic and a short distance later had to be steadied from the heels of Showminder.

 

Happy Seventy – Blundered passing the 600m.

 

Showminder – Began awkwardly.

 

Assault'n'bathory – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (3/5) in the off-hind leg. Trainer Ms D. Seib was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Assault'n'bathory is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Mandalong Kiss – Slow to begin.

 

Turakina – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 500m shifted in of its own accord, made contact with the running rail and became unbalanced.

 

Notabadharada – Stewards permitted G. Schofield to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs. Began awkwardly and from the outside barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

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

Race 1: For Valour, Game Theory, Street Dancer, Grenado

Race 2: Fantasy Eagle, Kingsheir, Lubuk, Heza Gentleman (2)

Race 3: Merlinite, Red Hot Chillypins, Space Is Deep (2), Duchess Of Windsor

Race 4: Bothered (2), Alison Of Tuffy, Redoute's Image (2)

Race 5: Accelerato, Ocean Go (2), Wander (2)

Race 6: Cisco Bay, Relucent, Lexi's Choice, Weekend Affair

Race 7: Baanone, Assault'n'bathory, Turakina, Notabadharada

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Supplementary reports: Gosford 11/8/2020: Race 2: Sibley(trainer J. Pride) – poor performance.
Race 3: Misty Summer (trainer C. Waller) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 7: Assault'n'bathory (trainer Ms D. Seib) – lame (3/5) off-hind leg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 1: Nishikori – To be ridden further forward: Settled back.
Race 1: Adamis Prince – To be ridden further forward: Settled back.
Race 2: Heza Gentleman – To be ridden further forward: Led.
Race 3: Merlinite – To be ridden further forward: Settled off pace.
Race 3: Misty Summer – To be ridden positively: Settled on pace.
Race 4: Irish Angel – To be ridden conservatively: Settled back.
Race 5: Epic Dan – Intention to be ridden further forward: Settled back.
Race 6: Suave – Intention to be ridden further forward: Settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Nil.

 

 

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