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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE 

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

 

Weather:                   Overcast

Track:                       Good (4)

Rail:                          +3m

Penetrometer:          4.79

 

STEWARDS:  T P Moxon (Chairman), W R Birch, J J E Earl, T J Lee and cadet K E Blanch

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

KEMBLA GRANGE:  Saturday, 14 November 2020

Race 8 –Southern IML Pathology Colts, Geldings and Entires Benchmark 64 Handicap 1400m

Jeronimos– trainer Mr J Cummings advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the colt, but it has now been spelled.

 

HAWKESBURY:  Thursday, 19 November 2020

Race 5 – Sky Racing Summer Provincial Series – Heat 1 – Class 5 Plate 1500m

Mo The Great– trainer Ms K Waugh reported the gelding had been routinely attended to by the chiropractor, but otherwise she has been satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

 

ROSEHILL GARDENS: Friday, 20 November 2020

Race 1 – Sky Racing Active Plate 1800m

Regulation– trainer Mr J Cummings reported a subsequent veterinary examination found the gelding to have sustained an injury, which will require surgery.  A full veterinary report to the Racing NSW Stewards will be furnished in due course.

 

Race 2 – Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap 1400m

Think High– stable representative Ms K Dunn advised the stable was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding, but it has now been spelled.

 

Race 3 – Impending @ Darley Handicap 1200m

Colonel– stable representative Mr C McCollagh advised that the stable was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding and advised the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

 

Race 7 – Iron Jack Handicap 1300m

Vitesse– stable representative Mr C Duckworth advised that the stable was satisfied with the post race condition of the mare and the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

 

KEMBLA GRANGE:  Saturday, 21 November 2020

Race 1 - Canadian Club 3&4YO Benchmark 72 Handicap 1500m

Atlantic King– trainer Mr M Dunn advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding and it was his intention to now step Atlantic King up in distance.

 

Race 4 – Evergreen Turf Australia Benchmark 78 Handicap 1000m

Destination– trainer Mr J Cummings advised he was satisfied with the post race condition of the colt, but it has now been spelled.

 


Race 7 – The Gong 1600m

Rock– co-trainer Mr M Hawkes advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding, but it has now been spelled.

                                                                                                                                                      

RACE 1 – ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap 1300m

Tamerlane– the Stewards considered a protest lodged by H Bowman, rider of the second placegetter, against Captivare, ridden by T Berry, being declared the winner in regard to an incident which occurred approaching the 100m.   After taking evidence from all parties, including J McDonald, rider of the third placegetter, Cat D’Oro, the Stewards found that approaching the 150m, Captivare commenced to shift out resulting in Cat D’Oro being taken out and making contact with Tamerlane approaching the 100m.   The Stewards found that after the initial contact between those runners, Cat D’Oro was then turned outwards resulting in Tamerlane being further impeded. Bearing in mind the margin between Tamerlane and Captivare of a short half head, and the manner in which Tamerlane was finishing its race off, the Stewards could be comfortably satisfied that had the incident not occurred, that Tamerlane would have finished in advance of that runner and therefore the protest was upheld.

 

Sir Diamond– was slow to begin and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Hung out rounding the home turn.

 

Cosmic Miss– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the race.

 

Resilient Star– near the 1100m was eased from the heels of Tamerlane.

 

Winning Business– raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

 

Cat D’oro– near the 50m, shifted in marginally away from Tamerlane and shortly afterwards had to be steadied from the heels of Captivare (T Berry) when that runner shifted out when not clear.   T Berry was reprimanded.

 

RACE 2 – Drinkwise Mile 1600m

My Girl Ruby– after losing its off foreplate during its preliminary, necessitating it having to be replated, underwent a veterinary examination behind the barriers and was deemed suitable to race.  Began awkwardly.  Raced keenly in the early stages and passing the 1400m had to be eased from the heels of Harmony Rose when continuing to overrace.  My Girl Ruby continued to race keenly in the middle stages and near the 1000m raced tight to the inside of Keen Contributer. 

 

Shaddy– began awkwardly, lost ground and was then shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Sagacious– shortly after the start was bumped by Easifar, which shifted in.

 

Easifar– laid in under pressure over the final 200m. 

 

Harmony Rose– rider J Parr reported that his instructions were to race in a prominent position.  He said the filly was stirred up behind the barriers and after being slow to begin, he pressured his mount in the early stages to take up a forward position.  He said, however, that when Sagacious, which was drawn to his outside, held a margin on Harmony Rose in the initial stages, bearing in mind the filly's pre-race behaviour, he was reluctant to urge his mount forward to a position inside of Sagacious to prevent that runner from crossing Harmony Rose as he did not want Harmony Rose overracing.  He said as a result, he was able to obtain a position with cover behind the leader.  

 

Keen Contributer– App L Day reported that she was instructed to ride the filly similarly to last start when successful at Scone in a prominent position.   She said after beginning only fairly, she rode her mount along in the early stages, however when Keen Contributer did not quicken and improve as she had expected, she endeavoured to obtain a position with cover.  She added, however, that when Harmony Rose and My Girl Ruby maintained their positions to her inside, Keen Contributer was obliged to race wide and without cover throughout the event.

RACE 3 – Impending @ Darley Handicap 2400m

Sepulchre– raced keenly in the early stages.

 

Orokonui– laid in rounding the home turn and when under pressure in the home straight.

 

The Getaway– hung out rounding the home turn and continued to hang out in the straight.

 

Shadow Girl– rider R Bayliss could offer not explanation for the performance of the mare other than it raced flat today.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr A Cummings could offer no explanation for the performance of Shadow Girl and advised that it would be his intention to drop the mare back in grade and distance.   Acting on this assurance, no further action was taken.   Mr Cummings undertook to report back on the post race condition of Shadow Girl in the days subsequent. 

 

RACE 4 – Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap 1000m

Big Duke– the gelding, which was fractious in the barriers, was slow to begin.

 

Nags To Riches– slow to begin.

 

Verbal Assault– slow to begin and shortly after the start was crowded for room between Mission Legend and Ballistic Lover, which shifted in.  Hung out rounding the turn from the 600m.   Laid out under pressure in the home straight.

 

Ballistic Lover– began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Verbal Assault.

 

Stoical– began awkwardly.  Rider J McDonald reported that his mount pulled hard throughout the event and as a result the gelding was unable to finish its race off when under pressure in the straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Stoical to be slow to recover.  Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden agreed with the views of rider J McDonald and added that it would be the stable's intention to step the gelding up in distance whereby Stoical will be given a better opportunity to lead and dictate its races.

 

Mr Moppett– held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight before shifting to the inside of Britain approaching the 300m.  Mr Moppet was then briefly inconvenienced by Britain when that runner shifted in before securing clear running to its inside passing the 200m.

 

Mission Legend– rider J Parr reported after beginning only fairly, the gelding failed to muster speed despite his efforts in the early stages.   He added when racing wide and without cover throughout the event, Mission Legend hung out and proved difficult to fully test in the home straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr M Newnham reported that Mission Legend will be spelled. Notwithstanding this advice, Mr Newnham was advised Mission Legend would be required to barrier trial to the Stewards’ satisfaction prior to racing again.

 

Thudson– a post race veterinary examination revealed Thudson to be slow to recover.  

 

RACE 5 – Heineken Handicap 1400m

Invasion Day– slow to begin.   Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.  Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight before shifting to the inside of Olympic Legend near the 200m to secure clear running.  Approaching the 100m, bumped with Olympic Legend and became momentarily unbalanced.

 

Malthouse– began awkwardly.  

 

Laila De Vega– bumped on jumping by Rathvilly Miss which shifted out.  When caught wide and without cover was allowed to improve forward and obtain the lead near the 700m.  Held up rounding the home turn.

 

Havin’ Fun– slow to begin.  Approaching the 200m became held up on the heels of Lisdoonvarna when that runner shifted out slightly.  For a short distance passing the 50m, raced tight between Laila De Vega and Lisdoonvarna, which shifted in.

 

Joe's Joy– slow to begin and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Spanish Dream– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Olympic Legend– raced wide and without cover from the 700m.

 

Rathvilly Miss– passing the 200m had to be steadied when briefly crowded between Havin’ Fun and Invasion Day (N Rawiller), which shifted in.  N Rawiller was reprimanded.  Rider K Latham reported that the mare raced keenly throughout the event and in his opinion may have come to the end of his preparation.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr G Hickman advised that the mare would be spelled.    

 

Lisdoonvarna– over the concluding stages raced tight to the inside of Invasion Day.

 

Musume– the Stewards will follow up with the stable on the post race condition and future racing plans of the mare in the days subsequent.

 

Soami– a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 6 – The Taylor Twins Handicap 1100m

Invincible Lad– blundered on jumping, shifted in and bumped Nuclear Summit.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Nuclear Summit– on jumping was bumped heavily by Invincible Lad, which shifted in.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Sedona– slow to begin and shortly afterwards was crowded between I Am Capitan and Nuclear Summit, which was taken in by Invincible Lad.

 

Ulysses– began only fairly and from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  When questioned regarding his riding of the gelding rounding the home turn and why the gelding appeared to cover additional ground unnecessarily, App T Sherry stated that as he was reluctant to interrupt the gelding's momentum including around the home turn, he allowed Ulysses to shift wider rather than shift the gelding inwards when making ground.  App Sherry acknowledged, after viewing the film, that he should have held a tighter line to the outside of Nuclear Summit rather than cover additional ground unnecessarily.

 

Star Of Harada– raced ungenerously in the early and middle stages and approaching the 800m,  when the tempo reduced, had to be checked from the heels of Major Time and shifted in.

 

El Cohete– near the 800m was steadied from the heels of Star Of Harada.

 

Wander– near the 800m made contact with the rail when crowded by Star Of Harada, which shifted in when racing ungenerously.  Rider N Rawiller reported in the early part of the straight he was held up behind Texas Forever and when he noticed Major Time (App L Day), shifted out slightly in the early part of the straight, anticipated improving between those two runners.   He added, however, that when Major Time did not continue to shift out, Wander was unable to improve into a narrow run between those runners between the 250m and approaching the 100m.   N Rawiller added that inside the 100m, whilst a run briefly appeared to the inside of Major Time, Major Time then shifted in slightly without him being able to establish this run and as a result Wander had to be severely checked for some distance approaching and passing the 50m.  In not taking any direction against App Day, the Stewards were mindful that Wander had not established running to the inside of Major Time and when her mount did commence to shift, she did take corrective measures to prevent her mount shifting further ground.

 

Major Time– a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 7 – Vinery Stud Handicap 1100m

Vulpine– began awkwardly and shortly afterwards was crowded by Never Talk, which shifted in.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Vulpine to have lost its near fore plate.

 

Never Talk– began awkwardly and made contact with Vulpine.  App L Day reported the filly travelled well throughout the event, however was disappointed in the manner in which it failed to finish its race off when placed under pressure in the home straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr K Lees reported that whilst he was disappointed with the filly's performance today, Never Talk may benefit from being stepped up in distance at this stage of its preparation.

 

Bowery Breeze– shortly after the start had to be steadied when crowded between Faraway Jewel and Miss Spiteful, which shifted out.

 

Faraway Jewel– bumped with More Prophets on jumping.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Rider J Collett reported that after settling towards the rear of the field, the mare did not travel throughout the event.   He added that Faraway Jewel, in his opinion, would be better suited on a bigger track with more give than today's surface.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Moccasin Miss– approaching the 50m, when commencing to give ground, had to be steadied when crowded between Vulpine and Sahra, which shifted in slightly away from Brazen Gem.  When questioned regarding the mare racing outside the leader, K O'Hara stated from the outside barrier, she was instructed to have Moccasin Miss ridden prominently.  She said after beginning well, she rode her mount along in the early stages whereby Moccasin Miss was able to obtain a prominent position outside the leader, Miss Spiteful.  Trainer Mr G Portelli informed Stewards he instructed rider K O'Hara to position the mare just behind the speed and was somewhat surprised to see the mare exhibit enough early speed to take up the position outside the leader.  In the circumstances, the Stewards did not take the matter any further other than to remind Mr Portelli of his obligations to advise the Stewards of any change of tactics in future.

 

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 6 T Berry (Invincible Lad) 6 strikes
Race 6 T Sherry (Ulysses) 6 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:  Resilient Star, Sir Diamond, Tamerlane, Captivare.

Race 2:  Sagacious, Shaddy, Harmony Rose.

Race 3:  Shadow Girl, Sepulchre, Orokonui, Perfect Illusion.

Race 4:  Thudson, Black Duke, Ballistic Lover, Verbal Assault, Nags To Riches.

Race 5:  Invasion Day, Laila De Vega (2), Havin’ Fun.

Race 6:  Star Of Harada, Nuclear Summit, Invincible Lad.

Race 7:  Brazen Gem (2), Estrado, Sahra.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Race 1:  T Berry (Captivare) – careless riding [AR131(a)]. 
Race 5:  N Rawiller (Invasion Day) – careless riding [AR131(a)]. 
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 4:  Mission Legend(trainer M Newnham) – hung out.
Certificates: Nil
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 4:  Mission Legend– to be ridden further forward; settled back.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 3:  Shadow Girl (trainer A Cummings) – post race condition.

 

 

 

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