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Warwick Farm stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE

 

Wednesday 12 May 2021

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Heavy (8)

Rail:                  +3m entire circuit

Penetrometer:   5.94

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:C. L. Albrecht (Chairman), S. G. Railton, J. J. E. Earl and Cadets J. R. Galante, E. A. Tickner and E. Y. A. Hargraves.

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Supplementary Reports:

Hawkesbury Tuesday 16 March 2021

Race 5 – XXXX Gold Maiden Plate 1800m

Bella Cavalla– Stewards concluded their inquiry into the reasons for the filly breaking down in the near-foreleg and subsequently being humanely euthanised when it was found to have sustained a fracture to the cannon bone in that leg. Evidence was taken from stable representative Mr J. Bruce, who provided the stable’s Sydney and Melbourne treatment and veterinary records, which showed no treatments for the filly. Blood and urine samples taken from the filly returned a negative result to all prohibited substances. Having considered the evidence, the inquiry was concluded on the basis that there were no pre-existing conditions that could have given rise to this injury.

 

Newcastle Saturday 8 May 2021

Race 8 – John Whitmore Memorial Benchmark 64 Handicap 1200m

Aerobatic Warrior– Trainer Mr J. Sargent reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and stated that in his opinion Aerobatic Warrior did not appreciate the Slow (6) track conditions.

Gosford Saturday 8 May 2021

Race 1 – Central Coast Granite 2YO Handicap 1200m

Cork Harbour– Trainer’s representative Mr C. Duckworth reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt and advised that the intention is to continue with the current preparation.

Race 4 – Hoolihan Partners Consulting Engineers 3&4YO Benchmark 72 Handicap 1600m:

Nyami– Trainer’s representative Mr C. Duckworth reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that the intention is to continue with the current preparation.

Race 8 – The Coast 3YO & 4YO Quality 1600m

Wheelhouse– Trainer’s representative Mr C. Duckworth reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt, however, advised that Wheelhouse has now been spelled.

Race 9 – Brook Group Fillies & Mares Benchmark 78 Handicap 1200m

Willowheart– Stable representative for trainer Mr C. Waller advised that on return to the stable the mare was found to have blood in the nearside nostril. The stable was advised of the provisions of AR79(8).

 

 

 

 

Rosehill Gardens Trackwork Wednesday 12 May 2021

Declaration– Stable representative for trainer Mr C. Waller advised that Declaration bled from both nostrils for the first time following a track gallop. The stable was advised that Declaration is subject to the provisions of AR79(4).

 

Warwick Farm Polytrack Barrier Trials Friday 7 May 2021

Heat 2 1175m:

Trust Her– After refusing to jump and taking no competitive part in the trial, trainer Mr M. Smith advised that due to the filly’s recent barrier manners, Trust Her would now be retired from racing.

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RACE 1: Vinery Handicap 1400m:

Cotehele– When asked for a comment regarding the performance, rider B. Avdulla explained that the colt never travelled comfortably at any stage and he believed that the heavy track conditions was the principal reason for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Mihocek– Laid out rounding the home turn and then in the early stages of the straight was bumped on several occasions by Cotehele, which laid in.

 

Celtic Harp–Rider T. Berry reported that after beginning awkwardly he was obliged to settle further back than anticipated. He added that after obtaining a position at the rear of the field his mount commenced to race fiercely and as a result he was obliged to shift wider to avoid heels. He added that after allowing his mount to improve forward, the colt, which was having its first race start today over 1400m, then was left without a finishing effort and when it became clear that the colt was not handling the track conditions and he was going to be unable to improve his position, he desisted from riding his mount out over the concluding stages.

 

Dark Rebel– Began awkwardly.

 

Koondeeman– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Cotehele. Rider T. Clark stated that in his opinion the gelding failed to handle today’s heavy track conditions and this was the principal reason for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott agreed with the views of rider T. Clark and advised that the stable’s intention is to send the gelding for an immediate spell. Mr Bott was advised that Koondeeman would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to being permitted to race again.

 

Maurice’s Choice– Began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped Mihocek.

 

RACE 2: Darley 2021 Roster Handicap 1300m:

Rubamos– The gelding, which was fractious prior to the start being effected, began awkwardly and lost ground. Rubamos then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Held up rounding the home turn and then on entering the straight when endeavouring to obtain clear running shifted out and made contact with Salateen.

 

Onchao– When asked for a comment on the disappointing performance, rider J. Parr explained that after obtaining a favourable position the colt travelled well, however, failed to respond to his riding in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any significant abnormalities. Trainer Mr M. Newnham stated that in his view the colt may not have handled today’s heavy track conditions and added that Onchao would now be gelded and freshened-up.

 

Cadenabbia– Shifted out under pressure approaching the 100m, resulting in its rider having to stop and straighten. Again near the 50m shifted out under pressure, resulting in its rider having to correct his mount.

 

Salateen– Began awkwardly and from the outside barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Commenced to race keenly passing the 1000m and then was left racing wide and without cover for the remainder of the event. On straightening was bumped and carried wider by Rubamos, which shifted out to secure clear running.

 

Hot Spring Gold– Began awkwardly and made contact with the nearside barrier partition.

 

Impressive Lass– Approaching the 100m was inconvenienced and had to be momentarily eased from the heels of Fastconi when taken out by Cadenabbia.

 

RACE 3: The Agency Real Estate Handicap 2400m:

Cutadeel– Began awkwardly.

 

Feel The Rush– Slow to begin and then failed to muster speed despite the efforts of its rider in the early stages. Approaching the winning post on the first occasion became unbalanced when crowded momentarily by True Marvel (J. Ford), which shifted in when not fully clear. J. Ford was reprimanded. In this incident True Marvel was bumped on the hindquarters on two occasions and became unbalanced.

 

Sound Of Cannons– Began awkwardly and shortly afterwards had to be eased when crowded for room between Feel The Rush, which shifted in, and De Valera, which was taken out by Cutadeel, which hung out despite the efforts of its rider.

 

Brown Thomas– Began awkwardly. Rounding the home turn was inconvenienced and forced wider by Writing Unexpected (App. T. Sherry), which shifted out. App. Sherry was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Akatino– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Notabadharada.

 

True Marvel– From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Writing Unexpected– Laid out under pressure rounding the home turn.

 

Lava– A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any significant abnormalities.

 

Notabadharada– Shortly after the start was crowded for room between Lava and Akatino, which shifted out. Notabadharada from its wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

De Valera– Began awkwardly and shortly afterwards was bumped by Cutadeel, which shifted out after beginning awkwardly.

 

RACE 4: Ranvet Handicap 1000m:

Derbari– When asked for a comment on the performance, rider B. Avdulla stated that with the moderate early tempo the gelding was not suited by the 1000m and as a result, when placed  under pressure rounding the home turn, his mount was left flatfooted and then was inconvenienced briefly by Pearl Roan, which shifted in, causing Derbari to lose some momentum. He further added that Derbari finished off the race reasonably well. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Remlaps Gem– Slow to begin.

 

Accelerato– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Our Finvarra.

 

Sixgun– Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with the hindquarter of Just A Flash. Rider J. Parr reported that as per the notification of tactics issued to Racing NSW, he had the option to settle further forward if the gelding commenced well, as it had done in its two most recent barrier trials. He added also that in his view the gelding, due to its relative inexperience, has yet to have an established racing pattern. He added that after beginning well he was able to obtain a forward position whilst racing wide. He added that his preference would have been to find cover in the early stages, however, due to the manner in which Sixgun began he was reluctant to overly restrain his mount and, therefore, settled in a forward position without cover.

 

Just A Flash– Began awkwardly and shortly afterwards was bumped on the hindquarter by Sixgun, which shifted in.

 

Pearl Roan– Failed to show its customary early speed despite being ridden aggressively.

 

Our Finvarra– Began awkwardly and shortly afterwards was bumped by Accelerato, which shifted out. Our Finvarra then failed to muster speed in the early stages despite the efforts of its rider.

 

RACE 5: XXXX Handicap 1600m:

Gemmahra– Held up rounding the home turn and then when entering the straight was obliged to alter course to the inside of Tochi.

 

Mercurial Lad– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Champagne Vega.

 

Champagne Vega– Began awkwardly and then shortly afterwards was bumped and carried wider by Mercurial Lad, which shifted out. Rider B. Avdulla reported that in his opinion the gelding did not appreciate today’s heavy racing surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Express Courier– From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying cardiac arrhythmia. Trainer Mr K. Dryden was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an ECG, will be required before Express Courier performs to the satisfaction of the Stewards in a barrier trial.

 

Sir Aglovale– Began awkwardly. When questioned regarding his riding rounding the home turn and as to whether there was an opportunity to shift to the outside of Mercurial Lad to improve into the event, rider T. Berry stated that approaching the home turn he opted to trail Champagne Vega, which he considered to be the horse that would take him into the race and he also observed Mercurial Lad come under pressure. He added that when rounding the home turn Champagne Vega did not quicken as expected and commenced to lay out, therefore, he anticipated a run developing between that runner and Eden Vale, which was weakening. When he was disappointed for a run between those two runners he was obliged to alter course and then remained held up until near 200m. Stewards, whilst noting T. Berry’s comments, were of the view that his riding at this particular section was not unreasonable.

 

Azarmin– Stewards permitted J. McDonald to ride the mare one kilogram over its allotted weight of 54.5kgs.

 

Roseirro– From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When questioned regarding his riding in the early stages of the straight and as to his vigour through this section, rider M. Cahill stated that he had placed his mount under pressure approaching the home turn and then rounding the home turn he was weighing up his options either to shift to the outside of Mercurial Lad or improve to the inside after noticing that Mercurial Lad had been under pressure for some distance. He added that on entering the straight he elected to shift to the outside of Mercurial Lad and given the circumstances felt that he had applied sufficient vigour whereby the gelding finished off its race strongly. Stewards, whilst noting M. Cahill’s comments, advised him that in similar circumstances he should ride with sufficient vigour so as to not leave his rides open to question.

 

Tenorino– Slow to begin. Near the 600m blundered.

 

Eden Vale– Rider J. Ford reported that after travelling a short distance he was unable to obtain a position with cover, therefore, he allowed Eden Vale to improve. He added that the gelding commenced to race keenly, and when he was unable to restrain his mount, Eden Vale was left racing in a three-wide position without cover outside the leaders, which was further forward than anticipated.

 

RACE 6: Robrick Lodge Handicap 1100m:

Chervil– Shortly after the start was hampered after shifting in and bumping Embeller. As a consequence, Chervil lost ground and then was shifted behind runners.

 

Miss Spiteful– Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

Embeller– On jumping was crowded for room between Sweeping Statement and Chervil, which shifted in. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition in the days subsequent.

 

Sweeping Statement– Raced keenly in the early stages.

 

Pindarra’s Dream– At the request of rider C. Reith, the mare underwent a veterinary examination by the Club's Veterinary Officer behind the barriers and subsequently was found to be lame in the near-foreleg. Pindarra’s Dream was declared a late scratching at 3.44pm. Stewards ruled that all moneys invested on Pindarra’s Dream be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 3.44pm be subject to the following deductions from the face value of each ticket:

1st Turnstyle                  4¢, 4¢

2nd Tiny                        

3rd Eye See Things       

Trainer Ms T. Bateup was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Pindarra’s Dream is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Advance Party– Began awkwardly. When overracing in the early stages had to be restrained after improving onto the heels of Tiny near the 600m.

 

RACE 7: TAB Handicap 1400m:

Zegalo– Passing the 200m was obliged to alter course to the inside of Thistledo.

 

Adelaide’s Light– Rider T. Berry will be interviewed regarding his riding of the colt over the concluding stages.

 

Bob’s Your Uncle– Near the 150m had to be steadied from the heels of Thistledo, which shifted out after being taken in by Snippy Fox, which shifted in despite the efforts of its rider.

 

Born A Warrior– Began awkwardly and lost ground. From its wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When asked for a comment on the performance, rider B. Avdulla stated that he was issued with no specific instructions and after trailing Adelaide’s Light throughout the running his mount failed to respond to his urgings and was disappointing in its finishing effort. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Thistledo– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Rebel Bro– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Adelaide’s Light. Near the 150m shifted out under pressure causing its rider to have to stop and straighten.

 

The Cartoonist– Rounding the home turn had to be eased from the heels of Adelaide’s Light, which shifted out.

 

Buba– As R. Dolan was injured, Stewards permitted K. Latham to be substituted as the rider and gave permission also for him to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 55kgs. K. Latham could offer no tangible explanation for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition in the days subsequent.

 

Insensata– After beginning only fairly was crowded between Vienna Rain and Macushla, which shifted in.

 

Tri Nations– The gelding was a late scratching by order of the Stewards at 8.12am. The explanation tendered by trainer Mr E. Cummings for failing to scratch Tri Nations by the prescribed time was accepted.

 

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 1 R. Bayliss (Mihocek) 6 strikes
Race 3 R. King (Brown Thomas)
T. Sherry (Writing Unexpected)
6 strikes
7 strikes
Race 7 T. Berry (Adelaide’s Light)
App. J. Van Overmeire (Thistledo)
8 strikes
8 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Cotehele, Koondeeman, Maurice’s Choice

Race 2: Rubamos, Onchao, Cadenabbia (2), Fastconi

Race 3: Cutadeel, Feel The Rush, Sound Of Cannons, True Marvel

Race 4: Derbari, Remlaps Gem, Sixgun (2)

Race 5: Monsieur Sisu, Gemmahra, Mercurial Lad, Tochi, Champagne Vega, Roseirro

Race 6: Tiny, Turnstyle (2), Miss Spiteful

Race 7: Snippy Fox, Vienna Rain, Bob’s Your Uncle

 

SUMMARY
Fines: General:Co-trainers J. & G. Lee fined $800 – incorrect stable return particulars
(AR296(2)(d)(i)).
Reprimands: Race 3:J. Ford (Feel The Rush) – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).
Suspensions: Nil.
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Supplementary Reports: Gosford 8/5/2021:Race 9: Willowheart(trainer C. Waller) – AR79(8).
Race 1: Koondeeman(co-trainer A. Bott) – disappointing performance.
Race 5: Express Courier(trainer K. Dryden) – cardiac arrhythmia.
Certificates: Race 5: Express Courier(trainer K. Dryden), including ECG results – cardiac arrhythmia.
Race 6: Pindarra’s Dream(trainer T. Bateup) – lame (2/5) near-foreleg.
Bleeders: Rosehill Trackwork 12/5/2021: Declaration(trainer C. Waller) – bled both nostrils for first time (AR79(4)).
Falls/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics notified: Race 2: Impressive Lass– To settle more forward: Led.
Race 3: Feel The Rush– Option to be ridden further forward: Settled worse than mid-field.
Race 3: Akatino– To be ridden further forward: Settled on pace.
Race 4: Sixgun– If begins well, option to be further forward: Settled on pace.
Race 6: Shores Of Avalon– To be ridden further forward: Settled on pace.
Race 7: Rebel Bro– To be ridden further forward: Settled on pace.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow-up: Race 6: Embeller(trainer J. Thompson) – post-race condition.
Race 7: Buba (co-trainer G. Ryan) – post-race condition.
Race 7: T. Berry (Adelaide’s Light) – riding over the concluding stages.

 

GENERAL:

Co-trainers Mr J. and Mr G. Lee pleaded guilty to a charge under AR296(2)(d)(i) in that during a routine stable inspection conducted by Stewards on 3 May 2021 eight (8) horses that were either in their care or for which they are currently listed as the trainers had incorrect particulars on their stable returns. Mr J. Lee and Mr G. Lee were fined $800.

 

 

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