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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE

 

Wednesday 1 December 2021

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Heavy (8); upgraded to soft (7) at 2.29pm following the running of Race 1

Rail:                  +3m entire circuit

Penetrometer:   5.86

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:C. L. Albrecht (Chairman), T. P. Moxon, J. J. E. Earl, S. C. Knight and Cadets P. L. Phillips and J. T. Fisher

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Supplementary Reports:

Canterbury Park Friday 26 November 2021

Race 6 – The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1550m:

Ilvermorny– Co-trainer Mr R. Price reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that Ilvermorny will have a short freshen-up before having to barrier trial.

 

Newcastle Sunday 28 November 2021

Race 5 – Gary Harley BM 64 Handicap 2300m:

Freedom Square– Trainer Mr P. Messara reported that a veterinary examination of the gelding at his stables on Monday 29 November 2021 revealed no abnormalities. Mr Messara added that he also could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance and that Freedom Square will be spelled. Notwithstanding this advice, Mr Messara was told that Freedom Square must barrier trial satisfactorily before being permitted to race.

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RACE 1: XXXX Handicap 1000m:

Boomsong– Over the concluding stages shifted out under pressure, resulting in its rider having to stop riding and straighten his mount. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the presence of blood in the nearside nostril, consistent with external trauma after being fractious in the barriers.

 

Derry Grove– Began awkwardly and lost ground, and from the outside barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Double Coco– Slow to begin (2L).

 

Sir Crackle– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Over the concluding stages was inconvenienced and taken wider by Boomsong, which shifted out under pressure.

 

As You Were– Slow to begin (2L). Leaving the 50m was obliged to alter course to the inside of Boomsong to continue into clear running.

 

Kipsbay– The gelding, which was fractious prior to the start being effected, began awkwardly. Near the 150m had to be eased when hampered by Miss Glenn, which shifted out to secure clear running. When asked for a comment on the performance, rider J. McDonald stated that the gelding raced too keenly and also hung out from the 500m. He added that this contributed to the gelding being unable to finish off the race as expected. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

 

Hollow Dollar– Raced keenly in the early stages.

 

Miss Glenn– Began only fairly and was slow into stride despite the efforts of its rider. Approaching the 200m was disappointed for a run between Boomsong and Sir Crackle, which shifted in. Miss Glenn then was shifted to the outside of Sir Crackle passing the 200m to secure clear running.

 

Tapis Magique– Blundered on jumping and then was shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages.

 

RACE 2: Drinkwise Plate 1200m:

Cool Lad– Briefly held up rounding the home turn.

 

Gulf Of Panama– Began only fairly.

 

Retrieval– Passing the 1000m blundered. Held up rounding the home turn.

 

Roma Avenue– Began awkwardly and lost ground. Held up rounding the home turn and when endeavouring to obtain clear running shifted out and made contact with The Himalayas.

 

The Himalayas– The colt, which was fractious in the barriers prior to the start being effected, began awkwardly and lost ground. From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Privatisation– Slow to begin. Approaching the 1000m had to be shifted to the outside of Bartoselli when commencing to overrace. When asked for a comment on the performance, rider R. King stated that the filly overraced in the early and middle stages and also hung out rounding the home turn. She said as a consequence, her mount was unable to finish off its race and proved disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Rotation– from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Savourer– Stewards permitted J. Parr to ride the filly a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 55.5kgs. Began awkwardly. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. When questioned regarding the filly settling further forward, rider J. Parr explained that he had received no specific instructions other than to have the filly travel where comfortable. He added that when caught wide in the early stages, after beginning from a wide barrier, he elected to improve to obtain a position outside the leaders. He further added that his mount travelled well until near the 500m whereby his mount commenced to weaken. He said that when placed out of contention in the straight he desisted from continuing to pressure his mount for the remainder of the event. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 3: Ranvet Handicap 2130m:

Oceanic Flash– On jumping was bumped on the hindquarter by Zudin, which shifted out. On entering the straight was bumped on the hindquarter by Tudor Prince and became unbalanced. Raced greenly under pressure in the straight.

 

Zudin– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with the hindquarter of Oceanic Flash. When asked for a comment regarding the disappointing performance, rider H. Bowman could offer no explanation. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of the gelding in the days subsequent.

 

Breton– Slow to begin (2L). In the early stages of the straight rider J. McDonald lost the use of his offside rein momentarily placing him at some disadvantage for a short distance.

 

Apache Belle– On jumping was crowded between Atonement and Quiet Michael, both of which shifted ground. From its wide barrier Apache Bell then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover until near the 1400m. On entering the straight was bumped by Etheridge, which shifted in.

 

Atonement– Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Apache Belle. Near the 50m had to be eased when inconvenienced by Oceanic Flash, which shifted in abruptly.

 

Quiet Michael– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Apache Belle. From its wide barrier Quiet Michael then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Etheridge– The mare, which was fractious in the barriers prior to the start being effected, began awkwardly and lost ground. Etheridge then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Saint Ay– A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. J. Duggan was cautioned against the practice of using the whip on her mounts when they are out of contention.

 

Tudor Prince– Began awkwardly. Held up rounding the home turn and when endeavouring to shift to the outside of Microna made contact with the hindquarter of Oceanic Flash.

 

RACE 4: 1st Justify Yearlings Handicap 1600m:

Power Of Attorney– Slow to begin and from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Majella– Blundered on jumping and from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Sian– Raced keenly in the early stages.

 

Al Sahara– When questioned regarding the performance, rider H. Bowman stated that he was obliged to make some use of his mount in the early stages from the wide barrier. He said that after obtaining a favourable position with cover the mare travelled well throughout the event, but was disappointing in the manner in which it finished off the race. He added that in his view Al Sahara would be better suited when ridden more conservatively. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover. Trainer Mr J. Sargent undertook to have Al Sahara undergo a full veterinary examination on return to the stable, the results of which he will forward to the Stewards.

 

Obvious Step– Began awkwardly and made contact with the nearside barrier partition. Held up rounding the home turn. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have sustained a small laceration to the upper nearside forelimb.

 

Segrill– Began awkwardly.

 

Carolina Fire– Rider J. Ford reported that after making some use of his mount in the early stages he had anticipated settling outside the leader, Lovetheinvasion, however, his mount commenced to race keenly and as a consequence, rather than restrain the mare, he allowed Carolina Fire to stride forward and obtain the outright lead near the 1000m. He added that in his view the racing manners of Carolina Fire were the principal reason for today’s disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

King Ratel– The gelding, which lowered its head in the barriers prior to the start being effected, was slow to begin (2L). From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When questioned regarding her riding rounding the home turn and in the straight, rider A. Collett explained that when held up momentarily rounding the home turn she was reluctant to shift out as the gelding has a tendency to hang out and, therefore, she was attempting to improve to the inside of runners. She added that when Obvious Step shifted out, she was presented with a run and a short distance later when Obvious Step shifted in, she was obliged to steady her mount momentarily. She further added that after obtaining clear running near the 200m King Ratel commenced to close off its race strongly, however, approaching the 50m was disappointed for a run between Obvious Step and Lovetheinvasion when both runners shifted ground slightly. She said that as a consequence, King Ratel had to be steadied and then was unable to be fully tested for the remainder of the event.

 

RACE 5: Harry Angel @ Darley Handicap 1100m:

Russbuss– Began only fairly.

 

Lady River– Near the 600m laid out and made contact with Empress Bea. Rounding the home turn raced in restricted room between Deviate and Empress Bea. App. T. Schiller reported that the mare was not suited by today’s track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Empress Bea– From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Tillotson– The filly, which was fractious in the barriers and lunged forward, making contact with the barrier partition, underwent a veterinary examination by the Club's Veterinary Officer and was deemed suitable to race. Stewards opened an inquiry into H. Bowman’s riding of the filly. After taking evidence from H. Bowman and trainer Mr J. Thompson the inquiry was adjourned to a date and time to be fixed.

 

Deviate– Began awkwardly.

 

Viennoiserie– The mare, which was fractious in the barriers and lunged forward making contact with the barrier partition, underwent a veterinary examination by the Club's Veterinary Officer and was deemed suitable to race. Slow to begin and shortly afterwards was bumped by Deepfield Magic, which shifted in after beginning awkwardly. From its wide barrier Viennoiserie then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When asked for a comment on the performance, rider T. Clark stated that after settling at the rear of the field in the early stages, the mare found it difficult to make up ground as a result of the leaders establishing a margin on the remainder of the field, however, he was not overly disappointed in its finishing efforts. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have sustained a speedy cut to the near-fore pastern and to be lame (1/5) in the near-foreleg. Stable representative Mr D. Greer was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Viennoiserie is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Deepfield Magic– Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Viennoiserie. From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Tornado Light– Began awkwardly.

 

RACE 6: Vinery Handicap 1100m:

Bombdiggity– The gelding, which was fractious in the barriers prior to the start being effected, began awkwardly. Hung out rounding the home turn and near the 300m shifted in abruptly, becoming awkward and unbalanced.

 

Kennedy Choice– Began only fairly. App. T. Sherry momentarily lost the use of his nearside rein near the 100m.

 

Rule Of Law– Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarter by Don Luigi, which shifted out.

 

El Cohete– From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Born A Warrior– Slow to begin (2L) and then failed to muster speed despite the efforts of its rider in the early stages.

 

Don Luigi– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with the hindquarter of Rule Of Law. Approaching the 600m when placed in restricted room between Kennedy Choice and Saiko, the gelding commenced to lay out, had to be steadied from the heels of Saiko and lost ground. Passing the 200m became held up and was obliged to shift to the outside of Mandalong Roman inside the 100m, however, remained held up when placed close to the heels of that runner.

 

Walkin’talkin’– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. When questioned regarding her riding in the early and middle stages and as to whether there was an opportunity for her to shift closer to the running rail earlier than she did, rider R. King explained that she had been made aware that the gelding has a slight breathing issue and for this reason she elected to allow her mount to improve and took her time in shifting closer to the running rail to enable her mount to be able to travel comfortably. Whilst noting her explanation, Stewards nevertheless advised R. King that in future she would be expected to ride in a more tactically competitive manner.

 

Chalkley– Stewards permitted R. Brewer to ride the gelding one kilogram over its allotted weight of 57kgs. Raced in restricted room over the concluding stages between Saiko and El Cohete.

 

Saiko– Approaching the 600m had to be eased from the heels of Chalkley, which shifted in.

 

RACE 7: TAB Handicap 1300m:

So Sneeky– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Fiordland. Approaching the 600m, after commencing to race keenly, had to be steadied from the heels of Prasiolite.

 

Titanium Power– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Twice On Sunday.

 

Penso A Lei– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Twice On Sunday– On jumping was bumped by Titanium Power.

 

Honeycreeper– Held up rounding the home turn and in the straight before securing clear running passing the 200m.

 

Sally Pops– Began awkwardly. Near the 200m had to be eased when disappointed for a run to the inside of Honeycreeper, which shifted in. Rider L. Day was reminded of her obligation to ensure that she rides her mounts out to the finish of the race.

 

Comrade Rosa– Began only fairly and despite the efforts of its rider failed to muster any early speed and as a consequence then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

My Snow Queen– When afforded an opportunity to comment on the performance, rider J. Collett explained that after obtaining a favourable position his mount travelled well throughout the event, and when able to obtain clear running at the entrance to the straight the filly failed to respond to his riding and weakened over the final 100m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Prasiolite– Held up rounding the home turn and in the straight until near the 200m.

 

Shelby Sixtysix– The gelding was a late scratching at 11.45am on veterinary advice.

 

Fiordland– On jumping was bumped on the hindquarter by So Sneeky, which shifted out.

 

Pumbaa Rua– Slow to begin.

 

GENERAL:

 

Stewards today inquired into a report from Racing NSW Investigator Mr J. Rodger following advice from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory in relation to an irregularity in a pre-race sample taken from Hide Your Heart after the filly competed at Goulburn on Saturday 9 October 2021. The evidence established that Hide Your Heart was administered Ovu-Mate orally by a stable representative within one clear day of racing. Trainer Mr B. Baker pleaded guilty to a charge under AR233(a) for a breach of a Racing NSW policy in respect to the use of products containing altrenogest. Mr Baker was fined $3,750. In assessing penalty, Stewards took into account Mr Baker’s guilty plea, his record in relation to this rule and the circumstances surrounding the mistaken administration of the altrenogest product in contravention of Racing NSW policy.

 

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 N. Rawiller (Derry Grove) 6 strikes
Race 3 K. O'Hara (Atonement) 6 strikes
Race 4 N. Rawiller (Segrill) 6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Boomsong

Race 2: Cool Lad, Gulf Of Panama, Retrieval, Savourer

Race 3: Oceanic Flash (2), Microna, Breton, Etheridge, Saint Ay,

Race 4: Power Of Attorney, Majella, Do This All Day, Obvious Step (2), Segrill

Race 5: Russbuss, Any Wish, Empress Bea, Tornado Light, Symo’s Girl

Race 6: Rule Of Law (2), Washington Towers, Don Luigi, Walkin’talkin’

Race 7: Titanium Power (2), Aslav, Sally Pops, Prasiolite

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Supplementary reports: Newcastle 28/11/2021:
Race 5: Freedom Square(trainer P. Messara) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 5: Viennoiserie(trainer K. Lees) – lame (1/5) near-foreleg.
Bleeders: Nil.
Falls/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics notified: Race 2: Cool Lad– To be further forward:  Settled worse than mid-field.
Race 3: Zudin– To settle further forward: Settled off pace.
Race 3: Atonement– To be further forward: Led.
Race 6: Don Luigi– Intention to settle further forward: settled worse than mid-field
Race 7: Titanium Power– To be ridden more forward: Led.
Race 7: Aslav– To settle further forward: Settled on pace.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow-up: Race 3: Zudin(trainer C. Waller) – poor performance.
Race 4: Al Sahara(trainer J. Sargent) – post-race condition.
Race 5: H. Bowman (Tillotson) – adjourned inquiry.

 

 

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