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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

 

Friday, 21 February 2020

 

Weather:                   Overcast

Track:                       Soft (6)

Rail:                          True

Penetrometer:          5.33

 

STEWARDS:   T J Vassallo (Chairman), W R Birch, J J E Earl, C L Albrecht and cadets O J Fleming and B J Pearce

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

ROYAL RANDWICK:  Saturday, 15 February 2020

RACE 3 – Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney Handicap 100m

Sei Stella–- trainer Mr M Dale reported a veterinary examination upon return to the stables revealed the mare to be mildly lame in the off foreleg and to have pain across its back, for which it has been treated.  Mr Dale was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Sei Stella being permitted to race or trial again.

                                                                                                                                                      

 

RACE 1 – The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1200m

Blondeau – began awkwardly.  When the pace commenced to slacken near the 800m, Blondeau commenced to race keenly on the heels of Last Eightyate for a short distance.

 

Real Empress – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Late Eightyate.  Approaching the 800m, when racing keenly had to be steadied from the heels of Setanta.

 

Sidearm – began only fairly and was then shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages.  Held up in the early part of the straight.

 

On The Lead – slow to begin and shortly after the start had to be steadied when hampered by Setanta, which shifted in.  Held up rounding the home turn and had to be shifted to the outside of Blondeau near the 250m to continue into clear running.

 

Gravina – when caught wide and without cover in the early stages, was allowed to stride forward and assume a position in the lead near the 600m.

 

Setanta – raced keenly throughout the early stages.  Rider T Berry stated that his mount travelled well throughout the event, however it was obliged to make a long sustained run from the 600m and as a consequence was unable to sustain a finishing effort.  He added that in his opinion the colt may have come to the end of its preparation.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stable representative Ms A Neisham stated the stable would now consult with the owners in respect to its immediate race plans.

 

Cryptogram – near the 400m was hampered when tightened for room between Setanta and Blondeau, which was endeavouring to shift out from behind Last Eightyate.  Passing the 700m, when commencing to tire, was steadied to avoid the heels of On The Lead (J Parr) which shifted out when not clear.  J Parr was reprimanded under AR131(a).  Cryptogram laid in under pressure in the straight.

 

Last Eightyate – a post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to have suffered speedy cuts to both hind legs. 


RACE 2 – Iron Jack Plate 1250m

Our Fraulein – was found to have sustained a small abrasion to the off hind leg prior to being loaded onto the horse transport.  The filly was subsequently examined by the Club's veterinary officer when it had arrived on course, and was deemed suitable to race.  Began awkwardly and made contact with the off side partition of the barrier resulting in its rider becoming unbalanced.  Hung out rounding the home turn.

 

Abrogation – As App S Clenton was unable to claim down to her minimum riding weight, the Stewards permitted App R Dolan as the rider replacement.  At a subsequent inquiry, App Clenton was fined $100 under LR70.  Began awkwardly.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Cathars – began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Fill Of Fun.  Passing the 150m, was steadied to avoid the heels of Astralis (T Berry) which shifted out when not clear. T Berry was reprimanded under AR131(a).  Rider J McDonald stated that his mount travelled well in a prominent position throughout the event however came under pressure on straightening and commenced to tire over the final 150m.  He added that in his opinion, Cathars would be better suited being dropped back in grade.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Fill Of Fun – began awkwardly.  Laid in throughout the event.

 

Astralis – slow to begin and shortly after the start was crowded for room between Segrill and Abrogation.  Was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  When held up in the early part of the straight, and when endeavoured to shift to the outside of Our Fraulein, Astralis laid in and proved reluctant to shift to that runners outside.  Astralis then continued to be held up behind Our Fraulein and near the 150m, shifted to the outside of that runner to continue into clear running.

 

Rathvilly Miss – from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Segrill – was hampered shortly after the start by Fill Of Fun, which was taken out by Cathars.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Seraglio – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Liara – was held up upon entering the home straight and was not able to secure clear running until near the 150m. 

 

RACE 3 – Mirvac Handicap 1900m

Mountain Breath – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Newtown Blue Bag.

 

Dylan's Romance – began awkwardly.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Dylan’s Romance to have lost its off fore plate.

 

Penshurst – began awkwardly and made contact with the offside partition of the barrier and was then shifted behind runners from the outside barrier in the early stages.  Laid in when under pressure in the home straight.

 

Newtown Bluebag – shortly after the start, was eased when unable to obtain a position to the outside of Shalmaneser when Mountain Breath was taken in by Dylan's Romance.  Held up approaching and rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight and approaching the 100m, was briefly steadied when attempting to improve into a narrow run between Dylan’s Romance and Mountain Breath, which shifted in slightly.  Newtown Bluebag was then able to secure clear running over the final 75m whereby it finished its race off strongly.

 

Ready's Girl – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Approaching the 150m, laid in and made contact with Mountain Breath.

 

Shalmaneser – when racing keenly in the early stages, had to be eased from the heels of Dylan's Romance approaching the 1300m.  Shalmaneser continued to race keenly throughout the middle stages and near the 700m, became awkwardly placed inside the heels of Hostage Of War.

 

Pauldron – when racing keenly in the early stages and unable to maintain a position behind Tochi, was shifted to the outside of that runner and allowed to stride forward whereby it was able to obtain a position outside Tochi near the 1100m.

 

Hostage Of War – over the concluding stages, when placed close to the heels of Tochi, was not able to be ridden out fully to the end of the race.

 

RACE 4 – Sky Racing Active Handicap 1100m

Buckin' Beauty – began awkwardly and shifted in abruptly. 

 

Social Smile – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Smart Moove.

 

Lu's In Charge – began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Polyxena – began awkwardly.  Near the 900m, was hampered by Dame Kiri, which shifted in.  Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Winter In America – bounded on jumping and lost ground (2L).  Near the 700m, had to be steadied from the heels of Dame Kiri.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Magnolia Power – shortly after the start had to be steadied when crowded between Lagarde and Buckin' Beauty, which shifted in.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Raced keenly when caught wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Smart Moove – after beginning only fairly, was then bumped by Social Smile.  Smart Moove laid out in the early part of the straight and proved reluctant to shift to the inside of Lagarde to secure clear running.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have lost is near fore plate.

 

Lagarde – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Dame Kiri – passing the 900m, when racing keenly, became awkwardly placed between Polyxena and Lagarde, which shifted in.  Dame Kiri continued to race keenly throughout the middle stages.  App B Ryan (Lagarde) pleaded guilty to charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 150m, he permitted his mount to shift out when insufficiently clear of Dame Kiri, which was checked and lost its rightful running.  App Ryan’s permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Thursday, 27 February 2020 and to expire on Wednesday, 4 March 2020.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 5 – Canterbury Night Sprint Series – Heat 4 1100m

General Soho – was a late scratching at 8.12 pm when it refused to leave the race day stalls.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on General Soho be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 8.12pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket.

1st  Oxford Tycoon                  10 cents win, 11 cents place

2nd Revenire                            14 cents place

3rd  Liberty Sun                       15 cents place

 

Revenire – slow to begin.  When questioned as to whether there was an opportunity to shift to the outside of Oxford Tycoon sooner than he did, App J Van Overmeire stated that when Oxford Tycoon shifted to a position one off the fence, approaching the 400m, he elected to position his mount towards the inside of the heels of that runner with a view of trailing Liberty Sun.  He said however that when Oxford Tycoon shifted back in and resumed its position on the rail, he was then obliged to shift to the outside of that runner’s heels after the 300m to continue into clear running.  He added that his decision to not shift to the outside of Oxford Tycoon was also due to the fact that he observed Super Oasis come under pressure at the 350m and he did not believe that trailing this runner would take him into the race.

 

Liberty Sun – overraced throughout the early and middle stages.

 

Magnarock – began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Liberty Sun.  Was then shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.  Approaching the 900m blundered and became unbalanced.

 

Oxford Tycoon – began awkwardly, and made contact with the nearside partition of the barrier resulting in its rider becoming unbalanced.  Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight and was unable to secure clear running until near the 150m. 

 

Power Command – raced keenly throughout the middle stages and near the 500m was eased from the heels of Oakfield Twilight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the off hind leg.  Stable representative Mr D Greer was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Power Command being permitted to race or trial again.

 

Oakfield Twilight – passing the 500m commenced to lay out and became awkwardly placed on the heels of Magnarock.  When asked for an explanation regarding the gelding's disappointing performance, App Ryan stated that the gelding was not suited by being ridden with cover and performed more competitively when able to lead and dictate its races.  He said that Oakfield Twilight is also better suited by being stepped up in distance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 6 – Kia Fleet Edge Evening Star 1550m

Valree – began awkwardly and made slight contact with Condor.  Overraced throughout the early and middle stage and refused to settle.

 

Destiny's Own – slow to begin and was then shifted behind from its wide barrier in the early stages.  Held up until shifting to the inside of Condor approaching the 100m.

 

Austria – slow to begin.  K McEvoy stated that after trailing Nicochet approaching the 400m, he elected to shift to that runner's outside passing the 400m to trail Dalmatia Prince.  He said that whilst there was an opportunity for him to shift towards the outside of Valree and manoeuvre Zeppelin wider, he was reluctant to do so as he felt the outside section of the track was inferior.  He then continued to trail Dalmatia Prince into the straight, however became held up and was unable to improve until near the 50m where his mount finished its race off well.

 

Zeppelin – began only fairly and failed to muster speed despite the efforts of its rider in the early stages.  When caught wide and without cover in the early stages, was restrained to obtain a position with cover behind Valree near the 1200m.

 

Condor – raced keenly throughout the early stages.  Laid out rounding the home turn and continued to do so in the straight, particularly over the final 100m.

 

Nicochet – was held up approaching and rounding the home turn and was able to secure clear running passing the 300m.

 

Dalmatia Prince – a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 7 – Canterbury League Club Handicap 1250m

Fritz’s Factor – bounded on jumping.  Held up and unable to improve until passing the 200m.

 

Savoury – began awkwardly and shortly after the start, shifted out and made contact with Fritz’s Factor.

 

Crafty Tycoon – began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Havin’ Fun - began awkwardly.

 

I'm A Legend – slow to begin and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Albert’s No Pussy – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

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

 

Paulo Pace – approaching the 200m, when commencing to tire, had to be eased from the heels of Having Fun (R King) which shifted out when not quite clear.  R King was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.  When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, J Parr stated that the gelding commenced to lay in shortly after the start when attempting to secure a prominent position.  He said that from his wide barrier, he was obliged to race wide and without cover throughout the event and came under pressure from the 500m and after commencing to weaken noticeably, he desisted from riding Paulo Pace out over the final 250m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stable representative Ms H Devlin was advised that Paulo Pace must barrier trial to the Stewards satisfaction prior to racing again.

 

He's A Hotshot – was held up in the early part of the straight and over the final 200m, whilst he was able to place his mount under some pressure, he was not able to fully test his mount until inside the final 100m.

 

GENERAL: 

 

Summary of whip use

 

The Stewards noted the following rider exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the 100m under AR132(7)(a)(ii):

 

Race 4 J Morris (Social Smile) 6 strikes
Race 6 H Bowman (Nicochet) 2 consecutive 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:  Blondeau (2), Last Eightyate.

Race 2:  Rathvilly Miss, Segrill, Astralis.

Race 3:  Dylan’s Romance, Shalmaneser, Penshurst, Hostage Of War, Pauldron, Newtown Bluebag.

Race 4:  Magnolia Power, Polyxena, Lagarde, Smart Moove, Glamour Cat.

Race 5:  Oakfield Twilight, Liberty Sun, Magnarock, Revenire.

Race 6:  Nicochet (2), Zeppelin, Austria.

Race 7:  Hit The Target, He’s A Hotshot.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 2:  App S Clenton (Abrogation) – $100 – unable to claim full allowance [LR70].
Reprimands: Race 1:  J Parr (On The Lead) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Race 2:  T Berry (Astralis) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Suspensions: Race 4:  App B Ryan (Lagarde) – 27.2.20 to 4.3.20 – careless riding [131(a)].
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 7:  Paulo Pace (trainer J Pride) – poor performance.
Certificates: Randwick (15.2.20):  Sei Stella (trainer M Dale) - mildly lame in the off foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 1:  Blondeau – to be ridden further forward; settled off pace.
Race 7:  Albert’s No Pussy – to be ridden midfield with cover; settled worse than midfield with cover.
Race 7. Savoury – to be ridden further forward; led
Race 7:  Accelerato – to be ridden further forward; settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Race 7:  Albert’s No Pussy – white Club colour.
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 1:  Setanta (Maher and Eustace stable) – immediate racing plans.

 

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