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Canterbury stewards' report

STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Heavy (8)

Rail:                          True

Penetrometer:          5.84

 

STEWARDS:   T J Vassallo (Chairman), W R Birch, T P Moxon, C L Albrecht, T J Lee and cadets

L J Martin and A P New

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

CHANGES TO ALLOTED WEIGHT:

The Stewards acceded to a late request from the connections of the following horses for N Rawiller to ride ½kg over the allotted weight:

 

Race 1 Yardstick
Race 5 Best Stone

 

                                                                                                                                                      

 

RACE 1 – Sky Racing Active Plate 1100m

Rule Of Law – the colt, which sustained a minor abrasion to its nearside flank in the tie up stalls, was examined by the Club's veterinary officer and deemed suitable to race.

 

Magic Ruler – the declaration of correct weight was delayed to allow the connections of the second placegetter, Magic Ruler, to view the official patrol films to ascertain if there were grounds to lodge a protest against the winner, Yardstick.  When the connections were satisfied there were not sufficient grounds to lodge a protest, and Stewards were similarly satisfied, correct weight was declared.  N Rawiller (Yardstick) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 250m, he permitted his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Magic Ruler, which lost its rightful running and had to be checked.  N Rawiller's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 26 July 2020 and to expire on Thursday, 6 August 2020 on which day he may ride again.

 

Cat D'Oro – was slow to begin and shortly after the start was steadied when crowded between Yardstick and Magic Ruler, which shifted out.  Near the 600m, had to be eased when placed in restricted room to the inside of Jet Propulsion, which laid in briefly.  Between the 300m and the 150m, was held up and was unable to secure clear running until inside the final 100m whereby the colt finished its race off satisfactorily.

 

Jet Propulsion – began only fairly and shortly after the start was bumped and became unbalanced when crowded between Beyliks and Yardstick, which shifted out.  Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.  Near the 800m, when racing keenly, had to be eased from the heels of Rule Of Law (A Adkins), which shifted in when not quite clear.  A Adkins was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.  When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of the colt, which was having its first race start, rider T Berry stated that after beginning only fairly and then receiving some interference, he endeavoured to contest a prominent position, however when he observed Rule Of Law improving to his outside to obtain a position outside the leader, Yardstick, he allowed that runner to cross him as his mount was racing keenly and was endeavouring to have it settle.  He said that once Rule Of Law was able to obtain a position in advance of him near the 800m, Jet Propulsion then did not travel from this point and he found it difficult for Jet Propulsion to maintain its position and as a consequence, after the 600m, settled towards the rear of the field.  He added that whilst Jet Propulsion did not initially respond to his riding in the early part of the straight, he was satisfied with the manner in which Jet Propulsion finished its race off inside the final 100m.  He said that the colt would derive benefit from today's race and would be better suited by being stepped up in distance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Jet Propulsion to be slow to recover. 

 

Beyliks – passing the 1000m, had to be momentarily eased when crowded between Jet Propulsion and Rule Of Law, which shifted in despite the efforts of its rider.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  When questioned rider K Jennings stated he was mindful that the colt has a tendency to overrace and he therefore elected to ride Beyliks neural in the early stages.  He added that whilst there was an opportunity in the early stages to obtain a position with cover towards the rear of the field, he was reluctant to restrain the colt given its racing manners.  He said that although caught wide and without cover in the early stages, he did not feel it would be in his mount’s best interest to contest a more prominent position as the colt may overrace.  He said that in his opinion, Beyliks was not suited by the tight turning circuit of the Canterbury racecourse and may be better suited by being stepped up slightly in distance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stable representative Mr D Beadman advised that it would be the stable's intention to step the colt up in distance at its next race start whereby Beyliks can be ridden more prominently.  Mr Beadman undertook to report back on the post race condition of Beyliks in the days subsequent.

 

Yardstick – hung out rounding the home turn.

 

RACE 2 – Yes Yes Yes New To Coolmore Plate 1100m

Joviality – as L Magorrian was indisposed, the Stewards permitted T Berry to replace him as the rider of the filly.  Began awkwardly and then was crowded between Tight Ropes and Redoute’s Image, which shifted out.  Near the 700m, was eased when racing in restricted room between Redoute’s Image and Tight Ropes.  Laid in under pressure over the final 200m resulting in its rider having to change the whip to his right hand approaching the 150m.

 

Tiny – slow to begin and then was crowded by La Foret, which shifted in.  Approaching the 800m, had to be steadied when crowded between Vintage Harvest and Waafiya, which was taken in.

 

Vintage Harvest – slow to begin.

 

Embeller – knuckled on jumping.  App T Scherry reported that the filly, which was resuming from a spell today, was not suited by the tight turning track and did not appreciate the heavy track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

La Foret – began awkwardly and shifted in abruptly. 

 

The Rise – was crowded on jumping between Cryptogram and Waafiya, which shifted out.  From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Rider B Spriggs reported that when the filly commenced to give ground approaching the home turn, he then elected to desist riding The Rise out from the 300m as he had some concerns with its action.  A post race veterinary examination revealed The Rise to be slow to recover.  Co-trainer Mr J Attard advised that The Rise will now be spelled.  Notwithstanding this advice, Mr Attard was advised that The Rise would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

Waafiya – on jumping shifted out, made contact with The Rise and became unbalanced.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Approaching the 800m, when racing greenly between Tiny and The Rise, was then hampered by The Rise (B Spriggs), which shifted in.  B Spriggs was advised to exercise more care.  Rounding the home turn, was hampered and carried wider by Tight Ropes, which was taken out by Joviality when that runner was endeavouring to shift out from behind Embeller to improve.

 

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

 

Tight Ropes – raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

RACE 3 – Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap 1550m

Elegant Grace – the Stewards considered a protest lodged by App L Day, rider of the fourth placegetter, Elegant Grace, against the third placegetter, Peace Of Mind, alleging interference at the 300m.  After viewing the patrol films and taking evidence from all parties, it was established that near the 300m, Peace Of Mind laid in slightly resulting in Elegant Grace being inconvenienced.  At the relevant point, the Stewards found that App Day was not in a position to dictate to Peace Of Mind in an attempt to manoeuvre that horse wider in an endeavour to obtain a position between that runner and Tochi.  Bearing that in mind, and the minor consequence suffered to Elegant Grace in the incident, the Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that had this interference not occurred that Elegant Grace would have beaten Peace Of Mind and therefore the protest was dismissed.  Inside the final 50m was unable to improve when held up behind Tochi and as a consequence went to the line without being fully tested. 

 

Celtic Love – slow to begin.

 

Our Winnie – began only fairly.  Approaching the 200m, became briefly held up behind the weakening Judge Judi and then had to shift back to the inside of that runner to secure clear running whereby it finished its race off well.

 

What A Girl – began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities other than speedy cuts behind.

 

Nishka – when questioned regarding the performance of the filly today, rider C Reith stated that his mount was not suited by the genuine tempo of today's race which made it difficult for his mount to quicken when placed under pressure on straightening.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 4 – TAB Handicap 1900m

Merlinite – slow to begin and from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Was held up approaching and rounding the home turn and on straightening was shifted to the inside of Decroux to secure clear running.

 

Dylan's Romance – began awkwardly.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Lady Highly – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Fields Of Yulong.  Lady Highly was then hampered shortly afterwards by Fields Of Yulong, which shifted out.  Was held up and unable to obtain clear running in the early part of the straight

 

Fields Of Yulong – was crowded on jumping between Lady Highly and Somnus, which shifted out.  App R Dolan stated that the gelding travelled fairly throughout the event, however when the pace commenced to quicken from the 600m, his mount was left flat footed and was unable to quicken.  He added that he also believed that Fields Of Yulong did not appreciate today's heavy track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Magic Over The Bay – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Decroux – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Was held up approaching and rounding the home turn before being able to secure clear running between Dalmatia Prince and Somnus near the 250m.

 

Dalmatia Prince – passing the 250m, lost its nearside winker.  Near the 150m, laid out and made contact with Decroux on two occasions.  The Stewards opened an inquiry into A Hyeronimus' riding in the straight with particular reference given to a look he made to his inside near the 200m.  A Hyeronimus stated that on straightening, his mount had shifted to a one off position and shortly thereafter he endeavoured to correct his mount in an effort to remain racing as close to the rail as possible as he felt this was the superior part of the track.  He added that whilst he felt that he had reassumed a position close to the rail and that there would not have been sufficient racing room for another runner to improve to his inside, passing the 200m, he received a call from T Clark (Merlinite) which was attempting to improve to his inside.  He said that as a result of the call from T Clark, he then took the opportunity to look towards his inside and endeavoured to shift his mount out as he had safety concerns for T Clark.  He said that his mount then continued to shift outwards which allowed Merlinite to take advantage of a run that had presented to his inside.  T Clark stated that on straightening, he had observed Dalmatia Prince shift to a one off position and when Decroux was attempting to shift to the outside of that runner, he endeavoured to remain racing on the rail and trail Dalmatia Prince with the hope of obtaining a run.  He said that whilst he observed Dalmatia Prince shift back towards the rail near the 250m, he elected to persist for a run to the inside of that runner when it did not reassume a position on the rail.  He said that given the narrow run he was endeavouring to take approaching the 200m, he called to A Hyeronimus as he had concerns that that runner would continue to shift in which would cause interference to his mount.  After taking evidence from A Hyeronimus and T Clark, the Stewards adjourned the matter to a date to be fixed.

 

Lord Gododdin – rounding the home turn was briefly held up and had to be shifted to the outside of Somnus to continue into clear running.

 

Somnus – when questioned regarding the disappointing performance, App T Scherry stated that whilst the gelding travelled well outside the leader, Dalmatia Prince, throughout the early and middle stages, rounding the home turn, his mount became unbalanced due to the tight turn and it was from this point that his mount failed to let down in the straight which he attributed to the heavy track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr M Newnham agreed with the views of App Scherry that Somnus did not appreciate today's heavy track conditions. He added that whilst it is his intention to continue with the gelding's preparation, he will monitor the gelding's post race condition in the days subsequent at which time he will notify the Stewards.

 

Maui Girl – for some distance approaching the 200m, the whip of rider T Berry became entangled in the tail of  Lord Gododdin.  Rider T Berry stated that the mare, which was having its first race over 1900m, did not run out the distance and also did not appreciate today's heavy track conditions.  He added that in his opinion, Maui Girl may have come to the end of its preparation.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Maui Girl to be slow to recover.  Trainer Mr J Coyle advised that Maui Girl will now be spelled.

 

RACE 5 – Harry Angel @ Darley Handicap 1200m

It’s So Obvious – made heavy contact with Peyton Place on jumping.

 

Peyton Place – made heavy contact with It’s So Obvious on jumping.  Shortly after the start was hampered by It’s So Obvious which shifted out.  Raced keenly outside the leader in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Peyton Place to be slow to recover.

 

Suave – slow to begin. Was held up rounding the home turn and then had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight and near the 100m, had to be steadied from the heels of Ghostly before shifting back to the inside of that runner’s heels approaching the 50m whereby the gelding finished its race off satisfactorily.

 

Accelerato – slow to begin.  Raced ungenerously in the early stages when being restrained.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.  Passing the 1100m had to be eased from the heels of Best Stone after being taken out by Peyton Place. 

 

Exceltic – near the 900m, had to be steadied when crowded to the inside of Weekend Affair, which was taken in by Accelerato.

 

Lancaster Bomber – began only fairly.  For some distance after the 800m, was awkwardly placed when racing in restricted room to the inside of Manhattan Mist. 

 

Weekend Affair – near the 900m had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Lancaster Bomber when taken in across the heels of that runner by Accelerato (App L Day).  In issuing App Day with a reprimand, the Stewards were mindful of her mount's racing manners in the lead up to the incident and a shift outwards from Lancaster Bomber.

 

RACE 6 – Press Statement @ Vinery Handicap 1100m

Open War – the Stewards permitted G Schofield to replace K Latham (overweight) as the rider of the colt.  The Stewards accepted the explanation tendered by K Latham for not being able to make the weight today.  Began only fairly. 

 

Our Revenue – trainer Mr M Petrovic was fined $100 under AR206 for presenting the mare to the mounting enclosure with blinkers which are not part of its approved race gear.  Began awkwardly and lost ground.  App J Van Overmeire dropped his whip passing the 150m. 

 

Perigord – slow to begin and then was crowded by Crimlet which shifted out.  Near the 700m was steadied and shifted out to avoid the heels of Sedition and then raced wide and without cover for the remainder of the event.

 

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

 

Knickpoint – rounding the home turn was hampered when crowded between Perigord and Open War, which was endeavouring to shift to the outside of Worldly Pleasure.  When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of the gelding, rider N Rawiller stated that he had anticipated racing towards the rear of the field from the outside barrier, however when an opportunity presented itself for him to settle behind Worldly Pleasure, he elected to do so, which was more forward than he would have liked.  He added that after receiving some tightening rounding the home turn, Knickpoint failed to respond to his riding from this point which he attributed to the heavy track conditions.  He added that in his opinion, Knickpoint, which only had one trial leading into today's race, would derive a fitness benefit and would appreciate a firmer track surface. The Stewards will follow-up on the post race condition of Knickpoint in the days subsequent.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Estrado – approaching the 700m was eased when tightened to the inside of Open War when that runner shifted in after being crossed by Worldly Pleasure.  Estrado then raced keenly throughout the middle stages.  Held up approaching the home turn and was shifted to the inside of Open War on straightening to obtain clear running.  When commencing to close its race off well, approaching the 100m, had to be shifted to the outside of Worldly Pleasure to continue into clear running. 

 

RACE 7 – 2020 Yulong Stallions Handicap 1550m

Notabadharada – the Stewards permitted G Schofield to ride the gelding half a kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs.  Approaching the 500m, hung in and made contact with the running rail and as a result became unbalanced.

 

Travencore – slow to begin.  Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.

 

Bentley Magic – blundered on jumping.  App L Day stated that after obtaining a trailing position behind Chocolatier from the 600m, near the 400m, as that runner commenced to weaken, she had hoped to be able to obtain a position to its outside, however she was mindful that Baanone was positioned inside the heels of Notabadidea and given its relevant positioning, she did not attempt to endeavour to move that horse wider as she was mindful she may have caused interference to the runner had she done so.  She added that she then elected to improve to the inside of Chocolatier near the 350m, however when that runner shifted in under pressure, she was disappointed for this run and had to check her mount when crowded between Chocolatier and This Is So.  She added that she was then held up for a short distance before shifting to the outside of Chocolatier near the 300m to secure clear running.

 

Notabadidea – began only fairly and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. 

 

Baanone – for some distance near the 150m, raced in restricted room between Bentley Magic and Notabadidea, which shifted in slightly.

 

Knowitall Jack – laid out under pressure near the 150m and made slight contact with Galahad's Quest.

 

Chocolatier – rider N Rawiller reported that near the 600m, he elected to shift out from behind Galahad’s Quest to improve into the race, however shortly thereafter, his mount came under pressure and commenced to weaken from the 300m.  He added that over the final 200m, he desisted from riding Chocolatier as he was concerned with his mount's action.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the near foreleg.  Trainer Mr J Deamer was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Chocolatier racing again.

 

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 3 T Berry (Tochi) 7 strikes
Race 6 R Dolan (Perigord) 7 strikes
Race 7 M Weir (Travencore) 6 strikes
Race 7 A Adkins (Notabadharada) 7 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:  Magic Ruler (2).

Race 2:  La Foret (2).

Race 3:  Our Winnie, What A Girl, Tochi.

Race 4:  Dylan’s Romance, Magic Over The Bay, Merlinite, Somnus (2), Fields Of Yulong.

Race 5:  Peyton Place, Exceltic, It’s So Obvious, Suave, Weekend Affair, Lancaster Bomber.

Race 6:  Perigord, Sedition, Crimlet, Open War, Our Revenue, Estrado.

Race 7:  Knowitall Jack, Travencore.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 6:  Trainer M Petrovic (Our Revenue) – $100 – presented in unapproved gear [AR206].
Reprimands: Race 5:  App L Day (Accelerato) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Suspensions: Race 1:  N Rawiller (Yardstick) – 26.7.20 to 6.8.20 – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 2:  The Rise (co-trainer J Attard) – uncompetitive.
Certificates: Race 7:  Chocolatier (trainer J Deamer) – lame (2/5) in the near foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 2:  The Rise – to be ridden conservatively from a wide barrier; settled midfield.
Race 3:  Elegant Grace – to be ridden further forward; settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil

 

Follow up: Race 1:  Beyliks (trainer J Cummings) – post race condition. 
Race 4:  Somnus (trainer M Newnham) – post race condition.
Race 4:  A Hyeronimus (Dalmatia Prince) and T Clark (Merlinite) – adjourned inquiry.
Race 6:  Knickpoint (trainer J Cummings) – post race condition.

 

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