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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

Friday, 7 January 2022 

 

Weather:                    Overcast

Track:                         Soft (5); upgraded to a Good (4) at 6.08pm to retrospectively include Race 1.

Rail:                            True

Penetrometer:           5.17

 

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  S G Railton (Chairman), T P Moxon, T J Vassallo, S C Knight and cadets K A Smart and J T Fisher

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

WARWICK FARM:  Wednesday, 5 January 2022

RACE 7: TAB Handicap 1400m

Sur La Mer– Stewards acceded to a request from C Schofield to alter the dates of a careless riding suspension he incurred in the abovementioned race. C Schofield’s license to ride in races is now suspended for a period to commence immediately and to expire on Wednesday, 19 January 2022, on which day he may ride.

                                                                                                                                                      

 

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As H Bowman, G Schofield and C Schofield were unavailable, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 1 Current KingK Latham replacing H Bowman
Race 2 Sneaky SharkS Clipperton replacing H Bowman
Race 2 Solvere– J McDonald replacing G Schofield
Race 3 Wonderwoman K Latham replacing C Schofield
Race 4 Lady ProisirJ McDonald replacing H Bowman
Race 4 Awesome Choice– R King replacing G Schofield
Race 4 Clear Blonde A Collett replacing C Schofield
Race 5 Southern Lad S Clipperton replacing H Bowman
Race 5 Special Reward– J McDonald replacing G Schofield
Race 6 KarlstadJ McDonald replacing H Bowman
Race 6 Always On Show J Collett replacing J McDonald
Race 6 Main Stage J Van Overmeire replacing G Schofield
Race 7 Miracle DayJ McDonald replacing H Bowman
Race 7 Kickatorp J Van Overmeire replacing C Schofield
Race 8 KutayhaJ McDonald replacing H Bowman

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

CHANGES TO DECLARED WEIGHT:

The Stewards permitted the following jockeys to ride over their declared weight:

 

Race 2 Solvere – J McDonald – ½kg over 56.5kg
Race 3 You Like – J McDonald – ½kg over 56.5kg

 

                                                                                                                                                      


RACE 1 – The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1100m

Vaderzan– App T Schiller was permitted to be declared as the rider of Vaderzan and the fifth emergency Dame Cartland on the understanding that his first commitment was to Dame Cartland should it obtain a run.  When Dame Cartland obtained a start App T Sherry was substituted as the rider of Vaderzan.  Began only fairly and shortly after the start was bumped by Berry Berry Good which was taken in by Proud Image.

Barani– the colt slipped whilst parading in the mounting yard and dislodged S Clipperton who had a harmless fall.  In this incident, Barani shifted its off fore plate.  After being re-plated behind the barriers, Barani was examined by the Club's veterinary officer and deemed suitable to race.  From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Making the first turn near the 700m, shifted in when racing greenly and became awkward at the heels of Proud Image

Berry Berry Good– on jumping was bumped by Proud Image, which shifted in.  Berry Berry Good then shifted in and made contact with Vaderzan.  

Proud Image– began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped with Berry Berry Good.

Frose– began awkwardly and from a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Current King– shortly after the start was crowded between Paris Dior and McCann, which shifted out.  In this incident, Current King made contact with Paris Dior resulting in both runners becoming momentarily unbalanced.

Portray– began only fairly.  Leaving the 700m, improved onto the heels of McCann and shifted out.  Portray consequently raced wide and without from this point.

RACE 2 – Ranvet Handicap 1100m

Nay To Remember– began awkwardly, shifted out and shortly afterwards was hampered by Charlemagne, which shifted in.

Stormy Legend– began awkwardly.

Latin Lyric– began awkwardly and from the outside barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Charlemagne– began only fairly.

Sneaky Shark– on jumping was bumped by Solvere, which shifted out.  

Kalahari Heart– laid out rounding the home turn.  

RACE 3 – Cactus Imaging Handicap 1100m

Crystal’s Legacy– began awkwardly.

World Atlas– began awkwardly and shifted out abruptly.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Super Vogue– bounded on jumping, lost ground and shortly afterward was hampered by World Atlas which shifted out.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. J Ford reported that after missing the start, Super Vogue settled at the rear of the field and then with the strong tempo through the early and middle stages, was always off the bit and failed to close off the straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  

Tick Tick Tick– began only fairly. When questioned, App T Sherry stated that Tick Tick Tick, which is a big filly, showed good speed to sit outside the leader.  He said, however, that Tick Tick Tick, which was having its first race start, appeared to be racing on the wrong leg for most of the event, did not appear to be comfortable on the tight turning circuit and consequently gave ground in the straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover.  Trainer Mr M Newnham advised that Tick Tick Tick would now be spelled in light of its disappointing performance.  Mr Newnham also undertook to report back to Stewards if anything came to light which might explain the filly's performance.

You Like–- laid out and made the home turn awkwardly.

Dollar Magic– shifted ground under pressure in the straight.

RACE 4 – TAB Handicap 1550m

Clear Blonde – the mare, which slipped over leaving the mounting enclosure, was a late scratching on veterinary advice at 7.33pm.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Clear Blonde be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 7.33pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket.

1st  Awesome Choice         8 cents win, 9 cents place

2ndLady Proisir                  11 cents place

3rd  Sally Pops                    9 cents place

Lady Proisir– began awkwardly and lost ground.

Al Sahara– began only fairly.

Sally Pops– making the first turn near the 1300m, was steadied from the heels of Al Sahara (K Latham) which shifted in when not fully clear.   K Latham was advised to exercise more care. App T Sherry was reprimanded under AR132(7)(a)(i) in that he used his whip on three consecutive strides prior to the 100m.

Denmiss– approaching the 250m, shifted out from behind Twice On Sunday in an endeavour to take a tight run between that runner and Belle Espoire.  Passing the 200m, Denmiss was then checked due initially to Belle Espoire shifting in and Twice On Sunday shifting out suddenly when struck with the whip.  Stewards were satisfied there was no rider error in this incident.  Denmiss remained held up until the 75m where it was shifted to the inside of Twice On Sunday

Twice On Sunday– laid out and made the home turn awkwardly.

Belle Espoire– when questioned App T Schiller stated that the mare performs best when able to dictate in the lead.   He said, however, that in this event, Twice On Sunday was ridden for speed to its inside and held the lead and he was therefore content to sit outside of that runner.  He added that Belle Espoire may not have appreciated being ridden in this fashion and was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to finish off its race.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr M Smith stated that carrying top weight, Belle Espoire was required to work hard outside the leader with a solid tempo through the early and middle stages and this in his view was the reason for the mare's performance.  Mr Smith undertook to report back to Stewards in the days subsequent of any abnormalities that may become apparent.

RACE 5 – Kia Christmas Classic 1200m

Poetic Charmer– slow to begin.  Approaching the 250m was disappointed for a run between Oriental Runner and Liberty Sun.   The gelding was held up for the remainder of the event and was not able to be fully tested.

Special Reward– began only fairly and shortly afterwards was crowded between Poetic Charmer and Prime Candidate, which shifted out.  Held up for clear running from the 300m until passing the 100m. 

Oriental Runner– making the first turn near the 700m, became awkwardly placed on the heels of Southern Lad.   As a consequence, Oriental Runner shifted out into a three wide position and remained racing wide and without cover for the remainder of the event.

Southern Lad– when questioned regarding Southern Lad settling outside the leader, S Clipperton stated that he was instructed to find cover on the gelding, however Southern Lad began exceptionally well from the outside barrier and immediately took up a forward position.  He said that he would have had to restrain his mount heavily to come back to the rear of the field in order to find cover and when left racing three wide and without cover along the back straight, he chose to allow the gelding to stride forward to settle outside the leader, Prime Candidate, rather than remain racing three wide and without cover.

RACE 6 – Precise Fire Handicap 1900m

Dream Maiden– slow to begin.  Held up for clear running from the 300m until after passing the 200m.

Maid Of Ore– slow to begin.  Commenced a run from the 900m and raced wide and without cover from that point.

Remus– slow to begin and from a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  J Van Overmeire, the rider of Main Stage, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 1600m he allowed his mount to shift in resulting in Remus being forced in onto the heels of Dream Maiden and being checked.  J Van Overmeire's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 16 January 2022 and to expire on Monday, 24 January 2022 on which day he may ride.  K O'Hara was unable to explain the performance of Remus which she said did not close off as anticipated.   K O'Hara did express some concern with the gelding's action on pulling up.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. The Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of the gelding in the days subsequent. 

Karlstad– shortly after the start was bumped by Lucky To Win which shifted out.  J McDonald was unable to offer any excuse for the performance of Karlstad which he said enjoyed a comfortable run at the hindquarter of the leader.  He said that in his view Karlstad may be better suited in more moderate company.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Always On Show– had some difficulty obtaining clear running approaching the 200m until passing the 200m where it was shifted out across the heels of Maid Of Ore.

RACE 7 – Schweppes Sprint 1100m

Damaged– began only fairly.

What Could Be– began only fairly and from a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Kickatorp– raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.  Making the home turn near the 400m, was hampered and taken wider by Miss Bosetti which shifted out.  J Van Overmeire stated although Kickatorp finished in last placing, he was not overly disappointed with the gelding's performance given that the horse was up in class and was required to race further back in the field and wide which was unfamiliar for the horse which is still quite inexperienced.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  

Star of Harada– at the 400m was steadied from the heels of Kickatorp.  In the early stages of the straight, was held up for clear running and approaching the 200m, was directed back to the inside to improve.  

Accelerato– when questioned App R Jones stated that soon after straightening, he shifted to the outside of Conscript when that runner rolled in anticipating that a run would develop between Conscript and Miracle Day.  He said, however, that after leaving the 200m, Conscript then shifted out when placed under full pressure which caused him to be disappointed for the run that he was attempting and from that point until the winning post, he was not in a position to alter course as he was caught between the heels of both Conscript and Miracle Day.  This resulted in Accelerato being badly held up and not able to be tested at any stage of the straight.  The Stewards accepted App James' explanation.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have sustained a laceration to the near flank.

RACE 8 – Ryde Kia Evening Star 1550m

Sapphire Sun– Stewards permitted the late scratching of the gelding at 10.38am.

Canyonero– shifted in on jumping and made contact with the off side of its barrier.

Just Business– began only fairly.

East Indiaman– slow to begin and shortly afterwards was eased from the heels of Atlantic King which shifted out.

Glamour Fox– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Making the home turn was held up and unable to improve.  

Kutayha– J McDonald was unable to offer any explanation for the performance of the gelding which failed to respond to his riding in the straight and weakened.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  The Stewards will follow up with trainer Mr C Waller regarding the horse's performance in the days subsequent.  

Atlantic King– made the crossing near the 1200m awkwardly.  K Latham reported that with the strong early tempo he was able to find cover in advance of midfield.  He said whilst Atlantic King was somewhat disappointing with its finishing effort, he felt that the gelding may not have been suited on the tight turning track.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

Rich And Shameless– making the turn near the 1100m, commenced to race keenly, shifted out forcing Bet Red into a three wide position.  Approaching the 1000m, was taken back in towards the rail by Bet Red which shifted back in.

GENERAL: 

 

When J McDonald advised that his lightest riding weight for this meeting would be 57kg, he was granted permission to declare half a kilogram overweight on Solvere in Race 2 and You Like in Race 3.  As he was to be 1.5kg overweight on Always On Show (Race 6), Stewards ruled that he be relieved of that engagement. Stewards acceded to a request from trainer Mr K Lees to declare J Collett as the replacement rider on Always on Show despite J Collet being briefly listed as the replacement rider for H Bowman on Karlstad. Stewards therefore permitted J McDonald to ride Karlstad in lieu of J Collett.  Stewards accepted J McDonald’s explanation for being overweight which was as a consequence of a COVID related matter.  

 

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 8 R Hutchings (Time Raid)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:   Paris Dior, Current King.

Race 2:   Sneaky Shark, Solvere (2).

Race 3:   Abuela, Williams Bay, You Like, Wonderwoman.

Race 4:   Twice On Sunday, Awesome Choice, Lady Proisir.

Race 5:   Prime Candidate, Poetic Charmer, Through The Cracks, Special Reward.

Race 6:   Mars, Dream Maiden, Lucky to Win, Maid Of Ore.

Race 7:   Conscript, Miracle Day, Kickatorp, Miss Jay Fox.

Race 8:   Kutayha, Atlantic King, Bet Red, Just Business.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Race 4:  App T Sherry (Sally Pops) – consecutive whip use [AR132(7)(a)(i)].
Suspensions: Warwick Farm (5.1.22):  Amended dates for C Schofield – 5.1.22 to 19.1.22. 
Race 6:  J Van Overmeire (Main Stage) – 16.1.22 to 24.1.22 – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Nil
Certificates: Nil 
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 4.  Twice On Sunday – to be ridden further forward; led.
Race 6:  Karlstad– to be ridden further forward; settled on pace.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 3:  Tick Tick Tick(trainer M Newnham) – post race condition. 
Race 4:  Belle Espoire (trainer M Smith) – post race condition.
Race 6:  Remus(trainer J Austin) – post race condition.
Race 8:  Kutayha (trainer C Waller) – post race condition.

 

 

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