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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE 

Friday, 21 January 2022

 

Weather:                   Showers

Track:                       Soft (5)

Rail:                          +3m

Penetrometer:          5.15

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  T J Vassallo (Chairman), M F Van Gestel, J J E Earl, S C Knight and cadets K A Smart and J T Fisher

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As B Ryan was unavailable, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 2 Prince Adelaide – R King
Race 4 Shaka Rock – K O’Hara
Race 7 River Mac– J Ford

 

                                                                                                                                                      

 

RACE 1 – Vinery Handicap 1250m

Devil's Racer– began awkwardly.  Approaching the 50m, had to alter course back to the inside of Destiny's Bounty to continue into clear running.

Semeco– shifted out on jumping and made contact with Wolfburn. Shortly after had to be steadied from the heels of Destiny's Bounty, which shifted out.  Semeco was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  From the 600m, commenced to hang out and continued to do so in the early part of the straight. Approaching the 200m, was eased from the heels of Stromboli, which shifted in slightly.  In this incident, Semeco was struck across the bridge of the nose by the whip of J Parr (Wolfburn).   

Wolfburn– shortly after the start was crowded for room between All England and Semeco, both of which shifted ground.  Rider J Parr stated his intention was to lead as it had done so when winning its most recent barrier trial at Kembla Grange on 12 January 2022.  He said, however, after being crowded on jumping, he then endeavoured to ride his mount along in the early stages to comply with his instructions, however the gelding did not have the necessary pace to do so.  He added that he was able to establish a position behind Destiny’s Bounty throughout the event, however Wolfburn came under pressure from the 600m, before then commencing to weaken from the 300m.  J Parr will be reminded of his obligations to ensure that he rides his mount out fully to the end of the race. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of Wolfburn in the days subsequent.

All England– shortly after the start was bumped by Wolfburn, and was then shifted behind runners from its wide barriers in the early stages.

Stromboli– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  After commencing a forward move from the 400m, was then taken wider by Semeco, which hung out.

Destiny's Bounty– over the final 150m, laid in.  K McEvoy reported that it was the intention to lead on the gelding and after beginning superior to the remainder of the field, he was able to achieve this position, however when Transformation quickly improved to his inside near the 1100m, Destiny's Bounty, which had the blinkers applied for the first time, then commenced to race keenly.  He said although he was content racing outside Transformation, he attributed the gelding's disappointing performance to its racing manners throughout the event.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of Destiny’s Bounty in the days subsequent.

Transformation– R King reported it was not her intention to lead, however after the gelding began well, she was able to capitalise on her early positioning, particularly when Transformation commenced to race keenly when the tempo in the early stages was slow. She therefore allowed her mount to improve and race to the inside of Destiny’s Bounty where it continued to race keenly.

RACE 2 – Buy Better At Inglis Handicap 1250m

Cap Estel– the declaration of correct weight was delayed to allow both the Stewards and the connections of the third placegetter, Cap Estel, to view the Stewards’ patrol films to ascertain whether there were grounds for a protest against Ruinart being declared the second placegetter.  When both the Stewards and the connections of Cap Estel were satisfied that there were not sufficient grounds to lodge a protest, correct weight was declared.  From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 150m, laid in and away from Smart Little Miss and made contact with RuinartCap Estel then, for some distance thereafter, was hampered when racing tight between Ruinart and Smart Little Miss.

Ruinart– slow to begin.  Near the 300m, made contact with Cap Estel when endeavouring to shift out to improve.   Ruinart then had difficulty obtaining clear running and near the 150m was hampered on several occasions when tightened for room between Aquarius and Cap Estel, which laid in.

Smart Little Miss– began awkwardly.

Po Kare Kare– began awkwardly and made contact with the nearside partition of the barrier.

Cairdeas– shortly after the start was bumped by Princess Adelaide and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Raced keenly in the middle stages.  After the 200m became held up before having to be shifted out passing the 100m to secure clear running where it finished its race off satisfactorily.

You Like– shortly after the start shifted out and made contact with Princess Adelaide.   You Like was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Princess Adelaide– shortly after the start was crowded for room between Cairdeas and You Like, which shifted out.  Shortly after the start, when being attempted to be restrained to find a position with cover, the filly then commenced to race aggressively and despite the efforts of its rider, Princess Adelaide continued to race fiercely in the early and middle stages, refused to settle and as a consequence pulled its way up to race three wide and without cover outside Aquarius.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr M Conners was advised that bearing in mind the filly’s racing manners, Princess Adelaide will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again. 

Aquarius– near the 150m, was inconvenienced when placed close to the heels of Wonderwomen, which shifted out when not quite clear. 

Lamplady– rider H Bowman could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance of the filly which was having its first race start.  Lost its near fore plate at the 800m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  

 

RACE 3 – Precise Fire Handicap 1250m

Miss Jay Fox– shifted in on jumping and made contact with Miss Baltimore.

Evening Bride– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  In the early part of the straight laid in and proved reluctant to shift to the outside of the eventual winner, Jal Lei to improve.

Miss Baltimore– was bumped on jumping by Miss Jay Fox, which shifted in.  R Bayliss reported that after obtaining the lead in the early stages, Miss Baltimore then raced keenly and as a consequence was not able to finish its race off in the straight.  Approaching the 50m was inconvenienced when tightened to the inside of Russbuss, which shifted in under pressure.

Russbuss– began only fairly.  App T Sherry reported that soon after straightening, the mare was inclined to hang in.

Jal Lei– laid in when placed under pressure from the 250m.

RACE 4 – XXXX Handicap 1550m

Maccomo – slow to begin.

Shaka Rock– bumped on jumping by Spin Bowles.

Spin Bowles– bumped on jumping by Shaka Rock. Leaving the 1200m commenced to race keenly and continued to do so throughout the middle stages.

Intuition– began only fairly.

Devil Dan– began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with the hindquarter of Savvy Legend.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

Savvy Legend– bumped on the hindquarter on jumping by Devil Dan.  When questioned regarding Savvy Legend settling further back in the field, rider K McEvoy stated that it was his intention to race prominently.  He said that in the early stages, when he observed runners from both his outside and inside showing intent to go forward, he allowed those runners to improve and he therefore was able to obtain a position with cover behind Devil Dan worse than midfield, which was further back than he had intended.   When questioned regarding his riding from the 600m, K McEvoy said when he observed Devil Dan come under pressure he identified a run to the inside of that runner, however became awkwardly placed when disappointed for this run after Shaka Rock shifted out. He further added that he then became held up behind Shaka Rock from this point when that runner did not take him into the race. He said when Shaka Rock shifted out near the 350m he was able to secure clear running and near the 250m was shifted back to the inside of the weakening Rich And Shameless to continue into clear running, where Savvy Legend finished its race off strongly.  Stewards advised K McEvoy that whilst his decision to shift to the inside of Devil Dan near the 600m in an endeavour to secure clear running was not unreasonable given that a run was available, the better option would have been to shift to its outside where he would have been afforded clear and uninterrupted running.  

Rich and Shamelessa post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

RACE 5 – Stud And Stable Staff Awards Handicap 1900m

Bedford Square - the declaration of correct weight was delayed to allow J Collett, rider of the second placed Bedford Square to view the official judge's photo in respect to the margin between his mount and the winner, My Demetra.   When J Collett was satisfied that there was a nose margin between his mount My Demetra, and Stewards were similarly satisfied, correct weight was declared.  Stewards permitted J Collett to ride the mare one kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs. Slow to begin and from a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Shortly after straightening, had to be directed to the outside of Just A Jedi to secure clear running. 

Rules Don't Apply– slow to begin.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  After racing at the rear of the field in the early stages, due to the moderate tempo in the middle stages, Rules Don't Apply was allowed to improve from the 1100m whereby it settled outside Just A Jedi and raced three wide and without cover. 

Grand Rock– shortly after the start was bumped by Maid Of Ore, which shifted in.  N Rawiller reported that his mount travelled well in the lead, however when placed under pressure on straightening, the gelding failed to respond to his riding and was most disappointing in its failure to finish its race off.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of Grand Rock in the days subsequent.

Maid Of Ore– shifted in on jumping and made contact with Grand Rock. Shortly after straightening, had to be steadied when attempting to improve into a narrow run to the inside of Grand Rock.   Maid Of Ore then raced in restricted room to the inside of Grand Rock for some distance until the 100m. 

Just Business– raced keenly in the early stages.

Monreal– making the turn near the 700m, was inclined to lay out and was eased when awkwardly positioned between Don Arcangelo and Just Business.

Just A Jedi– rider B Loy reported that from the outside barrier he had to make some use of the gelding to cross and obtain a position outside the leader, Grand Rock passing the winning post on the first occasion.  He added whilst Just A Jedi travelled well throughout the event, it was not able to finish its race off in the straight which he attributed to the work the horse was obliged to do in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

RACE 6 – Paul Wakeling Kia Evening Star 1100m

Cool Missile– App J Duggan was reprimanded under LR70 for failing to claim her full allowance on the mare. The declaration of correct weight was delayed to allow the Stewards to view the official patrol films to ascertain if there were grounds to lodge a protest on behalf of the connections of fourth placed Cool Missile against the third placegetter, Sessions Road, in respect to an incident near the 150m.  When Stewards could not be satisfied that Cool Missile had established a run between Henschel and Sessions Road when that runner shifted out, they declined to exercise their powers under AR219(2) and therefore correct weight was declared.  Slow to begin.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Near the 150m, was steadied when disappointed for a run between Henschel and Sessions Road (H Bowman) which shifted out.  Cool Missile then was directed back to the inside of Sessions Road, approaching the 100m to continue into clear running.  H Bowman was advised to exercise more care.  Cool Missile then was directed back to the outside of Eye See Things approaching the 100m to continue into clear running. When questioned regarding her riding over the concluding stages of the event and the reasons why she was not able to ride the mare out to the end of the race, App J Duggan stated that near the 50m, when commencing to close the race off, she elected to shift to the outside of Eye See Things to continue into clear running.  She added that shortly afterwards, she observed Eye See Things commence to shift ground outwards and as she was of the view that Eye See Things would continue to shift out, and as her mount was inclined to lay out, she then elected to stop riding approaching the winning post when she was of the view that it was not safe to continue to improve. App Duggan was advised that whilst her decision to stop riding approaching the end of race was not unreasonable, where possible she should endeavour to ride her mounts out to the end of the race.

Moralist– began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Henschel.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Henschel– began awkwardly and shortly afterwards was bumped by Moralist, which shifted out.  

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

Sessions Road– near the 350m, was eased when awkwardly positioned to the inside of Henschel, which laid in despite the efforts of its rider.  

Calescent– when questioned regarding the fast tempo set in the early stages of the event, App J Presits stated she was specifically asked to ensure that she led on the mare.  She added in the early stages, she rode her mount vigorously in order to comply with her instructions, however when Eye See Things and Bugalugs maintained their positions to her inside, she was obliged to continue to ride her mount along in an attempt to cross those runners.  She added that bearing in mind her instructions and positioning on the track, she continued to ride forward to avoid racing wide and without cover and was able to cross Bugalugs and Eye See Things near the 700m.  She further added from this point, she was then able to slacken the tempo however Calescent commenced to lay out rounding the home turn.  She added that as a result of the work her mount was obliged to do in the early stages, it was then left without a finishing effort in the straight.  The Stewards advised App Presits that whilst her tactics adopted in the early stages were not unreasonable, she was advised that where possible, she should set a more sustainable tempo that allows her mounts to finish their races off.

RACE 7 – The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1200m

Quatenus– shifted out on jumping and made contact with Nasturtium.  

 

Nasturtium– bumped on the hindquarter by Quatenus.  Raced keenly in the lead throughout the event.  

 

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

 

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 R Bayliss (Miss Baltimore)6 strikes
Race 3 App J Duggan (Miss Jay Fox)7 strikes
Race 5 A Collett (Just Business)6 strikes
Race 6 App P Scorse (Henschel)6 strikes
Race 7 R King (Damaged) 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:    Semeco, Wolfburn, Quatenus, Taborca.

Race 2:   Smart Little Miss, Po Kare Kare, Aquarius, Ruinart.

Race 3:   Evening Bride, Jal Lei, Wine Time, Russbuss.

Race 4:   Maccomo, Shaka Rock, Devil Dan,  Savvy Legend.  

Race 5:   Rules Don’t Apply, Bedford Square (2), Just Business.

Race 6:   Henschel, Bugalugs, Cool Missile, Eye See Things. 

Race 7:   Nasturtium, Regal Toff, River Mac, Damaged.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Race 6:  App J Duggan (Cool Missile) – failed to claim full allowance [LR70].
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 2:  Princess Adelaide(trainer M Conners) – racing manners. 
Certificates: Nil
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 1:  Taborca– to be ridden further forward; settled on pace,
Race 3:  Miss Baltimore– to be ridden further forward; led.
Race 4:  Devil Dan– to be ridden further forward; settled off pace. 
Race 4:  Rich and Shameless– intention to lead or sit outside leader; settled outside the leader.
Race 5:  Grand Rock– intention to be ridden further forward; led.  
Race 5:  Rules Don't Apply– to be ridden conservatively; settled back.  
Race 5:  Bedford Square to be ridden conservatively in a midfield position; settled back.
Race 6:  Bugalugs – to be ridden further forward; settled on pace.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 1:  J Parr (Wolfburn) obligation to ride out to end of the race.
Race 1:  Wolfburn (trainer B Baker) post race condition.
Race 1:  Destiny’s Bounty (trainer J O’Shea) post race condition. 
Race 5:  Grand Rock (trainer C Waller) post race condition. 
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