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Canterbury stewards' report

STEWARDS’ REPORT

Australian Turf Club

CANTERBURY PARK RACECOURSE

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Heavy (9)

Rail:                          +8m

Penetrometer:          6.02

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:   C L Albrecht (Chairman), S G Railton, J J E Earl, S C Knight and cadets B A Boyce-Mortlock, L J Lee and X C Dalton

 

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CHANGES TO DECLARED WEIGHT:

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

 

Race 1 My Truth – J Parr– ½kg over 56.5kg
Race 5 Believe So – T Clark – ½kg over 54.5kg
Race 7 Destiny’s Bound – N Rawiller – ½kg over 56.5kg

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – Quayclean Handicap 1580m

Gamesmanship – slow to begin and shortly after had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Ironbark Artie, which shifted in.  Raced keenly in the early stages.

Midnightinmontreal – began awkwardly.  When caught racing wide in the early stages was allowed to improve forward to obtain a position outside the leader near the 1000m. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

Ironbark Artie – began awkwardly and shifted in.

State Of America – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Attempted to jump the crossing near the 1200m.  Near the 150m was briefly held up behind Midnightofmontreal, before being shifted to the inside of that runner to continue into clear running.

My Truth – J Parr reported that it was not his intention to lead, however after beginning well, he took advantage of the good start and was able to lead without having to overly pressure his mount.

Spirit Of Vomo – B Avdulla reported that the gelding, which was stepping up in distance, overraced in the early and middle stages and as a result was unable to finish off the race.  A post race veterinary examination revealed swelling over the near fore medial cannon bone.  Co-trainer Mr A Bott was advised that a veterinary clearance must be provided prior to Spirit Of Vomo being permitted to barrier trial or race again. 

RACE 2 – Furphy Plate 1100m

One Destiny – began awkwardly.

Nolan – began awkwardly, shifted out and made heavy contact with Sports Legend

Beautiful Heart – began only fairly.

Magic Carpet – shortly after the start was bumped heavily by Sports Legend which was taken out by Nolan.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  S Clipperton reported that the filly failed to show the necessary speed in the early stages to obtain a more prominent position and as a result settled towards the rear of the field, which was further back than he would have liked. 

Sports Legend – shortly after the start had to be steadied when badly crowded between Magic Carpet and Nolan, which shifted out.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the 200m, had to be checked when placed in restricted room between Magic Carpet (S Clipperton), which shifted in initially, and Better Than Anyone, which shifted out marginally.  S Clipperton was advised to exercise more care.  When questioned regarding the performance, B Ryan stated that it was his intention to lead the event and settle in a prominent position, however after receiving interference at the start, he was obliged to settle at the rear of the field.  He added that after again receiving interference near the 800m, Sports Legend commenced to race greenly and near the 600m, shifted in, made contact with the running rail and became unbalanced.  He added that after balancing up and making ground on the home turn, Sports Legend was able to finish the race off well.

Deep Fury – shortly after the start was bumped by Magic Carpet which was carried wider by Sports Legend.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Better Than Anyone – commenced to race keenly when being restrained in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Better Than Anyone to be displaying cardiac arrhythmia and that it had shifted its off fore plate slightly.  Trainer Mr B Heys advised that Better Than Anyone will now be spelled.  Notwithstanding this advice, Mr Heys was advised that a veterinary clearance must be provided, including the results of an ECG, before barrier trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards.

RACE 3 – Bowermans Handicap 1900m

Spring Break – was bumped on jumping by Oz Legend which shifted in.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Oz Legend – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Spring Break.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Notions – was bumped on jumping by Spring Break, which was taken in by Oz Legend.

Chateaux Park – slow to begin and from its outside barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Speed Legend – shortly after the start was bumped by Good Omen which shifted out.  App C Williams reported that he was able to take up a prominent position whereby the gelding settled well, however it came under pressure from the 600m, commenced to weaken and proved disappointing.  He added that he noticed the gelding to be making a slight respiratory noise on pulling up.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr L Bridge will be advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic explanation will be required prior to Speed Legend being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

Good Omen – shifted out when jumping and made contact with Speed Legend

RACE 4 – Schweppes Handicap 1580m

Eclair Sunrise – began awkwardly and shifted out.  Near the 1100m, when attempting to maintain a one off position, made contact with Caratie and became unbalanced momentarily. T Berry reported that upon entering the home straight, as he had concerns that there may be something amiss with the mare, he desisted from pressuring Eclair Sunrise for the remainder of the race. A post race veterinary examination of the mare, which tailed off, revealed the horse to be slow to recover.  Stable representative Mr D Greer was advised that bearing in mind the comments of T Berry, a veterinary clearance must be provided prior to the mare being required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before racing again. 

Icecrusher – slow to begin and shortly after had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Eclair Sunrise which shifted out.

And We Danced – began only fairly.  H Bowman reported that the mare travelled well through the early and middle stages when ridden conservatively, however failed to respond to his riding in the early part of the straight, and weakened noticeably over the final 150m.  He said when the mare was not in contention for the placings, he desisted from riding his mount out over the final 50m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was unable to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance, however added that the mare may have come to the end of its current preparation.  The Stewards will follow up on the post race recovery of the horse in the days subsequent.

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

Caratie – When questioned regarding his riding, App Jones stated he was instructed to ride Caratie in a prominent position. He said after beginning well, and after travelling a short distance when Mystic Mermaid improved into the outright lead, he envisioned he would obtain a trailing position behind Mystic Mermaid in the early stages. He added when this did not eventuate due to Eclair Sunrise shifting away from the rail and making contact with Caratie near the 1100m, he was left racing three wide and without cover.  He said as he felt that Caratie was not travelling strongly enough to improve forward and obtain a position closer to the fence in the lead, he elected to restrain Caratie and attempt to obtain a position behind Eclair Sunrise.  He said when attempting this manoeuvre, Duchess Adele improved to his inside, which prevented him from obtaining a position with cover behind Eclair Sunrise and as a consequence he was forced to remain racing wide for the remainder of the event whereby Caratie weakened in the straight. Stewards accepted App Jones' explanation and found that his riding was not unreasonable given the circumstances. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

RACE 5 – TAB Handicap 1580m

Green Flash – lost its near fore plate en route to the barriers, requiring it to be re-plated.  Green Flash was then examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and passed suitable to race.  Began only fairly, shifted out, made contact with Wild Chap before being crowded between that runner and Narvaez, which shifted out.  Approaching the 200m, became momentarily unbalanced after bumping with Sacred Command.

Hendo's Magic – was bumped on jumping by Believe So which shifted out.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Believe So – shifted out on jumping and made contact with Hendo's Magic.

Sacred Commands – began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Wild Chap.  N Rawiller reported that after passing the 1200m, the gelding commenced to race keenly and after being restrained for some distance along the back straight improved onto the heels of Wild Chap near the 900m. He added that he was obliged to shift out abruptly away from the heels of Wild Chap and when racing wide, he allowed Sacred Command to improve to be racing outside the lead.  He added that upon entering the home straight, he placed Sacred Command under pressure, however the gelding gave no response and commenced to weaken and was disappointing in the manner in which it closed off the race.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stewards will follow up on the post race recovery of the gelding in the days subsequent.

Narvaez – began awkwardly and shifted out on jumping.  B Avdulla reported that the gelding failed to handle the heavy track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. 

Go Gazza – began awkwardly.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  T Berry reported that the gelding, which was backing up from racing at Warwick Farm on 27 July 2022, appeared to race flat in his opinion.

RACE 6 – Ranvet Handicap 1100m

Buckin’ Beauty – lost its near fore plate en route to the barriers, requiring it to be re-plated.  Buckin’ Beauty was then examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and passed suitable to race.  Blundered on jumping.  Near the 200m, when attempting to change the whip into his right hand, App P Scorse got the whip caught in the mane preventing him from efficiently changing the whip over.

Never Second – bounded on jumping.

Conrad – began awkwardly.

Bugalugs – overraced in the early stages.  Approaching the 100m, when commencing to give ground, laid in, requiring its rider to have to stop riding and straighten. 

Ten Bells – lost its off fore plate in running.

 

RACE 7 – Vinery Stallions Handicap 1250m

Fastconi – on arrival at the barriers, rider T Berry expressed some concern with the gelding's action during its preliminary.  Fastconi consequently underwent a veterinary examination and was found to be lame in the near foreleg.  As a result, Fastconi was a late scratching at 4.19 pm.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Fastconi be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 4.19pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket.

1st  Oxford Tycoon       9 cents win, 16 cents place

2nd Beep Test               15 cents place

3rd  Vienna Rain           15 cents place

Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Fastconi being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

Confessed – began awkwardly.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Lunakorn - Slow to begin.

Whangaehu – began awkwardly.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  J McDonald reported that the gelding, which was having its first start in Australia, raced greenly and did not close off in the straight which he attributed to the gelding's failure to handle the heavy surface. He added, in his opinion, Whangaehu would also be better suited to racing on a larger track.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

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

Twice On Sunday – passing the 1000m was obliged to race tight between Overlord and Destiny's Bounty which was directed out by its rider (N Rawiller).  N Rawiller was advised to exercise more care.

Destiny's Bounty – when questioned, N Rawiller explained that he was able to obtain a prominent position as instructed.  He added after settling well initially in the early stages, the gelding, after obtaining the lead, commenced to race keenly through the middle stages and he felt that this was the principal reason for Destiny's Bounty being unable to finish the race off.  He added that he had recommended to connections they consider removing the blinkers which, in his view, may have contributed to the gelding's racing manners.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr J O'Shea concurred with the views of N Rawiller and added that the stable would consider the removal of the blinkers for the gelding's next race start.  Stewards will follow up on the post race recovery of Destiny's Bounty in the days subsequent. 

 

GENERAL:  The Stewards interviewed trainer Mr J O'Shea and App R Jones in respect of an interaction between both parties in an official area following the running of Race 4.  Whilst no action was taken, Mr O'Shea was warned in respect to the manner in which he addressed App Jones and was advised to ensure he conducts himself in an appropriate manner at all times.  

 

App R Jones pleaded guilty to a charge under AR128(1) in that he did fail to arrive on course for his engagement in Race 4 by the prescribed time.  App Jones was fined $250. 

 

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 1T Clark (Midnightinmontreal)   6 strikes
Race 4W Pike (Clear Blonde)   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:   Spirit Of Vomo, My Truth, Uncorked, Ironbark Artie.

Race 2:   Sports Legend, Magic Carpet, Beautiful Heart.

Race 3:   Chateaux Park, Notions, Good Omens, Oz Legend.

Race 4:   And We Danced, Eclair Sunrise, Caratie, Duchess Adele, Mystic Mermaid.

Race 5:   Wild Chap, Narvaez, Go Gazza, Green Flash.

Race 6:   Conrad, Not Another Reiby, Never Second. 

Race 7:   Lunakorn, Fastconi, Destiny’s Bounty, Beep Test. 

 

SUMMARY
Fines: General:  App R Jones – $250 – failed to arrive on course by the prescribed time [AR128(1)].    
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 2:  Better Than Anyone (trainer B Heys) – cardiac arrhythmia.
Race 4:  Eclair Sunrise (trainer K Lees) – poor performance. 
Certificates: Race 1:  Spirit Of Vomo (co-trainer A Bott) – swelling over the near fore medial cannon bone.  
Race 2:  Better Than Anyone (trainer B Heys) – cardiac arrhythmia, including ECG.
Race 3:  Speed Legend (trainer L Bridge) – respiratory noise, including scope. 
Race 4:  Eclair Sunrise (trainer K Lees) – rider concerned with action.
Race 7:  Fastconi (trainer C Waller) – lame in the near foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 3:  Notions – to be ridden with cover; settled off pace with cover. 
Race 4:  And We Danced – to be ridden more conservatively; settled midfield.
Race 6:  Conrad – to be ridden further forward; settled worse than midfield.
Race 7:  Overlord – to be ridden further forward; settled midfield. 
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 4:  And We Danced (trainer C Waller) – post race condition. 
Race 5:  Sacred Command (trainer C Waller) – post race condition. 
Race 7:  Destiny's Bounty (trainer J O’Shea) – post race condition. 

 

 

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