Melbourne Racing Club @ Caulfield
Wednesday 13 October, 2021
7.9, shear 9.4
Rob Montgomery (Chairman), Robert Cram, Brett Wright, Dion Villella, Reece Wheeler (Cadet)
Riding Changes / Jockey Information
Smokin Romans (NZ)
Did not attend meeting:
Race 1 THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS VIC HANDICAP - 1600 metres:
Dark Rebel Change of tactics To be ridden more forward if begins and circumstances permit. Settled behind the leading horse. Weakened from the 200 metres. Rider Damien Oliver reported his mount was one paced and failed to quicken on straightening. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
All So Clear Slow to begin. Held up for clear running from the 300 metres until passing the 200 metres. Over the concluding stages was eased when disappointed for clear running between Cheerful Moment (NZ) and Blushing Tycoon, both of which shifted ground.
Douceur Bumped passing the 200 metres by Blushing Tycoon, which shifted in slightly. Held up for clear running from the 200 metres and went to the line not fully tested.
Blushing Tycoon Passing the 200 metres shifted in and made contact with Douceur, which had begun to shift out off the heels of Rhinoceros (NZ), resulting in Blushing Tycoon becoming unbalanced.
Race 2 NEDS COONGY CUP - 2000 metres:
Sherwood Forest Change of tactics To be ridden more forward. Settled three wide without cover mid-field.
Wentwood (GB) Slow to begin.
Constantinople (IRE) Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.
Double You Tee Held up from the 400 metres until gaining clear running passing the 300 metres, however, failed to run on from this point.
Secret Blaze Weakened from the 100 metres Trainer Tony McEvoy reported the gelding had got down on its bumpers, which in his view, may have affected its performance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed superficial abrasions to the bumpers.
Floating Artist ($1.55 fav, 3rd placegetter) App Teo Nugent reported could offer no explanation for the performance. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Race 3 NICK JOHNSTONE REAL ESTATE HANDICAP - 2000 metres:
Prior to the declaration of correct weight Damien Oliver (Alcyone), 3rd placegetter, viewed the stewards' video before deciding not to lodge an objection.
Lofty Star Late scratching at 1.55pm on veterinary advice after the gelding was found to be lame near hind. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again.
El Misk (GB) Refused to load. Stewards ordered the late scratching of the horse at 2.36pm. All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on the late scratching to be refunded. All successful bets on horses prior to time of withdrawal are subject to the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket: Win Bets 2 cents, Place Bets (For Winner) 4 cents, Place Bets (For 2nd) - 3 cents , Place Bets (For 3rd) 2 cents *All monies bet after the Stewards declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket. Trainer Archie Alexander was notified that El Misk is now suspended from racing until the horse performs to the satisfaction of Stewards in a jump out.
War Critic (NZ) Fractious in the barrier and got its leg up. Underwent a veterinary examination and was passed suitable to race. Began awkwardly. Steadied approaching the 900 metres to avoid the heels of Token Spirit.
Silence The Stars Stood flat footed and lost ground.
Bea Tempted Slow into stride.
Hezashocka (NZ) Raced keenly in the early stages.
Rebel Racer Caught wide in the early stages, allowed to stride and take up the lead near the 1500 metres.
Alcyone Near the 700 metres was steadied when disappointed for running between Mankayan (IRE) and Durston (GB).
Kings Charisma (IRE) Eased passing the 700 metres to avoid the heels of Alcyone.
Mankayan (IRE) A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have sustained a wound to the off hind leg. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again.
Race 4 BECK PROBUILD HANDICAP - 2400 metres:
Wil John Began awkwardly. Raced three wide without cover from the 1300 metres and then raced four wide without cover from the 900 metres. Lay in under pressure in the straight.
Royal Crown Slow to begin. Near the 600 metres, steadied when tightened for room between Reflect The Stars and Accountability, both of which shifted ground.
Pesto (GB) Began awkwardly.
Heir To The Throne (NZ) Caught wide in the early stages, allowed to stride and take the lead near the 1500 metres.
Accountability (IRE) Raced ungenerously in the middle stages. Lay in under pressure in the straight.
Smokin Romans (NZ) Rider Michael Dee had his whip knocked out of his right hand by the whip of Linda Meech (Wil John).
Reflect The Stars Disappointed for a run near the 300 metres and from then was held up until approaching the 200 metres.
Race 5 HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP - 1400 metres:
I Am The Fox Trainer Nick Ryan was fined $200 for failing to produce the ID Card for the gelding. AR99
Frankie Pinot - Began awkwardly and was slow into stride. Then tightened for room between Il Affare (NZ) and Grinzinger Allee (NZ), which shifted out.
Imperial Lad Bounded at the start.
Il Affare (NZ) Began awkwardly. When questioned rider Craig Williams explained that passing the 600 metres he was held up behind Good And Proper, which had been steadying. He then decided to follow Frankie Pinot into the race and was further held up before shifting to the inside for clear running.
I Am Vinnie Got its head up when being restrained near the 1100 metres.
Mr Money Bags Raced three wide without cover from the 1000 metres.
Good and Proper - Steadied near the 600 metres to avoid the heels of Seb Song (app Matthew Cartwright), which shifted out. M Cartwright was severely reprimanded and notified to exercise more care.
Agreeable Rider Jye McNeil reported from the inside barrier, after beginning well, the mare took up a forward position.
Race 6 CATANACHS JEWELLERS BLUE SAPPHIRE STAKES - 1200 metres:
Minsk Moment Change of tactics To be ridden further back from wide barrier. Settled mid-field.
Port Louis Slow to begin. Disappointing. Rider Damien Oliver reported after being fractious in the barrier his mount was slow away and failed to run on in the straight. He added the colt may be better suited with the addition of blinkers. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Cardinal Gem Slow into stride.
Growl Began awkwardly.
Scissor Step Raced three wide without cover.
Ranveer Distant last. Rider Luke Currie reported the colt may be suffering a respiratory condition. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with the stable.
Cardinal Gem - When questioned, rider Jordan Childs explained the gelding was under riding throughout, and in the straight began to make some ground before then deciding to shift out across the heels of Minsk Moment, which then shifted and therefore he decided to shift back to the inside of that colt. Stewards notified J Childs that he should have shown more endeavour to remain inside the running of Minsk Moment passing the 200 metres.
Race 7 SCHWEPPES THOUSAND GUINEAS - 1600 metres:
Prior to the declaration of correct weight Dean Holland (Fortunate Kiss), 5th placegetter, viewed the stewards' video before deciding not to lodge an objection.
Cuban Link Near the 300 metres when attempting to take a narrow run between Achira and Hinged, had to be severely checked when tightened for room due to Achira laying out and Hinged being taken in slightly by Literary Magnate, which was shifting in away from Elusive Express (NZ). This incident was compounded due to the hindquarter of Literary Magnate being turned out.
Heresy Severely checked passing the 450 metres and clipped the heels of Swift Witness, which was giving ground. Checked when hampered near the 300 metres when tightened for room. Steadied approaching the 300 metres when tightened for room between Swift Witness and Achira due to both horses shifting ground. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Hinged Raced three wide without cover. Passing the 400 metres lay out and then steadied to avoid the heels of Bons A Pearla (Jason Maskiell), which was also shifting in. J Maskiell was reprimanded and notified to exercise more care.
Achira When giving ground hampered near the 300 metres when tightened for room.
Bons A Pearla Raced four wide without cover.
Barb Raider Lay in under pressure in the straight. Tightened near the 300 metres.
Fortunate Kiss Passing the 200 metres was tightened for room after obtaining a narrow run between Bons A Pearla and Barb Raider (Craig Williams), which after laying in behind Queen Of Dubai then shifted out when being corrected. Stewards accepted that Barb Raider was laying in and therefore took no further action other than to notify Craig Williams to exercise care.
Swift Witness Tightened and hampered near the 300 metres. Rider Michael Dee reported the filly may be feeling the effects of recent racing. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a slow recovery.
Zouzarella Approaching the 300 metres was disappointed for a run between Queen Of Dubai and Elusive Express. Rider Brett Prebble reported the filly did not settle well and failed to finish the race. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Jason Maskiell (Bons A Pearla) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provision of AR131(a), the careless riding being that near the 300 metres he permitted his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Achira resulting in that filly being taken in off its course and contributing to the tightening of Heresy and Swift Witness, which were both hampered. J Maskiell had his licence to ride in races suspended for a total of eight meetings to commence midnight 16 October, 2021 and to expire 23 October, 2021 (2 metro, 6 provincial). In assessing penalty Stewards were of the view that the incident qualified for the mid-range category of carelessness and took into account his guilty plea, record and that there was a contribution to the interference from the inside (see Dean Holland charge).
Dean Holland (Fortunate Kiss) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provision of AR131(a), the careless riding being that near the 300 metres he permitted his mount to shift out to obtain a run where there was insufficient room between Barb Raider and Achira which resulted in him contributing to the tightening of Achira and Barb Raider which were racing to his outside. D Holland had his licence to ride in races suspended for a total of eight meetings to commence midnight 22 October, 2021 and to expire 29 October, 2021 (1 metro, 7 provincial). In assessing penalty Stewards were of the view that the incident qualified for the mid-range category of carelessness and took into account his guilty plea, record and that there was a contribution to the interference from the outside (see Jason Maskiell charge).
Race 8 CATANACHS JEWELLERS LADIES DAY VASE - 1600 metres:
Starelle Slow to begin.
Kiss And Cry - Slow to begin.
Miss Guggenheim Began awkwardly.
Laffalong Steadied near the 1300 metres to avoid the heels of Butter Chicken, which shifted out.
Florent Raced three wide without cover.
Barbies Fox Approaching the 200 metres became unbalanced when brushed by Starelle, which, after obtaining a run to the outside of Only Words, was then taken out by that mare which was in turn being taken out by Sirileo Miss.
Maid Of Iron Near the 900 metres was hampered when taken out off its course by Starelle, which was making ground onto the heels of Miss Guggenheim. Hung in from the 350 metres proving difficult for rider Damien Oliver.
Butter Chicken (NZ) A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be lame off hind. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
Race 1 Rhinoceros (NZ), Dark Rebel, Capital Legend
Race 2 Duais, Floating Artist (GB, Wentwood (GB)
Race 3 Durston (GB), Alcyone, Rebel Racer
Race 4 - Heir To The Throne (NZ), Wil John
Race 5 I Am Vinnie, I Am The Fox, Agreeable
Race 6 Profiteer, Scissor Step, Ranveer, Prowling
Race 7 Elusive Express (NZ), Queen Of Dubai, Cuban Link
Race 8 Ecumenical, Foxy Frida, Sirileo Miss
Pre-race urine for post race analysis:
Race 4 Emissary (GB), Taramansour (FR)
Race 6 Port Louis,
Race 7 Bons A Pearla
Post race samples from following horses:
Race 3 - Lofty Star at 1.55pm vets
Race 3 El Misk (GB) at 2.36pm stewards
Race 5 - Nick Ryan $200 AR99 - failing to produce ID Card
Greg Eurell $500 Covid-19 protocol breach
Race 7 Jason Maskiell AR131(a) shifting ground
Race 5 App Matthew Cartwright AR131(a) shifting ground
Race 7 Jason Maskiell AR131(a) - Midnight 16 October, 2021 midnight 23 October, 2021
Race 7 - Dean Holland AR131(a) - Midnight 20 October, 2021 midnight 27 October, 2021
Race 3 - Lofty Star Lame near hind. Vet clearance
Race 3 - El Misk (GB) Refused to load. Suspended. Jump out
Race 3 - Mankayan (IRE) Off hind wound. Vet clearance
Race 8 - Butter Chicken (NZ) Lame off hind. Vet clearance
Change of Tactics:
Race 1 - Dark Rebel Forward
Race 2 - Sherwood Forest Forward
Race 6 - Minsk Moment Back
Race 6 - Ranveer
Trainer Greg Eurell was fined $500 for failing to ensure that stable staff were wearing face masks as required under RV Covid-19 base protocols for all industry participants and service providers on Wednesday 13 October, 2021 at the Cranbourne licensed premises.
The Valley Fri 01/10/2021
Smokin' Val - Trainer advised the mare had pulled well and, in his opinion may be suited on firmer tracks.
Caulfield Sat 09/10/2021
War Correspondent - Trainer advised it has pulled up well and was the intention to continue with the current preparation in Tasmania.
Shihonka - Stable advised that the filly pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with the current preparation.
Forever And A Day - Stable advised that the filly pulled up fine and will continue with the current preparation.
Zaaki - Trainer advised that it had pulled up satisfactorily and it was the intention to continue with the current preparation.
Sportsbet-Ballarat Sun 10/10/2021
Narvaez - Stable advised that the gelding pulled up satisfactorily, however, will have a freshen up.