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Caulfield stewards' report

Caulfield: Melbourne Racing Club

Date:

Saturday, 8 January 2022

Track:

Good 4

Going Stick:

8.7; Shear 11.1; Soil Moisture 27.3%

Weather:

Overcast

Rail:

Out 3m entire circuit

Stewards' Panel:

 

Corie Waller (Chair), Darren Triandafillou, Simon Carey, Rex Terp and Reece Wheeler (Cadet)

 

Riding Changes / Jockey Information

 

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

4

Florescent Star

Madison Lloyd

Tatum Bull

Unavailable

5

Seeingisbelieving

Campbell Rawiller

Alana Kelly

Ill

7

New Choice

Madison Lloyd

Josh Richards

Unavailable

8

Defiant Dancer

Madison Lloyd

Logan McNeil

Unavailable

8

Grandview Avenue

Campbell Rawiller

Teodore Nugent

Ill

8

Zipping Boy

Celine Gaudray

Tatum Bull

Injured

8

Calypso Reign

Jamie Kah

Harry Coffey

Dual Engagement

9

Okay To Pay

Madison Lloyd

Tatum Bull

Unavailable

9

Award Winner

Matthew Cartwright

Will Price

Unavailable

9

What A Smasher (NZ)

Celine Gaudray

Lachlan Neindorf

Injured

 

Must produce Medical Certificate prior to riding again:

Campbell Rawiller

Celine Gaudray

 

Did not attend meeting:

Campbell Rawiller

Celine Gaudray

Madison Lloyd

Matthew Cartwright

 

Race 1 ANN KILKENNY HANDICAP - 1000 metres:

Schueller Raced wide without cover. Eased down over the final 50m. Rider Fred Kersley could offer no explanation for the performance of the colt which was having its first start. A stable representative advised that consideration would now be given to sending the colt for a spell. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Merchant Prince Laid out rounding the home turn. Rider Blaike McDougall reported the colt raced greenly and would benefit from the experience.

 

Race 2 JAMES HURLEY HANDICAP - 2380 metres:

Ruru Change of tactics: intention to be further back. Settled worse than midfield with cover.

Salto Angel (NZ) Bumped at the start.

Set Us Free (NZ) Began awkwardly, shifted in and made slight contact with Salto Angel (NZ).

Eaton Raced wide without cover.

Silence The Stars Rider Craig Newitt reported that after being positive out of the gates and with the lack of early speed, the gelding took the lead with little effort.

Packer's Bond Rider Blaike McDougall reported the gelding raced keenly in the early and middle stages and as a result did not finish the race off. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Coup De Tonnere Rider Jordan Childs reported that when the pace increased near the 600m, his mount was left flat-footed and lost ground.

The Awesome Son Rider Damien Oliver stated that his mount had not been suited by the slow tempo of the event and failed to quicken as expected when the pace of the race increased. He added he had been instructed by the trainer to come to the outside of runners in the straight and after doing so on straightening, the gelding finished the race off well.

 

Race 3 KEN SEYMOUR HANDICAP - 1400 metres:

Lavish Girl Began awkwardly. Apprentice Teodore Nugent reported that the filly in his opinion raced flat. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Rioyuki Slow into stride and was then hampered between Russians and Jagar. Raced keenly in the early stages. Rider John Allen reported that when the pace quickened, the filly was left flat-footed, however ran on fairly in the straight.

Jagar Rider Damian Lane could offer no explanation for the performance which he felt was disappointing. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Russians Rider Damien Oliver reported that his mount travelled well in the early and middle stages on a slow tempo and when the field quickened passing the 500m, the filly was left flat-footed and was one-paced in the straight. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 4 - MARK O'SULLIVAN HANDICAP - 1100 metres:

Japery Trainer Patrick Payne was fined $500 under the provisions of AR227(a) for negligence, in that a stable representative negligently applied pawpaw ointment to a minor laceration on Japery's near foreleg this morning without having gained permission from the Stewards in accordance with the rules. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account that permission would most likely have been granted if it had been sought to use the ointment, and Mr Payne's good record in this area. Patrick Payne was also severely reprimanded under the provisions of AR104(1) for the failure to update his treatment diary. Underwent a veterinary examination upon arrival on course and was passed suitable to race.

Florescent Star Began awkwardly.

Invincible Jet Began awkwardly.

Snapper (NZ) Began awkwardly and lost ground. Passing the 50m was hampered by Dynamic Sensation (P. Moloney) which shifted out under pressure. Patrick Moloney was advised to show greater care in similar circumstances.

Royal Tyke Began awkwardly and became unbalanced.

D'Jumbuck Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Race 5 RICHARD PLATT HANDICAP - 1800 metres:

Takumi (IRE) Slow to begin. Held up for clear running from the 400m to the 300m.  Again held up between the 200m and 150m.  Then near the 75m was disappointed for a clear run between Reliable Dude and The Regiment which both shifted ground, as a result going to the line not fully tested.

Reliable Dude (NZ) Slow into stride.

Curly Burgin Raced keenly in the early stages. Eased down over the final 100m after having weakened quickly from the 600m. Apprentice Logan McNeil reported that the gelding raced flat and was very disappointing. He added that in his opinion it may have come to the end of its current preparation. Trainer David Bourne was at a loss to explain the gelding's performance and stated it is now his intention to send the gelding for a spell. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Seeingisbelieving Raced wide without cover.

Translator Held up for clear running for a short distance approaching the 300m.

Swelter Magic (NZ) Laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Race 6 MARLENE ROGERS HANDICAP - 2000 metres:

Starcaster (GB) Underwent a veterinary examination at the barriers after lunging at the front of the gates and was passed suitable to race. Bumped at the start with Excelman (NZ). Rider Linda Meech could offer no explanation for the performance, however noted it may have been affected when fractious in the gates prior to the start. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Excelman (NZ) Began awkwardly and bumped with Starcaster (GB). Performed below market expectations. Apprentice Josh Richards could offer no explanation for the performance. Trainer Richard Laming could offer no explanation for the performance, stating that the gelding had worked well in the lead‑up and the stable had expected a forward showing. He undertook to advise Stewards if anything comes to light in the coming days which may explain the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

In A Twinkling Became unbalanced on straightening near the 300m after shifting out slightly and making contact with Hang Man (IRE).

Hang Man (IRE) Bumped at the 300m by In A Twinkling.

 

Race 7 CAMERON ROSE HANDICAP - 1400 metres:

New Choice Late scratching at 4.17 pm on veterinary advice after flipping over going onto the track and dislodging apprentice Josh Richards. Josh Richards was examined by the RV Doctor and deemed fit to fulfil his remaining engagement. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Co‑trainer Clay Beasy was notified a warning would be recorded against the gelding for its pre-race behaviour. Mr Beasy advised that New Choice would most likely trial at Sandown on Wednesday, 12/1/22.

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 - Open Minded (NZ) - 10 cents

Place Bets (For Winner) - 12 cents

Place Bets (For 2nd) - Score - 18 cents

Place Bets (For 3rd) - Polanco - 20 cents

All monies bet after the Stewards' declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket.

Score Began awkwardly.

Muswellbrook Held up for clear running from the 250m until approaching the 100m.

Sig Positano Over the concluding stages carried wider by Polanco (J. McNeil) which shifted out under pressure. Rider Jye McNeil was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. (Unplaced $1.80 favourite). Rider John Allen reported that the gelding travelled well, however when placed under pressure failed to respond and was disappointing. Trainer Patrick Payne could offer no explanation for the performance, however stated that the gelding may not have appreciated the quick tempo of the event. He added that the gelding had worked well in the lead-up and the stable had expected a forward showing. He undertook to advise Stewards if anything comes to light in the coming days which may explain the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be coughing. A sample was taken for analysis. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

 

Race 8 ANDREA McKERLEY HANDICAP - 1100 metres:

Prior to correct weight, rider Jamie Kah (Evening Glory, 2nd placegetter) lodged an objection against Scorched Earth (Damien Oliver, 1st placegetter) being declared the winner on the grounds of alleged interference over the final 100 metres. It was established that Scorched Earth, which had improved around Evening Glory from on straightening, shifted inwards under pressure passing the 50m, making contact with Evening Glory and taking that runner inwards off its course. Stewards, taking on board the beaten margin, the proximity of the incident to the winning post and the manner in which both runners finished the race off, could not be comfortably satisfied that the incident warranted a reversal of the placings and therefore dismissed the objection and correct weight was declared.

Defiant Dancer Faltered when leaving the barriers. Shortly after was eased when crowded for room between Ginger Jones and Wagner. Apprentice Logan McNeil reported after knuckling at the start, the gelding failed to travel and was disappointing. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Grandview Avenue Faltered when leaving the barriers.

Wagner Shortly after the start was steadied to avoid the heels of Exeter which shifted out slightly.

Zipping Boy Overraced in the early and middle stages.

Scorched Earth Raced wide without cover.

Witchfulthinking Raced wide without cover.

Exeter Held up for clear running from the 400m until the 100m. When being held up passing the 200m was awkwardly placed close to the heels of Grandview Avenue, was steadied and shifted in. Rider Damian Lane reported that he had thought that Grandview Avenue had shifted out further than it had upon straightening and therefore thought he would be able to obtain clear running inside that runner. He stated that as Grandview Avenue had weakened quicker than he had thought and It'sourtime had held a tight line to the inside, he was placed in an awkward position and had to restrain. Stewards noted his explanation and advised him to ensure he takes care in similar circumstances.

Sam's Image Over the concluding stages was steadied when in restricted room between It'sourtime and Ocean Beyond (NZ) which had suffered interference at this stage. Lost the near fore plate in running.

Ocean Beyond (NZ) Prior to the winning post was crowded for room, clipping the heels of Evening Glory, becoming unbalanced after that runner was taken in by Scorched Earth (D. Oliver) which shifted in under pressure.

Evening Glory Near the 50m bumped and taken inwards by Scorched Earth.

Damien Oliver (Scorched Earth) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a), the careless riding being that passing the 50 metres, he permitted his mount to shift in when not sufficiently clear of Evening Glory, thereby making contact with that gelding, taking it in off its course, and as a result Ocean Beyond (NZ), which was racing to its inside, being crowded for room, clipping heels and becoming unbalanced.  In issuing the charge, Stewards conceded that Damien Oliver had made some effort to correct his mount and that Evening Glory had shifted inward and away after the initial contact from Scorched Earth. Damien Oliver's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence midnight 15 January 2022 and to expire midnight 25 January 2022, a total of 9 race meetings (3 metropolitan, 6 provincial).  In assessing penalty, Stewards took into account his guilty plea, record, his mount's racing manners, the contribution of Evening Glory to the incident and that the carelessness was in the mid‑range.

 

Race 9 AMANDA CHECKEN HANDICAP - 1100 metres:

Cloudy Late scratching at 5.47 pm by Stewards' Order, refused to load. A stable representative for trainer James Cummings was notified Cloudy would be required to compete in a jump‑out to the satisfaction of Stewards before being permitted to race again.

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 - Vespertine - 7 cents

Place Bets (For Winner) - 7 cents

Place Bets (For 2nd) - Comica - 10 cents

Place Bets (For 3rd) - Award Winner - 8 cents

All monies bet after the Stewards' declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket.

Award Winner Underwent a veterinary examination at the barriers after being fractious in the mounting yard and was passed suitable to race. Began awkwardly. Raced keenly in the middle stages.

Awapuni Princess Slow to begin. Apprentice Alana Kelly reported that the mare would derive benefit from today's first-up performance.

Jezoulenko Began awkwardly and lost ground.

Dana Point Raced keenly in the early stages and wide without cover. Eased down. Apprentice Teodore Nugent reported that he felt there was something amiss with the mare. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Little Stevie Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Dance To Dubai Passing the 400m was taken inwards to the inside of Award Winner which initially had shifted out to improve. Approaching the 200m attempted a run where there was insufficient room to the inside of What A Smasher (NZ) to a point where it was steadied approaching the 100m before gaining a clear run shortly after. Apprentice Laura Lafferty was advised to exercise more care when attempting runs in future. Laura Lafferty reported that the mare laid in throughout. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Comica Inconvenienced passing the 100m and when taken out slightly by Vespertine which was also taken out by Little Stevie.

Vespertine Passing the 100m inconvenienced and taken out by Little Stevie which shifted out under pressure.

 

SWAB SAMPLES

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 Philosopher, Bonheur

Race 2 Blandford Lad (NZ), Salto Angel (NZ)

Race 3 Lavish Girl, Jagar, Rioyuki

Race 4 Royal Tyke, Rolling Moss

Race 5 The Regiment, Misterzee, Swelter Magic (NZ)

Race 6 Hang Man (IRE), Excelman (NZ)

Race 7 Neighbourhood, Polanco, Sig Positano

Race 8 Zipping Boy, Excess Funds, Ginger Jones

Race 9 Cloudy, Vespertine, Dana Point

 

Pre-race urine for post‑race analysis:

Race 2 The Awesome Son

Race 4 In The Boat

Race 6 Ho Ho Khan (NZ)

 

Post‑race samples from following horses:

All Winners

Race 7 Sig Positano (unplaced)

 

Raceday Summary

 

Late Scratchings:

Race 7, New Choice, 4.17 pm, veterinary advice

Fines:

Race 4, Patrick Payne, $500, negligence, AR227(a)

Severe Reprimands:

Race 4, Patrick Payne, failure to update treatment diary, AR104(1)

Suspensions:

Race 8, Damien Oliver, careless riding, 9 meetings, midnight 15/1/22 to midnight 25/1/22, AR131(a)

Horse Actions:

Race 9, Cloudy, refused to load, jump-out

Change Of Tactics:

Race 2, Ruru, further back

Follow Ups:

Race 1, Schueller

Race 6, Excelman (NZ)

Race 7, Sig Positano

Race 9, Dance To Dubai

Race 9, Dana Point

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