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Caulfield stewards' report

Caulfield: Melbourne Racing Club

Date:

Saturday 10 February 2024

Track:

Good 4, upgraded to a Good 3 at 3:18 pm after Race 6

Going Stick:

9.0; Shear 9.9; Soil Moisture 29.8%

Weather:

Fine

Rail:

True entire circuit

Stewards' Panel:

 

James Hitchcock (Chair), Ray Livingstone, Sam Cochrane, Rex Terp, Andrew Deakin and Annabel MacDonald (Cadet)

 

 

Riding Changes/Jockey Information

 

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

3

Verifier (NZ)

Beau Mertens

Blake Shinn

Injured

 

Must produce Medical Certificate prior to riding again:

Beau Mertens

 

Did not attend meeting:

Beau Mertens

Arron Lynch

 

Race 1 PREMIER SIGNS HANDICAP - 2000 metres:

Skelm Slow to begin. Near the 1700m was eased away from the heels of Bermadez (NZ) which shifted in.

Mahamedeis Slow to begin.

Port Guillaume (FR) Slow to begin. Near the 150m was held up for a short distance and obliged to alter course back to the inside of Bermadez (NZ) to continue into clear running after Bermadez (NZ) shifted out when under pressure.

Flash Feeling (NZ) Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Bermadez (NZ) Raced keenly in the early stages. Post-race endoscopy of Bermadez (NZ) detected a degree of internal exercise‑induced pulmonary haemorrhage that may have affected the gelding's racing performance. A veterinary clearance will be required prior to racing again.

Don't Doubt Dory Laid in under pressure in the straight.

Race 2 HERALD SUN HANDICAP - 2400 metres:

Southern France (IRE) Change of tactics: intention to be more forward, given the addition of blinkers. Raced wide in the early stages before obtaining a position handy with cover near the 1700m. Under pressure from the 700m. Eased down from the 400m. Rider Celine Gaudray could offer no explanation for the performance. Trainer Declan Maher reported in hindsight the gelding may be better ridden back in the field with cover. Declan Maher added Southern France (IRE) would now be aimed at a jumping preparation. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Galilaeus (GB) Change of tactics: intention to be ridden further back. Restrained at the start and settled at the rear of the field.

Team Captain (IRE) Slow to begin. Raced four wide without cover from the 1000m. Near the 900m was bumped by Oceanic Flash (NZ).

Pearl Rain Raced wide without cover from the 900m.

Wertheimer (NZ) Held up for a short distance approaching the 400m.

Chevalier Du Fau (FR) Eased down over the concluding stages. Rider Luke Currie reported the gelding failed to respond when placed under pressure. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings. Trainer Patrick Payne explained the intention would now be to freshen the gelding and endeavour to find tracks with more give.

Divine Purpose Rider Carleen Hefel reported that whilst she anticipated settling in a forward position, it was not necessarily the intention to lead. Carleen Hefel added her mount raced keenly through the early stages.

 

Race 3 MRC CLIP CLOP HANDICAP - 1600 metres:

Marble Arch (NZ) Slow to begin and then restrained after the start.

Verifier (NZ) Slow to begin. For a short distance near the 150m was awkward on the heels of Marble Arch (NZ) and shifted back in to improve.

Cormorant (IRE) Raced wide without cover throughout. Near the 1300m was eased away from the heels of Zamborghini (E. Brown) which shifted in. Rider Ethan Brown was severely reprimanded.

Another Wil Near the 1000m raced in restricted room for a short distance between Vinnie's Spirit and Georgie Get Mad (GB) which shifted in slightly.

Zamborghini Raced wide without cover from the 700m.

Vinnie's Spirit Rider Jordan Childs reported that, in his view, his mount had not backed up from its win at Sandown on 31 January 2024. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed a slow recovery. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Toogoodfortoorak When questioned, rider Damian Lane reported it had been his intention to settle in a forward position, however his mount did not begin well and failed to muster early speed, resulting in the gelding settling further back. Damian Lane highlighted approaching the 600m, he attempted to improve between Gracias Amigo and Cormorant (IRE), however his mount was reluctant to improve between runners and he was therefore obliged to ease the gelding to the outside of the field in the straight.

 

Race 4 - HYLAND RACE COLOURS AUTUMN STAKES - GROUP 2 - 1400 metres:

Sacramental (NZ) Replated after shifting the near fore plate in the mounting yard. Underwent a veterinary examination and was passed suitable to race.

Hey Fat Cat Slow to begin and then was crowded after the start. When questioned, rider Michael Dee reported his mount was unsettled pre-race and agitated in the barriers before being slow to begin, resulting in his mount settling at the rear of the field and further back than intended. Michael Dee explained his mount was crossed through the early stages and he was reluctant to improve to the inside of Zipaway, rather he remained racing away from the rail and trailing Zipaway. When questioned as to the reason why he raced some distance away from Zipaway in the early stages, Michael Dee added that as his mount can overrace, and as his mount was travelling comfortably he did not ask it to improve until passing the 800m. Michael Dee added his mount was under pressure when the tempo appeared to quicken from the 600m, however he was pleased with the manner in which his mount finished off in the straight. Trainer Robbie Laing confirmed the plan had been to lead. He expressed some disappointment in that Michael Dee had not made a greater endeavour to race closer to Zipaway in the early and middle stages, however understood the reasons Michael Dee had provided that led to him making the decision to race where he did.  A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Flying Trapeze Near the 250m was momentarily tightened for room between Carbonados (NZ) and Southport Tycoon. Near the 50m was crowded for room between Zipaway and Carbonados (NZ), both of which shifted ground.

 

Race 5 THE BIG SCREEN COMPANY - GROUP 3 - 1600 metres:

Loft (GER) Underwent a veterinary examination upon arrival, being first up from overseas and having not raced since 2022 after a near fore tendon injury, and was passed suitable to race.

Unusual Culture (NZ) Change of tactics: intention to be more forward. Began only fairly. Settled outside the leader.

Paperboy Slow to begin.

Kind Gesture (GB) Slow to begin. When caught wide in the early stages was restrained to obtain cover.

Foxy Cleopatra Momentarily held up for clear running near the 300m.

Young Werther (NZ) post‑race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off foreleg. A veterinary clearance will be required prior to racing again.

Yonce (NZ) Rider John Allen reported after beginning well and showing early speed, the mare led and settled further forward.

 

Race 6 SPORTSBET BLUE DIAMOND PRELUDE (C&G) - GROUP 3 - 1100 metres:

Cardiologist Slow to begin.

Pieris Slow to begin and then bumped heavily by Innervisions.

Hellberg Slow to begin and then crowded after the start.

Innervisions Commenced awkwardly, making heavy contact with Pieris.

Stay Focused Raced wide without cover throughout.

Bodyguard Near the 700m bumped on the hindquarters by Untapped which was taken out by Stay Focused.

High Octane Held up for clear running from the 400m until passing the 50m and as a result was not able to be fully tested. When questioned, rider Blake Shinn explained rounding the home turn and in the early stages of the home straight, he was held up behind the race leader, Innervisions, and when Holmes A Court maintained its position to his outside, he had no option to improve, before electing to shift out over the heels of Holmes A Court near the 100m to afford his mount clear running. It was noted near the 100m when High Octane shifted out over the heels of Holmes A Court, Holmes A Court simultaneously shifted out under pressure which ultimately presented a run between Innervisions and Holmes A Court, however Blake Shinn confirmed he had already committed to the run outside Holmes A Court. Blake Shinn highlighted over the concluding stages High Octane was obliged to race in restricted room between Untapped and Holmes A Court which continued to shift out under pressure, which impeded his ability to ride the colt out. His comments were noted. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Untapped Raced keenly in the early stages. Near the 700m was checked when crowded for room between Bodyguard and Stay Focused (D. Stackhouse) which shifted out when not clear.

Rider Daniel Stackhouse (Stay Focused) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a), in that near the 700 metres, he carelessly permitted his mount to shift out when not sufficiently clear of Untapped which was checked when crowded for room and carried out onto Bodyguard which was bumped and became unbalanced. Daniel Stackhouse had his licence to ride in races suspended for a total of 10 race meetings (3 metropolitan, 7 provincial), with the period to commence on Sunday 11 February 2024 and expire on Wednesday 21 February 2024. Accordingly, Daniel Stackhouse will be able to return to ride on Thursday 22 February 2024. In assessing penalty, account was taken of his guilty plea, good record, it was a Group 3 event and that the incident was in the mid‑range.

 

Race 7 SPORTSBET BLUE DIAMOND PRELUDE (F) - GROUP 2 - 1100 metres:

Shehungthemoon Change of tactics: intention to be ridden further back. Settled midfield. Got its head up when being restrained in the early stages.

Supercilious Slow to begin.

Flattered Slow to begin and then was crowded for room by Kuroyanagi.

Juviance Slow to begin and then crowded after the start.

Kuroyanagi Commenced awkwardly. Held up for clear running from the 400m until passing the 200m.

In Her Eyes Restrained after the start.

Dancer For Money Raced wide without cover from the 700m.

Bold Bastille (Unplaced $2.10 favourite). A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be lame in the off foreleg. Co-trainer Mr J. D. Hayes advised that Bold Bastille had shown an irregularity in its blood sample of 1 January 2024 and, as a consequence, the stable had to modify the filly's work regime. He added that subsequently Bold Bastille had worked well and performed impressively in a jump-out at Flemington on 2 February 2024. Mr Hayes indicated that Bold Bastille was expected to improve in race fitness following today's race. Mr Hayes noted that the filly tired late after being challenged in the early stages. He further stated in light of the veterinary report that Bold Bastille was lame in the off foreleg, the stable would make an assessment of the filly before determining whether Bold Bastille would accept for the Blue Diamond Stakes on 24 February 2024. A veterinary clearance will be required prior to racing again. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

 

Race 8 McCAFE RUBITON STAKES - GROUP 2 - 1100 metres:

Rey Magnerio Late scratching at 8:22 am on veterinary advice. Co‑trainer Robbie Griffiths advised that the gelding was showing signs of a stone bruise in the off fore hoof and was mildly lame. Mr Griffiths advised that Rey Magnerio will receive treatment and he anticipates the gelding will accept for the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on 24 February 2024. Mr Griffiths was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required for Rey Magnerio prior to the gelding racing again.

Snapped Underwent a veterinary examination upon arrival, having not raced since June 2023, and was passed suitable to race. Slow to begin and crowded after the start.

Barbie's Fox Slow to begin.

Queen Of The Ball Commenced awkwardly. Rider Mark Zahra reported his mount did not feel entirely comfortable in its action. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Zethus Restrained after the start.

Mornington Glory Raced wide without cover throughout.

Zapateo Near the 900m was steadied when tightened for room between Asfoora and Hypothetical, both of which shifted ground.

Sweet Ride Held up for clear running from the 400m until passing the 250m.

 

Race 9 SPORTSBET C.F. ORR STAKES - GROUP 1 - 1400 metres:

Mr Brightside (NZ) Slow to begin.

Atishu (NZ) Slow to begin. Bumped at the start with Bustler.

Bustler Bumped at the start with Atishu (NZ).

Munhamek (GB) Restrained in the early stages before settling at the rear of the field.

Pericles Rider Mark Zahra reported after beginning well, however after being caught wide, he attempted to obtain a position trailing Veight, however when Mr Brightside (NZ) held that position to his inside, he was obliged to restrain and obtain a position following Mr Brightside (NZ) to avoid being caught wide. Mark Zahra added after trailing the eventual winner, his mount was unable to quicken, may not have been entirely suited by the Caulfield circuit, however would derive benefit from today's race. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Buffalo River (USA) Rider Celine Gaudray pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR132(7)(a)(ii) for using her whip 8 times prior to the 100m, which is 3 more than permitted. Celine Gaudray had her permit to ride in races suspended for a total of 8 race meetings (2 metropolitan, 6 provincial), with the period to commence on Sunday 11 February 2024 and expire on Sunday 18 February 2024. Accordingly, Celine Gaudray will be able to ride on Monday 19 February 2024. Celine Gaudray was also fined $2000. In assessing penalty, account was taken of her guilty plea, record, number of strikes prior to the 100 metres, totality of whip strikes (16), the Victorian Penalty Guidelines, that it was a Group 1 event and her mount placed 3rd.

Race 10 SENET PETER LE GRAND STAKES - GROUP 3 - 1100 metres:

Ulanova (NZ) Slow to begin.

Lazzago Slow to begin.

Moesha Slow to begin, then was crowded for room. Obliged to shift in near the 350m to obtain clear running, then was obliged to shift out around the heels of Exploring near the 100m to obtain clear running.

Spicy Margs Raced wide without cover throughout.

Exploring Rider Jamie Kah could offer no explanation for the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Blanc De Blanc Underwent a veterinary examination upon arrival, having not raced since March 2023 after an off foreleg soft tissue suspensory injury, and was passed suitable to race. Eased down over the final 100m. Rider Mark Zahra explained that his mount never felt comfortable travelling towards the inside part of the track. He added that passing the 600m his mount put in an awkward stride and again near the 400m, where from that point the filly failed to stretch out for the remainder of the event. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the filly to have sustained abrasions to the near fore heel and was lame in the near foreleg. A veterinary clearance will be required prior to racing again. A sample was taken for analysis.

Amoursirra A post‑race veterinary examination at the request of the stable revealed the filly to be lame in the near foreleg. A veterinary clearance will be required prior to racing again.

 

SWAB SAMPLES

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 Port Guillaume (FR), Flash Feeling (NZ)

Race 2 Team Captain (IRE), Pearl Rain

Race 3 Toogoodfortoorak, Another Wil, Verifier (NZ)

Race 4 Southport Tycoon, Hey Fat Cat, Snow Patrol (NZ), Sacramental (NZ)

Race 5 Young Werther (NZ), Loft (GER), Yonce (NZ), Kind Gesture (GB)

Race 6 High Octane, Hellberg, Untapped

Race 7 Bold Bastille, Kuroyanagi, Juviance, Broadhurst

Race 8 Kallos, Sweet Ride, Queen Of The Ball

Race 9 Mr Brightside (NZ), Munhamek (GB), Veight

Race 10 Lazzago, Moesha, Mintulee

 

Pre-race urine for post‑race analysis:

Race 2 Southern France (IRE), Divine Purpose

Race 8 Asfoora

Race 9 Bustler

Race 10 Blanc De Blanc

 

Post‑race samples from following horses:

All Winners

Race 4 Southport Tycoon (2nd placegetter)

Race 5 Foxy Cleopatra (2nd placegetter)

Race 6 Stay Focused (2nd placegetter)

Race 7 Kuroyanagi (2nd placegetter)

Race 8 Asfoora (2nd placegetter)

Race 9 Pride Of Jenni (2nd placegetter), Buffalo River (USA) (3rd placegetter)

Race 10 Lazzago (2nd placegetter), Blanc De Blanc (unplaced)

 

Raceday Summary

 

Late Scratchings:

Race 8, Rey Magnerio, 8:22 am, veterinary advice

Fines:

Race 9, Celine Gaudray, $2000, whip use, AR132(7)(a)(ii)

Severe Reprimands:

Race 3, Ethan Brown, careless riding, AR131(a)

Suspensions:

Race 6, Daniel Stackhouse, careless riding, 10 meetings, AR131(a)

Race 9, Celine Gaudray, whip use, 8 meetings, AR132(7)(a)(ii)

Horse Actions:

Race 1, Bermadez (NZ), EIPH, veterinary clearance

Race 5, Young Werther (NZ), lame, veterinary clearance

Race 7, Bold Bastille, lame, veterinary clearance

Race 8, Rey Magnerio, lame, veterinary clearance

Race 10, Blanc De Blanc, lame, veterinary clearance

Race 10, Amoursirra, lame, veterinary clearance

Change Of Tactics:

Race 2, Southern France (IRE), more forward

Race 2, Galilaeus (GB), further back

Race 5, Unusual Culture (NZ), more forward

Race 7, Shehungthemoon, further back

Follow Ups:

Race 3, Vinnie's Spirit

Race 7, Bold Bastille

 

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