Victoria Racing Club @ Flemington
Saturday 18 June, 2022
8.9, inside 8.7, outside 8.8, shear 11.5, moisture 39.4%
Robert Cram (Chair), Brett Wright, Darren Triandafillou, Rex Terp, Reece Wheeler (Cadet)
Riding Changes / Jockey Information
Heir To The Throne
Race 1 MURRAY COX HANDICAP - 2540 metres:
One More Try Late scratching at 8.03am on veterinary advice after the mare sustained a laceration to the off fetlock.
Accountability (IRE) Stewards accepted the explanation tendered by Daniel Moor as the reason he was replaced as the rider of the gelding. Change of tactics To be ridden back to find cover. Settled at the rear of the field before shifting to a three wide position passing the 1700 metres due to the slow tempo. Raced three wide without cover from the 1700 metres. Finished a distant last, eased down. Rider Linda Meech could offer no explanation for the performance. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Heir To The Throne (NZ) Stewards accepted the explanation tendered by Patrick Moloney as the reason he was replaced as the rider of the gelding. Shifted out abruptly at the start. Got its head up and raced ungenerously passing the 1600 metres.
Dont Doubt Dory Slow to begin and was then steadied off the heels of Port Guillaume, which shifted out. Raced keenly in the early stages. Passing the winning post on the first occasion had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Saracen Knight (IRE).
Sous Les Nuages (IRE) Weakened from the 300 metres after leading. Apprentice Will Price reported, in this view, the gelding never travelled well. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the right hind leg. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again.
Race 2 COUNTRY RACING VICTORIA HANDICAP - 1000 metres:
Cosmic Rhapsody Bounded at the start and was slow to begin.
Little Stevie Began awkwardly.
Diamonds Approaching the 200 metres steadied to avoid the heels of Nasraawy, which shifted in. Approaching the 100 metres steadied after shifting out towards the heels of Nasraawy. Apprentice Josh Richards reported, in his view, the mare maybe better suited over more ground. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Race 3 ROD JOHNSON HANDICAP - 1420 metres:
Charming Di - Near the 1100 metres steadied to avoid the heels of Fairy Spirit.
Atlantis Tycoon Raced keenly passing the 1100 metres.
Anphina Raced wide without cover from the 900 metres. Rider Linda Meech reported the filly was inclined to shift away from runners in the early stages and once balanced in the straight made some ground to the finish.
Magnaspin Held up for clear running from passing the 300 metres until passing the 200 metres.
Fairy Spirit Apprentice Matthew Cartwright reported the gelding, which was having its first race start, travelled well in the early and middle stages, however, when under pressure in the straight raced greenly and was disappointing when it failed to run on. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Grinzinger Bishop (winner) Improved performance. Trainer Danny OBrien advised that the gelding has displayed ability and performed below expectations at Geelong (5/6/2022) at its only start due to the heavy track and inexperience. He said with the addition of blinkers today and the increase in distance he was expecting an improved performance.
Race 4 BRUCE GADSDEN HANDICAP - 1420 metres:
Quintello (IRE) Raced wide without cover from the 1000 metres. Apprentice Matthew Cartwright reported the mare raced wide throughout which was detrimental to its chances. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Americain Angel Raced wide without cover from the 1000 metres. Rider Daniel Moor advised that he was given no specific instructions other than to be around mid-field with cover. He added that after being positive from the barrier, he was then obliged to race wide and due to the speed to his inside he was unable to find cover and settled more forward than expected.
Bea Tempted Held up for clear running from the 500 metres until passing the 300 metres.
Sirileo Miss Apprentice Thomas Stockdale reported the mare would be better suited to distances longer than todays race. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Galgani Apprentice Josh Richards reported the mare would be better suited to distances shorter than todays race. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Race 5 A R CRESWICK STAKES - 1200 metres:
Star Patrol Began awkwardly. Lay in from the 400 metres until racing more truly from the 100 metres. Rider Brett Prebble reported the gelding was reluctant to straighten and race wider on the track. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Trainer Clinton McDonald confirmed the gelding will now be spelled and in his view was not entirely suited by todays track conditions.
I Am Me Began awkwardly.
Gossitino Began awkwardly. Passing the 1000 metres raced tightly between Karacasu and Pascero (Craig Newitt) due to Pascero shifting in when attempting to find cover. During the incident the hindquarters of Pascero were turned outwards which unbalanced the colt. C Newitt was severely reprimanded and notified that he was not entitled to shift in and apply the pressure that he did on Gossitino.
Karacasu At the start tightened for room by Gossitino, which shifted in when beginning awkwardly. Hampered passing the 300 metres when brushed on a number of occasions by Gimmie Par (Luke Nolen), which was attempting a narrow run between that gelding and Winning Verse, which shifted out slightly when giving ground. During this incident the hindquarters of Winning Verse were turned inwards when brushed by Gimme Par resulting in Winning Verse becoming unbalanced. After taking into account that Winning Verse had shifted out slightly and contributed to the incident, L Nolen was severely reprimanded and notified to exercise far more care when attempting runs in similar circumstances in future.
Winning Verse Passing the 250 metres, when giving ground, became unbalanced when brushed on the hindquarters by Gimme Par. Finished a distant last. Rider Michael Dee reported his mount may have choked down and made an unusual respiratory noise during the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a slow recovery. Stewards will follow up with the stable.
Race 6 BRIAN BEATTIE HANDICAP - 1420 metres:
Edison Change of tactics To be ridden more forward. Settled outside the leader.
Tavidance (NZ) Slow to begin.
Air Defence Raced three wide without cover.
Winning Partner Lay out in the straight.
Too Close The Sun Weakened from the 300 metres. Apprentice Will Price reported the gelding travelled well in the early and middle stages, however, was disappointing when it failed to respond to his riding. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Turn On The Charm (FR) Performed below market expectations. Rider Daniel Moor reported the gelding, which was having its first start from a spell, raced keenly in the early and middle stages and as a result failed to run on. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Race 7 SIR HENRY BOLTE HANDICAP - 2000 metres:
Maatsuyker Slow to begin. Rider Harry Grace could offer no explanation for the performance. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Rock Up (NZ) Began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped Rigoletto.
The Claimant Raced three wide without cover. Apprentice Josh Richards reported the gelding was disappointing, raced flat and may have come to the end of its preparation. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with the stable.
Romany Rocks Rider Linda Meech reported the filly did not handle todays track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Race 8 THE DAVID BOURKE - 1630 metres:
The start of the race was delayed approximately eleven minutes due to Milton Park dislodging its rider behind the barriers and galloping riderless back to the finish line where it broke through the running rail, necessitating repair.
Countofmontecristo (NZ) Underwent a pre-race veterinary examination after sustaining an injury to the near hind hock prior to today and was passed suitable to race. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.
Milton Park Late scratching at 3.59pm after the gelding dislodged rider Thomas Stockdale behind the barriers and galloped back to the finish line where it went through the inside running rail and fell. 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 1 cents, Place Bets (For Winner) 2 cents, Place Bets (For 2nd) - 1 cents, Place Bets (For 3rd) 2 cents *All monies bet after the Stewards declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding had sustained lacerations to both hind coronets. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again. Thomas Stockdale underwent a medical examination and was passed fit.
Khoekhoe Change of tactics To be ridden more forward. Led.
Diaquin Slow to begin.
DAguilar Rider Billy Egan reported the gelding was disappointing, however, he could offer no further explanation for the performance. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality. Stewards will follow up with the stable.
Just Benjamin (GB) Finished a distant last, eased down. Rider Brett Prebble could offer no explanation for the performance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame right hind. A veterinary clearance is required prior to being permitted to race again.
Visinari passing the 150m was taken in off its course by Tuvalu prior to being straightened by J Fry its rider.
Race 9 2022 COUNTRY ACHIEVER GWENDA JOHNSTONE - 1100 metres:
The start of the race was rescheduled to start at 4.41pm due to the delay in race 8.
Zorros Dream Began awkwardly. Disappointing. Apprentice Will Price reported the gelding did not handle todays track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a slow recovery.
Free Of Debt Began awkwardly.
Express Pass Checked shortly after the start when tightened for room between Crestani and Miss Albani, which was taken in by Free Of Debt, which shifted in away from Zac De Boss, which had also shifted in. Rider Billy Egan was fined $400 for breaching the provisions of AR132(7)(a)(ii) in that he used his whip on nine occasions prior to the 100 metres. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account the totality of his whip use (x10) and that he had run third.
Lord Olympus Became unbalanced when bumped shortly after the start by Zorros Dream, which shifted out.
Zac De Boss Shifted in abruptly under pressure from the 100 metres.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
Race 1 - Pesto (GB), Sous Les Nuages (IRE), Saracen Knight (IRE)
Race 2 Grand Pope, Nasraawy, Lariat
Race 3 Anphina, Grinzinger Bishop (NZ)
Race 4 Quintello (IRE), Selburose, Barbies Fox, Bea Tempted
Race 5 Star Patrol, Gimmie Par, Passive Aggressive
Race 6 Too Close The Sun, Edison, Biometric (GB)
Race 7 Natural Mystic, The Claimant, Oceana Blue (NZ), Maatsuker
Race 8 Mystery Shot, Visinari (FR), Tuvalu, Typhoon Harmony
Race 9 Express Pass, Sartorial Splendor, Lord Olympus
Pre-race urine for post race analysis:
Race 2 Little Stevie
Race 6 Winning Partner
Race 8 Just Benjamin (GB)
Race 9 Florescent Star
Post race samples from following horses:
All winners Race 3 - Concentric
Race 1 One More Try at 8.03pm veterinary advice
Race 8 - Milton Park at 3.59pm order of Stewards
Race 5 Craig Newitt AR131(a) careless riding
Race 5 Luke Nolen AR131(a) careless riding
Race 9 - Billy Egan $400 AR132(7)(a)(ii) whip breach
Race 1 - Sous Les Nuages (IRE) Lame right hind. Vet clearance
Race 8 - Just Benjamin (GB) Lame right hind. Vet clearance
Race 8 - Milton Park Lacerations both hind coronets. Vet clearance
Change of Tactics:
Race 1 Accountability Back
Race 6 Edison Forward
Race 8 - Khoekhoe Forward
Race 1 - Accountability (IRE)
Race 5 - Winning Verse
Race 6 - Too Close The Sun
Race 7 - The Claimant
Race 8 - DAguilar
Flemington 4th June 2022 - Race 9 TAB-ATA TRAINERS' TRUST HANDICAP - 1100 metres:
RV Offices 16th June 2022
Stewards today concluded the inquiry into the running and handling of Squid Game, particularly as to whether rider Michael Dee could have placed the gelding under pressure sooner than he did. Further evidence was taken today from Michael Dee, Trainer Patrick Payne and Managing Owner David Price. Also, an analysis of the betting and sectional times of the race was compiled by the RV Betting Regulation Unit and a Veterinary report was supplied by Vet Dr S Vallance (on behalf of the P Payne stable).
When questioned regarding his riding Michael Dee reported that he had been instructed to settle with cover on the gelding and, in particular get it to relax as it has a tendency to over race which it had done in a majority of its races. He added after being slow to begin he maintained a position at the rear of the field which he felt suited the gelding as when it has horses around it, this can cause it to race keenly. Therefore, he did not wish to improve in the early stages when positioned at the rear of the field so the gelding could settle better and relax as per the instructions. He added when questioned regarding his riding from the 500m that he did not wish to improve to the outside (or even towards the outside, trailing the widest runner Dragonstone) too early as he felt there was a chance the field may expand outwards when the pace increased. His thoughts regarding this were that if the field did shift wider, he would be held up with no other options available. He also did not wish to urge the gelding along near the 400m as he did not wish to improve to the inside of Dragonstone due to him wanting to make sure it had clear galloping room with options on both sides. He then waited until the 300m to shift to the outside and place the gelding under full pressure from the 250m where it finished the race off well. When questioned as to the whether it was reasonable to place his mount under pressure sooner than he did on this occasion he stated that the gelding has a short sprint, and he was mindful that he wanted to make sure It did not peak on its run. For this reason, he was reluctant to place it under pressure too soon and was satisfied to have it gain momentum from the 300m and ride it along from the 250m. He stated that with the benefit of hindsight it may have been better to come out sooner than he did however he remains unsure whether the gelding would have maintained its run to the line if he placed it under pressure sooner than he did on this occasion.
Trainer Patrick Payne confirmed the instructions and added the gelding is best ridden in this manner (quiet which allows it to relax as it can flip its palate, particularly when failing to settle), highlighting that its best runs are when ridden in a similar manner. He also confirmed in his opinion Squid Game has a short sprint. He conceded there may have been an opportunity to improve into the race marginally earlier than Michael Dee did on this occasion.
Stewards reviewed the previous starts of Squid Game to establish its previous racing manners and undertook an analysis of the betting with no obvious area of concern detected. Further, a Veterinary report was provided from the Payne stable from their Vet Dr S Vallance which indicated that the gelding was showing signs of lameness in the off-hind leg in the days following the event. In regard to this matter trainer P Payne was advised that a Veterinary Certificate of Clearance would be required prior to the gelding starting again.
Stewards advised Michael Dee that it was their view that due to the position Squid Game was in at the rear of the field passing the 400m and as there was ample room to the outside of Dragonstone that he erred in not placing Squid Game into a position wider passing the 400m and then by not placing it under pressure earlier than he did on this occasion. Stewards felt that due to the considerations he put forward in his evidence and the other factors involved that Michael Dee had erred in aspects of this ride, however they were of the opinion that his actions where not culpable to a level which warranted a charge under the rules for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure his mount is given every opportunity. Stewards did strongly advise Michael Dee that in future a rider of his experience would be expected to show greater initiative when riding in similar circumstances in future and to ensure his riding leaves no room for query.
Ladbrokes Park Hillside Wednesday 15/06/2022
Tycoon Humma - Stable advised the filly trotted up sound and did not appreciate the wet track. Filly has now been sent for a spell.