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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Hawkesbury Race Club

CLARENDON RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 1 May 2021

 

Weather:          Overcast

Track:               Good (4)

Rail:                  True

Penetrometer:   5.3

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:M. F. Van Gestel (Chairman), S. G. Railton, C. L. Albrecht, T. J. Vassallo and Cadet E. A. Tickner.

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 RACE 1: St Johns Park Bowling Club 2yo Clarendon Stakes 1400m:

Gleneagles– Began only fairly. Raced keenly in the middle stages. Under pressure in the straight was inclined to lay out and raced greenly.

 

Police– Began only fairly.

 

Carartie– After beginning only fairly, from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Briefly held up for clear running from the 400m to the 350m.

 

Achira– After beginning awkwardly then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Loubard– Began awkwardly. Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.

 

RACE 2: Blakes Marine Benchmark 78 Handicap 1500m:

Kirwan’s Lane– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 75m was steadied and shifted to the inside of Ruby Tuesday to continue into clear running. Close to the finish line could not be fully tested when positioned awkwardly close to the heels of Saigon.

 

Spencer– B. Lerena, rider of 3rd placegetter Spencer, was reminded of his obligations to ride his mounts out to the finish of the race.

 

Global Quest– Began awkwardly and made contact with Steely.

 

Luvoir– Rider K. Latham stated that in the early stages he was obliged to make some use of his mount to cross Spencer to avoid being caught wide. He added that once he crossed Spencer he endeavoured to steady his mount, however, Luvoir raced too keenly and did not respond to his efforts to restrain. He added that as a consequence Luvoir was left without a finishing effort in the straight. K. Latham stated that in retrospect his best option would have been to remain racing to the outside of Spencer in the early stages, which would not have required him then to ride Luvoir along early, and this may have assisted the gelding in settling better in the early stages. He said that going forward Luvoir would be better ridden more conservatively.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Saigon– After beginning only fairly then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

Steely– Began awkwardly and shortly after was eased when tightened for room between Global Quest and Luvoir, both of which shifted ground.

 

Ruby Tuesday– When questioned regarding the tactics adopted, T. Clark stated that his instructions were to ride the mare in a positive manner should it begin well, and he was given the option to lead. He stated that Ruby Tuesday commenced well and in the early stages he allowed his mount to stride forward and settle outside Luvoir. He added that leaving the 1300m when K. Latham (Luvoir) commenced to restrain his mount he then allowed Ruby Tuesday to continue forward and lead. T. Clark added that during this section of the race Ruby Tuesday travelled comfortably and he was content with the sectional times he was running throughout the middle stages. He added that approaching the 300m Ruby Tuesday did not respond to his riding when placed under pressure and in his opinion raced in a slightly disappointing manner. He stated that the mare may have been feeling the effects of its last start win at Hawkesbury on 14 April 2021 over the same distance, which was won in race record time.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 3: TAB Highway Handicap 1400m:

Black Sunrise– After being slow to begin then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.

 

Racketeering– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

A Million Dreams– Stewards permitted App. C. Rawiller to claim only 1kg of his 3kgs allowance due to the lateness of his engagement and there being no other rider available who could ride at the allotted weight. Over the final 50m could not be fully tested when positioned close to the heels of Charlton Park when that runner shifted in

 

Surooj– Stable foreperson Ms A. Simmonds, representing trainer Mr M. Schmetzer, advised that when saddling the filly the gear of Saintly Sunrise had been placed on top of the surcingle and this resulted in the incorrect surcingle being inadvertently placed on Surooj. Given Ms Simmons’ relative inexperience, she was cautioned and told that she must ensure she places the correct gear on horses she is saddling. Shortly after the start was checked when crowded between Golden Gorge and A Million Dreams, which began awkwardly and shifted out abruptly despite the efforts of its rider.

 

Saintly Sunrise– The start was delayed 7 minutes when it was identified that Saintly Sunrise had been presented in the enclosure without a surcingle and that Surooj had been presented with the surcingle belonging to J. Parr, rider of Saintly Sunrise. In the circumstances, Stewards required both riders to re-weigh, which necessitated the delay. Trainer Mr W. Gavenlock was fined the sum of $200 under AR106 for presenting Saintly Sunrise when it was not properly saddled. Near the 300m had difficulty obtaining clear running.

 

Don’tforgetmonica– Near the 400m was steadied when disappointed for a run to the inside of The Deepest Secret. Don’tforgetmonica then was shifted to the outside of that runner approaching the 300m to secure clear running. In the early stages of the straight was inclined to lay in and near the 150m, when endeavouring to improve to the outside of A Million Dreams, became tight when crowded between Saintly Sunrise and A Million Dreams (App. C. Rawiller), which shifted out. App. Rawiller was advised to exercise more care.

 

Spilia– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Tipping Point– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Rider G. Buckley reported that in his opinion the gelding is better suited on a surface with more give in it as Tipping Point did not stretch out fully when placed under pressure in the straight,. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Furphy– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Overraced in the early stages. In the straight was inclined to lay in and proved difficult to shift to the outside in the early stages of the straight to secure clear running.

 

Charlton Park– App. L. Day reported that in the straight her mount hung in and proved difficult to ride out, and as a consequence she could not test the mare with her usual vigour.

 

The Deepest Secret– Over the concluding stages could not be ridden out when awkwardly placed close to the inside of A Million Dreams, which shifted in.

 

RACE 4: Living Turf Benchmark 78 Handicap 1800m:

Mongolian Wolf – After beginning only fairly then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Relucent – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Sagacious – Stewards permitted N. Rawiller to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 56kgs. As the start was effected the offside barrier gate rebounded and as a result made contact with the gelding. Laid out in the straight.

 

Terwilliker – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Mr Gee – Began awkwardly.

 

Yangtze Rapids – Near the 1200m Sagacious shifted out, resulting in Yangtze Rapids and Savoury being taken wider. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider K. O'Hara advised that the gelding travelled comfortably outside the lead, but when placed under pressure in the straight was inclined to lay out when racing on its off-fore lead. She added that in her opinion Yangtze Rapids may not have appreciated the firmer track conditions as Yangtze Rapids is a heavy horse. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Yangtze Rapids.

 

RACE 5: Killahy Equine Hawkesbury Crown 1300m:

Reelem In Ruby– Slow to begin. Raced wide and without cover until the 700m.

 

Irithea– Began awkwardly, made contact with Alison Of Tuffy, and as a result rider A. Bullock became unbalanced.

                                     

She Shao Fly– Began awkwardly.

 

Athiri– When questioned regarding his riding, J. Parr stated that he anticipated taking up a forward position and in the early stages when Alison Of Tuffy showed intent to lead, he allowed that runner to cross with a view to following it into the straight. He said that when he made this decision he was not aware that Jen Rules was improving forward to lead and, as a consequence, when Jen Rules crossed Alison Of Tuffy near the 1000m Athiri was placed in a position further back than he had intended and behind an unfancied runner. He stated that had he known Jen Rules was to improve into the lead, he would have held his position to the inside of Alison Of Tuffy. J. Parr further explained that in the straight near the 350m he commenced to attempt to improve between Irithea and Reelem In Ruby where initially there was sufficient room to do so. He stated that Athiri took some time to respond to his riding and that when Reelem In Ruby and Irithea both shifted ground slightly, he then was disappointed for this run when his mount did not quicken sufficiently to take advantage of that position. He added that, as a consequence, Athiri could not be tested for the remainder of the event.

 

Alison Of Tuffy– Began awkwardly and made contact with Irithea.

 

Jen Rules– When questioned regarding the mare leading, S. Clipperton stated that he had been instructed to take up a mid-field position with cover. He said that when Jen Rules commenced well and he was caught wide in the early stages he allowed the mare to stride forward to lead rather than be caught racing wide.

 

Into The Abyss– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Misteed– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Air To Air– Slow to begin. Overraced in the middle stages.

 

Lunar Tramp– Over the concluding stages was inclined to lay out, and approaching the 50m became awkward on the heels of Akari.

 

RACE 6: Hawkesbury XXXX Gold Rush 1100m:

Special Reward– Rider A. Bullock stated that the gelding had a wide run today and with its big weight was not able to finish off the race strongly. He added that the gelding also would derive a fitness benefit from today’s performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any significant abnormalities.

 

Snitz– Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Adelong– Stewards permitted K. Latham to ride the mare one kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs.   

 

Charge– Shortly after the start was hampered when tightened between Just Field and Blazing Miss. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Just Field– Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarters by Charge, which was taken out slightly by Blazing Miss. Just Field then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. Near the 200m, when endeavouring to improve into clear running between All Cylinders and Adelong, made contact with All Cylinders when taken out slightly by Adelong.

 

Varda– On jumping was bumped by Embracer, which shifted in.

 

Blazing Miss– When questioned, rider R. King stated that she was instructed to be positive on the mare early and then look to find a forward position with cover. She stated that when a number of runners to her inside showed superior speed, she elected to come back to find cover in a mid-field position. She added that in the straight she was disappointed for clear running at the 350m between Charge and Inanup (J. Innes), which shifted out, and as a result Blazing Miss lost momentum at this point and then took some time to balance up and respond to her riding. She added that as Blazing Miss is a horse that requires momentum in its races to compete at its best, she felt that the incident at the 350m had a significant impact on the mare’s performance. J. Innes (Inanup) was advised to exercise more care.

 

Inanup– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Rider J. Innes stated that after improving to the outside of Varda on straightening Inanup did not respond to his riding in the straight and may not have fully stretched out in today’s good track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the near-hind leg. Trainer Mr J. Austin was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Inanup is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Embracer– Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Varda.

 

Black Magnum– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

St Covet’s Spirit– From the 400m until the 300m was held up for clear running.

 

RACE 7: Blacktown Workers Club Group Hawkesbury Guineas 1400m:

Aim– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Over the concluding stages could not be ridden out when positioned close to the heels of Elizabeel.

 

Ellsberg– A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any significant abnormalities.

 

Rainbow Connection– Slow to begin and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When being shifted to the inside of Elizabeel on straightening to obtain clear running, commenced to lay in and became unbalanced for a short distance.

 

Exoboom– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Onchao– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Black Duke– Stewards considered a protest lodged by Mr M. Salameh, co-owner of 3rd placegetter, Black Duke, against Exoboom being declared the winner, alleging interference over the concluding stages. After considering all the evidence Stewards found that after Black Duke established clear running to the outside of Ellsberg and to the inside of Exoboom near the 200m that Exoboom had commenced to improve past Black Duke and near the 75m Exoboom then shifted in, resulting in Black Duke having to be severely checked to avoid the heels of Exoboom. Whilst accepting that Black Duke had sustained significant interference at this point, the Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that had the incident not have occurred Black Duke would have finished in advance of Exoboom and for those reasons the protest was dismissed. In this incident Ellsberg was bumped by Black Duke and as a consequence became unbalanced. At a subsequent inquiry S. Clipperton (Exoboom) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that he did permit his mount to shift in near the 75m, resulting in Black Duke having to be severely checked. S. Clipperton’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 9 May 2021 and to expire on Sunday 23 May 2021 on which day he may ride. In addition, S. Clipperton was fined $2,000. Held up for clear running from the 400m until the 200m.

 

Winds Of War– On jumping was hampered when crowded between Ellsberg and Black Duke, which shifted in and made contact with Winds Of War.

 

Calgary Queen– Knuckled over on jumping and became unbalanced, shifted out and made contact with Ellsberg. From the 400m until near the 250m was held up for clear running. Near the 200m was hampered when bumped by Black Duke, which shifted out to improve.

 

RACE 8: Evergreen Turf Hawkesbury Gold Cup 1600m:

Greysful Glamour – On jumping was bumped by Surreal Image, which shifted in.

 

Archedemus – On jumping shifted out and was hampered by Looks Like Elvis

 

Miss Siska – Near the 700m commenced to shift to the outside of Royal Celebration as that runner shifted to the outside of Archedemus. As a result, Miss Siska was taken out and made contact with Purple Sector, taking that runner wider and resulting in Miss Siska then having to be checked near the 650m when disappointed for this run.

 

Costello – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Royal Celebration – Shortly after the start blundered slightly.

 

Looks Like Elvis – After beginning awkwardly, from the outside barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Hamogany – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 9: Happy 70th Evelyn Benchmark 78 Handicap 1300m:

Opacity – Near the 350m was disappointed for clear running between Peyton Place and Grand Rumore. Opacity then was held up for clear running and again, near the 200m, had to be steadied when disappointed between Grand Rumore and Peyton Place, which shifted in slightly. Opacity then was shifted to the outside of Peyton Place, but was unable to establish clear running between that runner and Plonka and could not be ridden out fully to the finish of the event.

 

Impasse – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

McCormack – N. Rawiller (Vitesse) was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 200m he permitted his mount to shift in, resulting in McCormack being crowded for room, striking the heels of Impasse and being checked. N. Rawiller’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 9 May 2021 and to expire on Saturday 15 May 2021 on which day he may ride. In assessing penalty Stewards found that N. Rawiller’s degree of carelessness was low and that his mount had been influenced by a shift in from Ocean Emperor however, Stewards determined that N. Rawiller should have made more effort to straighten his mount at that point. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Peyton Place – Raced keenly outside the leader throughout the event. Approaching the 100m Grand Rumore improved into a narrow run between Peyton Place and Ocean Emperor. A short distance later Ocean Emperor shifted out slightly, making contact with Grand Rumore, resulting in Ocean Emperor being turned out across the running of Grand Rumore, which was taken out on to Peyton Place, resulting in Peyton Place being taken onto the heels of Plonka. R. King (Ocean Emperor) was reprimanded. In assessing penalty Stewards also took into consideration that Grand Rumore had improved into a narrow run, which contributed to the contact being made between that runner and Ocean Emperor.

 

Serena – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Vitesse – Stewards permitted N. Rawiller to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 56kgs.

 

Ocean Emperor – Near the 1100m became unbalanced when bumped on the hindquarter by Peyton Place, which shifted in. Over the concluding stages was inclined to lay in and when positioned close to the heels of Vitesse could not be ridden out. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Plonka – Near the 100m was bumped on the hindquarter by Peyton Place and became unbalanced, resulting in rider G. Buckley having to stop riding and straighten his mount.

 

What Could Be – The gelding, which was restless in the barriers, began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Rebel Bro – Raced wide and without cover until near the 700m.

 

Salsonic – Began only fairly and shortly afterwards was hampered by Impasse, which shifted out slightly. From its wide barrier Salsonic then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. 

 

GENERAL:

 

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). Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

Race 1

N. Rawiller (Aslav)

7 strikes

Race 5

S. Clipperton (Jen Rules)

6 strikes

Race 8

N. Rawiller (Purple Sector)

6 strikes

Race 9

K. Latham (Impasse)

6 strikes

 

Swab samples were taken from all winners and the following runners:

Race 1: Gleneagles (2), Aslav, Hoover Lucy, Carartie

Race 2: Kirwan’s Lane, Spencer, Saigon, Ruby Tuesday

Race 3: Golden Gorge (2), Surooj, Tipping Point, Charlton Park (2)

Race 4: Luncies (2), Amoretti, Savoury (2), Terwilliker, Yangtze Rapids

Race 5: Sweet Deal (2), Athiri, Wandabaa, Jen Rules, Air To Air

Race 6: Special Reward, Wayupinthesky, Varda, Embracer (2)

Race 7: Aim, Ellsberg, Rainbow Connection (2), Exoboom (3)

Race 8: Greysful Glamour, Archedemus (2), Purple Sector, Sikandarabad, Royal Celebration (2), Liveinthefastlane

Race 9: Peyton Place, Grande Rumore, Vitesse (2), Ocean Emperor

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Race 3: Trainer Mr W. Gavenlock (Saintly Sunrise) fined $200 – present horse not properly saddled (AR106).

Race 7: S. Clipperton (Exoboom) fined $2,000 – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).

Reprimands:

Race 9: R. King (Ocean Emperor) – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).

Suspensions:

Race 7: S. Clipperton (Exoboom) 9/5/2021 to 23/5/2021 – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).

Race 9: N. Rawiller (Vitesse) 9/5/2021 to 15/5/2021 – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).

Warnings:

Nil.

Trials:

Nil.

Certificates:

Race 6: Inanup (trainer J. Austin) – lame (2/5) near-hind leg.

Bleeders:

Nil.

Falls/Injuries:

Nil.

Tactics notified:

Race 4: Luncies – Option To be ridden more forward: Settled mid-field.

Race 5: Sweet Deal – To be ridden further forward: Settled mid-field.

Race 5: Alison Of Tuffy – To be ridden further forward: Settled on pace.

Race 7: Black Duke – To be ridden conservatively: Settled mid-field.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

Change of Gear:

Nil.

Follow-up:

Race 4: Yangtze Rapids (trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.

 

 

 

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