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Kembla Grange stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Illawarra Turf Club

KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

Saturday 12 September 2020

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Good (4); upgraded to Good (3) at 2.28 p.m. following Race 4.

Rail:                 True

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: T. J. Vassallo (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht, T. J. Lee and Cadet B. J. Pearce

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RACE 1: Berkeley 4YO and Up Maiden Handicap 1400m:

Oconee – Slow to begin. When questioned regarding the performance, rider C. Lever stated that, after settling towards the rear of the field, the gelding never travelled at any stage of the race. He said that his mount came under pressure from the 600m and was inclined to lay out rounding the home turn. He added that Oconee was only one-paced in the straight and, in his opinion, would be better suited over a longer distance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Oconee in the days subsequent.

 

Ricky Bobby – Bumped at the start by Well Known, which shifted out.

 

Bombardeo – Blundered on jumping. Near the 500m, when placed close to the heels of Assertive Ace, which had commenced to weaken, was shifted out to commence improving into the race and, in performing this manoeuvre, made contact with Mighty Jim. As a result, Mighty Jim was taken wider on the track. Bombardeo raced greenly in the straight.

 

Assertive Ace – Began awkwardly. Laid in under pressure in the straight and near the 300m was inconvenienced when placed in restricted room between Oconee and Bombardeo.

 

Mighty Jim – Change of tactics – option to be ridden with cover: Settled back with cover. After beginning only fairly was shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier.

 

Queen Zoffany – Laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

RACE 2: Brownsville Class 1 Handicap 1400m:

Dominus – Change of tactics - to be ridden further forward: Settled off pace. Overraced in the early stages and near the 1000m had to be steadied from the heels of Strange Charm.

 

Tongariro – Laid out and away from Rock The Bells rounding the home turn.

 

Sophomore – Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarter by Tongariro, which shifted in.

 

Canyonero – After being slow to begin was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier. When questioned, App. C. Graham stated that, after settling at the rear of the field in the early stages, approaching the first turn near the 1100m her mount commenced to race keenly, which she attributed to the average tempo of the race. She added that from this point Canyonero commenced to hang out and, despite her efforts, ran wider on the track. She said that Canyonero was obliged to race wide and without cover for the remainder of the race when continuing to hang out. She further added that the gelding continued to hang out when placed under pressure in the straight and proved difficult for her to ride out in her usual manner. App. Graham stated that she had recommended to the connections that the gelding may be better suited by being dropped back in distance where the tempo of the race is more genuine. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Canyonero to be lame (2/5) in the off-foreleg and to be displaying a poor post-race recovery. Trainer Mr R. Litt was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Canyonero being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

 

Rock The Bells – Hung out rounding the home turn.

 

Oribella – Shifted in at the start and made contact with Tongariro. In the early stages was restrained to obtain a position towards the rear of the field with cover. Held up rounding the home turn and leaving the 400m had to be shifted to the outside of Tongariro to continue into clear running.

 

RACE 3: Dombarton Class 1 Handicap 1000m:

Pioneer – Trainer Ms G. Markwell was fined $100 under AR206 for the late notification of the removal of pads from the gelding's approved gear. Pioneer was slow to begin. When questioned regarding his riding in the early part of the straight, K. Latham stated that after trailing Dozer Bay into the straight he elected to shift to the outside of that runner when he anticipated a run presenting between Dozer Bay and Manly Cove. He said that as he believed that run was not going to develop near the 300m he elected to commence improving on to the back of Manly Cove with the intention of shifting to the outside of that runner to secure clear running, however, near the 250m, when Dozer Bay shifted back to the rail, he was able to take advantage of a run that presented between that runner and Manly Cove. Approaching the 100m Pioneer had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Dozer Bay, which shifted out abruptly, and was then not able to be tested in the run to the line.

 

Lord Olympus – Began awkwardly, making contact with the outside barrier partition.

 

Pazienza – When questioned, rider J. Ford stated that, similar to the filly's most recent barrier trial at Randwick on 25 August 2020, he anticipated racing prominently today. He said that after beginning awkwardly he endeavoured to contest a prominent position, however, when it became apparent in the early stages that he did not have the necessary speed to do so, he elected to obtain a position towards the rear of the field trailing the eventual winner Lord Olympus. He said that when placed under pressure in the straight the filly raced greenly and, in his opinion, will be better suited when able to lead.

 

Dozer Bay – Over the final 150m hung out when racing greenly and, passing the 100m, shifted out abruptly and had to be corrected by its rider. Co-trainer Mr L. Price was advised that a warning would be placed on the mare's racing manners.

 

Valachi – After being slow to begin had to be steadied and lost ground when tightened for room between Lord Olympus and Already Blessed, which was taken out by Dozer Bay, which shifted out. Rider A. Collett reported that the mare commenced to hang out approaching the home turn and continued to do so rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight. She said that as a result she elected to ease Valachi out of the race from the 300m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr L. Price was advised that Valachi will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to racing again.

 

RACE 4: Chris Joils Maiden Plate 1000m:

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

 

Colonel – Began awkwardly.

 

Encountabull – Began awkwardly.

 

Lamelo – Change of tactics – option to be ridden with cover: Settled back without cover. After beginning awkwardly was restrained to obtain a position at the rear of the field. Near the 700m, when inclined to overrace, had to be steadied and shifted out to avoid the heels of Encountabull (L. Magorrian), which shifted in when being restrained in an endeavour to obtain a position with cover behind Our Flaming Moes. L. Magorrian was advised to exercise more care. Lamelo then commenced to hang out until entering the home straight.

 

Time For Victory – Bumped shortly after the start by Draconis, which shifted out. After being disappointed for a run between Encountabull and Colonel near the 300m was then shifted back to the inside of Colonel to continue into clear running. For some distance approaching and passing the 200m was held up and unable to secure clear running until inside the final 100m.

 

Calgary Queen – After beginning awkwardly was bumped heavily by Time For Victory, which shifted out after being bumped by Draconis.

 

Deepfield Magic – Began awkwardly, lost ground and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover.

 

Either Oar – Stewards permitted K. Latham to ride the filly ½ kilogram over its allotted weight of 55 kilograms.

 

Russbuss – Slow to begin. Hung out in the straight. Rider J. Ford was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out fully to the end of the race.

 

 

 

RACE 5: Wongawilli Maiden Plate 1600m:

Fine Ruby – Began awkwardly and lost ground. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Louis The Great – Near the 1200m blundered and became unbalanced. A short distance later Louis The Great raced ungenerously.

 

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

 

Shelled – Began only fairly.

 

Cosmic Sands – Laid out in the straight. When questioned regarding the gelding racing further forward today, B. McDougall stated that he was instructed to have his mount settle midfield if possible. He said that after beginning well he rode his mount along in the early stages, however, when caught wide and without cover from the outside barrier he elected to allow his mount to stride forward and assume a position outside the leader Gorshin near the 1000m.

 

Favreau – Change of tactics - to be ridden further forward: Settled midfield.

 

Socrates – Slow to begin.

 

Yulong Hero – Slow to begin.

 

Mirror Model – Overraced in the early stages and near the 1200m had to be steadied from the heels of Cosmic Sands (B. McDougall), which shifted in. B. McDougall was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in future.

 

RACE 6: Horsley Benchmark 64 Handicap 1600m:

Aoraki – Slow to begin.

 

Steely – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

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

 

Off Her Roca – Change of tactics - to be ridden further forward: Settled on pace. Off Her Roca began awkwardly. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Bulwark – A post-race veterinary examination revealed Bulwark to be slow to recover.

 

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

RACE 7: Huntley Maiden Handicap 1200m:

Bullet Rider – Began awkwardly. Overraced in the early stages and, near the 800m, was steadied when placed close to the heels of Count De Rupee. Bullet Rider continued to overrace for some distance thereafter. After initially being taken wider by Iconically near the 500m, Bullet Rider ran wider on the track a short distance later. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Mightybeel – Tightened for room on jumping and then was shifted behind runners. Overraced in the early stages and, approaching the 900m, shifted out when placed close to the heels of Scream And Shout. When questioned, rider C. Lever stated that he was asked to have the colt ridden in a midfield position. He said that in the early stages, from a wide barrier, he elected to restrain the colt towards the rear of the field whereby he was able to obtain a trailing position behind Scream And Shout. He added that from the 600m his mount commenced to concede ground from Scream And Shout despite his efforts to have the colt maintain its position behind that runner. He said that upon entering the home straight he endeavoured to look for inside runs whilst allowing the colt to balance up. He added that, as he was of the view that Mightybeel did not appreciate racing amongst other runners, he elected to shift the colt to the outside of the field passing the 300m whereby it finished its race off strongly, particularly over the final 100m. C. Lever added that in his opinion the colt, which was having its first race start today, would derive benefit from today's race and would also be better suited by being stepped up in distance at its next race start.

 

Iconically – Near the 250m was eased when placed in restricted room between Bullet Rider and Winston Blue. When questioned regarding the performance of the filly, rider L. Magorrian stated that the filly travelled well throughout the event, however, when Bullet Rider commenced to improve to his outside near the 600m he elected to improve into the race by shifting to the outside of Count De Rupee as he was concerned that he may become held up in the straight. He added that the filly then hung out rounding the home turn and, despite placing the filly under pressure in the straight, Iconically failed to respond to his riding and weakened inside the final 200m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr D. Fitton was advised that, due to the poor performance, Iconically will be required to barrier trial prior to racing again.

 

Winston Blue – Slow to begin and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier.

 

Symo's Girl – Severely tightened at the start between Iconically and Count De Rupee, both of which shifted. For some distance near the 700m was restrained when placed in restricted room to the inside of Iconically.

 

RACE 8: Kanahooka Benchmark 64 Handicap 1200m:

Texas Forever – Rider M. Bell reported that, after being slow to begin, he was obliged to settle towards the rear of the field. He added that the gelding never travelled at any stage of the race and, in his opinion, would be better suited when able to race prominently. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr D. Pfieffer was fined $50 under AR65 for failing to produce the thoroughbred identity card for Texas Forever when requested.

 

Coolotta – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Real Key – After beginning awkwardly was shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier. Overraced throughout the early and middle stages.

 

C'est Davinchi – Began only fairly and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier.

 

Galaxial – Shortly after the start was tightened for room and lost ground. When racing keenly in the early stages, near the 800m was eased to avoid the heels of Harlem Luya (App. C. Graham), which shifted in when not quite clear. App. Graham was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances. Galaxial continued to race keenly thereafter. K. Latham reported that, in his opinion, Galaxial did not appreciate today's track surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Do Not Disturb – Near the 300m was bumped by Coolotta, which laid in slightly. Do Not Disturb continued to race tight with Coolotta for the remainder of the straight and made contact with that runner on several occasions approaching and passing the 100m.

 

Get Hitched – Shifted out at the start, making contact with Wicked Willy, and then was shifted behind runners from its wide barrier.

 

Wicked Willy – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Get Hitched. Overraced when caught wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Harlem Luya – Jumped inwards at the start. Passing the 400m commenced to lay in and, near the 300m, laid in across the heels of Coolotta and had to be steadied and shifted out to continue into clear running.

 

Saturn – Began only fairly and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier. When closing its race off well, passing the 50m had to alter course back to the inside of Do Not Disturb to continue into clear running.

 

GENERAL:

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted that 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 L. Magorrian (Well Known) 8 strikes
Race 2 K. Latham (Rock The Bells) 8 strikes
Race 2 S. Pollard (Tongariro) 6 strikes
Race 6 M. Bell (Lion's Roar) 6 strikes
Race 6 K. Jennings (Aoraki) 6 strikes
Race 7 B. McDougall (Count De Rupee) 6 strikes
Race 7 J. Innes (Explosive Truth) 8 strikes
Race 8 B. Lerena (Do Not Disturb) 8 strikes
Race 8 M. Bell (Texas Forever) 7 strikes

 

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

Race 1:  Ricky Bobby, Queen Zoffany

Race 2:  Canyonero, Rock The Bells

Race 3:  Already Blessed

Race 4:  Either Oar, Russbuss, Colonel

Race 7:  Oslo

Race 8:  Wicked Willy

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 3: Trainer Ms G. Markwell fined $100 under AR206 for the late notification of gear change for Pioneer.
Race 8: Trainer Mr D. Pfieffer fined $50 under AR65 for failing to produce the thoroughbred identity card for Texas Forever.
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Race 3: Dozer Bay (Co-trainer Mr L. Price) – hung out.
Trials: Race 3: Valachi (Co-trainer Mr L. Price) – hung out.
Race 7: Iconically (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 2: Canyonero (Trainer Mr R. Litt) – lame (2/5) in off-foreleg and poor post-race recovery.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Race 1: Oconee (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – post-race condition.
Change of Colours: Race 6: Sepulchre (Trainer Mr J. Ible) – club colours.

 

 

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