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Kembla Grange stewards' report

STEWARDS REPORT

 

Illawarra Turf Club

KEMBLA GRANGE RACECOURSE

Saturday 3 April 2021

 

Weather:          Fine

Track:               Good (4); upgraded to Good (3) at 3.46 p.m. following Race 6

Rail:                 +3m from 1100m to Winning Post; true remainder

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: C. L. Albrecht (Chairman), J. J. E. Earl, T. J. Vassallo and Cadet E. A. Tickner

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RACE 1: Long Weekend Maiden Plate 1300m:

Adelaide’s Light – Approaching the 1000m commenced to race keenly and had to be restrained from the heels of Straya Pride. When questioned regarding the colt settling back in the field today, rider M. Bell stated that his instructions were to obtain a position with cover as Adelaide's Light had displayed a tendency to race keenly in its trials leading into today's run. He added that, after beginning well from an inside barrier, he observed runners drawn to his outside showing good intent to obtain prominent positions and, bearing in mind his instructions, he allowed those runners to improve and, as a result, settled further back than he anticipated.

 

Cheap Charlie – Began awkwardly. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

 

Honour The Legend – Slow to begin and failed to muster any early speed despite the efforts of its rider. Near the 1000m, when racing tight between Adelaide's Light and Plucksey Dubh, rider A. Layt elected to restrain Honour The Legend and obtain a position with cover at the rear of the field.

 

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

 

Manoeuvre – Slow to begin. When questioned regarding the gelding settling outside the leader, rider K. Latham explained that he had been instructed to obtain a prominent position with cover from the outside barrier. He said that, after travelling a short distance and noting good intent from riders drawn to his inside to obtain forward positions, rather than be caught racing wide, he elected to press forward and obtain a position outside the leader near the 1000m. Trainer Ms G. Markwell stated that the instructions issued today were consistent with the instructions issued at the gelding's previous start, however, on that occasion Manoeuvre settled towards the rear of the field after receiving interference at the start. Stewards advised Ms Markwell that, whilst the instructions may be consistent, given the gelding's settling position at its previous start, she must inform the Stewards of any change in riding tactics in the future.

 

Jadida – Began awkwardly.

 

RACE 2: Happy Easter 2YO Maiden Handicap 1300m:

Clyde – Began awkwardly and, from a wide barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Laid in under pressure in the straight and, as a result, was unable to be fully tested by its rider for the majority of the straight, particularly when racing between Dark Energy and Global Ausbred.

 

Global Ausbred – After beginning only fairly was tightened for room between Collier Bay and Lovin' Feelin', both of which shifted ground.

 

Mihocek – When questioned regarding his riding in the home straight and as to whether there was an opportunity to improve between Tristate and Collier Bay near the 350m, rider J. Innes Jnr explained that he was endeavouring to maintain his momentum and, as he felt there was not sufficient room to improve between Tristate and Collier Bay, he then elected to shift to the outside of Collier Bay in an endeavour to secure clear running. He added that once positioned to the outside of Collier Bay he was able to obtain clear running, however, was obliged to race in restricted room over the final 100 metres. After viewing the Stewards patrol films it was confirmed that when J. Innes Jnr had committed to shifting to the outside of Collier Bay, a run then did develop between that runner and Tristate, and therefore the Stewards were not critical of his decision to shift out in an attempt to secure clear running.

 

Tristate – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider A. Collett explained that when challenged in the lead by Another Pharoah the colt commenced to overrace. She said that when Another Pharoah improved forward to the outright lead, Tristate was left without cover and continued to overrace, and she believed this to be the principal reason for the colt being unable to finish the race off as expected. A. Collett added that in her opinion Tristate would be better ridden when able to obtain cover. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr A. Cummings advised that the colt will now be spelled.

 

Akahata – When questioned regarding his riding from the 700m, rider B. Lerena explained that he was held up behind Mihocek and to the inside of Collier Bay, and was unable to shift wider on the track. He said that, as a consequence, he was held up until passing the 600m when Arnaqueur improved in a three-wide position, however, he was able to obtain a position trailing Collier Bay into the straight. He added that he was again held up in the early stages of the straight before shifting to the outside of the heels of Arnaqueur approaching the 300m when that runner improved past his mount. Bearing in mind his positioning to Collier Bay at the 700m Stewards were satisfied that his riding was reasonable given the circumstances.

 

Dark Energy – Slow to begin (2L) and, from its wide barrier, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Laid out rounding the home turn. Laid in under pressure approaching and passing the 200m. K. Latham dropped his whip near the 200m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Another Pharoah – Change of tactics - to be ridden further forward: Led. Passing the 1200m had to be eased from the heels of Tristate (A. Collett), which shifted in when not quite clear. A. Collett was advised to exercise more care. When questioned regarding his riding in the early and middle stages and as to the fast tempo set through the middle stages, App. C. Rawiller, in the presence of Racing NSW apprentice mentor Mr R. Quinn, explained that he had been instructed to ride the colt in a prominent position and in order to comply with his instructions he rode Another Pharoah aggressively for a short distance after leaving the barriers. He added that the colt failed to show the necessary speed to obtain a prominent position and when it became evident that he would be caught racing wide and without cover he elected to continue to ride aggressively and obtain the lead near the 800m. Whilst noting the instructions that were issued, Stewards advised App. Rawiller that, after the colt failed to show the necessary speed to obtain a favourable position, the better option would have been to remain racing in a three-wide position rather than riding aggressively throughout the early and middle stages which, in their opinion, would have allowed Another Pharoah to finish the race off in the best possible position.

 

In De Summertime – Began awkwardly. Rider C. Reith reported that, in his opinion, the filly, which was having its first race start, may have resented racing with blinkers and a crossover nose band. He said that the filly raced greenly when placed under pressure and, as a consequence, he was unable to fully test In De Summertime at various stages in the home straight.

 

Lovin’ Feelin’ – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Global Ausbred.

 

So I See – Began awkwardly.

 

Collier Bay – Near the 1000m eased to avoid the heels of Tristate (A. Collett), which shifted in when not fully clear. A. Collett was advised to exercise more care. Trainer Mr A. Cummings advised that the filly will now be spelled.

 

RACE 3: Canadian Club Maiden Plate 1500m:

Big River Run – After being slow to begin, clipped the heels of Palisades and blundered. Big River Run was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding, which finished a distant last, did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr L. Price was advised that the performance was considered to be unacceptable and as a result the gelding will be required to trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before being permitted to race again.

 

Go Troppo – When asked to explain the disappointing performance, rider M. Bell stated that from a wide barrier and after having to make some use of his mount to obtain a position outside the leader Palisades, the gelding overraced and was reluctant to settle until passing the 600m. He added that as a result of the gelding overracing it was unable to finish the race off as expected and proved disappointing over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Go Troppo.

 

Elusive Jewel – Stewards permitted B. Loy to replace R. Hutchings (overweight) as the rider of the filly. Having considered R. Hutchings' explanation he was issued with a reprimand under AR190(3). Elusive Jewel was slow to begin.

 

Hirondelle – When questioned regarding the performance, rider C. Reith explained that after beginning only fairly he was obliged to pressure the filly to maintain its position throughout the event. He added that, as a consequence, the filly was unable to make up much ground in the straight and in his view was disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Niffler – The filly, which became fractious in the barriers, then had to be unloaded for the saddle, which had shifted, to be readjusted. Near the 350m Niffler was obliged to alter course to the outside of Elusive Jewel to continue into clear running.

 

Outlook – Began awkwardly.

 

Last Not Least – Began awkwardly. When asked to comment on the performance, rider A. Collett stated that the colt was not suited by the tempo and, as a consequence, was unable to quicken when placed under pressure in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Last Not Least.

 

RACE 4: Simon’s Buck’s Day YMYD Maiden Handicap 1200m:

Cuban Joe – After being slow to begin then was hampered by Remain Humble, which shifted out slightly. Cuban Joe was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. Laid out under pressure throughout the majority of the straight.

 

Remain Humble – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced greenly when placed under pressure in the straight.

 

Ralph’s Folly – When questioned regarding the performance, rider S. Lisnyy stated that after blundering badly at the start and becoming unbalanced, the gelding was inclined to overrace in the early stages after obtaining the lead. He added that when placed under pressure in the straight Ralph's Folly was one paced and failed to quicken as expected and, as a result, weakened over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Hafez – Began awkwardly. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Grand Palazzo – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Kissmyhanddaddy.

 

Kissmyhanddaddy – On jumping was bumped by Grand Palazzo, which shifted in.

 

Pluck Sans Ma – Shortly after the start blundered. Raced keenly in the early stages.

 

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

 

RACE 5: Dot Kelly’s 88th Benchmark 64 Handicap 1200m:

Canyonero – Shortly after the start was crowded when tightened for room between Wild Chap and Running Four Bub, which shifted in and made contact with Canyonero. Canyonero then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Absolute Legend – Began awkwardly and, shortly after, was tightened for room between Wild Chap and Azaryah.

 

Ilovethegame – Blundered slightly on jumping. When questioned regarding his riding and in particular the fast tempo set through the early and middle stages, App. J. Richards explained that he had received no specific instructions but noted that the gelding's racing pattern has been to settle in a forward position. He said that in the early stages and when approaching the 1000m he was mindful of the gelding's racing manners and therefore opted not to restrain the gelding but to allow Ilovethegame to improve on its own terms.  He added that after obtaining the lead and being joined by Wild Chap near the 1000m, Ilovethegame commenced to overrace through the middle stages and he again resisted restraining the gelding when setting a solid tempo. The Stewards informed App. Richards that in the early stages, when riders positioned to his outside showed intent to improve forward, the option was open to obtain a position with cover behind Wild Chap. App. Richards was further advised that through the middle stages, when setting a fast tempo, he should have made an attempt to restrain the gelding in an effort to maintain a more sustainable tempo.

 

Running Four Bub – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Canyonero. Running Four Bub was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Azaryah – Began awkwardly.

 

Winter In America – Shortly after the start clipped the heels of Speed And Style and blundered badly resulting in its rider becoming badly unbalanced and losing the use of his offside iron until approaching the 800m. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

RACE 6: Illawarra Photobooths Class 1 Handicap 1000m:

Colonel – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Mission Legend – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Attribution. When asked for a comment on the performance, App. T. Schiller stated that the gelding was reluctant to improve into narrow runs in the home straight. He added that Mission Legend did not obtain completely clear running in the straight and would be better suited when able to improve to the outside of runners. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  

 

Lillium – Began only fairly.

 

Attribution – Hampered when tightened for room shortly after the start when Mission Legend shifted in.

 

Don Luigi – Rider C. Lever reported that it was not his intention to settle at the rear of the field, however, after beginning awkwardly the gelding shifted ground abruptly outwards and, as such, he then allowed Don Luigi to shift behind runners from the outside barrier.

 

Head On Up – When questioned regarding the tactics adopted in the early stages, App. J. Van Overmeire explained that he had envisioned settling outside the leader, however, after travelling a short distance it was evident that he would not be able to obtain a favourable position and he therefore elected to restrain Head On Up in an endeavour to obtain a position with cover. He said that the filly resented being restrained and commenced to overrace passing the 900m and, as a consequence he was unable to obtain cover and was obliged to race wide throughout. He added that, upon entering the home straight, he was confident of the competitive chances of the filly, however, Head On Up peaked on its run over the final 100 metres.

 

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

 

Yugosphere – Shortly after the start was bumped by Attribution.

 

RACE 7: Carlton Draught Benchmark 64 Handicap 1600m:

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

 

Temoin Chaud – Near the 350m was bumped by Mohican, which shifted out under pressure.

 

Rules Don’t Apply – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 300m was briefly held up.

 

First Courrier – A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding, which raced wide and without cover throughout the event, did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Nieces And Nephews – Began awkwardly.

 

Seduction Queen – Shortly after the start was bumped when tightened for room between Temoin Chaud and Tocatchacod, which began awkwardly and shifted out. Near the 1500m was hampered and forced wider after being bumped by Tocatchacod.

 

Rock The Bells – After beginning only fairly was then tightened for room between Star Point and Nieces And Nephews.

 

Star Point – Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarters by Rock The Bells. Raced tight to the outside of Seduction Queen over the concluding stages.

 

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

 

My Girl Ruby – Jumped awkwardly. Near the 400m was bumped on a number of occasions by Media Starguest when that runner was attempting to shift out to obtain clear running. App. L. Day, rider of Media Starguest, was advised that she must ensure there is sufficient room to improve into when attempting similar manoeuvres in the future.

 

Mohican – Began awkwardly and, shortly after, was hampered when tightened for room between Readathon and Rules Don't Apply, which shifted out slightly.

 

Tocatchacod – Near the 1500m was hampered after being bumped by Media Starguest.

 

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

 

RACE 8: TAB Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1400m:

Holy Reign – Over the final 100 metres shifted out under pressure.

 

Harlem Luya – Passing the 1100m had to be eased from the heels of Thor's Thunder, which shifted in. Near the 400m had to be steadied when awkwardly placed on the heels of Thor's Thunder.

 

Oakfield Hiawatha – Approaching the 100m had to be steadied from the heels of Rebel Bro (B. Spriggs), which shifted out under pressure. Rider B. Spriggs was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in future. When asked for a comment on the performance, rider G. Buckley stated that he did not anticipate leading the event, however, the gelding was able to show the necessary speed to take up a position outside the leader Zelago. He said that the gelding travelled well in the middle stages, however, when asked for an effort on straightening was one-paced and, in his view, may not have appreciated today's Good (3) racing surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

My Blue Jeans – Began awkwardly and, shortly after, was hampered when tightened for room between Lexi's Choice and Holy Reign.

 

Gem Dealer – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Hypernicus.

 

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

 

Lexi’s Choice – Shortly after the start shifted out slightly and made contact with My Blue Jeans. Held up in the early stages of the home straight and was disappointed for a run approaching the 200m. As a consequence, was held up and had to be shifted out across heels to obtain clear running approaching the 100m, whereby it finished its race off strongly.

 

Auburn Boy – After arriving at the barriers was kicked in the offside flank region by Lexi's Choice, underwent a veterinary examination and was passed suitable to race. Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarters by Hypernicus.

 

Thor’s Thunder – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Hypernicus – Hampered when tightened for room on jumping between Auburn Boy and Gem Dealer.

 

RACE 9: Polytrack Provincial Championships Qualifier 1400m:

Darleb – Near the 50m was inconvenienced by La Jolie Fille, which laid out.

 

Ilvermorny – Jumped awkwardly.

 

Karmazone – Began only fairly and, shortly after, was hampered by Onemore Sapphire, which shifted out. Approaching the 1000m had to be steadied after improving on to the heels of Onemore Sapphire.

 

Azarmin – Shortly after the start was eased when tightened for room between Safado and Nindamos. Azarmin was inclined to lay in under pressure for the majority of the straight.

 

Game Of Thorns – Slow to begin and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Elegant Grace – Began awkwardly.

 

Liveinthefastlane – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. 

 

Stolen Glance – Stewards permitted K. Latham to ride the filly 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 54 kilograms. Stolen Glance was slow to begin. When afforded the opportunity to comment on the performance, rider K. Latham stated that after settling towards the rear of the field the filly failed to travel comfortably throughout the event and did not respond to his riding when placed under pressure over the final 500 metres. He said that in his view Stolen Glance may not have appreciated today's Good (3) racing surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Stolen Glance in the days subsequent.

 

La Jolie Fille – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Laid out under pressure over the final 150 metres.

 

Dreaming Of Gold – Trainer Mr N. Doyle was fined $100 under LR35(2) for the late declaration of G. Buckley as the rider of the mare. From a wide barrier Dreaming Of Gold was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Leaving the 600m had to be momentarily steadied when awkwardly placed at the heels of Onemore Sapphire. As a consequence, Dreaming Of Gold shifted out and made contact with Game Of Thorns.

 

Onemore Sapphire – Approaching the 1000m had to be restrained after improving on to the heels of Nindamos. Passing the 600m Onemore Sapphire was obliged to race in restricted room momentarily between Stolen Glance and Azarmin, which laid in.

 

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 M. Bell (Adelaide's Light) 6 strikes
Race 2 App. J. Van Overmeire (Arnaqueur) 7 strikes
Race 3 B. Loy (Elusive Jewel) 7 strikes
Race 3 L. Magorrian (Shameless Miss) 8 strikes
Race 3 G. Buckley (Outlook) 7 strikes
Race 4 App. C. Rawiller (Cuban Joe) 7 strikes
Race 4 A. Layt (Miss Delia) 7 strikes
Race 4 S. Lisnyy (Ralph's Folly) 7 strikes
Race 5 W. Costin (Heavenly Glory) 7 strikes
Race 5 L. Magorrian (Azaryah) 7 strikes
Race 6 A. Layt (Lillium) 8 strikes
Race 7 App. J. Van Overmeire (Seduction Queen) 8 strikes
Race 7 G. Buckley (Rock The Bells) 6 strikes
Race 8 App. B. Griffiths (Holy Reign) 6 strikes
Race 9 J. Taylor (La Jolie Fille) 6 strikes
Race 9 A. Collett (Game Of Thorns) 6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Adelaide's Light, Jadida

Race 3: Outlook, Shameless Miss, Elusive Jewel

Race 4: Grand Palazzo

Race 5: Absolute Legend

Race 6: Don Luigi

Race 7: Media Starguest, Seduction Queen (2)

Race 9: Darleb, Nindamos, Karmazone, Liveinthefastlane, La Jolie Fille, Dreaming Of Gold, Game Of Thorns

 

Bleeders:

Nil.

Warnings:

Nil.

Trials:

Race 3: Big River Run (Co-trainer Mr L. Price) – uncompetitive performance.

Certificates:

Nil.

Fall/Injuries:

Nil.

Change of Gear:

Nil.

Follow up:

Race 3: Go Troppo (Trainer Mr D. Pfieffer) – post-race condition.

Race 3: Last Not Least (Trainer Mr J. Sargent) – post-race condition.

Race 9: Stolen Glance (Trainer Ms G. Markwell) – post-race condition.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 9: Trainer Mr N. Doyle fined $100 (LR35(2)) for late declaration of rider of Dreaming Of Gold.
Reprimands: Race 3: R. Hutchings (Elusive Jewel) – overweight (AR190(3)).
Suspensions:
  1. Nil.
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