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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Newcastle Jockey Club

NEWCASTLE RACECOURSE

 

Saturday,  23 May 2020

 

Weather:                   Overcast

Track:                       Good (4)

Rail:                          +10m

 

STEWARDS:   D L Carr (Chairman), J J E Earl, T J Lee and cadets J B Boehm and L J Martin

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RACE 1 – TLE Newcastle CG&E Maiden Handicap 1200m

Kandos Tiger – began awkwardly.

 

Brutality – slow to begin.

 

Saquon – slow to begin.  Raced keenly in the early stages.  Hung in under pressure in the home straight.

 

Stormy Rock – when questioned regarding the performance, R Hutchings stated that his mount raced a little keenly in the lead and as a consequence, weakened over the final 150m.  R Hutchings added that in his opinion the gelding will be better suited when ridden with cover and will also derive benefit from today's debut performance.  R Hutchings was reminded of his obligations to ride his mounts out to the finish wherever possible.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 2 – TLE Celebrating 20 Years In Newcastle 2yo Maiden Plate 900m

Tout De Suite – as K Latham was dually engaged, the Stewards permitted C Reith to be substituted as the rider.  C Reith was permitted to ride the filly at a ½ kg over its allotted weight of 55kg.  From its wide barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Held up and did not obtain clear running until passing the 200m.  R Murray (The Neon Knight) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that she permitted her mount to shift out approaching the winning post when insufficiently clear of Tout De Suite, which had to be checked when crowded between The Neon Knight and Pandora Blue.  R Murray's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Monday, 1 June 2020 and to expire on Saturday, 6 June 2020 on which day she may ride.

 

Magic On Ice – slow to begin.

 

Time For Peace – on jumping was bumped by Boomko.  When questioned regarding the performance J Penza stated that he was instructed to ride the filly prominently however it slipped slightly on jumping, then failed to show its customary speed and as a result, was left racing very wide and without cover in the middle stages and as a consequence was unable to finish its race off.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr L Curtis advised that Time For Peace will now be spelled.

 

Rocketing By – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Approaching the 300m was crowded between Jericho Beach and Feeling Mighty, which shifted in before being corrected by its rider.

 

Pandora Blue – raced wide and without cover throughout.  Near the 700m was crowded between Boomko and Feeling Mighty, which was steadied and shifted out to avoid the heels of The Neon Knight.

 

Feeling Mighty – near the 700m was steadied away from the heels of The Neon Knight (R Murray), which shifted in when not clear.  R Murray was advised to exercise more care.  A post race veterinary examination of the colt, which was beaten 15L, revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr B Partelle advised that the colt will now be spelled during which time it will gelded.

 

Boomko – approaching the 300m was disappointed for clear running between Pandora Blue and Feeling Mighty, which shifted out.  Boomko was then inclined to lay in and proved reluctant to shift to the outside of Pandora Blue to continue into clear running before securing clear running near the 150m.  Boomko then continued to lay in over the concluding stages. 

 

The Neon Knight – laid out under pressure over the final 250m.

 

RACE 3 – New Zealand Bloodstock Benchmark 64 Handicap 900m

Mr Grumpy – slow to begin.  Held up rounding the home turn then had difficulty obtaining completely clear running until passing the 200m.

 

Bengalla Bay – on jumping was hampered by Citrouille, which shifted out.  Passing the 200m, when weakening, was steadied when crowded between Upper East Side and Snitza Girl, which was taken in by Sacred Sword (App T Sherry) which shifted in after App Sherry dropped his nearside rein.  When questioned regarding the performance, D McLellan said the only explanation he could offer is that the gelding performs best when able to lead and dictate terms.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Sacred Sword – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Lass Vegas – approaching the 600m was eased to avoid the heels of Snitza Girl (K Latham) which shifted in when not quite clear.  K Latham was told to ensure he is two lengths clear when shifting ground.  Approaching the 150m was bumped and carried wider by Citrouille which shifted out when inclined to lay out.

 

Ellie's Encore – passing the 600m was checked when crowded between Upper East Side and Snitza Girl, which was taken in slightly by Sacred Sword, which shifted in slightly before being corrected by its rider.

 

Citrouille – became badly held up on straightening and near the 300m had to be checked away from the heels of Snitza Girl.  Citrouille then commenced to lay out and approaching the 150m, shifted out towards the heels of Ellie's Encore and had to be checked.

 

Upper East Side – held up until near the 300m.

 

RACE 4 – Australian Bloodstock Maiden Plate 2360m

Loves A Hit – prior to the declaration of correct weight, the Stewards viewed the footage from the 450m to ascertain whether, Loves A Hit, the fourth placegetter had grounds to lodge a protest against Pepikhani being declared the third placegetter.  When the Stewards were satisfied there were insufficient grounds to lodge a protest, correct weight was declared.  From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Rounding the home turn was bumped heavily by Pepikhani which shifted to the outside of The Borough to obtain clear running.  Passing the 200m was hampered and carried wider by Pepikhani, which was taken out by The Borough.  Pepikharni and Loves A Hit then raced tight for some distance and approaching the 100m, Pepikhani shifted out and bumped Loves A Hit.

 

Contest – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Near the 1700m had to be checked away from the heels of Water Line.  A post race veterinary examination of the gelding, which was beaten 27L, revealed no abnormalities.  Stable representative Mr D Wilkes was advised that Contest would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before racing again.

 

Epiline – when the pace slowed near the 1900m, commenced to overrace and near the 1800m was steadied and shifted out after improving onto the heels of Lisitsa.  Epiline was then allowed to stride forward by its rider to assume the lead near the 1600m.   

 

Lisitsa – raced keenly for some distance near the 1800m.

 

Water Line – near the 1700m had to be checked away from the heels of Pepikhani.

 

Pepikhani – between the 600m and the 400m, was held up on the heels of Lisitsa as that runner commenced to give ground.

 

Spring Secret – a post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to have bled from both nostrils for the first occasion.  Trainer Mr P Niceforo was advised of the provisions of AR79(4).

 

RACE 5 – Sharp Electronics Group Conditional Benchmark 70 Handicap 1895m

Any Wish – began awkwardly.

 

Elaborate – slow to begin and shortly after was checked to avoid the heels of Any Wish, which shifted out.

 

She's So Savvy – was slow to begin and shortly after was checked when crowded between Disgraceful and Hand It In, which shifted in.

 

Disgraceful – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Passing the 200m was steadied when racing in restricted room between Alam Mo Na and Elaborate.  

 

Hand It In – when caught wide and without cover in the early stages was allowed to stride forward by its rider to assume a position outside the leader near the 1200m.  

 

French Response – was held up and did not obtain clear running until passing the 400m.

 

Poulton Le Sands – was held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.  Near the 200m, was steadied when disappointed for clear running between Controlthewitness, which shifted out.  Poulton Le Sands then continued to be held up between those two runners until passing the 100m.

 

Alam Mo Na – laid in under pressure in the home straight.

 

RACE 6 – Guardian Safety Solutions F&M Maiden Handicap 1200m

Kittyhawk Flyer – the filly was declared a late scratching at 10.30am acting on veterinary advice that it was displaying signs of colic.  Trainer Mr M Newnham was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Kittyhawk Flyer racing or barrier trialling.

 

Mollycoddle – slow to begin.

 

Jomajeki – slow to begin.

 

Pitjara – began awkwardly.  Overraced in the early stages.

 

La Jolie Fille – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Pia Sophia – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Rounding the home turn was hampered by Pitjara, which shifted out slightly.

 

Cosmic Miss – overraced in the early stages.

 

Old Town Road – passing the 1000m was steadied when racing in restricted room between Pitjara and Cosmic Miss, which was inclined to lay out.

 

Kiss And Tell – near the 800m was hampered and carried wider by Split Not A Shock.  Kiss And Tell raced wide and without cover for the remainder of the event.

 

RACE 7 – Hungerford Hill Wines CG&E Benchmark 64 Handicap 1300m

The Patrician – C Reith was permitted to ride the gelding ½ kg over its allotted weight of 55kg.  From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Leningrad – on jumping was bumped by Shamamour and blundered as a result.  When questioned regarding the performance, App R Jones stated that his mount travelled comfortably outside the leader throughout the early and middle stages and he could offer no explanation for the manner in which it weakened in the home straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Live The Moment – slow to begin.  Held up and unable to obtain clear running until approaching the 200m.  Approaching the 150m, was momentarily eased away from the heels of Mister McIlroy.  Approaching the 100m, was hampered by Mr McIlroy, which shifted out.

 

Mercury – slow to begin.

 

Marokawa – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Eden Vale – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Cubix – overraced in the middle stages.  Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.

 

Shamamour – overraced throughout the early and middle stages.  Held up and unable to obtain clear running until near the 300m. 

 

Cosmic Reign – raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

RACE 8 – TAB – Long May We Play F&M Benchmark 64 Handicap 1300m

The Iron Maiden – slow to begin.

 

Miss Fialka – slow to begin.

 

Maui Princess – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Maisaa – from its wide barrier was shifted runners in the early stages.

 

Drusilla – a post race veterinary examination of the mare, which was beaten 20L, revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr D Wagstaff advised that Drusilla would now leave his table and acting on this advice, no action was taken.

 

Joy And Mirth – App T Sherry was reminded of his obligations to ride his mounts out to the finish wherever possible.

 

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):

 

Race 1 J Penza (Jeronimos) 7 strikes
Race 1 C Reith (Sammy) 7 strikes
Race 4 M Bell (Pepikhani) 6 strikes
Race 4 K Latham (Gunaluva) 6 strikes
Race 5 C Reith (Elaborate) 6 strikes
Race 5 App T Sherry (Our Gravano) 6 strikes
Race 5 App M Weir (Commander Bell) 6 strikes

 

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

 

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

Race 3:  Ellie’s Encore.

Race 4:  Chilli Chilli.

Race 5:  French Response.

Race 6:  Correlate.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Race 2:  R Murray (The Neon Knight) – careless riding – 1.6.20 to 6.6.20.  [AR131(a)].
Bleeders: Race 4:  Spring Secret (trainer P Niceforo) – both nostril, first time [AR79(4)].
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 4:  Contest (trainer T Wilkes) – uncompetitive.
Certificates: Race 6:  Kittyhawk Flyer (trainer M Newnham) – late scratching – colic.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Nil
Change of Colours: Race 6:  Mollycoddle – white cap.
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Nil

 

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