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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Newcastle Jockey Club

NEWCASTLE RACECOURSE

Saturday, 17 October 2020

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Good (4)

Rail:                          +8m Entire

 

STEWARDS:  D L Carr (Chairman), J J E Earl, S C Knight and cadet A P New

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

NEWCASTLE:  Tuesday, 13 October 2020

RACE 2 – Avid Project Management F&M Maiden Handicap 1600m

Queen Zoffany– trainer Mr M Conners reported that a veterinary examination of the mare on return to the stables revealed no lameness, however an endoscopic examination showed the mare to have mucus in its trachea for which it would be treated.  Mr Conners was advised that he must furnish a veterinary clearance before Queen Zoffany barrier trials or races again.

                                                                                                                                                      

 

RACE 1 – Sage Painting 3yo Maiden Handicap 1200m

Ruddock– slow to begin.

 

Bullet Hero – shortly after the start was bumped by Wijdaan.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

 

Shaddy– began awkwardly and made contact with Seeker Of Fortune.  Rounding the first turn near the 1000m was carried inwards by Ruddock (G Schofield) and as a consequence had to be steadied away from the heels of Bullet Hero.  G Schofield was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Always On Show– rider J Penza dropped his whip approaching the 200m. 

 

Wijdaan– rider B El-Issa pleaded guilty to a charge under AR132(7)(a)(ii) in that he struck his mount on 10 occasions prior to the 100m, five more than permitted.  B El-Issa was fined $200.

 

RACE 2 – $1m Hunter Race Day – November 14 Maiden Plate 900m

Ballistic Moon– slow to begin.

 

Tiger On Fire– slow to begin.

 

Quarry’s End– slow to begin.

 

Kingoftheharbour– was shifted behind runners from a wide barrier in the early stages. 

 

Flying Scotsman– hung in under pressure in the home straight.

 

RACE 3 – Hungerford Hill Benchmark 64 Handicap 1600m

San Francisco– stood flat footed and missed the start (6L).  Stable representative Mr M Rowland was told that the gelding would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.

 

I Arize– slow to begin.

 

Surjin– was shifted behind runners from a wide barrier in the early stages.  When questioned regarding the performance, J Ford stated he was instructed to ride his mount conservatively and it was not suited by the slow tempo set throughout the early and middle stages. He added that as a consequence, his mount struggled to make ground when the tempo increased from the 500m and in all of the circumstances, he was pleased with his mount's performance today.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 4 – Joanne Mclean Memorial Class 1 Handicap 1250m

Bluff ‘N’ Bluster– slow to begin.  Laid out under pressure in the home straight. 

 

Global Queen– slow to begin.  Approaching the first turn near the 1000m when racing keenly, was steadied to avoid the heels of General Dubai (K Latham) which shifted in when not clear.  K Latham was reprimanded and told to ensure he is two lengths clear when shifting ground.

 

Ski Missile – was slow to begin then shortly after was checked away from the heels of Brook Hill.  Near the 150m was hampered by Brook Hill which shifted in.

 

General Dubai– began only fairly.

 

Knight– near the 500m became awkward on the heels of Order Of Valour, which commenced to give ground and was then steadied and shifted in by its rider.  Laid in under pressure in the home straight.

 

Order of Valour– when questioned regarding the performance, D McLellan stated that he was instructed to ride his mount prominently, however despite being ridden with vigour in the early stages, it was unable to cross runners to its inside and was left racing wide and without cover.  D McLellan added that his mount never travelled comfortably at any stage and when his mount was bumped by Brook Hill approaching the 500m, it immediately came under pressure and compounded from that point. A post race veterinary examination of the gelding, which was beaten 26L revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr R Ollerton was advised that Order of Valour would be required to barrier trail to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to racing again. 

 

Euroblaze– a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 5 – TAB Venue Mode Class 1 & Maiden Plate 2350m

Dundee– began awkwardly and made contact with Finney.

 

Phylave– began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Finney– on jumping was bumped by Dundee and the gelding was then shifted behind runners from its wide barrier.

 

Hichaux– from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Pulled hard throughout the early and middle stages. 

 

Kikikapow– raced keenly in the middle stages. Was held up until near the 250m. 

 

Avalene– laid out under pressure in the home straight.

 

No Complaints– when questioned regarding the performance, A Collett stated that her mount travelled comfortably in the lead throughout the early and middle stages, however when asked to quicken approaching the 600m, her mount was one paced before it weakened over the final 200m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Stable representative Ms A Double advised that in her opinion No Complaints raced flat and consideration would now be given to spelling the gelding. 

 


RACE 6 – Sharp Electronics Group Maiden Handicap 1400m

Winston Blue– after being loaded into the barriers, the gelding got its off hind leg up onto the running board for some time.   The gelding was removed from the barriers, underwent a veterinary examination and was deemed suitable to race.  Slow to begin, then shortly after was steadied when hampered by Bow Thruster, which shifted out. 

 

Media Man– slow to begin.  Raced ungenerously in the early stages.  Passing the 100m was hampered by Nu Jiang, which shifted out.

 

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

 

Tuscan Gaze– near the 1100m, when racing keenly, was steadied away from the heels of Regulation (K Latham) which shifted in when not quite clear.   K Latham was told to ensure he is two lengths clear when shifting ground.  Near the 150m was eased when racing in restricted room between Lanu Moana and The Elanora, which both shifted ground slightly.  When questioned regarding the performance, L Magorrian stated he was instructed to ride his mount conservatively and after beginning well from his wide barrier, and when the tempo in the early stages was only moderate, his mount was left racing wide and without cover where it was inclined to overrace throughout the early and middle stages.  He stated that near the 600m, his mount was able to obtain cover trailing Lanu Moana, however shortly after, his mount came under pressure and failed to respond to his riding.  L Magorrian added that in his opinion, Tuscan Gaze’s tendency to overrace throughout the race and left it without a finishing effort.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Bow Thruster– overraced in the early stages.  

 

Regulation– laid out under pressure over the final 150m.

 

Lanu Moana– prior to the declaration of correct weight, Stewards viewed the footage of the home straight to ascertain whether there were grounds to protest on behalf of the connections of Lanu Moana, the third placegetter, against Regulation being placed second relative to an incident near the 100m.   When Stewards were satisfied that there were not sufficient grounds, correct weight was declared.   Overraced in the middle stages.  Laid out under pressure in the home straight.  Passing the 100m, was bumped heavily by Regulation (K Latham) which shifted out under riding, then shortly after had to be steadied when crowded between The Elanora and Regulation, which continued to shift out.  K Latham was reprimanded and was told he should have stopped and straightened his mount far sooner than he did on this occasion.   

 

Stormwater– when questioned regarding the performance, rider J Ford stated that his mount travelled comfortably in the lead at a moderate tempo 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. 

 

RACE 7 – Yarraman Park Benchmark 64 Handicap 900m

Superbellaa– began awkwardly.  When questioned regarding the performance, J Ford stated his mount travelled comfortably behind the leader and he could offer no explanation for its failure to respond to his riding in the home straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Yulong Knight– began awkwardly and lost ground.  Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.  Laid out under pressure in the home straight and passing the 200m shifted out abruptly away from Never Talk.  Yulong Knight then continued to lay out in the run to the finish. 

 

Denman Unlimited– slow to begin.  Rounding the home turn improved onto the heels of Base Camp and was steadied.

 

Never Talk– slow to begin.  After the 300m was shifted out a number of horses to ultimately secure clear running to the outside of Anchois passing the 200m.

 

Anchois– raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Perfect Style– App M Weir reported that her mount laid out throughout the event.

 

RACE 8 – Australian Bloodstock Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1200m

Cool World– on arrival at the barriers, rider A Collett requested her mount undergo a veterinary examination.   Cool World was subsequently examined by the Club's veterinary officer and deemed suitable to race.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Laid out under pressure in the home straight. 

 

Invicta– slow to begin.  

 

Mosht Up– slow to begin.  Rounding the first turn near the 1000m, when inclined to lay in, had to be checked away from the heels of Luna Mia, which shifted out slightly.  On straightening, was hampered by Luna Mia, which shifted to the outside of Cool World to secure clear running. 

 

Commander Bell– was shifted behind runners from a wide barrier in the early stages.

 

Isorich– was shifted behind runners from a wide barrier in the early stages.

 

Red Notice– raced keenly in the early stages.  Approaching the 100m, was eased to avoid the heels of Catapult (A Bullock) which shifted out under riding when not quite clear.  A Bullock advised to exercise more care.

 

Great News– laid out under pressure over the final 150m.

 

Catapult– over the final 150m was inclined to lay out away from Great News.

 

Luna Mia– a post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have been galloped on to the near hind leg.

 

Stunned– a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

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 4 A Layt (Global Queen) 6 strikes
Race 4 App M Weir (Ski Missile) 6 strikes
Race 5 M Bell (Coco Baci) 8 strikes
Race 5 K Wilson-Taylor (Avalene) 7 strikes
Race 5 D McLellan (Kikikapow) 6 strikes
Race 7 K Wilson-Taylor (Anchois) 7 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 1:  Ruddock.

Race 3:  French Response.

Race 4:  Global Queen.

Race 5:  Coco Baci, Kikikapow, Avalene.

Race 6:  Media Man, Nu Jiang.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 1:  B El-Issa (Wijdaan) – $200 – whip use [AR132(7)(a)(ii)] .
Reprimands: Race 4:  K Latham (General Dubai) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Race 6:  K Latham (Regulation) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 3:  San Francisco(trainer P Perry) – missed the start.
Race 4:  Order of Valour (trainer R Ollerton) – uncompetitive.
Certificates: Newcastle (13.10.20): Queen Zoffany(trainer M Conners) – mucus in trachea.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Nil
Change of Colours: Race 2:  Dragon’s Beauty– red cap.
Race 2:  Waterside – red cap.
Race 8:  Stunned– pink Club colours.
Change of Gear Race 2:  Flying Scotsman– blinkers on.
Follow up: Nil

 

 

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