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STEWARDS’ REPORT

NewcastleJockey Club 

NEWCASTLERACECOURSE

Saturday 1 May 2021

 

Weather:               Fine

Track:                   Good (4)

Rail:                      +8m

 

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  D L Carr (Chairman), T P Moxon, S C Knight and cadets P L Phillips and J R Galante                                                                                                                                                                                   jl

                                                             

 

Supplementary Reports:

TRACKWORK NEWCASTLE – Tuesday 27 April 2021

Trainer Mr P Perry was found guilty of a charge under LR82(3) in that he did employ Mr William Lawlis with Racing NSW as a stablehand between approximately 4 January 2021 and 8 April 2021 when Mr Lawlis was not duly registered.  Mr Perry was fined $600.

                                                             

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As App. P Scorse was indisposed due to illness, Stewards permitted the following riding substitutions:

Race 1 App. B Griffiths on The Brotherhood.
Race 3 App. B Griffiths on Obelius.

As D McLellan was stood down by the Club Doctor after riding in race 2, Stewards permitted the following riding substitutions:

Race 3 J Van Overmeire on Oakfield Navajo
Race 4 J Van Overmeire on War Heart
Race 6 L Magorrian on Oakfield Opal.
Race 7 A Denby on Trescha.

                                                             

RACE 1:  Pivotal Business Systems Class 1 & Maiden Plate 2350m

Timasti – On jumping was crowded between The Brotherhood, which shifted in, and Insider Trader, which was taken out by Dark Alibi.  Approaching the winning post on the first occasion was steadied to avoid the heels of The Brotherhood (App. B Griffiths), which shifted in when not clear.  App Griffiths was reprimanded under AR131(a) and told ensure he is two lengths clear when shifting ground.

 

Lime And Sugar – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Hung in under pressure in the home straight.  Over the final strides was bumped by Rodrick’s Secret, which was taken out by Insider Trader.  The mare lost its near-fore plate in running.

 

Heading North – Began awkwardly.  Passing the winning post on the first occasion was eased to avoid the heels of The Brotherhood (App. B Griffiths), which shifted in when not clear.  App. Griffiths was told to exercise more care.

 

Rodrick’s Secret – Over the final strides was crowded between Lime And Sugar and Insider Trader, which shifted out under pressure.

 

The Brotherhood – A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding, which was beaten 22 lengths did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Ms J Shapter was told that a warning would be placed on the gelding’s record.  Ms Shapter advised that in her opinion The Brotherhood failed to run out the 2350m of today’s race and the gelding would now be dropped back in distance and dropped back to country grade.

RACE 2:  Start At Bottlemart F&M Benchmark 64 Handicap 1200m

Night Flyer – Began awkwardly, shifted out abruptly and made heavy contact with Oksal.

 

Oakfield Arrow – Slow to begin.  Near the 900m was checked from the heels of Kariba when that runner slowed the tempo.  D McLellan will be interviewed regarding his riding rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.

 

Trophies Galore – Raced keenly in the lead throughout in the early and middle stages.

 

Kariba – When questioned regarding his riding of the mare, J Van Overmeire stated that he was issued with no specific instructions, however, he was mindful that there appeared to be a lack of speed in the race.  He added that, after beginning fairly, he rode his mount along in the early stages with a view to assuming the lead, however, when Trophies Galore maintained its position to his mount’s inside rounding the first turn, he felt that he would have to make too much use of his mount to continue forward and cross that runner, so he elected to restrain his mount approaching the 800m to sit off Trophies Galore.  J Van Overmeire further stated that, after being restrained, his mount raced keenly for a short distance, however, travelled more comfortably after the 600m.  App. Van Overmeire was told that in the opinion of the Stewards he had erred in restraining his mount approaching the 800m when it was open for him to continue to allow his mount to stride forward and cross Trophies Galore, particularly given the positive manner in which he had ridden his mount from the barriers, the moderate tempo in the early stages of the race, his positioning in relation to Trophies Galore and the actions of A Gibbons, (Trophies Galore) who was restraining his mount at the same point.

RACE 3:  Banktech Cashconnect ATM Plus CG&E Maiden Plate 1200m

Obelius – Slow to begin.  App. B Griffiths reported that his mount hung in throughout the early and middle stages and in his opinion it resented racing amongst other horses.  App. Griffiths added that Obelius continued to race greenly in the home straight and proved difficult to fully test.

 

Lord Eddy – Slow to begin.  Shifted out abruptly near the 150m.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr S Hodge advised that the gelding would now leave his stable.

 

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


 

RACE 4:  XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap 900m

The Regular Show – Began awkwardly and lost ground.  Approaching the 600m improved onto the heels of War Heart, which was being restrained by its rider, and had to be checked.

 

Boss Shelby – Slow to begin (2L).

 

War Heart – Slow to begin.

 

Slick Heels – Slow to begin.

 

Nomoretawq – Laid in under pressure in the home straight.  When questioned regarding the performance, rider J Penza stated that his mount travelled comfortably throughout the early and middle stages, however, when placed under pressure rounding the home turn failed to respond to his riding and in his opinion the gelding had come to the end of its preparation.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr P Eggleston confirmed the gelding would be spelled.

 

RACE 5:  Red Funnel Maiden Handicap 1400m

CaliforniaSky – While parading in the mounting enclosure the gelding lost its near-fore plate and had to be replated.  California Sky was examined by the Club’s Veterinary Officer on arrival at the barriers and deemed suitable to race.  When questioned regarding his riding, App. B Griffiths stated that, as his mount was racing first up over 1400m, he was instructed to ride his mount conservatively to give it its best opportunity to finish the race off.  He stated that in the early stages he had anticipated The Carpet Bagger shifting to the fence, which would have afforded his mount a position one off trailing Honour The Legend, however, when the pace slowed from the 1200m and The Carpet Bagger commenced to race ungenerously, it was unable to shift to the fence and California Sky was left racing wide and without cover passing the 1000m.  App. Griffiths further stated that when Maramoti improved to his mount’s outside shortly after his mount commenced to overrace, however, it travelled more comfortably after the 800m.  App. Griffiths added that he was pleased with the manner in which his mount finished its race off and he felt it was not suited by the slow tempo throughout the early and middle stages.  When questioned as to whether there was an opportunity to improve his position when the tempo slowed from the 1200m, which would have avoided his mount covering additional ground, App. Griffiths stated that he did not do so as this would have been contrary to his instructions and also, as his mount was stirred up prior to the race and took charge of him en route to the start, he felt that if he were to ride his mount along in the early stages, it would have proved difficult to settle.

 

The Carpet Bagger – Slow to begin.  Raced ungenerously in the early stages and for some distance approaching the 1200m had to be checked from the heels of Honour The Legend.  The Carpet Bagger continued to race ungenerously until near the 900m.

 

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

 

Superlunar –When questioned regarding her riding of the gelding in the early stages, A Collett stated that she had no specific instructions, however, she was mindful that it had failed to finish its race off after leading at its first two starts.  She stated that, after beginning awkwardly, Too Much Caviar was quickly able to cross her mount and when that runner slowed the tempo shortly after her mount commenced to race ungenerously.  She added that her mount had to be checked from the heels of Too Much Caviar near the 1200m and again near the 1000m and as a consequence of her mount’s racing manners in the early stages, it failed to finish its race off.

 

Maramoti – When questioned regarding the performance, rider L Magorrian stated he was instructed to ride his mount conservatively from the outside barrier and, after beginning with the field, he immediately restrained his mount, however, when the tempo in the early stages was slow his mount commenced to race fiercely and as a consequence was left racing four wide and without cover approaching the first turn.  L Magorrian further stated that he then allowed his mount to stride forward to assume a position outside the leader, Too Much Caviar, near the 800m to avoid covering additional ground, however, his mount continued to overrace and laid out throughout the middle stages.  He added that, although his mount was obliged to do some work in the early stages, it was nevertheless disappointing in its failure to respond to his riding when placed under pressure rounding the home turn.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 6:  Ausure F&M Maiden Plate 1200m

Fumiko – As L Magorrian was overweight, Stewards permitted A Morgan to be substituted as the rider of the filly.  L Magorrian was fined $200 under AR190(3).

 

Chocolate Kisses – Began awkwardly.

 

She Gives A Damn – Slow to begin and shortly after was crowded between Cleocatra and Chocolate Kisses, which shifted out.

 

Oakfield Opal – Began awkwardly and bumped Wave.

 

Wave – On jumping was bumped by Oakfield Opal and was then shifted behind runners from its wide barrier.  Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

 

Cleocatra – Shortly after the start was hampered by She Gives A Damn, which was taken out by Chocolate Kisses.  Overraced in the early stages.

 

Alura – Shortly after the start was bumped by Wave, which was taken out by Oakfield Opal, and was then shifted behind runners from its wide barrier.  Held up rounding the home turn and on straightening was disappointed for clear running between Wave and Cleocatra, which shifted out.  Alura was then shifted to the outside of Wave near the 350m to secure clear running.

 

Khulan – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Between the 400m and the 300m was shifted out a number of horses to secure clear running.

 

RACE 7:  DFK Crosbie Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1885m

Wild Sheila – Overraced in the early stages.

 

Onemore Sapphire – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Casino Mondial – When questioned regarding the performance, App. B Griffiths stated he was instructed to lead and, after beginning well and establishing the lead in the early stages, his mount was inclined to lay out.  He added when Continuation improved to his mount’s outside near the 1600m he was reluctant to pressure his mount to maintain the lead, as he was concerned this would cause it to hang out more severely and as a consequence Continuation crossed his mount near the 1400m and his mount continued to lay out throughout the middle stages.  App. Griffiths further stated that his mount became under pressure as far out as 700m and, after being briefly held up rounding the home turn, was disappointing in its failure to finish its race off.  He added that his mount is one-paced and in his opinion is better suited when able to lead and dictate terms.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Continuation – When questioned regarding the performance, rider C Reith stated that with a perceived lack of tempo in the race, he was instructed to position his mount further forward than usual and when he was unable to obtain cover in the early stages, he allowed it to stride forward and assume the lead near the 1400m.  He added his mount travelled comfortably in the lead, however, when placed under pressure from the 600m, failed to quicken and was one-paced to the finish.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Stable representative Mr D Greer was reminded of his obligations to advise Stewards of any change in riding tactics.

 

Lunar Rain – Rider A Collett reported that her mount commenced to lay out rounding the home turn and failed to respond to her riding under pressure in the home straight.  She added that, when she had some concerns with her mount’s action, she eased it down over the final 100m.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr J Coyle was told he would be required to furnish a veterinary clearance prior to Lunar Rain barrier trialling or racing again.

RACE 8:  Impact Building CG&E Benchmark 64 Handicap 1200m

Edmond – On jumping was hampered when the near-side gate of its barrier bounced back.

 

Mercury – Slow to begin (2L).

 

Sea Echo – Slow to begin.

 

Eighth Immortal – Slow to begin (2L).  Hung in under pressure in the home straight.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

PhoenixGlobal – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Had difficulty securing completely clear running until near the 250m.

 

Distinctive Glory – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced wide and without cover from the 800m.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Garrison – After being caught wide and without cover in the early stages, was restrained by its rider to obtain a position trailing Ranges passing the 800m.

 

Ranges – Held up rounding the home turn.

 

Riccardo – R Hutchings stated in the early stages he attempted to take a sit off the leader, Freddie Eddie, however, his mount commenced to overrace and when it did not respond to his attempts to restrain it, it set a much faster tempo in the middle stages than he would have liked.  He added that when Edmond improved to his mount’s outside approaching the 300m, his mount commenced to hang in and away from that runner and, as he was concerned that he would cause interference to Freddie Eddie, which was positioned to his mount’s inside, he elected to ease his mount down from the 250m.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr A Denham was told Riccardo would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.

 

GENERAL:

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the 100m under AR132(7)(a)(industry).  Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

Race 1 J Van Overmeire (Lime And Sugar)
A Gibbons (Inside Trader)
7 strikes prior to the 100m.
7 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 3 M Weir (Exterminate) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 4 J Van Overmeire (War Heart) 7 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 5 L Magorrian (Maramoti) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 6 J Van Overmeire (Chocolate Kisses)
J Penza (Alura)
A Morgan (Fumiko)
6 strikes prior to the 100m.
7 strikes prior to the 100m.
7 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 7 L Magorrian (Deepwood Vale)
M Weir (French Response)
8 strikes prior to the 100m.
7 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 8 J Penza (Mercury) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.

 

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

Race 1:  Inside Trader (2), Heading North.

Race 3:  Exterminate

Race 6:  Alura (2).

Race 7:  Onemore Sapphire, Deepwood Vale, Continuation, Admit It.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Supplementary:  Trainer P Perry $600 – employ unregistered stablehand (LR82(3)).
Race 6:  L Magorrian (Fumiko) $200 – overweight AR190(3).
Reprimands: Race 1:  App. B Griffiths (The Brotherhood) – careless riding (AR131(a)).
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Race 1:  The Brotherhood (trainer J Shapter) – poor performance.
Trials: Race 8:  Riccardo (trainer A Denham) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 7:  Lunar Rain (trainer J Coyle) – rider concerned with action.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 7:  Onemore Sapphire – to be ridden further forward; settled on pace.
Race 8:  Phoenix Global – to ridden conservatively from wide barrier; settled worse than midfield.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear Nil.
Follow up: Race 2:  D McLellan (Oakfield Arrow) – riding rounding the home turn and early part of the straight.
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