Australian Turf Club
ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Track: Soft (6); upgraded to a Soft (5) at 1:58pm following Race 1.
Rail: +3m Entire Circuit
COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: W. R. Birch (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht, T. J. Vassallo and Cadets O. J. Fleming, T. J. Hansen and B J Pearce.
Royal Randwick Trackwork – Tuesday 7 January 2020
North – Stewards today inquired into the circumstances surrounding North sustaining an injury to its upper offhind leg on Tuesday 7 January 2020 and subsequent euthanasia on Friday 10 January 2020. Evidence was taken from Co-trainer Mr. Paul Snowden, who provided the relevant veterinary and treatment records for North, Racing NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. T. Koenig and a written report by Dr. G. Baitz of the Centennial Park Veterinary Practice was also tendered into evidence. It was established on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 January 2020, North was found to have a relatively large haematoma of the biceps muscle of the lateral left thigh, for which it was administered anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication. Whilst North responded well to the treatment and showed signs of improvement on Wednesday 8 January 2020 and Thursday 9 January 2020, on the morning of Friday 10 January 2020 the geldings condition had deteriorated and was found to be non-weight bearing lame with extensive swelling of the muscle mass of the hind limb and severe skin distention around the limb. Despite further extensive veterinary treatment, North failed to respond and a decision was made to euthanise North on humane grounds. North was transported to the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden for necropsy. As Stewards were satisfied that North had been provided with the proper veterinary and treatment care and when there was no pre-existing condition that could have led or contributed to North suffering such injury the matter was concluded.
Canterbury Park – Friday 14 February 2020
Race 5: Tab Handicap 1550m:
Think It Over – Trainer Mr K. Parker has sincereported he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and it will be the intention to continue with its preparation.
Race 6: Bisley Workwear Handicap 1550m:
Texas Forever – Trainer Mr D. Pfieffer has since reported he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt and in his opinion the colt failed to handle the soft track conditions.
Royal Randwick – Saturday 15 February 2020
Race 3: Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney Handicap 1000m:
Coruscate – Trainer Mr J. Cummings has since reported he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and undertook to barrier trial Coruscate before continuing with its preparation.
Race 9: Robrick Lodge Triscay Stakes 1200m:
Fiesta – Trainer Mr C. Waller has since reported he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the mare. He added in his opinion Fiesta was not suited by being ridden prominently and it will be the intention to have the mare ridden more conservatively at its next race start.
Lashes – Trainer Mr M. Smith has since reported he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the mare however Lashes would now be freshened-up. He added he undertook to barrier trial the mare prior to its next race start.
Race 10: Schweppes Handicap 1300m:
Cuba – Trainer Mr J. Thompson has since reported he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and it will be the intention to continue with its preparation.
RACE 1: Tab Venue Mode Plate 1100m:
Barbaric – Overraced in the middle stages. Laid in under pressure in the home straight placing its rider at a disadvantage in fully testing the colt over the final stages.
Gorshin – Was fractious after being loaded into the barriers and was subsequently examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and was deemed suitable to race.
Centimental – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Overraced in the middle stages.
Darlene – Was shifted behind runners from its wide barrier in the early stages. Had a tendency to lay in in the middle stages.
I Like Toucans – Began awkwardly and lost ground.
Joviality – Began awkwardly and lost ground.
Pink Beau – Approaching the 200m improved to the inside of Tight Ropes where there was insufficient room and had to steadied. As a result, Pink Beau became unbalanced. Apprentice B. Ryan was advised to exercise more care when attempting narrow runs.
Tight Ropes – When asked for an explanation regarding the tactics adopted on the filly, rider J. Collett informed Stewards that he was instructed to endeavour to ride the filly with cover. However, after beginning well from a wide barrier, and when it was evident to him that he would be obliged to race wide, he elected to allow the filly to improve to the lead. He added that when reaching the lead Tight Ropes did not settle as well as he would have liked and in his view the filly's racing manners throughout the middle section of the race resulted in it being unable to close its race off. A post-race veterinary examination of the filly did not reveal any abnormalities. Rider J. Collett was fined $200 under AR131(b) for failing to ride the 6th placegetter Tight Ropes out to the end of the race.
RACE 2: Hyland Race Colours Plate 1100m:
First Fleet – As J. Parr was indisposed due to transport difficulties, Stewards permitted A. Adkins as the rider replacement. Slow to begin.
Heart Breaker – Began awkwardly. When asked for an explanation regarding the disappointing performance rider K. McEvoy stated that the colt which was having its first race start from a long break, overraced in the middle stages and he believed this to be the principal reason for it not finishing the race off as expected. A post-race veterinary examination of the colt did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of the colt in the days subsequent.
Bottoms Up Babe – Stewards permitted K. Latham to ride the filly ½ kilogram over its allotted weight of 55 kilograms. After being slow to begin, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.
Isabella Of Aragon – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Rider J. McDonald reported the filly raced greenly throughout the event. After being held up in the early part of the home straight, was reluctant to take a narrow run to the inside of Heartbreaker for some distance approaching and passing the 250m and as a result became unbalanced during this period.
Red Hot – Shifted out on jumping and made contact with Eye See Things.
Sublime Lady – After being slow to begin, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.
Twice As Special – Approaching the 600m commenced to overrace for a short distance at the heels of Secretively. Was held up from shortly after entering the home straight until near the 300m.
RACE 3: Sky Racing Active Handicap 1400m:
High Low Bet – Began only fairly. Was held up for clear running after entering the home straight until passing the 200m.
Moana Jewel – Overraced at the heels of Rose Of Savannah in the middle stages. Was held up rounding the home turn and approaching the 350m had to be checked when disappointed for a run to the inside of the tiring Rose Of Savannah. Was then again held up on the heels of Mookareena until approaching the 100m at which point it had to be shifted to the outside of the heels of Betty Blooms by its rider to secure clear running.
Vive Marie – Began only fairly. Was held up from after entering the home straight until near the 300m when awkwardly placed to the inside of the heels of Compatriot and was then obliged to race in restricted room between Compatriot and Iskander until commencing to tire passing the 150m.
Compatriot – Stewards sought an explanation from Apprentice R. Dolan regarding his riding of the filly in the middle stages and whether there was an opportunity to improve forward passing the 700m to prevent Betty Blooms from shifting to the outside of the heels of Mookareena which would have enabled him to maintain a three wide line rather than be forced wider on the track passing this point. Apprentice Dolan stated approaching the 800m he was attempting to take a position trailling Betty Blooms and when that position was unavailable due to Vive Marie improving to his inside he then considered progressing forward passing the 700m, however was conscious that Compatriot had a tendency to overrace previously and he therefore did not believe it to be in the best interest of the filly to improve forward at that point. After viewing the available footage Apprentice R. Dolan conceded that the better option would have been to allow Compatriot to improve forward at that point which would have enabled him to hold a three wide line and avoid covering additional ground.
Iskander – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.
Rose of Savannah – A short distance after the start was bumped by Compatriot which shifted in. A post-race veterinary examination of the mare did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 4: Holler @ Darley Handicap 1400m:
Avion Fury – Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.
Reaching – From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Obliged to make the home turn wide when improving into the race.
Way Back When – Change of Tactics – to be ridden further forward – settled midfield.
Shudood – Change of Tactics – to be ridden further forward – settled outside the leader. When asked for an explanation for the disappointing performance of the filly, rider T. Clark suggested that the step up in distance today, together with the three-week break between runs may have impacted the filly's capacity to finish the race off. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott expressed disappointment of the performance of the filly and concurred with the views of rider T. Clark. He added it was now the intention to drop the filly back in distance at its next race start. A post-race veterinary examination of the filly did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Shuhood in the days subsequent.
Cape Leopard – Began awkwardly. Overraced passing the 1000m when being restrained by its rider when taking a trailing position behind Olympic Legend.
Toffee Tongue – Raced ungenerously in the middle stages and was awkwardly placed close to the heels of Way Back When for some distance leaving the 800m. For some distance inside the 200m was unable to be fully tested by its rider when racing in restricted room between Rose to Victory and Badia and inside the final 100m was unable to be tested when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Badia. A post-race veterinary examination of the filly did not reveal any abnormalities.
Rose to Victory – Shifted in shortly after the start and made contact with Torsiton.
Torsiton – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. For some distance passing the 1000m overraced at the heels of Toffee Tongue.
RACE 5: Tab Handicap 1800m:
Knowitall Jack – Prior to being loaded into the barriers it was identified that the gelding was carrying blinkers which is not a part of its approved gear. Consequently, the blinkers were removed by the barrier staff. Trainer Mr M. Newnham was fined $100 under AR106 for presenting Knowitall Jack in the incorrect gear.When asked about the disappointing performance rider J. McDonald stated that he was disappointed in the performance of the gelding however in retrospect he believed it may been advantageous to go to the outright lead on the gelding as this is how it has raced best in the past, but he was reluctant to do so today, as he was stepping up to 1800m for the first time. A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding did not reveal any abnormalities.
Pumpkin Pie – Began awkwardly.
Shadow Flight – Was taken wider on the track rounding the home turn when Mugatoo shifted out to improve.
Spectre - Began awkwardly.
RACE 6: Star Turn @ Vinery Handicap 1400m:
Lifetime Request – Was a late scratching on veterinary advice at 7:58am after the gelding was found to have an abrasion to the nearside hock. Trainer Mr K. Lees was advised he must provide a veterinary clearance prior to barrier trialling or racing again.
Cyber Intervention – Slow into stride.
Herzegovina – Rounding the first turn passing the 1000m hung out and raced ungenerously until passing the 800m. When asked to explain the poor performance today rider R. King stated that the gelding overraced in the early stages however settled thereafter and travelled well until leaving the 700m at which point it commenced to lay out and continued to do so in the home straight. She added that when under pressure in the early part of the straight Herzegovina got its head on the side and she became concerned with the gelding's action and therefore did not test the gelding with her normal vigour. A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of the gelding in the days subsequent at which time consideration will be given to the geldings immediate racing future.
The Man – In the early stages raced ungenerously and with a high head carriage.
Bushido – On jumping the saddle on the gelding shifted back placing its rider T. Clark at a disadvantage throughout the event.
Mandalong Tapit – Slow to begin.
RACE 7: Bisley Workwear Handicap 1550m:
Lewis – When asked to explain the disappointing performance rider J. McDonald informed Stewards the colt travelled well in a position outside the leader however was under pressure shortly after entering the home straight, failed to respond to his riding and compounded badly over the concluding stages. Stable representative Mr J. Bruce informed Stewards having regard to the performance of Lewis today the colt would barrier trial prior to racing again. A post-race veterinary examination of the colt did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of the colt in the days subsequent.
Come Along – Began awkwardly and was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.
Judge Judi – A post-race veterinary examination of the mare did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow-up on the post-race condition of Judge Judi in the days subsequent.
Island Missile – Began awkwardly and lost ground.
Beaufort Park – Laid in under pressure in the straight.
Sea of Life – Began only fairly and was then hampered by Judge Judi which shifted out at the start.
Chief Kidder – Shifted in at the start and made contact with Castel Sant'Angelo. Overraced in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.
Notabadidea – After obtaining cover behind Zoffany's Lad near the 1300m commenced to race fiercely and continued to do so until the 900m.
RACE 8: Heineken 3 Handicap 1000m:
Omar – Leaving the 700m had to be steadied from the heels of Iconic Star (App. L Day) which shifted in when not clear. Apprentice Day was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
Human Nature – Overraced in the early stages and commenced to lay in after entering the home straight and became awkwardly placed at the heels of Iamacrumpet which ultimately resulted in its rider taking hold and having to steady the gelding leaving the 300m. Continued to lay in for the remainder of the event.
Shadow Bridge – Began awkwardly. Rider J. Parr reported that the gelding raced too keenly throughout the event and consequently was unable to sustain a finishing effort in the home straight. A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding did not reveal any abnormalities.
Maroch – Slow to begin and failed to muster speed despite the efforts of its rider.
Art of Excellence – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.
Great Affair – Slow into stride. When asked about the performance of Great Affair, rider B. Avdulla reported the gelding which was first-up from a long spell did not have sufficient speed to lead however travelled well just behind the leaders until passing the 200m where it commenced to tire. He added when out of contention he desisted from pressuring the gelding over the concluding stages. Co-trainer Mr M. Hawkes said that whilst he acknowledged Great Affair was first-up from a long break from racing, he was somewhat disappointed with the gelding's performance but believed it would take a fitness benefit from the race.
Iamacrumpet – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Laid in under pressure inside the final 200m. Had to be steadied from the heels of Iconic Star (App. L. Day) over the concluding stages, after that horse which had a tendency to lay out shifted out under riding. Whilst Stewards acknowledged the racing manners of Iconic Star, Apprentice Day was nevertheless advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
Moralist – Shifted out on jumping and made contact with Shadow Bridge shortly after.
Piping Roller – Had difficulty securing clear running on entering the home straight and had to be continuously shifted wider on the track until approaching the 300m to secure clear running.
Summary of whip use:
Stewards noted 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 3||App. R. Dolan (Compatriot)||6 strikes|
|Race 3||C. Reith (Betty Blloms)||7 strikes|
|Race 4||T. Berry (Badia)||6 strikes|
|Race 8||J. Innes Jnr (Omar)||6 strikes|
Swab samples were taken from all winners and the following runners:
Race 1: Barbaric, Centimental, Gorshin, Joviality, Tight Popes
Race 2: Secretively, Eye See Things, First Fleet, Heart Breaker, Mensa Missile, Isabella Of Aragon
Race 3: High Low Bet, Betty Blooms, Compatriot, Iskander
Race 4: Olympic Legend, Reaching (2), Way Back When, Torsiton
Race 5: Mugatoo (2), Welsh Legend, Shadow Flight
Race 6: Cyber Intervention (2), Munich (2), A Touch Of Luck
Race 7: Zoffany's Lad, Lewis, Island Missile, Sea of Life (2)
Race 8: Segalas, Maroch (2), Art of Excellence, Piping Roller
|Fines:||Race 1: J Collett (Tight Ropes) fined $200 – failed to ride mount out (AR131(b))|
Race 5: Mr M. Newnham (Knowitall Jack) fined $100 – incorrect gear (AR106)
|Trials:||Supplementary - Royal Randwick – Saturday 15 February 2020: Coruscate (Mr J. Cummings) – poor performance|
|Certificates:||Race 6: Lifetime Request (Mr K. Lees) – late scratching on veterinary advice.|
|Tactics Notified:||Race 4: Way Back When – to be ridden further forward – settled midfield. |
Race 4: Shuhood – to be ridden further forward – settled outside the leader.
|Change of Colours:||Nil.|
|Change of Gear||Nil.|
|Follow up:||Race 2: Heart Breaker (Co-trainers P & P Snowden) – poor performance. |
Race 4: Shuhood (Co-trainer Mr A. Bott) – poor performance.
Race 6: Herzegovina (Mr S. Jones) – immediate racing future.
Race 7: Lewis (Mr C. Waller) – poor performance.
Race 7: Judge Judi (Mrs K. Waugh) – poor performance.