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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

(Kensington Track)

Wednesday 21 October 2020

 

Weather:                    Fine

Track:                        Good (4)

Rail:                           +4m entire circuit

Penetrometer:            4.95

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: W. R. Birch (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht, J. J. E. Earl, T. J. Lee and Cadets B. J. Pearce, J. D. Boehm and P. L. Phillips.

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GENERAL:

Trainer Mr G. Nickson pleaded guilty to a charge under AR249(1)(b) for causing the substance Omoguard to be administered to the racehorse Mandalong Superb when that filly was engaged to race later in the day, Wednesday 9 September 2020, at Canterbury Park in race 2, the Casino Prince @ Vinery Handicap 1250m. In accordance with LR108 Stewards were satisfied that special circumstances did exist in this case and, therefore, reduced the penalty to a fine of $1,000, having regard to the exemplary record of Mr Nickson over his 42-year involvement in the sport of thoroughbred racing.

 

Supplementary Reports:

Newcastle 13 October 2020

Race 5 – Minder Cloud Services Class 1 & Maiden Plate 1875m:

Much Much Better– Trainer Mr J. O’Shea reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that his intention is to have Much Much Better ridden more conservatively in a barrier trial before dropping the gelding back in distance for its next race start.

 

Kembla Grange 15 October 2020

Race 1 - Rod Hardwicke Benchmark 64 Handicap 2000m:

Dance Away– Trainer's representative Mr S. McLean reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the mare, however, advised that the owners have made the decision to sell Dance Away.

 

Race 5 - Bill Sorensen Class 1 Handicap 1600m:

Zarzou– Trainer Ms A. Neasham reported that she was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that Zarzou has now been spelled.

 

Royal Randwick 17 October 2020

Race 1 - Acy Securities Victory Vein Plate 1000m:

Emerald Bay– Co-trainers' representative Ms E. Reeves reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the filly but advised that  Emerald Bay has now been spelled.

 

Race 6 - Fujitsu General Sydney Stakes 1200m:

Special Reward– Trainer's representative Ms J. Curtis reported that a subsequent veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Race 9 - Bentley St Leger Stakes 2600m:

Paths Of Glory– Co-Trainer Mr M. Freedman reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that Paths Of Glory has now been spelled.

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RACE 1: Josh Howe Big Sports Breakfast Plate 1100m:

Billy Bets – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr G. Lee advised Stewards that in his view the gelding will be better suited over longer distances. Mr Lee was advised that due to the poor performance nominations for Billy Bets will be barred from metropolitan events until such time as the gelding establishes form at provincial races.

 

Tycoonist – Began awkwardly and as a consequence lost ground. Shifted in under pressure in the straight, necessitating its rider to stop riding and straighten the colt passing the 200m.

 

Oh Say – Leaving the 1000m had to be steadied from the heels of Colonel (N. Rawiller), which shifted in when not clear. N. Rawiller was reprimanded and advised to provide his fellow riders with sufficient clearance.

 

RACE 2: Sam Flanagan Big Sports Breakfast Handicap 1400m:

Already Blessed – For some distance approaching and passing the 100m raced in restricted room and became unbalanced between Fastconi, which laid in, and Sweet Reply (T. Berry), which shifted out around the heels of Fortune Seeker. T. Berry was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground.

 

Kukeracha – Shortly after the start was bumped by Pyrmont and had to be steadied when forced across the heels of Fortune Seeker, resulting in Kukeracha losing ground. Laid in under pressure in the straight.

 

Pyrmont – When asked for an explanation regarding the disappointing performance, rider J. Collett stated that the gelding overraced and refused to settle and he believed this was the principal reason the gelding was unable to finish off the race. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Fastconi – Rider B. Avdulla reported that when the tempo of the race steadied leaving the 900m his mount commenced to overrace, and rather than continuously restrain the colt in an endeavour to get it to settle, he decided to move Fastconi to the outside of the heels of Already Blessed and allow the colt to improve. He added that Fastconi accelerated when asked for an effort in the early part of the straight, however, commenced to tire leaving the 150m and he advised Stewards that he recommended to connections that the colt be brought back in distance until such time as it learns to settle in races run at a slow tempo.

 

Sweet Reply – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Pyrmont, resulting in that runner becoming unbalanced. Rider T. Berry reported that approaching the 800m, when Fastconi moved to a three-wide position, he considered moving his mount out to a one-off position trailing Already Blessed. He said, however, Kukeracha improved to his outside quickly at that stage and he then was obliged to continue to trail the leader, Fortune Seeker. He added that approaching the home turn he was reluctant to continue to follow Fortune Seeker, however, was unable to move his mount wider due to Already Blessed and Fastconi being positioned to his outside. He stated that in the early part of the straight a run commenced to develop between Already Blessed and Fortune Seeker, however, this run did not develop fully when Fortune Seeker shifted out and Fastconi laid in, taking Already Blessed inwards. He added that after being held up until passing the 150m, when Fortune Seeker established a margin on Already Blessed, he was able to shift Already Blessed wider and improve to the outside of Fortune Seeker leaving this point. He added that in doing so he tightened the running of Already Blessed between Sweet Reply and Fastconi, which continued to have a tendency to lay in, and he was obliged to desist from shifting out until Already Blessed commenced to give ground inside the 100m.

 

RACE 3: Heineken Handicap 1550m:

Gone Bye– Began only fairly.

 

Time Raid– The gelding, which was standing awkwardly prior to the start being effected, was slow to begin and shortly after the start was tightened for room between Gone Bye and Rock Amore, which shifted in.

 

Royal Marine– Was fractious in the barriers, began awkwardly and shifted out, making contact with the hindquarters of Accountability and lost ground. Overraced in the early and middle stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Bethencourt– Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarter by Accountability, resulting in Bethencourt becoming slightly unbalanced. Rider T. Berry was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out fully to the finish. When asked about the disappointing performance, rider T. Berry stated that he secured a good run on the gelding in a trailing position one off the running rail behind Olympic Legend, and approaching the home turn he moved Bethencourt three wide and commenced to improve. He added that the gelding responded to his riding for a short distance in the straight, however, approaching the 300m commenced to lay in, faltered and proved disappointing thereafter. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any significant abnormalities and, therefore, a swab sample was taken from the gelding. Trainer Ms K. Waugh informed Stewards that Bethencourt had pleased the stable in preparation for today's race and voiced her disappointment with the performance of the gelding. Stewards informed Ms Waugh that they would follow up with regard to the condition of Bethencourt in the coming days and then would determine if any action should be taken against the gelding having regard to its performance today.

 

RACE 4: City Tattersalls Club Handicap 1550m:

Le Gai Soleil– Began only fairly.

 

Almerheri– Raced fiercely throughout the early and middle stages and as a result tired over the concluding stages to finish a distant last. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover. Trainer Mr J. Thompson was advised that Almerheri would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

California Salto– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Rathvilly Miss– Began awkwardly.

 

Liveinthefastlane– Began awkwardly and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Duchess Of Windsor– Stewards permitted J. Collett to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54.5kgs. Laid out  under pressure and near the 150m shifted out and brushed California Salto.

 

Aeecee Dynasty– Began only fairly.

 

RACE 5: Quayclean Handicap 1800m:

White Boots– Slow to begin and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

So Wicked– When asked about the disappointing performance, rider T. Berry stated that the mare overraced in the middle stages in what he believed to be a genuine tempo. He added that after accelerating in the early part of the straight his mount commenced to lay in passing the 350m and shortly after commenced to tire in a manner that caused him concern and, therefore, he desisted from continuing to unduly pressure the mare. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer's representative Mr C. Duckworth expressed disappointment in the performance and undertook to notify Stewards should anything be amiss with the mare in the days subsequent. Having regard to the performance of So Wicked Stewards nevertheless advised Mr Duckworth that So Wicked would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of the mare.

 

Tampering– Began awkwardly. Had difficulty securing clear running in the early part of the straight.

 

Kentucky Tornado– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When asked for an explanation regarding the disappointing performance, rider J. Parr stated that the mare travelled satisfactorily through the early and middle stages and when placed under pressure near the 600m, despite his urgings, failed to respond to his riding and, therefore, he desisted from riding over the concluding stages of the event. Trainer's representative Mr C. Duckworth expressed disappointment in the performance and undertook to notify Stewards should anything be amiss with the mare in the days subsequent. Stewards advised Mr C. Duckworth that Kentucky Tornado would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

Highmaster– When asked about the disappointing performance, rider N. Rawiller stated that the gelding did not relax in the lead as he would have liked, which he attributed to Sophomore racing in close quarters to Highmaster in the early and middle stages. He added that he believed this to be the principal factor for the gelding's disappointing performance and was of the view also that the gelding may still have been feeling the effects from its run at Canterbury Park on 5 October 2020.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. Thompson expressed disappointment with the performance and informed Stewards that it is now his intention to have the gelding ridden in a more conservative manner.

 

Satin Rain– For a short distance passing the 1700m raced ungenerously.

 

Notabadharada– Stewards permitted G. Schofield to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs.

 

Luvoir– Began only fairly and shortly after raced in restricted room between Satin Rain and Notabadharada, which shifted in. Held up momentarily on entering the straight and had to be shifted to the outside of So Wicked leaving the 400m to secure clear running.

 

RACE 6: Happy 30th Hawk @ ANZ News Handicap 1000m:

Iconic Star– When asked about the disappointing performance, App. L. Day stated that the mare found it difficult to finish off the race first up with a big weight and she added that Iconic Star's respiratory rate on return to scale indicated that the mare will take benefit from its first-up performance today. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover.

 

Invincible Gangsta– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Omar– Slow to begin. For a short distance in the middle stages overraced and had to be restrained from the heels of Belluci Babe. Held up for clear running in the early stages of the straight.

 

Invincible Lad– Overraced when being restrained to obtain cover in the early stages. Hampered and taken wider near the 300m.

 

Paquirri– App. B. Griffiths (Invincible Gangsta) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that passing the 300m he failed to prevent his mount from shifting out when insufficiently clear of Paquirri, resulting in that runner having to be checked from the heels of Invincible Gangsta and consequently shifting out, resulting in Invincible Lad being hampered and taken out on to November Man, which was hampered and taken wider. App. B. Griffiths' permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Tuesday 27 October 2020 and expire on Thursday 29 October 2020 on which day he may ride.

 

Feel The Knight– Began awkwardly and shortly after blundered. When asked for an explanation regarding his riding of the gelding in the early part of the straight and whether there was an opportunity to secure clear running to the outside of Eveleigh leaving the 350m, App. T. Sherry stated that in the early stages of the straight he was unable to move wider due to Omar holding a position to his immediate outside. He added that he observed an opportunity to  improve to the inside of Eveleigh and took this opportunity near the 350m when at the same stage Omar shifted out and presented a run to the outside of Eveleigh. After viewing the available footage and considering the explanation provided, Stewards were satisfied that his riding was reasonable in the circumstances and noted the explanation.

 

Eveleigh– Slow to begin.

 

November Man– Declaration of correct weight was delayed to allow R. Bayliss, rider of 4th placegetter, November Man, to view the official patrol films to ascertain if there were grounds to lodge a protest against 3rd placegetter, Paquirri. After viewing the films R. Bayliss declined to proceed with a protest and Stewards were similarly satisfied, correct weight was declared. From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 400m laid in across the heels of Invincible Lad and had to be eased.

 

RACE 7: TAB Long May We Play Handicap 1400m:

Come Along – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Bigboyroy, and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Bigboyroy – Overraced in the early stages when being restrained by its rider to obtain a trailing position behind Promotions. Rider B. Avdulla reported that he was instructed to ride the gelding conservatively today, however, after beginning extremely well, and after taking into account the composition of runners to his inside, he was obliged to settle his mount more prominently than instructed rather than risk being forced to race wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Proletariat – Began awkwardly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

 

Salsonic – Slow to begin and from the outside barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

The Bald Eagle – Slow to begin and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Atlantic King – Shifted its off-hind plate en route to the course. From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Leaving the 1100m the offside bandage around the fetlock became displaced. Trainer's representative Ms K. Dunn was advised to ensure in future that all bandages are fitted in accordance with the National Gear Register standards.

 

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 1

N. Rawiller (Colonel)

6 strikes

Race 2

T. Sherry (Already Blessed)

S. Clipperton (Kukeracha)

6 strikes

6 strikes

Race 3

App. R. Dolan (Gone Bye)

N. Rawiller (Time Raid)

8 strikes

6 strikes

Race 4

T. Berry (Le Gai Soleil)

App. T. Sherry (Happy Candy)

K. Latham (Rathvilly Miss)

App. B. Ryan (Liveinthefastlane)

6 strikes

6 strikes

6 strikes

7 strikes

Race 5

K. Latham (Luvoir)

R. King (Sophomore)

6 strikes

6 strikes

Race 6

R. Bayliss (November Man)

6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Billy Bets, Colonel (2), Oh Say (2)

Race 2: Kukeracha, Pyrmont, Sweet Reply (2)

Race 3: Gone Bye, Time Raid, Rock Amore (2)

Race 4: Le Gai Soleil (2), Rathvilly Miss, Liveinthefastlane, Aeecee Dynasty

Race 5: Tampering (2), Highmaster, Notabadharada

Race 6: Feel The Knight, Belluci Babe (2), Eveleigh, November Man

Race 7: Promotions (2), Salsonic, Wild Chap

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

General:

Trainer G. Nickson (Mandalong Superb) fined $1,000 – cause substance to be administered on raceday (AR249(1)(b))

Reprimands:

Race 1: N. Rawiller (Colonel) – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).

Suspensions:

Race 6: App. B. Griffiths (Invincible Gangsta) 27/10/2020 to 29/10/2020 – careless riding shifting out (AR131(a)).

Bleeders:

Nil.

Warnings:

Nil.

Trials:

Race 4: Almerheri (trainer J. Thompson) – disappointing performance.

Race 5: So Wicked (trainer C. Waller) – poor performance.

Race 5: Kentucky Tornado (trainer C. Waller) – disappointing performance.

Certificates:

Nil.

Fall/Injuries:

Nil.

Tactics Notified:

Race 3: Royal Marine – To be ridden further forward: Settled back.

Race 3: Olympic Legend – To be ridden further forward: Settled outside leader.

Race 4: Almerheri – To be ridden further forward: Settled on pace.

Race 6: Feel The Knight – To be ridden further forward: Settled back.

Race 7: Promotions – To be ridden further forward: Settled outside leader.

Race 7: Bigboyroy – To be ridden conservatively: Settled on pace.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

Change of Gear:

Nil.

Follow up:

Race 3: Bethencourt (trainer Ms K. Waugh) – post-race condition.

Race 5: So Wicked (trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.

Race 5: Kentucky Tornado (trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.

 

 

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