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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

Kensington Track

Wednesday 17 February 2021

 

Weather:                    Overcast

Track:                        Soft (7)

Rail:                           +5m entire circuit

Penetrometer:            5.61

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: W. R. Birch (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht, T. P. Moxon, T. J. Vassallo and Cadets B. J. Pearce, P. L. Phillips and E. A. Tickner.

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Supplementary Reports:

Warwick Farm Wednesday 10 February 2021

Race 7 - Vinery Stud Handicap 1200m:

Beach Baby–Trainer Mr J. Pride reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and advised that as the results of a subsequent lung wash were clear his intention is to continue with the current preparation.

 

Canterbury Park Friday 12 February 2021

Race 2 – Hylands Race Colours Handicap 1250m:

Cool Missile– Trainer's representative Mr D. Greer reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the mare.

 

Race 6 – The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1550m:

Kaptive – Trainer's representative Mr T. Lee reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding but advised that Kaptive has now been spelled.

 

Race 8 – Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap – Sprint Series Heat 4 1100m:

Nosey– Trainer's representative Mr D. Greer reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding but advised that Nosey has now been spelled.

 

Royal Randwick Saturday 13 February 2021

Race 2 - Silverdale Farm Pierro Plate 1100m:

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

 

Race 3 - TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap 1800m:

Vaquero– Trainer Ms A. Smith reported that Vaquero sustained an injury to its eye from kickback from the track, which required treatment.

 

Race 9 - Ranvet Handicap 1300m:

Cristal Breeze– Trainer's representative Mr D. Greer reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding.

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RACE 1: Stud & Stable Staff Awards Plate 1100m:

Otelo – On jumping made contact with Silver Thorn. Shortly after the start was eased slightly when placed in restricted room between Silver Thorn and Syracuse, which shifted in. After the 900m commenced to overrace and was eased from the heels of Silver Thorn near the 800m. Had to be shifted wider throughout the straight to continue into clear running. Stewards questioned rider K. Latham regarding the tactics adopted in the early stages, in particular the reason he restrained the gelding at the 800m to the rear of the field rather than continue to occupy a position trailing the race favourite, Syracuse. K. Latham informed Stewards that he was instructed to obtain cover on his mount, which was having its first race start, when it appeared that he would be obliged to race three wide in circumstances whereby he would have been forced to race without cover had Syracuse shifted to the running rail. He added that he believed his best option was to concede ground and take a trailing position on the running rail behind Lavish Girl. K. Latham agreed in hindsight that, having regard to the pace of the race in the middle stages, he should have maintained his position outside of Silver Thorn rather than concede ground in the manner in which he did passing the 800m. After giving consideration to the explanation provided and having regard to the concession made by K. Latham, Stewards informed him that they agreed he should not have restrained his mount in the manner in which he did passing the 800, however, did not believe his riding offended the Rules of Racing and, therefore, did not take any direct action other than to report the circumstances.

 

Silver Thorn – On jumping made contact with Otelo. Overraced in the middle stages. Rider K. O'Hara reported that although the gelding led at its most recent barrier trial, she was of the view that for the gelding to perform competitively today it would be best ridden in a position with cover whereby she was able to obtain a mid-field position.

 

Wizard Of Oz – After beginning awkwardly from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the 100m commenced to lay in under pressure, resulting in its rider having to top and straighten.

 

Avaricious – Overraced in the early stages and continued to do so when caught racing wide and without cover after the 800m.

 

Lavish Girl – The filly, which had its head turned to the nearside as the start was effected, then was slow to begin and consequently lost ground (3L). Near the 150m was inconvenienced slightly by Tristate, which shifted in and away from Syracuse.

 

Mishka Magic – On jumping was bumped heavily by Syracuse, which shifted out.

 

Trifaccia – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. After the 900m commenced to overrace when being shifted behind runners to obtain a position with cover at the rear of the field. Raced wide rounding the home turn. Approaching the 300m was bumped by Wizard Of Oz, which shifted out under pressure.

 

Syracuse – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Mishka Magic. Near the 250m was bumped by Bourbon Flyer, which shifted in under pressure.

 

RACE 2: Vinery Stud Handicap 1400m:

Nearly Fine– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Ma And Pa.

 

Lady Of Luxury– Began only fairly and then shortly after was bumped by Tuscan Gaze, which shifted out. Leaving the 1000m laid out and had to be checked from the heels of Pretty Good, which was taken in slightly by Artic (B. Avdulla), which lost ground at the same time. Whilst Stewards acknowledged the surrounding circumstances, B. Avdulla nevertheless was reminded of his obligations to be fully clear when shifting ground. R. Bayliss (Silent Thunder) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that at a point near the 200m he permitted his mount to shift out when insufficiently clear of Lady Of Luxury, resulting in that runner having to be checked. R. Bayliss's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 21 February 2021 and to expire on Wednesday 3 March 2021, on which day he may ride

 

Ma And Pa– On jumping shifted out, made contact with Artic, then shifted in and made contact with Nearly Fine.

 

Silent Thunder– As N. Rawiller was dually engaged, Stewards permitted R. Bayliss to be the replacement rider of the colt. Subsequently, N. Rawiller was fined $200 under AR227(a) for negligently accepting two rides in this race. Began awkwardly. Overraced in the early and middle stages.

 

The Denzel– Approaching the 1100m was forced to race in restricted room to the inside of Nearly Fine (App. T. Sherry), which shifted in when not quite clear. A short distance later The Denzel had to be steadied when further tightened for room by Nearly Fine, which was taken in by Ma And Pa (N. Rawiller), which shifted in when not quite clear. App. T. Sherry and N. Rawiller were advised to exercise more care. The Denzel laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Tuscan Gaze– Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

No Question– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Pretty Good– A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Artic– Stewards permitted B. Avdulla to ride the filly a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54.5kgs. Near the 1100m was bumped and taken wider by Nearly Fine, which shifted out after becoming awkward momentarily at the heels of Ma And Pa. When asked for an explanation for the disappointing performance, rider B. Avdulla stated that his mount travelled well through the early and middle stages, however, after entering the straight was under pressure immediately and failed to respond to his riding. He added that after Artic received contact to the hindquarters from Lady Of Luxury passing the 200m, the filly commenced to weaken badly, and when he became concerned with her action he desisted from placing any further pressure over the concluding stages.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr M. Hawkes could offer no tangible explanation for the disappointing performance of the filly and he undertook to report back on the post-race condition in the days subsequent.

 

RACE 3: Hyland Race Colours Handicap 1800m:

Picaro – Held up rounding the home turn and until passing the 250m.

 

Guise – When asked about the disappointing performance, rider J. McDonald advised that the mare travelled well and could offer no tangible explanation for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any significant abnormalities. Trainer Mr C. Waller reported that Guise can be somewhat disingenuous and advised Stewards that the mare may not have appreciated having to race in among other horses in the straight and he noted also that the increase in weight today may have contributed to not being able to finish off the race.

 

Toscanini – Trainer's representative Mr J. Bruce was asked for an explanation in regard to the tactics adopted today, which appeared to be in contrast with the colt's most recent start. Mr Bruce explained that he instructed rider H. Bowman to take up a handy position on the colt and after reading Racing NSW's speed maps, which had positioned Toscanini on the speed, he did not believe there was a requirement to inform the Stewards. After considering the explanation Mr Bruce was informed that the Rules require advice to Stewards of a change of tactics even in the circumstances he outlined and he was reprimanded and advised that in future he must ensure that all changes of tactics are proactively advised to Stewards.

 

True Marvel – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Red Hot Chillypins, and as a consequence from a wide barrier True Marvel then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Bowery Breeze – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

My Demetra – Passing the 150m momentarily became awkwardly place at the heels of Toscanini, which shifted in slightly

 

Laila De Vega – Began awkwardly. Rider R. King could offer no tangible explanation for the poor performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr J. Thompson advised that in his opinion the mare did not handle today's track conditions and was disadvantaged by racing towards the inside section of the track in the straight. Mr Thompson undertook to report back on the post-race condition of Laila De Vega in the days subsequent.

 

Fill Of Fun – Stewards permitted N. Rawiller to ride the mare one kilogram over its allotted weight of 55.5kgs.

 

Azarmin – On jumping was crowded for room between Toscanini and Picaro, which shifted out. Laid in over the concluding stages.

 

Red Hot Chillypins – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 4: Robrick Lodge Handicap 1400m:

Holy Reign – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Over the concluding stages had to be steadied from the heels of No Escape, which was taken out by Julian Rock, which, after initially being influenced outwards by Snitzify, continued to shift out when tiring. H. Bowman (Snitzify) and App. J. Van Overmeire (Julian Rock) were advised to exercise more care.

 

Saffiano – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Overraced in the early stages and near the 1200m had to be steadied away from the heels of Blazing.

 

Snitzify – Began awkwardly. Laid out under pressure over the concluding stages.

 

Julian Rock – Prior to correct weight being declared, App. J. Van Overmeire, rider of 2nd placegetter Julian Rock, exercised his right to view the films to establish if there were grounds to lodge a protest against the winner Snitzify. When App. J. Van Overmeire declined and Stewards were similarly satisfied that there were no grounds for a protest, correct weight was semaphored.

 

Blazing – Began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Munich – Shortly after the start was bumped by Grenado, which shifted out.

 

No Escape – Raced wide and without cover from the 1000m. Had to be steadied from the heels of Julian Rock inside the final 30m and as a result could not be fully tested over the concluding stages.

 

Grenado – Hung out throughout the event. When asked for an explanation regarding the disappointing performance, rider J. McDonald was  unable to offer any tangible explanation other than to inform Stewards that the gelding had a tendency to hang out throughout the event and may not have appreciated today's track surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr C. Waller informed Stewards that Grenado had performed similarly on the Kensington Track on two prior occasions and he believed the gelding did not appreciate the surface. Mr Waller further advised that he would attempt to avoid racing Grenado on the Kensington Track and undertook to report back on the post-race condition of the gelding in the days subsequent.

 

RACE 5: Heineken Handicap 1550m:

Come Along – Began awkwardly and shortly after was hampered by Majella, which shifted out despite the efforts of its rider. Come Along then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Zegalo – Shortly after the start was hampered and taken wider by Mars, which laid out despite the efforts of its rider.

 

Oscar Zulu – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Marsannay.

 

Pitchfork – When asked about the disappointing performance, rider R. Bayliss stated that the gelding travelled well in the early and middle stages, however, when asked for an effort in the straight failed to respond to his riding and proved disappointing. He added that the gelding was making an abnormal respiratory noise on return to the enclosure. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. O'Shea undertook to provide the results of a veterinary clearance, together with the results of an endoscopic examination, before Pitchfork races again.

 

Mars – When asked for an explanation as to the reason he left a trailing position behind Majella and commenced a three-wide move passing the 700m, App. C. Williams stated that Mars has proven to be one-paced in its races and after discussing this with trainer Mr L. Bridge it was decided that it would be beneficial to the gelding's chances to commence a forward move and build momentum from the 700m. He added that he was conscious also to ensure that Mars was able to establish running wide in the straight as he believed this to be a superior section of the track today.

 

RACE 6: Street Boss @ Darley Handicap 1000m:

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

 

Marway – After being loaded into the barriers, the gelding lunged forward, making heavy contact with the front gates. Marway was removed from the barriers, examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and deemed unsuitable to race. As such Marway was a late scratching at 5.17pm. The Stewards ruled that all moneys invested on Marway be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 5.17pm be subject to the following deductions from the face value of each ticket:

1st Coco Cuber              25¢ win, 21¢ place

2nd The Neon Knight      20¢ place

3rd Irish Angel                17¢ place

Trainer Mr M. Newnham was advised that Marway would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start. Rider J. Parr was treated by the paramedics behind the barriers and subsequently cleared by the Club's Doctor to fulfil his remaining engagement.

 

Epic Dan – Began awkwardly and made contact with Bombdiggity shortly after.

 

Brazenpine – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

The Neon Knight – Leaving the 200m was bumped on the hindquarters by Bombdiggity, which shifted in.

 

Coco Cuber – Near the 800m had to be eased when placed in restricted room between The Neon Knight and Bombdiggity, both of which shifted ground.

 

Virgo – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Irish Angel – Stewards permitted J. McDonald to ride the mare one kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs. Slow to begin.

 

RACE 7: TAB Handicap 1400m:

Fashchanel – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made heavy contact with Ruru.

 

Harlem Luya – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Elegant Grace – Rider B. Avdulla stated that whilst its customary for the mare to lead, Elegant Grace overraced today and he believed this had a significant impact on the mare's capacity to finish off the race.

 

Brookspire – Began only fairly. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Eight Diamonds – The filly, which was being assisted by a barrier attendant, reared as the start was effected and lost significant ground (5L). Co-trainer Mr M. Hawkes was advised that a warning would e placed against the filly's barrier manners.

 

Latina Beauty – Began only fairly. In the early stages commenced to overrace when being restrained in an endeavour to obtain a position with cover. When Latina Beauty continued to race very ungenerously throughout the early stages was then caught wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Perfect Pitch – Shortly after the start was hampered by Ruru, which was taken inwards.

 

Ruru – On jumping was badly crowded when bumped heavily and taken in by Fashchanel

 

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

N. Rawiller (Fill Of Fun)

6 strikes

Race 4

App. T. Sherry (Holy Reign)

6 strikes

Race 5

H. Bowman (Zegalo)

N. Rawiller (Marsanna)

App. C. Williams (Mars)

7 strikes

6 strikes

6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Bourbon Flyer (2), Otelo, Lavish Girl, Mishka Magic, Syracuse

Race 2: Nearly Fine (2), Ma And Pa, No Question, Pretty Good

Race 3: Picaro, Toscanini (2), My Demetra, Fill Of Fun

Race 4: Holy Reign, Julian Rock (2), Munich

Race 5: Oscar Zulu (2), Marsannay (2), Mars

Race 6: Akasaki, Brazenpine, The Neon Knight

Race 7: Fashchanel, Harlem Luya, Elegant Grace, Latina Beauty

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Race 2: N. Rawiller – negligence (AR227(a)).

Reprimands:

Race 3: Trainer's representative Mr J. Bruce (Toscanini) – failing to notify change of tactics (AR100(1)(a)).

Suspensions:

Race 2: R. Bayliss (Silent Thunder) 21/2/2021 to 3/3/2021 – careless riding shifting out (AR131(a)).

Bleeders:

Nil.

Warnings:

Race 7: Eight Diamonds (co-trainer M. Hawkes) – barrier manners – reared and lost ground (5L).

Trials:

Race 6: Marway (trainer M. Newnham) – barrier manners.

Certificates:

Race 5: Pitchfork (trainer J. O'Shea) including endoscopic examination results.

Fall/Injuries:

Nil.

Tactics Notified:

Race 2: Artic – Intention to be further forward: Settled mid-field.

Race 3: Picaro – To be ridden further forward: Settled mid-field.

Race 3: Fill Of Fun – To be ridden further forward: Led.

Race 3: My Demetra – Option to be ridden further forward: Settled outside leader.

Race 5: Pitchfork – To be ridden further forward: Settled outside the leader.

Race 7: Brookspire – To be ridden conservatively from the outside barrier: Settled mid-field.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

Change of Gear:

Nil.

Follow up:

Race 2: Artic (co-trainer M. Hawkes) – post-race condition.

Race 3: Guise (trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.

Race 3: Laila De Vega (trainer J. Thompson) – post-race condition.

Race 4: Grenado (trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.

 

 

 

 

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