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STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

(Kensington racetrack)

 

Wednesday,  21 July 2021

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Soft (6); upgraded to a Soft (5) at 1.35pm following the running of Race 2.

Rail:                          +4m

Penetrometer:          5.34

 

STEWARDS:  S G Railton (Chairman), M F Van Gestel, T J Vassallo, J J E Earl and cadets E Y A Hargraves and K A Smart

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

ROYAL RANDWICK:  Saturday, 17 July 2021

Race 5 – Elite Sand & Soil Handicap 1600m

Kobe Rocks– stable representative Mr S McLean reported that he was satisfied with the post race condition of Kobe Rocks but as reported on Saturday, it has now been spelled.

 

Race 6 – Midway Handicap 1200m

Wander– trainer Mr R Litt reported that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding and advised it was his intention to continue with its current preparation.

 

Race 8 - Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap 1400m

Oscar Zulu– stable representative Mr C Duckworth reported that he was satisfied with the post race condition of Oscar Zulu, but as reported on Saturday, he will now have a freshen up before racing again.

 

Race 9 – Tax Today Handicap 1400m

Expat– trainer Mr M Newnham advised that Expat will now be spelled.

 

HAWKESBURY (Trackwork):  Friday, 20 July 2021

The Rise– co-trainer Ms L Attard-Keegan reported that The Rise bled from both nostrils for the second time at Hawkesbury trackwork and will now be subject to the provisions of AR79(6).

                                                                                                                                                      

 

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As K Latham and J Collett were indisposed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 1 Bully For You– K O’Hara replacing K Latham
Race 2 In The Blink – R Bayliss replacing J Collett
Race 3 Leisa Louise– R King replacing J Collett
Race 4 Majella – T Berry replacing J Collett

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – Admire Mars At Arrowfield Plate 1100m

Dickson Horse- after being placed into the barriers, became fractious, reared, got its off hind leg up on the running board and made contact with its head.  Dickson Horse was removed from the barriers, examined by the Club's veterinarian and was deemed unsuitable to race.  Consequently, Dickson Horse was a late scratching at 12.53pm.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Dickson Horse be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 12.53pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket:

1st  Brigantine        17 cents win, 11 cents place

2nd Publicist           20 cents place

3rd  Baranof            20 cents place

Trainer Mr M Newham was advised that Dickson Horse must barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before being permitted to race again. 

 

Devil’s Throat– began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Retiro.  Passing the 200m, had difficulty obtaining running between Brigantine and Baranof.  

 

Retiro– on jumping, was bumped and taken outwards by Devil’s Throat and as a consequence, Retiro made contact with the hindquarter of Maralago.

 

Bully For You– began only fairly.  Raced greenly throughout the early and middle stages and approaching the 600m, got its head up and hung out for a short distance.

 

Maralago– shortly after the start was bumped by Retiro and a short distance later was steadied when crowded between Governor and Retiro, which continued to shift out.  At the 350m was awkwardly placed at the heels of Ghost Hunter which shifted out slightly.

 

Bil Colyns– after beginning awkwardly was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

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

 

Ghost Hunter– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Publicist– held up from entering the straight until passing the 300m and then when obtaining a tight run between Governor and Retiro at the 250m made contact with Governor.

 

Governor– when questioned, T Berry stated Governor showed good speed to take up the lead, however raced very keenly and this impacted on the colt’s finishing performance.  He added that Governor’s action shortened up noticeably in the straight as the colt weakened.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Governor to be slow to recover.  Co-trainer Mr M Hawkes concurred with the views of T Berry and undertook to report back on the post race condition of the colt. 

 

RACE 2 – Darley Supporting Catwalk Plate 1100m

Ruby Kisses– began awkwardly.

 

Yatsumi– began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Rolene.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Our Belle Fille– began awkwardly and shortly after was bumped by Williams Bay, which shifted out.

 

Typhoon Taavi– shortly after the start made contact with Sneaky Paige.  Approaching the 1200m was awkwardly placed inside the heels of Beep Test, which shifted in marginally.

 

Ringarosa– after beginning only fairly, was then eased from the heels of Sneaky Paige.  Approaching the 500m, was steadied from the heels of Yatsumi.  After being held up in the early stages of the straight, became unbalanced when shifting out away from the heels of Rolene and made contact with Great Mystery.

 

Great Mystery– after being slow to begin was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

In The Blink– after being slow to begin was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Beep Test– raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Sneaky Paige– rider J Parr reported that the filly was particularly stirred up behind the gates and took some time to be loaded.  He said Sneaky Paige then raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages and consequently was left without any finishing effort.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr M Newnham advised that the filly's pre-race manners did not assist its chances today and he undertook to report back on the post race condition and future race plans for Sneaky Paige in the days subsequent.

 

RACE 3 – Sky Racing Handicap 1550m

Raccolto– shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Raptures– after beginning only fairly, was then crowded for room between Leisa Louise and My Demetra, both of which shifted ground.  Rider J Parr reported that mid race he had concerns with the well-being of Raptures as the mare was not travelling well and therefore he eased it down in the straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be displaying cardiac arrhythmia.  As this was the second occasion that Raptures had displayed cardiac arrhythmia, stable representative Mr D Greer was advised that a specialist examination, including an echocardiogram and cardiac troponin test would be required prior to the mare having to compete satisfactorily in an official barrier trial prior to racing again.

 

Twice On Sunday – the filly, which was leaning on the near side barrier partition, began only fairly when the start was effected. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Perfect Radiance– rider T Clark reported that the filly travelled well through the early stages, however after being crossed by Canadian Spice near the 1000m, the filly dropped the bit and then failed to run on in the straight.  He said that in his view, Perfect Radiance may be better suited by being stepped up in distance and being able to dictate from the front.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

                                                                       

My Demetra– when questioned regarding his riding of the mare in the early part of the straight, and in particular why he did not improve to the inside of Mother's Mercy into an available run, rider S Clipperton stated that during the race, My Demetra appeared hesitant to race inside other horses. He added with this in mind, although Mother's Mercy rolled out on the home turn and presented a run to its inside, he anticipated that that horse would shift back in and moreover, he was always confident that My Demetra would close off better if brought to the outside, therefore he persevered to a run to the outside of Mother's Mercy which he obtained prior to the 200m.  He said once into clear running, My Demetra then let down strongly.

 

RACE 4 – TAB Handicap 1300m

Trajection– slow to begin.

 

Hot Spring Gold– began awkwardly.  Rider J McDonald reported that Hot Spring Gold settled behind midfield as anticipated.  He said, however, that the gelding was not suited by the solid pace, was never racing on the bit and failed to close off the race as anticipated.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

 

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

 

Ranges– between the 200m and the 100m, received contact from Kinloch, which laid in when placed under pressure.

 

Invinciano– was inclined to shift ground under pressure in the straight.

 

RACE 5 – Heineken Handicap 1800m

Peekays Legacy– slow to begin.

 

Power Of Attorney– after being slow to begin, was then steadied when crowded for room between Picaro and Accountability, which shifted out.  Approaching the 100m was obliged to steady and shift out to avoid both Knight and Time Raid, both of which were tiring.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from both nostrils for the first time.  Trainer Mr P Robl was advised of the provisions of AR79(4).

 

Mr Gee– shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarters by Notabadharada, which shifted out slightly.

 

Notabadharada– after the 150m was forced to continue shifting out to continue into clear running.

 

Knight– when questioned regarding his riding in the early stages, J McDonald explained that his instructions were to lead or alternatively to sit outside the alternate leader, Time Raid.  He said that from a wide barrier, Knight showed its customary early speed and approaching the 1600m, he was content to sit off Time Raid, however Knight, which is a strong going horse, commenced to pull hard and he was unable to restrain the horse to come back off Time Raid.  He said after leaving the 1600m, after improving to be racing slightly in advance of Time Raid, whilst he appreciated the pace was solid, he felt that it was in the gelding's best interest to allow it to stride forward of Time Raid rather than have the horse racing keenly slightly in advance of that runner.  He said after crossing Time Raid, Time Raid then improved to be racing at the hindquarter of Knight which caused his runner to continue travelling keenly which ultimately resulted in the gelding failing to finish off the race.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Knight to be slow to recover.

 

Accountability– a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 6 – China Horse Club Handicap 1550m

Yukon– began awkwardly and shortly after was hampered by Hit The Target, which shifted out.

 

Kutayha– began awkwardly and shortly after made contact with Microna.  Kutayha was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Eden Vale– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Silent Agenda– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Held up for a short distance approaching and passing the 300m.

 

Hit The Target– App B Ryan reported that when racing in the lead, Hit The Target commenced to travel keenly when Microna improved to its outside near the 1000m.  He said this, coupled with having to lead into a strong head wind in the middle stages, resulted in the gelding weakening in the straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the near hind leg.  Trainer Mr S Jones was advised that a veterinary clearance must be provided prior to Hit The Target being permitted to barrier trial/race again. 

 

RACE 7 – Vinery Stud Handicap 1100m

Accelerato– began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Brazenpine.  Held up for clear running from the 150m until after passing the 100m.

 

Brazenpine– began awkwardly and shortly after was bumped by Dubai Star, which shifted out slightly.  Brazenpine was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Exceltic– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Invincible Lad– jumped awkwardly.  For some distance approaching and passing the 600m, travelled keenly.

 

Irish Angel– after being crossed by Dubai Star near the 800m, commenced to race keenly and shifted out off the heels of that runner. 

 

Dubai Star– rider J McDonald was unable to offer any reason for the disappointing performance other than he had to make some use of the filly to take up a prominent position in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Jenga– when questioned, rider T Berry stated that Jenga travelled comfortably in the early stages and initially took up the lead.  He said after being pressured in the lead by Mr Polar in the middle stages, Jenga then did not respond to his riding in the straight and weakened.  He added that Jenga, which was first up today with the benefit of one barrier trial, in his view would take benefit from today's race.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  The Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of Jenga in the days subsequent.

 

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 2 J Innes Jr (Ruby Kisses) 7 strikes
Race 5 R Bayliss (Shuffle Up) 6 strikes
Race 6 R Bayliss (Nelspruit) 6 strikes
Race 7 App J Van Overmeire (Mr Polar) 8 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:  Dickson Horse, Retiro, Publicist.

Race 2:  Beep Test, Yatsumi, Ringarosa. 

Race 3:  Perfect Radiance, Raccolto, My Demetra.

Race 4:  Invinciano, Trajection, Kinloch, Hot Spring Gold, Majella, Ranges.

Race 5:  Accountability, Shuffle Up (2), Mr Gee, Picaro.

Race 6:  Hit The Target (2), Nelspruit, Microna, Silent Agenda.

Race 7:  Dubai Star, Escape Artist, Irish Angel. 

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Supplementary (Hawkesbury trackwork):  The Rise (co-trainers J Attard and L Attard-Keegan) – bled, both nostrils [AR79(6)].
Race 5:  Power Of Attorney (trainer P Robl) – both nostrils, first occasion AR79(4).
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 1:  Dickson Horse(trainer M Newnham) – barrier manners.
Race 3:  Raptures (trainer K Lees) cardiac arrhythmia. 
Certificates: Race 3:  Raptures (trainer K Lees) cardiac arrhythmia, including  echocardiogram and cardiac troponin test. 
Race 6:  Hit The Target(trainer S Jones) – lame (2/5) in the near hind leg. 
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 4:  Invinciano– to be ridden more forward; led.
Race 5:  Shuffle Up– option to be ridden more forward; settled off pace.
Race 7:  Mr Polar– to be ridden more forward; led.
Change of Colours: Race 3:  Amicitia– white ATC colours.
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 1:  Governor (co-trainer M Hawkes) – post race condition. 
Race 2:  Sneaky Paige(trainer M Newnham) – post race condition and future race plans.
Race 7:  Jenga (co-trainer M Hawkes) – post race condition. 

 

 

 

 

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