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Randwick stewards' report

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

(Kensington Track)

 

Wednesday, 27 March 2024

 

Weather:                    Fine

Track:                         Good (4)

Rail:                            +3m

Penetrometer:           4.95

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  C L Albrecht (Chairman), S G Railton, S T Matthews and cadets B D Beasley and E E Norris

                                                                                                                                                       (alm)

 Supplementary Reports:

ROSEHILL GARDENS:  Saturday, 23 March 2024

RACE  2 – Precise Air N E Manion Cup 2400m

So United– co-trainer Mr A Bott advised that So United, which performed disappointingly, had been sent for a spell.

RACE  4 – Irresistible Pools Darby Munro Stakes 1200m

Rhythm Of Love trainer Mr J O'Shea was advised that the Stewards would impose a warning on Rhythm Of Love which was fractious in the barriers.

RACE  8 – TAB Golden Slipper 1200m

Traffic Warden trainer Mr J Cummings reported to Stewards that some time after having raced in the Golden Slipper, it was noted that the colt had a blood tinged discharge in the offside nostril.  Mr Cummings was advised of the provisions of AR79(8). 

                                                                                                                                                             

 CHANGES TO DECLARED WEIGHT:

The Stewards permitted the following jockeys to ride over their declared weight:

Race 4 Makena – J McDonald – ½kg over 55.5kg
Race 8 Awesome Wonder – J McDonald – ½kg over 55.5kg
Race 8 Ravello – T Berry – ½kg over 54.5kg
Race 8 Mad Deel – T Clark – ½kg over 54kg

 

                                                                                                                                                             


RACE 1 – Toyota Forklifts Handicap 1100m

Catoggio – R Bayliss reported that after placing the colt under pressure in the home straight it was inclined to lay out.  He said after changing the whip into his left hand the horse then was inclined to shift in.  He added that he had recommended to connections that they consider the addition of blinkers to the horse’s gear.

Head Case – shortly after the start was taken out by Imperial Force and as a result bumped Vaafee and as a consequence lost ground.

Imperial Force – near the 1000m had to be eased when taken in slightly by Catoggio (R Bayliss) which shifted in.  R Bayliss was advised to exercise more care.

Smashing Time – slow into stride.   Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

Sound Waves – a short distance after the start bumped Vaafee.

Vaafee – shortly after the start was bumped by Head Case which was taken out by Imperial Force.  A short distance after the start bumped Sound Waves.

RACE 2 – Vale Cliff Clare Plate 1300m

Highland Eightgee – stumbled on jumping.

 

Chevron – began awkwardly.

 

One Command – slow into stride.

 

Cha Cha Cha – a post race veterinary examination of the filly, which weakened after racing wide and without cover,  revealed  no abnormalities.

 

Nakama – began awkwardly.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced keenly in the early stages.

Reasonable – approaching the 200m was briefly held up behind One Command before shifting to that runner’s inside to continue into clear running.  Passing the 50m was shifted to the outside of Miss Reilly to continue into clear running. 

RACE 3 – Robrick Lodge Handicap 1100m

Nymphadora – passing the 300m became unbalanced after being bumped by Phenom which shifted out after being bumped by Useapin.  Near the 700m was inconvenienced by Mic Drop which shifted in abruptly before being corrected.

 

Pinito – began awkwardly.

 

More Territories – on jumping was bumped by Zsa Zsa which shifted in.

                                                                                  

Phenom – passing the 300m became unbalanced after being bumped by Usapin which shifted out from behind Lady Zodiac to obtain clear running.

Useapin – raced ungenerously and was difficult to settle in the early and middle stages.   Approaching the 200m became briefly held up behind Lady Zodiac before shifting out from behind that runner to obtain clear running whereby it made contact with Phenom.

 

Zeitung – began awkwardly.   Was held up in the early part of the home straight.   After passing the 200m was directed to the outside of Phenom to continue into clear running.  Over the concluding stages could not be fully tested when positioned close to the heels of Nymphadora.

 

Zoubelle  R Bayliss reported that after beginning awkwardly, the filly settled further back in the field that intended. He said that the filly raced greenly and will derive benefit from the race experience. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Zsa Zsa – began awkwardly, shifted out and bumped More Territories.  A Hyeronimus reported that the filly raced greenly and was inclined to hang out when racing wide and without cover.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Mic Drop – T Berry reported that the filly raced greenly throughout the early and middle stages and near the 700m, after being shifted in to obtain a position with cover, shifted in abruptly before being corrected.

 

RACE 4 – James Squire Handicap 1400m

Soldier Of Rome – on jumping bumped Makena.  Approaching the 1200m was inconvenienced by Starmae which shifted in before being corrected.  T Clark reported that it was his intention to lead the event.  He said after initially riding his mount along, he was unable to obtain the lead and was crossed in the early stages by Starmae.  He said as a consequence he was unable to build momentum as he would have liked from rounding the home turn.  He added that he was not overly disappointed with the colt's performance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Agita – lost ground shortly after the start when steadied off the heels of Audrey’s Lane which shifted in. From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Approaching and passing the winning post had to be steadied when crowded for room between Everido, which was taken out slightly by Groundrush which shifted out slightly, and Bullets High which shifted in before being corrected by its rider.

 

Bullets High – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Between the 400m and the 200m was shifted out across the heels of a number of runners to obtain clear running passing the 200m where it was then able to be placed under full pressure.

 

Cape Byron – shortly after the start bumped Groundrush.

 

Groundrush – shortly after the start was bumped by Cape Byron.

 

Everido – passing the 100m was shifted to the outside of the heels of Groundrush to continue into clear running.

 

Missile Seeker – held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.

 

Starmae – began awkwardly.  Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

 

Makena – on jumping was bumped by Soldier Of Rome.

 

RACE 5 – Yarraman Park Handicap 1550m

Speycaster – on jumping bumped heavily with Heza Gentleman, became unbalanced and lost ground.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  T Berry reported that Speycaster did not stretch out comfortably during the race.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Speycaster to have lost its near fore plate and to be lame (1/5) in the near foreleg.  Trainer Mr C Waller was advised that a veterinary clearance must be provided prior to Speycaster being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

Heza Gentleman – on jumping bumped heavily with Speycaster.  App J Stanley reported that the horse laid out throughout the event.  He said that Heza Gentleman prefers a track with more give in it.

Time Quest – began awkwardly.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Zondee – approaching the 200m, and again at the 100m, shifted out abruptly when placed under pressure before being corrected. 

Casual Connection – began awkwardly.

Stylised – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  J Collett reported that from the outside barrier he settled at the rear of the field.   He added that once under pressure, Stylised raced flat and failed to finish off.  A post race veterinary examination revealed an abnormal respiratory noise. 

RACE 6 – All Too Hard @ Vinery Stud Handicap 1150m

Able Willie – after arriving at the barriers, J McDonald reported to the veterinary officer that the horse had coughed on a couple of occasions during its preliminary.  After the necessary consultation with the veterinary officer and an examination of the gelding, Able Willie was cleared to start.  J McDonald was questioned regarding his riding of the horse in the early and middle stages and specifically in relation to it becoming detached from the field.  J McDonald stated that after the gelding was slow away, Able Willie did not stretch out initially and whilst it was anticipated that the horse would settle at the tail of the field, he became concerned that it commenced to lose touch with the field due also to the fast early pace.  He said rather than ride Able Willie along aggressively, he commenced to niggle the gelding in an attempt to take up a closer position, however, despite this, Able Willie did not initially improve its position.  He further added that approaching and rounding the home turn, after placing his mount under more pressure, which included applying the whip, Able Willie responded and commenced to make up ground when shifted wider on the track with the horse then closing off satisfactorily in the home straight.  Trainer Mr C Waller advised that it is well documented that Able Willie had had tie back surgery for a breathing issue and also gave evidence that it is not uncommon for the horse to cough more frequently than is normal.  He said the horse’s racing pattern is to settle back, however he had not expected to see the gelding settle as far back as it did which he attributed to the fast tempo.  Stewards advised J McDonald that they would note his explanation, however advised him that he should have ridden with more purpose in the early stages to obtain a closer position to the remainder of the field. A post race veterinary examination did not reveal any significant abnormalities although it was noted that the gelding did cough on one occasion.  Mr Waller was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, must be provided prior to Able Willie being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

 

Portray – on jumping bumped Pokerjack.

 

Pokerjack – on jumping bumped Portray.  Raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Sunborn – slow to begin.

 

O’Tycoon – near the 150m was disappointed for a run between Biographer and Portray and was then held up and unable to be tested for the remainder of the event.

  

RACE 7 – Bivouac First Yearlings Handicap 1150m

Crickets Chirping – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced keenly in the early stages.  J Parr reported that the filly hung out throughout the race to the extent that he was not able to test it in the home straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.   Stable representative Mr D Greer was advised that Crickets Chirping would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards prior to being permitted to race again.

 

Countyourblessings – bounded on jumping and lost ground.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  N Rawiller reported that the filly put in an awkward stride near the 500m and then did not appear to let down when placed under pressure in the home straight. A post race veterinary examination revealed Countyourblessings to be coughing.  Trainer Mr J O’Shea was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, must be provided prior to Countyourblessings being permitted to race again.

 

Waikiki – began awkwardly.  Held up from passing the 400m until near the 250m.

Admonish – began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped Overview, which in turn shifted in and bumped Miss Couver.  J McDonald reported that after having a favourable run throughout the early and middle stages, he was confident of the competitive chances of the filly upon entering the home straight, however Admonish was one paced and failed to finish off.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Sunchyme – began awkwardly and shifted out abruptly.  Raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Miss Couver – on jumping was bumped by Overview which was taken in by Admonish.  Rounding the home turn, when endeavouring to shift out, raced tight to the inside of Southern Chilli.   Passing the 300m had to be momentarily steadied when racing in restricted room between Sunchyme, which shifted out slightly, and Southern Chilli, which was maintaining a tight line to its outside.

 

Overview – on jumping was bumped by Admonish which shifted in.

 

RACE 8 – TAB Handicap 1800m

Special Swey – began awkwardly.  When questioned regarding his riding, N Rawiller stated that he initially attempted to identify a position with cover, however when caught wide and without cover, he elected to improve to the lead near the 1200m. He said that he had sought the approval during pre-race discussions to have the option to roll forward if unable to obtain cover as he did not consider it would be in the horse’s best interests to restrain it as there did not appear to be any pace in the race.  He further stated that his intention was to increase the tempo of the race from the 800m as he considers the horse to be one paced.  He added that Special Swey commenced to lay out prior to the 800m and when he increased the tempo from approaching the 800m, the horse commenced to lay out more significantly which prompted him to ride the gelding more aggressively earlier than he had intended to counter the horse’s inclination to hang out.  He said this resulted in the gelding establishing a significant lead on the field with it continuing to hang out.  He further added that Special Swey continued to lay out rounding the home turn and for this reason he used the whip in his left hand with the gelding coming under immense pressure from the 500m and commenced to weaken shortly thereafter.   He said that Special Swey gave ground noticeably and he was concerned with its action.   Trainer Mr C Waller advised that the first option was to obtain a position with cover.  He confirmed that in pre-race discussions, N Rawiller had identified that there did not appear to be a great deal of speed in the race and asked for the option to be able to roll forward if circumstances permitted.  C Waller stated that it was apparent to him that N Rawiller initially endeavoured to obtain cover but then when caught wide, he then elected to roll forward as he had proposed in pre-race discussions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Special Swey to be displaying the thumps.  Stewards adjourned the inquiry to review other aspects of the race and also for the stable to furnish the results of a further veterinary assessment of the horse. 

Our Maryanne – J Collett was reminded of his obligations to ensure he rides his mount out to the end of the race.

Mad Deel – T Clark reported that it was intended to ride Mad Deel in a prominent position, however the horse became fractious just prior to the start being effected and jumped away very awkwardly which resulted in him losing his left stirrup iron for a short distance and the horse settling at the rear of the field. 

Loving Cilla – on jumping was crowded for room between Ravello and Awesome Wonder, both of which shifted ground.

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 4 N Rawiller (Cape Byron)    7 strikes
Race 5 App M Bourke (Casual Connection)    7 strikes
Race 8 App M Owen (Fay’s Angels)    6 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:    Imperial Force.

Race 2:    Ohtani, Reasonable, Miss Reilly.

Race 3:    Nymphadora.

Race 4:    Soldier Of Rome, Groundrush, Bullets High.

Race 5:    Time Quest, Smart Legend, Zondee.

Race 6:    Ballroom Bella, O’Tycoon, Portray.

Race 7:    Admonish, Miss Couver, Southern Chilli.

Race 8:    Ravello, Fay’s Angels (2).

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Supplementary Report: Traffic Warden (trainer J Cummings) – blood in offside nostril [AR79(8)]. 
Warnings: Supplementary Report: Rhythm Of Love (trainer J O'Shea) – barrier manners.
Trials: Race 7: Crickets Chirping (trainer K Lees)  – hung out and unable to be tested in the home straight.
Certificates: Race 5:  Speycaster (trainer C Waller) – lame (1/5) in the near foreleg.
Race 6:  Able Willie  (trainer C Waller) – coughing (including scope).
Race 7:  Countyourblessings (trainer J O’Shea) – coughing (including scope).
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 2:  Chevron – to be ridden further forward from its inside draw; led.
Race 2:  Reasonable – to be ridden conservatively; settled back.
Race 6:  Ballroom Bella – to be ridden further forward; settled on pace.
Race 7:  Crickets Chirping to be ridden conservatively with cover from its wide draw; settled back.
Race 8:  City Of Lights – to be ridden further forward from its inside draw; settled off pace.
Race 8:  Ravello – option to be ridden further forward if circumstances permit; settled on pace.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 8:  Special Swey (trainer C Waller) – inquiry adjourned.

 

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