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STEWARDS’ REPORT

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

(Kensington Track)

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Weather:                    Fine

Track:                         Heavy (9)

Rail:                            +3m

Penetrometer:           6.01

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  C L Albrecht (Chairman), T P Moxon, S T Matthews and cadets L J Lee, M V Vilo and B D Beasley

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LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As C Schofield was indisposed due to injury, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

Race 1 Zan – J  Van Overmeire
Race 2 Cheergal – App D Gibbons
Race 8 Naiconi – T Clark

 

                                                                                                                                                            

CHANGES TO DECLARED WEIGHT:

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

Race 5 Spirit Of Varanasi – K Latham – ½kg over 54.5kg
Race 8 Super Chilled – J McDonald – ½kg over 55.5kg

                                   

                                                                                                                                                             

RACE 1 – Golden Mile @ Darley Handicap 1400m

Smashing Time – shifted in abruptly on jumping and bumped heavily with My Cartouche, then  from the outside barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover from the 800m.  Laid in under pressure in the early part of the straight and passing the 300m bumped Just Feelin’ Lucky.

 

Mr Artemisia – near the 1000m raced keenly for a short distance.

 

Megastar Heart – was inclined to shift ground under pressure in the home straight. 

 

Captain Love – shortly after the start was bumped by Zan.

 

Dark Arts – near the 1000m, when racing keenly, improved to the inside of Go Zola and as a consequence clipped that runner’s heels and blundered.  As Stewards were of the view that the primary reason for this incident was due to the racing manners of Dark Arts and Go Zola, they elected not to take any action against any rider.  Held up from the 400m until approaching the 300m.

Dance Dance Dance – began awkwardly.

 

Imperialist – lost ground when checked shortly after the start when tightened for room between Zan and Dark Arts, which was taken in by Dance Dance Dance.  Then shortly after, shifted out and was bumped on the hindquarter by Zan and as a result became unbalanced momentarily. Shifted in behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier. Laid out rounding the home turn. 

 

Go Zola – after passing the 1000m commenced to race keenly at the heels of Mizella.  Approaching the 400m had to be steadied when positioned close to the heels of Mizella.    A post race veterinary examination revealed lacerations to the near hind pastern and fetlock, consistent with being galloped on.  Trainer Mr D Payne was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Go Zola being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

 

My Cartouche – on jumping bumped heavily with Smashing Time.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Zan – shortly after the start was bumped by Captain Love which shifted out.

 

Just Feelin’ Lucky – passing the 300m was bumped by Smashing Time which laid in under pressure.

 

RACE 2 – Drinkwise Plate 1400m

Lenape Vibe – near the 200m raced in restricted room momentarily between Sweet Proposal and Sweet Heaven which shifted out under pressure.

 

Cheergal – raced keenly in the early stages.  A post race veterinary examination of Cheergal, which weakened over the final 100m, revealed the filly to be lame (2/5) in the near hind leg.   Trainer Ms A Neasham was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Cheergal being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

 

Glebe – passing the 1000m had to be eased from the heels of Cheergal (App D Gibbons) which shifted in when not quite clear.  App Gibbons was advised to exercise more care.  T Berry reported that the filly was making respiratory noises and for this reason he elected to ease Glebe down over the final 200m. A post race veterinary examination revealed no significant abnormalities other than to have lost its off fore plate.  Bearing in mind the comments of T Berry, stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, must be provided prior to Glebe being required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before racing again.

 

Jawharat Dubai – was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.

 

Sweet Proposal – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced keenly in the middle stages when settling at the rear of the field.   Near the 200m raced tight with Lenape Vibe for a short distance.

 

Wild Gypsy – began awkwardly.

 

Divine Ella – slow to begin.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 3 – James Squire Handicap 1300m

Fire Tribe – began awkwardly and shifted out. From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 350m was steadied off the heels of Headley Grange which shifted outwards slightly.

 

Bangetta – slow to begin and then shortly after the start was steadied off the heels of Fire Tribe which shifted out.   From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Verbil – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

RACE 4 – Petaluma Handicap 1250m

Mars Mission – near the 250m shifted in under pressure and passing the 100m shifted out under pressure.

 

Bill The Boxer – N Rawiller reported that the gelding commenced to weaken over the final 200m and when he had concerns there may be something amiss with Bill The Boxer, he eased the gelding down over the final 100m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the near hind leg.  Co-trainer Mr T McEvoy was advised that a veterinary clearance must be provided prior to Bill The Boxer being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

Rebel Shadow – T Berry (Mars Mission) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR 131(a) in that near the 250m he failed to make sufficient effort to prevent his mount from shifting in when not fully clear of Rebel Shadow which had to be checked. T Berry’s licences to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Tuesday, 21 May 2024 and to expire on Friday, 24 May 2024 on which day he may ride again.

Shines – on jumping bumped by Donegal Lights.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Approaching the first turn, near the 1000m, when racing keenly, was bumped by Donegal Lights and then continued to race keenly for some distance thereafter.

The Great Houdini – raced keenly in the middle stages when racing wide and without cover.   Approaching the 200m became unbalanced after being bumped on the hindquarter by Miss Ostend.

Oakfield Duke – had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the home straight and near the 250m improved onto the heels of Rebel Shadow, which was checked, resulting in Oakfield Duke becoming awkwardly placed at the heels of Rebel Shadow and having to be shifted out abruptly making contact with Miss Ostend when obtaining clear running.

 

Donegal Lights – on jumping bumped by Shines.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Near the 1000m, when racing keenly, made contact with Shines and as a result then raced fiercely, proved difficult to settle and had to be restrained from the heels of Oakfield Duke.  

 

Miss Ostend – Stewards inquired into the reasons for the mare having to be checked approaching the 200m.  After taking evidence from the riders involved, it was established that after Rebel Shadow had to be checked near the 250m, Oakfield Duke, which was trailing that runner had to be shifted out abruptly to avoid Rebel Shadow, and in doing so caused Miss Ostend to be checked when tightened for room between Oakfield Duke and The Great Houdini.  As Stewards were mindful that Rebel Shadow lost ground abruptly when being checked, they acknowledged that K Latham (Oakfield Duke) was left with little option but to shift out abruptly to avoid Rebel Shadow, therefore no action was taken against K Latham.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover.

 

McGeehan – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

RACE 5 – Ole Kirk First Yearlings Handicap 1250m

Nigaloo Star – on jumping bumped Proud Image.

Smart Little Miss – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.   Approaching the 50m brushed with Amarantz.

Star Impact – near the 1100m had to be eased from the heels of Nigaloo Star (App M Bourke) which shifted in when not fully clear.   App Bourke was advised to exercise for care.

Silent Raindrops – S Clipperton reported that after missing the start, Silent Raindrops settled at the rear of the field whereby it was not suited by the tempo through the middle stages and as a consequence found it difficult to make up ground in the home straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have a poor post race recovery.  Trainer Mr J Pride was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Silent Raindrops being permitted to barrier trial or race again.

Amarantz – approaching the 50m brushed with Smart Little Miss.

Proud Image – on jumping bumped Nigaloo Star.

RACE 6 – Hitotsu @ Arrowfield Handicap 1800m

Gulf Of Mexico – held up from the 350m until approaching the 200m.

 

Chateaux Park – slow to begin.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. When questioned regarding his riding from the 500m, N Rawiller stated that he was positioned to the inside of Heir Jordan and rather than restrain his mount and attempt to shift to the outside of that runner and cover addition ground wide on the track, he elected to remain to the inside and save ground on the rail.  He added that when entering the home straight, he was unable to place his mount under pressure when held up and positioned behind Gulf Of Mexico.  He said approaching the 300m he was briefly able to place his mount under pressure before improving on to the heels of the weakening Cable Express. He said after being held up, he then shifted to that runner's outside approaching the 200m whereby he was able to place his mount under pressure, however, shortly after near the 150m, he was obliged to check his mount when placed close to the heels of Jacob’s Time.  He said that after receiving interference near the 150m, he briefly placed Chateaux Park under pressure, but when out of contention, he desisted from pressuring the gelding over the final stages.

Jacob’s Time – approaching the 200m, laid in resulting in its rider having to straighten.  Near the 150m, shifted out under pressure again resulting in its rider having to correct.  Near the 1000m raced in restricted room between Frankly Elegant and Cable Express, which laid out.

Cable Express – on jumping bumped She’s Got Veuve.  D Beasley reported that the gelding, after obtaining the lead, laid out throughout the event which was uncharacteristic of Cable Express.   He added that Cable Express did not handle the heavy track conditions.   A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Condrieu – held up in the early stages of the home straight.

 

Frankly Elegant – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Heir Jordan – slow to begin. From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Three Wise Men – on jumping blundered.

 

She’s Got Veuve – T Berry was unable to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of She’s Got Veuve in the days subsequent.

 

RACE 7 – TAB Handicap 1800m

Yet He Moves – prior to the declaration of correct weight, the Stewards identified from the inquiry room that App A Villiers had used his whip on 11 occasions prior to the 100m.  When Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that Yet He Moves gained an advantage in finishing in 4th, in accordance with AR221(2), they declined to exercise their powers under AR132(10) and did not proceed with a protest.  At a subsequent inquiry, App Villiers pleaded guilty to a charge under AR132(7)(a)(ii) in that he used the whip on 11 occasions prior to the 100m.  App Villiers’ permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 19 May 2024 and to expire on Friday, 24 May 2024 on which day he may ride.  When questioned regarding his riding near the 600m and the reason why he elected to obtain a position behind Zerkhan, which was racing to his outside, App A Villiers explained that he was travelling in a comfortable rhythm approaching the 600m and to continue to race in a comfortable rhythm, rather than pressure his mount at this stage to avoid Zerkhan crossing Yet He Moves, he allowed Zerkhan, which had improved to his outside to cross his mount near the 600 metres. Stewards advised App Villiers that the better option would have been to have maintained a position to the inside of Zerkhan and not to have allowed that runner to cross his mount at a crucial stage of the event, which would have provided him with an unimpeded run and would have prevented him from being held up briefly rounding the home turn. 

 

Allhallowtide – slow to begin (3L).

 

Naval Commission – raced wide and without cover from the 1200m.

 

Victory At Omaha – App M Bourke reported that after leading the event, Victory At Omaha came under pressure shortly after straightening and failed to finish the race off.   A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Hinchinjive – began awkwardly.  App D Gibbons (Bestower) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that after passing the 200m, he permitted his mount to shift out when insufficiently clear of Hinchinjive, which lost its rightful running and had to be checked.   App D Gibbons' permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Thursday 23 May 2024 and to expire on  Friday 24 May 2024 on which day he may ride.  In assessing penalty, Stewards acknowledged that App Gibbons had had over 600 rides since his last suspension.

 

Bestower – slow to begin.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.  Approaching the 300m, when inclined to lay in across the heels of Rapid Outlaw (App Z Lloyd)  shortly after near the 250m had to be steadied away from that runner's heels due to Rapid Outlaw shifting out. App Lloyd was advised to exercise more care.  Approaching the 200m became badly held up behind Zerkhan and was shifted out from behind that runner's heels to continue into clear running passing the 200m.

 

Rapid Outlaw – when questioned regarding his riding in the home straight, App  Z Lloyd stated that the mare, which was struggling in the going, blundered near the 500m.   He added that after entering the home straight and being held up behind Victory at Omaha from the 350m until the 200m, he did not continue to pressure Rapid Outlaw as he was of the view that the mare was not handling the heavy track conditions.   Stewards advised App Lloyd that he should endeavour to pressure his mounts to the end of the race wherever possible.

 

RACE 8 – Hyland Race Colours Handicap 1400m

Flashing Steel – bumped with Rhythm Of Love near the 400m.

 

Healing Oasis – began awkwardly.

 

Rhythm Of Love – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Bumped with Flashing Steel near the 400m.

 

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

 

Super Chilled – shortly after the start was crowded for room between Heza Gentlemen and Scarlet Prince.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. J McDonald could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stewards with follow up on the post race condition of Super Chilled 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 1 T Berry (Smashing Time)    6 strikes
Race 2 T Sherry (Divine Ella)    6 strikes
Race 2 J Collett (Wild Gypsy)    6 strikes
Race 3 N Rawiller (Franz Josef)    7 strikes
Race 6 App B Nock (Three Wise Men)    6 strikes
Race 7 App J Stanley (Allhallowtide)    6 strikes
Race 7 K Latham (Zerkhan)    6 strikes
Race 8 T Sherry (Tympanist)    6 strikes
Race 8 App A Villiers (Flashing Steel)    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:   Mr Artemisia.

Race 2:   Glebe, Sweet Proposal, Vivezza.

Race 3:   Headley Grange, Franz Josef.

Race 4:   The Great Houdini, Oakfield Duke, Mars Mission.

Race 5:   Smart Little Miss, Star Impact, Amarantz.

Race 6:   Gulf Of Mexico, Condrieu (2).

Race 7:   Victory At Omaha, Rapid Outlaw, Bestower.

Race 8:   Naiconi, Tympanist.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Race 4:  T Berry (Mars Mission) – 21/5/24 to 24/5/24 –  careless riding [AR131(a). 
Race 7:  App A Villiers (Yet He Moves) – 19/5/24 tp 24/5/24 – whip use [AR132(7)(a)(ii)].
Race 7:  App D Gibbons (Bestower) – 23/5/24 to 24/5/24 –  careless riding [AR131(a). 
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 2:  Glebe (trainer C Waller) – poor performance
Certificates: Race 1: Go Zola (trainer D Payne)  – lacerations to the near hind pastern and fetlock.
Race 2: Cheergal (trainer A Neasham) – lame (2/5) in the near hind leg.
Race 2:  Glebe (trainer C Waller) – abnormal respiratory noise (including scope).
Race 4:  Bill The Boxer (co-trainer T McEvoy) – lame (2/5) in the near hind leg.
Race 5:  Silent Raindrops (trainer J Pride) – poor post race recovery.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 5:  Ningaloo Star – to be ridden further forward; led.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 6:  She’s Got Veuve (trainer C Waller)  – post race condition.
Race 8:  Super Chilled (trainer C Waller) – post race condition.

 

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