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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 8 June 2024

 

Weather:                 Overcast

Track:                     Heavy (9)

Rail:                        True

Penetrometer:         6.04

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:T. P. Moxon (Chairman), C. L. Albrecht, J. B. Marshall and Cadets L. J. Lee, B. D. Beasley, E. E. Norris.

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Supplementary Reports:

Kembla Grange Tuesday 4 June 2024

Race 5 – Peroni Maiden Handicap 1600m:

Lenape Vibe– Stable representative Mr D. Fitton reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding. He added that it was the stable’s intention to continue with the current preparation.

 

Wyong Thursday 6 June 2024

Race 6 – Brown Forman – Carlton United Breweries F&M Benchmark 64 Handicap

1200m:

Crickets Chirping– Trainer’s representative Mr D. Greer reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the filly.

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RACE 1: Schweppes Handicap 1100m:

Nights Inferno– On jumping shifted out. Near the 600m was steadied from the heels of Smashing Rosie (T. Schiller) when that runner shifted out when not clear. T. Schiller was advised to exercise more care.

 

Smashing Rosie– Trainer Ms K. Buchanan was fined $100 under LR35 for failing to declare a rider by the prescribed time. Began only fairly. Raced keenly in the early stages and middle stages, and near the 700m had to be eased when awkwardly placed at the heels of Buckingham Palace.

 

Shamadan– Near the 900m became unbalanced after being bumped on the hindquarter by Vinniro, which shifted in abruptly. When questioned S. Clipperton stated that, although not issued any specific instructions, he had hoped to obtain a position with cover. He said that for this reason, from his wide barrier, he rode the filly neutrally in the early stages after it began awkwardly. He said that after then being positioned off the leaders, he attempted to obtain cover, however, when the tempo of the race was only moderate, Shamadan raced keenly, which resulted in him being unable to obtain cover behind Nights Inferno. He said that after racing without cover throughout the middle stages he was able to obtain a trail behind Vinniro rounding the home turn where, when into clear running on straightening, Shamadan, in all the circumstances, closed off the race well. S. Clipperton added that in hindsight the better option may have been to be more positive on his mount in the early stages to obtain a position three wide outside the leaders, particularly given the slow tempo throughout the early and middle stages.

 

Twinkling Star– App. D. Gibbons reported that although the filly was slow to begin, he was able to obtain a favourable position behind the leader. He said, however, that Twinkling Star did not respond to his riding in the straight and he believed this to be due to the Heavy track. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover.

 

Vinniro– Near the 900m shifted in abruptly and bumped Shamadan. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

RACE 2: Midway Handicap 1600m:

Olympic Gaze– On jumping shifted in and bumped Edge Of Reward.

 

Dimaggio– Began awkwardly.

 

Oakfield Waratah– On jumping shifted out and bumped Edge Of Reward.

 

State Of America– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. S. Clipperton reported that after settling towards the rear of the field the gelding then did not respond to his riding in the straight and was disappointing in the manner in which it finished off the race.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

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

 

Gelatin– Began only fairly. R. Hutchings reported that after obtaining a position with cover behind the leaders, Gelatin travelled satisfactorily. He said, however, that after improving into the race from the 600m the gelding then failed to respond to his riding in the straight and he was unable to offer any explanation for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

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

 

Decadent Tale– Began only fairly.

 

Edge Of Reward– On jumping was crowded between Oakfield Waratah, which shifted out, and Olympic Gaze, which shifted in.

 

Pure Hydrogen– C. Schofield was permitted to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs. Began awkwardly.

 

Remus– Raced keenly in the early stages and near the 1300m raced tight between Gelatin and Pandano, due to both runners shifting slight ground.

 

RACE 3: TAB Highway 1100m:

Ramones– App. B. Wheeler reported that after beginning only fairly, from the inside barrier he was obliged to make some use of his mount to obtain the lead. He said that this told on the gelding’s finishing effort, whereby Ramones gave ground over the 100m.

 

Nipotino– Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Syrian Star– Began awkwardly.

 

Wilbury– Began awkwardly. S. Clipperton reported that although his mount was obliged to race wide and without cover from the 600m, the gelding did not close off the race in the straight and he believed this to be due to the Heavy track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Tai Lung– On jumping shift out abruptly. Raced very wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Ida’s Rules– Began awkwardly and shortly after had to be checked when crowded between Wilbury, which shifted out, and King Rupert, which shifted in. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be lame (1/5) in the near-foreleg, to have sustained a wound to that leg and had lost its near-fore plate. Trainer Mr D. Mirfin was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Ida’s Rules is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Lago’s Daughter– On jumping was carried wider by Tai Lung, which shifted out. From the outside barrier Lago’s Daughter then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. M. Weir (Ida’s Rules) was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that after passing the 800m she permitted her mount to shift out, resulting in Lago’s Daughter clipping the heels of Ida’s Rules and blundering. M. Weir’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Tuesday 18 June 2024 and to expire on Friday 21 June 2024, on which day she may ride. In assessing penalty Stewards were mindful of M. Weir’s good record in respect of careless riding and also the minor shift from Ida’s Rules.

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King Rupert– Began awkwardly. App. D. Gibbons reported that the gelding usually displays early speed, however, despite beginning satisfactorily, King Rupert did not muster sufficient pace to hold a forward position. He said that near the 600m King Rupert put in an awkward stride and from that point did not feel comfortable. He said that the gelding did not respond to his riding in the straight and as he felt there may be something amiss with King Rupert he did not test the gelding over the final 200m.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of King Rupert in the days subsequent.

 

Bob’s Last One– Slow to begin. Near the 500m made contact with the running rail when racing tight to the inside of Ticklebelly. Laid out on straightening and became awkwardly placed at the heels of Ticklebelly.

 

RACE 4: 50 Year and Life Member Handicap 2000m:

Race Ace – Began awkwardly. T. Clark reported that Race Ace failed to handle the Heavy track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be coughing. Stable representative Mr N. Paine was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, will be required before Race Ace is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Turned Down – Lost its near-hind plate during running.

 

Warialda Warrior – A. Bullock reported that although obliged to race wide, he was able to obtain cover throughout the early and middle stages. He added that after placing his mount under pressure on the home turn the gelding did not respond to his riding and was somewhat disappointing in its overall performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

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

 

Dulcet – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the near-hind leg. Trainer's representative Mr D. Fitton was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Dulcet is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Mannerheim – R. Hutchings was permitted to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 56kgs. On jumping shifted in and bumped Tietar.

 

Little Jeanie – Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Little Jeanie to have bilateral mucous discharge from the nose. Trainer's representative Mr D. Fitton was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, will be required before Little Jeanie is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Be Real – Passing the 700m was steadied after improving onto the heels of Piggyback. Approaching the 200m was briefly inconvenienced by Piggyback, which shifted out.

 

Piggyback – Approaching the 600m, when endeavouring to shift to the outside of Magicon, became awkward on the heels of that runner due to Little Jeanie racing tight to the outside of Piggyback. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to have sustained an abrasion to the near-fore heel.

 

Tietar – On jumping when crowded between Magicon, which shifted out, and Mannerheim, which shifted in.

 

Our Uptown Girl – Leaving the 700m laid out and became awkwardly placed at the heels of Be Real. C. Schofield reported that after this incident his mount lost ground and did not respond to his riding from that point. He said that when out of contention he did not pressure the filly over the final 300m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

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

 

RACE 5: Foundation Female Member Handicap 1600m:

Missy Moola– A post-race veterinary examination revealed Missy Moola to have bled from both nostrils for the second time. Stable representative Mr N. Paine was advised that under the provisions of AR79(6) Missy Moola is banned from racing in Australia.

 

Bakerloo– Slow to begin.

 

Destiny’s Delight– On jumping shifted out and bumped Bright Red. A short distance later again shifted out and bumped Bright Red. Near the 300m shifted in slightly and made contact with Bright Red.

 

Mascaret– Began awkwardly. Raced ungenerously when being shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier. Held up rounding the home turn.

 

Bootscooter– R. King reported that her mount never travelled comfortably when racing wide and without cover throughout the early and middle stages and changed lead legs on a number of occasions. She added that when she had concerns that there may be something amiss with Bootscooter she eased the mare down in the home straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr R. Northam was advised that Bootscooter would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to being permitted to race again.

 

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

 

One Aye– Near the 300m shifted in slightly and made contact with Bright Red.

 

Bright Red– On jumping was bumped by Destiny’s Delight. A short distance later again was bumped by Destiny’s Delight. Near the 300m became unbalanced when crowded between Destiny’s Delight and One Aye.

 

RACE 6: TAB Handicap 1000m:

Dehorned Unicorn– Near the 150m, after initially being taken out by Mabel, then was eased to avoid the heels of Waverider Buoy when that runner shifted in when improving quickly to its outside.

 

Shalailed– Held up from the 400m until near the 250m where it endeavoured to improve into a narrow run between Mabel and The Black Cloud. When both runners shifted slight ground Shalailed remained held up until leaving the 200m.

 

Mabel– On jumping was bumped by The Black Cloud, which shifted out.   Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. Passing the 200m was hampered by Shalailed, which shifted out.

 

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

 

Our Bellagio Miss– Began only fairly.

 

Fleetwood– Began only fairly.

 

The Black Cloud– On jumping shifted out and bumped Mabel.

 

Chief Conductor– Shortly after jumping shifted out abruptly and bumped Jambalaya. R. Bayliss reported that he had hoped to settle further forward however Chief Conductor, which was restless in the barriers, began only fairly and then despite his efforts failed to show sufficient pace in the early stages to hold a more-forward position. He said that after settling towards the rear of the field he placed his mount under pressure on straightening, and after shifting to the outside of runners near the 200m Chief Conductor then closed off the race well. He added that, in his view, Chief Conductor, will be better suited when stepped up in distance and ridden prominently.

 

Acappella Sun– After arriving behind the barriers was noted to have a small amount of blood present in its mouth, underwent a veterinary examination and was passed fit to race. On jumping shifted out and bumped Bodgie.

 

Austeja– Began awkwardly.

 

Jambalaya– Began only fairly and shortly after was bumped by Chief Conductor, which shifted out. Held up from the 400m until inside the 300m.

 

Bodgie– On jumping shifted in and bumped Acappella Sun.

 

RACE 7: Petaluma Handicap 1300m:

King Of The Castle– Near the 900m was checked when crowded by Secret Plan when that runner was taken in by Astero, which, when being ridden to hold its position to the inside of Fender (R. Hutchings), was taken in by that runner. In all the circumstances, R. Hutchings was reprimanded.

 

Caesars Palace– Had difficulty obtaining clear running near the 250m and again approaching the 100m.

 

Astero– On jumping shifted out and bumped Estadio Mestalla.

 

Fender– Approaching the 300m shifted out and bumped Kayobi.

 

Estadio Mestalla– On jumping was bumped by Astero, which shifted out. Laid in near the 50m and became awkwardly placed at the heels of Excelladus before being corrected and shifted out where it again became awkwardly placed at the heels of Flying Crazy. As a consequence, Estadio Mestalla was unable to be ridden out fully to the end of the race.

 

Raging Bull– Slow to begin.

 

Cavalier Charles– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover from the 700m. Passing the 400m was eased to avoid the heels of Excelladus, which was carried out by Secret Plan (R. King). R. King was advised to exercise more care.

 

Kayobi– Approaching the 300m was bumped on the hindquarter by Fender, which shifted out. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover and to have bled from one nostril. Trainer Mr S. Kavanagh was advised of the provisions of AR79(8).

                                                                                   

Excelladus– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Secret Plan– Near the 250m was steadied when crowded between Astero (J. Lloyd) and Excelladus (S. Clipperton) when both runners shifted slight ground. In all the circumstances J. Lloyd and S. Clipperton were advised to exercise more care.

 

RACE 8: Lord Mayors Cup 2000m:

Sky Lab– Raced wide and without cover from the 900m.

 

Hosier– B. Spriggs reported that his mount travelled comfortably throughout the early and middle stages. He said that after improving into the race rounding the home turn he felt Hosier would close off the race well in the straight, however, after failing to respond to his riding in the straight, when the gelding commenced to give ground near the 200m he had concerns for Hosier and, therefore, he eased it down over the final 150m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (2/5) in the near-foreleg and to have lost its off-fore plate. Trainer Mr M. Minervini was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Hosier is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Sir Lucan– R. King reported that from the outside barrier she had to make some use of her mount to obtain the lead. She said that after obtaining the lead she was able to set moderate sectionals throughout the middle stages. She added, however, that once placed under pressure in the straight Sir Lucan was one paced and did not close off the race on the Heavy track.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Torrens– Slow to begin.

 

Hopeful– When questioned H. Van Der Hoven reported that after trailing Mount Popa in the middle stages, he shifted to that runner’s outside near the 500m to improve to be trailing Sibaaq. He said, however, that when Sibaaq and Mount Popa did not quicken, this resulted in Hopeful being badly held up behind those runners from the 400m until approaching the 200m.

 

Vincenzo– Slow to begin and shortly after had to be checked when crowded between Hosier, which shifted in, and Eliyass, which was carried in by Foniska, which itself was carried in by Hopeful, which shifted in on jumping.

 

RACE 9: Bob Charley AO Stakes 1100m:

Bacchanalia– Raced wide and without cover from the 700m. Leaving the 200m laid in and away from Iowna Merc and then was steadied from the heels of Mnementh when that runner shifted out slightly.

 

Eagle Nest– Began only fairly.

 

With Your Blessing– On jumping was bumped by Quick Tempo. R. Bayliss reported that, as notified to Stewards, he was instructed to ride the gelding in a forward position. He added that after beginning only fairly he rode his mount positively in the early stages, however, when With Your Blessing did not display sufficient speed to obtain a forward position, to avoid being caught wide he elected to shift behind runners to obtain a position with cover. He said that after then settling behind midfield, With Your Blessing raced keenly throughout the middle stages. He said that the gelding then was disappointing in the manner in which it closed off the race in the straight. He added that With Your Blessing would be better suited being stepped up in distance where the gelding may be ridden further forward and he recommended to connections to apply blinkers to the gear of With Your Blessing for its next race start.    A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Quick Tempo– On jumping shifted in and bumped With Your Blessing. Raced keenly when being restrained in the early stages. Continued to race keenly throughout the middle stages. Approaching the 300m laid in, resulting in its rider having to stop riding and straighten the gelding.

 

RACE 10: Racing and Sports Handicap 1600m:

Waterford– Shortly after the start was crowded between Jojo Was A Man and Mystery Shot, which shifted out. From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the 1200m raced tight between Ruby Flyer and Jojo Was A Man, which shifted in.

 

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

 

Steely– Began only fairly.

 

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

 

Kibou– Began awkwardly.

 

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

 

Ruby Flyer– Began only fairly. Approaching the 300m was eased from the heels of Danish Fortune (App. J. Stanley) when that runner shifted in when not clear. App. Stanley was advised to exercise more care. Ruby Flyer then was held up behind that runner from the 300m until passing the 150m where it was able to shift to the outside of Danish Fortune to continue into clear running.

 

Highlights– R. King reported that after leading the event, as anticipated, the gelding failed to finish off the race over the concluding stages and, in her view, may not have backed up from in racing in three consecutive weeks. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Danish Fortune– App. J. Stanley, rider of the second placegetter, pleaded guilty to a charge under AR211(1) for returning to scale 1kg overweight. App. Stanley was fined $500. In assessing penalty, having regard to the margin between Danish Fortune and the winner, Ruby Flyer, Stewards were satisfied that this breach had not affected the placings.

 

Mystery Shot– Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Race 11: Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap 1400m:

Hollywood Hero– Near the 1300m, after being shifted to the inside of Starman, then raced tight between that runner and Xidaki a short distance after due to Starman shifting in slightly.

 

War Eternal– Began awkwardly and shortly after was bumped and carried out by Flashing Steel, which shifted out. From a wide barrier War Eternal then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Flashing Steel– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Body Bob– App. H. Williams reported that the gelding was uncharacteristically quiet prior to the race. She said that she was able to obtain the lead, as anticipated, whereby Body Bob travelled satisfactorily, however, gave ground under pressure rounding the home turn and weakened in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Colour Sergeant– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Ima Shelby– The gelding, which was fractious in the barriers, began awkwardly and lost ground (3L).

 

Starman– When questioned regarding her riding in the early part of the straight, App. A. McLucas stated that she was instructed to settle in a forward position and to not pressure the gelding as it has a tendency to overrace. She added that she was further instructed to not place her mount under pressure too early in the straight as the stable was of the view that the gelding has only a short sprint. She said that after beginning well she was able to take up a prominent position and settled further forward than anticipated. She said that after straightening she did not pressure Starman until after the 300m where the gelding did not quicken as she had expected and closed off the race satisfactorily. Stable representative Mr D. Fitton confirmed the instructions issued to App. McLucas.

 

Captain Amelia– Shortly after the start was hampered by War Eternal. From a wide barrier Captain Amelia then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. J. Collett reported that after settling behind midfield the filly never travelled comfortably throughout the middle stages. He added that Captain Amelia did not respond to his riding in the straight and he believed this to be due to the Heavy track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

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). Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

Race 2 R. King (November Falls)
C. Schofield (Pure Hydrogen)
6 strikes
6 strikes
Race 3 R. King (Tai Lung)
App. M. Owen (Lago’s Daughter)
6 strikes
8 strikes
Race 4 App. B. Wheeler (Piggyback) 7 strikes
Race 5 R. Hutchings (Bakerloo)
J. Ford (It’s A Wonder)
6 strikes
7 strikes
Race 6 J. Ford (The Black Cloud) 6 strikes
Race 7 App. D. Gibbons (Flying Crazy) 6 strikes
Race 10 App. J. Stanley (Danish Fortune) 6 strikes

         

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

Race 1: Buckingham Palace, Madrina (2), Shamadan, Vinniro

Race 2: State Of America, Gelatin, Edge Of Reward, November Falls

Race 3: Syrian Star, Wilbury, Soul Lady, Tai Lung

Race 4: Race Ace, Turned Down, Warialda Warrior, Misterkipchoge, Be Real

Race 5: Principessa, Destiny’s Delight, Mascaret, Galaxy Belle, One Aye

Race 6: Dehorned Unicorn, Shalailed, Mabel, The Black Cloud

Race 7: King Of The Castle, Much Much Better, Caesars Palace, Flying Crazy

Race 8: Sky Lab, Mount Popa, Williamsburg, Hopeful

Race 9: Bacchanalia, Eagle Nest, Iowna Merc (2)

Race 10: Steely, Danish Fortune

Race 11: Xidaki, Kiss Sum

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 1: Trainer K. Buchanan (Smashing Rosie) fined $100 – fail to declare rider by prescribed time (LR35).
Race 10: App. J. Stanley (Danish Fortune) fined $500 – return to scale 1kg overweight (AR211(1)).
Reprimands: Race 7: R. Hutchings (Fender) – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).
Suspensions: Race 3: M. Weir (Ida’s Rules) 18/6/2024 to 21/6/2024 – careless riding shifting out (AR131(a)).
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Race 5: Bootscooter (trainer R. Northam) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 2: Race Ace (co-trainers G. Waterhouse & A. Bott) including results of endoscopic examination - coughing.
Race 3: Ida’s Rules (trainer D. Mirf in) – lame (1/5) near-foreleg.
Race 4: Dulcet (trainer C. Waller) – lame (2/5) near-hind leg
Race 4: Little Jeanie (trainer C. Waller) including results of endoscopic examination – bilateral discharge from nose.
Race 8: Hosier (trainer M. Minervini) lame (2/5) near-foreleg.
Bleeders: Race 5: Missy Moola (co-trainers G. Waterhouse & A. Bott) second time – banned from racing in Australia (AR79(6)).
Falls/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics notified: Race 2: Gelatin – If beings well, to settle further forward: Settled on pace.
Race 4: Race Ace – To settle further forward: Settled off pace.
Race 4: Mannerheim – To settle further forward: Settled midfield.
Race 5: Bright Red – To be ridden more conservatively near midfield: Settled off pace.
Race 8: Hopeful – To settle further forward: Settled off pace.
Race 9: With Your Blessing – To settle further forward: Settled back.
Race 10: Jojo Was A Man – To be ridden more conservatively near midfield: Settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow-up: Race 3: King Rupert (trainer T. Howlett) post-race condition.

 

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