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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 6 July 2024

 

Weather:                 Overcast

Track:                     Heavy (9); upgraded to Heavy (8) at 11.48am following Race 2

Rail:                        +3m

Penetrometer:         6

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: S. G. Railton (Chairman), T. P. Moxon, S. C. Knight and Cadets L. J. Lee, B. D. Beasley, M. F. Vilo and E. E. Norris.

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Supplementary Reports:

Newcastle Saturday 29 June 2024

Race 5 – AHA Newcastle Maiden Plate 1400m:

Warhol– Co-trainer Mr Peter Snowden reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt and advised the intention would be to drop Warhol back in distance and remove the blinkers for its next race start.

 

Canterbury Park Wednesday 3 July 2024

Race 7 – All Too Hard @ Vinery Stud Handicap 1550m:

Taraashoq–Trainer Mr B. Baker reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of Taraashoq and advised that the intention will be to barrier trial the gelding before racing again.

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LATE RIDER CHANGES:

As H. Van Der Hoven was injured, Stewards approved the following rider replacements:

Race 8

T. Schiller on Pacific Ruby

Race 10

A. Collett on Bluff 'N' Bluster

 

RACE 1: Petaluma Handicap 1100m:

Winning Proposal– Began only fairly. Held up for clear running in the early part of the home straight.

 

Brave One– Began only fairly and shortly after was bumped by Mayfair, which shifted in.

 

Carnegie Hill– Began awkwardly and shortly after shifted out and made contact with Executive Decision. C. Schofield reported that Carnegie Hill appeared to slip behind on jumping and the colt was not comfortable in the Heavy going. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

I Am a Winner– On jumping was bumped heavily by Executive Decision, which shifted out. J. Collett reported that his mount raced keenly as he was endeavouring to shift the colt across behind runners approaching the 800m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Mayfair– Shortly after the start shifted in and made contact with Brave One.

                     

Executive Decision– Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with I Am A Winner. Shortly after the start was bumped by Carnegie Hill, which shifted out. On the home turn was inconvenienced when forced wider by Carnegie Hill, which shifted out.

                                                                                                

RACE 2: Robrick Lodge Eremein Handicap 1300m:

Chevron– On jumping was badly hampered when crowded between Lady Boss, which shifted in, and Manwe, which shifted out.

 

Manwe– Shortly after the start shifted out and made contact with Lady Boss. A post-race veterinary examination of Manwe, which weakened in the straight, revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

 

Lady Boss– When questioned regarding the filly settling back in the field, J. Collett stated that it was intended to race in a prominent position, however, after beginning very awkwardly and making heavy contact with Chevron, Lady Boss was not able to take up a leading position soon after the start. He said that when a number of runners showed good early speed to his inside, he then took the option to steady and obtain an available trailing position with cover behind midfield.

 

Invader Zim– On jumping shifted in and made contact with Art Volant. Raced keenly in the early stages and then was left racing wide and without cover from the 900m.

 

Kirkuk– On jumping made contact with the outside barrier partition and, as a result, lost ground. From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Art Volant– On jumping was bumped by Invader Zim, which shifted in. Held up for clear running from the 400m until passing the 250m.

 

RACE 3: Midway Handicap 1200m:

Navy Blood– Began awkwardly and lost ground. At the request of the stable Navy Blood was examined by the veterinary officer post-race. This examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Crips Tonite– When giving ground passing the 100m was steadied when crowded for room between Rush Hour, which shifted in slightly, and Navy Blood (N. Rawiller), which shifted out under pressure. N. Rawiller was told to ensure that he stops riding and straightens his mount in similar circumstances

 

So Good So Cool– Passing and leaving the 200m was momentarily awkwardly placed behind Sumo Star when that runner shifted in.

 

Nosey Parker– On jumping shifted in and made contact with Sumo Star. Approaching the 1000m was awkwardly placed outside the heels of Sumo Star.

 

Oryx– When travelling keenly was steadied from the heels of Ningaloo Star when that runner shifted in near the 900m.

 

Sumo Star– On jumping was bumped by Nosey Parker, which shifted in. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

RACE 4: TAB Highway Handicap 1200m:

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

 

Nipotino – Inclined to hang out on the home and continued to lay out when under pressure in the home straight.

 

Syrian Star – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. At the 700m was checked from the heels of Fuld’s Doubt when that runner lost ground.

 

Sir Ming – Lost its off-hind plate during running.

 

Extra Flash – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. At the 150m received contact from Clear Thinking when that runner improved into tight running to its outside.

 

Clear Thinking – Slipped behind as the start was effected and lost ground. Held up for clear running from the 400m until approaching the 200m. When improving into a tight run between Tai Lung and Extra Flash approaching the 150m made contact with Extra Flash.

 

Tai Lung – Raced very wide and without cover from the 700m. S. Clipperton reported that his mount put in an awkward stride approaching the 100m, which prompted him to ease the gelding down over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities apart from having lost its near-hind plate during running.

 

Ida’s Rules – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Bjorn Ironside – On jumping was crowded for room between Midnight Dream, which shifted out, and Starlight Girl, which shifted in. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Fuld’s Doubt – At the 700m improved up onto the heels of Clear Thinking and was checked.

 

Midnight Dream – On jumping shifted out and made contact with Bjorn Ironside.

 

Starlight Girl – On jumping shifted in and made contact with Bjorn Ironside.

 

Sunchyme – N. Rawiller was permitted to ride the mare one kilogram over its allocated weight of 56kgs. Stood flatfooted as the start was effected and lost ground. Lost its off-fore plate during running.

 

RACE 5: Task Handicap 2000m:

Fengarada– The gelding, which had blood at its mouth, was examined by the Veterinary Officer behind the barriers and passed fit to start. App. M. Bourke stated that Fengarada led in the early stages before being crossed by Marsabit along the back straight. She said that Fengarada appeared to travel satisfactorily, however, was very disappointing in the manner in which it failed to respond to her riding over the latter stages of the race. She added that the gelding appeared to pull up sound after the race and she could not explain the performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. Leek Jnr undertook to report back to Stewards on the post-race recovery of Fengarada.

 

Age Of Sail– On jumping shifted out and bumped Loco. When questioned regarding his decision to direct his mount towards the outside rail to make his run in the home straight, N. Rawiller stated that having walked the track prior to the meeting, he felt that the ground towards the outside was, in his view, superior to the going near the middle of the track. He said that after trailing the eventual winner, Strathtay, into the home straight and having this view, he made the decision to direct his mount towards the outside rail. He said, however, that Age Of Sail was inclined to lay in, which made it awkward for him to find his preferred position on the track sooner than occurred. He said that Age Of Sail closed off well when fully tested from the 200m.

 

Perfect Play– Raced wide when making a forward move from the 800m.

 

Kapakiri– Slow to begin. When questioned regarding his riding and what prompted him to commence making a run from near the 700m, App. Z. Lloyd stated that his instructions were to be near midfield or slightly behind, however, Kapakiri was required to settle at the tail of the field after beginning awkwardly. He said that for some distance approaching the 900m Kapakiri commenced to travel keenly and approaching the 800m he allowed the horse to shift out from behind Perfect Play to provide the gelding with comfortable racing room, however, he did not push his mount to go forward at this stage. He said that near the 700m Kapakiri, while still travelling strongly, pulled its way forward and was forced wider by Perfect Play as that runner improved with Kapakiri. He said that in retrospect he had exposed Kapakiri into clear galloping room at too early a stage, but his decision to do so was prompted by the circumstances of the race.

 

Loco– On jumping was bumped by Age Of Sail, which shifted out.

 

Lyrical Gangster– K. McEvoy reported that after being slow to begin his mount was reluctant to stretch out after leaving the barriers, which required him to slap the gelding up to have it race on the bit. He said that Lyrical Gangster was disappointing in the manner in which it closed off in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

State Of America– Approaching the 1000m improved up onto the heel of Go Troppo and was checked.

 

Marsabit– L. Beuzelin reported that after settling near midfield his mount commenced to travel keenly when racing wide and without cover. He said, therefore, he allowed Marsabit to stride forward after leaving the 1600m and obtain the lead rather than racing wide. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding had lost its off-fore plate during running.

 

RACE 6: Thank You ATC Members Handicap 1100m:

Jedibeel– On jumping shifted in and made contact with Zaragoza.

 

Tristate– App. Z. Lloyd reported that when racing in a forward position near the 600m Tristate lost its action and as he had concerns that there may be something amiss with his mount, he eased the gelding down from the 500m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr A. Cummings was advised that Tristate would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before racing again and that prior to the barrier trial the stable must furnish a full veterinary clearance for the gelding.

 

Rain Lord– Began awkwardly. C. Schofield dropped his whip near the 150m.

 

One Destiny– Near the 700m commenced to race keenly and shifted out when unable to maintain its position with cover behind Shalailed. Remained racing wide and without cover from that point.

 

Forecaster– A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be coughing. Stable representative Mr N. Perry was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an endoscopic examination, will be required before Forecaster is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Zaragoza– On jumping shifted out and made contact with Jedibeel. From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 7: Racing for Good on July 13 Handicap 1100m:

Shezanalister– Began only fairly.

 

Mabel– Had difficulty obtaining clear running prior to the 200m.

 

Audette– On jumping was bumped by Our Bellagio Miss, which shifted in.

 

Our Bellagio Miss– On jumping shifted in and bumped Audette. Making the turn near the 600m laid out towards the heels of Divine Vicky and became awkward.

 

Acappella Sun– When making ground had to be steadied over the concluding stages after improving to be positioned close to the heels of Audette.

 

Miss Jennifer– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Divine Vicky– A post-race veterinary examination revealed Divine Vicky to have bled from both nostrils for the first time. Trainer Mr M. Smith was advised of the provisions of AR79(4).

 

Valiancy– Began only fairly.

 

RACE 8: James Squire Winter Stakes 1400m:

Iknowastar– N. Rawiller was permitted to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allocated weight of 56.5kgs.

 

Showmanship– On jumping was hampered when crowded between Excelladus and Jojo Was A Man. From a wide barrier Showmanship then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Essonne– C. Schofield was permitted to ride the mare one kilogram over its allocated weight of 54kgs.

 

King Of The Castle– Prior to the declaration of correct weight A. Collett, in the presence of trainer Mr J. Pride, viewed the Stewards video to consider whether there were grounds to lodge a protest against Tamerlane being declared the winner. A. Collett elected not to lodge a protest on behalf of connections of King Of The Castle. While it was evident that King Of The Castle had to be steadied and shifted to the outside of Tamerlane approaching the 200m after being placed in restricted room due to a slight shift from Tamerlane, Stewards were satisfied, particularly having regard to the beaten margin, that this incident did not warrant proceeding to a protest hearing.

 

Flying Crazy– Bounded on jumping. J. Ford reported that although Flying Crazy generally races behind midfield, the horse was not comfortable in the Heavy going throughout the early and middle stages and consequently became detached from the field mid-race despite being ridden along. He added that in the home straight, when properly balanced, Flying Crazy ran home well.

 

Excelladus– Began awkwardly and made contact with the inside barrier partition.

 

Pacific Ruby– Slow to begin. T. Schiller reported that after beginning very awkwardly Pacific Ruby was inclined to lay in for the majority of the race. He said that when the mare did not respond to his riding in the early part of the home straight and he had concerns Pacific Ruby may have injured itself at the start, he eased it down over the final 200m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 9: Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap 1200m:

Bacchanalia– Began very awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Extreme Flight.

 

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

 

Much Much Better– As App. J. Barrett was indisposed, Stewards approved App. A. McLucas as the replacement rider. Approaching the 200m was brushed by Elson Boy. Approaching the 100m then shifted in away from Elson Boy and made contact with With Your Blessing.

 

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

 

With Your Blessing– Approaching the 100m became unbalanced when bumped by Much Much Better, which shifted in away from Elson Boy.

 

Elson Boy– Approaching the 200m shifted in and made contact with Much Much Better.

 

Sneaky Paige– A post-race veterinary examination of Sneaky Paige, which weakened in the straight after racing wide and without cover, revealed the mare to be slow to recover.

 

Extreme Flight– Began awkwardly and made contact with the inside barrier partition. Shortly after was hampered when crowded between Bacchanalia, which shifted in, and Disneck.

 

Disneck– Shortly after the start was bumped by Extreme Flight.

 

RACE 10: TAB Handicap 1400m:

Ang Pow– On jumping was bumped by Jamberoo, which shifted out. Stewards inquired into an incident passing the finish line where Ang Pow had to be checked away from the heels of Rhapsody Chic (N. Rawiller). It was established that approaching the finish line Ang Pow commenced to shift in slightly at the same stage that Rhapsody Chic commenced to shift out under pressure. It was established further that soon after passing the finish line Rhapsody Chic then shifted out abruptly before being corrected. N. Rawiller was advised that while Stewards accepted that his mount had shifted out abruptly after the finish line, nonetheless, in similar circumstances he would be expected to stop riding and straighten his mounts when they shift ground sooner than he did on this occasion.

 

Secret Plan– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

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

 

Jamberoo– On jumping shifted out and made contact with Ang Pow. A. Bullock (Promitto) was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that after passing the 600m he permitted his mount to shift in after passing the 600m, resulting in unnecessary crowding to Jamberoo, which was checked and lost ground. A. Bullock’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Wednesday 10 July 2024 and to expire on Sunday 14 July 2024, on which day he may ride. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities other than minor superficial abrasions to both hocks.

 

Rhapsody Chic– Began awkwardly and lost ground. Approaching the 500m became awkward at the heels of Ang Pow and shifted out. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a superficial abrasion to the near-hind leg.

 

GENERAL:

Stewards opened an inquiry following a complaint made by A. Bullock against W. Costin relative to her alleged conduct towards him in the jockeys’ room after both riders had given evidence at a Stewards inquiry following race 10. After taking evidence from both riders the inquiry was adjourned.

 

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 1

App. J. Stanley (Valabing)

6 strikes

Race 3

App. M. Bourke (Ningaloo Star)

C. Schofield (Oryx)

App. J. Stanley (Sumo Star)

6 strikes

6 strikes

6 strikes

Race 4

App. M. Owen (Tanglewood)

8 strikes

Race 5

N. Rawiller (Age Of Sail)

T. Schiller (Go Troppo)

J. Ford (Strathtay)

8 strikes

7 strikes

6 strikes

Race 8

App. Z. Lloyd (Tamerlane)

6 strikes

Race 9

N. Rawiller (Contemporary)

C. Schofield (With Your Blessing)

6 strikes

8 strikes

Race 10

App. M. Bourke (Ang Pow)

S. Clipperton (Gracilistyla)

6 strikes

6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: I Am A Winner, Mayfair

Race 2: Chevron, Lady Boss, Invader Zim (2)

Race 3: Ningaloo Star (2), Nosey Parker, Sumo Star (2)

Race 4: Tanglewod (2), Lisztomania, Scopics Sir Ming, Clear Thinking (2)

Race 5: Fengarada, Age Of Sail, Perfect Play, Kapakiri, Loco

Race 6: Jedibeel, Mogo Magic, Tristate

Race 7: Shezanalister (2), Wild Botanica (2), Acappella Sun

Race 8: Iknowastar, Highlights, Fying Crazy, Excelladus

Race 9: Contemporary (2), With Your Blessing, Elson Boy (2), Disneck

Race 10: Secret Plan, Rhapsody Chic (2), Pure Alpha (2)

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Nil.

Reprimands:

Nil.

Suspensions:

Race 10: A. Bullock (Promitto) 10/7/2024 to 14/7/2024 – careless riding shifting in (AR131(a)).

Warnings:

Nil.

Trials:

Race 6: Tristate (trainer A. Cummings) – poor performance.

Certificates:

Race 6: Tristate (trainer A. Cummings) – poor performance.

Bleeders:

Race 7: Divine Vicky (trainer M. Smith) – first time (AR79(4)).

Falls/Injuries:

Nil.

Tactics notified:

Race 2: Art Volant – To be ridden further forward: Settled midfield.

Race 5: State Of America – To be ridden further forward: Settled off pace.

Race 7: Valiancy – To be ridden further forward: Led.

Race 8: Junipal – To be ridden further forward if begins well: Settled off pace.

Race 8: Pacific Ruby – To be ridden further forward if begins well: Settled midfield

Race 9: With Your Blessing – To be ridden further forward: Settled on pace.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

Change of Gear:

Nil.

Follow-up:

Race 5: Fengarada (trainer J. Leek Jnr) – post-race recovery,.

 

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