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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROSEHILL GARDENS RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 20 February 2021

 

Weather:                    Overcast

Track:                        Heavy (8);

                                 Upgraded to Soft (7) at 1.45pm following race 2;

                                 Upgraded to Soft (6) at 4.41pm following race 7

Rail:                           +6m entire circuit

Penetrometer:            5.91

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: M. F. Van Gestel (Chairman), W. R. Birch, T. P. Moxon, T. J. Vassallo, J. J. E. Earl and Cadets E. A. Tickner and E. Y. A. Hargraves.

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Supplementary Reports:

Kensington Wednesday 17 February 2021

Race 2 - Vinery Stud Handicap 1400m:

Artic– Co-trainer Mr M. Hawkes reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the filly and advised that he will continue with its preparation.

 

Race 3 - Hyland Race Colours Handicap 1800m:

Guise(trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.

 

Laila De Vega(trainer J. Thompson) – post-race condition.

 

Race 4 - Robrick Lodge Handicap 1400m:

Grenado– Trainer Mr C. Waller reported that a veterinary examination on return to the stable revealed the gelding to be mildly lame in the off-foreleg with evidence of an increased digital pulse. Mr Waller was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Grenadois permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Newcastle Thursday 18 February 2021

Race 2 – Australian Bloodstock 4yo&Up Maiden Handicap 1200m:

Timasti(trainer B Widdup) – post-race condition.

 

Race 4 – Sharp Electronics Group 2yo Maiden Plate 1300m:

Excela Bella– Co-trainer Mr A. Bott reported that in his view the filly did not handle the soft track conditions. He added that he was satisfied with the manner in which the filly had recovered subsequent to the race and will continue with its preparation.

 

Race 7 – The Prince Of Merewether F&M Benchmark 64 Handicap 1400m:

All That Sass– Co-trainer Mr A. Bott reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of All That Sass, however, the filly had now been spelled.

 

Canterbury Park Friday 19 February 2021

Race 8 – Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap – Sprint Series Heat 4 1100m:

Rule Of Law– Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden advised that the colt will now be gelded and spelled.

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RACE 1: Chandon Handicap 1100m:

On The Lead – Began awkwardly and lost ground.

 

Sapphire Crown – Near the 300m, when endeavouring to hold its position as Andermatt shifted out, made slight contact with Andermatt and blundered as a consequence.

 

Tommy Gold – Raced keenly in the middle stages and approaching the 800m was checked from the heels of Fanciful Dream when that runner was being restrained to obtain a position with cover. When questioned regarding the performance, B. Avdulla stated that with the moderate early pace Tommy Gold was not suited by settling back in the field, where it raced keenly. He added that when Vowmaster went forward in the middle stages he elected to follow that runner into the event with cover, but when placed under pressure in the straight Tommy Gold did not respond to his riding and raced in a disappointing manner. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Vowmaster – When questioned, J. McDonald confirmed that his instructions were not definitive but, rather, to position his mount depending on how it jumped. He stated that Vowmaster began only fairly and as a consequence, his first response was to endeavour to ride the gelding conservatively in an attempt to find cover behind Tommy Gold. He stated that as he commenced to attempt to find cover, Vowmaster began to race fiercely, and after attempting on a number of occasions to secure a position behind Tommy Gold, he was obliged to allow Vowmaster to stride forward as he felt he was not going to obtain a position with cover. He added that after improving to a position three wide without cover outside the leaders he was satisfied with the position he had obtained as Vowmaster settled much better and, having regard to the moderate early tempo, he felt this was the most advantageous position to have obtained. He added that after responding to his riding in the early part of the straight, Vowmaster did not lengthen on the heavy track conditions, which he attributed to be the principal reason for Vowmaster not racing up to expectation. Having regard to the racing manners of Vowmaster in the early stages and the sectional times confirming the race was run at a moderate tempo, Stewards found the tactics adopted by J. McDonald were reasonable in the circumstances. A post-race veterinary examination of Vowmaster did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr C. Waller concurred with the views of J. McDonald in that Vowmaster did not appreciate today's heavy track conditions, and he undertook to report back to the Stewards on the condition of Vowmaster subsequent to the race.

 

Only Words – The filly shifted its near-fore plate en route to the barriers. After being replated, the filly was examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and deemed suitable to race. Began only fairly and then was hampered by Andermatt, which shifted in. Raced keenly in the middle stages and near the 800m was steadied to avoid the heels of Andermatt.

 

Andermatt – Began awkwardly.

 

RACE 2: TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap 1400m:

Scout – Shortly after the start shifted in and made contact with Badboy McCoy. As a result, Scout became badly unbalanced and shifted out abruptly. Rider B. Avdulla stated that near the 1100m, when caught wide, he endeavoured to obtain a position with cover behind Philipsburg. He stated that as he commenced this manoeuvre, Scout could not respond to his efforts to shift in, commenced to overrace badly and hung out, which resulted in Praline being taken wider. He added that he continued to endeavour to find a position behind Philipsburg, however, when that runner then was steadied near the 1000m he became awkwardly placed on the heels of that runner for some distance before ultimately obtaining a position with cover near the 800m. B. Avdulla added that given the manner in which Scout raced throughout the middle stages, the gelding did not respond to his riding when placed under pressure in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Katgully Red – Stewards permitted N. Rawiller to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 56kgs. Over the concluding stages rider N. Rawiller was obliged to stop riding and straighten his mount when it was shifting in towards the running of Scout.  Rider N. Rawiller reported that his mount travelled well in the early stages, however, near the 1000m when Scout commenced to race ungenerously, his mount improved up on to the heels of that runner and as a consequence was forced wide at that point. He stated that he was able to obtain a position with cover behind Praline from the 800m, but after being placed under pressure in the straight he was of the opinion that Katgully Red did not appreciate the soft track conditions and, additionally, may not have run out a strong 1400m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Lucky Banner – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When questioned regarding his riding in the straight, App. T. Sherry stated that as he made the home turn he was always positioned to the inside of the heels of Joey's Chance. He added that when that runner improved forward near the 350m he was able to shift to its outside and follow Saint Ambrose. He further added that from the 250m until inside the 150m he then was held up on the heels of Can Do It before obtaining a tight run between Can Do It and Saint Ambrose at the 150m. Lucky Banner then raced tight to the inside of Saint Ambrose over the final 150m.

 

Praline – Near the 1300m was hampered and taken wider by Scout, which shifted out. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Commando Hunt – Began awkwardly and shortly afterwards was bumped heavily by Joey's Chance, which was taken out by Katgully Red, and from the outside barrier Commando Hunt then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Laid in under pressure over the final 150m.

 

Blue Missile – Began only fairly.

 

Saint Ambrose – S. Clipperton dropped  his whip near the 150m.

 

Badboy McCoy – Stewards permitted R. Bayliss to ride the gelding a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs. Shortly after the start was steadied when crowded between Blue Missile and Scout, which shifted in slightly. Had difficulty securing clear running for a short distance near the 300m between Praline and Scout. Over the final 200m could not be fully tested when awkwardly positioned close to the heels of Saint Ambrose.

 

Joey's Chance – Began awkwardly and was hampered shortly afterwards by Katgully Red, which shifted out, and from a wide barrier Joey's Chance then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Philipsburg – Raced keenly in the middle stages and near the 1000m was steadied from the heels of Can Do It when looking to secure a position with cover behind that runner.

 

Post Free – Over the final 25m raced tight to the inside of Joey's Chance when that runner was inclined to shift in.

 

RACE 3: NSW Jockeys Association Handicap 1400m:

Rondinella – Began only fairly.

 

Miss Sentimental – Began only fairly.

 

Polly Grey – Hampered on  jumping by Yao Dash, which shifted out, and from a wide barrier Polly Grey then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Yao Dash – Began awkwardly, shifted out and hampered Polly Grey.

 

Aliferous – Stewards permitted B. Avdulla to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs.

 

Nimalee – Laid in over the final 100m.

 

RACE 4: Irresistible Pools & Spas Millie Fox Stakes (Group 2) 1300m:

Madam Rouge– Began awkwardly. From the 400m to the 200m was held up for clear running between Positive Peace and Asiago.

 

Positive Peace– Blundered on jumping and shortly afterwards was bumped on the hindquarter by Madam Rouge, which shifted out.

 

Asiago– When questioned regarding the tactics adopted on the mare, R. King stated that she was issued with no specific instructions and she was obliged to position her mount in accordance with how it jumped. She stated that after beginning well, and when she noticed Le Lude and Subpoenaed were holding their positions to her inside, she then elected to allow Asiago to stride forward to avoid covering additional ground and to avoid conceding the advantage she had gained by beginning well.

 

Girl Tuesday– Stewards permitted B. Avdulla to ride the mare a half kilogram over its allotted weight of 54kgs. From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

She's Ideel– Began only fairly. Between the 400m and the 200m raced tight to the inside of Madam Rouge and had some difficulty securing clear running.

 

Exotic Ruby– When questioned regarding his riding, T. Clark stated that his instructions were to endeavour to take up a position outside the expected leader, Positive Peace. He added that Exotic Ruby commenced reasonably well and he rode forward in accordance with his instructions. He stated that when Asiago unexpectedly improved to his inside and held a forward position, his mount did not have sufficient pace to continue forward and as a result he was obliged to race wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be lame (2/5) in the near-hind leg. Trainer Mr B. Baker confirmed the instructions issued to T. Clark in that he had asked him to ride the mare outside the stable mate Positive Peace. Mr Baker was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Exotic Rubyis permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

RACE 5: Iron Jack Silver Slipper Stakes (Group 2) 1100m:

Zethus– Jumped only fairly and shortly after the start had to be steadied when crowded by Tiger Of Malay, which shifted in and away from Paulele. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. Hung out on the home turn. Rider R. King reported that the bit displaced as she endeavoured to maintain a position and as a consequence placed her mount in some difficulty on the home turn. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr D. Beadman was advised that Zethus would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

Rocket Tiger– Jumped awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Home Affairs, which shifted out slightly. From the 400m to the 300m was held up for clear running behind Home Affairs.

 

Tiger Of Malay– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Home Affairs– Raced keenly in the early stages and when being crossed by Direct near the 800m was steadied from the heels of that runner.

 

King Of Sparta– Stewards considered a protest lodged by J. Collett, rider of 4th placegetter, King Of Sparta, against Rocket Tiger being declared 2nd placegetter, alleging interference near the 250m and again at the 150m. After considering all the evidence Stewards found that near the 250m King Of Sparta had not established a clear run to the outside of Paulele as that runner was taken out by Rocket Tiger, however near the 150m as Rocket Tiger continued to shift out it made contact with Paulele, resulting in Paulele becoming unbalanced and shifting out across the running of King Of Sparta, which had to be checked, and resulting also in Tiger Of Malay being hampered and taken wider at that point. Whilst Stewards found that the interference suffered by King Of Sparta was due principally to the shift of Rocket Tiger, they could not be comfortably satisfied that having regard to the beaten margin of a length and a half and the manner in which King Of Sparta finished off the race it would have beaten Rocket Tiger to the finish and, therefore, the protest was dismissed. Jumped only fairly and then shortly after the start raced in restricted room to the inside of Dio. Rounding the home turn and until the 300m was held up for clear running behind Rocket Tiger. Near the 300m, when endeavouring to improve to the outside of Paulele, was inconvenienced and steadied from the heels of Paulele when that runner was taken out by Rocket Tiger (K. O'Hara), which shifted to the outside of Home Affairs to improve and in doing so made contact with Paulele. K. O'Hara was advised to exercise more care. K. O'Hara (Rocket Tiger) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that near the 150m she permitted her mount to shift out, making contact with Paulele and that runner being taken out and then shifting across the running of King Of Sparta, which had to be checked, and also causing Tiger Of Malay to be steadied and shifted out away from King Of Sparta. K. O'Hara's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Tuesday 23 February 2021 and to expire on Saturday 27 February 2021 on which day she may ride. In considering penalty, Stewards took into account the low degree of carelessness, K. O'Hara's guilty plea and good riding record.

 

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

 

Doola Teela– Slow to begin.

 

RACE 6: Parramatta Cup (Listed) 1900m:

Raheen House– Slow to begin. Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Paths Of Glory– Slow to begin and from a wide barrier then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

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

 

Sikandarabad– From the 400m to the 250m was held up for clear running behind Sacramento.

 

Herengawe– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced keenly in the early stages and after passing the 1600m was steadied from the heels of Paths Of Glory. Rider K. O'Hara reported that her mount settled back in the field as she had been instructed, but the gelding did not respond to her riding when asked to improve in the straight and she could offer no explanation for the poor performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Mr Marathon Man– When questioned regarding his riding and as to whether there was an opportunity to take up a forward position to avoid racing wide and without cover, R. Dolan stated that his instructions were to endeavour to ride the gelding conservatively to find cover if his mount was caught wide. He stated that after commencing well he contemplated riding his mount conservatively, but when the gelding raced too keenly he was obliged to race wide and without cover for the majority of the event. R. Dolan agreed with Stewards that having regard to the slow pace of the event in the middle stages, when caught wide he should have allowed Mr Marathon Man to stride forward and take up a position outside the leader, Sacramento.

 

RACE 7: City Tattersalls Club Hobartville Stakes (Group 2) 1400m:

Aegon– Slow to begin and then was crowded between Peltzer and Lion's Roar, which shifted out. Near the 250m was directed to the inside of Prime Star to obtain clear running.

 

King's Legacy– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover until near the 1000m.

 

Prime Star– On jumping shifted in and bumped King's Legacy. When questioned regarding the gelding racing more forward, App. J. Van Overmeire stated that his instructions were to have Prime Star settle where comfortable. He added that the gelding commenced well today and when there was not a  position available with cover he elected to stride forward and race outside the lead to avoid covering additional ground.

 

Lion's Roar– Began awkwardly and shifted out abruptly.

 

The Elanora– Began only fairly. Approaching the 300m blundered. Rider N. Rawiller was reminded of his obligations to ride his mounts out to the finish of the race.

 

High Supremacy– Slow to begin.

 

RACE 8: Sharp Extensive IT Handicap 1100m:

Handle The Truth– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Tavisan– Began awkwardly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

 

Cradle Mountain– When questioned regarding his riding in the early part of the straight and as to whether there was an opportunity to improve between Spending To Win and Tavisan, J. Collett stated that after following Spending To Win into the straight he did not feel there was an opportunity to improve between those two runners and for this reason he commenced to shift his mount out to improve. He stated that as he shifted out Tavisan commenced to give ground, which resulted in Cradle Mountain being awkwardly placed on the heels of Tavisan, having to check from that runner's heels and then shift out to continue into clear running. J. Collett was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground to ensure he provides his fellow riders sufficient racing room at all times. J. Collett agreed that in retrospect his best option would have been either to shift out on the home turn to follow Spaceboy or, alternatively, to maintain his position behind Spending To Win in an endeavour to secure clear running between Spending To Win and Tavisan.

 

Plague Stone– From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced fiercely throughout the early and middle stages. Near the 800m had to be checked to avoid the heels of Emanate and as a result shifted out, taking Handle The Truth wider.

 

Flat Heaven– Shortly after the start was steadied when crowded between Plague Stone and Black Magnum, which shifted in, and from a wide barrier Flat Heaven then was shifted behind runners in the early stages. When questioned regarding his riding on the home turn and as to whether there was an opportunity to shift to the outside of Plague Stone, T. Clark stated that as discussed pre-race with connections and with the rail being placed out six metres, he had agreed with connections to endeavour to improve between runners in the straight, similar to the tactics adopted when Aegon was successful in the Hobartville Stakes. He stated that for this reason he elected to follow Munitions into the straight with a view to shifting to that runner's outside. He said when Munitions then shifted out he then elected to improve to the inside of that runner, but then near the 250m had to be checked when Cradle Mountain shifted out when awkwardly placed on the heels of Tavisan. T. Clark further stated that from this point Flat Heaven was badly held up for clear running and was unable to be fully tested until the concluding stages of the event.

 

Accession– Began only fairly and shortly afterwards was hampered when Spending To Win shifted in. From the 200m to inside the 100m was held up for clear running behind Spending To Win and Tavisan.

 

Emanate– Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Tavisan.

 

RACE 9: Cleanaway Handicap 1400m:

Starspangled Rodeo – Rider J. Parr stated that he had no specific instructions to lead but after the gelding commenced well, he allowed his mount to stride forward and lead, where it led comfortably. He stated that given the moderate early tempo he had set throughout the early stages he then elected to increase the pace from the 900m, which advantaged Starspangled Rodeo.

 

Lackeen – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Rider J. McDonald stated that from the wide barrier he was obliged to take his mount towards the back of the field in order to ensure he found cover. He stated that Lackeen was not suited by the moderate pace set through the early stages and when placed under pressure in the straight was somewhat one-paced. He added that the gelding would obtain a fitness benefit from today's run and also would benefit by being stepped up in distance for its next race start. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr D. Beadman concurred with the views of J. McDonald and undertook to report back if there was anything amiss with Lackeen subsequent to the race.

 

Fulmina – Hampered shortly after the start by Maui Girl, which shifted out, and from a wide barrier Fulmina then was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Cuban Royale –

 

So Taken –

 

Maui Girl – Shortly after the start was hampered by Bazooka, which was taken out by Cuban Royale.

 

Bazooka – Shortly after the start was bumped heavily and hampered by Cuban Royale, which shifted out.

 

Global Quest – Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages. Rider H. Bowman reported that after blundering at the start, Global Quest did not travel well and when he became concerned with the colt's action inside the 300m he did not unduly pressure his mount over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Ms A. Neasham was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Global Quest is permitted to race/barrier trial again.

 

Wheelhouse –

 

Summary of whip use:

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

N. Rawiller (Katgully Red)

R. Dolan (Commando Hunt)

K. O'Hara (Texas Storm)

6 strikes

7 strikes

6 strikes

Race 6

J. McDonald (The Lord Mayor)

6 strikes

Race 8

App. B. Griffiths (Handle The Truth)

7 strikes

Race 9

App. T. Sherry (Fulmina)

App. L. Day (Maui Girl)

6 strikes

6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: On The Lead, Vulpine (2), Vowmaster, Andermatt (2)

Race 2: Katgully Red, Commando Hunt, Blue Missile (2), Texas Storm

Race 3: Quick Thinker, Ziegfeld, Yao Dash (2)

Race 4: Positive Peace, Subpoenaed (2), Asiago, She's Ideel

Race 5: Paulele, Rocket Tiger, Tiger Of Malay, Home Affairs (2)

Race 6: Mustajeer, Paths Of Glory, Sikandarabad, Dadoozdart, Sacramento (2)

Race 7: King's Legacy, North Pacific (2), Peltzer, Prime Star

Race 8: Handle The Truth, Spaceboy, Black Magnum, Emanate

Race 9: Lackeen, Fulmina (2), Maui Girl, Wheelhouse

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Nil.

Reprimands:

Nil.

Suspensions:

Race 5: K. O'Hara (Rocket Tiger) 23/2/2021 to 27/2/2021 – careless riding shifting out (AR131(a))

Bleeders:

Nil.

Warnings:

Nil.

Trials:

Race 5: Zethus (trainer J. Cummings) – racing manners.

Certificates:

Supplementary reports:

Kensington 17/2/2021: Race 4: Grenado (trainer C. Waller) – mildly lame off-foreleg.

Race 4: Exotic Ruby (trainer B. Baker) – lame (2/5) near-hind leg.

Race 9: Global Quest (trainer A. Neasham) – poor performance.

Fall/Injuries:

Nil.

Tactics Notified:

Race 5: King Of Sparta – Option to be ridden further forward: Settled back.

Race 6: Herengawe – To be ridden conservatively: Settled back.

Race 8: Accession – To be ridden further forward: Settled back.

Race 9: Wheelhouse – To be ridden further forward: Settled off pace.

Change of Colours:

Nil.

Change of Gear:

Nil.

Follow up:

Race 1: Vowmaster (trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.

Race 9: Lackeen (trainer J. Cummings) – post-race condition.

 

 

 

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