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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROSEHILL GARDENS RACECOURSE

 

Saturday 18 June 2022

 

Weather:                         Fine

Track:                              Good (4)

Rail:                                 +6m Entire

Penetrometer:                 4.86

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: S G Railton (Chairman), T P Moxon, C L Albrecht, and J B Marshall and Cadet B A Boyce-Mortlock.

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RACE 1: ATC Bookmakers Recognition Day Handicap 1400m:

Grange Rock Star – Began awkwardly and from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Lunar Shoes – Approaching the 1200m was steadied from the heels of Kibou (R Bayliss) which shifted in when not fully clear. R Bayliss was told to ensure he provided sufficient clearance in future.

 

Allasandra – Began awkwardly.

 

RACE 2: TAB Highway Handicap 1200m:

Pure Fuego – Slow to begin. At the 700m had to be checked and lost ground when Lady Mofeed also lost ground and laid in at the same stage.

 

Reveal The Magic – Between the 300m and the 100m had some difficulty obtaining clear running.

 

Hit The Rim – Slow to begin. After the 700m brushed the running rail. On the home turn was momentarily crowded for room inside Don’tforgetmonica which after endeavouring to shift out to improve, then raced tight to the inside Miss Kirribilli. 

 

Proverbial – On jumping was bumped on the hindquarter by Lady Mofeed which shifted out. Approaching the 200m was steadied when crowded for room between Two Ya Got and Hurn Court (C Gallagher) which shifted in slightly under pressure. C Gallagher was told to ensure he makes more effort to keep his mount straight.

 

Two Ya Got – S Clipperton reported that the gelding endured a tough run by being obliged to race wide and without cover and this took its toll on the gelding’s finishing effort in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed minor lacerations to the near hind pastern.  

 

Don’tforgetmonica – Began only fairly and was bumped by Tidal Rush which shifted in.

 

Just Strolling – J Collett reported that the gelding raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages and consequently did not respond to his riding in the straight and weakened over the concluding stages A post-race veterinary examination revealed minor lacerations to both hind cannons.

 

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

 

Lady Mofeed – Began awkwardly. Passing the 700m commenced to lay in and consequently was checked from the heels of Hit The Rim and lost ground. Trainer Mr B Perrett was advised a warning would be placed on mare in respect of its racing manners.

 

Tidal Rush – Began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped the hindquarter of Don’tforgetmonica.

 

RACE 3: Midway Handicap 1500m:

French Bonnet – App D Gibbons stated that he was instructed to take up a more prominent position, however, after jumping from a wide barrier he immediately identified a number of runners attempting to assume an on-pace position so rather than make significant use of the mare with its top weight, he elected to obtain cover behind the leading division.

Harvey’s Way – When questioned App R Jones stated that Harvey’s Way was restless in the barrier and consequently began awkwardly and lost ground. He said he had to make some use of the gelding to occupy a mid-field position in the early stages, however, as the race progressed, he was shuffled back in the field through the middle stages of the race and Harvey’s Way was then disappointing in the manner in which it closed off in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

River Mac – A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding which weakened in the straight after racing wide and without cover throughout the event revealed no abnormalities.

 

Butch’n’bugs – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

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

 

Verbek – T Clark reported that he had no specific instructions to lead, however, after beginning well and being ridden along to cross Marnix in the early stages, Verbek was left racing in the lead when no other runner improved to his outside.

 

Tympanist – Began only fairly. Held up for short distance in the early part of the straight.

 

Just Business – Began only fairly and from the wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Held up for clear running in the early part of the home straight.

 

RACE 4: Furphy Handicap 1800m:

Dhakuri – Approaching the 400m was steadied and shifted to the outside of the heels of Naval Seal when that runner shifted in to obtain an inside run.

 

The Catch – T Berry stated that the only explanation he could offer for the disappointing performance of The Catch was that the horse may not have appreciated the firmer track. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Orbital Express – Slow to begin.

 

Willinga Rufio – App T Schiller stated that although he had the option to lead, when the rider of African Daisy showed an intent to lead in the early stages, he was content to take the box seat rather than contest the lead.

 

Patton – After racing at Hawkesbury on Sunday 12 June 2022, underwent a veterinary examination on arrival to the course and was deemed suitable to start. Began awkwardly, shifted out and was steadied from heels of Willinga Rufio. Passing the 800m got its head up when being steadied from the heels of Dolphina.

 

Naval Seal – Began awkwardly.

 

African Daisy – App E Hennessy reported that the filly laid out round the home turn and despite her efforts shifted ground. African Daisy continued to lay out in the straight and proved difficult to ride.

 

Kopangi – Began awkwardly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have blood present in the off-side nostril. Stable representative Mr J Pilkington was advised the provisions of AR79(8).

 

RACE 5: Roger Norton Handicap 2000m:

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

 

Born A King – Approaching the 200m momentarily raced in restricted room inside Cognac which shifted in before being corrected by its rider.

 

King Of Clubs – B Avdulla reported that King Of Clubscame under heavy pressure from the 600m and was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to respond to his riding thereafter. He said that in his opinion the horse did not appear entirely comfortable on the firmer racing surface. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to be 2/5 lame in the off foreleg and 1/5 lame in the near hindleg. Stable representative Mr N Paine was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to King Of Clubs barrier trialling or racing again.

 

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

 

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

 

Bazooka – Began awkwardly.

 

Black Queen – On arrival to course was found to have aggravated a pre-existing abrasion to its near hind-leg. Black Queen was examined by the Club’s Veterinarian and deemed suitable to race.

 

Cognac – Overraced in the lead for some distance approaching the 800m.

 

RACE 6: NSW Bookmakers Co-Op Handicap 1100m:

Undeniable – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Rupertaar – Began awkwardly. Approaching the 900m was crowded for room inside Miracle Day which was laying in. App T Schiller stated the only explanation he could offer for the disappointing performance was that the filly was up significantly in weight today. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Never Second – In the early part of the straight was held up for clear running behind Rubinocchi.  

 

The Big Easy – Slow to begin. Was not able to obtain clear running until passing the 300m.

 

Miracle Day – Laid in approaching the 900m and caused crowding to Rupertaar. App D Gibbons advised that Miracle Daydid not feel entirely comfortable in its action throughout the race which may have been attributed to the firmer racing surface. Approaching the 800m lost ground when being steadied from the heels of Quatenus. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Sonnet Star – Began awkwardly and lost ground. From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Leaving the 600m raced keenly and a short distance afterwards had to be restrained from the heels of The Big Easy.

 

Curtis Island – Slow to begin. Raced keenly in the early stages and was then left racing wide and without cover from the 800m. R King reported that Curtis Island’s most recent wins were on significantly rain effected ground and the firmer surface may not have been to the gelding’s liking. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Glittery – Slow to begin and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 7: Drinkwise W.J. Mckell Cup 2000m (Listed):

Southern France – Began fairly.

 

Spirit Ridge – Approaching the 300m when giving ground was momentarily eased from the heels of Skyman when that runner shifted out to improve.

 

Surf Dancer – Approaching the 1100m became momentarily unbalanced when brushed on the hindquarter by Spirit Ridge. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Skyman – On the home turn shifted out and made contact with Spirit Ridge. After being disappointed for a run to the inside of Surf Dancer approaching the 350m where there was insufficient room, Skyman (W Pike) then shifted out across the heels of Surf Dancer into clear running. W Pike was told to exercise due care shifting ground when close to the heels of other runners.

 

Welsh Legend – Slow to begin.

 

RACE 8: Warren Woodcock Senior Handicap 1500m:

Sibaaq – On jumping was bumped by Wicklow which shifted out. An inquiry was conducted into interference suffered by Sibaaq near the 150m. After taking evidence from the riders involved it was established that when Easifar had commenced to shift in slightly and carried Irish Legend off its rightful running, Irish Legend then shifted in and away further from Easifar into the line of Sibaaq, which had to be checked. Stewards were satisfied that the manner in which Irish Legend had shifted in and away from Easifar had contributed to the incident and therefore no action was taken against App C Williams, however he was advised in similar circumstances to stop riding and straighten his mounts when they are shifting ground. When questioned regarding the performance App E Hennessy stated that she settled outside the lead as anticipated. She added that Sibaaq appeared to travel comfortably in the middle stages however when placed under pressure in the straight was once paced. She further added that although Sibaaq had to be checked when it suffered interference near the 150m the gelding was beaten at that stage in the race and in her view Sibaaq may now be better suited over a longer distance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Sibaaq in the days subsequent.

 

Two Big Fari – Was held up for clear running from the 350m until passing the 200m.

 

Irish Legend – Stewards considered a protest lodged by K McEvoy, rider of 3rd placegetter Irish Legend against Easifar (C Williams) being declared the 2nd placegetter, alleging interference over the final 150m. It was established that after the 200m Irish Legend improved into a tight run between Sibaaq and Easifar but soon after when Easifar commenced to shift in slightly under pressure Irish Legend shifted in and away from that horse before then being taken in and being slightly hampered. It was further established that Easifar was then corrected by its rider passing the 75m and just prior to the finishing line Irish Legend had shifted out and was again hampered by Easifar which shifted in under pressure. Stewards found that although Irish Legend was hampered on two occasions by Easifar when that runner shifted ground, they were satisfied that at all stages K McEvoy was able to test the horse adequately and Easifar had maintained a margin over Irish Legend in the run to the finishing line. Accordingly, Stewards dismissed the protest when they could not be comfortably satisfied that Irish Legend would have finished in advance of Easifar had it not been for these incidents. 

 

Mach Schnell – App C Williams rider of Easifar pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that he permitted his mount to shift in approaching the 100m resulting in Irish Legend being taken across the rightful running of Mach Schnell which was hampered when steadied from the heels of Irish Legend. App Williams licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of time to commence Sunday 26 June 2022 and to expire on Sunday 3 July 2022 on which day he may ride.

 

Philipsburg – Slow to begin and shortly after was hampered by Two Big Fari which shifted in.

 

Soami – S Clipperton was questioned regarding his riding particularly in relation to the gelding settling in an on-pace position. S Clipperton said that in discussions with connections prior to the race it had been decided to ride the gelding in a more forward position as it was relayed to him the gelding had not performed well when ridden near the rear of the field from wide barriers at its last two starts on rain affected going. He said that it had been discussed with connections to find a position on the rail if possible and to attempt to find runs towards the inside in the home straight as it was evident that horses racing near the rail had been advantaged. S Clipperton stated that after beginning well he initially settled outside of Zing and would have been content to maintain this position however as it was available to him to ride his mount along and obtain a position on the rail, he elected to do this which resulted in Soami settling further forward than had been envisaged. He said Soami travelled well through the middle stages and at the entrance to the straight when his mount shifted away from the fence marginally, he was then not in a position to shift back in as Zing quickly improved into this run. He further stated that he felt that the leaders Mach Schnell and Sibaaq would take him further into the straight, however when both of those horses did not quicken Soami was badly held up and not able to obtain clear running until passing the 100m. When questioned as to why he did not test Soami when into clear running, S Clipperton stated he felt the horse had lost its momentum and was out of contention therefore he chose not to pressure his mount for a short distance over the concluding stages. S Clipperton was advised that Stewards would note his evidence however he was cautioned in respect to his failure to ride Soami out over the final 100m once into clear running. Trainer Mr M Dunn confirmed that connections had requested that Soami be ridden in a more forward position however felt that the gelding would likely settle nearer to mid-field and he was particularly surprised when it showed sufficient speed to be trailing the leaders.

 

Zing – After improving into tight running inside Soami at the entrance to the straight, was then held up until passing the 200m where it was able to obtain a run to the inside of Mach Schnell. Passing the 50m was again steadied when momentarily placed in restricted for room inside Irish Legend which was taken in. Zing was then not able to be fully tested to the finishing line when placed close to the heels of Irish Legend.

 

Wicklow – On jumping made contact with Sibaaq and then from a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Race 9: Robert Patricks Handicap 1300m:

Invinciano – Began awkwardly.

 

Joviality – When being steadied to obtain cover behind Nicci’s Fling approaching the first turn raced keenly for some distance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Nicci’s Fling – On jumping was bumped Bella Rogue which shifted in.

 

Robodira – App R Jones stated after being ridden along in the early stages to hold a prominent position Robodira then overraced in the middle stages and consequently did not respond to his riding in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Lovely Esteem – Began awkwardly and lost ground. 

 

Per Inaway – For some distance approaching the 600m raced tight and made contact with Bella Rogue when attempting to shift out to improve its position. When Bella Rogue held its line one horse off the rail, Per Inaway (D Gibbons) had to be steadied and shifted back in behind Robodira when awkwardly placed on the heels of that runner. App D Gibbons was advised to ensure he does not place his mounts in such an awkward position that may compromise his safety and that of his fellow riders.

 

Hasstobegood – Had difficulty obtaining clear running from the 250m until approaching the 100m. Was again held up on heels close to the finishing line.

 

Bella Rogue – For some distance approaching the 600m raced tight and bumped with Per Inaway when that runner attempted to shift away from the rail.

 

Race 10: Barry Cook Handicap 1300m:

Al Mah Haha – Raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Impasse – Slow to begin and from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

El Buena – When questioned H Bowman stated that as instructed, he settled in a midfield position. He said that the moderate tempo of the race in the middle stages did not suit the gelding and when the pace quickened rounding the home turn El Buena was held up and not able to improve when positioned behind French Marine. He added that passing the 350m when shifted into clear running El Buena closed its race off only fairly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Silent Agenda – Began only fairly.

 

Oxford Tycoon – Began awkwardly.

 

French Marine – App D Gibbons reported that the gelding travelled satisfactorily in a handy position throughout the early and middle stages. He said however that French Marine was left flat footed when the pace quickened and he was somewhat disappointed in the manner in which it responded to his riding in the straight. He added that in his view French Marine raced as though it was now looking for more distance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

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 5 R Bayliss (Colour Sergeant) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 6 T Berry (Never Second) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 10 R King (Oakfield Twilight) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.

 

 

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

Race 1: Osipenko(2), Kibou(2).

Race 2: Proverbial, Don’tforgetmonica(2), Hurn Court, Tidal Rush, Miss Kirribilli.

Race 3: Oakfield Missile, Oakfield Prince.

Race 4: The Catch, Willinga Rufio(2).

Race 5: Born A King(2), King Of Clubs, Oceanic Flash, Colour Sergeant(2).

Race 6: Rupertaar, Rubinocchi(2), Curtis Island, Quatenus, Petulant(2).

Race 7: Dr Drill(2), Surf Dancer, Skyman(2).

Race 8: Sibaaq, Irish Legend, Easifar(2), Eaglemont.

Race 9: Joviality, Nicci’s Fling, Per Inaway, Lady Of Luxury.

Race 10: Titanium Power(2), Rubamos, Lease, French Marine, Silent Agenda.  

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Race 8: App C Williams (Easifar) – careless riding – 26.06.2022 to 03.07.2022.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Race 2: Lady Mofeed (trainer B Perrett) – racing manners.
Trials: Race 4: Kopangi (trainer C Waller) – bled off-side nostril.
Certificates: Race 5: King Of Clubs (G Waterhouse & A Bott) – lame (2/5) off foreleg & lame (1/5) near hindleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 3: Marnix – to be ridden further forward; settled off-pace.
Race 4: Naval Seal – to settle further forward; settled off-pace.
Race 5: Colour Sergeant – to be ridden further forward in a mid-field position; settled off-pace.
Race 7: Skyman – to be ridden further forward in a mid-field position; settled off-pace.
Race 8: Zing – to be ridden further forward; settled midfield.
Race 8: Wicklow –to be ridden more conservatively from a wide barrier; settled back.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear: Nil.
Follow up: Race 8: Sibaaq (trainer Ms A Neasham) – post-race condition.

 

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