Ladbrokes Park Hillside: Melbourne Racing Club
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Good 4, upgraded to a Good 3 at 5.33 pm after Race 4
9.5; Shear 9.8; Soil Moisture 31.8%
Out 9m entire circuit
Rob Montgomery (Chair), Corie Waller, Simon Carey, Kirstie Vanderzeil
and Alex Streckbein (Cadet)
Riding Changes / Jockey Information
Race 7 Rider Michael Walker was reprimanded under AR190(3) for accepting a ride when overweight.
Race 1 LADBROKES PLATE - 1300 metres:
Chart Buster Underwent a veterinary examination after being fractious in the barrier and was passed fit to race. Co‑trainer Ben Hayes was notified that a warning has been placed on the gelding for its barrier behaviour.
Oh So Far Slow to begin.
Galaxy Turf Slow to begin. Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.
Needlework Slow to begin. Near the 400m shifted out to obtain clear running and in doing so brushed with Horse Ofwallstreet. Needlework then raced greenly for a short distance.
Cemented (NZ) Began awkwardly and lost ground. Raced keenly in the middle stages. Laid out under pressure in the straight.
Kermalaw Raced keenly in the early stages.
Silly Point Got its head up when being restrained to obtain cover near the 1000m.
Groovy Kinda Love Held up for a short distance approaching and passing the 400m.
Italianski Rider Jamie Mott reported it had not been the intention to lead, however after beginning well from the wide gate, he elected to stride forward and settle closer.
Derive Rider Jamie Kah reported she had been given no specific instruction other than to settle where comfortable. She added after beginning fairly from a wide gate, the filly showed good early speed and therefore she elected to stride forward and settle outside the leader.
Jack's Honour Rider Randy Tan reported the gelding failed to travel and was disappointing . As the gelding had left the course before undergoing a veterinary examination, a veterinary certificate will be required before racing again. Trainer Ray Besanko advised Stewards that Jack's Honour appeared to pull up satisfactorily.
Race 2 IVE > PRINT HANDICAP 1400 metres:
Correct weight was delayed to enable rider Jamie Kah (Camaguey, 3rd placegetter) to view the Stewards' patrol footage near the 150m. As both Jamie Kah and the Stewards were satisfied that there were insufficient grounds for a successful objection, correct weight was declared.
Daily Bugle Raced keenly in the early stages with its head up.
Frontman Rounding the home turn when looking to obtain clear running bumped with Little Schnitty, becoming unbalanced.
Little Schnitty Rounding the home turn became unbalanced after bumping with Frontman.
Camaguey Near the 150m was eased when crowded to the inside of Daily Bugle (L. Currie) which shifted in under pressure. Luke Currie was severely reprimanded.
Race 3 THOROUGHBRED CLUB HANDICAP - 2400 metres:
The Mockingbird Began awkwardly and lost ground.
Under The Bridge (NZ) Rider Joe Bowditch pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR132(7)(a)(ii) for using his whip eight times prior to the 100m which is three times more than permitted (17 in totality). Joe Bowditch had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence midnight 24 February 2021 to expire midnight 3 March 2021, a total of 8 race meetings (3 metropolitan and 5 provincial.) Joe Bowditch was also fined $200. In assessing penalty, Stewards took into account his guilty plea, good record and totality of whip strikes.
Race 4 CLANBROOKE RACING HANDICAP - 1800 metres:
Alabama Man Late scratching at 5.01 pm on veterinary advice, sustained a laceration to the off hind leg after kicking out whilst being saddled. A veterinary certificate will be required prior to racing again. All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on the late scratching to be refunded. All monies bet after the Stewards' declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket.
Irish Delight Underwent a veterinary examination after undergoing an adjustment to its off fore plate in the mounting yard and was passed fit to race. Knuckled passing the 400m. Apprentice Melissa Julius was reminded of her obligations to ride her mounts out to the end of the race. In assessing the matter, Stewards noted her actions did not affect the result of the race.
Blue Ocean (NZ) Slow to begin.
Night Passage Slow to begin and was then restrained from its wide barrier. Rider Luke Currie reported after the mare was slow to begin that he elected to restrain to settle with cover which was further back than intended. Held up for clear running from rounding the home turn near the 600m until near the 300m.
Amfissa (NZ) Raced keenly in the early stages. Approaching the 200m was hampered when crowded for room to the inside of Jungle Jane which had shifted in and away from Blue Ocean (NZ).
Jungle Jane Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.
Holster (NZ) Rider Jamie Kah reported after beginning well from the wide gate, she elected to stride forward and settle closer.
Race 5 LADBROKES BACK YOURSELF HANDICAP - 1600 metres:
Last Kingdom (USA) Raced keenly when leading in the early stages. Hung out under pressure in the straight.
Heart Of Puissance Near the 1000m lost ground when racing behind Saccharo which had been steadied at that stage to obtain cover. Performed below market expectations. Rider John Allen reported that his mount settled further back than intended, noting that it had been eased when racing behind Saccharo in the middle stages. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the entire to be lame in the near hind leg. A veterinary certificate will be required prior to racing again.
Dance Ready Rider Daniel Stackhouse reported after being slow to begin, the gelding settled further back from the wide barrier.
Dirty Deeds (NZ) Rider Jamie Kah reported that after beginning well and being caught wide, she elected to stride forward and settle behind the leader which was closer than intended.
Race 6 QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP - 1400 metres:
Merchant Of Venice Slow to begin.
Triton Rising Slow to begin. Raced keenly in the middle stages.
Alburq Approaching the 200m bumped with Imperial Lad when both horses shifted ground.
Imperial Lad Raced keenly in the early stages. Approaching the 200m bumped with Alburq when both horses shifted ground. Shifted out wider on the track over the concluding stages.
Race 7 MRC MEMBERS HANDICAP - 1000 metres:
Modear Crowded for room on jumping away between Tarcoola Diva and Quesadilla which both shifted ground.
Heka Express Raced keenly in the middle stages. Apprentice Lachlan King reported his mount raced keenly in the early stages, however after obtaining cover, the mare failed to travel and ran on only fairly in the straight. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be lame in the off hind leg. A veterinary certificate will be required prior to racing again.
Huffington Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.
Bons Abroad Held up for clear running from on straightening near the 500m until shifting in passing the 300m.
Tarcoola Diva Held up for clear running from approaching the 400m until near the 300m. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed a laceration to the off hind leg. A veterinary certificate will be required prior to racing again.
Princess Flagrant A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be suffering from heat stress. A veterinary certificate will be required prior to racing again.
Race 8 REMEMBERING RAY HUXLEY HANDICAP 1300 metres:
Stardayz Late scratching at 6.18 pm, track upgrade.
Arigato Slow to begin.
Don'ttelltheboss Slow to begin.
Fiorente's Girl Raced keenly in the early stages.
Knowles Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.
Bel My Pago Apprentice Lachlan Neindorf reported that it had not been the intention to settle as far forward as it did, however after beginning well from the inside gate, he found himself in a position just behind the leaders.
Press The Petal Rider Rose Pearson reported on scales that the mare, which was first up from a long break, did not appreciate the pace of the race and would be suited over more ground.
Over There Rider Daniel Stackhouse reported that his mount settled closer than anticipated and in his opinion this did not suit the mare.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
Race 1 Jack's Honour Me, Cemented (NZ), Derive
Race 2 Lightsaber, Daily Bugle, Frontman
Race 3 Shepard (GB), The Mockingbird, Muleta
Race 4 Blue Ocean (NZ), Holster (NZ), Night Passage
Race 5 Heart Of Puissance, Saccharo, Seas No Limit (NZ)
Race 6 Alpha Sky, Evening Glory, Muswellbrook
Race 7 Heka Express, Huffington, Bons Abroad
Race 8 Fiorente's Girl, Knowles, Chilula (NZ)
Pre-race urine for post‑race analysis:
Race 5 Dance Ready
Race 6 Alburq
Race 7 Modear
Post‑race samples from following horses:
Race 4, Alabama Man, 5.01 pm, veterinary advice
Race 8, Stardayz, 6.18 pm, track upgrade
Race 3, Joe Bowditch, $200, whip use, AR132(7)(a)(ii)
Race 7, Michael Walker, overweight, AR190(3)
Race 2, Luke Currie, careless riding, severe reprimand, AR131(a)
Race 3, Joe Bowditch, eight meetings, midnight 24/2/21 to midnight 3/3/21, whip use, AR132(7)(a)(ii)
Race 1, Jack's Honour, veterinary certificate
Race 4, Alabama Man, laceration, veterinary certificate
Race 5, Heart Of Puissance, lame, veterinary certificate
Race 7, Heka Express, lame, veterinary certificate
Race 7, Princess Flagrant, heat stress, veterinary certificate
Race 7, Tarcoola Diva, laceration, veterinary certificate