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Sandown stewards' report

Sportsbet Sandown Lakeside: Melbourne Racing Club

 

Date:

Wednesday 7 February 2024

Track:

Good 4, upgraded to a Good 3 at 4:58 pm after Race 3

Going Stick:

9.3; Shear 10.1

Weather:

Fine

Rail:

Out 3m entire circuit

 

Stewards' Panel:

 

Corie Waller (Chair), Alex Streckbein, Rex Terp and Kirstie Vanderzeil

 

Riding Changes/Jockey Information

 

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

2

Sparkling

Beau Mertens

Luke Currie

Injured

3

Western Conqueror

Beau Mertens

Harry Coffey

Injured

 

Medical Certificate produced today:

Rhys McLeod

 

Must produce Medical Certificate prior to riding again:

Beau Mertens

 

Did not attend meeting:

Beau Mertens

 

Other Comments/Explanations:

Rider Ben Melham pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR115(1)(a) for misconducting himself by using offensive language in an audible manner in the hallway of the jockeys' room. Stewards noted that these comments were heard in the scales area. Ben Melham was fined $300.

 

Race 1 WELCOME TO SPORTSBET SANDOWN PLATE - 1300 metres:

Howlin' Rain Change of tactics: intention to be more forward. Settled in the lead. Laid out rounding the home turn, then continued to lay out under pressure in the straight. Rider Carleen Hefel reported that the gelding raced keenly in the lead and laid out throughout. Trainer Cindy Alderson was notified a warning would be recorded against the gelding.

Jammin Jimmy Slow to begin. Raced wide without cover throughout.

Castle On High (NZ) Slow to begin.

Najle (NZ) Slow to begin. Near the 800m was eased when crowded for room to the inside of Castle On High (NZ) which shifted in and away from Jammin Jimmy (J. Allen) which was racing tightly to its outside. Rider John Allen was advised to show caution in similar circumstances.

Rocking The Boat (NZ) Began awkwardly.

Bugden Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Laid out rounding the home turn.

 

Race 2 STUD AND STABLE STAFF AWARDS HANDICAP - 1400 metres:

Neto Stood flat footed as the start was effected and as a result was slow to begin (3L). Trainer Ben Brisbourne was notified a warning would be recorded against the gelding.

Sparkling Commenced awkwardly.

Soar Beyond (NZ) Commenced awkwardly, shifted out and bumped with Stepchild.

Stepchild Shortly after the start was hampered when tightened for room between Soar Beyond (NZ) and New Hampshire, both of which commenced awkwardly. Approaching the 100m was disappointed for clear running and steadied between New Hampshire (J. Childs) and Soar Beyond (NZ) (D. Lane), both of which shifted ground. Riders Jordan Childs and Damian Lane were advised to show greater caution in similar circumstances. Performed below market expectations. Rider Craig Williams reported that his mount did not quicken as expected on straightening and when able to build momentum was then disappointed for clear running over the concluding stages. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Crown Crusher Shortly after the start was hampered when bumped heavily by New Hampshire, which had been taken outwards by Stepchild, which in turn had been bumped by Soar Beyond (NZ).

New Hampshire Raced keenly in the early stages.

Warlords Lost the near hind plate in running.

 

Race 3 FIERCE IMPACT - QUALITY YEARLINGS 2024 - 1200 metres:

Perfectly Good Slow to begin. Held up for clear running near the 300m and near the 200m was disappointed for clear running between Barbaric Lad and Rubiquity, both of which shifted ground slightly. As a result, Perfectly Good was held up before shifting out near the 150m.

Athanatos Commenced awkwardly. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Passing the 1000m laid out whilst rounding the turn. Held up for clear running approaching the 400m.

Mansura Slow into stride before then being bumped by Bollon (NZ) which jumped inwards. Rider Craig Williams reported that the colt raced greenly throughout and, bearing that in mind, he was not too disappointed with the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Rubiquity Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Western Conqueror Raced wide without cover throughout. Raced greenly under pressure in the straight.

Flyer Passing the 150m raced in restricted room between Last Druid and Western Conqueror. Passing the 100m was accidentally struck over the nose by the whip of Blake Shinn (Last Druid).

King Bling Rider Damian Lane reported that he was satisfied with the performance of the colt, bearing in mind that it raced greenly. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

 

Race 4 SPORTSBET FAST FORM HANDICAP - 1600 metres:

Willmott Slow to begin. Laid out from the 600m until straightening. Performed below market expectations. Rider Jye McNeil reported after being slow to begin, the gelding failed to muster early speed and settled further back than intended. He added that the gelding was on its wrong leg rounding the home turn. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Princeofcambridge (NZ) Knuckled at the start, shifted out and bumped Aria Electra. Rider Damian Lane reported that the gelding failed to travel throughout, noting that it may have been impacted by commencing very awkwardly at the start. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Aria Electra Bumped at the start by Princeofcambridge (NZ) which shifted out. Performed below market expectations. Rider Sheridan Clarke reported that the mare set a quick tempo in front and, as it may have come to the end of its current preparation, it failed to finish the race off. Trainer Peter Gelagotis indicated that the mare would now be spelled. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Thinking Rain A post‑race veterinary examination revealed a minor laceration to the near hind fetlock.

 

Race 5 EVERGREEN TURF HANDICAP - 1400 metres:

Bold Manner (NZ) Overraced in the early stages and raced keenly in the middle stages. Rider Declan Bates reported that as a result, he allowed his mount to stride forward to lead near the 800m, however added that the mare failed to finish the race off. Passing the 100m Declan Bates lost the use of his outside rein before regathering near the 50m. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Dundancer Slow to begin (2L).

Longtimedreaming Slow to begin. Raced wide from the 800m. When questioned regarding the tactics adopted, rider Ryan Houston reported that he had been instructed to ride the mare where comfortable, noting that on the previous occasions he had won on the mare (particularly at Warrnambool 23 Oct 2023), he had come around runners in the straight. For this reason, he did not wish to shift to the rail in the early stages, adding that after travelling a short distance, he had improved up onto the heels of Bush Christmas, shifting out to avoid that mare's heels. He further stated that as a result he travelled wide for the majority of the event. Ryan Houston added in hindsight that he should have made a greater attempt to maintain a one-off position in the early stages. Trainer Paul Preusker confirmed the nature of the instructions and agreed with Ryan Houston's assessment that he would have been better served maintaining a position with cover. Stewards, bearing in mind his relative inexperience, spoke to Ryan Houston advisedly in regards to the tactics he adopted in the early stages.

Fiasco Tess Shortly after the start was restrained to obtain cover. Rider Mark Zahra reported after jumping only fairly, he restrained the mare and eventually settled further back than intended.

 

Race 6 STOW STORAGE SOLUTIONS HANDICAP - 2100 metres:

Mi Rock Aly (NZ) Slow to begin. Raced wide from the 1100m. Passing the 200m was eased and tightened for room between Entitled Princess and Ala Moana (H. Coffey) which shifted out. Rider Harry Coffey was severely reprimanded and advised to show greater care in similar circumstances. Rider Damian Lane reported that his mount was obliged to travel wide throughout and, after having a tough run, failed to finish off as a result. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Whakamana Commenced awkwardly. Held up for clear running from the 400m until passing the 200m.

Charisse Commenced awkwardly and shortly after the start was bumped by Ala Moana.

Tahlequah (NZ) Raced wide without cover in the early stages until striding forward to settle outside the leader approaching the 1100m.

Eloped Negotiated the crossing at the 1400m awkwardly. Rider Craig Williams reported he had intended to settle with cover, however after beginning well and the lack of speed in the event, he found himself in the lead. He added that the mare then raced keenly and failed to finish off as a result.

Hard Squeeze Held up for clear running for a short distance passing the 400m.

Entitled Princess Approaching the 100m was eased when racing in restricted room between Mi Rock Aly (NZ), which had been crowded outwards and Charisse, which shifted in under pressure. Rider Ben Melham reported the mare raced flat. Trainer Stephen Brown stated he was satisfied with the performance, bearing in mind the mare was hampered when under pressure in the straight.

 

Race 7 TILE IMPORTER HANDICAP - 2100 metres:

Prior to correct weight, rider John Allen (Lauding [NZ], 2nd placegetter) lodged an objection against Yellowbrick Road (IRE) (Rhys McLeod, 1st placegetter) being declared the winner on the grounds of alleged interference in the straight. Further, rider Sheridan Clarke (Adonis Kick, 3rd placegetter) lodged an objection against Yellowbrick Road (IRE) (Rhys McLeod, 1st placegetter) being declared the winner on the grounds of alleged interference in the straight. After taking evidence from all parties concerned and viewing the patrol videos, it was established, in relation to the objection 3rd against 1st, that near the 200m, Adonis Kick was attempting to obtain clear running to the outside of Yellowbrick Road (IRE) before then being disappointed for that position due to Yellowbrick Road (IRE) shifting out under pressure and Lauding (NZ) shifting in, in an attempt to gain clear running. As a result, Adonis Kick and Lauding (NZ) made contact and Adonis Kick was then eased and taken to the inside of Yellowbrick Road (IRE) shortly after. As Stewards could not be fully satisfied that Adonis Kick had obtained full running and as there was a contribution by Lauding (NZ) in the incident, Stewards, bearing in mind the beaten margin of a neck by a half head, could not be fully satisfied that had the incident not taken place that Adonis Kick would have finished in front of Yellowbrick Road (IRE) and therefore dismissed the objection.

In regards to the objection 2nd against 1st, it was established that Lauding (NZ), which had been held up for clear running, had shifted to the inside of Son Of Solly approaching the 100m, thereby shifting in towards the hindquarters of Yellowbrick Road (IRE) before brushing with that runner and racing tightly to its outside. Then approaching the winning post Lauding (NZ) again brushed with Yellowbrick Road (IRE) as a result of Yellowbrick Road (IRE) shifting out slightly. During this incident, Lauding (NZ) was struck over the nose by the whip of Rhys McLeod (Yellowbrick Road [IRE]). Stewards, bearing in mind the neck margin and the proximity to the winning post, could not be fully satisfied that had the incident not taken place that Lauding (NZ) would have finished in front of Yellowbrick Road (IRE) and therefore dismissed the objection.

Martial Eagle (IRE) Commenced awkwardly as the start was effected, making contact with the partition and as a result was slow into stride (5L). Trainer Charlotte Littlefield was notified Martial Eagle (IRE) was suspended from racing and would be required to compete in a jumpout to the satisfaction of Stewards before being permitted to race again.

Gottabesavvy (NZ) Slow to begin. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.

Lauding (NZ) Slow to begin. Held up for clear running from passing the 600m until obtaining a narrow run between Son Of Solly and Yellowbrick Road (IRE) near the 100m. When obtaining this position, Lauding (NZ) shifted in, making contact with the hindquarters of Yellowbrick Road (IRE) and raced tightly for a short distance. Was brushed and accidentally struck over the nose by the whip of Rhys McLeod approaching the winning post. When questioned, rider John Allen reported he had been instructed to settle back in the field, as is the gelding's normal racing pattern and added that approaching the home turn, he was to the inside of Gottabesavvy (NZ) and therefore did not feel there was the option to shift wider to obtain clear running approaching and rounding the home turn. He added for this reason he was obliged to look for clear running in the straight, however when no opportunities arose, he was held up for clear running until over the final 100m and, even during this period, in restricted room.

Son Of Solly Raced wide in the early stages until striding forward to settle outside the leader passing the 1600m.

Midnight Glow Passing the 1000m commenced a three-wide run around the field.

Adonis Kick Approaching the 200m was disappointed for clear running between Yellowbrick Road (IRE) (R. McLeod) which shifted out under pressure and Lauding (NZ) which had shifted in, in an attempt to obtain clear running. Rider Rhys McLeod was reprimanded for shifting ground in this incident. As a result, Adonis Kick was eased to the inside of Yellowbrick Road (IRE) to obtain clear running near the 150m.

Yellowbrick Road (IRE) Approaching the 100m was bumped on the hindquarters by Lauding (NZ) which shifted in to obtain clear running. Approaching the winning post shifted out slightly, brushing with Lauding (NZ).

Lavish Thinker A post‑race veterinary examination revealed blood at both nostrils. A horse which, in the opinion of the Stewards, has had an attack of bleeding; (a) for a period of 2 months after the attack of bleeding, must not, without the permission of the Stewards, be trained, exercised or galloped on a racecourse, recognised training track, private training establishment, or other place; (b) must not start in any race for a period of 3 months, and then only after: (i) a gallop of at least 1000 metres; or (ii) an official trial or jump-out; in the presence, and to the satisfaction of a Steward.

 

Race 8 SPORTSBET BET WITH MATES HANDICAP - 1200 metres:

The declaration of correct weight was delayed to enable rider Blake Shinn (Subsix, 3rd placegetter) to view the Stewards' patrol video before deciding not to lodge an objection against Kahhof, (2nd placegetter, Jye McNeil).

Let's Get Down Slow to begin.

Subsix Slow to begin. Between the 200m and the winning post line bumped with Kahhof on a number of occasions.

Patchouli Dream Commenced awkwardly, shifted out and bumped with Subsix. Shifted ground considerably under pressure in the straight. Apprentice Ryan Houston advised that the filly was inclined to lay outwards, however concurred with the Stewards' observation that he could have made a far greater effort to prevent his mount shifting ground in the straight. Stewards took no action, other than to advise Ryan Houston that he must stop riding and straighten when his mounts shift ground in this manner.

Este Dia Raced keenly while being restrained in the early stages. Carried outwards passing the 200m by Patchouli Dream which shifted out under pressure and shortly after then shifted out further from that runner, making slight contact with Let's Get Down.

Kahhof Raced wide in the early stages being allowed to stride forward and settle outside the leader near the 800m.

Rockabilly Rebel Raced wide without cover from the 800m.

Robrick Held up for clear running from near the 300m until near the 200m.

 

SWAB SAMPLES

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 Jammin Jimmy, Warby Ranges, Castle On High (NZ)

Race 2 Soar Beyond (NZ), Crown Crusher

Race 3 Brutal Force, Last Druid, Rubiquity

Race 4 Willmott, Zaku, Thinking Rain

Race 5 Bold Manner (NZ), Fiasco Tess, Dundancer

Race 6 Whakamana, Tahlequah (NZ), Hard Squeeze

Race 7 Yellowbrick Road (IRE), Lauding (NZ), Lavish Thinker

Race 8 Subsix, Kahhof, Rockabilly Rebel

 

Pre-race urine for post-race analysis:

Race 5 Versilia

Race 6 Mi Rock Aly (NZ)

Race 8 Robrick

 

Post-race samples from following horses:

All Winners

 

Raceday Summary

 

Fines:

Race 6, Ben Melham, misconduct, $300, AR115(1)(a)

Reprimands:

Race 7, Rhys McLeod, careless riding, AR131(a)

Severe Reprimands:

Race 6, Harry Coffey, careless riding, AR131(a)

Horse Actions:

Race 1, Howlin' Rain, hung out, warning

Race 2, Neto, stood flat footed, warning

Race 7, Martial Eagle (IRE), slow to begin, jump-out

Race 7, Lavish Thinker, bled both nostrils, 3-month suspension

Change of Tactics:

Race 1, Howlin' Rain, more forward

 

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