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STEWARDS’ REPORT

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE

Wednesday,  31 March 2021

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Soft (6)

Rail:                          +3m

Penetrometer:          5.29

 

STEWARDS:  T P Moxon (Chairman), M F Van Gestel, T J Vassallo, J J E Earl and cadets B J Pearce and E A Tickner

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

KENSINGTON:  Thursday, 25 March 2021

RACE 6 – Hyland Race Colours Handicap 1400m

Jojo Was A Man– trainer Mr J Thompson advised that whilst a thorough veterinary examination of the gelding upon return to the stables revealed no abnormalities, it had now been spelled.

 

Race 8 – Heineken Handicap 1150m

Jacquine Reward– trainer Mr D Pfieffer advised that a subsequent endoscopic examination revealed no abnormalities and the gelding will have a short let-up before possibly trialling prior to racing again.

 

ROSEHILL GARDENS:  Saturday, 27 March 2021

Race 1 – Irresistible Pools & Spas Darby Munro Stakes 1200m (Listed)

Doubtland– co-trainer Mr M Hawkes advised that Doubtland had now been spelled. 

 

Race 2 – XXXX N E Manion Cup 2400m (Group 3)

Collide– stable representative Mr D Greer advised that the stable was satisfied with the post race condition of Collide and advised the intention will be to ride the entire in a more positive manner at its next race start.

 

Race 3 – Roadwork Solutions Epona Stakes 1900m (Group 3)

Miss Siska– trainer Mr M Smith advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of Miss Siska and re-iterated his intention to trial the mare before racing again.

 

Race 4 – Ranvet Stakes 2000m (Group 1)

Colette– trainer Mr J Cummings advised he was satisfied with the post race condition of the mare and a veterinary clearance has also been submitted clearing Colette of any lameness.

 

Race 6 – The Agency George Ryder Stakes 1500m (Group 1)

Dawn Passage– stable representative Ms E Reeves advised that the stable was satisfied with the post race condition of the entire.

 

Race 7 – Longines Golden Slipper 1200m (Group 1)

Swift Witness– stable representative Ms E Reeves advised that the stable was satisfied with the post race condition of the filly but advised it has now been spelled.

 

Profiteer– when questioned regarding his riding out of the colt over the concluding stages, H Bowman stated that after leading the event inside the 200m, his mount commenced to tire and he continued to push it hands and heels.  He said over the concluding stages, his mount was under significant pressure to maintain its position and he rode his mount in a manner which he felt was suitable, given the condition of the colt at that point.  In all the circumstances, H Bowman was reminded of his obligations to ride his mount out fully to the finish of the race.  H Bowman was interviewed in respect to his mount having to be steadied from the heels of Stay Inside inside the 200m.  He stated that he had expected Stay Inside to improve past his mount quickly and for this reason he maintained his position on the track rather than shifting in with Stay Inside.  He added that he was caught somewhat by surprise when Stay Inside did not improve quickly past him and as a result became awkward on the heels of that runner and was steadied.  T Berry, the rider of Stay Inside, was advised to exercise more care.

                                                                                                                                                      

 

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As App T Sherry was injured at yesterday's Newcastle meeting, the Stewards permitted the following rider substitutions:

 

Race 4 Coterie – App R Jones
Race 5 Ruby Tuesday– App L Day
Race 6 Super– App B Griffiths
Race 7 Sir Elton– App R Jones

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – Yarraman Park Easter Yearlings Handicap 1200m

Rocklily– the filly reared as the start was effected and lost ground (3L). Stable representative Ms K Dunn was advised that a warning would be placed on the record of Rocklily.  Ms Dunn advised that Rocklily will now be spelled.

 

I'm A Cutie– was slow to begin.  Trainer Mr G Nickson was advised that the filly, which was beaten 25 lengths will not be permitted to race in the metropolitan area until such time as it establishes competitive form in the provincial and country areas.

 

Holstein– on jumping, was bumped and carried wider by Fabulous Choice.  

 

Fabulous Choice– began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Holstein.  Raced keenly in the early stages.

 

Fire– jumped awkwardly.  Raced keenly in the middle stages.  Rider B Avdulla reported the colt, which was having its first race start today, only had one barrier trial leading into today's run.  He said that when Fabulous Choice and Holstein maintained their position away from the rail, Fire was left racing without cover.  He said that when placed under pressure in the straight, Fire did not respond to his riding and he felt that the colt would derive a fitness benefit from today's first race start.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be slow to recover.

 

Police– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Laid in under pressure in the straight and near the 100m had to be corrected by its rider J Collett.  Police then continued to lay in for the remainder of the event. 

 

Mandalong Cash– laid in over the final 100m and over the concluding stages could not be fully tested when positioned behind Chill when that runner shifted out under pressure.

 

Turgenev– rider J McDonald reported that he was able to obtain a favourable position with cover in the early stages behind Fabulous Choice.  He said, however, from the 600m, when that runner did not improve, he was obliged to shift to its outside and commence a run wide and without cover.  He added that the colt, which was having its first race start today, although somewhat disappointing in its failure to finish the race off when under pressure in the straight, will derive a fitness benefit from today's first race start.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr C Waller advised that the colt will now be spelled.

RACE 2 – Hyland Race Colours Plate 1300m

The Artefact– slow to begin.

 

Raoul– jumped awkwardly.

 

Spectacular Slew– after beginning awkwardly was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from the outside barrier.  Laid out rounding the home turn.  Approaching the 500m, when laying out, was hampered and taken wider by Our Lancette (R King), which shifted out abruptly when awkwardly placed on the heels of Zoudica, which had commenced to give ground.  In this incident, Spectacular Slew became awkwardly placed on the heels of Wave, which shifted out further resulting in Legal Challenge being hampered at that point and carried wider.  In all the circumstances R King was reprimanded. 

 

Legal Challenge– began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Wave.  Legal Challenge was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  When racing keenly passing the 900m had to be steadied when crowded between Raoul and Wave (A Adkins) which shifted in when not clear.  A Adkins was advised to exercise more care.  Legal Challenge then continued to race keenly for some distance thereafter.  Laid in under pressure in the straight.

 

Zoudica– raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr C Waller stated that he will contemplate relocating Zoudica to his Queensland base where it will be his intention have the gelding ridden further forward and being stepped up in distance.

 

Wave– raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Captivare– laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Egao– rider J Collett reported that as notified by the Stewards, it was his instructions to obtain cover on the filly.  He said after beginning satisfactorily, his mount commenced to race keenly in the early stages.  He said that he felt that Wave, which was positioned in advance and to the outside of Egao, would continue forward and this would ultimately provide Egao with cover.  He said, however, when that runner was eased by its rider and did not continue forward as anticipated, Egao was ultimately left racing three wide and without cover throughout the event.  He said that Egao ultimately raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages and he believed this to be the principal reason for the filly's disappointing performance. He further added that Egao then raced greenly when placed under pressure in the home straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr C Waller stated that will be his intention to drop the filly back in distance in an endeavour to have it settle in its races.  Mr Waller undertook to report back to the Stewards on the post race condition of Egao in the days subsequent. 

 

RACE 3 – TAB Handicap 2200m

Shangani Patrol– the Stewards permitted S Clipperton to ride the gelding half a kilogram over the allotted weight of 54kg.  Raced wide and without cover until approaching the 1200m.

 

Red Hot Chillypins– began awkwardly and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Approaching the 1600m, when racing keenly, was steadied from the heels of Master Shuhood when that runner lost ground.  Approaching the 800m, when racing keenly, was restrained from the heels of Heart Of Puissance.

 

Foxtrot Bravo– began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Garros.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Toscanini– jumped awkwardly.  Rider T Marquand reported that although he was obliged to place his mount under pressure when approaching the 800m, he was not overly concerned as he rode the colt in a similar manner when Toscanini performed well at Rosehill on 13 March 2021. He added that rounding the home, Toscanini did not respond to his riding and was somewhat disappointed in the colt's failure to finish the race off today.  He added in his opinion, Toscanini performs better on softer surfaces and may have come to the end of its current preparation.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stable representative Mr J Bruce undertook to report back on the post race condition and future racing plans for Toscanini in the days subsequent. 

 

Garros– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Heart Of Puissance– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Master Shuhood– approaching the 1600m, when racing keenly, had to be steadied from the heels of Saffiano when that runner was being restrained in an endeavour to obtain cover.

 

War Baron– rider G Boss reported that the gelding began well, raced keenly in the early stages and as a result settled in a more forward position today.

 

RACE 4 – Pinatubo New To Darley Handicap 1600m

No Escape– shortly after the start was briefly crowded between Coterie and Sanctioned, which shifted out.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Admit It– shortly after the start was bumped slightly by Jack The Lad.  Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.

 

Relucent– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Held up rounding the home turn and between the 300m and approaching the 200m was awkwardly positioned at the heels of Highmaster before obtaining a run to the outside of that gelding.  Laid out under pressure over the final 150m.

 

RACE 5 – Robrick Lodge Handicap 1600m

Frazil– began awkwardly and then was shifted behind runners from its wide barrier.

 

Ruby Tuesday– after being slow to begin, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Raced ungenerously throughout the early stages. 

 

Aperol Sprint– after being slow to begin, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Eleusa– shortly after the start was inconvenienced when placed in restricted room between Fill Of Fun and Darling Diamond, which laid out.  Rider R King reported that from an inside barrier, after beginning well, the filly settled further forward than she had anticipated.  She added that Eleusa travelled strongly throughout the event and when Dundee Lee made a forward move from the 800m, she was able to follow that runner into the event.  She added, however, that shortly after straightening, Eleusa did not respond to her riding and was disappointing in the manner in which it finished its race off.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Eleusa to be slow to recover.  Stable representative Mr D Beadman was unable to offer any explanation for the filly's disappointing performance and undertook to report back on the post race condition of Eleusa in the days subsequent.

 

Segrill– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Segrill had difficulty obtaining clear running rounding the home turn and between the 300m and until passing the 200m, raced in restricted room between Amitto and Frazil, which laid in under pressure. 

 

Duais– held up rounding the home turn and approaching the 400m raced in restricted room between Amitto and Frazil. 

 

Dundee Lee– when questioned regarding his riding in the middle stages and the reason he elected to improve three wide and without cover approaching the 800m, rider J Collett stated that he felt the tempo of the race had slowed in the middle stages and when he observed Darling Diamond, a favoured runner, getting an uncontested lead, he felt it would be in his mount's best interests to commence to improve from the 800m.  He added that after improving forward to race in a three wide position outside the leaders, Darling Diamond then quickened, however Dundee Lee was unable to improve with that runner.  He added that when under pressure in the straight, Dundee Lee finished its race off satisfactorily.  He further added that his decision to improve from the 800m was also influenced by the fact that he is of the view that as Dundee Lee does not possess a turn of foot and as the tempo of the race was only moderate in the middle stages, he believed improving from the 800m would give his mount the best opportunity to win the race.

 

Amitto– rider J McDonald reported he had some difficulty obtaining clear running rounding the home turn.  He added that after securing clear running from the 200m, the mare, which was carrying top weight of 60.5kg, finished its race off satisfactorily in the circumstances.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Stable representative Mr D Beadman stated he was not overly disappointed with the performance of Amitto, particularly when it was unable to improve into the race on straightening.

 

RACE 6 – Sky Racing Active Handicap 1400m

Crystal Breeze– the gelding lost its near fore plate en route to the barriers.  Crystal Breeze was replated upon arrival at the barriers, examined by the Club's veterinarian and deemed suitable to race.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Laid in under pressure in the early part of the straight. 

 

Animate– after being slow to begin, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Invictus Prince– after being slow to begin, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Le Gai Soleil– on jumping, bumped with Crystal Breeze.  A post race veterinary examination revealed a laceration to the off fore coronet.

 

Tinker McPhee– began only fairly.  Rider K McEvoy reported that he had no concerns with the filly's racing manners throughout the early and middle stages, however when Tinker McPhee made the turn approaching the 600m, commenced to hang out badly and as a result the filly made the home turn wide.  K McEvoy added that Tinker McPhee then continued to hang out under pressure in the straight placing him at some disadvantage in fully testing his mount over the final 300m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be lame (2/5) in the off foreleg.  Trainer Mr C Waller was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Tinker McPhee having to barrier trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards.

 

Phemonoe– commenced to overrace after the 1100m and refused to settle.  Approaching the finish line was inconvenienced when Crystal Breeze shifted out.

 

Cutadeel– App C Rawiller advised that after beginning well, he was able to obtain a position further forward than what he had intended. Cutadeel hung out rounding the home turn.  App Rawiller reported that as he had concerns with the action of the gelding, he did not ride Cutadeel out over the final 200m.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  Trainer Mr R Litt was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to Cutadeel trialling/racing again and that a warning would be placed its racing manners.

 

RACE 7 – Vinery Stud Handicap 1100m

Plaquette– the mare, which was fractious in the barriers, began only fairly and shortly after was crowded between Nordicus and Rainbow Connection, which shifted in.  Plaquette was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Belluci Babe– began only fairly.

 

Knickpoint– slow to begin.  Laid in in the middle stages and on a number occasions between the 800m and the 600m made contact with the running rail.  The gelding again made contact with the running rail on a number of occasions approaching and passing the 400m.

 

Chianti– began awkwardly.  Rider K McEvoy reported that although he was obliged to travelled three wide and without cover throughout the event, he felt the filly's failure to respond to his riding in the straight was disappointing particularly bearing in mind the manner in which Chianti had trialled leading into today's race.  K McEvoy added that although today's track was rated in the soft range, in his opinion Chianti would be better suited on tracks with more give.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Rainbow Connection– began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Plaquette.  Rainbow Connection was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. 

 

Sea Echo– shortly after the start was hampered by Belluci Babe, which shifted out.

 

Nordicus– shortly after the start was bumped by Plaquette.  Nordicus then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Commute– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Juan Diva– raced keenly in the middle stages.  Had difficulty securing clear running in the early part of the straight and near the 250m was disappointed for running between Belluci Babe and Chianti. 

 

Ocean Emperor– had difficulty obtaining clear returning in the early part of the straight.

 

Sir Elton– when questioned regarding the gelding leading today, App R Jones advised he was instructed to either settle outside the anticipated leader, Belluci Bay, or if the tempo of the event was moderate, the option was open to him to lead. He said that after placing Sir Elton under some pressure in the early stages, he was able to obtain a position outside the leader, Salina Dreaming.  He added that he endeavoured to maintain his position outside of that runner, however Sir Elton, which was racing with the blinkers back on today, commenced to race keenly.  He said that when Sir Elton did not respond to his efforts to remain racing to the outside of Salina Dreaming, he allowed the gelding to stride forward to the lead.  He added that Sir Elton then continued to race keenly throughout the middle stages.  Trainer Mr A Duggan confirmed the instructions issued to App Jones.  Mr Duggan added that at the gelding's last start at Kensington on 17 March 2021, it was his intention to have his horse ridden further forward, however Sir Elton began awkwardly and settled towards the rear of the field. The Stewards advised Mr Duggan that although Racing NSW speed maps had Sir Elton positioned outside the lead, he was nevertheless reminded of his obligations to inform the Stewards of any change in riding tactics.

 

Salina Dreaming– rider T Clark reported that after beginning well, he was able to capitalise on his early positioning and ultimately was able to settle in a forward position.

 

RACE 8 – XXXX Handicap 1300m

Quintessa– the mare was a late scratching at 8.28am when no suitable apprentice rider was available to replace App T Sherry.

 

Born A Warrior– co-trainer Mr M Hawkes was fined $100 under AR106 for presenting Born A Warrior to the enclosure in blinkers which are not part of its approved gear.  Began only fairly.  Held up rounding the home turn and passing the 300m, was briefly crowded between Bentley Magic and Quiet Riot, which shifted in slightly.  Approaching the 200m, when inclined to lay in, was inconvenienced when Bentley Magic shifted out slightly.

 

Celer– began awkwardly.

 

Rosie Riveter– began only fairly and shortly after the start was eased when crowded between The Grinder and Bentley Magic, which shifted in.

 

Twice As Special– began only fairly.  Near the 150m was steadied when disappointed for running between Quiet Riot and Rosie Riveter.  Twice As Special was then shifted back to the inside of Quiet Riot, however raced tight when endeavouring to improve between that runner and Born A Warrior between the 100m until passing the 50m.

 

Acrophobic– after beginning only fairly, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. 

 

Diva Bella– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Approaching the 200m was eased from the heels of Twice As Special (R Dolan) when that runner shifted out when not clear.  R Dolan was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.

 

Greenspan– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Bentley Magic– App C Rawiller reported that after beginning well and with the slow early tempo in the early stages, the gelding was able to obtain a more forward position today.

 

Quite Riot– a post race veterinary examination of the gelding, which raced wide and without cover throughout the event, revealed no abnormalities.

 

Reiby's Regent– a post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have shifted its near hind plate.   

 

GENERAL:  Trainer Ms W Roche pleaded guilty to a charge under AR103(4) in that she had failed to amend stable returns for several horses under her care, including detailing the current location of such horses.  Ms Roche was fined the sum of $500.

 

Summary of whip use

 

The Stewards noted the following rider exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the

100m under AR132(7)(a)(ii):

 

Race 3 R King (Alakahan) 6 strikes

 

Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

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

Race 1:  Lease, Chill (2), I’m A Cutie.

Race 2:  Legal Challenge, Lucky To Win, The Artefact, Captivare.

Race 3:  Master Shuhood, Red Hot Chillypins, Garros, Alakahan.

Race 4:  Highmaster (2), Jack The Lad, No Escape.

Race 5:  Amitto, Ruby Tuesday, Dundee Lee, Frazil, Darling Diamond.

Race 6:  Super, Sagacious, Animate.

Race 7:  Sir Elton, Belluci Babe, Juan Diva.

Race 8:  Bentley Magic, Born A Warrior.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: General:  Trainer W Roche – $500 – failed to amend stable returns [AR103(4)].
Race 8:  Co-trainer M Hawkes (Born A Warrior) – $100 – presented to the enclosure in unapproved gear [AR106].
Reprimands: Race 2:  R King (Our Lancette) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Race 1:  Rocklily(trainer M Dunn) – barrier manners.
Race 6:  Cutadeel (trainer R Litt) – racing manners.
Trials: Race 6:  Tinker McPhee(trainer C Waller) – hanging out.
Certificates: Race 6:  Cutadeel (trainer R Litt) – rider concerned with action.
Race 6:  Tinker McPhee(trainer C Waller) – lame (2/5) in the off foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 1:  Lease– to be ridden more forward; settled midfield.
Race 2:  Egao – to be ridden conservatively; settled on pace.
Race 4:  Sanctioned– to be ridden more forward; settled outside the leader.
Race 4:  Jack The Lad– to be ridden quieter; settled worse than midfield.
Race 6:  Exceltic– to be ridden further forward; settled off pace,
Change of Colours: Race 3:  Saffiano – Club colours.
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 2:  Egao (trainer C Waller) – post race condition.
Race 3: Toscanini (Maher/Eustace stable) – post race condition and future race plans.
Race 5:  Eleusa(trainer J Cummings) – post race condition.

 

 

 

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