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Warwick Farm stewards' report

STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

 

Weather:              Overcast / Showers

Track:                  Soft (5); downgraded to Soft (6) at 12.14pm; further downgraded to Soft (7) at 1.21pm following Race 1; further downgraded to Heavy (8) at 3.08pm following

                            Race 4; further downgraded to Heavy (9) at 3.42pm following Race 5.

Rail:                     +3m

Penetrometer:      5.19

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  T J Vassallo (Chairman), S G Railton, S C Knight and cadet

E Y A Hargraves.

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

GOSFORD:  Thursday, 7 October 2021

Race 7 – Narara Plumbing Maiden Handicap 1000m

Invincible Nature– co-trainer Mr M Freedman advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the filly and added that the performance was due to its inexperience, and that the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

ROYAL RANDWICK:  Saturday, 9 October 2021

Race 1 – TAB Highway Handicap 1600m

Chewie Two– trainer Mr W Freedman advised he was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding.

Race 5 – Polytrack Roman Consul Stakes 1200m

O’President– trainer Mr C Waller reported the colt underwent a thorough veterinary examination, including an endoscopic examination, on return to the stable with no abnormalities detected.  Mr Waller advised the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

HAWKESBURY:  Sunday, 10 October 2021

Race 6 – Lander Toyota Benchmark 64 Handicap 1100m

Lambdoma Energy– trainer Ms K Buchanan advised she was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding, but reiterated it will now be spelled.

Race 7 – St Johns Park Bowling Club Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1400m

Ilvermorny– co-trainer Mr L Price advised he was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding, and after speaking with rider R Bayliss, in his opinion Ilvermorny did not handle the prevailing track conditions.

                                                                                                                                                      

 

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As J Collett was indisposed after Race 4 and unable to fulfil his remaining engagements, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 5 Merlinite – T Clark
Race 6 Rebel Rama – T Berry
Race 7 Propose To Me– R King

 

                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

The Stewards permitted the following late scratchings due to the downgradings of the track:

 

Race 6 Harlem Luya (trainer Paul Snowden)At 12.20pm
Race 7 Oxford Tycoon (trainer K Waugh) At 3.18pm
Race 7 Dunbrody Power (trainer J Thompson) At 3.27pm
Race 8 Zoumist(co-trainer R Freedman) At 1.23pm
Race 8 Flash Point (trainer J Thompson) At 3.27pm
Race 8 Pick The Score (trainer C Conners) At 4.07pm

                                                                                                                                                      

 

RACE 1 – Merchant Navy @ Coolmore Plate 1200m

Uncaged – began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Arranmore.  When questioned, T Clark stated that after a discussion with the stable this morning, they formed the view that Uncaged would be better suited by being exposed to a position wider on the track in the home straight.  T Clark added that after being able to obtain a position outside the leader, Arranmore, from the 600m, he then placed Uncaged under pressure from the 400m and whilst the gelding has had a tendency to lay out in the past, he elected to commence shifting wider on the track to comply with his instructions.  Co-trainer Mr A Bott confirmed that the stable had made the assessment that the ground would likely be superior towards the middle of the track and that T Clark rode Uncaged in accordance with stable instructions.

Espiona– began awkwardly, shifted in and lost ground.

Armour Force– began only fairly and then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.  T Berry reported that the gelding did not appear comfortable on today's rain affected surface.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

RACE 2 – Admire Mars at Arrowfield Handicap (1400m)

Podium– began awkwardly.  

Rogue Algorithm– began only fairly and shortly after was crowded between Rivaldo and Vanburg, both of which shifted ground.  From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Near the 600m, commenced to lay out for a short period.

Ramses– slow to begin.  Near the 600m made contact with the running rail and became unbalanced.

Gracilistyla– began only fairly.

Yagoona– blundered shortly after the start.  H Bowman stated that in the early stages, he believed the tempo of the event was genuine, particularly when Gracilistyla and Vanburg improved to the lead in the early stages and he therefore elected to restrain and obtain a position with cover behind those runners.  He said, however, Yagoona then overraced from this point and never settled at any stage of the event.  He added that whilst Yagoona was not entirely comfortable in the soft track conditions today, he believed the principal reason for the gelding not being able to finish its race off in the straight was due to its racing manners throughout the event.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Rivaldo– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced keenly in the middle stages.

RACE 3 – Vinery Handicap 1100m

Cinzento – the Stewards permitted S Clipperton to ride the mare 1kg over its allotted weight of 54kg.  Began only fairly and then from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  

Jerle– the gelding, which sustained minor abrasions to the near hind leg en route to the course, was examined by the Club's official veterinarian and deemed suitable to race.

Scalded– began only fairly and shortly after was bumped by French Marine which shifted out before making heavy contact with Major Murphy and becoming momentarily unbalanced. Near the 600m, shifted out, made contact with Major Murphy and had to be steadied.  The mare was found to have bled from both nostrils following the event.  As this was the first occasion, trainer Mr R Potter was advised of the provisions of the AR79(4). 

French Marine– began awkwardly, shifted out and made heavy contact with Scalded.  Near the 25m was eased from the heels of Jerle (J McDonald) which shifted in when not clear. J McDonald was advised to exercise more care. 

Major Murphy– shortly after the start was bumped then crowded between Moralist and Scalded, which was taken out by French Marine.  Near the 600m had to be steadied when crowded between Scalded, which shifted out marginally, and Super Contender (T Berry), which shifted in.  T Berry was advised to ensure he provides his fellow riders with sufficient racing room in similar circumstances.

Super Contender– rider T Berry could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance of Super Contender today.   A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

RACE 4 – Ranvet Handicap 1600m

From The Bush– bumped on jumping by The Grinder, which shifted in.

Monsieur Sisu– began awkwardly, blundered and became momentarily unbalanced. 

No impediment– began only fairly. 

Grande Rumore– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  J Collett stated that after racing at the rear of the field throughout the event, Grande Rumore failed to let down on today's track surface.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Milk Man– approaching the 400m, when endeavouring to shift out from behind Jazzland, made contact with From The Bush.

The Grinder– H Bowman reported that whilst The Grinder had established form on rain affected surfaces, it was his view that the gelding did not appreciate today's deteriorating track condition and found it difficult to make up ground.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

RACE 5 – The Agency Real Estate Handicap 2400m

Montabot– began awkwardly and shortly after was bumped by Savvy Valentino which shifted out.  H Bowman stated that despite endeavouring to improve his position behind Sounds Of Cannons in the middle stages, his mount came under heavy pressure from the 800m.  He added that despite continuing to pressure Montabot, the gelding failed to respond to his urgings and when it commenced to weaken from the 600m, he elected to ease Montabot down soon after.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.  Trainer Mr M Smith could offer no explanation for the poor performance of Montabot and advised that the gelding will now be spelled.  Notwithstanding this advice, Mr Smith was advised that Montabot will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before being permitted to race again.  

Sounds Of Cannons– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  When the tempo in the middle stages was slow, Sound Of Cannons was allowed to stride forward from the rear of the field and assume a position outside the lead passing the 1000m.

Savvy Valentino– laid in when placed under pressure in the straight.

Arabolini– laid out when placed under pressure in the straight.

Merlinite– passing the 150m was inconvenienced by Savvy Valentino which shifted in marginally.

Zudin– T Berry reported that Zudin did not handle today's heavy track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

RACE 6 – Yulong Handicap 1400m

Parachuter– shortly after the start was bumped then crowded between Louder and Rebel Rama, which shifted in.

Rebel Rama– began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Parachuter.  From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Passing the 300m, had to be steadied and shifted out to avoid the heels of Daralina Belle (J McDonald) which shifted out when not fully clear.  Whilst the Stewards advised J McDonald that he should exercise more care in similar circumstances, the Stewards were satisfied that J McDonald had corrected his mount at the earliest opportunity when realising he was causing interference to Rebel Rama.

Louder– shortly after the start was bumped when crowded between Parachuter and Daralina Belle, both of which shifted ground.

Either Oar– began only fairly.  Passing the 300m was eased from the heels of Rebel Rama, which was taken out by Daralina Belle

Majella– when questioned regarding the mare settling at the rear of the field, rider G Schofield stated that he was under no specific instructions other than to not overly pressure his mount in the early stages.  He said that these instructions were issued as a result of the mare's last start when significant use was made of the mare to obtain a position outside the lead before weakening.  He added that he therefore elected to ride Majella in a neutral manner in the early stages and although he settled further back than intended, he did not believe Majella would have had the necessary speed to have had a more forward position today.  

RACE 7 – Keeneland Handicap 1200m

Stolen Jade– began awkwardly.

Torun– began awkwardly and shortly after became awkwardly placed on the heels of Promotions.  S Clipperton reported that Torun was uncharacteristically stirred up in its preliminary today.  He added that Torun, which had the blinkers applied for the first time today, overraced throughout the event and he felt this was detrimental to his mount’s efforts to finish off the race.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Torun to be slow to recover. The Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of Torun in the days subsequent. 

Propose To Me– shortly after the start was bumped when crowded between Stolen Jade and Mollycoddle, which shifted out.

Missile Heat– slow to begin.  Overraced throughout the early and middle stages. 

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

Mollycoddle– shortly after straightening, was awkwardly placed at the heels of Missile Heat before then shifting to its inside to secure clear running.

RACE 8 – TAB Handicap 1100m

Lady Brook– began only fairly.

Six Again– began only fairly.

The Neon Knight– began only fairly.  Passing the 800m was bumped by Sequana

Praline– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Making the turn near the 600m was awkwardly positioned at the heels of Sequana.

Sequana– near the 800m was bumped by Ruby Kisses which was endeavouring to shift in and obtain a position with cover.  H Bowman stated that the mare did not handle today's heavy track conditions and when he was out of contention from the 150m, he elected to stop riding Sequana from that point.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover.  Stable representative Mr D Greer agreed with the assessment of H Bowman that Sequana did not handle today's heavy track.  Mr Greer undertook to report back on the post race condition and future race plans of Sequana in the days subsequent.

Ruby Kisses– when questioned regarding the filly settling further back in the field today, J Innes stated that he was instructed to obtain a position with cover on Ruby Kisses which was consistent with the instructions issued at its most previous start at Hawkesbury on 23 September 2021.  He added that in the early stages, he anticipated that he would be able to obtain a position in advance of Sequana, however when The Neon Knight improved to that horse's inside, he then elected to restrain Ruby Kisses in an endeavour to settle behind Sequana and overcome the risk of being caught wide and without cover.  He said he was ultimately able to obtain cover behind Your Too Good when that runner was able to cross near the 700m, however from this point, Ruby Kisses dropped the bit and although the filly has some wet track form, he did not believe Ruby Kisses travelled comfortably in today's track conditions.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

GENERAL: 

 

Summary of whip use

 

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

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

 

Race 4 K O’Hara (Monsieur Sisu) 6 strikes
Race 6 T Berry (Rebel Rama) 6 strikes
Race 8 K O’Hara (Praline) 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:  Armour force, Arranmore (2).

Race 2:  Yagoona, Vanburg, Podium.

Race 3:  Jerle, French Marine, Scalded, Moralist.

Race 4:  Jazzland (2).

Race 5:  Savvy Valentino, Montabot, Sound Of Cannons, Arabolini (2).

Race 6:  Majella, Parachuter, Daralina Belle.

Race 7:  Oxford Tycoon, Partners, Exceltic.

Race 8:  Lady Brook, Pick The Score, Praline, Six Again, Tiny.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Nil
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Race 3:  Scalded (trainer R Potter) –  both nostrils, first occasion [AR79(4)].
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 5:  Montabot (trainer M Smith) – poor performance.
Certificates: Nil
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 1:  Lady Piaf– to be ridden on speed; settled midfield and wide.
Race 6:  Either Oar– to be ridden further forward; settled off pace.
Change of Colours: Nil
Follow up: Race 7:  Torun(Trainer J Pride) – post race condition.
Race 8:  Sequana(trainer K Lees) – post race condition and future race plans.

 

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