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Warwick Farm stewards' report

STEWARDS’ REPORT 

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

 

Weather:                   Overcast / Showers

Track:                       Heavy (10)

Rail:                          +5m 1000m-W/Post; +3m Remainder

Penetrometer:          6.34

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  S G Railton (Chairman), J J E Earl, C L Albrecht, S C Knight and cadets P L Phillips, B A Boyce-Mortlock and S K Morrish 

 

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Supplementary Reports:

CANTERBURY PARK:  Wednesday, 4 May 2022

RACE 4 – TAB Plate 1200m

Zambezi River – stable representative Mr C Duckworth reported the results of a subsequent veterinary examination, including an endoscopic examination and dynamic scope, revealed no obvious abnormalities and the connections of the colt are still to decide whether to continue with its current preparation or to give Zambezi River a spell.

 

GOSFORD:  Saturday, 7 May 2022

RACE 6 – Brook Group 3&4YO Benchmark 72 Handicap 1600m

Galaxy Belle – stable representative Mr D Greer advised that the stable was satisfied with the post race condition of the mare.

 

KEMBLA GRANGE:  Saturday, 7 May 2022

RACE 1 – Bankstown Sports Maiden Plate 1600m 

Little Lanai – trainer Mr J Coyle advised that he was satisfied with the post race condition of the filly, however it has now been spelled.  

 

RACE 7 – Club Rivers Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1400m 

Big Surprise – trainer Ms K Buchanan advised that she was satisfied with the post race condition of the gelding, however has subsequently had blood taken from Big Surprise, the results of which she will report to Stewards. 

                                                                                                                                                      

 

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As T Clark was indisposed, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 5 Quiet Riot – J McDonald
Race 6 Dinado – K Latham

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

CHANGES TO DECLARED WEIGHT:

The Stewards permitted the following jockeys to ride over their declared weight:

 

Race 2 Vivid Flash – H Bowman – ½kg over 56kg
Race 3 Za Ceibas – J McDonald – 1kg over 55kg

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – TAB Handicap 1400m

Samaritan– began awkwardly and made contact with the inside barrier partition.  K McEvoy reported that the colt, which was having its first race start, was unable to keep pace with the field in the heavy going and was never comfortable in the ground.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. 

Deft Leopard– began awkwardly and shortly after was bumped by Monfiducia.

Monfiducia– began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Deft Leopard.  App T Sherry was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts fully to the finishing line to the best of his ability, even in testing conditions.

Buillt– B Avdulla reported that when placed under pressure, his mount did not respond to his riding and struggled in the heavy ground and as a result did not close off the race.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be slow to recover. 

Monastery– at the 350m, blundered in the heavy going.

RACE 2 – Proven Thoroughbreds Handicap 1300m

Excelladus– the gelding, which was found to have blood in its mouth on arrival at the barriers, was examined by the Club's veterinary officer and passed fit to start.  Began awkwardly and was bumped by Democracy Manifest.

Rebel Shadow– stood flat footed and missed the start (3L).  App T Schiller stated that after being slow to begin, the gelding was able to improve its position closer to the field approaching the home turn.  He said, however, despite being hard ridden, Rebel Shadow did not let down in the heavy ground as it did in its last start and was disappointing.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

Democracy Manifest– began awkwardly and shortly after, shifted out and made contact with Excelladus.

I'm Divine– from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Prefer To Be Ready– from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

Do Well Legend– passing the 400m was momentarily steadied from the heels of Vivid Flash which shifted in.  K McEvoy reported that whilst the gelding travelled satisfactorily throughout the early and middle stages when racing on the bridle, once placed under pressure, Do Well Legend did not handle the very heavy surface and weakened in the straight.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

Vivid Flash– H Bowman reported that after racing in the lead, his mount was disappointing in the manner in which it failed to respond to his riding from the 400m.   He said that Vivid Flash did not handle the Heavy (10) racing surface.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover. 

RACE 3 – First Justify Yearlings Handicap 2400m

Za Ceibas– prior to the declaration of correct weight, Stewards inquired into the start to determine whether the gelding had been afforded a fair start. It was established that simultaneous with the start being effected, the gelding put its head down and consequently missed the start by a considerable margin (6L).  Stewards were satisfied that the gelding was afforded a fair start and Za Ceibas was declared to be a runner.  J McDonald advised that after being tailed off in the early stages, he was obliged to make the gelding work through the middle stages to make up lost ground, however this effort took its toll on Za Ceibas which was well beaten prior to the home turn. He said as a consequence, he did not test the horse in the straight and eased it down.  Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised that Za Ceibas would be required to trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. 

Shameless Miss– began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Aquileon.

Aquileon– was bumped on jumping by Shameless Miss, which shifted in.  Passing the winning post on the first occasion, was steadied and shifted out and away from the heels of Shameless Miss (T Berry) when awkwardly placed behind that runner which shifted in when not fully clear.  T Berry was reprimanded.

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

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

Atonement– K O'Hara reported that, as advised, she was instructed to take up a more forward position. She said that leaving the straight on the first occasion, when both Feel The Rush and Turnaround Time held their positions to her inside, this left the mare in a three wide position and consequently she was obliged to make Atonement work for some distance to be able to cross Turnaround Time to shift into the one off position near the 1200m.  K O'Hara further advised that Atonement then came under pressure from the 800m to hold its position and soon after commenced to give ground.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be slow to recover. 

Turnaround Time– App T Schiller stated that the gelding, which was up in class today, came under heavy pressure from the 800m, did not respond to his riding thereafter and tailed out.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.  

RACE 4 – Drinkwise Mile 1600m

Get The Idea– was a late scratching at 1.11pm acting on veterinary advice after sustaining injuries to both hind limbs in transit.  Trainer Mr J Smerdon was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding being permitted to barrier trial or race again.  

Chateaux Park– the gelding, which lost its near fore shoe en route to the barriers, had to be re-plated.  The gelding was subsequently examined by the club’s veterinary officer behind the barriers and passed suitable to race.  Slow to begin and shortly after had to be eased to avoid the heels of So Sneeky, which shifted out.

So Sneeky– after travelling a short distance, was inconvenienced by Mach Schnell, which shifted out.

Mach Schnell– shortly after the start drifted out before being corrected by its rider.  S Clipperton reported that although the gelding was successful on a Heavy (9) surface on the Kensington track at its last start, it did not handle the Heavy (10) racing surface today and came under pressure from the 600m.  He said that once taken off the bridle, Mach Schnell floundered on the heavy surface and gave ground quickly.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. 

Above And Beyond– when questioned regarding his riding approaching the home turn and whether he had an opportunity to shift out and away from the heels of Mach Schnell near the 400m, App R Jones advised that as the gelding is not entirely comfortable on the heavy ground, he was intent on holding the horse together to help it through the ground for as long as possible.  He said that he anticipated that Mach Schnell would take him further into the race, however when that gelding quickly came under pressure near the 600m, Above And Beyond was awkwardly placed behind that runner momentarily before shifting in and following So Sneeky through.  He said that he was not overly concerned by making ground near the inside as he did not feel that the ground was inferior to other parts of the track. App Jones stated that in retrospect, it would have been a better option to have shifted immediately to the outside of the heels of Mach Schnell near the 400m.  Stewards advised App Jones to ensure he is at all times alert to shifting ground and improving his position when the opportunity presents itself.

RACE 5 – Pinatubo New @ Darley Handicap 1000m

Tobermory– trainer Mr T Smart was fined $200 under LR35(2) for failing to declare App M Derrick as the rider of the gelding by the prescribed time.  Shortly after the start was bumped by Off Shaw, which shifted out.

Quiet Riot– began awkwardly.

Twice As Special– slow to begin.

Monte Ditto– began awkwardly. From a wide barrier was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.  A Collett reported that the gelding, which was resuming from a long break, did not feel comfortable on the heavy track and was disappointing.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. 

RACE 6 – Shalaa @ Arrowfield Handicap 1200m

Pleading– was a late scratching at 11.20am due to transport difficulties.

Dinado– began only fairly.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

Fearnought– shortly after the start was bumped by Mosht Up which shifted in.  Rider J McDonald advised that his mount failed to handle the heavy track conditions and when giving ground from the 300m, he elected to desist from continuing to pressure his mount over the final stages.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover.

Mosht Up– shortly after start shifted in and made contact with Fearnought.  Raced keenly in the early stages.  

GENERAL:  

Following the running of Race 6, Stewards, along with ATC racing officials, conducted a track inspection and due to the continuing rain, deteriorating footing afforded to horses and the visibility for riders, Stewards determined that it was not appropriate to continue racing and accordingly Race 7 was postponed at 4.02pm. 

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 1  A Adkins (Monastery)  6 strikes
Race 2  R King (Prefer To Be Ready)  7 strikes
Race 4  K O’Hara (So Sneeky)  6 strikes
Race 6  App M Derrick (Mosht Up)  6 strikes
Race 6  K O’Hara (Lisdoonvarna)  7 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    Monastery (2).

Race 2:   Deficit, I'm Divine.

Race 3:   Feel The Rush (2), Za Ceibas, Atonement, Turnaround Time.

Race 4:   Get The Idea, Chateaux Park (2).

Race 5:   Monte Ditto, Mr Magical, Twice As Special.

Race 6:   Lucky Sham, Fearnought, Mirra View (2), Lisdoonvarna.

Race 7:   Rangi Toa, Azarmin, Ita, Glamour Fox, Propose A Toast.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 5:  trainer T Smart (Tobermory) – $200 – failed to declare rider by the prescribed time [LR35(2)].
Reprimands: Race 3:  T Berry (Shameless Miss) – careless riding [AR131(a)].  
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 3:  Za Ceibas (trainer C Waller) – barrier manners. 
Certificates: Race 4:  Get The Idea(trainer J Smerdon) – injured in transit. 
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 1:  Buillt– option to settle further forward; settled on pace.
Race 2:  I'm Divine– to be ridden more conservatively; settled at the rear.
Race 2:  Vivid Flash – to settle further forward from the inside barrier; led.
Race 3:  Feel The Rush – if begins well, intention to settle further forward; led.
Race 3:  Atonement– to be ridden further forward with the option to lead; settled outside the leader. 
Race 5:  Quiet Riot– to be ridden further forward with the option to lead; settled on pace. 
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Nil

 

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