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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Hawkesbury Race Club

CLARENDON RACECOURSE

 

Wednesday 13 November 2019

 

Weather:                         Fine

Track:                              Good (4) – upgraded to a Good (3) at 2:12pm following the running of Race 2.

Rail:                                 +3m 1100m-400m, +2m-W/Post, True Remainder.

Penetrometer:                 4.82

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  J J E Earl (Chairman), S T Matthews, C L Albrecht and cadets T B Kearney, O J Fleming and B J Pearce.

 

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Supplementary Reports:

Royal Randwick Barrier Trials Tuesday 12 November 2019:

The following trainer was fined $50 under LR47B(1)(a) for failing to declare a rider for their respective runners by the prescribed time:

Trainer M Smith – Kerrisdale in Trial 11

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LATE RIDER CHANGES:
Due to Scone being rescheduled to Wednesday 13 November 2019 the Stewards permitted the following rider changes:
Race 1 App T Sherry (Hemsted)
Race 1 App C Graham (Stunned)
Race 5 App R Dolan (Also Cool)
Race 6 K Jennings (Gimme Shelter)
Race 7 App R Dolan (Mojito)
Race 7 J Ford (Respun)
Race 8 K Jennings (Spin Bowles)
Race 8 App Q Yong (Colonial Rain)

 

Due to Scone being rescheduled to Wednesday 13 November the start times for Hawkesbury were amended as follows:

Race 1: 1:30pm

Race 2: 2:05pm

Race 3: 2:40pm

Race 4: 3:15pm

Race 5: 3:50pm

Race 6: 4:25pm

Race 7: 5:00pm

Race 8: 5:35pm

 

RACE 1: HRC Motel Class 2 Handicap 2000m

Quality Seeker – Laid in under pressure in the early part of the straight, obliging its rider to change the whip to his right hand near the 150m to correct his mount.

 

Hemsted – Inside the final 200m commenced to hang in and near the 150m shifted in abruptly despite the efforts of its rider. As a result, Cool One was hampered when briefly taken in across the heels of Ellofarock. Hemsted then continued to hang in and proved difficult to ride out for the remainder of the event. When questioned regarding his riding App T Sherry represented by his master, trainer M Newnham stated that he was instructed to lead on the gelding today at a reasonable tempo and if possible try and establish a break on the main body of the field prior to the home straight. App T Sherry stated that after commencing well he was able to obtain a comfortable lead at a tempo that was in his opinion only had moderate tempo. He added approaching the 1200m when Raziel improved to his outside and crossed Hemsted near the 1000m, he was then unable to improve his position when racing behind Raziel and to the inside of Ellofarock. App Sherry further added that he was then left racing in restricted room from the 800m and was able to establish clear running near the 300m. Trainer Mr G Neale confirmed the nature of todays instructions and expressed disappointment in the manner in which Hemsted was ridden today. App Sherry agreed with the Stewards that he had erred in not attempting to maintain the lead and in future would be expected to show more initiative in maintaining advantageous positions and that he should comply with instructions wherever possible.

 

Ellofarock – Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.

 

Raziel – Slow to begin (2L).  

 

RACE 2: Springvale Weekend Social Club Maiden Handicap 1100m

Best Stone – Laid in under pressure over the final 100m.

 

Kirro – Slow to begin.

 

Rigel – Shifted out under pressure over the final 50m and made contact with Compatriot prior to the winning post.

 

Ruby Tuesday – Began awkwardly. Held up approaching and rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight ruby Tuesday was then disappointed for a run between Bella Rubino and Stoked near the 250m. Ruby Tuesday did not secure clear running until passing the 200m.

 

Stoked – Was bumped at the start by Bella Rubino which shifted out. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Bella Rubino – From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Approaching the 200m commenced to lay in and had to be steadied away from the heels of Stoked.

 

Compatriot – Held up in the early part of the straight whereby the filly was shifted to the outside of Rigel passing the 200m to secure clear running.

 

Rose To Victory – Help up rounding home the turn and in the early part of the straight whereby the filly was shifted to the inside of Best Stone approaching the 200m to secure clear running.

 

RACE 3: Blacktown Workers Class 1 Handicap 1100m

Buzz – Held up rounding the home turn. Raced keenly throughout the middle stages.

 

Seawatch – Stewards opened an inquiry into a report from Racing NSW Official Veterinary Dr J Mizzi that he observed licensed trainer Mr B Draper administer a liquid to Seawatch whilst in the on course floating area. Evidence was taken from Dr J Mizzi, trainer Mr B Draper and Stipendiary Steward Mr M Matthews. When Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that Seawatch had not been administered a treatment in breach of AR249 Stewards ordered the scratching of the gelding at 12:15pm. The inquiry was adjourned for a date to be fixed so that Mr Draper could provide his treatment records as well as Stewards receiving results of both blood and urine samples taken from Seawatch and also the analysis of items seized by Stewards.  

 

RACE 4: Killahy Equine CG&E Maiden Plate 1300m

Hot Dude – Slow to begin and shortly after was hampered when crowded for room between Duclair and Zakat both of which shifted ground. Hot Dude was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. When questioned regarding the gelding settling further back today rider K Latham stated that he was instructed to ride the gelding prominently however Hot Dude was fractious in the barriers and as a result the gelding commenced awkwardly and settled further back than anticipated today.

 

Duclair – Became awkwardly placed on the heels of Zakat near the 800m when overracing, as a result Duclair was shifted to the outside of Zakat. Duclair was then left racing wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Gone Bye – Raced wide and without cover until near 900m where it was able to obtain a position outside the leader Pyraminx. When placed under pressure in the early part of the straight was inclined to shift ground and as a result made slight contact with Zakat near the 300m.

 

Macchina Volante – Briefly held up rounding the home turn.

 

Pyraminx – When questioned regarding the performance J ford stated that he could offer no tangible explanation for the performance of Pyraminx today other than when placed under pressure in the straight the gelding was inclined to lay in. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

The Snooperstar – Held up in the early part of the straight whereby the gelding was shifted to the outside of Zakat approaching he 200m to continue into clear running.

 

RACE 5: Lander Toyota F&M Maiden Plate 1300m

Also Cool – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Raced keenly throughout the early stages.

 

Deitra – When questioned regarding the performance rider K Latham stated that his mount travelled throughout the early and middle stages however when placed under pressure near the 400m his mount failed to respond to his riding and in his opinion may have not appreciated todays track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Secret Success – Slow to begin. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of the mare rider J Innes Jnr stated that Secret Success failed to travel at any stage of the race and when placed under pressure from the 700m his mount failed to respond to his riding and weakened noticeably over the final 150m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Stewards will follow up on the immediate racing plans of the mare in the days subsequent. J Innes was cautioned against the practice of using the whip on horses when out of contention.

 

Crosscheck – Held up in the early part of the straight and was unable to obtain clear running until passing the 150m whereby the filly was shifted to the outside of You Too.

 

Jana – Rider R King reported that the filly would be better suited over longer distances. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Nishka – Began awkwardly and shifted out and made contact with Crosscheck.

 

Ostentatious Diva – From the wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Southern Spirit – Slow to begin and from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Passing the 100m shifted in abruptly

 

RACE 6: Mounties Group Conditional Benchmark 70 Handicap 1000m

Queen Ablaze – A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  

 

Gimme Shelter – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Our Finvarra.

 

Katgully Red – Change of tactics – to be ridden more conservatively; settled on-pace. Raced keenly when racing wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Paris In May – Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages,

 

Charlie Chap – Shortly after the start was bumped by Art D'Amour which shifted in.

 

Our Finvarra – Was crowded on jumping between Gimme Shelter and Queen Ablaze both of which shifted ground

 

Stone Cold – Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarter by Queen Ablaze. Laid in when placed under pressure in the straight. Near the 250m when continuing to lay in briefly inconvenienced Gimme Shelter.

 

RACE 7: Schweppes Australia Benchmark 64 Handicap 1300m

Handfast – Near the 800m was briefly tightened for room to the inside of Mojito which was taken in slightly by Piping Roller when that runner was racing keenly.

 

Commute – Raced keenly in the middle stages.

 

Sedona – Near the 1100m was eased when Bandersnatch (B Avdulla) crossed when not quite clear. B Avdulla was advised to exercise more care. When questioned reading the performance of Sedona App C Graham stated that she was instructed to ride the gelding with cover today if possible, however when Quick Finance remained racing one off the fence in the early stages Sedona was left racing wide and without cover. She added that when Commute shifted off the fence approaching the 800m she was again taken wider on the track. She further stated that when placed under pressure in the home straight Sedona responded only fairly and weakened over the final 100m. App Graham attributed the disappointing performance to having to race wide and without cover throughout the event and in her opinion the gelding may not have appreciated today's track conditions. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  

 

Mojito – Shortly after the start was bumped by Quick Finance.

 

Piping Roller – Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages and refused to settle.

 

The Towers – On jumping made heavy contact with Respun and as a result blundered and became unbalanced. Passing the 800m made contact with the running rail and became badly unbalanced. When questioned regarding the performance app Q Yong explained his mount travelled satisfactorily in the early stages however after making heavy contact with the running rail passing the 800m and becoming unbalanced his mount failed to travel thereafter and weakened noticeably in the home straight. App Q Yong was cautioned against the practice of using the whip on a horse when out of contention. A post-race veterinary examination of the gelding which was beaten 24L revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr J Higgins was advised that The Towers would be required to barrier trial to the Stewards satisfaction prior to racing again. 

 

RACE 8: Ascend Sales Benchmark 64 Handicap 1600m:

Balmaceda – When questioned app S Clenton stated that she was instructed to ride the gelding in a prominent position however the gelding did not show sufficient speed in the early stages, therefore she elected to obtain cover at the rear of the field. She added when placed under pressure in the home straight Balmaceda raced only one paced and in her opinion, would be better suited over longer distances. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from the near side nostril. Mr Newing advised Stewards that the gelding would now be spelled. Notwithstanding this advice Mr Newing was advised under the provisions of AR79(8).

 

Single Story – Began only fairly and failed to muster any speed despite the efforts of its rider. Near the 300m made contact with the hindquarters of King Hewitt and became unbalanced. Over the final 50m was unable to be tested when positioned close to the heels of Spin Bowles.

 

Magnificently – Shifted out over the final 75m.

 

Ardanza – Slow to begin and was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the 100m under AR132(7)(a)(ii). Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

Race 1 L Cumberland (Ellofarock) 8 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 3 T Berry (Aussie) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 6 B Avdulla (Paris In May) 2 consecutive strikes prior to the 100m
Race 8 T Berry (Magnificently) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.

 

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

Race 1: Ellofarock, Cool One, Hemsted, Raziel.

Race 2: Rigel, Stoked.

Race 3: Seawatch(2)

Race 5: Crosscheck.

Race 6: Gimme Shelter.

Race 7: Sedona.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil.
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Race 7: The Towers (Trainer Mr J Higgins) – uncompetitive beaten 24L.
Race 8: Balmaceda (Trainer Mr T Newing) – one nostril bleed near side.
Certificates: Nil
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Tactics Notified: Race 6: Katgully Red – to be ridden more conservatively; settled on-pace.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear: Nil
Follow up: Nil

 

                                 

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