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STEWARDS’ REPORT

Newcastle Jockey Club

NEWCASTLE RACECOURSE

Saturday 16 November 2019

 

Weather:               Fine

Track:                   Good (4)

Rail:                      True

 

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS:  M F Van Gestel (Chairman), W R Birch, D L Carr, T J Lee, C L Albrecht and cadet J P Dunn                                                                                                                                                                               jl

                                                             

 

Supplementary Reports:

HAWKESBURY – Wednesday 13 November 2019

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

Secret Success– trainer’s representative Mr G Thompson advised that the mare pulled up well, however has now been sent for a spell.

 

ROSEHILL GARDENS _ Saturday 9 November 2019

Race 1:  Shopper Media Handicap 1100m

Invictus Salutetrainer Mr M Newnham reported that the mare underwent a veterinary examination, which revealed a soft tissue injury to the off fore-knee, however, it has pulled up better than expected and would now be freshened up and possibly continue with its preparation.

Race 9:  Eden Brae Homes Handicap 1400m

High Shine– trainer Mr J Sargent advised the mare had pulled up well.

 

WYONG – Saturday 9 November 2019

Race 3:  Happy 18th Sarah Darbin Maiden Handicap 1200m

Frosty Rockstrainer’s representative Mr S McLean advised the colt underwent an examination by the stable veterinarian, which indicated it has pulled up sore in both front knees and has subsequently been sent for a spell.

Race 7:  Great Northern On Tap Conditional Benchmark 70 Handicap 1350m

High Rushtrainer Mr J Deamer has advised that the mare’s racing future is unknown as he is leaving the decision up to the owners.

 

HAWKESBURY – Thursday 7 November 2019

Race 3:  Easy Lane Stayers Class 4 Handicap 2100m

Villarrica– trainer Mr J Englebrecht reported the mare has pulled up well and the intention is to continue with its current preparation.  He added the mare is one-paced and was not suited when they sprinted home quickly on that particular track.

Race 4:  Richmond Club Prov & Ctry Maiden Handicap 1100m

Fortnitetrainer Mr B Widdup advised he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and intends to continue with its current preparation.


Race 7:  Lander Toyota Ladies Day Cup (Listed) 1600m

Admire Winnertrainer’s representative Mr C Duckworth reported the gelding has pulled up well and will likely have a barrier trial next week.

McCreery– trainer’s representative C Duckworth reported the gelding has pulled up well and connections are considering his racing future.

                                                             

RACE 1:  Australian Bloodstock Benchmark 88 Handicap 1850m

Dew Drop – slow to begin.  In the straight laid in.  Rider A Adkins was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out to the finish of the race.

 

Master Shuhood – jumped only fairly.  Overraced in the early stages.  Rider G Boss was reminded of his obligation to ride his mounts out to the finish of the race.

 

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

 

Falcon Island – overraced in the early and middle stages and refused to settle.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Rapido Chaparro – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

RACE 2:  Sage Painting Max Lees Classic 900m

Dominant Lady – bounded on jumping and lost ground.  In the straight laid in.

 

Redoute’s Image – began awkwardly and shifted out abruptly.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Zeftabrook – slow to begin.

 

Titan Star – jumped awkwardly and shortly after the start shifted out abruptly.

 

Tilia Rose - over the final 200m, when placed under pressure, was inclined to race greenly.

RACE 3:  TAB Highway Handicap 1300m

Luff – rider R Thompson was permitted to ride the gelding 0.5 kilograms above its allotted weight of 53.5 kilograms.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Smart Moove – the mare lost its off-hind plate in the tie-up stalls and had to be replated.  Smart Moove was subsequently examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and deemed suitable to race.  A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare was slow to recover.

 

Legendofoz – slow to begin.  When being shifted out to secure clear running in the early stages of the straight was inclined to lay in.  Near the 200m Legendofoz then became awkwardly placed close to the heels of Gordon’s Leap when that runner shifted in and as a result Legendofoz was held up on the heels of that runner until near the 100m.  Lost its off-hind plate during the running of the event.

 

Texas Storm – shortly after the start commenced to buck for a short distance and as a consequence was restrained by its rider and lost ground.  Rider M Bennett advised that after this incident Texas Storm hung out and refused to settle.  Stable representative Mr G Milligan advised that the gelding would be spelled.  Mr Milligan was advised that a warning would be placed on the racing manners of the gelding.

 

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

 

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

 

Gordon’s Leap – leaving the 1000m was steadied from the heels of Trophies Galore when that runner was also steadied when positioned tight to the inside of Luff.

 

Tully Toff – in the middle stages raced keenly.

 

Danzibar Dancer – after being held up for clear running between the 400m and the 300m, attempted to take a run between Lose The Snip and Axella.  When Lose The Snip then shifted out slightly Danzibar Dancer was checked at the 200m when disappointed for this run.  In this incident Danzibar Dancer was accidentally struck across the nose by the whip of J Collett, rider of Axella.

 

Maid Marilyn – raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.  Near the 200m was steadied when crowded between Tully Toff, which shifted out slightly, and Luff, which was inclined to lay in and away from Trophies Galore, which also shifted in slightly.

 

Denmiss – between the 400m and the 200m had difficulty obtaining clear running.  Near the 100m was momentarily held up when being shifted to the outside of Smart Moove to improve.

RACE 4:  Sharp Electronics Group F&M Benchmark 78 Handicap 1400m

Pinup Miss – slow to begin.

 

Ballistica – slow to begin, then soon after the start was steadied when crowded by Let’s Rebelle, which was taken in by Tinkermosa.

 

Valree – slow to begin.  When caught racing wide and without cover for the majority of the race, was inclined to overrace.

 

Let’s Rebelle – approaching the 1000m was steadied to avoid the heels of Tinkermosa (App. C Williams), which shifted in when not quite clear.  App. Williams was reprimanded under AR131(a).  Miss Redoble, which was following, was then checked to avoid the heels of Let’s Rebelle and shifted out, resulting in Valree being taken wider and also resulting in Bellaria, which was positioned behind Miss Redoble, having to be steadied to avoid the heels of that runner.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

So Taken – making the home turn was steadied when disappointed for a run between Lucciola Belle and Let’s Rebelle.  So Taken was then shifted back to the inside of Lucciola Belle to obtain clear running near the 400m.  Between the 300m and the 150m So Taken was held up for clear running behind Vitesse until being shifted to that runner’s outside at the 150m to obtain clear running.

 

RACE 5:  New Zealand Bloodstock NJC 3YO Spring Stakes (Group 3) 1600m

Sky Diamondsa veterinary examination of the filly, which made contact with the gate when leaving the mounting enclosure, deemed it suitable to race.  Slow to begin.

 

Game Of Thorns – slow to begin.

 

Bright Rubick – slow to begin.

 

Just Society – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Over the final 50m could not be tested when disappointed for a run between Rule The World and Bright Rubick.

 

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

 

Elvezio – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Indy Car – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Kavalmo – rider H Bowman stated as the start was effected his mount jumped awkwardly and as a consequence lost ground.  He said, after improving to the inside of runners in the early stages, his mount commenced to race keenly and when being steadied from the heels of Bright Rubick near the 1000m reacted adversely to his efforts to steady, became badly unbalanced and blundered at that point.  He added that in his opinion the colt may not have appreciated the blinkers being applied today. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be slow to recover.

 

Rule The World – rider T Clark stated that the gelding led into a head wind in the back straight and, stepping up to 1600m today, found it difficult to finish the race off.  Co-trainer Mr A Bott undertook to report back on the future race plans for Rule The World.

 

RACE 6:  The $1M Pages Event Hire Hunter 1300m

Bon Amis – rider J Collett was permitted to ride the gelding 0.5 kilograms above its allotted weight of 53.5 kilograms.

 

Siren’s Fury – rider G Boss was permitted to ride the gelding 1 kilogram above its allotted weight of 52 kilograms.  Approaching the 100m was steadied from the heels of Renewal and was then shifted to the inside of that runner to obtain clear running.

 

Goodfella – rider G Schofield was permitted to ride the gelding 1 kilogram above its allotted weight of 53 kilograms.

 

Fiesta – began awkwardly.  Overraced in the early stages.

 

Sir Plush – began awkwardly and then was bumped by Graff.  Overraced in the early stages.

 

Brave Song – slow to begin.

 

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

 

Tactical Advantage – from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Held up for clear running between the 400m and the 200m.

 

Invincible Gem – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.  Near the 50m was steadied to avoid the heels of Sir Plush (A Adkins), which shifted out when not quite clear.  A Adkins was advised to exercise more care.

 

Manicure – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Le Romain – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding bled from both nostrils.  Trainer Mr K Lees was advised that, as this was the first occasion, under the provisions of AR79(4) Le Romain would be required to barrier trial or gallop before the Stewards prior to racing again and would not be permitted to race for a period of three months or to work on a course for a period of two months.

 

Graff – Stewards opened an inquiry into the disappointing performance of Graff.  Rider B Avdulla stated he was able to take up a midfield position three wide with cover, whereby the horse travelled well until near the home turn, when he placed his mount under pressure and it did not respond to his riding.  He could offer no excuse for the disappointing performance.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.  Trainer Mr K Lees reported that, as released by the Stewards, the horse has been subject to a respiratory operation prior to resuming this preparation.  He said subsequent to the Premier Stakes he was not entirely satisfied with the manner in which it had pulled up and for this reason he elected to freshen up Graff for today’s race.  He added that Graff had pleased the stable in its work in the lead up to today’s race and he could offer no explanation for the disappointing performance.  Mr Lees was questioned relative to the betting drift and he advised the Stewards that he told connections he felt the horse had a strong winning chance today and had given this advice to some of his stable supporters.  The inquiry was adjourned so that the Stewards could review the betting on the event and the stable’s treatment records.

 

RACE 7:  Prime7 Benchmark 88 Handicap 1300m

My Xpression – as the start was effected, jumped awkwardly and as a consequence lost ground.  Near the 200m was steadied from the heels of Outrageous and then had difficulty obtaining clear running between Outrageous and Catesby over the final 200m of the event.

 

What Could Be – slow to begin.

 

Live And Free – slow to begin.

 

Outrageous – when questioned regarding his riding in the straight, in particular the reason the gelding was badly held up for clear running, rider App. B Ryan stated that on entering the straight he had observed Catesby positioned to his outside and he was of the view he was not able to shift to the outside of Murillo as he thought he would have caused interference to Catesby.  He said as a result he remained racing behind Murillo, when that runner shifted out slightly near the 300m, Outrageous improved to the inside of the heels of that runner, which resulted in Outrageous continuing to be held up between Murillo and You Make Me Smile.  He added, after endeavouring to force a run between those two runners, he elected to steady his mount near the 100m to avoid causing interference to You Make Me Smile and as a result Outrageous lost momentum at that point, before he was able to place the gelding under pressure approaching the 50m.  Stewards advised App. Ryan that he made an error of judgement in not endeavouring to ease to the outside of Murillo in the early stages of the straight when Catesby was positioned to his outside and commencing to tire at that point.  App. Ryan was also advised to exercise care in relation to endeavouring to obtain a run when there is not sufficient room to do so, which resulted in You Make Me Smile being crowded near the 100m.

RACE 8:  Hunter Valley Premium Meats T-Bone Steaks BM78 Handicap 1500m

Chamisal – rider R Thompson was permitted to ride the gelding 1 kilogram above its allotted weight of 53 kilograms.

 

Constantine – slow to begin, then shortly afterwards was hampered by Decroux.

 

Strome – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Juventus - when questioned regarding his riding in the middle stages and the early part of the straight, rider J McDonald stated that, although there was an opportunity to improve to the inside of Mushaireb, he elected not to do so, as he felt this would have limited his opportunities to improve upon entering the straight as he would have been following Got Unders and Tahsin.  He said as a consequence he shifted off in an attempt to follow Mushaireb making the home turn, but after being held up between the 400m and the 300m he was able to secure clear running, whereby Juventus finished the race off fairly.  Stewards determined that the explanation offered by J McDonald was reasonable in the circumstances.

 

RACE 9:  Hunter Civilab 3YO & 4YO Benchmark 72 Handicap 1200m

Coterie – trainer Mr G Ryan was fined the sum of $100 under AR206(2) for the late application to apply ear muffs (pre-parade) for the first time.

 

He’s A Hotshot – as J Parr was stood down due to illness, Stewards permitted N Rawiller to be substituted as the rider of the gelding.  Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Malea Magic – the mare was declared a late scratching at 6.05pm when it was observed to have blood in its nostril when parading in the mounting yard.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Malea Magic be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 6.05pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket:

1st Burning Crown 4 cents win 5 cents place

2nd Leviathan 2 cents place

3rd He’s A Hotshot 10 cents place

Stable representative Mr G Milligan was told he would be required to furnish a veterinary clearance prior to the mare galloping or barrier trialling in the presence of a Steward.

 

Come Along – on jumping was buffeted between Testifier and Burning Crown, which shifted in.

 

Leviathan – reared on jumping, resulting in its rider becoming unbalanced and the gelding losing ground.

 

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

 

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


GENERAL:

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 G Schofield (Sir Pippin)
A Adkins (Dew Drop)
7 strikes prior to the 100m.
7 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 3 J Collett (Axella) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 4 App. S Metcalfe (Ondo Pasa) 8 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 5 J Innes Jr (Donandkim) 7 strikes prior to the 100m.
Race 6 App. B Ryan (Mr Reckless) 6 strikes prior to the 100m.

 

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

Race 1:  Rapido Chaparro, Sir Pippin (2), Tilbury Lodge, Dew Drop.

Race 2:  Titan Star, Panna Cotta, Redoute’s Image (2), Tilia Rose (2).

Race 3:  Axella, Maid Marilyn, Lose The Snip, Weather Channel.

Race 4:  Miss Redoble (2), Vitesse.

Race 5:  Rule The World, Kavalmo, Bright Rubick, Game Of Thorns (2).

Race 6:  Le Romain, Graff (2), Tactical Advantage (2), Invincible Gem, Redouble, Bon Amis, Fiesta, Jonker.

Race 7:  Bobbing, Outrageous, What Could Be, Murillo.

Race 8:  Got Unders, Strome (2), Decroux, Mushaireb.

Race 9:  Testifier, Leviathan (2), Time Raid,

SUMMARY
Fines: Race 9:  Trainer G Ryan (Coterie) $100 – late application to apply ear muffs (AR206(2)).
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Race 6:  Le Romain (trainer K Lees) – first time (AR79(4)).
Warnings: Race 3:  Texas Storm (trainer B Milligan) – attempted to buck.
Trials: Race 9:  Malea Magic (trainer B Milligan) – blood in nostril.
Certificates: Race 9:  Malea Magic (trainer B Milligan) – blood in nostril.
Fall/Injuries: Nil.
Tactics Notified: Race 5:  Asiago – to be ridden more conservatively; settled outside leader.
Convinced – to be ridden further back; settled worse than midfield.
Race 6:  Fiesta – to be ridden further forward; settled off pace.
Race 9:  Plenty – to be ridden further back; settled back.
Defeat – to be ridden prominently; settled midfield.
Change of Colours: Race 2:  Zeftabrook – white cap.
Race 3:  Weather Channel – Racing NSW colours.
Luff – yellow cap.
Race 6:  Goodfella – red cap.
Manicure – white cap.
Change of Gear Nil.
Follow up: Race 5:  Rule The World (co-trainer A Bott) – future race plans.
Race 6:  Graff (trainer K Lees) – inquiry into performance.

 

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