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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

Saturday 25 January 2020

 

Weather:          Overcast

Track:               Good (4)

Rail:                 True

Penetrometer:   5.16

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: M. F. Van Gestel (Chairman), W. R. Birch, C. L. Albrecht, T. J. Vassallo and Cadets B. J. Pearce and T. J. Hansen

                                                                                                                         (sp)

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Supplementary Reports:

KENSINGTON – Wednesday 1 January 2020

Race 7: Territories Yearlings @ Sales Handicap 1400m:

Voila– Stewards concluded an inquiry opened into the riding of Voilain the said event and, in particular, the reason Twentyfour Caratwas able to obtain a position in advance of that runner in the early stages of the event. A full review of the betting on the event revealed that, whilst Twentyfour Carathad been substantially supported, wagering on the event had been consistent with the normal parameters of those who had heavily supported Twentyfour Carat. The inquiry was closed when Stewards found no irregularity in the betting on the race and, in the circumstances, deemed the actions of rider H. Bowman to be not unreasonable.

WARWICK FARM – Wednesday 15 January 2020

Race 3: TAB Venue Mode Handicap 1400m:

Saigon – O. Orr was fined $200 under AR190(3) for accepting the ride on the filly and subsequently being overweight.

GOSFORD – Thursday 16 January 2020

Race 2: Tanti Services Class 1 and Maiden Plate 1900m:

Switching To Win – Trainer's representative Mr C. McCullagh reported that the stable was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and he reiterated that the tactics adopted on the gelding contributed to its poor performance. He added that the intention is to step the gelding up in distance at its next race start.

Race 5: Big Boy Nanas Class 1 Handicap 1200m:

Deepfield's Raine– Trainer Mr B. Widdup reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt and that the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

 

CANTERBURY – Friday 17 January 2020

Race 5: TAB Handicap 1100m:

Kawaikini – Trainer Mr J. Coyle reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the mare and that the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

Race 8: The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1250m:

Quantico– Trainer Mr J. O'Shea reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt, however, in an unrelated matter Quanticodeveloped an infection in a front joint which required veterinary treatment and, at this stage, the intention is that the colt will barrier trial in early February before racing again.

ROSEHILL – Saturday 18 January 2020

Race 7: Bill Waterhouse Handicap 1100m:

Oriental Runner – Stewards accepted the explanation of Trainer Mr G. Neale for the late scratching of Oriental Runner.

 

CANTERBURY – Wednesday 22 January 2020

Race 5: Sky Racing Active Handicap 1550m:

Twentyfour Carat– Trainer Mr J. O'Shea reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt and that the intention is to continue with its current preparation.

Race 6: Schweppes Handicap 1100m:

Coco Cuber– Trainer Mr D. Pfieffer reported that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the colt and at this stage will likely barrier trial before racing again.

 

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RIDING CHANGES:

As H. Bowman was indisposed due to personal circumstances, Stewards permitted the following rider replacements:

Race 1 N. Rawiller on Rulership
Race 2 T. Marquand on Mr Wong
Race 4 T. Berry on Dabiyr
Race 5 N. Rawiller on Valentino Rossa
Race 6 J. Parr on Domed
Race 7 J. Parr on Cellarman
Race 8 G. Schofield on True Detective

RACE 1: $2m Inglis Millennium in 14 Days Handicap 1000m:

Mission River – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Overraced in the middle stages and, near the 800m, was steadied to avoid the heels of Sea Boss. Leaving the 600m was steadied to avoid the heels of Rose Sauvage (T. Clark), which shifted in when not quite clear. T. Clark was advised to exercise more care.

 

Mount Fuji – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of the colt, rider T. Berry stated that Mount Fuji worked hard in its preliminary and took some time to pull up after arriving near the barriers. He stated that, after commencing well, Mount Fuji raced keenly and, in his opinion, did not settle throughout the event. He added that making the home turn and in the early part of the straight, when Rose Sauvage improved to his outside, Mount Fuji commenced to hang in and became awkwardly placed close to the heels of Rulership, and as a result he was prevented from pulling his whip through to his right hand. He further added that from this point his mount weakened as it continued to hang in and over the final 200 metres did not finish the race off in a competitive manner. A post-race veterinary examination found the colt to be displaying a poor post-race recovery and markedly increased respiratory effort. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden advised that the horse working hard in its preliminary and not settling in the early and middle stages of the race were the main reasons for its disappointing performance. He stated that Mount Fuji will now be subjected to a veterinary inspection, the results of which he will report to Stewards, at which point further consideration will be given to the matter.

 

Sea Boss – At the request of rider J. Parr, Sea Boss underwent a veterinary examination upon arrival at the barriers and was deemed fit to start. J. Parr stated that he had some concerns with the colt's action in its preliminary and he brought this to the attention of the official veterinarian. He said that, when trotted up behind the barriers, Sea Boss did not exhibit any signs of lameness and he was content with the views of the official veterinarian that the colt was suitable to race. He stated that, after travelling a short distance in the race, he again had concerns with the action of Sea Boss and for this reason he retired the colt from the event near the 700m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Ms K. Buchanan advised that the horse had not displayed any issues in the lead-up to today's race and had completed light work this morning without issue. Stewards advised Ms Buchanan that Sea Boss must barrier trial to their satisfaction and a veterinary clearance will be required prior to the horse competing in that barrier trial.

 

Ticket To Ride – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Absolutely Foxy – When being crossed by Rulership approaching the 600m commenced to race keenly and was steadied from the heels of that runner.

 

Rock My Wand – Was crowded on jumping between Sea Boss, which shifted in, and Tight Ropes, which began awkwardly and shifted out. On the home turn was held up on the heels of Absolutely Foxy and was inclined to lay out. In the straight, between the 400m and the 250m, was shifted to the outside to secure clear running.

 

Rose Sauvage – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Tight Ropes – Overraced in the early and middle stages and raced greenly. Was held up for clear running between the 400m and the 250m, and when placed under pressure over the final 200 metres was inclined to lay out and proved difficult to ride.

 

Fayerra – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Ticket To Ride. Fayerra was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

RACE 2: TAB Highway Handicap 1100m:

Mr Wong – Raced wide and without cover until approaching the 650m. When questioned regarding the gelding racing more forward today, rider T. Marquand advised that he had anticipated taking up a position further back in the field, but after commencing well and when he identified a position available behind the leaders without having to make use of his mount, he elected to take advantage of his mount's good start and take up this position.

 

Eurosay – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Expellable – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Bellszov Bourke – Rider A. Cavallo stated that the mare felt flat and weakened when placed under pressure in the straight today. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Bellszov Bourke to be slow to recover. Trainer Mr K. Nestor could offer no tangible explanation for the disappointing performance of Bellszov Bourke and undertook to report back on the post-race condition of the mare in the days subsequent.

 

Velvet Aeroplane – Began only fairly.

 

Don’t Cry Mama – On straightening, endeavoured to shift to the outside of Mr Wong but was unable to do so when held tight to the inside of Eurosay and made contact with that runner in this incident.

 

Hey Dude – Near the 350m ran out and was corrected by its rider App. R. Dolan.

 

Know Where To Look – Slow to begin. When questioned regarding her riding in the straight, App. C. Graham stated that her instructions were to endeavour to make a run to the outside as the filly resents racing inside runners. She stated that on the home turn she contemplated shifting out, but when Velvet Aeroplane was travelling well and she was not in a position to shift that runner wider she was obliged to endeavour to improve between runners. She stated that, near the 350m, as she elected to improve between Don't Cry Mama and Hey Dude, Hey Dude shifted out, which then resulted in her having to shift to the inside of that runner, whereby she secured clear running at the 200m. She added that approaching the 50m she was not able to fully test Know Where To Look when Expellable commenced to give ground in advance of her and she was obliged to shift to that runner's outside to secure clear running.

 

Jellies – Trainer Ms K. Kulic was fined $100 under AR206(2) for the late notification to remove the bit lifter from the gelding's approved gear.

 

RACE 3: Sky Racing Active Highway Handicap 1100m:

Indicators On – Near the 800m, when racing tight between Blitzar and Mr Aloysius, commenced to race keenly and shifted out making the turn.

 

Hellenism – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Conspirator – Slow to begin. When placed under pressure over the final 100 metres ran out.

 

Golden Avenger – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Making the turn near the 800m was inclined to lay out away from Mr Aloysius. When commencing to give ground near the 150m was steadied to avoid the heels of All About Me, which was inclined to lay in, away from Hellenism.

 

Blitzar – Began only fairly. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider T. Berry stated that the gelding was fractious in the barriers and then raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages of the event. He added that, as a result, Blitzar failed to finish the race off as expected. A post-race veterinary examination found the gelding to be slow to recover. Trainer Mr C. Heywood stated that the horse was unsuited by racing in the lead, which resulted in it overracing today. Mr Heywood was asked to report back on the post-race condition of Blitzar.

 

Mr Aloysius – Began only fairly.

 

Morotai – Began awkwardly.

 

Texas Target – Between the 400m and the 250m was held up for clear running.

 

Too Hard To Call – In the early stages, when being shifted behind runners from its wide barrier, commenced to race keenly and was steadied from the heels of All About Me near the 900m. When questioned regarding the mare settling back in the field, App. C. Graham advised that her instructions were to be more forward and, after her mount jumped well, she endeavoured to comply with the instructions issued. She stated that when a number of runners to her inside showed superior speed she elected to restrain and shift her mount in behind those runners whereby she then obtained a trailing position behind Indicators On. She added that, rather than remaining three deep, she elected to shift in behind Zerchois and Morotai to obtain a position closer to the rail. Whilst Stewards found that her actions in shifting in behind runners to settle towards the rear of the field was not unreasonable, she was advised that, wherever possible, she should endeavour to ride her mounts in a manner that complies with the instructions that are issued.

 

Zerchois – Began only fairly and, shortly after, was eased when tightened between Mr Aloysius and Golden Avenger, which shifted in. Zerchois was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

RACE 4: PFD Food Services Handicap 2000m:

Dabiyr – When questioned, rider T. Berry stated that his instructions were to be in a midfield position and he was of the view that Dabiyr would be able to hold a position in advance of the stablemate Matowi. He said that, after jumping reasonably well, when the tempo of the race was genuine, Dabiyr was not travelling strongly in the early stages and for this reason he elected to allow Matowi to cross his mount approaching the 1600m, which allowed him to obtain a position with cover behind that runner. He stated that, as the pace of the event continued to be strong, Dabiyr was under pressure from the 1000m and finished the race off only fairly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Dabiyr to be lame (1/5) in the near foreleg. Stewards will follow up with the C. Waller stable in respect of the post-race condition of the gelding and will require a veterinary clearance before Dabiyr races or barrier trials again.

 

Mushaireb – Began awkwardly. When questioned regarding his riding of the gelding and the genuine tempo that was set throughout the early and middle stages, N. Rawiller advised that his instructions were to be forward and that, if the gelding was able to, the option to lead was open to him. He said that after crossing Fun Fact in the early stages he was of the view that Mushaireb was travelling comfortably, albeit at a genuine tempo, and for this reason he was reluctant to reduce the pace of the race as at that point. He stated that near the 600m he was required to urge his mount forward when it became one-paced and, after responding to his riding at that point, was able to quicken into the straight and finish the race off reasonably well. When questioned regarding a sustained look over his left shoulder near the 600m, N. Rawiller stated that, as he was aware he had established a reasonable break on the field in the middle stages, he was endeavouring to ascertain where the other runners in the race were so as to consider whether he would place his mount under additional pressure at that point. Co-trainer Mr M. Freedman confirmed that the stable had expected Mushaireb to race in a forward position, however, they were of the view that it was more likely that Fun Fact would lead the event. He expressed surprise with the genuine early tempo set by the gelding, particularly in circumstances whereby it was stepping up in distance and carrying additional weight, as this was not consistent with the instructions that were issued. Stewards adjourned the inquiry to a date to be fixed.

 

Roman Son – Shortly after the start was hampered by Dabiyr, which shifted out.

 

Matowi – Began only fairly.

 

Guise – Stewards permitted the late scratching of the mare at 9.30 a.m. acting on veterinary advice that it had sustained an abrasion to its eye. Mr C. Duckworth, representing Trainer Mr C. Waller, was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required before the mare races or trials again.

 

RACE 5: The Coopers Hotel Newtown Handicap 1600m:

Our Candidate – Trainer Mr K. Lees was fined the sum of $200 for a late application to remove blinkers from the horse. Stewards permitted the late change at 2 p.m. on Wednesday 22 January 2020. Our Candidate began awkwardly. Leaving the 400m endeavoured to shift to the outside of Mugatoo to obtain clear running and made contact with Valentino Rossa. Our Candidate laid in in the straight and near the 75m was corrected by its rider App. B. Ryan.

 

Valentino Rossa – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Overraced in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed Valentino Rossa to be slow to recover.

 

All Too Soon – Stewards permitted J. Collett to ride the mare ½ kilogram over its allotted weight of 53½ kilograms. On jumping was hampered by Man Of Peace, which shifted in.

 

Napoleon Solo – Stewards permitted T. Marquand to ride the gelding 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms. Shortly after the start was bumped by All Too Soon, which shifted in.

 

Mugatoo – After being slow to begin was shifted behind runners in the early stages from a wide barrier.

RACE 6: City Tatts Bushfire Appeal Handicap 1600m:

Domed – Slow to begin.

 

Helga – When questioned regarding the performance, App. C. Williams stated that the mare travelled well outside the lead until near the 700m, at which point he was obliged to start to urge his mount forward. He stated that, on straightening, he did not immediately place Helga under pressure to ensure that it was fully balanced and after being placed under full pressure at the 300m Helga raced flat and did not show its usual turn of foot. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Mountain Breath – Acting on veterinary advice the mare was a late scratching at 9.05 a.m. when it was reported that the mare had not satisfied the stable after travelling from Melbourne on Friday 24 January.

 

Hokkaido Miss – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Seles – Slow to begin.

 

RACE 7: Iron Jack Supports Bushfire Appeal Carrington Stakes 1400m:

Cellarman – Rider J. Parr stated that on straightening he committed to the outside of Albumin with a view to improving between that runner and Passage Of Time. He stated that when that run did not fully develop he was held up on the heels of Albumin until near the 300m where he shifted to that runner's inside and was able to commence to fully test his mount.

 

Passage Of Time – Making the turn near the 800m was steadied to avoid the heels of Albumin when being shifted to a position behind that runner. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, N. Rawiller stated that from the 800m he elected to travel to the outside of Albumin to ensure his mount had sufficient galloping room. He stated that, in the straight, Passage Of Time did not respond to his riding and he could offer no excuse for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. Pride confirmed his instructions to N. Rawiller in that Passage Of Time requires sufficient racing room in order to race well and does not appreciate being positioned inside other runners. He stated that, in his opinion, Passage Of Time is better suited on a more forgiving surface and this was the main reason for today's disappointing performance. Mr Pride undertook to report back on the future race plans for Passage Of Time, however, consideration will be given to spelling the gelding.

 

Redouble – Steadied when crowded on jumping between Southern Lad and Wu Gok, which was taken out by Albumin.

 

Sambro – The gelding, which was restless in the barriers, was slow to begin and lost ground. Sambro was then shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Cradle Mountain – Stewards permitted J. Collett to ride the gelding 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms.

 

Ever Loyal – Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.

 

Southern Lad – Shortly after the start was bumped on the hindquarters by Redouble and became unbalanced. Leaving the 400m was shifted to the outside of Passage Of Time to improve into a narrow run between Passage Of Time and Ever Loyal. Southern Lad then laid in over the final 200 metres.

 

Salsonic – Stewards permitted T. Marquand to ride the gelding 1 kilogram over its allotted weight of 53 kilograms.

 

RACE 8: Mark Alati Bookmakers Handicap 1100m:

Oriental Runner – Raced wide and without cover until near the 600m.

 

Ghostly – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Safado – When questioned regarding his riding over the final 200 metres, B. Avdulla stated that in his opinion the gelding, which was racing first up today, had ended on its run and for this reason he did not ride it with the whip to the finish. B. Avdulla was reminded of his obligation to fully test his mount to the finish of the race.

 

Spiritual Pursuit – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Pandemic – Slow to begin. Near the 200m Pandemic improved into a narrow run between Rare Episode and Sir Elton, resulting in Pandemic and Sir Elton making contact on a number of occasions. Over the final 100 metres, Pandemic laid in and near the 25m crowded Rare Episode. T. Berry was fined the sum of $400 under AR132(6)(b) for using his whip in a manner that raises his arm above shoulder height and was cautioned under AR132(6)(b) in respect of striking the horse forward of its shoulder.

 

True Detective – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Between the 400m and the 300m endeavoured to obtain clear running between Spiritual Pursuit and Oriental Runner resulting in True Detective making contact with Oriental Runner on a number of occasions.

 

Twirling Moss – Overraced in the middle stages.

 

Patriot – Stewards permitted J. Ford to ride the gelding ½ kilogram over its allotted weight of 52½ kilograms. After beginning only fairly was then briefly tightened for room between Twirling Moss and Sir Elton, both of which shifted ground.

 

RACE 9: Edney Ryan Group Handicap 1400m:

Laure Me In – Began awkwardly and, shortly after, was briefly tightened between Nicochet and Come Along, which shifted in.

 

Superium – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Rider N. Rawiller could offer no excuse for the disappointing performance and advised that when placed under pressure in the straight the gelding did not respond to his efforts and was disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J. Pride advised that Superium had pleased the stable since being scratched from the Magic Millions Three-year-old Guineas on Saturday 11 January. He stated that he could offer no explanation for today's disappointing performance and undertook to report back to the Stewards on the future race plans for the gelding.

 

I Am Vinnie – Began only fairly. I Am Vinnie lost its off-fore plate passing the 150m.

 

Nicochet – Began only fairly.

 

Above And Beyond – App. C. Williams was examined by the club's doctor following the race and was found to be suffering acute back pain.

 

Monegal – From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

GENERAL:

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted that 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 J. Van Overmeire (Fayerra) 6 strikes
Race 2 T. Marquand (Mr Wong) 6 strikes
Race 2 C. Whiteley (Don't Cry Mama) 7 strikes
Race 3 B. Ryan (All About Me) 6 strikes
Race 4 N. Rawiller (Mushaireb) 6 strikes
Race 6 T. Berry (Gaulois) 6 strikes
Race 9 App. R. Dolan (Come Along) 7 strikes

 

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

Race 1:  Rulership, Ticket To Ride, Fayerra, Mount Fuji

Race 2:  Mr Wong, Expellable, Bellszov Bourke, Don't Cry Mama, Jellies,

               Eurosay

Race 3:  Hellenism, Conspirator (2), Morotai, Too Hard To Call, Zerchois,

    All About Me

Race 4:  Dabiyr, Fun Fact, Roman Son, Devlann, Mushaireb

Race 5:  Our Candidate, All Too Soon, Napoleon Solo, Mugatoo, Man Of Peace

Race 6:  Domed, Helga, Missybeel (2)

Race 7:  Passage Of Time, Gaulois, Southern Lad, Cellarman

Race 8:  Sir Elton, Pandemic, True Detective, Twirling Moss, Rare Episode

Race 9: Laure Me In (2), Superium, I Am Vinnie, Charretera

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Supplementary: Warwick Farm 15/1/20 Race 3: O. Orr (Saigon) fined $200 under AR190(3) for being overweight.
Race 2: Trainer Ms K. Kulic (Jellies) fined $100 for late notification to remove bit lifter (AR206)
Race 5: Trainer Mr K. Lees (Our Candidate) fined $200 for late application to remove blinkers (AR206).
Race 8: T. Berry (Pandemic) fined $400 for using his whip in a manner that raises his arm above shoulder height (AR132(6)(b)).
Reprimands: Nil.
Suspensions: Nil.
Bleeders: Nil.
Warnings: Nil.
Trials: Race 1: Sea Boss (Trainer Ms K. Buchanan) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 1: Sea Boss (Trainer Ms K. Buchanan) – poor performance.
Race 4: Guise (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – late scratching on veterinary advice (eye abrasion).
Race 4: Dabiyr (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – lame (1/5) in near foreleg.
Fall/Injuries: Race 9: App. C. Williams (Above And Beyond) – acute back pain.
Tactics Notified: Race 1: Ticket To Ride to be ridden positively: settled worse than midfield.
Race 3: Golden Avenger to be ridden with cover: settled off-pace without cover.
Race 6: Seles to be ridden quieter: settled midfield.
Race 7: Redouble to be ridden further forward: settled back.
Race 7: Sambro to be ridden conservatively from a wide barrier: settled back.
Race 7: Cradle Mountain to be ridden prominently: led.
Race 7: Albumin to be ridden further forward: settled outside the leader.
Race 9: Superium to be ridden back: settled back.
Race 9: Poetic Charmer to be ridden further forward: settled off pace.
Race 9: Charretera to be ridden with cover behind the leaders: settled on pace without cover.
Change of Colours: Nil.
Change of Gear Nil.
Follow up: Race 1: Mount Fuji – poor performance (Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden).
Race 2: Bellszov Bourke (Trainer Mr K. Nestor) – poor performance.
Race 3: Blitzar (Trainer Mr C. Heywood) – poor performance.
Race 4: Dabiyr (Trainer Mr C. Waller) – post-race condition.
Race 4: N. Rawiller (Mushaireb) – tactics adopted.
Race 7: Trainer Mr J. Pride (Passage Of Time) – future race plans.
Race 9: Trainer Mr J. Pride (Superium) - future race plans.

 

 

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