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STEWARDS’ REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

WARWICK FARM RACECOURSE

 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

 

Weather:                   Fine

Track:                       Good (4)

Rail:                          +5m 1000m to WP, +3m Remainder

Penetrometer:          4.82

 

STEWARDS:   P C Dingwall (Chairman), T P Moxon, T J Vassallo, S J Matthews and cadets

J A Dinopoulous and O J Fleming

                                                                                                                                                      (alm)

Supplementary Reports:

ROSEHILL GARDENS:  Saturday, 30 March 2019

RACE 9 – The Championships On Sale Handicap 1400m

Spring Charlie– the Stewards today continued their inquiry in respect of Spring Charlie.  After considering the evidence available to Stewards, including an interview of a person who had significantly laid Spring Charlie in this event, the Stewards found that there were no integrity issues, and as they were also unable to determine the reasons for the tongue tie being dislodged, the inquiry was concluded.

 

KENSINGTON:  Wednesday, 3 April 2019

RACE 6 – Tab.com.au Handicap 1800m

Fireman Sam I Am –- trainer Ms T Burleigh advised that the gelding has now been retired.

                                                                                                                                                     

 

LATE RIDING CHANGES:

As J Parr was indisposed, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 3 Let Me Sleep On It – T Clark
Race 5 Nicco Lad – J McDonald
Race 8 Level Eight – T Berry

 

 

As C Brown was indisposed due to injury, the following rider substitutions were permitted by the Stewards:

 

Race 6 Buckley Up Baby – T Clark
Race 8 Iggy The Moocher – S Clipperton

 

Both J Parr and C Brown are required to provide medical clearances prior to racing again.

                                                                                                                                                     

 

RACE 1 – Harry Angel New To Darley Plate 1300m

Stella Maris – when the filly had its blind fold removed, it became fractious and just prior to the start being effected, lunged forward, made contact with the front gates, which opened prematurely.  In the incident, Stella Maris lost ground.  A post race veterinary examination revealed blood present in both nostrils.  As the Stewards were comfortably satisfied the blood was as a result of external trauma, no action was taken other than to advise trainer Mr J Thompson that a veterinary clearance will be required prior to the filly being permitted to race or trail again.

 

Georgia Hit – after beginning only fairly was bumped by Task And Purpose, which shifted in.  Georgia Hit was then shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Les Amoureux – near the 800m, obtained a position with cover behind Zouologist, however when joining the course proper, and not clear of Royal Captain, was then obligated to shift out to provide that runner with sufficient racing room and as a result Les Amoureux travelled wide and without cover thereafter.

 

Royal Captain – on straightening, attempted to improve between Zouologist and Les Amoureux where there was insufficient room.  As a result, Royal Captain (T Berry) made heavy contact with Les Amoureux resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced.  Royal Captain then raced in restricted room to the inside of Les Amoureux until approaching the 200m and shortly thereafter was inconvenienced slightly when Zouologist shifted out marginally.  T Berry was advised to ensure he has sufficient room in which to improve in similar circumstances.

 

Scepter Of Power – hung out in the straight and as a result proved difficult for B Avdulla to place the gelding under full pressure.  A post race veterinary examination revealed Scepter Of Power to be slow to recover.

 

Task And Purpose – when questioned, G Schofield explained the manner in which he was asked to ride the horse was contingent on how Task And Purpose began.  He said that it began only fairly and as a result, from its wide barrier, was shifted behind runners.  He said that approaching the 500m, when committed to the inside of the heels of Georgia Hit, he shifted out to follow Royal Captain as that horse appeared to be travelling well and was one of the favoured runners.  He said that he was able to save ground approaching and rounding the home turn, however when Royal Captain was experiencing difficulty obtaining clear running and did not improve as quickly as he anticipated, Task And Purpose was then held up until about the 200m.  G Schofield was advised that his explanation would be reported, however in retrospect it would have been the preferable option to position himself behind Georgia Hit prior to the 400m with a view to shifting to the outside of that horse in the straight to obtain clear running.  Stable representative Mr C Duckworth confirmed the instructions issued and indicated that he was satisfied with the decision of G Schofield to save ground on the home turn and seek runs through the field having regard to Task And Purpose resuming today and travelling in a rearward position close to the running rail.

 

RACE 2 – Justify @ Coolmore Handicap 1300m

Bacchus – prior to the declaration of correct weight, G Schofield made an application that Bacchus be declared a non-runner on the basis that it had its head turned to the left and as a result, when the start was effected, Bacchus lost considerable ground.  After taking evidence from Racing NSW’s starter and assistant starter, the Stewards found that just prior to the commencement of the race, Bacchus turned its head to the nearside.  As the Stewards determined that the occurrence was as a result of the actions of Bacchus, and that the starter would not have reasonably anticipated the occurrence when starting the race, the Stewards declared Bacchus a runner.  Bacchus was shifted behind runners from its wide draw shortly after the start.  Approaching and rounding the home turn, Bacchus experienced some difficulty obtaining clear running and in the early part of the straight raced in restricted room for a short distance thereafter when Crown Affair shifted out to improve.

 

Erno – blundered slightly shortly after the start.

 

Dhiaga – began only fairly.

 

Chasing Comets – was slow to begin and then shifted behind runners from its wide draw.

 

Riot Act – began awkwardly and then was shifted behind runners from its wide draw.  Passing the 200m, experienced some difficulty in obtain clear running.

 

Sea Of Life – raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Escondido – leaving the 1000m, commenced to race keenly and got its head up on a number of occasions and when being steadied off the heels of Antonio Padre (T Berry) near the 900m, which shifted in when not clear, continued to race ungenerously for some distance thereafter.  T Berry was reprimanded and advised to provide his fellow riders with sufficient clearance in future.

 

RACE 3 – Press Statement @ Vinery Handicap 1100m

Stone Cold – after arriving on course was examined by Racing NSW's veterinary officer and passed suitable to race.  Trainer Ms S Murray-Leslie was spoken to relative to her failing to provide a veterinary clearance for the gelding, which was a scratching from the Wagga race meeting on Sunday, 14 April 2019 due to the horse suffering a minor injury as a result of it being cast in its stable.  Slow to begin.

 

Invictus Salute – began only fairly.

 

Polhampton – shortly after the start was crowded between Ronstar and Stone Cold, both of which shifted ground.  Polhampton had difficulty obtaining clear running until the 200m.

 

Belladeel – from its wide draw shifted behind runners in the early stages.  When questioned regarding the disappointing performance of Belladeel, which travelled wide and without cover after the 500m, J McDonald was unable to offer any tangible explanation other than the horse at this time in its career is disingenuous.  Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised the performance was deemed to be unacceptable and before the colt is permitted to race again, it must perform satisfactorily in an official barrier trial.

 

RACE 4 – The Agency Real Estate Handicap 2200m

Wine Bush – was a late scratching at 1.48 pm acting on veterinary advice when it was found to have swelling to the near fore flexor tendon region.  Trainer Mr C Waller was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Wine Bush being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

 

Screamarr – after being slow to begin, from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners.  Screamarr laid in when under pressure in the straight and proved somewhat difficult for T Berry to ride his mount in his normal manner.  A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have lost its off fore plate.

 

Jake's Hill – was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide draw.  A post race veterinary examination of Jake's Hill, which finished the race off only one paced, did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

My Psychiatrist – after beginning well and travelling wide and without cover in the early stages, settled in a prominent position.  At about the 800m, came under pressure and with the moderate tempo, King Viv was shifted out to improve and as a consequence raced wide and without cover thereafter.

 

Plymouth Road – when questioned trainer Mr M Smith attributed the improved performance to the gelding being able to dictate today’s race at a slower tempo as opposed to its last start where it set a fast tempo while travelling strongly throughout the early and middle stages.  He said the manner in which the race was run today enabled Plymouth Road to finish the race well which led to the gelding being successful in this event.

 

Free Fly Too – when questioned S Clipperton said that the race had been run at a slow tempo and although he was following the leader and eventual winner, Plymouth Road, his mount found it difficult to quicken when the tempo increased from the 500m.  He said having regard to the manner in which the race was run, Free Fly Too’s performance was reasonable.

 

Heartlet – a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 5 – Events By ATC Handicap 1200m

Reelem In Ruby – after being loaded into the barriers, kicked out behind and made contact with the back gates.  The filly was removed from the barriers, examined by the Club's official veterinarian and deemed suitable to race.  When questioned T berry explained that he had been asked to ride the horse conservatively from the barriers as Reelem In Ruby, at its most recent trial, had travelled very keenly and he said that the connections had advised him that it was imperative that Reelem In Ruby have an opportunity to relax in this race.  He said that in the early stages, he elected not to remain directly behind Echo Jet and improve with that runner as this would have meant placing his mount under pressure and would be contrary to the manner in which he had been asked to ride the filly.  He said that in the early stages, he elected to allow Echo Jet to race forward of him and as he was not clear of Nicco Lad to shift in when Echo Jet took up a position one off the running rail, he ultimately drifted back to travel towards the rear, albeit in a small field.

 

Nicco Lad – began only fairly.

 

Bravissimo – slow to begin.

 

Grimoire – travelled keenly throughout the early and middle stages when racing wide and without cover.  

 

Vontaine – raced wide and without cover throughout.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 6 – ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap 1300m

Perfect Pitch – after arriving on course, the horse which had a minor abrasion to the off hind leg was passed suitable to race by Racing NSW’s veterinary officer.  When questioned J Collett said that although he had been under no specific instructions, it was intended for Perfect Pitch to travel in a midfield position, if possible.  He said from the wide barrier today, he applied only moderate pressure to Perfect Pitch and when a number of runners to his inside showed little or no intent to race in the lead, he elected to allow Perfect Pitch to improve.  He said that ultimately Perfect Pitch led the event and although this was contrary to his pre-race expectations, the filly was able to do so without having to be made use of.

 

Buckle Up Baby – after arriving at the barriers was found to have blood present in its mouth.  After being examined by the Club's veterinary officer, the filly was found to have displaced a tooth and was deemed suitable to race.  Buckle Up Baby from its wide draw was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Friskee One – stood flat footed as the start was effected and lost ground (3L).  In the early and middle stages, despite being encouraged by its rider to improve, became detached from the field until approaching the home turn.  Rounding the home turn, got its head up, shifted out abruptly and after shifting to the outside Buckle Up Baby in the home straight finished the race off strongly.  A warning was placed on Friskee One in relation to its racing manners.

 

Lucky Helmet – slow to begin.

 

Austria – was bumped on jumping by Ducale, which shifted in.

 

Valree – from the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Raced wide and without cover throughout.  R Thompson lost the use of his offside rein for some distance approaching the 100m.  As a result, R Thompson was unable to place his mount under full pressure as he was not able to ride Valree in his normal manner during this time.

 

Ducale – raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

High Shine – had difficulty obtaining clear running until the 200m.

 

Art Of Dance – hung out in the straight and proved quite difficult for J Ford to pressure the mare as he was unable to ride Art Of Dance using his normal manner.

 

Bid’N’Bare – when questioned regarding the disappointing performance, G Buckley said his mount, from about the 600m, raced ungenerously, got its head on the side and had a tendency to lay in.  He advised that Bid’N’Bare resented being placed under pressure near the 200m and thereafter did not respond and weakened quickly.  The Stewards will follow-up the post race condition of the horse.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Mahalo – approaching the 700m, after being initially clear to shift in, Art Of Dance (J Ford) then rolled in when not quite clear of Bid’N’Bare, which had a tendency to lay in away from that runner, resulting in High Shine shifting in across the line of Mahalo, which itself had been racing ungenerously when racing in restricted room.  As a result, Mahalo struck the running rail and had to be checked.  The Stewards were of the view that J Ford be reprimanded, and he was advised that whilst there were some circumstances that resulted to this incident, nonetheless he would be expected to exercise greater care when shifting ground.  App R Dolan was spoken to regarding the accuracy of his evidence during the inquiry.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 7 – TAB Rewards Handicap 1600m

Braces – after arriving at the barriers, Braces was examined by the Club's veterinary officer and found to be lame (3/5) in the near hind leg.  As such, Braces was a late scratching at 4.22pm acting on veterinary advice.  The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Braces be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 4.22pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket.

1st   Valentino Rossa               7 cents win, 9 cents place

2nd  Pumpkin Pie                     6 cents place

3rd  Tahsin                               8 cents place

Trainer Mr G Hickman was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Braces being permitted to race or trial again.

 

Semper Fidelis – slow to begin and was then shifted behind runners from its wide draw.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

Commander – slow to begin.

 

Ombudsman – slow to begin.

 

Tahsin – began only fairly and despite being ridden along in the early stages did not muster any speed.

 

Mustafa – over the final 250m, hung out and over the final 100m, proved very difficult to be ridden and as a consequence was not properly tested.  A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.  The Stewards deemed the performance to be unacceptable and advised trainer Ms W Roche that before being permitted to race again, it must perform satisfactorily in an official barrier trial. 

 

Pumpkin Pie – travelled wide and without cover until approaching the 1100m.

 

Sondelon – a post race veterinary examination revealed Sondelon to be slow to recover.

 

Smiling Manolito – a post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.

 

RACE 8 – Australian Turf Club Handicap 1400m

Night Falls – slow to begin.

 

Primitivo – slow to begin.  App S Weatherley (Maktoum) pleaded guilty to a charge under AR131(a) in that approaching and passing the winning post, he permitted his mount to shift out when not clear of Iggy the Moocher causing that horse to be hampered and carried wider, pressuring Level Eight which struck the heels of Primitivo and dislodged its rider T Berry.

 

Cuban Royale – blundered slightly on jumping.

 

Come Along – began awkwardly.  Come Along was badly held up until the 150m whereby it shifted out a considerable distance to secure clear running.  After securing this position near the 100m, Come Along raised ungenerously and could not be tested for a short period.

 

Maktoum – from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.  Over the final 200m, Iggy The Moocher commenced to lay in, became awkward on the heels near the 100m of Maktoum and continued to lay in thereafter and proved somewhat difficult to be ridden out.

 

Somethingvain – raced wide and without cover throughout.

 

Mushaireb – was held up until the 250m.

 

Restrained – close to the winning post, was inconvenienced when Mushaireb (T Clark) shifted out when not clear.  T Clark will be interviewed regarding this incident.

 

Cloak – a post race veterinary examination of Cloak, which weakened noticeably over the final 100m, revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

 

Myprayer – a post race veterinary examination of Myprayer, which failed to stretch out in the early stages, revealed no abnormalities.

 

GENERAL: 

 

Summary of whip use

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

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

 

Race 8 App S Weatherley (Horse) 8 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:  Scepter Of Power, Georgia Hit, Lex Amoureux, Royal Captain.

Race 2:  Sea Of Life (2), Dhiaga, Chabrol, Ready’s Girl.

Race 3:  Black Chilli, Invictus Salute, Ronstar.

Race 4:  San Francisco, King Viv, Plymouth Road, Screamarr (2), My Psychiatrist, Heartlet.

Race 5:  Grimoire, Echo Jet, Bravissimo, Reelem In Ruby.

Race 6:  Mahalo, Buckley Up Baby, Friskee One, Perfect Pitch.

Race 7:  Braces, Sondelon, Semper Fidelis, Pumpkin Pie (2), Tahsin, Commander.

Race 8:  Maktoum (2), Restrained, Myprayer.

 

SUMMARY
Fines: Nil
Reprimands: Race 2:  T Berry (Antonio Padre) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Race 6:  J Ford (Art Of Dance) – careless riding [AR131(a)].
Suspensions: Nil
Bleeders: Nil
Warnings: Nil
Trials: Race 3:  Belladeel (trainer C Waller) – poor performance.
Race 7:  Mustafa (trainer W Roche) – poor performance.
Certificates: Race 1:  Stella Maris (trainer J Thompson) – made contact with barriers, blood in nostrils.
Race 4:  Wine Bush (trainer C Waller) – swelling to its near fore flexor tendon.
Race 7:  Braces (trainer G Hickman) – lame (3/5) in the near hind leg.
Fall/Injuries: Nil
Change of Tactics: Race 2:  Crown Affair – if it begins well, to be ridden prominently; settled midfield.
Race 2:  Bacchus – to be ridden further forward; settled back.
Race 6:  Lucky Helmet – to be ridden prominently; settled midfield.
Race 7:  Commander to be ridden further forward; settled outside the lead.
Change of Colours: Nil
Change of Gear Nil
Follow up: Race 6:  Bid’N’Bare (trainer K Buchanan) – post race condition. 
Race 6:  Friskee One (trainer N Osborne) – racing manners.
Race 8:  T Clark (Mushaireb) – shifting in.

 

 

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