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STEWARDS REPORT

 

Australian Turf Club

ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE

(Kensington Track)

 

Wednesday 9 October 2019

 

Weather:                    Fine

Track:                        Good (4)

Rail:                           +3m entire

Penetrometer:            4.91

 

COMMITTEE OF STEWARDS: T. P. Moxon (Chairman), W. R. Birch, T. J. Vassallo, J. J. E. Earl and Cadets B. J. Pearce and T. J. Hansen.

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Supplementary Reports:

Royal Randwick Saturday 5 October 2019

Race 6 – Sky Racing Active Hill Stakes 2000m (Group 2):

Angel Of Truth– Trainer Ms G. Markwell reported that a veterinary examination and blood count performed on the gelding did not reveal any abnormalities. She stated that the intention is to continue with the preparation of the gelding into the Caulfield Cup.

 

RACE 7:  TAB Epsom 1600m (Group 1):

Dreamforce– Trainer Mr J. Thompson advised that he was satisfied with the post-race condition of the gelding and stated that an examination performed by the stable veterinarian revealed no abnormalities. Mr Thompson added that the stable would continue with the gelding's current preparation in Victoria.

 

Race 8 – Heineken 3 Metropolitan 2400m (Group 1):

Shraaoh– Trainer Mr C. Waller advised Stewards that a further examination by the stable veterinarian revealed a minor ailment with both hind legs for which the horse has been treated subsequently and that the stable plans to continue with Shraaoh's preparation.

 

Race 9 – Snitzel Sprint 1200m:

It's So Obvious – Rider G. Boss pleaded guilty to a charge under AR131(b) in that he failed to ride the 11th placegetter out to the end of the race. G. Boss was fined $300.

 

Warwick Farm Monday 7 October 2019

Race 1 – TAB Handicap 1200m:

Catwalk– Trainer Mr C. Waller reported that although he and the stable veterinarian were satisfied with the post-race condition of Catwalk, a nuclear scintigraphic examination (bone scan) will be undertaken, given the horse's history. Mr Waller undertook to report to the Stewards the results of that examination and the future plans for the filly.

 

Randwick Trackwork Wednesday 9 October 2019

Not A Royal Doubt– Co-trainer Mr A. Bott advised the Stewards that the filly bled from both nostrils at trackwork this morning. As this was the second occasion that Not A Royal Doubt has bled, Mr Bott was advised of the provisions of AR79(6).

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RIDER CHANGES

As H. Bowman was indisposed due to illness, the Stewards permitted the following rider changes:

Race 2

B. Avdulla (Warp Speed)

Race 3

J. McDonald (Rancho Notorious)

Race 4

N. Rawiller (Maid Of Ore)

Race 6

G. Boss (Blesk)

Race 8

T. Clark (Versetto)

 

RACE 1: Heineken 3 Handicap 1100m:

Starla – Shortly after the start was hampered by Willowheart, which shifted in.

 

Diva Bella – The filly, which was leaning on its nearside barrier partition, began only fairly.

 

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

 

Liara – Trainer Mr C. Waller was fined $100 under AR106(2) for presenting the filly with earmuffs, which are not part of its race gear. Passing the 150m was briefly crowded by Irish Angel, which shifted in.

 

Respectful – Raced keenly through the early and middle stages. Rider T. Clark reported that the filly, which raced prominently, did not travel comfortably due to the strong tempo of the race and as a consequence was unable to finish off its race. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A. Bott agreed with the explanation offered by T. Clark and advised that it would be the stable's intention to drop the filly back in class and up in distance for its next race start. Mr Bott undertook to report back to Stewards on the post-race condition of the filly.

 

Willowheart – Hung out from the 600m until entering the straight. After rounding the home turn laid out under pressure in the straight.

 

Vinaigrette – Slow to begin. Laid in under pressure over the final 200m obliging its rider to change the whip to his right hand approaching the 100m.

 

Nishka – After being loaded into the barriers became fractious and reared over backwards. Nishka was removed from the barriers, examined by the Club's Veterinarian and deemed unsuitable to race. The Stewards ruled that all moneys invested on Nishka be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 1.00pm be subject to the following deductions from the face value of each ticket:

1st Willowheart              0¢ win, 2¢ place

2nd Starla                      0¢ place

3rd Giselle Anne             2¢ place

Trainer Mr R. Quinton was advised that Nishka will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards before its next race start.

 

RACE 2: Exceed And Excel @ Darley Handicap 1100m:

Axe– When Ziedrich was being restrained near the 700m to allow Down To Earth to cross, Axe became awkward on the heels of Ziedrich, had to be checked and shifted out. Axe then raced three wide and without cover from this point. Hung out rounding the turn from the 600m until entering the straight passing the 400m. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider N. Rawiller stated that he was obliged to make a wide run without cover from the 700m in a race that was run strongly throughout the early and middle stages. He said that after initially improving into the race, passing the 200m, he was not comfortable with his mount's action when the colt commenced to weaken and, as a consequence, he did not fully test his mount over the final 150m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be displaying cardiac arrhythmia. Trainer Mr B. Baker was advised that a veterinary clearance, including the results of an ECG, will be required before Axeis permitted to race/barrier trial again,

 

Boblee– At the start shifted out and hampered Bondi Blue, and then from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

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

 

Faretti– Slow to begin.

 

Mopar– Slow to begin. Rider G. Boss reported that his mount raced greenly and was inclined to lay out throughout the event and as a result he was unable to fully test the gelding in the straight. Trainer Mr G. Frazer advised that the gelding will be spelled. Notwithstanding this advice, Mr Frazer was advised that Mopar would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to its next race start.

 

Warp Speed– The colt, which was fractious in the barriers, then was slow to begin (2L). Near the 75m, when closing off its race well, had to be steadied from the heels of the weakening Axe and was shifted to the outside of that runner to continue into clear running.

 

Ziedrich– When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider J. Innes stated that he was able to obtain a position with cover near the 700m. He said that although the tempo of the race was strong, he believed Ziedrich was travelling well enough to finish in a competitive position. He said, however, that rounding the home turn Ziedrich became under pressure and was disappointing in the manner in which it finished off its race. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr G. Ryan expressed disappointment with the performance of the colt and stated that, if they were to continue with its current preparation, the intention would be to drop Ziedrich back in grade and up in distance. The Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition and future race plans of Ziedrich in the days subsequent.

 

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

 

RACE 3: Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap 1550m:

Rancho Notorious– Began awkwardly.

 

Fastnet CycloneFastnet Cyclone laid out under pressure in the straight. When questioned regarding the gelding racing prominently today, rider N. Rawiller stated that he was under no specific instructions, however, he said he advised connections that, in his opinion, if ridden conservatively, Fastnet Cyclone would find it difficult to make up ground in the straight. He said that he advised connections that in his opinion the better option would be to have the gelding positioned prominently and, accordingly, he was vigorous on Fastnet Cyclone in the early stages. He added that from the outside barrier he anticipated obtaining a position with cover, however, when this did not eventuate, and when racing wide and without cover, he allowed Fastnet Cyclone to improve whereby the gelding settled outside the leader, Leningard, approaching the 1000m. Trainer Mr G. Neale was reminded of his obligations to notify Stewards of any potential change in riding tactics.  When asked if he could have held a tight one-off line rounding the home turn to prevent Rancho Notorious from obtaining clear running between Fastnet Cyclone and Leningrad on straightening, rider N. Rawiller informed Stewards that Fastnet Cyclone did not quicken rounding the home turn and in order to encourage his horse forward at that point he was obliged to shift wider so he could apply the whip. This ultimately enabled Rancho Notorious to improve into the ground vacated by Fastnet Cyclone.

 

Bring The Magic– Shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 4: The Agency Real Estate Handicap 1800m:

Johnny Vinko– The gelding, which was fractious in the barriers, reared as the start was effected and lost ground.

 

Devil's Lair– After being slow to begin, from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Duchess Of Lennox– Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Lewis. Laid out under pressure in the straight. J. McDonald reported that his mount was not suited by the slow tempo of the race. He added that he was able to improve into the race in a three-wide position with cover approaching the home turn, however, the mare was disappointing in the manner in which it finished off the race and in his opinion is better suited on tracks with more give. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr C. Waller agreed with the explanation offered by J. McDonald and undertook to report back to Stewards on the post-race condition of Duchess Of Lennox.

 

Californiafirebird– Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

 

Genoveffa– Pulled hard in the early stages and approaching the 1400m was eased from the heels of Maid Of Ore. Genoveffa continued to pull hard throughout the middle stages.

 

Bullet Fly– On jumping shifted out and made contact with Maid Of Ore. From its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Rider T. Clark reported that his mount was not suited by the slow tempo of the race in that the colt found it difficult to make up ground on the leaders in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

RACE 5: Sydney Roosters Handicap 1400m:

Iggy The Moocher– From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Cisco Bay– As App. C. Williams was indisposed due to injury, Stewards permitted App. S. Metcalfe to be substituted as the rider of the gelding.

 

Julian Rock– After beginning awkwardly then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Soldier Of Love– Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight, and approaching the 300m became awkwardly placed on the heels of McCormack before shifting to the inside of that runner to continue into clear running. Approaching the 200m was disappointed for running between McCormack and King Hewitt, which shifted out, and then was shifted to the inside of King Hewitt to continue into clear running. When asked to explain why the gelding settled further back than anticipated, rider R. King reported that she was given no specific instructions and that she anticipated settling in a mid-field position, however, when King Hewitt maintained its position one off the running rail, she was obliged to ease Soldier Of Love and ultimately settled in a position behind mid-field.

 

Kaecilius– Hung out rounding the home turn and when under pressure in the straight.

 

Live The Moment– Laid out under pressure in the straight and from approaching the 200m shifted ground abruptly, placing its rider, G. Boss, at a disadvantage in testing his mount in his usual manner. Trainer Mr J. Pride was advised that a warning would be recorded on the racing manners of Live The Moment.

 

Camp Rifle– K. McEvoy reported that he intended on racing more forward today, however, the gelding began only fairly. He said to settle in a more forward position he felt he would have had to make significant use of his mount to do so, and he felt the tempo in the early stages was strong and for this reason he elected to maintain his position mid-field. He said that when racing wide and without cover he observed Kaecilius improving forward, and he had hoped that McCormack would improve to keep that runner three wide, which would have afforded him an opportunity to obtain cover trailing McCormack. He said, however, when McCormack was steadied by its rider to obtain cover behind Kaecilius, and when there was no position for Camp Rifle to obtain cover, the gelding was obliged to race wide and without cover throughout the event.  A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Costas– After beginning only fairly, then was from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

RACE 6: Star Turn @ Vinery Handicap 1400m:

All Over Magic– Began only fairly.

 

Hooray Henry– Began only fairly. Stewards questioned J. Collett regarding his riding in the early stages, in particular whether there was an opportunity to consolidate a position behind Bigboyroy in the early stages and hold a position to the inside of Avon River. J. Collett stated that after beginning only fairly he rode his mount along in the early stages to obtain this position, however, when he felt that Avon River was commencing to shift in approaching the 1200m and that runner was not clear to do so, he desisted from riding Hooray Henry forward, which ultimately allowed Avon River to shift in advance of Hooray Henry and obtain a position trailing Bigboyroy. When questioned as to whether there was an opportunity to shift to the outside of Blesk leaving the 400m, J. Collett stated that whilst he acknowledged there was a narrow run to the outside of that runner, he felt that he would be unable to establish this run, bearing in mind his positioning in relation to Saint Ambrose. He said that for this reason he elected to shift to the inside of Blesk, and although momentarily held up approaching the 300m he was able to trail the eventual winner from this point where, under pressure, Hooray Henry finished off its race fairly. Stewards advised J. Collett that he should have persisted for longer in an endeavour to obtain a position behind Bigboyroy, which would have resulted in Avon River not being able to cross his mount near the 1200m and Hooray Henry being able to obtain a more prominent position. The Stewards noted J. Collett's explanation in regards to not attempting to improve into a narrow run between Blesk and Saint Ambrose near the 400m.

 

Iskander– Began awkwardly.

 

Saint Ambrose– After being slow to begin, then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier.

 

Blesk– At the request of rider G. Boss, the colt was examined behind the barriers by the Club's Veterinarian Officer and deemed suitable to race. Began awkwardly, shifted out and hampered Vienna Rain. Raced wide and without cover for the major part of the race.

 

RACE 7: ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap 1100m:

Autumn– Began awkwardly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to have blood present in both nostrils. As this was the first occasion, co-trainer Mr A. Bott was advised of the provisions of AR79(4).

 

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

 

Segalas– Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

 

Alison Of Tuffy– Approaching and passing the 300m laid in and made contact with Regimental Band on a number of occasions.

 

Commute– Began only fairly. Near the 700m had to be eased when Eve's Miss (A. Adkins) shifted in when not clear. A. Adkins was advised to exercise more care. Autumn, which was following and racing keenly, was checked from the heels of Commute in consequence.

 

Regimental Band– B. Avdulla reported that the filly, in his opinion, raced flat today and although when inclined to lay out in the straight was bumped by Alison Of Tuffy on a number of occasions approaching and passing the 300m he still was disappointed somewhat with the performance of the filly. B. Avdulla added that he believed the filly would benefit from having its runs spaced. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

 

Super Oasis– Shortly after the start was hampered by Appian Way, which shifted in slightly. Had some difficulty obtaining clear running rounding the home turn, and from the 400m until passing the 300m was held up before being shifted to the outside of Alison Of Tuffy to secure clear running. T. Clark reported that approaching the 700m he was briefly crowded between Commute and Regimental Band, which laid in. T. Clark added that he was reluctant to pressure his mount to maintain a position to the inside of Regimental Band as the filly at its last start raced keenly, which resulted in multiple gear changes for Super Oasis in an endeavour to have the filly race more generously today.

 

RACE 8: TAB Handicap 1100m:

Coterie – After beginning only fairly then was crowded between Under The Thumb and Langeria, both of which shifted ground. Coterie then was shifted behind runners in the early stages from its wide barrier. Hung in under pressure in the early part of the straight and proved reluctant to shift to the outside of Rambler Rebel until passing the 300m.

 

Trumbull – Slow to begin. Shortly after the start when shifting in to obtain a position closer to the running rail had to be steadied from the heels of Broken Arrows which was taken out slightly by Wanna Get A What. Rounding the home turn was held up and did not obtain clear running until passing the 250m when improving to the inside of Wanna Get A What.

 

Under The Thumb – From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Approaching the 600m had to be checked to avoid the heels of Versetto when that runner was being shifted out to relieve crowding to its inside.

 

Versetto – Began only fairly, and then from its wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

 

Hay Bale – Approaching the first turn near the 600m was crowded between TrumbulI (App. J. Van Overmeire) and Coterie (N. Rawiller), which was taken in slightly by Versetto before that runner shifted out to relieve pressure. A short distance later Hay Bale had to be checked to avoid the heels of Coterie when Trumbull shifted out. N. Rawiller was advised to exercise more care when, after initially being taken in, Stewards were of the opinion that he could have relieved crowding being applied to Hay Bale. In issuing a reprimand to App. Van Overmeire Stewards were mindful that Hay Bale already had commenced to be crowded prior to his mount shifting out, and that although he did make an effort to rectify his shift, in the Stewards' opinion he should have made greater effort than he did on this occasion.

 

Rambler Rebel – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages and hung out rounding the turn from the 600m. Raced greenly and shifted ground when under pressure in the straight.

 

Il Bandito – Began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Wanna Get A What. A short distance later Il Bandito then was bumped on the hindquarters by Trust Me and became slightly unbalanced. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages. App. J. Van Overmeire (Trumbull) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that passing the 300m he improved into a run between Il Bandito and Wanna Get A What where there was not sufficient room, resulting in Il Bandito having to be checked and losing its rightful running. App. Van Overmeire's permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 13 October 2019 and to expire on Wednesday 16 October 2019 on which day he may ride.

 

Summary of whip use:

Stewards noted the following riders exceeded the permitted strikes of the whip prior to the 100m under AR137A(5)(a)(ii).  Bearing in mind the totality of whip use, no action was taken.

 

Race 3

T. Clark (Brilliant Mind)

6 strikes

Race 4

N. Rawiller (Maid Of Ore)

8 strikes

Race 6

R. King (Vienna Rain)

6 strikes

Race 7

J. McDonald (Sophiella)

A. Lynch (Gala Moshea)

6 strikes, including 2 consecutive

6 strikes

 

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

Race 1: Starla, Diva Bella, Giselle Anne, Vinaigrette

Race 2: Mopar, Down To Earth, Bondi Blue (2)

Race 3: Leningrad (2), We Could Be Heroes, Brilliant Mind

Race 4: Duchess Of Lennox, Mocambo, Lewis (2)

Race 5: Iggy The Moocher, Cisco Bay, McCormack, Live The Moment, Camp Rifle

Race 6: Surreal Step, Avon River (2), Bigboyroy, Hooray Henry, Blesk

Race 7: Sophiella, Appian Way

Race 8: Trumbull

 

SUMMARY

Fines:

Randwick 5/10/19 – Race 9: G. Boss (It's So Obvious) fined $300 – not ride mount out to finish (AR131(b)).

Race 1: Trainer C. Waller (Nishka) fined $100 – present filly with earmuffs, not part of approved gear (AR106(2)).

Reprimands:

Race 8: App. J. Van Overmeire (Trumbull) careless riding shifting out (AR132(a))

Suspensions:

Race 8: App. J. Van Overmeire (Trumbull) careless riding shifting in (AR131(a))

Bleeders:

Randwick 9/10/19 Trackwork: Not A Royal Doubt (co-trainer A. Bott) – second time (AR79(6)).

Race 7: Autumn (co-trainer A. Bott) – first occasion (AR79(4))

Warnings:

Race 5: Live The Moment (trainer J. Pride) – racing manners.

Trials:

Race 1: Nishka (trainer R. Quinton) – barrier manners.

Race 2: Mopar (trainer G. Frazer) – racing manners.

Race 2: Axe (trainer B. Baker) – cardiac arrhythmia.

Certificates:

Race 2: Axe (trainer B. Baker) including ECG results – cardiac arrhythmia.

Fall/Injuries:

Nil

Tactics Notified:

Race 2: Ziedrich to be ridden prominently: Settled off pace.

Race 2: Bondi Blue to be ridden further forward: Settled mid-field.

Race 5: Julian Rock to be ridden conservatively: Settled worse than mid-field.

Race 5: Cisco Bay to be ridden further forward: Led.

Race 8: Coterie to be ridden conservatively: Settled worse than mid-field.

Change of Colours:

Race 6: All Over Magic – club colours.

Change of Gear:

Nil

Follow up:

Warwick Farm 7/10/19: Race 1: Catwalk (trainer C. Waller) – scintigraphic examination results and future plans.

Race 1: Respectful (co-trainer A. Bott) – post-race condition.

Race 2: Ziedrich (trainer G. Ryan) – post-race condition and race plans.

Race 4: Duchess Of Lennox (trainer C. Waller) – post-race condition.

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