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The Valley stewards' report

The Valley @ Moonee Valley Racing Club

Date:

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Track:

Good 4

Penetrometer:

4.69

Weather:

Showers

Rail:

True entire circuit

 

 

Stewards' Panel:

 

Robert Cram (Chairman), Corie Waller, Peter Ryan, Joelene McSwain

and Rex Terp

 

 

Race 1 LADBROKES ODDS BOOST EXOTICS HANDICAP - 1500 metres:

High Torque Re-plated behind the barrier after casting a plate. Underwent a veterinary examination and passed fit to run. Slow to begin.

Power Scheme Raced keenly in the early stages.

The Holy One (NZ) Bumped with Cheptegei on jumping away. Raced wide in the early stages before being allowed to stride forward and settle outside the leader near the 1100m. Laid inwards under pressure in the straight. Rider Linda Meech reported that after being caught wide in the early stages she was obliged to settle further forward than intended and in her opinion the colt may be better suited when able to find cover.

Cheptegei Bumped with The Holy One (NZ) on jumping away. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages, getting its head up on a number of occasions. Weakened from the 350m. Rider Jason Maskiell could offer no explanation for the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Echo Lad Weakened from the 100m. Rider Stephen Baster reported that the gelding felt amiss in its action. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off foreleg. A veterinary certificate is required prior to racing again.

All Too Terrific Eased approaching the finishing line when racing tight on the inside of Olympic Oath which shifted in.

 

Race 2 1300 AUSTRALIA HANDICAP - 1600 metres:

Special Alert Slow to begin. Held up for clear running rounding the home turn and again for a short distance near the 150m.

Mortar Platoon (IRE) Slow to begin. Held up for clear running approaching the home turn.

Wenner When racing keenly in the early stages had to be steadied near the 1400m when close to the heels of Junipal.

Junipal Passing the 1000m was bumped by Heir To The Throne (NZ) and a short distance later shifted inwards quickly when awkwardly placed on the heels of Laure Me In. When questioned, apprentice Teodore Nugent advised that he was held up for clear running from the 400m until passing the 150m.

Heir To The Throne (NZ) Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event. Passing the 1000m attempted to gain a position with cover, however was unable to do so after bumping with Junipal.

But It's True (NZ) Raced keenly through the middle stages. Held up for clear running from approaching the home turn near the 400m until approaching the 100m.

I Feel Good Trainer Annie Goble was advised that due to the poor performance a warning would be placed on the gelding.

 

Race 3 POWERFLO SOLUTIONS HANDICAP - 2040 metres:

Douglas Macarthur (IRE) Change of tactics: to be ridden forward. Raced wide in the early stages and strode forward to a three wide position outside the leaders near the 1200m.

Big Blue (GB) Raced wide in the early stages until obtaining a position outside the leader near the 1600m.

Brigadier (NZ) Raced keenly in the middle stages.

Ventura Storm (IRE) Passing the winning post on the first occasion bumped with Inverloch (IRE) on a number of occasions when both shifted ground. Apprentice Lewis German reported that the gelding hung out throughout.

Inverloch (IRE) Passing the winning post on the first occasion shifted out towards Ventura Storm (IRE) (L. German) which was shifting in. As a result both runners made contact on a number of occasions. Apprentice Lewis German was advised to show greater caution in similar circumstances. Weakened over the final 200m. Rider Linda Meech reported that her mount did not appreciate suffering interference in the early stages, however she was still disappointed in the manner the gelding finished the race off. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Al Galayel (IRE) Laid inwards under pressure in the straight.

Sylpheed Eased down over the final 100m. Rider Declan Bates reported that the mare raced keenly in the early stages and as a result failed to finish off as expected. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

 

Race 4 PFD FOOD SERVICES HANDICAP - 1200 metres:

Prior to correct weight Stewards viewed the head-on vision to establish whether Victory Kingdom was afforded a fair start. It was established that as the all-clear was given and the gates began to open the mare reared and as a result lost considerable ground. As Stewards were of the opinion that Victory Kingdom was afforded every opportunity to begin and was not impacted by any outside influence, correct weight was declared.

Queen Annabel Dwelt at the start and lost ground. Approaching the 800m had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Victory Kingdom which had shifted out when over-racing. Trainer Rebecca Kelly was advised that due to the mare being slow to begin a warning was placed on the mare.

Victory Kingdom As the start was effected, reared and as a result lost considerable ground. Raced keenly in the middle stages and near the 800m got its head up when being steadied off heels. Shifted out rounding the home turn in an attempt to gain clear running, bumping with Extreme Bliss. Shortly after was eased when hampered by The Real Beel (NZ) which shifted out slightly. Co-Trainer Ben Hayes was advised that as a result of it rearing at the start a warning would be placed on its record.

The Real Beel (NZ) Raced four wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Tofane (NZ) Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Extreme Bliss Rounding the home turn was bumped, becoming unbalanced, due to Victory Kingdom attempting to shift out to improve.

 

Race 5 INGLIS ATLANTIC JEWEL STAKES - 1200 metres:

Taraayef Change of tactics: to be ridden more forward. Led. The Hayes and Dabernig stable were fined the sum of $100 under the provisions of AR106 for presenting the gelding in the mounting yard in winkers which is not part of its approved gear.

Saone (NZ) Commenced awkwardly, shifting in, making contact with Cheer Leader.

Springrolls Commenced awkwardly, shifting out, making contact with Cheer Leader. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

Cheer Leader Hampered on jumping away when buffeted between Saone (NZ) and Springrolls. Weakened from the 300m. Rider Damian Lane could offer no explanation for the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Sassy Salitage Laid out rounding the home turn.

Exhilarates Rider Craig Williams reported that after beginning well and showing more early speed as compared to previous starts, his mount settled further forward than intended.

Pin Sec Rounding the home turn was eased when awkwardly placed on the heels of the tiring Cheer Leader. Performed below market expectations. Rider Damien Oliver could offer no explanation for the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Westport Performed below market expectations. Rider Mark Zahra reported that his mount failed to travel throughout the event and in his opinion the filly may be better suited over more ground and with the addition of blinkers. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

 

Race 6 STRATHMORE COMMUNITY BENDIGO BANK STAKES - 1200 metres:

Man From Uncle Late scratching at 3.31 pm after the gelding was unable to be loaded in the barriers. Trainer Austy Coffey was notified that due to Man From Uncle's previous history, the gelding has now been stood down from racing until such time as submissions are heard from connections. A Coffey indicated that he would discuss the gelding's future with connections in the coming days.

All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on the late scratching to be refunded. All successful bets on horses prior to time of withdrawal are subject to the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket:

Win Bets The Inevitable - 0 cents

Place Bets (For Winner) - 1 cent

Place Bets (For 2nd) Deprive - 1 cent

Place Bets (For 3rd) - Spirit of Valor (USA) -2 cents

Doubles Bets 0 cents

All monies bet after the Stewards' declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket.

Fell Swoop Eased down passing the 300m. Rider Ben Melham reported that he felt there was something amiss with the gelding's action. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Due to the performance, trainer Matthew Dale was advised that prior to racing again the gelding must trial to the Stewards' satisfaction. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

Fastnet Tempest (IRE) Slow to begin.

Deprive Commenced awkwardly.

Bandipur Raced keenly passing the 800m when the pace slackened.

Oak Door Raced wide without cover throughout.

Runson Raced wide without cover before weakening passing the 500m. Rider Stephen Baster reported that the gelding over-raced badly in the early and middle stages which was detrimental to its chances. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Co‑trainer Troy Corstens advised that the gelding would be freshened up briefly before continuing on with its current preparation. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

The Inevitable Commenced awkwardly. Approaching the 1000m dipped on two occasions.

Tavisan (NZ) Over-raced in the early stages. Performed below market expectations. Rider Dwayne Dunn reported that the gelding raced keenly early and was of the opinion it may have choked down. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

 

Race 7 MITTYS McEWEN STAKES - 1000 metres:

Meryl Change of tactics: to be ridden further forward. Settled just behind the leaders.

Miss Leonidas Fractious in barriers. Underwent a veterinary examination and was passed fit to start. Commenced awkwardly. Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Everyday Lady Over the concluding stages was eased outwards when improving and close to the heels of Faatinah.

Booker Eased approaching the winning post when in restricted room.

Inn Keeper Rider Craig Williams reported that the gelding was beaten for speed in the early stages and in his opinion would be suited over more ground.

 

Race 8 LADBROKES FEEHAN STAKES - 1600 metres:

Trap For Fools Change of tactics: to be ridden further forward. Led.

Mr Marathon Man (GB) Change of tactics: intention to be further forward. After beginning awkwardly settled worse than midfield. Over-raced considerably in the early and middle stages, having to be steadied off the heels on a number of occasions.

The Chosen One (NZ) Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.

Homesman (USA) Near the 1200m was steadied and taken inwards by Trap For Fools (P. Hall) which shifted in when insufficiently clear.

Best Of Days (GB) Near the 1200m had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Homesman (USA) which had been taken inwards by Trap For Fools (P. Hall).

Fifty Stars (IRE) Performed below market expectations. Rider Ben Allen reported that in his opinion the entire did not appreciate the Moonee Valley circuit and further would be suited with the addition of blinkers. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Kenedna Performed below market expectations. Rider John Allen reported that the mare hit a flat spot when asked for an effort prior to the home turn, however could offer no other explanation for the performance. Due to a misunderstanding Kenedna left the racecourse prior to undergoing a veterinary examination. A veterinary certificate will be required prior to racing again. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

 

Peter Hall (Trap For Fools) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a), the carelessness being that approaching the 1200‑metre mark he permitted his mount to shift in when not sufficiently clear of Homesman, which resulted in that gelding having to be steadied and in doing so was taken in off its course, resulting in Best of Days having to be steadied to avoid the heels of Homesman (USA) . Peter Hall had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight 14 September 2019 to expire at midnight 22 September, a total of 8 race meetings (2 metropolitan, 6 provincial). In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea, excellent record and that the carelessness was in the low range, however were mindful that it was a feature race.

 

Race 9 DRUMMON GOLD HANDICAP - 1600 metres:

Snitzepeg Change of tactics: to be ridden back from wide barrier. Settled at the rear of the field. Hampered shortly after the start between Gold Fields and Curragh (NZ).

Strike Force Weakened from the 200m. Crowded for room on jumping away between Love Shack Baby and Royal Ace which was taken inwards by Lucky For All (NZ). Apprentice Michael Poy reported that the gelding had to work hard early to obtain a position, however was disappointing when it did not respond to his riding in the straight. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed a slow recovery.

Royal Ace Hampered at the start by Lucky For All (NZ) which shifted in.

Gold Fields Raced keenly in the early and middle stages and raced wide throughout.

Vinland Raced keenly in the early stages. Performed below market expectations. Rider James Winks could offer no explanation for the performance. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Lucky For All (NZ) Near the 1300m was eased when crowded for room between Royal Ace and Volkstok'n'Barrell (NZ) both of which shifted ground slightly.

New Universe (NZ) Performed below market expectations. Rider Linda Meech reported that the gelding was not suited by the slow tempo of the event and further she was of the opinion that it did not appreciate racing inside other runners. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Dr Drill (GB) Held up for clear running approaching and passing the 300m.

Curragh (NZ) Performed below market expectations. Apprentice Teodore Nugent reported that the gelding did not respond to his riding from the 600m onwards and was making an unusual respiratory noise on pulling up. A post‑race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Stewards will follow up with the stable.

 

 

SWAB SAMPLES

 

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 Cheptegei, Olympic Oath, High Torque

Race 2 Century Arrow, Mortar Platoon (IRE), But It's True (NZ), Silent Command

Race 3 Ventura Storm (IRE), Big Blue (GB), King of Leogrance (FR), Sylpheed

Race 4 Haut Brion Her, Mystery Love, The Real Beel (NZ)

Race 5 Exhilarates, St Edward's Crown, Saone (NZ)

Race 6 Fell Swoop, Bandipur, Booker, Runson, The Inevitable '

Race 7 Bons Away, Everyday Lady, Meryl, Prophet's Thumb

Race 8 Trap For Fools, Homesman (USA) , Gallic Chieftain (FR), Mahamedeis, Surprise Baby (NZ) , Yulong Prince (SAF)

Race 9 Volkstok'n'Barrell (NZ) , Love Shack Baby, Gold Fields

 

Pre-race urine for post‑race analysis:

Race 2 I Feel Good

Race 3 Big Blue

Race 4 Extreme Bliss

Race 8 The Chosen One (NZ)

 

Post‑race samples from following horses:

All Winners

Race 7 Bons Away (2nd placegetter)

Race 8 Mahamedeis (2nd placegetter)

 

Raceday Summary

 

Late Scratchings:

Race 6, Man From Uncle, 3.31 pm, unable to load, Stewards' Order

Fines:

Race 5, Taraayef, Hayes and Dabernig stable, incorrect gear, $100, AR106

Suspensions:

Race 8, Peter Hall, careless riding, eight meetings, AR131(a)

Horse Actions:

Race 1, Echo Lad, lame, veterinary certificate

Race 4, Queen Annabel, dwelt at start, warning

Race 4, Victory Kingdom, reared at start, warning

Race 6, Fell Swoop, trial, poor performance

Race 6, Man From Uncle, unable to load, suspended

Race 7, Kenedna, veterinary certificate

Change of Tactics:

Race 3, Douglas Macarthur (IRE), to be ridden forward

Race 5, Taraayef, further forward

Race 7, Meryl, further forward

Race 8, Trap For Fools, further forward

Race 8, Mr Marathon Man (GB), further forward

Race 9, Snitzepeg, ridden back from wide barrier

Follow Ups:

Race 1, Cheptegei

Race 3, Inverloch (IRE)

Race 5, Pin Sec

Race 5, Cheer Leader

Race 5, Westport

Race 6, Fell Swoop

Race 6, Runson

Race 6, Tavisan (NZ)

Race 8 Kenedna

Race 9 Curragh

 

Supplementary Reports

Warrnambool 29/8/19
The Great Hans Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation, likely with the addition of blinkers.
The Executioner Stable advised the colt pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.
Von Mystic Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

Caulfield 31/8/19
Mastering Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.
Guizot (IRE) Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily (better suited on tracks with more give) but will now be spelled.
Malaguerra Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily (better suited over further) and will continue with preparation.
Material Man Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily (better suited on tracks with more give) and will continue with preparation removing the bar plates.
Cliff's Edge Stable advised the entire pulled up satisfactorily (better suited on tracks with more give) and will continue with preparation.

Warracknabeal 31/8/19
Phlying Phyllis Stable advised the mare pulled up satisfactorily but will now be spelled.

Geelong 1/9/19
Heir of Tavistock (NZ) Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily.

Ballarat 3/9/19
Voodoo Queen Stable advised the mare was found to be in season post-race but will continue with preparation.

Sandown 4/9/19
Koolama Bay Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation.
Parwan Prince Stable advised the gelding pulled up satisfactorily and will continue with preparation up in distance.

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