STEWARDS REPORT: Randwick 3/9/2016
RACE 1: So Willie – began awkwardly. When questioned regarding the performance, rider H Bowman stated that his mount was unsuited by the slow early tempo and, after he endeavoured to improve to the outside of Oh So Splendido near the 500m, the tempo quickened, which resulted in his mount being left somewhat flat-footed. He added, after balancing up in the straight, he wasn’t disappointed with the finishing effort of the gelding. A postrace veterinary examination revealed gelding to be lame in the off-foreleg and had lacerations to the mid off-fore cannon and nearhind coronet. Trainer Mr C Waller stated So Willie had pleased since its last start at Rosehill on 13 August 2016 and had no lameness issues in the stable. Mr Waller was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing again. He undertook to report back
Stewards on the future race plans for So Willie. Takewing – slow to begin. K O’Hara, rider of the 5th placegetter, was reminded of her obligations to ride her mounts out to the finish of the race. Signposted – overraced after obtaining lead near the 1400m. Raced greenly in
straight and was inclined to lay in.
RACE 2: Dubaiinstyle – prior to the declaration of correct weight Stewards viewed the official patrol films to ascertain if there were grounds for objection against the winner, Dowdstown Charlie, in relation to, firstly, the whip of H Bowman being accidentally knocked from his grasp by the whip of B Avdulla, rider of Dowdstown Charlie, and, secondly, as to whether Dowdstown
Charlie had impeded the running of Dubaiinstyle for some distance near the 100m. When Stewards were satisfied there were not sufficient grounds, having regard to the margin between the two horses at the finish, correct weight was declared. Slow to begin. Dowdstown Charlie – slow to begin. Zero To Ten shortly after straightening was inconvenienced when Dowdstown Charlie shifted out away from Dubaiinstyle. When questioned regarding her riding of the gelding, App. D Panya stated that her instructions had been to lead, however if another runner had shown intent to take that position, she was allow her mount to settle behind the lead. Trainer Mr J Scobie confirmed the instructions. App. Panya added that, after obtaining the lead in the early stages, her mount was inclined to overrace and, with the gelding stepping up to 2000m for the first time, she elected to take hold of her mount and allow Dubaiinstyle to cross the lead near the 1500m. She said after being crossed Zero To Ten continued to overrace and consequently she then contemplated coming to the outside of Dubaiinstyle, however when Dowdstown Charlie improved to her outside she was obliged remain racing on the back of Dubaiinstyle after her mount and Dowdstown Charlie made contact near the 1300m. App. Panya further stated that as her mount continued to overrace she elected take hold of her so as not be too close to the heels of Dubaiinstyle, however, her mount then got its head up and lost additional ground, which then allowed Dowdstown Charlie to take up a position on the rail in advance of her. Stewards advised App. Panya that she had erred in the early stages in that, after being crossed by Dubaiinstyle, she did not react soon enough to take up a position outside the leader, Dubaiinstyle and, secondly, she had shown poor judgement in allowing her mount to lose its position on the back of Dubaiinstyle, which resulted in the eventual winner, Dowdstown Charlie, obtaining cover and then requiring Zero To Ten having to be taken three wide from the 700m to improve into the race. Thunder Down Under – laid in under pressure in straight. Dure – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer M Smith was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Dure racing again.
RACE 3: High Mist – after being loaded into the barrier, got its near-hind leg up on the partition for a short period. The colt was inspected by the Club’s Veterinary Officer and passed fit to start. When questioned, rider H Bowman stated that prior speaking to trainer Mr C Waller he had anticipated taking up a more forward position on the colt, however he had been instructed by Mr Waller to endeavour to take up a position fourth or fifth in the run. He added High Mist commenced reasonably well, but he would have had to make some use of his mount to take up a forward position and as a consequence he elected to allow the colt to race where comfortable towards the rear of field. When questioned regarding his riding in early part of the straight, he stated that after following Swear making the home turn, he improved to that runner’s inside and onto back of Skylight Glow. H Bowman further stated that given the slow early tempo he had expected Skylight Glow to improve shortly after straightening and for this reason he elected to remain racing on the back of that runner for a short distance. He said some distance after straightening he elected to go to the inside of Skylight Glow in an endeavour obtain clear running between that runner and Shazee Lee, however when Skylight Glow shifted back in slightly he became awkward on the heels of that runner whereby had to check, which resulted in his mount shifting in and making significant contact with Shazee Lee and becoming badly unbalanced. When questioned as to whether there was an opportunity to improve to the outside of Skylight Glow, H Bowman stated his decision to shift to the inside was influenced by trainer Mr C Waller advising him that in his view the going towards the rail was superior and, further given that Skylight Glow had initially shifted out on straightening, he felt that was the best option in the circumstances, although conceding there may have been an opportunity to come the outside of Skylight Glow. Trainer Mr C Waller confirmed instructions issued and indicated in his view he did feel the inside going was superior. Shazee Lee – overraced in early stages. Bit Dusty – rider T Clark stated that, with the gelding stepping up in grade today, in his view it raced somewhat green and would derive benefit from today’s performance. He added in his opinion it may be better to drop the gelding back to weaker company, whereby it can gain some race experience. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 4: Squidensquizz – the start of the race was delayed when gelding shifted its near-hind plate, which necessitated it being refitted in the tie-up stalls. Slow to begin. Rider T Clark stated his mount was inclined to overrace throughout the early and middle stages and in his view, stepping back in distance today from 1600m last start, raced dour. He added Squidensquizz would also benefit from being taken to the outside to make its run in clear going. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Galaxy Warrior – slow to begin. Linking up with the course proper Coming In Hot shifted out and carried Galaxy Warrior wider. High Tec – slow to begin. Grand Rouge – No When To Hold Em – linking up with the course proper commenced to overrace and improved onto the heels of Grand Rouge and was steadied. Trying – rider K O’Hara stated that she caught wide in the middle stages and as a consequence leaving the 700m she elected to restrain to take up a position on back of Eurella Flight. She added as soon as she obtained cover her mount became awkward in its action and from that point did not respond to her riding and consequently finished well back. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr N Gardner stated in his view when Trying was restrained back towards the rear of the field the gelding failed to stretch out when tempo race increased. He added in his opinion, although the gelding had some wet track form, it may not have appreciated the heavy going. Mr Gardner undertook to report back to Stewards on the progress of Trying subsequent the race.