STEWARDS REPORT: Doomben 10/9/2016
Race 1: HANDYMAN BOB – Held up for clear running rounding the home turn. THE CONSPIRATOR – Held up approaching and rounding the home turn. DON’T TEASE ME – Raced 3 wide without cover. THE STOREMAN When questioned regarding the performance, jockey R. Fradd explained that the gelding travelled comfortably but did not respond to his riding rounding the home turn and weakened in straight, which he attributed to the soft track conditions.
Race 2: HEROIC ACTION – Jumped very awkwardly and lost significant ground. Had to be eased to avoid the heels of MISHANI GLADIATOR. Jockey B. Stewart, rider GLADIATOR, was reprimanded and advised to provide greater clearance his fellow riders in future. MISHANI GLADIATOR – When asked to comment on the performance of the gelding, jockey B. Stewart stated that he settled further back in the field than anticipated, however the horse’s performance was disappointing today. SHOULDA TO SHOULDA – Raced 3 wide without cover throughout. BIZARRE ROCK in restricted room for some distance passing the 500m between MISHANI GLADIATOR and BELLE EXPRESS.
Race 3: Stewards opened an inquiry into the riding tactics adopted by apprentice B. Grylls, rider of RANKED, and apprentice J. Oliver, rider of BLACK JAG, where both runners set a fast tempo when challenging for the lead in the middle stages. Stewards took evidence from both apprentices and trainer Mr J. Wallace (RANKED) and trainer Mr T. Whittington (BLACK JAG). The inquiry was adjourned to allow stewards to consider the sectional times at the relevant stage of the race and to allow the masters of both apprentices to be present. CRAMMING – Jockey B. Stewart advised that the gelding did not appreciate soft track conditions today. BLACK JAG – A post race veterinary examination revealed slight soreness to the near fore fetlock. RANKED – A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be suffering from thumps, and had a slow post race recovery.
Race 4: LIPSYNC – Overraced in the early stages. DIVINE DICE – Shifted out when steadying from heels passing the 800m. EXCALIBRATOR – Raced 3 wide without cover and hung out badly from the 500m and made the home turn extremely wide. Trainer H. Page was advised that the gelding must compete in an official trial prior to racing again DAPPER ONE – Disappointed for a run near the 300m and was obliged to alter course to the inside of THUNDER RAIDER in order improve.
Race 5: ROYAL OCCASION – Slow to begin. KUDERO Overraced in the early stages. URBAN KNIGHT – Overraced in the early stages and near 800m had to be restrained from heels of BIG TREE. BIG TREE – Laid out rounding the home turn. PROFILER – Raced 3 wide without cover. TRUE ROYAL – Raced 3 wide throughout. STEWARDS INSPECTED THE TRACK FOLLOWING a STORM, WHICH INCLUDED HEAVY RAINFALL. THE INSPECTION REVEALED SURFACE WATER ON TRACK. AS THE STORM HAD CLEARED, STEWARDS MADE DECISION TO FURTHER INSPECT TH TRACK AT 4 PM. FOLLOWING THIS INSPECTION, THE WAS STILL UNSUITABLE TO RACE DUE TO SURFACE WATER BEING PRESENT AND SAFETY CONCERNS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS THE MEETING WAS ABANDONED AT 4 PM.