STEWARDS REPORT: Sandown Lakeside 16/8/2017
Race 1: Correct weight was delayed when Stewards lodged an objection on behalf of connections of Secret Reward (fifth placegetter) against Redcore being declared fourth placegetter, alleging interference near the 900m.. On the evidence it was established that 900m, Secret Reward checked severely after being crowded by Esperance which had been taken in by Redcore.. Weighing up the degree of interference and the margin a length a half, Stewards were satisfied that had the interference not occurred, Secret Reward would have finished in front of Redcore and therefore the objection was upheld and the placings amended as follows: Esperance (winner), Indernile ( second placegetter), Spirit Of Aquada (third
Secret Reward (fourth placegetter) and Redcore (fifth placegetter). Esperance - hampered when crowded for room near the 900m.. Secret Reward - for and checked severely near the 900m. The Sword - crowded for room and checked severely near the 900m.. Spirit Of Aquada - checked severely near the 900m almost dislodging its rider after having to avoid The Sword which had suffered severe interference.. Damien Oliver (Redcore) - pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR137(a), carelessness being that near the 900m he permitted his mount to shift in when not fully clear of Esperance resulting in severe crowding to Esperance, Secret Reward which had to be checked severely and in turn The Sword was also severely.. Damien Oliver had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight August 19th and to expire at midnight September 2nd, a total of fourteen race meetings (four metropolitan, ten provincial).. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account his guilty plea, record and that the carelessness was in high range..
Race 2: Dont Get Excited - began awkwardly. Jaws Of Steel - got its head up when being restrained in the middle stages. Nearctic Chiller - raced wide without cover.
Race 3: Wassergeist - began awkwardly.. Held up from the 450m until near the 200m.. Rider Craig Williams was questioned regarding the tactics he adopted today and explained he was given no specific instructions,
that his personal preference on the Lakeside track was to take up a forward position, but after jumping awkwardly from the wide barrier, he was left with no other option but to ride horse back in the field, noting it was only having its second race start today.. Mag Wheels - slow to begin. Luck Be My Lady - got its head up and commenced to over-race when negotiating the 800m turn and at the same time had to be checked off heels of Nations.. Nations - raced wide without cover.. Rider Damien Oliver could offer no explanation for the performance.. A post race veterinary examination revealed the colt had sustained a laceration to its off hind leg.. Aberro - laid in under pressure inside the final 200m resulting in rider Ben Melham having to re-gather his off side rein on two occasions.. Give - when questioned regarding his mount being more forward today, rider Patrick Moloney explained that his instructions were to be mid-field with cover but from wide barrier and after his mount jumped well, he was left without cover and therefore elected to go forward and lead..
Race 4: Justice Glory - connections advised would be ridden further forward due to the strong winds; settled in a mid-field position.. Mahlani (NZ) - raced wide without cover. Angelic Spirit (NZ) - over the concluding stages had to be steadied when Mahlani (NZ) shifted in under pressure. Rider Mark Zahra stated his mount didnt feel entirely comfortable in its action when placed under pressure.. A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be mildly lame in near foreleg and will require a veterinary clearance prior to racing again.. La Chica Rosa - rider Damien Oliver was of the view that his mount would have been better suited with a quicker early tempo.. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
Race 5: Reigning In Paris - after being caught wide without cover in the early stages, strode forward to gain a position outside of the leader near the 1600m. Red Velvet Swing - rider Damien Oliver reported his mount over-raced in the early stages which was detrimental to its chances today.. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities..
Race 6: Shez Ektraordinary (NZ) - began awkwardly making contact with side of the barriers.. Apprentice Ben Thompson was of the view his mount would be better suited on a track with more give.. Ashkannd (FR) -a short distance after the start shifted out abruptly after being taken slightly by Cismontane (NZ). Over-raced in the middle stages. Diamond Grace - raced wide without cover in the early stages.
Race 7: Bel Blaster - connections advised would be ridden further forward with the addition of blinkers; began awkwardly and lost considerable ground settled at the rear of the field.. Rider Jamie Mott stated his mount was reluctant to stretch out.. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.. Dexterous - connections advised would be ridden forward from the inside draw; settled just off speed. Aurelius Hero - began awkwardly and lost ground. Heza Magic Man - raced wide without cover.. Laid in under pressure in the straight.. Gunn Island - laid the straight.
Race 8: Sweet Taste - when the pace slackened passing 800m, had to be steadied off the heels of Princess Of Queens.. Jester Halo - pulled hard throughout. Lady Skills - raced wide without cover. Citrus Wish - rider Dwayne Dunn dropped his whip near the 200m. Groovin (NZ) - when questioned regarding his tactics today, rider Michael Walker explained he was instructed to be forward, ideally one wide with cover, but his mount was slow away at the start and as a result Prince Of Queens able to cross very soon after the start and from that point on his mount got too far back and overraced quite badly.. Funloving - an irregular heart rhythm was detected on post race veterinary examination. The mare shall not start in any race until the Stewards have received a satisfactory veterinary report. The report must include the results of an ECG performed at rest and cardiac auscultation performed within thirty minutes of completing a satisfactory gallop of at least 1000m.
Race 9: Best Hoffa - slow to begin. Sherpa Trail began awkwardly.. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Dinner Lake - got its head up when being steadied in an attempt to gain cover passing the 1200m. Mutin - tightened for room for some distance passing the 600m by Reata, which shifted in moment when being restrained off the heels of Sherpa Trail.. Reata - clipped the heels of Sherpa Trail near 500m and almost fell.. This was due to Sherpa Trail being steadied when racing behind Lucky Nic which was under pressure.. Dazzys Day - made heavy contact with Bonus Doro near the 700m when attempting to shift out to improve.. Rider Damien Oliver could offer no explanation for the performance.. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.