STEWARDS REPORT: Randwick 2/9/2017
RACE 4: Bonsley – when no suitable rider was available at the weight permission was granted for B Spriggs to ride gelding 1 kilogram overweight. Fraternater – as no other apprentice rider was available, permission granted for App. C FraterHill to claim 1.5 kilograms of her allowance.
was reprimanded under LR70. Began awkwardly. Hung out under pressure in the straight as it gave ground. Mister Marmalade – slow to begin. Last Try Wins – jumped awkwardly and despite being ridden along in the early stages, failed to muster speed and became detached from the field. Valknut – raced fiercely in the early and middle stages. Super Star Bob – laid under pressure in the straight. Collins Creek near the 250m was inconvenienced when crowded between Super Star Bob and Bonsley, which shifted out. Snowbrook – near the 200m was hampered when crowded between Count Cumani and Schedule, which shifted out when being steadied away from the heels of Collins Creek. Makfi Lass – near the 200m was steadied and shifted to the outside of My Tagoson find clear running. – near the 200m had to alter course to the inside of Mister Marmalade to find clear running. Schedule – when questioned regarding his riding in the straight, K McEvoy stated with the strong early tempo he had anticipated the leading division giving ground and accordingly he elected to attempt to find a run out wide. He said on straightening he initially looked to the inside to ascertain if there was clear running and when he did not identify a run to take elected to shift out in order to follow Super Star Bob. K McEvoy added, as he commenced to shift to follow that runner, both Super Star Bob and Collins Creek shifted in in advance of him and he was then obliged to check his mount to avoid the heels of Collins Creek and shift out to secure clear running inside the 200m. He said once balanced up in the straight Schedule found
line strongly. K McEvoy agreed with Stewards that in retrospect his best option the straight would have been to shift to the inside of Collins Creek find clear running.
RACE 5: Super Too – trainer Mr M Conners advised the mare had sustained bruising to its off-foreleg overnight whilst in the stables and consequently was withdrawn from today’s event. Mr Conners was asked to provide a veterinary clearance for Super Too prior its next race start. Spieth – after being slow to begin, was crowded shortly after between Nieta and The Monstar, which shifted out. Commenced to race keenly in the middle stages, whereby it was then inclined to lay out until approaching the home turn. Over the final 200m was inclined to lay in. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to have blood in one nostril and to be displaying a poor post-race recovery and respiratory distress. Trainer Mr B Heys advised Stewards Spieth had not displayed any respiratory issue in its previous race starts and had been subject to an endoscopic examination post-race in the Newmarket Handicap on 11 March 2017 where no abnormalities were detected. Mr Heys was advised that prior to the horse racing again it would be required to either gallop over 1000m in the presence of the Stewards or barrier trial to satisfaction of Stewards and a satisfactory endoscopic examination would also be required. An
performed by the stable veterinarian on return to Mr Heys’ stable did not reveal any abnormalities, however Spieth was found to be suffering from bruising its eye.
RACE 6: Whispered Secret – slow to begin. Seannie
Overraced in the early and middle stages. I Am Excited – making the home turn was hampered and taken wider when Alizee shifted out to improve to the outside of Formality. Formality – over the final 50m was inclined to lay out under pressure. Champagne Cuddles – laid out under pressure in the straight. When questioned regarding the filly settling at the tail of field, T Angland stated he was issued with no specific instructions, but from his wide draw there was always a risk of being caught
without cover. He said, after his mount commenced well, he looked to his inside to see if there was an opportunity to sit in behind the leaders, however when I Am Excited held its position to his inside, he elected allow mount to drift back towards the rear of the field. He added that when Seannie held its position to his inside he was obliged then to restrain his mount take up a position behind that runner in order to obtain cover. T Angland further stated, with the moderate early tempo, he elected to commence to ride his mount along from the 450m, whereby Champagne Cuddles ran on strongly. After considering his explanation, Stewards deemed his decision to go back to the tail of the field was reasonable in
circumstances given that he would be obliged to race three wide without cover had
not done so. Joyfillly Ours – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 7: Antonio Guiseppe – slow to begin. Raced keenly throughout when caught wide without cover. Libran – shortly after the start was crowded slightly between Lasqueti Spirit and Chocante. Briefly held up making the home turn. Sarrasin – for some distance passing 1200m when racing keenly was steadied when awkwardly placed on the heels of Winx. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth reported that Sarrasin was found to have bled from one nostril on return to the stable. Mr Duckworth was advised that Sarrasin would be required to either gallop over 1000m in the presence of the Stewards or barrier trial to the satisfaction of Stewards and a satisfactory endoscopic examination would also be required prior to racing again. Winx – approaching the 200m rider H Bowman accidentally dropped his whip. H Bowman was fined $300 under AR137(c) for making a celebratory gesture prior to the winning post.
RACE 8: Heavens Above – slow to begin. Maurus – shortly after the start was steadied and shifted in behind runners to obtain cover. Tom Melbourne – overraced in the early and middle stages when obliged to race wide without cover. Laid in in the straight. Invincible Gem – after being crossed by Ecuador near the 1000m, endeavoured to obtain a position to the outside of that runner, but was prevented from doing so when G Schofield, rider of The Virginian, shifted in to take up that position outside Ecuador. In this incident Invincible Gem was steadied to take a position behind Ecuador. On straightening Invincible Gem improved into a narrow run between Ecuador and The Virginian, resulting in Invincible Gem and The Virginian making contact both runners became unbalanced. Mackintosh – inclined to lay in in the early part of the straight and as a result was reluctant to shift to the outside of Heavens Above for some distance in the early part the straight to secure clear running. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in near-foreleg. Trainer Mr C Waller was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Mackintosh racing again. Zanbagh – near the 200m was steadied when disappointed for clear running between McCreery and The Virginian, which shifted out and away from Invincible Gem. Zanbagh was then held up for clear running until near the 100m.
RACE 9: Marenostro – began awkwardly. When questioned regarding his riding rounding the home turn, App. B McDougall stated that his mount commenced to tire and during this time shifted out slightly rounding the home turn, which ultimately provided room for eventual winner Washington Heights being able to pursue a narrow run his inside. B McDougall was advised that he should ensure that wherever possible he rides his mounts in a competitive manner. Free Standing – slow to begin. Overraced badly throughout the early and middle stages. My Nordic Hero – slow to begin. Berry Delicious steadied and shifted in shortly after the start to obtain cover. Overraced in the early and middle stages. Near the 250m was inconvenienced when crowded by Dawn Wall (C Brown) and My Nordic Hero (M Walker), which was inclined to lay out away from Veladero. Both C Brown and M Walker were advised to exercise more care. Dawn Wall – steadied and shifted in shortly after the start to obtain cover. Veladero – rider G Schofield stated he was instructed to take up a forward position and, after jumping well, he followed Rocket Commander across in the early stages. He said he expected Rocket Commander to cross Marenostro to the lead, but when Marenostro held its position in front he was left three wide without cover for the remainder of the event. A postrace veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Rocket Commander – inclined to lay in under pressure in the straight, resulting in T Clark shifting his weight on two occasions to assist straightening mount.