FLEMINGTON 7/ 10/ 17: STEWARDS REPORT
Race 1: Grand Challenge - harmlessly dislodged rider Mark Zahra en route to the barriers and cantered riderless for some distance was subsequently a late withdrawal at 12.47pm by order of Stewards. Mark Zahra was examined by the doctor and passed fit to fulfil his remaining engagements. All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on Grand Challenge to be refunded.. All successful bets on horses prior to 12.47pm are subject the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of ticket: win bets - 11 cents, place bets (for winner) 10 2nd) - 13 cents and place bets (for 3rd) - 9 cents. Lady Bithiah - began awkwardly and after galloping several strides, shifted in abruptly and attempted to buck. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than a slow recovery and the filly must now gain further approval in a jump out prior to racing again. Akkadian - began awkwardly. Eased approaching the finishing line to avoid the heels of Crossing The Abbey. Bold Type - began awkwardly. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Sunlight - slow to begin. Sanglier - had difficulty obtaining clear running when racing restricted room to the inside of Nomothaj from passing 400m until the 200m. Crossing The Abbey - had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Ranier which shifted in when not fully clear near the winning post. Ranier - rider Dwayne Dunn was issued with a severe reprimand for permitting his mount to shift in in near the winning post, whilst riding it along when not fully clear of Crossing The Abbey which had to be steadied to avoid heels. Race 2: Brave Tango - Correct weight was delayed when Ben Melham, rider of Bravo (second placegetter) viewed the patrol videos before lodging an objection against Snitzepeg (winner) alleging interference V1 - SPME01Z01MA shortly after straightening. On the evidence it was established that shortly after straightening, Bravo Tango was held up for a run between Snitzepeg and Sircconi where there was not sufficient room and was then held up until approaching the 100m. Stewards believed there never a run for Bravo Tango and therefore the objection was dismissed correct weight declared. At a later inquiry Ben Melham was fined the sum of $400 under the provisions of AR165(3) for lodging an objection which was deemed to be frivolous. Hulme - slow to begin. Sircconi - knuckled at the start and almost fell. Rellson (NZ) - began awkwardly. Plutocracy - raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Hung out from 300m. Esperance - steadied near 1100m to avoid the heels of Snitzepeg. Rider Damian Lane could offer no explanation for disappointing performance of the beaten favourite. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Icon Of Dubai - rider Mark Zahra was of the view his mount would be better suited with the addition of blinkers. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities other than a slow recovery. Race 3: Padraig (NZ) - connections advised would be ridden back; began awkwardly, slow to begin and settled at the rear of the field. Checked at
700m and became unbalanced when crowded for room on the inside of Basanite, which had been taken in slightly by Il Divo hindquarters had been turned out. Into Rio (NZ) - connections advised would be ridden further forward; settled in second place. Johnny Vinko (NZ) - began awkwardly. Give - taken out off its course at the 700m when brushed by Aberro which shifted out. Raced three wide without cover. Basanite - eased at the 600m when crowded for room by Il Divo which shifted in slightly after being brushed on the hindquarters Basanite. Main Stage
(NZ) - (winner) the saddle slipped back on the gelding during the race. Sunquest - rider Dwayne Dunn stated that his mount raced closer today with the step up in distance however proved to be disappointing and may be better suited ridden back off the speed.
Race 4: Sold For Song - began awkwardly. The Quarterback slow to begin. Tailed off; rider Matthew Allen stated his mount never travelled and when placed under pressure did not feel comfortable. Post race endoscopy detected a degree of internal exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage that may have affected the geldings racing performance and a veterinary clearance is required prior to racing again. Malibu Style - raced keenly in the early stages. Keen Array - raced keenly in the early stages. Rider Mark Zahra dropped his off side rein over the concluding stages. Bons Away - raced keenly in the early stages. Spieth (NZ) - got its head up when being restrained due to slow tempo through the early stages. Rider Corey Brown could offer no explanation for the performance which was below expectations. Trainer Bryce Heys explained that the colt had had an uninterrupted training regime heading into the race and that its blood was taken on Thursday he undertook to advise Stewards in due course should anything come to light that may explain todayys performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Race 5: Sir Isaac Newton (GB) - connections advised would be ridden forward; settled behind the leader. Humidor (NZ) - laid in from the 700m. Race 6: Angelic Spirit (NZ) - connections advised would be ridden back; began awkwardly and settled near the rear of the field. Watchmespin - severely checked shortly after
start when tightened for room between Ill Have A Bit and Blondie which was taken in by Remember The Name which had shifted in abruptly before being straightened. Ill Have A Bit - hampered shortly after the start when tightened for room. When racing keenly near the 1300m, got its head up when being steadied to avoid the heels of Anchor Bid which was being steadied to avoid the heels of Remember The Name was shifting in. Was again steadied passing the 1200m to avoid the heels of Anchor Bid which when racing keenly was steadied out off Remember The Name. Pres De Toi - began awkwardly. Uptown Gal - slow to begin. Judy In Disguise over-raced through the middle stages. Pageantry - raced wide without cover. Snogging held up for clear running from the 500m until the 150m. Anchor Bid - approaching 400m until passing the 300m. Pure Scot - had difficulty obtaining clear running inside the final 200m. Remember The Name - steadied passing the 100m until approaching the finishing line when racing near heels of Leathernlace. The track was upgraded from Good 4 to Good 3 at 3.55pm after the running of this race. Race 7: Almandin (GER) - connections advised would be ridden back; settled towards the rear of the field. Rider Damien Oliver could offer no explanation for the performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis. Vengeur Masque (IRE) - slow to begin.. Steadied at the 200m in away from Harlem (GB), which shifted in away from Almandin (GER) which had shifted in slightly. Kinema (IRE) - eased down the straight; rider Craig Newitt reported his mount felt short in its action. A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the near foreleg and will require a veterinary clearance prior to racing again. Race 8: Kenedna - late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 9.50am. Prompt Response - knuckled at the start. Held up for clear running from the 500m and went to the line not fully tested. Written Era - began awkwardly was then tightened for room by Give Us A Go which shifted out. Payroll - began awkwardly. Raced in restricted room from the 150m between Now Or Later (IRE) and Petition. Euro Angel (NZ) - raced fiercely through the early and middle stages and had to be checked off the heels of 10 on several occasions. Held up for clear running from the 500m until approaching the 100m. Eckstein - over-raced in early and middle stages. Give Us A Go - raced wide without cover from the 1000m. Petition - got its head up at the 800m when being steadied off heels of Merriest. Schism - raced wide without cover. Ellicazoom - rider Stephen Parnham could offer no explanation for the poor performance however said it was a touch disappointing and may have resented racing inside of other runners. A post race veterinary examination revealed the mare have a slow recovery and had sustained
laceration to its off hind pastern. Missrock - rider Ben Melham could offer no explanation for the performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Race 9: Lovani - acting on a report from the Compliance Assurance Team, Stewards interviewed trainer Robert Smerdon and registered stablehands Greg Nelligan, Jim Cook and Danny Garland regarding a suspected treatment of the mare, after it had arrived on course and entered the enclosed staling box at approximately 3.08pm. Stewards subsequently ordered the late withdrawal of the mare at 3.48pm. The inquiry was adjourned to establish the identity a substance found in a plunger that was confiscated from Mr Nelligan in the staling box. Betting deductions 7c dollar for double bets prior to 3.48pm. Mongolian Wolf - after kicking out and getting its leg up in its barrier stall underwent a veterinary examination and was late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 5.48pm. Observational (GB) - after being fractious and rearing in its starting stall underwent a veterinary examination and was late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 5.48pm and trainer John Sadler advised a warning will be placed on the geldings record. All monies bet for win and/or place and concession betting on Mongolian Wolf Observational (GB) to be refunded.. All successful bets horses prior to 5.48pm are subject the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket: win bets - 5 cents, place bets (for winner) - 8 (for 2nd) - 7 cents, place bets (for 3rd) - 8 cents and 5 cents in the dollar for double bets.. Pure Pride (NZ) - hampered at the start by Good Project which shifted. Saint Valorem began awkwardly. New Tipperary -
Raced three wide without cover and hung out in the home straight. Good Project - raced keenly through the early and middle stages and steadied at the 1000m to avoid the heels of Charmed Harmony which was shifting in. Rider Hugh Bowman stated his mount was not suited by the tempo of the race and would be looking for further ground. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. Tashbeeh - held up for running from the 500m until near the 150m and was crowded for room passing the 200m by Good Project which shifted in before being straightened.. Burning Front - held up for clear running from the 400m until shifting to the inside of Charmed Harmony at 300m. Harmony
- steadied passing the 300m when giving ground and laying out towards the heels of Master Reset which was shifting in. Rider Katelyn Mallyon could offer no explanation for the performance. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.