Stewards' Summary @ Hawkesbury

Published: 29 Apr 2017


A summary of Hawkesbury for Saturday 29th April is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingnsw.com.au website.

Vet Notes

  • Major Sharpe (Race 3) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying a poor post-race recovery.
  • Moss My Name (Race 3) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be displaying cardiac arrhythmia. Mr Crockett was advised a veterinary clearance would be required, including the results of an ECG, prior to Moss My Name trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards.
  • Astara (Race 5)  – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to have sustained minor lacerations to its near-hind leg, which required treatment.

Penalties & Fines

  • C Brown, rider of Fifth Affair pleaded guilty to a charge under AR137A(5)(a)(ii) in that he used the whip on 12 occasions prior to the 100m (7 more than permitted). C Brown's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 7 May 2017 and to expire on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, on which day he may ride.
  • Mr J Attard, trainer of Kellyville Flyer was find the sum of $200 under LR35 for failing to declare P King as the rider of the mare by the prescribed time.
  • J Parr, scheduled rider of Gambler's Blues was unable to make the weight, Stewards permitted G Buckley to be substituted as the rider of the gelding. J Parr was fined $100 under AR120(b).

Summary of Races

RACE 1: Richmond Club Provincial Stayer's Benchmark 84 Handicap 2100m

  • Last Try Wins – acting on advice from the stable that the gelding had coughed after arriving on course, Last Try Wins underwent a veterinary examination and was passed fit to start. On arrival at the barriers the gelding underwent a further examination and was passed fit to start.
  • Mortar Platoon – Stewards considered an objection lodged by T Berry, rider of 2nd placegetter Mortar Platoon, against Great Glen (K McEvoy) being declared the winner, alleging interference over the final 300m. After considering all the evidence, Stewards established that from approximately the 250m Great Glen had shifted out a number of horses, which resulted in Mortar Platoon shifting out away from that runner to a point at the 50m whereby the two horses made slight contact due to Great Glen continuing to shift out. When the Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that had the interference not occurred that Mortar Platoon would have finished in advance of Great Glen, the objection was dismissed. Slow to begin.
  • My Giuliano – overraced throughout the early and middle stages.
  • Eerised – Lookin' At You (B Avdulla) hung out under pressure in the straight and approaching the 300m shifted out and hampered Eerised. Eerised then became unbalanced and shifted out, resulting in Great Glen moving away from that runner and briefly hampering Plot Twist. B Avdulla was advised to exercise more care.
  • Lord De Air – over the concluding stages shifted in, made contact with the running rail and became unbalanced.

RACE 2: TAB Clarendon Stakes 1300m

  • Charlie Chap – began awkwardly. Hung in under pressure in the straight.
  • Go Daddy Go – slow to begin.
  • Dragoneight – overraced in the middle stages. When questioned, rider T Berry stated his mount was inclined to hang in under pressure in the straight. He said approaching the 350m, when Serena Bay shifted off, he elected to go to the inside of that runner. He added that when Serena Bay shifted back in he was disappointed for this run, however Dragoneight then proved difficult to shift to the outside of Serena Bay as it continued to hang in and consequently he was unable to test his mount over the final 200m. Trainer Mr G Hickman advised that Dragoneight had a tendency to lay in when it won at Taree on 18 April 2017. Mr Hickman advised Dragoneight would now be spelled. Stewards recorded a warning against the racing manners of the colt.
  • Icon Of Dubai – overraced in the middle stages and near the 800m was steadied away from the heels of So Bizarre, shifted out and raced wide without cover thereafter.
  • Serena Bay – when questioned, rider B Shinn stated his instructions were to take up a forward position and, after being wide early, he elected to improve to lead. He said his mount raced flat throughout the run and in his view was feeling the effects of its run in the Percy Sykes at Randwick on 8 April 2017 on a heavy track. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mrs G Waterhouse stated she had expected Serena Bay to perform well, particularly as it had pulled up with no effects from its run in the Percy Sykes. She added, while it was the intention that the filly would perform at the Queensland carnival, the stable would now reassess the plans for the filly and undertook to report back on the progress of Serena Bay subsequent to the race.
  • Fifth Affair - prior to the declaration of weight, the Stewards identified from the inquiry room that rider C Brown had struck his mount on 12 occasions prior to the 100m. When Stewards could not be satisfied that Fifth Affair had gained an advantage that resulted in it finishing in 2 nd placing in the race, in accordance with AR168(2) they therefore declined to exercise their powers under AR137A(9) and did not proceed with a formal objection. At a subsequent inquiry C Brown pleaded guilty to a charge under AR137A(5)(a)(ii) in that he used the whip on 12 occasions prior to the 100m (7 more than permitted). C Brown's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 7 May 2017 and to expire on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, on which day he may ride.

RACE 3: TAB Highway Handicap 1100m

  • Ruthless Agent – after being slow to begin, was crowded between Major Sharpe and Penny Shares, which shifted out.
  • Still Undaunted – laid out and overraced in the early and middle stages. Near the 300m was momentarily crowded when Don't Doubt Her, which was inclined to lay in, shifted in to obtain clear running to the inside of Moss My Name. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Major Sharpe – overraced in the early and middle stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying a poor post-race recovery.
  • Don't Doubt Her – near the 600m Don't Doubt Her and Still Undaunted raced in restricted room between Loves A Hassle and Major Sharpe, which shifted out slightly. Making the home turn raced tight between Still Undaunted and Loves A Hassle, which shifted in slightly. Don't Doubt Her was then held up for clear running in the early part of the straight. Laid in under pressure in the straight.
  • Penny Shares – held up making the home turn and did not obtain clear running until soon after straightening. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Moss My Name – rider B Shinn stated his mount travelled well outside the leader in the early stages, but failed to respond to his efforts under pressure in the straight. He added the only explanation he could offer was the mare had not appreciated today's Good (3) surface and its best form was on rain affected going. Trainer Mr C Crockett agreed with the view expressed by rider B Shinn and advised Stewards he had expected the mare to perform well today as it had pleased in two trials leading up to today's run. He added it was now his intention to drop the mare back in grade at its next race start. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be displaying cardiac arrhythmia. Mr Crockett was advised a veterinary clearance would be required, including the results of an ECG, prior to Moss My Name trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards.
  • Loves A Hassle – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

RACE 4: Hawkesbury XXXX Gold Rush (Open) 1100m

  • Heart Testa – began awkwardly and made contact with the hindquarter of That's A Good Idea.
  • Brook Road – slow to begin. Over the final 100m raced in restricted room to the inside of Palazzo Pubblico and as a consequence could not be fully tested.
  • Old North – slow to begin, was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Raced keenly in the middle stages.
  • Grunderzeit – from its wide barrier was shifted in across behind runners shortly after the start. Held up for clear running between 300m and 100m.
  • Burning Passion – linking up with the course proper became unbalanced and was steadied. When questioned regarding his riding, App. J Innes Jr stated his instructions were to have the gelding settle just off the pace and anticipated taking up a position 4th or 5th in the early stages. He said, after following Straturbo throughout the event and when that runner shifted off to improve near the 450m he allowed his mount to improve onto the back of That's A Good Idea. He added on straightening, when a narrow run commenced to develop between That's A Good Idea and Coolring, he positioned his mount to take advantage of this position, but when that run did not fully develop he was held up and then obliged to shift back to the inside of That's A Good Idea inside the 200m. App. Innes Jr further stated that Burning Passion was then reluctant to take the run to the inside of That's A Good Idea and accordingly over the final 100m his mount remained reluctant to improve despite his efforts.
  • Palazzo Pubblico – raced wide without cover throughout. After being brushed on the hindquarter by Brook Road near the 100m became unbalanced and shifted in.
  • Clearly Innocent – raced wide without cover throughout.

RACE 5: Blakes Marine Benchmark 85 Handicap 1300m

  • Better Not Blue – en route to the barriers App. J Van Overmeire was struck in the head by the gelding. App. Van Overmeire was examined and attended to by the ambulance officers and cleared to fulfil his engagements. When questioned, App. J Van Overmeire stated he was held up making the home turn and on straightening. He said near the 300m, after being disappointed for a run between Spy Decoder and Conarchie, he elected to shift to the outside of Conarchie to improve, however when Conarchie shifted out, he was again disappointed for clear running. He added that his mount did not obtain clear running until the final 100m, whereby it found the line strongly.
  • Conarchie – knuckled badly on jumping, shifted in and crowded Feelin The Love, which was slow to begin.
  • Lanciato – slow to begin.
  • Dream Lane – slow to begin. Passing the 200m was obliged to shifted in around the heels of Braces to continue into clear running.
  • Liapari – shifted out at the start and made contact with Astara.
  • Spy Decoder – raced wide without cover throughout. Over the final 50m could not be fully tested when racing in restricted room between Conarchie and Astara, both of which shifted ground slightly.
  • Invinzabeel – when questioned, rider T Angland stated on straightening he endeavoured to improve between Astara and Spy Decoder, but when disappointed for this run he was obliged to check his mount near the 200m. He added he then raced in restricted room between these runners for some distance before being held up on the back of Astara and was not able to test his mount over the final 100m. Stewards cautioned T Angland in respect to obtaining a run where there was not sufficient room to do so.
  • Astara – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to have sustained minor lacerations to its near-hind leg, which required treatment.

RACE 6: 2017 Godolphin Crown (Group 3) 1300m

  • Kinshachi – slow to begin. Raced wide without cover throughout.
  • Serene Majesty – slow to begin.
  • Slightly Sweet – the mare, which had been slow to begin, was checked shortly after when crowded by Serene Majesty, which was taken out by Maternal. Modha – inclined to overrace in the early and middle stages. Rounding the home turn improved onto the heels of Brigadoon Rise and was awkwardly placed for some distance before obtaining clear running near the 350m.
  • Tsaritsa – made the home turn awkwardly and was inclined to lay out.
  • Sweet Redemption – laid in in the straight.
  • Maternal – rider T Berry reported that near the 100m his mount was placed in restricted room between Kinshachi and Daysee Doom (App. A Adkins), which shifted out and as a precaution he stopped riding for several strides when his mount was tightened for room. He said that when Daysee Doom then cleared his mount he was able to resume riding over the concluding stages. Again over the concluding stages Maternal could not be fully tested when Kinshachi shifted in slightly. App. Adkins was advised he must stop riding and straighten his mounts when they commence to shift ground where there is insufficient room.
  • Artistry – when questioned regarding his riding of the mare, H Bowman stated that his mount was full of running approaching the home turn. He said when the tempo increased from that point Artistry did not respond to his endeavours to improve into the event and was left flatfooted and, although he was aware a run was available to the outside of Kinshachi, his mount was not travelling well enough to take advantage of it. H Bowman added that when Kinshachi was taken out by Maternal soon after straightening he was obliged to shift back to the inside of Maternal and Daysee Doom. He said that near the 150m Daysee Doom shifted out, resulting in him having to stop riding and steady his mount when disappointed for this run and did not obtain comfortable racing room for the remainder of the event.
  • Brigadoon Rise – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

RACE 7: Blacktown Workers Hawkesbury Guineas (Group 3) 1400m

  • Tycoon Mar – made contact with Prompt Response on jumping. Raced wide without cover in the early stages.
  • Prompt Response – made contact with Tycoon Mar on jumping. After being crossed by Good Standing near the 900m, Rosa Carolina shifted out, carrying Prompt Response wider. Prompt Response then raced wide without cover thereafter.
  • Shazee Lee – began awkwardly. Did not obtain completely clear running until passing the 150m.
  • Star Of Monsoon – slow to begin.
  • Rosa Carolina – after being held up making the home turn near the 250m, Calanda endeavoured to improve into a run between Good Standing and Rosa Carolina where there was not sufficient room, resulting in Rosa Carolina being crowded between Prompt Response and Calanda. When Prompt Response then shifted in slightly, Rosa Carolina had to be steadied to avoid the heels of that runner. A short distance later Rosa Carolina had to be checked when crowded between Calanda and Generalissimo when that runner shifted in away from Tycoon Mar. Stewards advised H Bowman, rider of Calanda, and T Angland, rider of Prompt Response to exercise more care. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Generalissimo – for some distance near the 200m, when inclined to lay in, was held up when endeavouring to improve into a narrow run between Prompt Response and Tycoon Mar. Near the 50m Generalissimo then had to be steadied when Prompt Response and Tycoon Mar both of which shifted ground slightly.
  • Calanda – when questioned, rider H Bowman stated that, after following Rosa Carolina into the home straight, he endeavoured to obtain clear running to the inside of that runner and to the outside of Good Standing. He said when that run did not eventuate he was obliged to check his mount when disappointed for this run and over the final 200m he was unable to fully test his mount when placed close to the heels of Good Standing.
  • Good Standing – when questioned, rider J Parr stated that his instructions were to be handy and he had anticipated taking up a position off the pace. He said when caught wide early and when there was only a moderate tempo he elected to allow his mount to stride forward and lead rather than cover additional ground.

RACE 8: Livamol Hawkesbury Gold Cup (Group 3) 1600m

  • Kellyville Flyer – trainer Mr J Attard was find the sum of $200 under LR35 for failing to declare P King as the rider of the mare by the prescribed time. Trainer Mr J Attard stated, whilst the mare was obliged to cover ground during the running of the race, it was not suited by today's Good (3) conditions, as most of its established form has been on rain affected going.
  • Beyond Thankful – began awkwardly and lost ground (2L).
  • Mighty Lucky – began awkwardly. Raced wide without cover from the 800m.
  • Auvray – began awkwardly and made contact with Vanbrugh. Over the concluding stages raced tight to the inside of Testashadow.
  • Havana Cooler – slow to begin. Shortly after the start was crowded for room between Spectroscope and Moher, which was taken out by Fabrizio. When questioned, rider J Parr could offer no excuse for the gelding's poor performance and added that it weakened badly in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr D Beadman stated that, racing first up today, Havana Cooler was not suited by the strong tempo, whereby it was not able to travel within itself. He added in his view today's firm track may not have assisted the gelding. Mr Beadman undertook to report back on the future race plans and the condition of Havana Cooler.
  • Moher – slow to begin. Laid out in the straight, obliging its rider K McEvoy to change his whip into the left hand passing the 100m.
  • Duca Valentinois – raced wide without cover throughout.
  • Testashadow – shortly after straightening was hampered and carried wider by Auvray, which shifted out around the heels of Famous Seamus.
  • Spectroscope – over the concluding stages could not be tested when unable to improve between Moher and Auvray.
  • Marenostro – when questioned, rider T Angland stated he could offer no tangible excuse for the poor effort of the gelding. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr C Waller was asked to report back on the post-race condition of Marenostro.  
  • Ruling Dynasty – when questioned, rider K O'Hara stated in her view her mount raced like a horse looking for more ground. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Fabrizio – when questioned regarding the improved performance of the gelding, co-trainer Mrs G Waterhouse stated, as instanced in the Stewards' report on 15 April 2017, first up at Randwick Fabrizio had not handled the heavy track conditions carrying 61 kilograms. She said that Fabrizio had pleased the stable in a trial at Hawkesbury on 24 April 2017, whereby on firmer going the gelding was able to win its trial. Mrs Waterhouse attributed today's improved showing to the fact that Fabrizio had derived fitness from its first up run and trial and it is more effective on firmer surfaces.

RACE 9: All State Shopfitting Benchmark 78 Handicap 1500m

  • Gambler's Blues – as J Parr was unable to make the weight, Stewards permitted G Buckley to be substituted as the rider of the gelding. J Parr was fined $100 under AR120(b).
  • Louie Sea Kay – slow to begin. After being held up for clear running in the early part of the straight, was then steadied when disappointed for a run between Classic Records and Hammond Lane when that runner shifted out slightly. Louie Sea Kay was then shifted back in in order to improve.
  • So Willie – slow to begin. Laid in in the straight, obliging its rider T Berry to change the whip into the right hand near the 250m.
  • Classic Records – raced wide in the early and middle stages.
  • Ancient History – held up for clear running in the straight and could not be fully tested.
  • Not A Gypsy – had difficulty in obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight, before shifting to the outside of Damedge near the 150m to obtain clear running, whereby the gelding closed off the race well.
  • Beretta – when questioned, rider B Avdulla stated that he had been instructed to take up a forward position and if he was able to lead to do so. He said that, after commencing well, he rode his mount along, but in the early stages his mount raced in restricted room between Broadside and Classic Records and resented being crowded and did not stretch out in the early stages. B Avdulla said accordingly he allowed his mount to settle and travel on the back of Classic Records, although three wide. He added when Classic Records then went forward and crossed to a position outside the leader he was left wide without cover from the 800m. He said in his view Beretta is better suited when being able to dictate and this was the only further explanation he could offer for today's disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Dowdstown Charlie – held up for clear running until about the 200m.



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