Stewards' Summary @ Warwick Farm

Published: 09 Jul 2017


A summary of Warwick Farm for Saturday 8th July is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingnsw.com.au website.

Vet Notes

  • Brogue (Race 3) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding sustained an injury to the near-side eye after being contacted by a clod.
  • Loves A Hassle (Race 5) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr L Van Den Bos was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing again. Mr Van Den Bos advised that the gelding will be spelled.
  • Your Way (Race 8) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed a speedy cut to the off-hind pastern. Stable representative Ms M Berkeley undertook to report back to the Stewards in the days subsequent any factors that may have affected Your Way performance today.

Penalties & Fines

  • C Brown, rider of La Chica Bella was found guilty of a charge under AR137(b) in that he failed to ride his mount to the end of the race. C Brown’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 16 July 2017 and to expire on Saturday, 29 July 2017, on which day he may ride. In assessing penalty, Stewards were cognisant of C Brown’s good record in respect to like matters.
  • Mr J Coyle, trainer of Blendwell was fined the sum of $50 under AR59A for failing to produce the Thoroughbred Identity Card for the mare. Slow to begin. Hung out under pressure in the straight and as a result rider K O'Hara changed the whip over into her left hand passing the 100m.
  • App. J Innes Jr, rider of Imanui pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that approaching the winning post he permitted his mount to shift in whilst riding it along when not clear of Know How, which was checked, taken in towards Time Out Of Mind, which was also checked and lost its running when taken across the heels of Francesco. App. Innes Jr’s permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 16 July 2017 and to expire on Monday, 26 July 2017, on which day he may ride.

Summary of Races

RACE 1: TAB Rewards Handicap 1200m

  • Sparky Lad – began awkwardly and made contact with Brook Magic.
  • Nicci’s Gold – slow to begin. Near the 600m the filly, which was racing keenly and was inclined to lay in, had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Manicure (C Brown), which shifted in when not quite clear. C Brown was advised to exercise more care.
  • Wild Heart – made contact with Manicure at the start, was slow into stride and settled at the rear of the field.
  • Luiza – near the 900m was briefly tightened between Brook Magic and Manicure, which shifted in slightly. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider G Schofield stated his mount travelled well in the early and middle stages outside the leader Brook Magic. He said he was more than satisfied with the relaxed manner in which the filly progressed to the home turn, but soon after straightening when Luiza came under pressure it failed to quicken and commenced to give ground noticeably over the final 150m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth advised that he was disappointed with the manner in which Luiza weakened from the home turn. He said that the stable had been pleased with the filly’s work leading into today’s race and undertook to report back to the Stewards on the condition of Luiza in the days subsequent.
  • Lipizzan – when questioned, App. R King explained she had been instructed to have the filly positioned just behind the leaders similar to when the filly was successful at its most recent start at Randwick on 24 June 2017. She said Lipizzan possess good gate speed and for this reason she allowed her mount to begin on its own terms without being pressured in the early stages rather than risk the filly overracing, which it has done previously. She added after the 1000m she became concerned that the filly was not travelling as well as she had expected and despite her efforts it failed to maintain its position and drifted back towards the rear of the field. App. King further stated that Lipizzan showed little interest throughout the race, hung in in the straight, proved difficult to ride out and was disappointing with its effort in the run home. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr G Portelli stated Lipizzan had worked strongly on Tuesday, 4 July 2017 and he had also been pleased with its work on Thursday morning. He added the filly was expected to run well today, but performed below expectations and in light of its performance will now be spelled. Mr Portelli undertook to report back to the Stewards on the condition of Lipizzan in the days subsequent.
  • Awesome Pluck – when questioned, J Collett stated he was instructed to try to obtain a midfield position if possible and he was asked to ride with cover. He said he was given specific instructions not to pressure his mount in the early stages and to allow it to race where comfortable. J Collett added for this reason in the early stages, after beginning well, he elected to allow his mount to obtain a midfield position. He said as a result he raced wide without cover for the major part of the race and he agreed with the Stewards that in hindsight, given the average early tempo, the gelding’s interests would have been better served by endeavouring to proceed forward and to take up a position closer to the running rail.

RACE 2: Australian Turf Club Handicap 1400m

  • Blendwell – trainer Mr J Coyle was fined the sum of $50 under AR59A for failing to produce the Thoroughbred Identity Card for the mare. Slow to begin. Hung out under pressure in the straight and as a result rider K O'Hara changed the whip over into her left hand passing the 100m.
  • Yuma Desert – began only fairly. A post-race veterinary examination of the mare, which weakened over the final 50m, did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Philosophy – in the early part of the straight had difficulty obtaining clear running and approaching the 200m shifted to the outside of Reiby Rampart to improve. Philosophy then became awkwardly placed on the heels of Love’s A Fantasy before being directed back to the inside of that runner to continue improving. Over the last 100m continued to experience difficulty obtaining clear running and near the 50m shifted out and briefly tightened Pioneering. As a result both runners were unable to be properly tested in the run to the winning post.
  • Reiby Rampart – travelled wide without cover for the majority of the race.
  • Noire – rider T Berry explained he was able to position his mount outside the leader in the early stages without being pressured. He said his mount travelled well ridden in this fashion, however rounding the home turn, when asked for an effort, failed to respond and in his opinion was somewhat flat. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth stated the stable was disappointed with the performance of the filly and indicated that it will now be spelled. He undertook to report back in the days subsequent any factors that may have affected Noire’s performance today.

RACE 3: Pro Rata ATC Membership on Sale Handicap 2400m

  • The Gavel – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Epsom Hill – rider T Clark explained at no stage of the race did the gelding feel entirely comfortable on today’s track conditions. He said his mount’s action was not fluent at any stage of the race and he eased it down over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stewards deemed the performance to be unacceptable and advised stable representative Mr R Roberts Epsom Hill must trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to being permitted to race again.
  • Dowdstown Charlie – when questioned, J Ford stated that at its most recent start at Randwick on 24 June 2017 he was instructed to have the gelding begin positively and endeavour to have it ridden just behind the leaders. He said similarly today he was instructed to endeavour to race prominently and if there was no early leader it would be acceptable for him to take up the lead. Trainer Mrs K Waugh confirmed the instructions issued and expressed satisfaction in the manner in which Dowdstown Charlie was ridden today.
  • Collateral – when questioned, App. N Heywood explained he had been instructed to ride his mount as is usual towards the rear of the field. He said the gelding during its preliminary had worked strongly and, as he was concerned it may pull in the event, he ensured shortly after the start he gave his mount an opportunity to settle and race where comfortable, whereby Collateral ultimately travelled at the rear of the field. He added from about the 700m he commenced to improve his position and approaching the 600m, when he noted El Novio was positioned almost one horse off the rail, he contemplated improving to that runner’s inside, however approaching the 500m, when Epsom Hill commenced to tire and gave ground quickly, this impacted on the running line of El Novio, which was taken towards the rail after the 500m. App. Heywood said during this time Epsom Hill, which was continuing to give ground, caused him inconvenience and he was unable to proceed into a run that he had identified to the outside of El Novio and for this reason he was briefly held up approaching and rounding the home turn. He further stated that when El Novio maintained its position, he elected on straightening to shift to the extreme outside of the field to provide Collateral with clear and uninterrupted running. He said when placed under full pressure his mount closed the race of well. Trainer Mr B Baker was interviewed by teleconference as he was overseas. Mr Baker stated had issued instructions via his stable foreperson Ms M Berkeley and they were to ensure that the gelding over 2400m settled in the early and middle stages. He said it was also an added proviso that if circumstances permitted he could commence improving from the 800m as Collateral is one-paced and would not be suited by a sprint home. Mr Baker added that due to his location he had limited quality vision of the race, however in his opinion the gelding’s chances were disadvantaged in this race by its positioning after the 500m, whereby it was held up and obliged to shift out and make a sweeping run around the field early in the straight. Stewards adjourned the inquiry to a time and date to be fixed in order to view the wagering on this race.
  • Brogue – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding sustained an injury to the near-side eye after being contacted by a clod. Trainer Mr S Englebrecht was advised a veterinary certificate would be required prior to Brogue racing again.

RACE 4: #Theraces Handicap 1400m

  • Weekend Affair – slow to begin.
  • Cosmic Engine – slow to begin.
  • Ghostly – slow to begin.
  • Kool Vinnie – slow to begin. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Cosmic Engine – in the early part of the straight laid out.
  • Seventhchic – A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  •  La Chica Bella –C Brown, rider of 3rd placegetter, was found guilty of a charge under AR137(b) in that he failed to ride his mount to the end of the race. C Brown’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 16 July 2017 and to expire on Saturday, 29 July 2017, on which day he may ride. In assessing penalty, Stewards were cognisant of C Brown’s good record in respect to like matters.

RACE 5: TAB Highway Handicap 1200m

  • Magic Beneteau – knuckled on jumping.
  • Loves A Hassle – for the majority of the race travelled wide without cover. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr L Van Den Bos was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing again. Mr Van Den Bos advised that the gelding will be spelled.
  • Marco Man – approaching and rounding the home turn had difficulty obtaining clear running and then near the 150m, when racing tight to the inside of Academy Hill, was inconvenienced when that runner shifted in slightly.
  • Suncraze – slow to begin. Rider C Brown stated his mount commenced to lay in after the 800m and for this reason passing the 600m he changed the whip over to his right hand. He said the significance of the gelding laying in increased throughout the race to the point where it hung in and proved difficult to ride in the straight. The racing manners were brought to the attention of trainer Ms M O’Gorman.

RACE 6: McGrath Estate Agents Handicap 1100m

  • Suspenders – slow to begin and then crowded for room between Difficult To Get and Alluvion, which shifted in. After the 50m, when Launch Code was bumped by Difficult To Get, that runner shifted out, resulting in Suspenders being hampered and taken out across the heels of Spending To Win.
  • Alluvion – slow to begin.
  • Kings Of Leon – got its head up at the start. Held up until near the 200m.
  • Parlay Vous – slow to begin.
  • Cadogan – slow to begin and then shifted in in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Spending To Win – rider H Bowman stated although his mount, which was resuming from a spell, began well he would have had to have made considerable use of it to take up a position closer to the running rail in a race that was run at an genuine early tempo and, having regard to the circumstances, he believed the gelding’s best interests would be better served by allowing it to race in a position where it would settle, albeit wide without cover for the major part of the race. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden stated, whilst it was anticipated the gelding would race prominently, the stable did harbour concerns in respect to the wide barrier as to how much ground Spending To Win would be obliged to cover in this event. He added the gelding has previously undergone a wind operation and he believed that, notwithstanding its position in running, it was essential to ensure that it would have every opportunity to travel comfortably and to settle without being pressured.
  • Once More A Lady – raced wide without cover throughout the race.
  • Difficult To Get – held up for clear running until after the 150m and approaching the 100m was tightened for room between Launch Code and Second Step, which shifted out momentarily.
  • Launch Code – a post-race veterinary examination of the gelding, which weakened over the final stages, did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Walk Right In – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

RACE 7: tab.com.au Handicap 1600m

  • So Willie – began awkwardly. Over the final 150m laid out under pressure, obliging rider T Berry to change the whip over to the left hand approaching the 100m.
  • Liapari – bumped on jumping by Gold Ambition, which began awkwardly and shifted out.
  • Olympic Academy – for some distance approaching and passing the 1200m had to be steadied when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Heavenly Anna, which was inclined to shift ground when also being restrained off the heels of Gold Ambition.
  • Gold Ambition – over the final 50m commenced to shift out, obliging its rider to correct his mount near the 20m to avoid causing interference to So Willie.
  • Zayam – rider B Avdulla stated his mount travelled in a forward position as expected, but when placed under pressure prior to the home turn commenced to give ground and in the run to the line was disappointing in the manner in which it weakened. He indicated he believed Zayam would be better suited on a more forgiving surface. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

RACE 8: Schweppes Handicap 1100m

  • Esgrimidor – slow to begin. Raced wide without cover.
  • Embley – slow to begin. When questioned, App. J Innes Jr explained he had been instructed to settle the gelding, which was resuming from a spell, in a rearward position over an unsuitable distance. He said approaching and rounding the home turn he had improved to trail Sangiovese and in the early part of the straight he committed to the outside of the heels of that runner in an endeavour to proceed into a run between Sangiovese and Hot Hit. He said he was unable to improve as Sangiovese continued to shift out under pressure and it was not until after the 100m that he was able to shift to the outside of the heels of Hot Hit and Isorich to obtain clear running. App. Innes Jr added that to have shifted to the inside of Sangiovese at the relevant stage in the straight to obtain clear running would not have been a safe manoeuvre as he was striding outside the heels of Sangiovese.
  • I Can Rock – began awkwardly. Raced wide without cover throughout the race.
  • Your Way – shortly after the start was steadied when crowded for room Eminent Duke and Isorich, which shifted in whilst laying in. Near the 600m Your Way and Hurrara bumped, resulting in both became unbalanced and Hurrara shifting out and making contact with I Can Rock, which became unbalanced behind. Last Witness, which was following, was hampered in consequence. Near the 400m tightened for room between Esgrimidor and Eminent Duke, which was taken out slightly by Secret Trail. Rounding the home turn Your Way made contact with Esgrimidor and continued to race tight to the outside of Secret Trail, resulting in Your Way making contact with the hindquarter of Esgrimidor, which became unbalanced. Near the 200m Your Way, which was commencing to give ground, was steadied to avoid the heels of Eminent Duke, which was taken out by Allez Chival, which in turn was carried wider by Secret Trail (App. N Heywood). App. Heywood was advised on both occasions approaching and rounding the home turn and approaching the 200m to ensure he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider T Clark stated the mare, which was resuming from a spell, did not enjoy the easiest passages throughout the race, whereby it was continually bumped when racing tight between runners from the 600m until the home turn. He said in his view Your Way lost confidence and he believed the primary reason for its failure today were the testing circumstances which Your Way experienced at these relevant points of the race. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a speedy cut to the off-hind pastern. Stable representative Ms M Berkeley undertook to report back to the Stewards in the days subsequent any factors that may have affected Your Way performance today. As the in the opinion of the stewards that Your Way performed below expectations due to the reasons outlined by its rider no action was taken against the mare.
  • Last Witness – leaving the 800m commenced to race keenly and got its head up on a number of occasions when being steadied off the heels of Hurrara.
  • Allez Chival – raced wide without cover throughout the race.

RACE 9: TAB Handicap 1300m

  • Dubaiinstyle – shifted its off-fore plate in the preliminary, which necessitated it being replated. The gelding was underwent a veterinary examination and was passed fit to start. From its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages.
  • Meiner Freccia – slow to begin. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Hollywood Bound – threw its head in the air on jumping and lost ground. Approaching and passing the 700m got its head up on a number of occasions, refused to settle, was checked and shifted out away from behind the heels of Francesco.
  • Know How – shortly after the start was crowded between Imanui and Francesco, which shifted out. App. J Innes Jr (Imanui) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that approaching the winning post he permitted his mount to shift in whilst riding it along when not clear of Know How, which was checked, taken in towards Time Out Of Mind, which was also checked and lost its running when taken across the heels of Francesco. App. Innes Jr’s permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 16 July 2017 and to expire on Monday, 26 July 2017, on which day he may ride.
  •  Imanui – crowded shortly after the start.
  • Spy Decoder – approaching the 600m, when the rider of Petrossian (R Murray) steadied, Nat King Cu, which was following, had to be eased off the heels of Petrossian and Spy Decoder, which was following, had to be checked for some distance thereafter. R Murray was warned against the practice of steading the tempo too quickly.
  • Time Out Of Mind – raced wide without cover for the majority of the race.
  • Brazen – over the final 150m was unable to obtain clear running and as a consequence was never properly tested.



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