Stewards' Summary @ Rosehill Gardens
Published: 10 Dec 2017
A summary of Rosehill Gardens for Saturday 9th December is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingnsw.com.au website.
- Poetic Charmer (Race 2) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt was slow to recover. Co-trainer P Snowden advised Poetic Charmer would now be spelled and gelded.
- Impavido (Race 5) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost its near-fore plate.
- Waitandwatch (Race 8) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off-foreleg. Trainer Ms A Davies was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Waitandwatch racing again.
Penalties & Fines
- App. L. Magorrian rider of Hogmanay was fined the sum of $200 under AR137A(4)(b) for using the whip in a manner where his arm was raised above shoulder height.
Summary of Races
RACE 1: Merry Christmas ATC Members Handicap 1100m
- Charge – slow to begin. Overraced throughout the middle stages and near the 700m had to be checked away from the heels of Carnina when that runner struck interference in advance. Approaching the 600m again had to be checked to avoid the heels of Carnina when it continued to overrace. Approaching the 300m shifted out away from Carnina and had to be steadied from the heels of Reagan.
- Countercurrent – began awkwardly. Blundered near the 350m.
- Carnina – began awkwardly. App. R Hunt (Countercurrent) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that near the 700m she permitted her mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Carnina, which was checked. App. Hunt's permit to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Tuesday, 18 December 2017 and to expire on Monday, 1 January 2018, on which day she may ride.
- Reagan – near the 1000m had to be eased when crowded by Countercurrent (App. R Hunt) which, after being slow to begin, was ridden vigorously in the early stages to hold her position just to the inside of Gongs as that runner commenced to shift in across. App. Hunt was cautioned in relation to her riding tactics in the early stages. Approaching the 600m had to be steadied away from the heels of Gongs, which shifted out to avoid the heels of Countercurrent when that runner made the turn awkwardly.
- Cinders – leaving the 1000m had to be checked away from the heels of Reagan when it commenced to race keenly. Rider W Costin was reprimanded under AR137A(4)(c) in respect of her use of the whip on a horse out of contention.
- Rock Zone – after the 800m was left racing wide without cover.
- Orcein – laid in under pressure over the final 200m.
RACE 2: #Theraces Plate 1400m
- Sparky Lad – began awkwardly.
- Poetic Charmer – rider C Brown stated that the colt was able to find the lead in the early stages, but raced keenly in the run and consequently was left without a finishing effort in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt was slow to recover. Co-trainer P Snowden advised Poetic Charmer would now be spelled and gelded.
- Heliosphere – when questioned regarding his riding, K McEvoy stated he was not issued with any specific instructions other than to attempt to hold a forward position with cover. He said when his mount commenced reasonably well he elected to obtain cover in the early stages, however, when Sparky Lad held its position to his inside, he was obliged to remain racing wide and without cover for the majority of the event. When questioned as to whether there was an opportunity to restrain in the early stages and race towards the rear of the field where his mount would have received cover, he said in his view, given the slow early tempo of the race and the fact his mount was racing second up today and may not have shown the quick sprint as it did at its first up run, he elected to take up a forward position rather than coming back, which ultimately resulted in his mount having to race wide without cover. K McEvoy added that in the middle stages his mount had a tendency to race somewhat ungenerously, particularly for some distance making the turn after the 900m.
RACE 3: TAB Highway Handicap 1400m
- O'Lordy – slow to begin.
- Zetastar – jumped awkwardly.
- Volpe – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Laid in in the straight.
- Magic Choir – approaching the 1000m was steadied away from the heels of Call The Captain (App. J Innes Jr), which shifted in when not quite clear. App. Innes Jr was asked to exercise more care and to ensure he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground.
- Dungannon – raced keenly in the middle stages.
- Gitan – raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.
RACE 4: ATC Owners Benefit Card Handicap 1400m
- Sharpness – began awkwardly and lost ground (2L). After being slow to begin, was ridden hard to improve to attempt to race behind Noire and, after briefly establishing a position to the inside of Rock On Zariz (App. C Frater-Hill), had to be steadied to avoid the heels of that runner when it shifted in. App. Frater-Hill was advised to ensure she is sufficiently clear when shifting ground.
- Overstep –rider App. L Magorrian stated his instructions were to be more forward, but after commencing awkwardly, he settled further back than anticipated. He said throughout the event, particularly in the middle stages when the tempo slackened, his mount raced keenly in the run and given the circumstances of the race he was not too disappointed with its performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
- Rock On Zariz – overraced in the early and middle stages.
- Leami Astray – raced keenly in the early and middle stages. Over the final two strides could not be tested towards the finish when Queen Misty shifted in towards that runner.
RACE 5: National Jockeys Trust Handicap 2000m
- Firebird Flyer – dropped its head as the start was effected and lost ground (2L). Overraced in the early and middle stages.
- Hogmanay – began awkwardly. Rider App. L Magorrian was fined the sum of $200 under AR137A(4)(b) for using the whip in a manner where his arm was raised above shoulder height.
- Gambler's Blues – near the 600m improved up onto the heels of Mornington and had to be steadied. Near the 150m was bumped by Lead Choreographer when that runner shifted in when inclined to lay in.
- Lead Choreographer – when questioned regarding the tactics adopted from the 600m, whereby he shifted out three wide to commence to improve, rider J Parr stated, after following the leader Strike Force and D'Beak in the run when he was aware that he had the favourite Mornington positioned to his inside, he elected to shift off to a three wide position so as to oblige Mornington to remain racing behind Strike Force and D'Beak. He said he performed this manoeuvre on the basis that particularly Strike Force had some use made of it in the early stages to cross and race outside the leader and he felt that both Strike Force and D'Beak were horses that may not continue to improve into the race. J Parr added, after obtaining a position outside Strike Force, Lead Choreographer, which was inclined to race keenly in the run, then commenced to race more keenly and improved into the race earlier than he had intended, which resulted in Lead Choreographer then obtaining the lead whilst wide and without cover on the home turn. He said, with the benefit of hindsight, he had performed this manoeuvre somewhat prematurely given the manner in which his mount had improved into the race.
- Impavido – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost its near-fore plate.
- D'Beak – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 6: Beanie for Brain Cancer Handicap 1400m
- Voilier – slow to begin.
- Time To Torque – slow to begin.
- Invinzabeel – App. L Magorrian advised his instructions were to race in a forward position and had anticipated settling outside the lead. He said when Invinzabeel jumped a little awkwardly, he then was obliged to make use of his mount to ride in accordance with his instructions. He said, after holding a position to the inside of Firsthand, he elected to make that runner have to work to cross his mount and when he felt the pace had been excessive approaching the first turn, he elected to restrain and allow Firsthand to cross his mount, where he then trailed that runner in the middle stages.
- Firsthand – when questioned regarding his riding in the early stages and in particular the reason he continued to ride forward to cross Invinzabeel, App. B McDougall stated that he had been instructed to take up a forward position on the gelding, with the option of taking a position with cover if the tempo was quick. He said, after his mount commenced well, he elected to go forward, with a view to racing outside the expected leader Flow, however when Invinzabeel improved to his inside, he was caught three wide without cover. He added he then looked back to his inside to ascertain if there was an opportunity to position himself behind Invinzabeel, but was of the view there was not sufficient room to do so and for this reason he elected to ride his mount forward with a view to crossing those runners. App. McDougall added when Invinzabeel then held its position to his inside he was obliged to make some use of his mount to cross that runner and ultimately set a very fast tempo in the early stages and in particular between the 1200m and 1000m (10.99 seconds). Co-trainer Mr M Hawkes confirmed the instructions issued and expressed disappointment with App. McDougall's riding at the relevant stages. He added that his advice to the owners was that the gelding was a winning chance today, however in light of the manner in which it was ridden, could not finish the race off. After considering the evidence, Stewards adjourned the matter to a date to be fixed. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
- Flow – rider C Brown stated he had anticipated leading and was advised by connections that the gelding is a free running horse and does not appreciate being restrained. He said when Invinzabeel improved to his outside in the early stages he became concerned that the tempo was too quick and for this reason attempted to restrain his mount, but due to it racing quite keenly he was unable to get his mount to settle sufficiently so as to allow Invinzabeel and Firsthand to cross his mount.
- Maryore – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 7: Mark Hughes Foundation Handicap 1100m
- Single Bullet – after weighing out prior to the running of race 6, trainer Mr G Portelli requested an alteration in the gear that App. L Magorrian weighed out with. When it was established that App. Magorrian then could not make the weight when he had to be reweighted, App. A Adkins was substituted as the rider of the colt. In the circumstances Stewards took no action against App. Magorrian, as he had initially made the weight, however cautioned him in respect to his intake of fluids after he had weighed out. Shortly after the start was steadied when crowded between Ozark and Princefamous, which shifted out. Near the 850m had to be severely checked when crowded by Ozark, which shifted in away from To Excess. To the lead up to the incident Stewards found that To Excess, which was racing tight to the inside of Kudero (App D Panya), made contact with that runner, which resulted in it shifting in, pressuring Ozark in onto Single Bullet. Whilst the interference was of considerable significance, Stewards accepted that App. Panya had made a reasonable effort to prevent her mount from shifting ground in when it was hanging, she was nevertheless advised that in similar circumstances she would be expected to make a greater effort than she did on this occasion. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
- Ozark – shortly after the start was crowded between Single Bullet, which was taken outwards by Princefamous, and Ziggy Willie, which was shifted in after being bumped by Bon Amis.
- To Excess – near the 700m was hampered when Kudero (App. D Panya) shifted in. App. Panya was advised to exercise more care.
RACE 8: 2018 ATC Membership Open Now Sprint 1200m
- Lanciato – began awkwardly. For some distance leaving the 200m had some difficulty obtaining clear running when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Pipeline.
- Drachenfels – slow to begin.
- Grande Punto – slow to begin. Rider App. R King was spoken to regarding her use of the whip forward of the shoulder.
- The Hipster – after being slowly away, was then bumped by Lay Down The Law, which shifted in.
- Balmain Boy – near the 1000m was steadied when crowded by Man Of Choice (App. J Van Overmeire), which shifted in after being close to the heels of Waitandwatch. App. Van Overmeire was advised to ensure he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground. Leaving the 200m shifted in and was steadied away from the heels of Drachenfels when that runner was taken out by The Hipster. As Stewards deemed the interference to Balmain Boy was principally due to it shifting in, no action was taken.
- Torpenhow – when being steadied across to the rail near the 1000m became unbalanced when awkwardly placed close to the running rail. Near the 150m was brought back to the inside to continue into clear running.
- On The Spot – on two occasions in the straight near the 300m and again near the 200m was inconvenienced when Balmain Boy (App. R Hunt) shifted out under pressure. App. Hunt was reprimanded and advised she must stop riding and straighten her mounts when they commence to shift ground. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
- Waitandwatch – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off-foreleg. Trainer Ms A Davies was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Waitandwatch racing again.
RACE 9: tab.com.au Handicap 1500m
- Invicta – slow to begin.
- Carluca – overraced in the early stages and middle stages. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
- The Gavel – overraced in the early and middle stages.
- Bastia – overraced in the early and middle stages.
- Magical Stance – raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. On straightening became unbalanced when bumped by Invicta, which shifted out to improve. Again at the 300m Invicta and Magical Stance bumped due to Magical Stance shifting out.
- Cellarman – in the early part of the straight had to be shifted out to find clear running and in doing so became awkward on the heels of Magical Stance. Over the final 200m laid in and proved difficult to ride out.
- Gold Ambition –rider App. J Innes Jr stated he had no specific instructions, but after being slowly away, he elected to make the decision to come back in order to find cover. He said when Invicta held its position to his inside, he was required to come back further to avoid racing wide and consequently settled at the tail of the field. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities