Stewards' Summary @ Royal Randwick

Published: 16 Apr 2018


A summary of Randwick for Saturday 14th April is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingnsw.com.au

Vet Notes

  • Waimea Bay (Race 2) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly lost its off-fore plate in running. Trainer K Lees confirmed Waimea Bay will now be spelled.
  • Pure Elation (Race 3)  – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly bled from both nostrils subsequent to the event. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden was advised that under the provisions of AR53A Pure Elation would not be permitted to start in a race for a period of three months and must barrier trial or gallop 1000m to the Stewards' satisfaction prior to racing again.
  • Fiesta (Race 3) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly had lost its near-hind plate in running.
  • Sister Sledge (Race 3) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly was slow to recover. Cotrainer Mr A Cummings advised that Sister Sledge would now be spelled.
  • Tawfiq Boy (Race 4) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have choked down and was displaying heat stress and a poor post-race recovery. Trainer Mr K Lees advised that Tawfiq Boy would now be freshened up. Mr Lees was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing again.
  • Witches (Race 4) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare lost its off-hind plate in running.
  • Contessa Vanessa (Race 6) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly was slow to recover.
  • Ambitious (Race 7) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse lost its near-fore plate and both hind plates, with no other abnormalities detected.
  • Classic Uniform (Race 7) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost its near-fore plate.
  • Auvray (Race 8) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have lost its near-hind plate and badly abraded its near-hind bumpers.
  • Almandin (Race 8) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 2/5 lame nearforeleg. Trainer Mr L Howley was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Almandin racing again.
  • Silent Sedition (Race 9) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 2/5 lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr A Noblet was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Silent Sedition racing again.
  • Foxplay (Race 9) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare lost its off-fore plate.
  • Sugar Bella (Race 10) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 2/5 lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr K Lees was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Sugar Bella racing again.

Penalties & Fines

  • J Ford, rider of  Dark Dream pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that he permitted his mount to shift in over the concluding stages when not clear of Torvill, resulting in Torvill being crowded and having to be steadied. J Ford's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Monday, 23/4/18 and to expire on Sunday, 29/4/18, on which day he may ride.
  • L Currie, rider of Bring Me Roses pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that near the 1800m he shifted in when not clear of Naivasha, resulting in the filly having to be checked and losing its rightful running. L Currie's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 15 April 2018 and to expire on Sunday, 29 April 2018, on which day he may ride.
  • D Holland, rider of Zacada 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). D Holland's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Thursday, 19 April 2018 and to expire on Thursday, 26 April 2018, on which day he may ride. In addition D Holland was fined $3,000. Overraced in the middle stages. Near the 600m had to be checked to avoid the heels of Aloft when that runner commenced to give ground.
  • A Adkins, rider of Daysee Doom, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that near the 1000m he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of Silent Sedition, resulting in that runner being steadied and taken in onto Prompt Response, causing Eckstein to lose its rightful running and having to be checked. A Adkins's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 22 April 2018 and to expire on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, on which day he may ride.

Summary of Races

RACE 1: China Horse Club Mile (Listed) 1600m

  • Momentum Factor – the gelding was a late withdrawal at 10.33am when it was found to be suffering from a skin irritation. Trainer Mr D Payne was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing again.
  • Greysful Glamour – after arriving on course, the filly was inspected by the Club's Veterinary Officer after it was reported Greysful Glamour had sustained a minor abrasion to the poll and offside hip. Greysful Glamour was deemed suitable to race.
  • Vega One – the colt, which was leaning on its offside barrier and standing awkwardly, was slightly slow to begin. From its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Had some difficulty securing clear running over the final 100m.
  • Aristocratic Miss – slow to begin and then was hampered when Muswellbrook shifted out.
  • Sokudo – began awkwardly.
  • Bold Arial – began awkwardly and made contact with Mandalong Tapit. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider J Moreira stated that the filly was stirred up prior to the event and then was inclined to race keenly in the run. He said in his opinion this was the most significant reason for Bold Arial not being able to finish the race off today. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr A Bott stated in his view, following the disappointing performance, the filly had come to the end of its preparation and will now be spelled. On this assurance, no action was taken.
  • Peaceful Solution – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Futooh – held up until nearing the 200m.
  • Muswellbrook – in the straight was inclined to lay out, resulting in the gelding shifting out a number of horses over the concluding stages. When questioned regarding the gelding being ridden in a more forward position, M Zahra stated he was under no specific instructions. He said from the horse's good draw his mount began particularly well and as a result he took advantage of its good start and consequently raced further forward than the gelding had been at its most recent starts.

RACE 2: The Agency South Pacific Classic (Listed) 1400m

  • Waimea Bay – slow to begin. Raced keenly in the early stages and near the 1000m was restrained from the heels of Sparky Lad and then raced three wide and without cover in the middle stages. Near the 800m rider G Schofield allowed his mount to stride forward to take up a position in the lead near the 600m. G Schofield stated that the racing manners of the filly resulted in it weakening badly in the straight and in his opinion it had come to the end of its preparation. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly lost its off-fore plate in running. Trainer K Lees confirmed Waimea Bay will now be spelled.
  • California Turbo – after being slightly slow to begin, was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Torvill – slow to begin. Raced keenly in the middle stages. Held up for clear running until the 250m. When endeavouring to improve between Thy Kingdom Come and Sparky Lad inside the 200m, raced in restricted room for some distance between those runners. J Ford (Dark Dream) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that he permitted his mount to shift in over the concluding stages when not clear of Torvill, resulting in Torvill being crowded and having to be steadied. J Ford's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Monday, 23/4/18 and to expire on Sunday, 29/4/18, on which day he may ride.
  • Sparky Lad – H Bowman, rider of Isaurian, was found guilty of a charge of careless riding in that he permitted his mount to shift in near the 800m when not clear of Sparky Lad, resulting in that runner being steadied. H Bowman was reprimanded and advised to ensure he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground.
  • Thy Kingdom Come – briefly held up in the early part of the straight.
  • Renewal – inclined to lay out in the straight and near the 200m shifted out, resulting in its rider B Avdulla having to stop riding and pull his whip through to the left hand.
  • Dark Dream – when questioned, rider J Ford stated his intention was to be in a forward position and with this in mind he rode his mount along in the early stages. He said when the filly did not respond to his urgings to go forward and with a strong early tempo, he elected to allow his mount to drift back and settle at the rear of the field rather than remain racing wide, where he was able to secure cover.

RACE 3: 360 DMG Percy Sykes Stakes (Group 2) 1200m

  • Kara's Hope – Stewards granted permission for A Hyeronimus to ride the filly ½ kilogram overweight. Knuckled badly on jumping, shifted in and made heavy contact with Sweet Ava, which also began awkwardly.
  • Pure Elation – began awkwardly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly bled from both nostrils subsequent to the event. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden was advised that under the provisions of AR53A Pure Elation would not be permitted to start in a race for a period of three months and must barrier trial or gallop 1000m to the Stewards' satisfaction prior to racing again.
  • Fiesta – crowded on jumping between Pure Elation and Outback Barbie, which began awkwardly and shifted out. After the start raced in restricted room for some distance inside Pure Elation which, when inclined to race keenly, laid in despite the efforts of its rider. Fiesta then raced keenly in the middle stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly had lost its near-hind plate in running.
  • Gongs – slow to begin and then was crowded for room between Setsuna and Cristobal, which shifted out. For some distance near the 250m raced tight to the outside of Fiesta. Rider C Brown was cautioned against the practice of raising his whip arm above shoulder height.
  • Khulaasa – after being checked at the start, when Sister Sledge shifted in, was then shifted in across runners from its wide barrier. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Setsuna – raced fiercely in the early stages and refused to settle. Badly held up for clear running in the early part of the straight and near the 250m attempted to obtain a run to the inside of Sister Sledge. When Sister Sledge commenced to give ground and shifted in slightly, Setsuna had to be checked to avoid the heels of that runner and did not secure clear running until the 150m.
  • Outback Barbie – near the 350m had to be steadied when disappointed for clear running between Setsuna and Sweet Ava. Outback Barbie was then shifted to the outside of Sweet Ava to secure clear running and then did not obtain clear running until the 150m, where it finished the race off strongly.
  • Cristobal – in the straight was obliged to shift to the outside of runners to secure clear running.
  • Sister Sledge – when questioned regarding the performance, rider G Schofield stated that the filly blundered badly at the start and then was inclined to overrace throughout the early and middle stages. He said in the straight his mount was then inclined to lay in and did not finish the race off. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly was slow to recover. Cotrainer Mr A Cummings advised that Sister Sledge would now be spelled.

RACE 4: Polytrack Provincial Championships Final (Special Condition) 1400m

  • Tawfiq Boy – as J Parr was ill, permission was granted for B Avdulla to be substituted as the rider of the gelding. At the start began awkwardly, resulting in rider B Avdulla becoming momentarily unbalanced. Raced keenly in the early stages. Raced wide and without cover throughout. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have choked down and was displaying heat stress and a poor post-race recovery. Trainer Mr K Lees advised that Tawfiq Boy would now be freshened up. Mr Lees was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing again.
  • Old Man Sam – Stewards were notified in the lead up to today's race by trainer Mr M Tubman that the gelding had sustained an abscess to its near-hind foot. A veterinary clearance was tendered by the stable veterinarian advising that Old Man Sam was fit to start. Upon arrival on course the gelding was examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and passed fit to start. Held up for clear running until near the 200m.
  • It's So Obvious – on Friday, 13 April 2018 trainer Mr G Mcfarlane advised the Stewards the mare had sustained a minor laceration to the outside of its off-fore fetlock. A veterinary clearance was tendered by the stable veterinarian. It's So Obvious underwent a further veterinary examination on arrival on course, which confirmed the mare's suitability to race. After being crossed by Pomelo, commenced to race keenly and had to be steadied away from the heels of that runner near the 900m. It's So Obvious then continued to race keenly and from the 600m improved and raced three wide and without cover making the home turn. Near the 100m, when commencing to give ground, had to be steadied when crowded between Pomelo, which shifted out slightly, and Tawfiq Boy which, after being taken in slightly by Bon Amis (B Shinn), was then inclined to shift ground away from that runner. B Shinn was advised wherever possible he should endeavour to keep his mounts straight.
  • Plaisir – slow to begin (2L) and then from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Newsfan – crowded shortly after the start when Just Dreaming shifted in. Held up for clear running in the straight and did not obtain clear running until the 100m.
  • Kool Vinnie – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. From the 300m was badly held up on the heels of It's So Obvious and did not obtain clear running until near the 75m.
  • Hallelujah Boy – for some distance after the 600m raced in restricted room between Just Dreaming and Bastia, which shifted out slightly. Near the 100m was hampered when crowded between Just Dreaming and Newsfan (A Adkins), which shifted out. A Adkins was advised to exercise more care.
  • Witches – did not obtain clear running in the straight and at no stage was tested. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare lost its off-hind plate in running.
  • Bastia – for some distance near the 300m was held up for clear running and then was obliged to shift to the outside of runners for some distance thereafter to secure clear running at the 200m.
  • Bon Amis – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.
  • Princess Posh – rider D Oliver reported he was not satisfied with the action of the mare when placed under pressure in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr K Lees was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Princess Posh racing again.
  • Mandylion – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

RACE 5: Arrowfield 3YO Aprint (group 2) 1200m

  • Perast – began awkwardly. Raced wide and without cover throughout.
  • Showtime - began awkwardly.
  • I Am Excited – slow to begin.
  • Catchy – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • She Will Reign – crowded after the start when Houtzen shifted in.
  • Houtzen – a post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities other than the filly was bleeding from an aggravated speedy cut to its near-hind pastern.
  • Viridine – when questioned, H Bowman stated his intention was to ride the colt conservatively, particularly as it has a tendency to race keenly in its races. He said accordingly in the early stages he shifted in behind runners and travelled behind I Am Excited and to the inside of Pariah. He added Viridine raced fiercely, refused to settle throughout the early and middle stages and was continually restrained from the heels of I Am Excited. H Bowman further stated that, whilst he observed Pariah travel three wide in advance of him and that was a desirable position to obtain, he was unable to come back due to his mount's racing manners and take up a position behind Pariah in the middle stages. He said, when Catchy then improved to his outside, he was then badly held up on the heels of I Am Excited making the home turn. He added on straightening his only option was to improve to the inside of I Am Excited and, after securing that run soon after straightening, he became badly held up initially on the heels of Booker. He said, once improving to that runner's inside, he again could not test Viridine when Houtzen then commenced to give ground in advance of him and consequently Viridine went to the finish without being tested.

RACE 6: James Boag's Premium Australian Oaks (Group 1) 2400m

  • Wild Sea – slow to begin and then from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Aloisia – slow to begin and then from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Miss Admiration – slow to begin and then from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Unforgotten – shifted in across runners shortly after the start.
  • Savvy Coup – passing the 2000m ran in away from She's A Treasure, struck the running rail and was checked.
  • Chilly Cha Cha – raced wide and without cover until nearing the 1800m.
  • Naivasha – raced keenly in the middle stages. L Currie (Bring Me Roses) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that near the 1800m he shifted in when not clear of Naivasha, resulting in the filly having to be checked and losing its rightful running. L Currie's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 15 April 2018 and to expire on Sunday, 29 April 2018, on which day he may ride.
  • Bring Me Roses – raced wide and without cover until nearing the 1800m.
  • Luvaluva – rider K McEvoy stated he intended to ride the filly conservatively from its wide draw and initially in the early stages was able to obtain cover on the back of Bring Me Roses. He said near the 1800m when Bring Me Roses shifted in to a one off position, Luvaluva was left racing wide and without cover for the remainder of the event. He added this, together with the fact that the filly may not have backed up from its win in the Adrian Knox on 7 April 2018 were the two reasons he could offer for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J Sargent stated that Luvaluva had pleased him since its win in the Adrian Knox Stakes and was expecting the filly to perform well today. He agreed with the views of K McEvoy that Luvaluva was unsuited being caught wide and without cover and may not have backed up from its last start. Mr Sargent indicated the filly would now be spelled and undertook to report if there is anything amiss with Luvaluva subsequent to the race.
  • Contessa Vanessa – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly was slow to recover.

RACE 7: Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Group 1) 2000m

  • Winx – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Happy Clapper – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Had difficulty obtaining clear running making the home turn. On straightening shifted to the inside of Consensus and then near the 300m was inconvenienced when Consensus shifted in. J Collett was asked to exercise more care.
  • Success Days – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. On the turn near the 1000m, when racing keenly, was steadied away from the heels of Ambitious.
  • Humidor – near the 600m was steadied when crowded between Success Days and Comin' Through (M Walker) which, after shifting out away from Odeon, was taken out slightly by that runner. M Walker was reprimanded and advised to ensure he makes more effort to prevent his mounts from shifting ground.
  • Comin' Through – held up making the home turn and in the early part of the straight.
  • Ambitious – when questioned, rider C Williams stated his intention was to be more forward today, but it did not show the necessary speed in the early stages. He said Ambitious was able to take up a position midfield, where it obtained cover behind Classic Uniform in the middle stages. He added that near the 1000m his mount commenced to race keenly and, when the tempo of the race did not increase, he was obliged to check away from the heels of Classic Uniform, which resulted in Ambitious shifting three wide without cover. He said from this point Ambitious continued to race fiercely and refused to settle and as a result he improved around the field from the 900m. C Williams further stated that, as his mount commenced to improve, Classic Uniform also commenced to make ground, which resulted in Ambitious travelling wide and without cover for the remainder of the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse lost its near-fore plate and both hind plates, with no other abnormalities detected.
  • Classic Uniform – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost its near-fore plate.

RACE 8: Schweppes Sydney Cup (Group 1) 3200m

  • Auvray – Stewards granted permission for G Schofield to ride the gelding 1 kilogram overweight. Near the 3000m had to be steadied when crowded by Lord Fandango which, after being taken in by Cismontane (App. J Innes Jr), shifted in away from that runner. App. J Innes Jr was reprimanded and advised to ensure he leaves sufficient racing room for runners to his inside. Near the 2800m had to be steadied when momentarily crowded by Sir Charles Road, which was taken in by Ventura Storm (G Boss). G Boss was advised to exercise more care. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have lost its near-hind plate and badly abraded its near-hind bumpers.
  • Lasqueti Spirit – Stewards granted permission for J Ford to ride the mare 1 kilogram overweight. Despite being ridden along in the early stages failed to muster speed.
  • Patrick Erin – Stewards granted permission for C Newitt to ride the gelding 1 kilogram overweight. From its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Pre Stwick – at the request of rider J Moreira, the horse underwent a veterinary examination on arrival at the barrier and was a late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 3.46pm when it was found to be 1/5 lame in the near-foreleg. The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Pre Stwick be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 3.46pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket: 1st Who Shot Thebarman 7 cents win 10 cents place  2nd Zacada 10 cents place 3rd Sir Charles Road 8 cents place
  • Zacada - prior to the declaration of correct weight, the Stewards identified from the inquiry room that rider D Holland had struck his mount on 12 occasions prior to the 100m. When Stewards could not be satisfied that Zacada had gained an advantage that resulted in it finishing in 2nd 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 D Holland 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). D Holland's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Thursday, 19 April 2018 and to expire on Thursday, 26 April 2018, on which day he may ride. In addition D Holland was fined $3,000. Overraced in the middle stages. Near the 600m had to be checked to avoid the heels of Aloft when that runner commenced to give ground.
  • Lord Fandango – bumped heavily with Cismontane at the start. When questioned, rider C Williams stated his intion was to ride his mount in a midfield position, but with Lord Fandango stepping up to 3200m, it raced keenly in the early stages and raced more forward than he had intended. He said Lord Fandango continued to race keenly in the run and as a consequence was left without a finishing effort and weakened in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Cismontane – bumped heavily with Lord Fandango at the start.
  • Peribsen – shortly after the start was checked when crowded between Ormito and Almandin, which was taken out by Sir Charles Road. Raced wide and without cover until nearing the 1500m and was allowed to stride forward by its rider and near the 1400m.
  • Libran – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Doukhan – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Held up for clear running making the home turn and in the early part of the straight.
  • Ormito – overraced throughout the early and middle stages. Near the 2200m had to be steadied when crowded by Five To Midnight, which was taken in by Aloft (K McEvoy). K McEvoy was advised to exercise more care.
  • Five To Midnight – in the middle stages was inclined to overrace.
  • Admiral Jello – raced wide and without cover from the 1500m.
  • Almandin – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 2/5 lame nearforeleg. Trainer Mr L Howley was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Almandin racing again.
  • Aloft – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr L Howley advised Aloft would now be spelled. Mr Howley was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the gelding racing again.

RACE 9: Coolmore Legacy Stakes (Group 1) 1600m

  • Silent Sedition – at the request of rider C Williams, underwent a veterinary examination on arrival at the barriers and was cleared to start. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 2/5 lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr A Noblet was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Silent Sedition racing again.
  • Nettoyer – slow to begin and then from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. For some distance in the early part of the straight had to be shifted to the outside of runners to obtain clear running and did not obtain clear running until approaching the 200m. Again inside the 100m had difficulty obtaining clear running
  • Payroll – began awkwardly. Near the 1000m was checked to avoid the heels of Eckstein.
  • Abbey Marie – leaving the 1000m was steadied when racing tight to the inside of Oregan's Day and when Eckstein shifted out. Stewards deemed the incident was principally due to Eckstein shifting out when being checked. Had some difficulty securing clear running near the 300m.
  • Perfect Rhyme – slow to begin and then from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Eckstein – A Adkins, rider of Daysee Doom, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that near the 1000m he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of Silent Sedition, resulting in that runner being steadied and taken in onto Prompt Response, causing Eckstein to lose its rightful running and having to be checked. A Adkins's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 22 April 2018 and to expire on Wednesday, 9 May 2018, on which day he may ride.
  • Aide Memoire – raced wide and without cover from the 900m.
  • Oregon's Day – raced keenly in the middle stages.
  • Foxplay – near the 150m was shifted back to the inside of Eckstein to continue into clear running. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare lost its off-fore plate.
  • Spanish Reef – when questioned regarding the disappointing performance, rider M Zahra stated his mount was able to travel comfortably in a forward position, but was disappointing in its failure to finish the race off. He said in his view the mare had come to the end of its preparation. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr K Keys confirmed Spanish Reef would now be spelled.
  • Dixie Blossoms – C Brown stated his intention was to take up a midfield position, but from his wide barrier was obliged to make some use of his mount to cross runners to his inside to avoid being caught wide. He added this resulted in Dixie Blossoms racing more forward than he had intended.

RACE 10: TAB Sapphire Stakes (Group 2) 1200m

  • Slow Burn – Stewards granted permission for M Walker to ride the mare ½ kilogram overweight. Slow Burn and Hetty Heights were crowded on jumping and were checked when crowded between Danish Twist, which shifted out, and Shazee Lee which, after began awkwardly, was then taken in by Sugar Bella.
  •  Ravi – made contact at the start with Lubiton.
  • Lubiton – made contact at the start with Ravi.
  • Ghisoni – slow to begin.
  • Invincibella – slow to begin.
  • Faraway Town – after beginning well, from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Steadied from the heels of Spright soon after straightening.
  • Danish Twist – inclined to race keenly in the middle stages and at the 900m shifted out and was steadied away from the heels of Nieta.
  • Fragonard – near the 900m was steadied from the heels of Danish Twist when inclined to race keenly.
  • Shazee Lee – raced keenly in the middle stages.
  • Sugar Bella – making the home turn Invincibella shifted out to improve, resulting in Raiment being taken out slightly. Danish Twist, which was positioned to the outside of Raiment, then ran out away from that runner, resulting in Spright and Sugar Bella being checked and taken wider on the track. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 2/5 lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr K Lees was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Sugar Bella racing again.



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