Stewards' Summary @ Royal Randwick

Published: 23 Jul 2018


A summary of Royal Randwick for Saturday 21st July is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingnsw.com.au website.

Vet Notes

  • Plague Stone (Race 2) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed a laceration to the off-hind pastern.
  • Cassadee (Race 6)  – a post-race veterinary examination revealed an inconsistent 1/5 lameness in the off-foreleg. Trainer Mr A Denham was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Cassadee racing again.
  • Easy Eddie (Race 7) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed that the gelding lost its off-hind plate.
  • Mr Luigi (Race 9) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 4/5 lame in the right hind leg. Mr Luigi was transported to Randwick Equine Centre for further assessment and veterinary care. Trainer Mr P Lock advised Stewards that there had been no issue with the gelding in the lead up to today's race. He was requested to report back to the Stewards on the post-race condition of Mr Luigi.

Penalties & Fines

  • B Avdulla rider of Bella Success pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that after being held up behind Oria he did permit his mount to shift out near the 150m when not clear of Snitzel Day which lost its running and had to be steadied. B Avdulla's license to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 22 July 2018 and to expire on Sunday 29 July 2018 on which day he may ride.
  • T Martin, trainer of Mapmaker was fined the sum of $50 for failing to provide the Thoroughbred Identity Card for the gelding under AR59A and the sum of $100 for presenting Mapmaker without a Tongue Tie under AR140A.

Summary of Races

RACE 1: Rosebud Prelude 1000m

  • Plague Stone – Began awkwardly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a laceration to the off-hind pastern.
  • Ben Hercules – Raced keenly throughout the early and middle stages.
  • Monte Ditto – Bounded on jumping. From the outside barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages. Hung out making the home turn.
  • The Tenor – When under pressure in the straight, raced greenly and was inclined to shift ground. Near the 150m The Tenor ran in and was steadied away from the heels of Witherspoon. Approaching the 50m when placed in restricted room between Witherspoon and Plague Stone shifted out and was steadied from the heels of Plague Stone.
  • Nuke – Began awkwardly and from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages.
  • Watching – Slow to begin. Near the 500m was inconvenienced when briefly positioned tight to the inside of Plague Stone.
  • Wimlah – When questioned regarding the performance rider App R King stated that her mount was caught wide and without cover and accordingly was unable to finish the race off. She further added that the filly may be better suited on rain affected going. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Cosimo – Hung out making the home turn.
  • Churning – Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.

RACE 2: TAB Highway Handicap 1400m

  • Lost Command – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance rider J Ford stated that with the mare stepping up in distance today he raced more forward as in accordance with its usual racing pattern. He said that in his opinion Lost Command raced flat today and may not have backed up from its first up run on 4 July 2018 where the mare finished the race off strongly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. The Stewards will follow up on the post-race condition of Lost Command in the days subsequent.
  • Gitan – Slow to begin.
  • Cliff – From its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners in the early stages. Raced keenly in the early stages.
  • Prince Of Thebes – When questioned regarding the performance, rider H Bowman stated that the gelding raced keenly particularly in the middle stages and as a result was left without a finishing effort. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. The Stewards will follow up on the post race condition of Prince Of Thebes in the days subsequent.
  • Magic Choir – Near the 300m was bumped by Lost Command which shifted out slightly when commencing to give ground.
  • Nicconita – Slow to begin.
  • Gronky – Slow to begin.
  • Jounama – Shifted out at the start and then from the outside barrier was shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.

RACE 3: Book Spring Now Handicap 2400m

  • Grey Lion – Underwent a pre-race veterinary examination and was passed fit to race.
  • Ombudsman – When questioned regarding his riding from the 800m, as to whether there was an opportunity to improve three-wide to race to the outside of Villardo, rider K McEvoy stated that his instructions were to settle behind the leaders with the view to place his mount under pressure in the straight as connections felt Ombudsman possessed a superior turn of foot than the other runners. He said that near the 1000m Braces shifted away from the rail which resulted in Ombudsman being taken three-wide and whilst his mount had continued to travel well he elected not to go forward to cover Braces as he was mindful of his instructions that Ombudsman would sprint well when asked for an effort. He added for this reason he elected to race back off Braces which resulted in Ombudsman being taken four-wide from the 600m. K McEvoy further added that Ombudsman found it difficult to make up ground when the leaders quickened from the 600m and finished the race off only fairly. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr C Waller confirmed the instructions and expressed satisfaction with the manner in which K McEvoy rode the gelding. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance Mr Waller stated that Ombudsman having a long preparation as a three-year old and having its last two starts, over staying distances on rain effected tracks were factors that did not assist the gelding today. He confirmed Ombudsman would now be spelled and undertook to report to the Stewards if there was anything amiss with the gelding in the days subsequent.

RACE 4: Tab Rewards Handicap 1600m

  • Dagny – From its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Veladero – When questioned regarding the gelding racing further back today rider J Ford stated that his instructions were to take up a forward position behind the anticipated leaders. He said that after commencing well he looked to take up a position one out behind Coonawarra but when Dougie improved to the inside of Pelethronius Veladero was caught wide and as a consequence he elected to restrain in order to find a position closer to the rail with cover which resulted in Veladero racing further back than intended. Trainer Mr C Waller confirmed the instructions issued.
  • Coonawarra – When questioned regarding the disappointing performance rider B Avdulla stated that the gelding endured a comfortable run behind the leaders but when asked for an effort in the straight Coonawarra did not respond to his riding and weakened badly, particularly over the final 200m. He added that the only explanation he could offer was that the gelding's two pervious wins had been on rain affected surfaces. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Co trainer Mr A Bott could offer no additional explanation. The performance of Coonawarra was deemed unacceptable by the Stewards and Mr Bott was advised that Coonawarra must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.
  • Dougie – Began awkwardly, shifted out and was steadied to avoid the heels of Veladero. Rider A Adkins advised it was not his intention to lead however after being slowly away his mount commenced to pull hard and worked its way to the lead despite his efforts to restrain.
  • Gaulois – After beginning well was shifted in behind runners from its wide barrier.
  • Gresham – Inside the 100m shifted in resulting in its rider B Shinn having to stop riding and straighten. Approaching the winning post Gaulois shifted out abruptly resulting in Gresham being steadied to avoid the heels of that runner.
  • La Chica Bella – Raced wide and without cover throughout the race.

RACE 5: #Theraces Handicap 1200m

  • Our Malambo – Held up for clear running until approaching the 200m.
  • Crackneck – Rider R Brewer reported his mount hung out throughout the event which resulted in it making the home turn wide and in the straight not being able to be tested when it continued to hang out. Trainer Mr A Kehoe was advised that the gelding must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again. Mr A Kehoe advised that Crackneck would now be spelled. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Snitzel Day – Slow to begin. Near the 600m was steadied when momentarily crowded by Sparkly Star which shifted to the inside of Crackneck when that runner hung out. B Avdulla rider of Bella Success pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that after being held up behind Oria he did permit his mount to shift out near the 150m when not clear of Snitzel Day which lost its running and had to be steadied. B Avdulla's license to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday 22 July 2018 and to expire on Sunday 29 July 2018 on which day he may ride.
  • You Make Me Smile – Began awkwardly, shifted in making contact with Bella Success and became unbalanced. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.
  • Seaglass – Slow to begin. Was held up for clear running until the 300m. Near the 200m was disappointed for clear running between You Make Me Smile and Mad For Art which was taken out by Our Malambo. Seaglass was then shifted back to the inside of Mad For Art to secure clear running.
  • Up Trumpz – Stewards permitted N Souquet to ride the gelding 1kg over its allotted weight of 55.5kg. Prior to the declaration of correct weight Stewards gave consideration to an application from rider N Souquet that Up Trumpz had been denied a fair start on the basis that the horse dropped its head as the start was affected and lost ground (2L). After considering the evidence the Stewards found as the start was affected Up Trumpz which was fractious in the barrier dropped its head and missed the start (2L). As the occurrence happened as the start was affected Stewards ruled this did not constitute the gelding being denied a fair start and was declared a runner. Raced keenly in the middle sages. When held up for clear running in the early stages of the straight was obliged to be shifted to the outside where the gelding secured clear running near the 250m.
  • Wander – Began awkwardly. Approaching the 800m was steadied when briefly crowded by Sparkly Star which shifted in.
  • Bella Success – Began awkwardly and was crowded between Wander and You Make Me Smile which both shifted ground.
  • Oria – Hung out in the straight.

RACE 6: ATC Owner Benefits Card Handicap 1400m

  • Cassadee – Crowded shortly after the start between Touch Of Mink and Sepoy Acheva. Rider App R King stated after being bumped heavily at the start she had concerns with the action of the mare behind throughout the event particularly when it weakened in the straight. A postrace veterinary examination revealed an inconsistent 1/5 lameness in the off-foreleg. Trainer Mr A Denham was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Cassadee racing again.
  • Seahampton – Began awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with Sepoy Acheva and became unbalanced. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance rider B Shinn stated that whilst the filly travelled well in the run, when asked to improve from the 500m, made the home turn awkwardly and then was disappointing in its failure to respond to his riding before weakening over the final stages in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth advised that the filly pleased the stable following its last start win and the only explanation he could offer was that Seahampton was disadvantaged by todays racing pattern whereby in his view it was difficult to make up ground. Stewards advised Mr Duckworth that the filly would be required to barrier trial to the Stewards satisfaction prior to its next race start.
  • Touch Of Mink – Crowded shortly after the start between Cassadee and Reiby Rampart.
  • Sepoy Acheva – Shortly after the start was checked when crowded between Cassadee and Seahampton which shifted in.
  • Lightning Nic – Raced keen in the middle stages. Briefly held up in the early part of the straight

RACE 7: July Sprint 1100m

  • Boss Lane – Between the 800m and the 600m raced wide and without cover.
  • Embley – Slow to begin.
  • I Thought So – When questioned regarding the performance rider B Shinn stated that I Thought So travelled well behind the leaders throughout the early and middle stages. He added that soon after straightening he secured clear running to the outside of Memes but from this point I Thought So was inclined to lay out and he had some concerns with its action from this point. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr Paul Snowden advised Stewards that I Thought So had improved in its work since its win at Randwick on 23 June 2018 and could offer no excuse for today's performance. He added that it was noted on return to the enclosure that the gelding had some kick back from the track in its mouth. Mr Snowden undertook to provide the Stewards with the results of an endoscopic examination and was advised to provide a veterinary clearance prior to the gelding racing again.
  • Sir Plush – From the outside barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages. Held up for clear running in the early part of the straight then had to be shifted to the outside of Boss Lane to secure clear running near the 300m.
  • Isorich – When questioned regarding the gelding racing more forward today rider App B Ryan advised his instructions were to endeavour to race outside the expected leader, Noble Joey. Trainer Mr W Seelin confirmed the instructions and acknowledged todays instructions were slightly different to those issued to Ms J Taylor when the gelding raced at Rosehill on 30 June 2018. Mr Seelin was reminded of his obligation under the rules to advise Stewards of any change to riding tactics and in particular if he was to have Isorich ridden in a more conservative manner next start he would be required to notify Stewards of this instruction. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.
  • Tactical Advantage – Stewards permitted B Avdulla to ride the gelding 0.5kg over its allotted weight of 53.5kg.
  • Easy Eddie – A post-race veterinary examination revealed that the gelding lost its off-hind plate.
  • Noble Joey – Rider Ms K O'Hara stated that Noble Joey did not appreciate todays Good 3 surface and its form is better racing on rain effected going. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Petrossian – Inside the 200m was steadied when disappointed for clear running between Dal Cielo and Isorich which shifted out. Petrossian was then shifted back to the inside of Isorich and again had to be steadied when disappointed for clear running when Isorich shifted back in.

RACE 8: Brother Dan’s 80th Birthday Sprint 1000m

  • Gamblestown – Slow to begin. For some distance near the 100m was held up for clear running between Conarchie and Three Sheets.
  • Black Chilli – Raced wide and without cover for the major part of the race. When questioned regarding the gelding racing more forward rider K McEvoy stated that whilst it was his intention to be in a handy position, when the gelding was caught wide in the early stages, he elected to allow it to stride forward and cross Conarchie rather than be caught wide. He added that this resulted in Black Chilli racing more forward then he had been instructed.
  • Nick On The Run – Slow to begin.
  • Salerno – From the outside barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages.

RACE 9: Australian Turf Club Handicap 1400m

  • Redouble – Slow to begin.
  • Onslaught – When questioned rider K McEvoy stated that whilst racing wide he was able to obtain cover throughout the early and middle stages. He said that making the home turn he was obliged to shift to the outside of Mapmaker to make a run and with its big weight of 60.5kg Onslaught was unable to make any appreciable ground in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Co-Trainer Mr Paul Snowden was asked to report back on the post-race condition of the gelding in the days subsequent.
  • Handfast – Slow to begin.
  • Kaonic – Slow to begin. After being held up in the early part of the straight secured a narrow run to the inside of Mr Tickets approaching the 150m where there was not quite sufficient room. App S Weatherley rider of Kaonic was reminded of his responsibilities to ensure that there is sufficient room when taking runs.
  • Invictus Prince – From its outside barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages. Overraced in the early and middle stages.
  • Sanctioned – Bumped on jumping by Francesco which shifted out and as result became unbalanced.
  • Burning Energy – Raced wide without cover.
  • Francesco – From its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners in the early stages.
  • Mr Luigi – Crowded on jumping. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 4/5 lame in the right hind leg. Mr Luigi was transported to Randwick Equine Centre for further assessment and veterinary care. Trainer Mr P Lock advised Stewards that there had been no issue with the gelding in the lead up to today's race. He was requested to report back to the Stewards on the post-race condition of Mr Luigi.
  • Mapmaker – Trainer T Martin was fined the sum of $50 for failing to provide the Thoroughbred Identity Card for the gelding under AR59A and the sum of $100 for presenting Mapmaker without a Tongue Tie under AR140A.



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