Stewards' Summary @ Royal Randwick

Published: 19 Aug 2018


A summary of Royal Randwick for Saturday 18th August is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingnsw.com.au website.

Vet Notes

  • Fui San (Race 1) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 1/5 lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr T Robinson was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Fui San racing again.
  • Sayed (Race 2) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost it's off-hind plate in running
  • Sharpe Hussler (Race 3)  – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.
  • Secret Lady (Race 4)  – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be 1/5 lame in the off-foreleg. Trainer Mr G Portelli was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Secret Lady racing again.
  • Ace High (Race 6) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to have a minor abrasion to the medial near-hind fetlock. Trainer Mr D Payne was disappointed with the manner in which Ace High failed to close the race off. He undertook to report back to the Stewards if there was anything amiss with the horse subsequent to the race.
  • Condor Heroes (Race 7) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to have bled from both nostrils on the first occasion. Under the provisions of AR53A trainer Mr G Ryan was advised that the horse would not be permitted to race for a period of three months.
  • Smart Amelia (Race 8) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare was poor to recover. Trainer Mr B Baker was advised a veterinary clearance would be required before the mare's next race star

Penalties & Fines

  • J Morris, rider of Lightz was fined the sum of $300 under AR145 for returning to scale in excess of ½ a kilogram over his declared weight.

Summary of Races

RACE 1: TAB Highway Plate 1600m

  • Constitutional – checked on jumping when crowded between Exorbitance and Kruanui, which began awkwardly and shifted in.
  • Biodynamic - from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Not For Export – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Raced keenly in the middle stages, which resulted in the gelding racing wide and without cover for some distance throughout the middle stages.
  • Evopex – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Held up behind Fui San in the early part of the straight and near the 350m endeavoured to force a run between Fui San and Panzerfaust where there was not sufficient room. In this incident Panzerfaust was bumped by Evopex and carried wider as a consequence. The incident was exacerbated due to Fui San weakening and being taken out by Not Bossy.
  • Gronky – raced keenly in the early stages.
  • Fui San – raced wide and without cover throughout the early and middle stages. Rider T Berry expressed some concern in respect to the gelding's action over the latter stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be 1/5 lame in the near-foreleg. Trainer Mr T Robinson was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Fui San racing again.
  • Cisco Bay – held up for clear running in the early part of the straight and near the 300m was steadied when disappointed for clear running between Kruanui and Shadow Vision. Shortly after Cisco Bay was then directed back to the inside of Shadow Vision where it secured clear running inside the 200m.

RACE 2: Bob Ingham Handicap 2400m

  • Just Shine – slow to begin. For some distance near the 200m had difficulty obtaining clear running. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Follow Suit – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Held up behind Reneged in the early stages of the straight. Near the 250m shifted to the outside of Reneged and then near the 150m was steadied and shifted in to continue into clear running between Vaucluse Bay and Red Alto. When questioned regarding his riding over the concluding stages, H Bowman stated that, whilst being held up on the heels of Vaucluse Bay, he was reluctant to shift to that runner's inside in order to continue to ride his mount forward as he was aware that Reneged was positioned to his inside and he was unsure as to whether there was sufficient room to proceed into that run. He added as a consequence he elected to restrain his mount to avoid the heels of Vaucluse Bay and consequently he could not test his mount over the concluding stages.
  • Reneged – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Raqeeq – when questioned regarding the performance, rider K McEvoy advised that when the pace steadied leaving the 1000m his mount was inclined to race keenly and was steadied from the heels of Sayed for some distance. He said he then elected to improve to the inside of runners making the home turn, however Raqeeq finished the race off only fairly. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth undertook to report back on the progress of Raqeeq.
  • Sayed – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost it's off-hind plate in running.

RACE 3: Forum Handicap 1000m

  • Lightz – prior to the declaration of correct weight Stewards considered an application from rider J Morris that his mount had been denied a fair start. After taking evidence from the connections of the gelding and the Starter, Stewards found that Lightz was fractious in the barriers, was being assisted by a barrier attendant and, as the start was effected, was consequently slow to begin (2L). Stewards ruled that Lightz be declared a starter and correct weight was declared. J Morris was fined the sum of $300 under AR145 for returning to scale in excess of ½ a kilogram over his declared weight.
  • Leami Astray – slow to begin and then was crowded on jumping by Brook Magic, which shifted out.
  • Prince Mayted – began awkwardly and made contact with Gwenneth.
  • Gwenneth – over the concluding stages was inclined to lay in and at the winning post shifted in and made contact with the running rail.
  • Sharpe Hussler – when questioned, App. S Weatherley stated that his mount was caught without cover in the early stages despite his efforts to obtain a position behind Leami Astray. He said after the 550m he was able to follow Leami Astray into the event and, after shifting to the outside on straightening, Sharpe Hussler took some time to respond to his riding and in his view would appreciate being stepped up in distance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover.

RACE 4: Darley Silver Shadow Stakes (Group 2) 1200m

  • Outback Barbie – slow to begin. When questioned regarding his riding, rider J McDonald stated his instructions were to be more forward, but after being slow to begin he was obliged to settle further back than he had anticipated. He said, after following Fiesta in the run, he commenced to shift off with a view of improving to that runner's outside in order to secure clear running. He added that when he identified Meryl and Secret Lady to his outside he was not of the opinion that those runners would have allowed him to secure clear running as they were unfancied and for this reason he elected to remain racing behind Fiesta with a view to follow that runner through. J McDonald further stated that when then held up on the heels of Fiesta he again elected to come to that runner's outside, but was prevented from doing so when Futooh shifted in to secure clear running between Meryl and Secret Lady and this then forced him to remain racing behind Fiesta for some distance and being held up on that runner's heels. He said that when Fiesta obtained clear running near the 200m he commenced to ride his mount forward and, after shifting across the heels of Fiesta approaching the 100m to obtain clear running, Outback Barbie then finished the race off well. After considering his explanation, Stewards advised J McDonald that his best option in the circumstances would have been to endeavour to secure a run that had presented between Meryl and Secret Lady in the early part of the straight. He was advised, however, that given his explanation, the Stewards determined the option he took to remain racing behind Fiesta was not unreasonable in the circumstances.
  • Oohood – after beginning only fairly from the outside barrier, was shifted in behind runners in the early stages.
  • Adamina – raced wide and without cover throughout the event. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Secret Lady – near the 900m had to be steadied when crowded by Meryl (C Reith), which shifted in when not clear. C Reith was reprimanded and advised he must ensure he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be 1/5 lame in the off-foreleg. Trainer Mr G Portelli was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Secret Lady racing again.

RACE 5: Sydney Markets Up and Coming Stak

  • Smart Elissim – shortly after the start was bumped by Momentum Factor. When questioned regarding his riding in the straight and as to whether there was an opportunity to improve into a run between Danawi and Military Zone sooner than he did, J Collett stated that, after following Danawi into the straight, he was briefly held up on the heels of that runner soon after entering the straight. He said that soon after he contemplated shifting to the outside of Danawi, however, felt there was not sufficient room for him to do so and for this reason he elected to remain racing behind that runner. He added that near the 300m he had to commence to ride his mount along in order to maintain his position on the back of Danawi and for this reason did not immediately take a run that had developed between Danawi and Military Zone. J Collett further stated that near the 200m when his mount commenced to respond to his riding he attempted to improve to the outside of Danawi, however was briefly crowded when Danawi shifted out slightly, which resulted in Smart Elissim being held up for some distance thereafter. He said that over the final 100m, whilst still racing in some restricted room, his mount was able to finish the race off fairly despite being one-paced.
  • Momentum Factor – began awkwardly.
  • Altair – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Overraced throughout the middle stages and at the 900m was restrained from the heels of The Enzo.
  • Irukandji – blundered shortly after the start.
  • Military Zone – throughout the early and middle stages raced keenly and refused to settle. J Innes Jr, rider of Danawi, was reprimanded for permitting his mount to shift in approaching the 1100m when not clear of Military Zone, which was steadied to avoid the heels of Danawi.
  • The Enzo – raced keenly and making the turn near the 900m shifted out.
  • Encryption – near the 150m was steadied when crowded between Military Zone, which shifted out away from Smart Elissim and Irukandji (T Berry), which shifted in slightly. T Berry was advised to exercise more care. Rider G Schofield stated that first up today under its 59 kilograms, the colt took some time to respond to his riding in the early part of the straight. He said that when attempting to improve into a run between Military Zone and Irukandji near the 150m, Encryption was obliged to race in restricted room when both those runners shifted ground and for some distance thereafter he could not fully test his mount. He added in his opinion, had Encryption obtained clear running at this point, it was in a position to finish the race off strongly. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Spin – rider J McDonald advised his intention was to be more forward, but the colt was fractious in the barriers, missed the start and as a result settled further back than had been intended.
  • Master Ash – rider T Clark advised his instructions were to be forward, but he was given no specific instruction to obtain cover. He said that when Danawi and Military Zone elected to go forward and race in the lead, Master Ash was then able to take up a trailing position behind those runners.

RACE 6: Winx Stakes (Group 1) 1400m

  • Oriental Runner – slow to begin. Pulled hard in the early stages.
  • Unforgotten – blundered on jumping.
  • Religify – raced keenly in the early stages and near the 1000m was checked from the heels of Oriental Runner.
  • D'Argento – raced wide and without cover for the major part of the race.  
  • Invictus Prince – when questioned regarding his riding in the straight, J Collett stated that, after having a trailing position behind Religify, he elected to endeavour to make ground along the rail making the home turn. He said in the early part of the straight he elected to keep his mount balanced when racing towards the rail, whilst his mount was still travelling will with him, and inside the 250m he placed Invictus Prince under full pressure, where it commenced to make good ground in the straight.
  • Ace High – when questioned regarding the performance, rider T Angland stated his intention was to be more forward, but after not commencing well he elected to come back to obtain cover rather than being caught wide. He said, whilst the tempo of the event did not suit Ace High as the race had developed into a sprint home, he was nonetheless slightly disappointed with the finishing effort of the horse. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to have a minor abrasion to the medial near-hind fetlock. Trainer Mr D Payne was disappointed with the manner in which Ace High failed to close the race off. He undertook to report back to the Stewards if there was anything amiss with the horse subsequent to the race.

RACE 7: Nexon Show County Quality (Group 3) 1200m

  • Siege Of Quebec – began awkwardly and then was bumped by Radiant Choice. Near the 800m was bumped heavily and became unbalanced when Radiant Choice was being corrected by its rider. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.
  • Super Tycoon – slow to begin.
  • Three Sheets – raced keenly in the middle stages.
  • No Doubt – when caught wide and without cover throughout the middle stages was then restrained by its rider K McEvoy, where it was able to obtain cover leaving the 600m.
  • Condor Heroes – rider J Innes Jr stated his mount raced keenly in the lead and near the 800m became unbalanced when awkwardly placed close to the running rail. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to have bled from both nostrils on the first occasion. Under the provisions of AR53A trainer Mr G Ryan was advised that the horse would not be permitted to race for a period of three months.

RACE 8: Ryde Toyota Toy Show Quality (Group 3) 1300m

  • Nettoyer – slow to begin. Raced wide and without cover for the major part of the race.
  • Sharpness – as the start was effected, dropped its head and as a result was slow to begin (2L). After racing keenly in the middle stages, was steadied away from the heels of Luvaluva near the 600m and shifted out, resulting in Nettoyer being taken wider. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Smart Amelia – slow to begin. Rider A Adkins could offer no excuse for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare was poor to recover. Trainer Mr B Baker was advised a veterinary clearance would be required before the mare's next race start.
  • Insensata – for a short distance near the 100m was held up on the heels of Zestful.
  • I Am Coldplay – rider H Bowman stated that the mare was keen in its preliminary to the barriers and, after jumping well, he felt I Am Coldplay would pull hard and for this reason he elected to come back and find cover to assist the mare to settle. Trainer Mr C Waller confirmed that the mare was to be ridden more forward, but given the manners of I Am Coldplay in the early stages, he was satisfied with H Bowman's riding of the mare.
  • Heavenly Anna – rider J Ford stated that his intention was to be in an off pace position, but after his mount commenced well, he elected to take up a position outside the lead so as to avoid being caught wide in the early stages.

RACE 9: Nicholas Moraitis Handicap 1400m

  • Souchez – the gelding, which got its near-hind leg on the running board in the barriers, was examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and deemed suitable to race. Between the 300m and the 200m was held up for clear running.
  • Goathland – crowded on jumping between The Pinnacle and Milseain, which began awkwardly and shifted out. Goathland was then shifted in behind runners in the early stages. Raced keenly in the early and middle stages.
  • Best Of Days – slow to begin. Rider J McDonald stated that the horse was fractious in the barriers and missed the start and as a result settled further back than he had intended. He said in the early part of the straight, when positioned behind Best Guess, he elected to stay behind that runner so that he may take the opportunity to follow Shogun Sun through should it obtain clear running. He added that, whilst he conceded there was a run to the outside of Best Guess near the 300m, he said had he shifted this would have resulted in Best Of Days being positioned on the back of the unfancied Il Mio Destino and for this reason he elected not to shift out. J McDonald further stated that near the 200m he checked to avoid heels and shifted out to secure clear running, but was held up until near the 50m and, once into clear running, Best Of Days ran home well.
  • Sure And Fast – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Gamblestown – when commencing to make ground near the 300m was hampered when improving to the outside of Lofty's Menu due to Lofty's Menu shifting out.
  • Shogun Sun – in the early part of the straight raced tight to the inside of Best Guess and then near the 250m attempted a run to the inside of Goodfella where there was initially not sufficient room, resulting in Shogun Sun being awkwardly placed to the inside of Goodfella. Near the 100m Goodfella then shifted out slightly, which resulted in Shogun Sun securing clear running at that point. Best
  • Guess – held up in the early part of the straight and near the 250m was checked from the heels of Goodfella when disappointed for clear running between Goodfella and Il Mio Destino, which shifted in slightly.
  • Kaonic – in the straight hung in and proved difficult to ride, resulting in H Bowman having to apply significant pressure to the nearside rein to correct his mount at the 250m. Over the final 200m Kaonic continued to hang in.
  • The Pinnacle – raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Near the 300m was bumped on the hindquarter by Kaonic and became unbalanced.
  • Milseain – near the 150m was inconvenienced when crowded by Gamblestown. Rider T Berry reported that his mount refused to settle throughout the race and as a consequence weakened in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Il Mio Destino – when giving ground near the 100m was hampered when crowded between Onslaught and Best Guess, which was taken out by Goodfella.



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