Stewards' Summary @ Royal Randwick

Published: 03 Sep 2018


A summary of Royal Randwick for Saturday 1st September is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingnsw.com.au website.

Vet Notes

  • Gamblestown (Race 2) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost its near-fore plate in running.
  • All Too Soon (Race 4) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be displaying the thumps.
  • Reneged (Race 4) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have aggravated a speedy cut to the off-hind pastern.
  • Goathland (Race 4) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost its off-fore plate in running.
  • Mr Moonlight Magic (Race 7) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to be 3/5 lame in the off-foreleg. Stable representative Mr D Beadman was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Mr Moonlight Magic's next start.
  • Single Gaze (Race 7) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 2/5 lame in the near fore-leg. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the mare racing again.

Penalties & Fines

  • M Walker, rider of Comin’ Through pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that he permitted his mount to shift out near the 400m, resulting in Comin' Through making contact with Dixie Blossoms, which was forced across the running of Duca Valentinois, which had to be checked. M Walker's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 2 September 2018 and to expire on Thurday, 13 September 2018, on which day he may ride.
  • K O’ Hara, rider of Insensata – near the 50m was held up on the heels of Best Of Days for a short distance. Rider K O'Hara pleaded guilty to a charge under AR137(b) for having failed to ride sixth placegetter Insensata out to the finish of the race. K O'Hara was fined the sum of $400.

Summary of Races

RACE 1: ATC Heritage Society Handicap 1300m

  • Reginae – as T Clark was dually engaged, Stewards permitted C Brown to be substituted as the rider of the filly when Sangita, the second emergency, gained a start in the event.
  • Condemned – began awkwardly and then was hampered on jumping by More Sundays, which shifted in. Approaching the 150m was steadied when disappointed for running between More Sundays and Symi, which shifted out. Condemned was then shifted to the inside of Symi to find clear running and was able to finish the race off strongly.
  • More Sundays – began awkwardly. Near the 100m was hampered when crowded by Symi (T Berry), which shifted out. T Berry was advised to exercise more care. Symi then continued to lay out over the concluding stages, placing More Sundays in restricted room. Rider K McEvoy stated that the colt was inclined to race keenly outside the leader Symi throughout the early and middle stages and in his view was not entirely comfortable racing in a clockwise direction. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Co-trainer Mr B Hayes concurred with the view of K McEvoy and advised the stable was disappointed with today's performance. He indicated to the Stewards that More Sundays had pleased the stable since its strong barrier trial at Rosehill on 20 August 2018. Mr Hayes advised that the gelding would most probably now return to the Victorian stable and undertook to report back if there is anything amiss with the colt in the days subsequent.
  • Aristocratic Miss – began only fairly. Raced keenly in the middle stages and a short distance later near the 800m was restrained from the heels of More Sundays. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Quackerjack – from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. When commencing to make ground inside the 200m was steadied initially when held up on the heels of Ranier and soon after was again steadied when crowded between Perfect Pitch and More Sundays. Quackerjack was then checked from the heels of More Sundays near the 100m and following this incident could not be tested when placed close to the heels of Ranier.
  • Ligulate – from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Kanavu – from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Sangita – after being crossed by Reginae near the 1000m had to be steadied from the heels of that runner for some distance. Held up for clear running in the early part of the straight and near the 300m was checked when disappointed for clear running between Ranier and More Sundays, which shifted out slightly. Sangita was then shifted to the inside of More Sundays, but again had to be checked when disappointed between More Sundays and Condemned. Sangita then was not tested over the final 150m.
  • Perfect Pitch – over the final 200m was not able to be tested when initially held up on the heels of Ranier and then over the final 100m when placed in restricted room between Aristocratic Miss (M Walker), which shifted in, and Quackerjack. M Walker was advised to exercise more care.
  • Ranier – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.

RACE 2: National Jockeys Trust Handicap 1600m

  • Souchez – as the start was effected became fractious, made contact with the nearside of its barrier and as a result lost ground (3L).
  • Jake's Hill – slow to begin. Near the 200m was steadied when crowded between Farolitos and Instant De Reve, which was taken out by Streets Of Avalon (App. F Kersley). App. Kersley was reprimanded and advised he must stop riding and straighten his mounts when they commence to shift ground whilst not clear.
  • Abdon – slow to begin. Raced keenly in the middle stages. Under pressure in the straight was inclined to lay in and proved difficult to ride out.
  • Goodfella – hung out on the home turn.
  • Gamblestown – raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost its near-fore plate in running.
  • Instant De Reve – held up for clear running in the early part of the straight and near the 200m was hampered when crowded between Farolitos and Streets Of Avalon. Instant De Reve then did not obtain clear running from this point. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Naval Warfare – when questioned regarding the gelding racing back in the field today, rider App. J Van Overmeire stated his instructions were to take up a midfield position with the emphasis on ensuring that the gelding obtained cover. He said from his wide barrier Naval Warfare commenced well and in an attempt to obtain cover he rode his mount negatively in order to comply with his instructions. He added that when caught wide was obliged ease his mount in the early stages in order to obtain cover and as a consequence settled further back than intended.
  • Streets Of Avalon – rider App. F Kersley reported that the gelding was able to dictate terms at a genuine tempo and leaving the 600m he endeavoured to ride the gelding along to increase the tempo. He said that making the home turn Streets Of Avalon became unbalanced and in the straight, when placed under pressure, he felt his mount was still somewhat unbalanced and failed to respond to his riding. He added that racing in a clockwise direction on the first occasion was the only explanation he could offer for the disappointing performance. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr S Nichols advised that the gelding had pleased the stable leading into today's race and he agreed with the explanation from rider App. F Kersley in that the gelding may not have been suited by racing the clockwise way of going for the first occasion. Mr Nichols undertook to report back on the progress of Streets Of Avalon in the days subsequent.

RACE 3: TAB Highway Handicap 1400m

  • Arugula – Stewards permitted J McDonald to ride the gelding 0.5 kilograms over its declared weight of 54.5 kilograms.
  • Rapture Miss – as there was no suitable rider available, Stewards permitted T Berry to ride the mare 1.5 kilograms over its declared weight of 53 kilograms. From its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Safe Landing – slow to begin (2L). Held up for clear running in the early part of the straight. Near the 350m shifted to the inside of Blinkin Fast to obtain clear running. Near the 200m Safe Landing was then steadied and shifted to the inside of Dylan's Deeva where it secured a run near the 150m. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Gordon's Leap – slow to begin.
  • Blinkin Fast – slow to begin. When questioned regarding his riding in the early part of the straight and as to whether there was an opportunity to secure clear running between Arugula and Athonis sooner than he did, rider App. B Ryan stated, after following Dylan's Deeva into the straight, he improved to that runner's outside with a view to securing a run between Dylan's Deeva and Arugula. He said when Arugula shifted in he was awkwardly placed close to the heels of that runner for some distance and as a consequence was not able to immediately take advantage of a run that had developed between Arugula and Athonis, which had shifted out. He added, once clear to shift, he attempted to obtain running between Arugula and Athonis, but as his mount took some time to improve into this position he was disappointed for this run when Athonis shifted back in at the 200m. App. Ryan further stated, after switching to the outside of Athonis near the 150m, he was again disappointed for clear running between Athonis and Lethal Dream and went to the finish without being fully tested.
  • Pomme La Belle - slow to begin and then shortly after the start was bumped by Blinkin Fast.
  • Not Bossy – from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Athonis – in the middle stages raced keenly and near the 600m was checked to avoid the heels of Arugula. In this incident Athonis shifted out, resulting in Lethal Dream having to be checked from that runner's heels.
  • Lethal Dream – raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Rider M Walker reported the gelding hung in for the majority of the event.

RACE 4: Schweppes Handicap 2000m

  • Brimham Rocks – the gelding, which made contact with the front gates of its barrier, was examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and deemed suitable to race. Bumped on jumping by Quick Defence, which began awkwardly and shifted out.
  • Quick Defence – began awkwardly.
  • Just Shine – slow to begin. When questioned regarding the disappointing performance, T Clark advised that the gelding was able to have a comfortable run throughout the event, but was one-paced in the straight and was disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Ms C Cunningham advised she was disappointed with the performance of the gelding and undertook to report back the results of a veterinary inspection conducted on Just Shine in the days subsequent.
  • All Too Soon – when questioned regarding the performance, rider T Angland advised that the mare was caught racing three wide and without cover for the majority of the event, particularly in the back straight racing into a strong head wind. He added, with a genuine early tempo and Another Snappy establishing a sizeable lead in the middle stages, he was obliged to make use of All Too Soon much sooner than he had intended when the main body of the field commenced to improve into the event from the 800m. He said that given the circumstances he was not too disappointed with the mare's run, particularly when it was backing up from its last start at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 25 August 2018. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be displaying the thumps.
  • Trafalgar – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Reneged – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have aggravated a speedy cut to the off-hind pastern.
  • Goathland – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding lost its off-fore plate in running.

RACE 5: Concorde Stakes (Group 3) 1000m

  • Memes – the mare, which suffered a minor abrasion to the outside of the near-hind hock en route to the course, was examined by the Club's Veterinary Officer and deemed suitable to race. Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.
  • Music Magnate – bumped with Three Sheets at the start.
  • Three Sheets – bumped with Music Magnate at the start.
  • I'm A Jet – blundered shortly after the start.
  • The Monstar – when caught wide and without cover in the early stages was steadied by its rider to obtain cover behind Memes approaching the 600m.

RACE 6: Tramway Stakes (Group 2) 1400m

  • Dixie Blossoms - Stewards considered an objection lodged by C Reith, rider of 3 rd placegetter Dixie Blossoms against Comin' Through (M Walker) being declared the winner, alleging interference soon after straightening. After considering all the evidence, Stewards found that Comin' Through shifted out near the 400m and made contact with Dixie Blossoms, resulting in Dixie Blossoms being forced wider. After considering in particular the manner in which both horses finished the race off over the final 200m, Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that had the interference not occurred that Dixie Blossoms would have finished in advance of Comin' Through and therefore the objection was dismissed. At a subsequent inquiry M Walker pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that he permitted his mount to shift out near the 400m, resulting in Comin' Through making contact with Dixie Blossoms, which was forced across the running of Duca Valentinois, which had to be checked. M Walker's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Sunday, 2 September 2018 and to expire on Thurday, 13 September 2018, on which day he may ride.
  • Nettoyer – shortly after the start was badly crowded for room between Egg Tart and Comin' Through, which shifted out. In this incident both Egg Tart and Comin' Through were contacted on the hindquarter and became unbalanced.
  • Tom Melbourne – raced keenly in the early and middle stages and refused to settle.
  • Egg Tart – raced keenly in the middle stages. Near the 200m was steadied when disappointed for clear running between Le Romain and Comin' Through, which shifted in. Egg Tart was then shifted to the outside of Comin' Through, but was unable to secure clear running over the final 200m when awkwardly placed between Dixie Blossoms and Comin' Through, which shifted out slightly. Le Romain – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.
  • Comin' Through – laid in under pressure for some distance approaching the 100m.
  • Duca Valentinois – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities
  • Lanciato – rider T Berry reported that his mount was unsuited by the moderate tempo in the early and middle stages and, as his mount commenced to make ground, was inconvenienced at the 400m when Duca Valentinois was checked. He said despite this incident Lanciato was still somewhat disappointing in its failure to finish the race off. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr M Newnham said that in his view the gelding was not suited by the slow tempo throughout the early and middle stages and, having regard to the pattern of racing, which appeared to favour on pace runners, he was not too disappointed with the performance of Lanciato today
  • Youngstar – when questioned regarding his riding from the 700m and as to whether there was an opportunity to improve to be racing close to the back of Comin' Through, K McEvoy stated that the mare, which was first up today, travelled comfortably throughout the early and middle stages. He added that near the 800m he allowed his mount to improve through to the inside of Nettoyer and when Nettoyer then shifted in slightly he was reluctant to proceed forward for a short distance in case his mount received interference. He said from the 600m he commenced to ride forward and felt had he placed his mount under full pressure at this stage it would not have been able to finish the race off given the stage of its preparation.

RACE 7: Bisley Workwear Chelmsford Stakes (Group 2) 1600m

  • Mr Moonlight Magic – began awkwardly and then was crowded by Unforgotten, which shifted in. Inconvenienced at the 150m when Allergic shifted in. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the horse to be 3/5 lame in the off-foreleg. Stable representative Mr D Beadman was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Mr Moonlight Magic's next start.
  • Ace High – raced wide and without cover in the early and middle stages.
  • Red Excitement – pulled hard in the middle stages and making the turn near the 900m shifted out when being restrained from the heels of Prized Icon, resulting in it making contact with Ace High, which was forced wider on the track. Red Excitement then raced wide and without cover for some distance thereafter.
  • Satono Rasen – rider K McEvoy stated that approaching the 600m he elected to steady his mount when unable to hold a position between Ace High and It's Somewhat, which was taken out slightly by One Foot In Heaven. He said in this incident Satono Rasen was bumped on the hindquarter by Allergic, which resulted in Satono Rasen being inconvenienced further.
  • Unforgotten – held up for clear running until the 200m.
  • Libran – over the final 200m laid out under pressure.
  • Allergic – briefly held up in the early part of the straight. When making ground near the 150m was shifted to the inside of Cabeza De Vaca to secure clear running, however was then held up on the heels of Religify over the final 50m where it could not be fully tested.
  • One Foot In Heaven – approaching the 100m was steadied to avoid the heels of Prized Icon (T Berry), which shifted out. T Berry was advised to exercise more care.
  • Single Gaze – rider K O'Hara reported that her mount failed to show any early speed despite her efforts and settled much further back than anticipated. She said in the straight Single Gaze was most disappointing in its failure to respond to her riding. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 2/5 lame in the near fore-leg. Stable representative Mr C Duckworth was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the mare racing again.
  • Cabeza De Vaca – rider J Parr stated that in his view the gelding is better suited when being able to dictate terms and in his opinion, when the race developed into a sprint home, Cabeza De Vaca was left flat-footed and did not respond to his riding. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • It's Somewhat – rider C Brown reported that he was obliged to ride his mount along throughout the early and middle stages to maintain a midfield position. He said in the straight, when initially placed under pressure, It's Somewhat was slightly inconvenienced when Unforgotten shifted in, however, over the final 100m worked to the line in a satisfactory manner. He added that, due to his efforts in having to continually ride his mount along in the early and middle stages, he rode his mount out to the best of his ability in the straight, albeit he was somewhat restricted having regard to the circumstances of the early part of the race.

RACE 8: Darley Furious Stakes (Group 2) 1200m

  • Unguarded – began awkwardly and lost ground.
  • Oohood – slow to begin.
  • Fiesta – slow to begin and then from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners in the early stages.
  • Fundamentalist – from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners. Raced wide and without cover throughout the early and middle stages.
  • Outback Barbie – after beginning only fairly, from its wide barrier was shifted in behind runners.
  • Pure Elation – near the 350m was steadied when disappointed for clear running between Meryl and Let Me Sleep On It. Pure Elation was then shifted to the inside of Meryl where it secured clear running at the 200m.
  • Cristobal – raced wide and without cover throughout the event.
  • Meryl – a post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.

RACE 9: Heineken 3 Handicap 1400m

  • Best Of Days – slow to begin.
  • Sambro - near the 350m had to be steadied when disappointed for running to the inside of Show A Star. Sambro was then commencing to shift to the outside of Show A Star near the 300m, however rider H Bowman was obliged to discontinue this manoeuvre when not clear of Insensata and as a consequence Sambro was badly held up on the heels of Show A Star until inside the 200m. Near the 100m Sambro became awkwardly placed on the heels of Sir Plush where it could not be fully tested for a number of strides.
  • Almost Court – near the 250m had to be steadied when crowded between Best Guess and Insensata, which was taken out by Sambro (H Bowman). Whilst Stewards accepted that H Bowman had stopped riding and straightened his mount, he was nonetheless advised to exercise more care when shifting ground.
  • Best Guess – near the 100m was taken wider when Sir Plush was shifted out by it rider whilst being corrected at that stage. Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr C Waller was asked to report back on the condition of Best Guess subsequent to the race.
  • Insensata – near the 50m was held up on the heels of Best Of Days for a short distance. Rider K O'Hara pleaded guilty to a charge under AR137(b) for having failed to ride sixth placegetter Insensata out to the finish of the race. K O'Hara was fined the sum of $400.



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